BizTip: N O W A S I A

Hi again, how are you all doing. GREAT rite…

I am doing my writing in English as many requested to me to write in english . And i thought it will be good for all and for entrepreneur it will be good to master english. So all now you know this segment i am writing in english ok.

The year 2007 coming towards the end and 2008 is already waiting to come by. And believe me it will be very fast years ahead and the time will never stop. It will just move ahead and never waits anyone.

From it i learn something that is so powerful to be applied by all of us who aspiring to be successful in any field we choose.

When you look at time, it had never stop even for a second. It has been running since the day this world is created. Many things happened but time remain focus on what it suppose to do. Just in Action by running .

NOW-ASIA—– No Other Way- Always Stay In Action

This is the mantra for the coming years if we want to get what ever we set as our goal. We can get our dream if we follow NOW-ASIA towards what we set.

Remain focus by doing what you have to do and follow through your plan at the same time make changes to your plan accordingly( not everytime)

I hope this tip will make you to take action and remain in action.

So never forget NOWASIA in your life.

Have a GREAT year ahead.

BizTip: BRAND

Hi all,

I am happy today to share something that can be the main factor in your entrepreneurial journeys success.

It is called BRAND.

What’s in a brand anyway? I looked it up on Wikipedia, here’s what the site has to say about branding: A brand is a symbolic embodiment of all the information connected to the product and serves to create associations and expectations around it. A brand often includes a logo, fonts, color schemes, symbols, and sound, which may be developed to represent implicit values, ideas, and even personality.

Whenever we talk about branding, we almost always think of logos and slogans. See the curved on your running shoes and apparel and you’ll recognize in an instant the famous Nike “Swoosh”. What comes to your mind next? “Just Do It”. But do you know that branding can also take place at a personal level?

With personal branding, you’ll rely less on logos, slogans and sounds; it’s more of your individual values, qualities, personality and vision. In today’s business world, it’s important for you as an entrepreneur to learn to promote and market your personal brand. To gain an advantage over the competition, you need to stand out in a crowd. Here are four simple personal branding tips on how you can become your own brand:

B—— Build up your credibility

In whichever field or industry you’re in, aim to be the best you can be and to offer the best you can give. Make use of every opportunity to learn and hone your skills. Become the expert whom people in your professional field go to for help and advice. Give a lecture, contribute advice and articles or  join your local community organization.


R—–Reason of your personal mission.
Reason of  your personal mission plan.Include your personal mission statement: what on earth are you here for? What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime? Specify your short-tem and long-term goals, and plan your timeline to achieve your goals. Include detailed strategies and action steps, and don’t forget to review your personal mission and  marketing plan quarterly.

A—- An elevator speech

An elevator speech is a short, succinct description of what you do, how you do it differently from the others, and the benefits you’re able to provide to your customers. Develop yours today and present it to prospective clients whenever opportunities arise.

N——-Network with your niche target.

Network at any opportunity with your target group of people that you want to be known as expert.Network with writing articles, blogging,  giving talks and any other ways that can keep you connected with your target audience.

D—–=Donate and  Contribute your time, talent, and money to charitable causes

Find a charitable cause which you are passionate about and is related to your particular field of expertise. Give it back to society for the help society has given to you. Donate your time by volunteering to do work for free for a local charity. Give your expertise and advice or even donate money to a charitable cause. By doing all these, you’re reinforcing your personal brand and establishing your credibility.

Your personal brand, if managed and developed properly, can become your greatest business asset. Decide today to build up your personal brand, and it’ll go a long way in your entrepreneurial career.

see you again soon.

Wira Internet

Hi semua,

I am very happy and been very very busy for the past week with great things going on.

Salah satu i have met a couple singapore malay internet millionaire self made. www.zeilarich.com

And Dr Irfan talk show in Malaysia was great with my first product an audio cd will be out soon , www.irfankhairi.com

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And exciting wira internet internet business challenge will be on soon in AbangAbu.TV . www.wirainternet.com

I will update my blog with latest tip soon

have a GREAT day.

This Week Entrepreneur

This week , i am pleased to introduce you one young business.

Its an online business that started be a lady who also a wife and and a mother but that does not stop her from starting on her own.

Just like any other stay at home ladies,commited to family matters and at the same time want to improve family financial status by doing home based business. As she is
still young, that she is confident can do something productive.

39 yrs old, married with 2 daughter age 13 and 11 years old. Highest qualification is only GCE’O’ level and with Certificate in nursing after finished her ‘O’ level.

Staying at home to look after her two girls and her wheelchair bound mother-in-law. She quit her job and be full-time housewife with business minded ambition.

