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The Entrepreneurial Quest

What better way to start Independence Day here in the USA than with a post about Entrepreneurialism and the Entrepreneurial Quest.

I love spending time with other small business owners who have the entrepreneurial spirit. They have that gleem in their eyes, are excited about life and their chosen adventure. There’s never a dull moment and they usually know where they are headed.

Having worked in small business for over 26 years and grown up in a household that was small business oriented I’ve had the entre-bug since I was a little kid. It’s a bug that attached itself when I was eight years old and has been a permanent resident ever since.

It doesn’t matter if you are just looking to start your first business or happen to be in the early stages, the entrepreneurial spirit is one that is hard to squash and it can be addictive.

You either have it or you don’t.

The entrepreneurial quest is one that many have chosen to take, yet there are some who just don’t make the journey and decide to head back to the safety of the corporate blanket or business that provides some sense of comfort and security.

Those that choose the path of The Entrepreneurial Quest may have to pave their own path, Think Outside the Box, beat their own drum and provide food and shelter while weathering multiple storms.

Freedom doesn’t come free and neither does The Entrepreneurial Quest. It is not a journey for all people as some are just not cut out to be in business for themselves.

For those that do choose the road to Independence from the corporate work a day world – The Entrepreneurial Quest might just be the journey worth looking into.

It won’t be easy and they’ll be ups and downs like a roller coaster, but the journey will be one that only you can take and make a difference should you choose to stay the course.

To your entrepreneurial quest, should you choose to venture out and start the journey.

Dave Krygier
“The Small Biz Mechanic”


Start Your Own Business – Part I

Have you been thinking lately that maybe it’s time you start your own business and run your own show? With all the options to choose from in today’s marketplace how does one make a decision as to which business is the right one?

One thing is for sure, starting a business can be a lot of work and takes time, effort and money. If anyone tells you different, turn and run the other direction.

Now making the new business a success and becoming profitable is entirely another story and this pertains to both online and offline ventures. So which way should you go, online or offline; home based, office location or ???

For the remainder of this post I’ll focus on starting your own business online and some of the current options available to you.

Online Business Options:

Although some online businesses might be less money to start up than offline ventures, there’s still a learning curve and money that you will need to get your business started.

One of the things I see is that people think with online businesses you can start them for free or next to nothing. Well I’ve got news for you, no matter which online business you choose, there are expenses involved like hosting, domain registration and site development, let alone traffic generation.

A few of the options that you might consider and look into are:

1. Affiliate Marketing is where you market other people’s products and services and when a sale is completed you receive a commission on the sale. Commissions can range from 3% to 70% and in some cases even 90% or greater. The range of affiliate products available to the online marketer are many. Affiliate marketing also works well with my next option and that is email marketing.

2. Email marketing is where you develop a list of subscribers and convert them into buyers through the process of selling products and/or services, either your own or someone else’s. This process is also called list building and can be referred to as building an email list. To start a business with email marketing is a great way to go, especially if you already have existing expertise on a specific subject or you have a passion about a product or service that you would like to market.

Email marketing can also be used if you decide to establish an e-commerce site of your own where you market your own products or affiliate products.

3. E-commerce is the original online method of moving goods and services. Back when I first started out on the web in 1995, this was how transactions were primarily done. E-commerce is still a sound method, especially for those business owners looking to develop and grow their own business online while having the freedom to mix their own products with other brands.

Look for part two of this series about starting your own business and I’ll go further into more online options plus how you can transition an offline business some things to watch out for. In the meantime – here’s another resource that might help you in starting your small business: Start a Small Business

Should you find that your start up is missing a part or needs something to get going – go see the Small Biz Mechanic and he’ll get you fixed up.

Dave Krygier