If You Build It They Will Come

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If you build it they will come. People perceive you off of how you perceive yourself first. The same goes for business. If you invest the time to make what you have for your business look as professional as possible people will be more likely to invest in it. Take the time to create professional labels for your products or business cards for your services. If you are a designer put together a nice portfolio. There are great tools out there that can take your portfolio to another level. You can take images of your designs and create an online portfolio. There are apps that can help you make amazing portfolios. If you would like to do it yourself and not rely on an app you can do that as well. I’ve attached a video below that shows you how to create a website or portfolio of your designs. It uses photoshop. Choosing that route will give you creative control over all the details.

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The Wise Willow

20131105-233924.jpg Pocahontas talked to a wise old willow tree for advice. Should she choose the smoothest course or the one with twists and turns? She didn’t know so she sought the advice of someone more experienced. Wisdom is priceless. It’s always a great opportunity when we can listen to the advice of those who have succeeded down the road we’re traveling on. This blog post is an add on to my previous one. I found a great video on Stanford University’s website. They have a section called ECorner, Stanford University’s Entrepreneur Corner @ http://ecorner.stanford.edu. It’s an hour long video but it’s filled with great information on angel investors. In the video, experienced angel investors, Ron Conway and Mike Maples talk about the ins and outs of angel investors. Ron Conway is the founder of Angel Investors LP. Mike Maples is the founder of Maples Investments. The two discuss how angel investors determine which opportunities they’ll take. They talk about how they provide assistance to entrepreneurs and turn new businesses into bigger ones. A great topic they look into to is how to manage your money after you have it. The video is about an hour long. It’s priceless information from real investors. Hope it helps. Video Link: http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=1902 photo credit: Stephh922 via photopin cc

Bibbidi-Bobbidi… Investor?

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Wouldn’t it be grand if we all had fairy godmothers?  All our worries would be wiped away with a flick of her wrist.  Cinderella was a girl down on her luck.  She ‘d lost everything.  She had no income to invest in the business of “herself”.  She worked odd jobs scrubbing floors here and there but found herself in a one bedroom apartment with a view of everything she wished she had. Then one day an opportunity presented itself and she thought, “If I could just get there, I could network with the right people.” Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned and she found herself back on the inside looking out of her rodent (albeit helpful as they were) infested abode. Not everyone has the means to invest in their own business or wants to risk taking out a business loan. Sometimes it seems that we continue to meet dead ends. However, like Cinderella there’s hope for those who continue to dream on a tin can budget. Angel investors are individuals who have the start up capital to help new businesses. They do so typically in exchange for some level of ownership or convertible debt. There are several sites on the internet that cater to these types of investors. You can upload your business plan and hopefully link up with an investor. Uploading your plan to multiple sites will help increase your chances and you may instead have a few offers to choose from. Below is a link for a sample angel investor site located in New York. Cinderella found luck with a fairy godmother. Angel investor sites are worth looking into because you may just find yourself cashing in at the bibbidi-bobbidi-bank.

Link: http://newyorkangels.com/index.html

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