She try to be a property agent with Propnex but find it not for her as have to travel and do viewing quite often thus have to leave her family at home. Her inspiration idol, Mr Sazali Sarwan, a ell known figure and respected property agent in Propnex who is doingery well.

Now hear what she told us in this interview…..

1)What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

I am running 100% online business at www.little-tots-store.com, Ebay,
Yahoo Auction, Multiply, Forum and other website, selling quality and branded children clothing and toys.

No one inspired me to be an entrepreneur actually. It happened by chance after I quit my job in government sector due to family commitment (as I have to take care of my 2 daughter and MIL who is not well and now she is wheelchair bound). I believe in Malay proverb ‘rezeki Tuhan ada di mana-mana, kalau kita berusaha’ and also 9 out of
10 income comes from business, that’s what Islam says. Only 1 from working. So, with that in mind, I did some research on the Net on what kind of business I can do from home, find my niche market that interest me, read a lot from internet and also read books on how to run an online business, that’s when and how www.little-tots-store.com was born.

2)Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?

Certainly. You need to have positive mindset and never, never give up on whatever you do. In order to achieve success, you must face failure, disapointment and many obstacle. And don’t be lazy!

3)Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur?

I can say having online business is having TIME for my family and myself and do whatever that I want to do and most important thing is I can do my 5x prayers peacefully. And also having plenty time to teach my children their school work. This is not possible when I was working as I had to work 3 rotating shift in government sector. My life before
this, have been like tornado, upside down rushing to work and trying to be a good employee, a good mother, a good wife and a good daughter-in-law all in one. 🙁

4)Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there any solutions?

I start my business with ‘0’ actually. I purchase few stock less than $500 and start selling at Yahoo Auction and Ebay. From profit that I have made and customer base that I have developed, I see the need to have a website in order to look more professional, I managed to purchase website templates, domain name and hosting from US website with less than US$100.

5)Did you have a mentor to help you get started?

Honestly none at all. Everything I learn the rope single handed. The only help I get is from reading from the Net, Ebook that I purchased and from library books on business.
I bring my daughter every week to the library to borrow books as both of them are bookworm, just like their mother hehehehehe :), I borrow books on business and motivational books for myself to bring my business up to the next level and learn one or two tips from there.
Luckily for me, I learn Commerce and Principle of Accounting during my secondary school. More or less, I know about running a business and some accounting, that helps a lot. Thank God!
My first daughter who is in Secondary 1 taking photography as her CCA.
She is the one who teach me how to take good photos, how to edit using
Photoshop etc….in online business, picture tells a thousand words, so it’s important to take good pictures and have good editing software. I am very glad her interest benefit her, me and my online business 🙂
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6)Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became profitable?
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Around $4,000. Not much I can say but it make my business running and earn good profit for homebusiness like mine. No need to think about other overhead expenses. I just need to pay US$35 every 3 months for hosting fees and US$12 for domain name once a year.
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7)What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your business?
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As I mentioned earlier, the Net, books, forum and join other business discussion in the Net. Then later part, I know about those people who are good businessman from the newspaper, magazine and so on such as Abang Abu, Sujimy Mohd and Sazali Sarwan. These 3 people are my inspiration. I read their success, how they cope with business failure and how they move on and succeed. I ask some expert like Mr Ed Borhan
on how to make my website more success and learn some tips from him and other experts on this.
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8)What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product or service to get sales?
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For me, the most effective in internet marketing is through email newsletter. Get your potential customer to sign up your newsletter or get your customer email address and tell them that you will inform them of any latest news, sales or new arrivals and so on. I’m sure they will be more than happy to provide their email address especially if you have clearance sale of your old stock…..which I have tried
with success 🙂
9)What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don?t have the confidence or feel they don?t have what it takes to succeed?

As I am running online business, I can give tips something to do with an online business.
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>> 1) Try sells at Yahoo Auction, Ebay, Multiply, Forum and so on that
>> you can think of. Start small first and email or inform your
>> relatives, friends, associate, and those in your contact list
>> regarding your business or your auction and give link to your site.
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>> 2) Take good pictures and describe your product as accurately as possible and don’t try to cheat. Honesty is the best policy, always remember that.
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>> 3) Join Yahoo Groups or other group like friendster, multiply, community, forum etc. There are numerous group that you can join, post message and inform about your auction or website, blog whatever link you have, that is running currently.
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>> 4) Build your customer base, collect their email address, inform them if you have any new stock, latest news, clearance sale etc…
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>> 5) Build your own website if you can afford and if you know how. Try to purchase affordable template and try it on your own, once you get hang of it, it will be easier.
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10)How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?
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Great I can say. I can easily juggling my responsibilities as
entrepreneur as my hubby helping me too in running my online business by helping me by going together to my supplier, do packaging and sending it to post office. From zero knowledge on shipping procedure to overseas client, now both of us are expert on this. One thing that I always tell myself is that treat all customer with respect, full of responsibility and treat them like friends. Most of them, will come back and re-order if they get good customer service, good product and most importantly is trust.
11)What?s next for you?

