July 8, 2016

It can be very annoying to see a newly implemented business idea that has been applied by an entrepreneur in the market and start asking yourself why you didn’t come up with that idea first. This can be especially so if you are not creative enough when it comes to formulating business ideas. Listed below are some helpful tips that can help you turn on that creativity faucet that you need in order to come up with ideas for your next business venture:

1. Always expect ideas to come. Although this may sound a little funny, but in reality, ideas will come much easier if you are already entertaining their arrival beforehand. The thoughts that you form frequently in your mind and the passion included in thinking something up will help greatly. If you are being a pessimist about creative thinking, then you are killing the incoming ideas instead of encouraging their arrival. Be optimistic when it comes to idea formulation and expect ideas to come.

2. Open-mindedness. Being an open-minded person means that you should not reject unique ways in achieving inspiration for your ideas. Do not rule out anything right away but welcome their arrival as these ideas can come from anywhere. You do not require having in-depth information in every subject you are going to tackle but you just need the right knowledge in order to create a business idea. This is because you can always bring in people that have the right knowledge for things that you are not familiar with.

3. Start writing your ideas. You should write down your ideas in paper because it may not make sense now, but later on it may be your inspiration for your next business venture. When formulating business ideas, this is a great way to generate entrepreneurial ideas that you can use for your business. It is always a wise choice to write down your ideas right away as there is a high tendency that you are going to forget them in the long run.

4. Verbalize your thoughts. There are some people that are great in returning verbal advices that you can turn into that magical idea you need to boost your business. Talking is always helpful when you want to magnify your thoughts in your mind. Make sure that you are voicing out to someone that you trust as you do not want to share your plans to your rivals that might develop and steal your ideas.

5. Keep learning. On a daily basis, keep your thoughts functioning by learning new things as you progress in your business. This can be very easy especially with the Internet wherein a large database of information is present to be exploited by almost anyone. It is also a good choice to talk to other people that are experts in the business industry in order to learn techniques that they have used in being successful.

If you want to know the ways on how you can start formulating business …

Saving money is what every citizen in America claims to strive for. Our society, in this time of day is beyond bankruptcy. We have dug ourselves in a hole so deep that the walls would be difficult to find just to try and climb out of. Our deficit is so large that we owe China twice as much as our worth. Business owners are struggling to keep their doors open while large corporations keep prospering taking all the money from people and keeping it to themselves. Most corporate employees get paid minimum wage or just a bit more. So where is all this money disappearing to? Into the fat wallets of corporate owners and into accounts overseas. Instead of recognizing this, our friends, families and co-workers continue to use services of big corporations allowing them to profit. People do not comprehend that if they were to buy their clothes from local stores and shops they would bring revenue into family operated businesses which would allow those families to spend money on other local businesses. This was the trading mechanism society used hundreds of years ago to keep up with bills and survive. This would ultimately be a win for everyone since it would only be money transferring back and forth between ourselves as opposed to the big corporations that move their revenue elsewhere.

Another important method we need to bring to the table is overspending. The average American family acquires about $117,951 of debt which adds up to $2 trillion dollars statewide. It is extremely unusual that Americans are in debt than England earns a year. Why is this we ask ourselves? Is it because our mentality is to want everything that our neighbors have and more? Is it because we are selfish and greedy and will acquire any credit just to live a certain type of lifestyle that we cannot afford? Sadly, this is the honest truth and what lead us to spiral out of control as a country. Our government, along with ourselves, have failed to live within our means.

Here is another myth we live by: “if you pay your credit-card balance off every month, you get “free use” of their money. FALSE. The fact is, 78 percent of credit-card holders do NOT pay off their credit cards every month. Credit-card users spend 12 to 18 percent more when using credit instead of cash. It hurts to spend cash, so you spend less.”

We really need to reevaluate our spending habits and where exactly we spend them. Use a family owned coffee shop instead of the local Starbucks. Shop at the small local shops for attire as, opposed to shopping at the mall. Purchase your car insurance at a family owned agency, instead of getting ripped off by money hungry insurance companies. Most of all stop using your credit cards so much and live more conservatively. Our children are our future and we want to raise them with the correct ethics and morals.…

The term “financial skills” covers a range of activities that a professional buyer or procurement executive needs to have if they are to deliver value for money and manage commercial risk for their organisation. However, these skills are not always covered by conventional training which means that a buyer could be creating needless exposure both for themselves and their career as well as their organisation.

There are six financial skills that everyone who works in procurement should acquire.

1. Financial analysis – this covers the use of financial ratios that enable you to identify suppliers who are under performing compared to their competitors or who might be financially vulnerable and so create a supply risk for you. Ratios compare one financial value with another in order to give you an insight into the way that supplier is run. For example, liquidity ratios look at the ability of a supplier to meet its short-term financial obligations by dividing the value of current assets (such as cash and inventory) with the value of current liabilities (such as creditors). Other ratios tell you how efficient the supplier is in turning sales into profit, generating sales from the use of assets and its ability to grow.

2. Activity based costing – this is a method that takes all of the costs of an organisation and assigns them to the products or services that the supplier sells. The big difference between this approach and more conventional costing methods is that it first allocates costs to the activities that create those costs and then to products or services in direct proportion to the amount of those activities that they use in their production or service fulfillment. What this means is that you get a clearer picture of the true costs of making a product or delivering a service than you get from conventional means. The importance of this for the buyer is that they get an understanding of what drives costs and so what actions suppliers can take to reduce them which in turn lets them reduce the price to the buyer and still make an acceptable profit.

3. Understanding profit and loss accounts and balance sheets – the profit and loss account shows a buyer a summary of all the transactions a supplier has made in a period of time (such as a year) with the resulting profit they make and the balance sheet is a snapshot of the financial position of the supplier at that point in time. Accounting policies that the supplier adopts can make a big difference to the declared profit; for example, a supplier can choose how much to charge each year to the profit and loss account for an asset it has bought and this can have a major impact on the profit in any one year. Knowing what accounting policies a supplier uses can help a buyer to understand their accounts and so make sure that the financial ratios that are used to get an insight paint an accurate …