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The Startup Guide for Entrepreneurs

The Startup Guide for Entrepreneurs
  Part 2 of this series is coming through….   Here’s another humble attempt to showcase India’s ‘Most preferred #Startups to work for’, startups that promise a great deal of work, value and learning to the professionals and freshers out there. 1. Ola – Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola is not only India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation, but also one of the most talked about ‘startups’ from India. Ola has also emerged as the top preferred startup to work for in our survey. The Billion Dollar Unicorn has surely caught the imagination of the young employable population. 2. Zoomcar – At No. 2 is another startup that is solving the problem of urban transportation. This self-drive car rental company raised $11 million from Sequoia Capital, Empire Angels and NGP, a week back. 3. FreeCharge – FreeCharge occupies the third position on the leaderboard. Earlier this year, FreeCharge was acquired by Snapdeal in one of the biggest M&A in the Indian internet ecosystem. 4. Freshdesk – It is encouraging to see a B2B startup occupying the fourth position on this list. Freshdesk is steadily appearing to be one of the best product startups built out of India. Perhaps a testimony to this was its latest $50 Million Series E funding from Tiger Global, Google Capital and Accel. 5. Housing – Unscathed by the myriad controversies surrounding it, Housing still manages to make it to the fifth spot on the ‘Preferred startups to work for’ list. The startup that is known for a ‘fun’ work culture has big bets placed on it by Softbank.  2015 has been a dream run for Indian startups so far.  The entrepreneurial spirit is at all time high with over $3.5 billion invested across 380 disclosed deals in the first of half of 2015. For the first time, Delhi-NCR has overtaken Bengaluru in terms of the number of deals. Of the total amount which has been raised by the startups, majority is being deployed for hiring talent, building technology and scaling up/expansion. Stress on customer acquisition is getting overshadowed by the pressure to hire brighter and smarter talent in a startup. Curated from These are India’s 15 most preferred startups to work for...
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The 9 Most Despised Work Personalities

The 9 Most Despised Work Personalities
The 9 Most Despised Work Personalities #HRM Visit Human Resource Development to save pins more of this...
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How to write a business plan?

How to write a business plan?
How to Write a Business Plan When you write your business plan, start with the basics, and write the things that you have already thought about. Here are a few business plan starter questions. 1. What is your mission statement? Your mission statement is what you want to do now, and your vision statement is what you want to do in the future. 2. What are your top keys to success? Don’t write a laundry list of keys, keep it simple, and focused. 3. What is your value proposition? Why should someone do business with you? 4. What are your core competencies or skills? 5. What is your start up budget? Write it like a grocery list, at first, and add up the numbers. 6. The executive summary is written last; after the entire business plan is, absolutely, finished. Think of the executive summary as your movie trailer, build to attract interest in your business. Writing a business plan is a huge undertaking, and if you have never done it before, it is down-right scary. The web has loads of sample plans, but how do you, really, write your own business plan, your own way? How do you write the plan that accomplishes the goals that you want to accomplish in your business?   Ask Yourself the Right Questions First things first, you have to start thinking about what you’re not thinking about. Ask yourself the right questions, about your business and put it into your plan notes. The best way to write a business plan is to write it in small segments or pieces. Forget trying to consume, writing the entire plan as a large, mammoth, assignment. It is, too, overwhelming, give yourself a break, and write small bursts, of information. It is easier, to write your top three to five business objectives, clearly and concisely when you are not looking down the barrel of a twenty-thirty page business plan. Curated from How to write a business plan? Download your copy of $100 Startup One-Page Business Plan...
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Work Can Be Play