The next level that I want to bring my business up is to advertise at Google Adwords to get more exposure worldwide. But first and foremost, I must get lot of lot of stock of nice, good quality and reasonable price children clothing. I am confident, once I advertise there, I will get more exposure, more sales and thus more profit, insyaAllah
with God helps.

Simple and Powerful

Hi,AA become very busy lately.

Great progresses in many things that i am involved. I am feeling success every moment and feel grateful to everything that happening.

Today , i thought wanna share something yet powerful when come to making money in business.

I conducted 1 day training today for a group of 50 odd aspiring home based entrepreneurs.

I find out most of them want to know what to do to expand their business.

so the tip for today is this.

3  Step   Process

Step 1—–Connect with your target market

You must always get to the people you want to do business with. Get connected to them through various means like network, offers, adverts, ect.

Step 2——Collect the list of leads

Give something to them in order to get their list, names and contacts.Build this list of contacts .

Step 3——Convert your List into Customers.

Offer them something valuable for a fee and turn them into your customers. Follow up and make them a loyal customer.

This will help you to expand……..

just do it……

This week Entrepreneur

Hi,

Abang Abu very excited to present to you one more young entrepreneur who had started her business despite lack of experience and start to build her business in the field that she choose.

He business located at Rochor Center near to Bugis MRT station.

Met her in a seminar and know that this young lady have so much drive and passion in bringing her business to level.

Lets read what she shared with us……

Enjoy and learn something from this interview.

1)What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an
Entrepreneur business owner?
Core business is the supply of aromatherapy and spa products to spas,
hotels, beauty/spa training schools and freelance therapists. The drive for
empowerment and self fulfillment inspires me.

2)Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?
Need to be able to accept challenges, take risks, daring, willing to learn
and most importantly step outside of your comfort zone.
3)Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur  business
owner?
For me the advantages are - I am very involved in all aspects of decision
making (empowerment), flexibility of time, I reap what I sow, and there has
never been job dissatisfaction despite long hours.
4)Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there
any solutions?
Yes it will be difficult if the business model is a traditional set up and
is not yet/very profitable during the application for financing. More
opportunities for financing if the business idea is something new that fits
a need/void in the market or it has shown some profitability.
5)Did you have a mentor to help you get started?
No, more of advice from people who are/have been in business.
6)Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became
profitable?
$50,000
7)What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your
business?
The internet
8)What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product
or service to get sales?
With a good, quality product, follow through all sales opportunities with
sincerity, do business with integrity leads to great referrals.
9)What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don’t
have the confidence or feel they don’t have what it takes to succeed?
Listen and learn from those who have been in business, including those that
have succeeded and failed. Make a judgement call and observe how they do/did
business – what qualities do those who succeed have in comparison to those
who failed. Learn from other’s mistakes. Know that if you don’t have it, you
can acquire it – be it knowledge or character building.
10)How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?
Still work in progress. Prioritizing is important. Identify what you are
best at and focus your efforts. Example if I am good at sales, I should
spend valuable time doing more “profit making” work then spend time updating
expenses sheet. Leave that to others to help you out.
11)What’s next for you?
Diversify to include more range of items to supply the same market– related
items such as customized bath robes, spa accessories and decorative items
such as candle holders, lamps, bowls, trays. They need to be different from
those easily available in the market.

News: AbangAbu

Hi All ,

Hope all of you are having great time. Me too been busy recently with many invitations to talk as well conduct workshops. I have been enjoying with all that.

My MAP untuk KAYA  too resume after fasting month and now 22th class in 8 months.The next free session schedule on the 26th November at 7.45pm . Do register at www.nowasia.sg

There will be a Money 4 Family 1 day workshop  at SPH Toa Payoh  on 5th December 2007. More info will be out in Berita Harian as well www.nowasia.sg soon.

I also shared some experience  about my entrepreneurial journey at Rentak remaja program by 4PM.

I appeared as a panel Speaker at the International  World Women Federation Industry and Commerce .

More new things are under pipeline for the coming year and will update in my blog . Do give me feed back if you have anything that you think will be good for our community in term of business education.

JUTAWAN INTERNET by Dr Irfan Khary held on 17th November with the next Jutawan Internet Workshop scheduled on 19th January 2008. So been the first to register at www.nowasia.sg

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