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4 Start-Ups You Shouldn’t Try

4 Start-Ups You Shouldn’t Try

Start-ups seems to be popping up all around the globe. It’s an amazing revolution that not only encourages entrepreneurship and ideas, but also allows people to solve the problems of people.

Almost anyone can get in on a start-up and doing it well can be a piece of the success puzzle but there are some things to think about before thinking of starting your startup.

Here are 4 start-ups you shouldn’t try, it isn’t conclusive but it should give you a good framework before starting your out on your own.

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    1. One without a solid team foundation

    A great startup is built not just by hard work, ideas and money. It’s built on a foundation of strong relationships.

    People think that by hiring an expert coder or a web designer to carry out a great idea will ensure the establishment of a great start-up. While that can work, for the most part, problems will arise.

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    Great companies such as Facebook and Google don’t just have people with great skills, they all have people who have great relationships with one another. It is also a reason why work culture is always emphasized.

    A start up without a solid team foundation will run into numerous problems. Without the necessary trust among the team members, it’s hard to get anything working.

    After all, if you do not trust your team with your big idea, it’s impossible for them to carry it out. Trust is definitely something that is built over time and it can only be built through strong relationships.

    When you are working on a startup, it’s like inviting someone into your house. I’m pretty sure you won’t invite a complete stranger into your house.

    So first establish trust, then start your startup.

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    2. One that has not been validated by the market.

    The purpose of starting a startup is to provide a solution to a current problem. While most of the time we do have great ideas and solutions to a particular problem, without market validation, the start-up is highly likely to fail. If the problem you are solving is a problem encountered not just by yourself but by most other people, you will have greater success.

    After having a rough idea on the service or product your start-up will provide, head out to society and start asking questions.

    Have a list of questions that are relevant to the service or product you are planning to offer in the future and ask for opinions. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback or criticism because every single opinion you get can be a valuable tool in refining your what your start-up has to offer.

    3. One without a mission

    Any company without a mission is bound to fail. However, start-ups seem to be the “cool” thing to do right now and since there are so many books that can guide you in starting one, everyone believes they should start one.

    While everyone can definitely start a start-up, not everyone can make it last. Besides the obvious fact that revenue is important, the mission of a start-up should always be the main focus.

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    It doesn’t matter if your start-up is for a cause, for a profit or simply for entertainment, having a mission will ensure that every team member works toward a similar goal.

    Remember that beginning a start-up is not an easy task,  and you are bound to face problems and roadblocks along they way. However, when everything looks like it’s going awry, the mission of your start-up is what will keep you on track.

    4. One that is more or less a copy of an already popular venture

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      What makes a start-up successful is a unique value proposition. A great start-up provides the people with a certain product or service that they never had.

      That was what made Facebook and AirBnb so popular. If it’s something people have never seen or experienced, a unique value proposition is the ultimate selling point.

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      They say copying is the greatest form of flattery, and honestly it is. Unless you have something you are certain you can do better than an existing start-up, imitating their service or product is not a good idea. Especially if they have already existed in the market for awhile.

      Try to come out with an original idea, because what people are looking for is something fresh that can add value into their lives.

      Featured photo credit: Facebook Business via flickr.com

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      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

      Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

      A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

      So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

      1. Take breaks

      First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

      If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

      This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

      There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

      According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

      It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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      Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

      If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

      If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

      Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

      Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

      2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

      One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

      When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

      Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

      All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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      For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

      You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

      You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

      In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

      Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

      That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

      That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

      Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

      3. Put your work first

      This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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      While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

      However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

      In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

      If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

      4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

      In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

      When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

      If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

      5. Try to be happy and optimistic

      If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

      This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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      If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

      Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

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      Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

      All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

      While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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