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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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      Last Updated on May 23, 2021

      10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

      10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

      Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

      Try job search apps!

      To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

      1. jobandtalent

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        Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

        Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

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        2. Jobr

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          This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

          Download it for iOS.

          3. Monster Job Search

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            I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

            Download it for iOS and Android.

            4. Jobs and Career Search

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            job and career search

              This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

              Download it for iOS.

              5. Hyper Networking Groups

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                This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

                Download it for iOS.

                6. CardDrop

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                  CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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                  Download it for Android and iOS.

                  7. Job Interview Questions

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                    Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                    Download it for Android.

                    8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                      This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                      Download it for Android.

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                      9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                        Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                        You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                        Download this app for iOS and Android.

                        10. HireVue

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                          HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                          When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                          Download it for Android and iOS.

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