Entrepreneurial Skills – Your Professional Development

Entrepreneurial Skills – Your Professional Development

A guest post by Jared Morrison.

The term entrepreneur refers to an individual who takes risk in order to exercise an idea or venture that he himself is the architect of. It is important that we do not confuse regular businessmen with entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs try to incite change, whereas traditional businessmen work with the motive of earning a profit.

Entrepreneurial ventures, of course, also earn profits for their creators but the underlining difference between them and traditional business concepts is that entrepreneurial ventures are not started solely with the intention of earning a profit.

Entrepreneurs, as mentioned earlier, strive for change. They have an idea and they would do all it takes to put that idea into action. They are high risk takers – not caring about the hazardous consequences they might face if their plans fail.

Like leaders, some people are born to be entrepreneurs. Others can learn how to be one with the proper training. However, it is important to understand that despite the training, one can only be a successful entrepreneur if he has that innate flair.

Like every other project that one might choose to start, entrepreneurs also require the right set of skills to be successful. The fact that makes them stand out is that they are very passionate about their business. A businessman may be interested in his business as long as it earns him a fair bit of profit but it he may not necessarily love his job. An entrepreneur, however, would treat his venture as his baby. He would love everything about it, regardless of its profitability, because he has fathered the very idea of its existence.

Other than the passion that needs to be possessed by every entrepreneur, there are a number of skills that determine the success of every entrepreneur. The first, of course, is self confidence. Unless a person is extremely stupid he would never invest in an idea he is not confident about. Entrepreneurs are extremely confident about themselves and of course, their ideas. Moreover, they require extremely good team management and leadership skills. These skills become essential when the venture requires human resources to operate. Human resource is, of course, required by all ventures but not all entrepreneurs can invest largely in human capital when they decide to first implement the idea. They are visionary people and do not cares about short term gains as long as they are on track with the long term targets they have set for themselves.

Remember, these are the skills that you need to work on if you plan to be an entrepreneur one day. However, the list of skills required is not limited to these only. Entrepreneurs have to be creative and be good planners because they, themselves, know exactly what their venture is all about and where they want to see it in the future.

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Promoting and Managing Business Networking Events

Promoting and Managing Business Networking Events

Our guest author for this post is Lynzie Adams, a freelance copywriter. She writes on multiple topics (including event management and marketing) and has had guest posts published across the web on sites like blogsession.co.uk and listingthings.co.uk. She lives with her husband and two children.

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Holding business networking events has a host of benefits both for yourself and your attendees:

  • The opportunity to meet new potential clients and suppliers
  • The opportunity to share knowledge and information about your industry
  • Potential for people talking about your event through social channels and their blogs which could result in some great brand mentions for you and maybe inbound links to your websites

But an event is only as successful as its attendees and who you’ll get present depends very much on how you promote and manage it.

Event Promotion

Making people aware of your event is your first challenge.

  • Start with an email shot, sending info about your event to:
    • Your existing clients
    • Your existing prospects
    • Your existing suppliers
    • Competitors (where relevant)
    • Other businesses in your local area, where you have contact details
    • Move on to listing your event in your local business press and industry press
    • List on social network event listings facilities, such as Facebook Events and Google Plus Events
    • List your event on Eventbrite – this is a global listings website with millions of monthly visits and is a great place to list your event
    • If you have any high profile attendees or speakers, ask them to promote it to their own audiences online

Event Management

There are three elements to this you need to consider; before, during and after.

  • Beforehand, a clear and easy registration system, either through your own online event management software or Eventbrite’s own registrant system. Eventbrite also has a mobile app that enables users to keep their event tickets on their mobile devices and lets them check in. You’ll need to ensure, whichever way you do it, that your users know where, when and what they’ll need to bring!
  • During the event, make sure everyone has name badges and that if there’s any formal talks, someone is leading them. Ensure everyone has the opportunity to get everyone else’s contact details – vital for business networking. Make sure you deliver on the promises you promote. If you mentioned catering, ensure there’s catering!
  • After the event – you should have all contact details from registration. Contact everyone to thank them for their attendance and encourage anyone who found the event useful to share it on social media or their own blogs. Email those who did not attend to summarise the event, any useful information for them etc. This could just encourage them to turn up next time!

Hosting an event is hard work! But done right, you can build a reputation for yourself and make some valuable contacts in the process.

Image credit: Jodi Womack (Creative Commons). Featured Image: Paul Inkles.

Want to write for us? Get in touch with our Leaders at leaders@robocity.in to present your idea. Thanks!

Soliciting Guest Post Submissions

Soliciting Guest Post Submissions

Many of our fellow citizens emailed us to ask that the MIT OpenCourseware be added to the list of student and teacher resources on edu.robocity.in.

We’ll do it. Tomorrow. :) Thanks for your recommendation!

Starting next week, we’ll be actively encouraging guest post submissions. In fact, we’re certain outsiders’ work may add incredible value to our already extensive network, and giving people a chance to link to Robocity and come over for a visit can’t be bad. At all.

Also, we would like to increase the visibility of our Institutional website.

We don’t have any writer’s guidelines ready as of yet, but we’re working on a specific page to put online. We won’t be able to pay anyone in cash for their efforts, but we’ll be generous with backlinks and homepage permanence (1 week minimum). Also, we’re hoping to give each guest writer a freebie, even though that’s still in the works, too. Possibly an informative e-book.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be focusing on a series of posts on business networking, because the start-ups and entrepreneurial initiatives are on the rise in Robocity and we feel that’s right to encourage this trend for Robocity to become more and more independent from the Italian gov.

~ Meron S. (Leader)

Teaching in Robocity – The Dilemma

Our community began to accept outsider teachers in 2003, when the Robocitans demographics started to spiral upward and our ‘in-house’ experts no longer sufficed to the number of classrooms that had to be formed.

We were forced to start hiring outsider teachers.

The problem our first Leaders had to face was multifaceted:

  • How would the new teachers get paid for their work?
  • What if the Robocity budget was too low to allow for a decent retribution?
  • What would these people think of entirely robotic classrooms?
  • What if a non-monetary retribution was offered, instead?

It was a dilemma. Three teachers were hired that year that soon abandoned their positions because they would not stand working ‘for free’ (as they defined working 3 hours a week for €300/month) when they could get better paying jobs elsewhere. How to blame them? They were right! But Robocity has always been a poor community: teaching here means volunteer work, and our previous Leaders made it crystal clear since the first day, during the interviews.

Today we still have teachers who come here thinking we’d offer who knows how much money. NO. We can’t afford that. We couldn’t in the past, and we can’t now. We have some wonderful outsider teachers who truly care about Robocitans, in fact they often come to Robocity on Saturdays to tutor our students. BUT they’re a sad minority.

What we did with the 2011 Reform was trying to concentrate every education effort inside Robocity, not outside. Many Robocitans have come to us asking for advice on how to become teachers, and you know we’re thrilled to have them on the edu board! That also means that we won’t be hiring outsider teachers anymore, unless they made a specific request to volunteer as teachers in Robocity.

Volunteer, your read it right.

As sad and close-minded as it might sound, it was the only practicable option. Until a better future will come.

~ Megatron S. (Leader)

$6,000 for May 2012— THANK YOU!

Even this month we managed to raise a 4-figure amount for our community sustainance: the goodness of $6,000!

I, as a Leader, want to personally thank everybody who took time to donate $5 to $500 to Robocity in May 2012— you really helped us thrive! This community wouldn’t be the same without the kind donations of its lovers and supporters so, when you can, please consider spreading the word about us on social networks and blogs. We would appreciate it so much. :)

Lots of love!

~ Megatron S.  (Leader)