It is always inspiring to hear personal business stories of entrepreneurs who overcame all odds and doubts in venturing into business and make it big. Last Sunday, I just read about how a 35 years old Thai Express Founder Ivan Lee, who started his F & B business with $300K and eventually sold his controlling stake for a sizeable $114 million in the process netting himself $80 million.
What was even more impressive was Ivan had no background or experience in F & B business before he first ventured into his first F & B business. Despite all his doubters, including his family members, about the viability of his business when he first started, he persevered and carried on. Apparently, his father-in-law was also a successful entrepreneur who founded the contract manufacturing firm JIT Holdings and sold it to Fortune 500 company Flextronics for $1 billion in 2000. This deal netted the senior Mr Goh some
$300 million. When starting out, he had benefitted from the financial and advisory support given by his father-in-law, but, subsequently, he went against his father-in-law advise by venturing into other restaurant businesses which were highly successful and are now contributing about two thirds of the business turnovers. An element of luck also play an important part in his business success as he had opened close to 100 stores but about 10 to 20 percent of the stores were not profitable. So he was lucky that his first 10 ventures were successful which provided the cash flow for his subsequent business expansion.
He is now venturing into the internet market in China despite not being in the IT industry. When The Sunday Times journalist contacted him, it found the entrepreneur in Shenzhen, experiencing growing pains all over again. He says that his friends and family are again doubting his new venture. His remark was: “I am a rooke now playing in a much bigger league and I feel like I am nine years back, starting all over again.” This young millionaire is setting his eye on his next big venture where he wants to build the next Baidu (China’s equivalent of Google) or even the next Facebook.
Lesson learnt: To make it big in business you need to be bold, have perseverance and be unique and certainly having financial support from family helps and also an element of luck. He is certainly one hack of a brave entrepreneur!
My advise is learn about internet and social media marketing before plunging into the business and be better prepared for your business venture into the internet marketing world. I am making use of my internet skills to help develop and launch community websites Henley Brunel MBA Alumni (Singapore) and other commercial websites for corporate businesses.
Good luck to all of you out there running your start-up businesses!
Finding a car contract hire company to is an ideal way for anyone who runs their own business to secure the use of a new vehicle. Finance deals, or buying a new car outright, is extremely expensive. By leasing you can save money and still have that new car.
You need to first find a car contract hire company who will lease you the vehicle. The lease will usually run for between 24 and 60 months. You will then have the option to buy the car from the contract hire company or give it back. Then you are free to take out another car on a new lease. That is the basics of car leasing. Here are seven tips on finding the leasing company for you:
1) Take advantage of the competition and shop around for the company that will offer you the best possible deal. The internet is a good place to start as you commence your search.
2) Try and find a car contract hire company which comes with a good track record (plenty of customer testimonials), one that you can trust and are happy to deal with.
3) Compare the monthly leasing charges and don’t forget that a deposit has to be paid. So take the deposit into account when looking for the best deal.
4) Decide the length of lease you want for the car. If you want to regularly have the use of a new vehicle, a shorter deal may be best for you.
5) The monthly amount you pay during the lease is sometimes dependent on the annual mileage you have signed up for. If you exceed that mileage there will be extra charges. If you think that figure may change during the period of the lease, find a company that will allow you to alter it.
6) Check to see if the car contract hire company will deliver the vehicle to you at the beginning of the lease, and whether they will collect it at its end.
7) Find a company which offers money saving extras, such as the road tax being paid for you or free breakdown insurance.
These seven tips on finding a car contract hire company will hopefully help you secure your new car while saving you money.
The definition of finance is the provision of funds or loan supplied to an individual or company. Often this term is used for the study of economics and how money is controlled. It can be also defined as the management of funds and capital required by a business and private activities. Management of finance has also developed into a specialized branch within the financial sector and is carried out by finance managers.
Managing this involves dealing with the optimization and allocation of funds to various areas either by borrowing or by using those available from internal resources. The word Optimizing may sound strange but it refers to taking measures that minimize the cost of financing while simultaneously attempting to maximize the profits out of the employed finance. Bad debts are poor finance management where rules have not been followed; the result of this is depressed markets, low production and a cash crisis. It is for this very reason that finance managers are very careful with finance they agree too and where it is funded from.
It is not uncommon to hear finance managers referred to as bean counters as they are looking at immediate returns and initial costs against the potential at a later stage. Finance managers are the pessimists whereas sales managers are the optimists who look to the future and not to the past! Often though, problems occur with small businesses who fail to see the distinction between a business loan and a personal one. Most lenders will cancel the loan if they feel they have been deceived this way because they are unsure what the money is to be invested in.
Hopefully by educating the small (and large) business owners of their fiscal responsibilities they may build the basis of an improved company in the future. Small businesses can be very flexible, however, and call upon friends, other businesses, family members, even their own bank for finance.
Finance managers can help improve their company’s profits by using external sources which also lessens the risk on them at the same time. The famous comedian Bob Hope best summed up the subject when he once said; a bank is a place that will lend you money but only if you can prove that you don’t need it.