Work Can Be Play
“There are no secrets to success; it is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” “Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.” “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” “Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” #Strategy of Smart Work I would like to suggest a few ways as to “How to improve your efficiency and quality of your work” without feeling the pinch. You don’t need to put in enormous hours of work to prove your mettle as it might only make you more exhausted and drain you of your physical and mental stamina. When we’re working hard, other areas of our life get neglected: Maybe you’re working long hours but eating poorly and never exercising. It might not seem like such a bad choice now, but when you run into health problems a few years down the road, you’re going to wish you’d found a better balance. Working too hard can have a really negative effect on your quality of life, too. Long hours and the pressure to keep doing more can lead to stress, burn out, depression, or just that miserable feeling of is this all there is to life? So how can you get away from the mindset of working hard and start working smart? Every 20 minutes take a break – Getting up to have a coffee or some water will make you feel agile. This suits well for the desk potataos who are wedded to the computers. Prioritize the issues to be sorted out that particular day and focus your attention only on those issues until they are solved. This acts as a positive reinforcer and prepares you for the next challenge. If you find yourself with an excuse not to do it, tell yourself “Do it now”. “First Things First” is one of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It means taking care of the most important things in your life before turning to the rest. Rather than trying to do everything at once, pick one or two key goals for each year, and focus wholeheartedly on those. It’s much better to actually accomplish a dream than to have a vague stab at lots of different things … only to end up making very little progress. Info: Pickthebrain.com Learn to say “NO” However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about. Sleep at least 7-8 hours. Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep for their bodies and minds to function optimally. You know if you’re getting enough. Listen to your body, and don’t underestimate the value of sleep. Devote your entire focus to the task at hand. Close out all other browser windows. Put your phone away, out of sight and on silent. Find a quiet place to work, or listen to some music if that helps you. Exercise and eat healthy Numerous studies have linked a healthy lifestyle with work productivity. Similar to getting enough sleep, exercising and eating healthily boost energy levels, clear your mind, and allow you to focus more easily. Delineate a time limit in which to complete task. Instead of just sitting down to work on a project and thinking, “I’m going to be here until this is done,” try thinking, “I’m going to work on this for three hours”. The time...
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5 Best Social Media Quotes

5 Best Social Media Quotes
Awesome #Social Media Quotes to Guide Your Marketing #Strategy A strong Social Media Presence is inevitable to grow your business now-a-days. If you are not part of the mayhem, people are not going to remember you. Say, if you are a blogger and you post some 2 to 3 articles per week, it is not enough. The point is, are you smart enough to reach the right target audience which is never possible without the help of social media. Look at all these social media strategists and their insights – Full of experience and first hand information. Personally I love Twitter platform as it offers boundless possibilities to meet new faces and gather huge contacts in no time. The interface is simple but very effective and suitable for all kinds of businesses. You can cut across your message in a single powerful headline ofcourse with relevant hashtags. Quotes have always inspired me and now my focus is on #social media marketing which is the rage of the century. I thought of picking up some really useful and interesting quotes on social media by some popular social media hooligans. These will definitely open your eyes on the subject and make you understand why it is difficult for businesses to thrive without establishing their online presence through social media networks. Sean Gardner @2morrowknight “Social media is not just an activity; it is an investment of valuable time and resources. Surround yourself with people who not just support you and stay with you, but inform your thinking about ways to WOW your online presence” 4 Ways Travel Enhances Your PersonalBrand and Informs Your Worldview http://t.co/aZFgbhAbnq ttot RT @Linkedin pic.twitter.com/ngSa9eS9Mr — Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight) April 3, 2015 Aaron Lee @AskAaronLee “These days, social media waits for no one. If you’re LATE for the party, you’ll probably be covered by all the noise and you might not be able to get your voice across. It could only mean that if you want to be heard by the crowd, you have to be fast; and on social media, that means you have to be REALLY fast.” 5 Battle-Tested Tactics for Getting ROI on Social Media (Show Your BOSS!) – http://t.co/92l8enSV5y pic.twitter.com/50kRy08Aw4 — #Aaron Lee (@AskAaronLee) September 9, 2015 Jeff Bullas @jeffbullas “Social media is a hungry beast. The social networks require constant feeding. They need to be thrown a diet of content that keeps readers and viewers coming back for more. This is one of the biggest challenges if you want to do social at scale.” 7 Step Content Creation Strategy for Epic ContentMarketing http://t.co/s4VhCaPtK2 marketingtips pic.twitter.com/bwYDBkR2yN — #Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas) September 14, 2015 Neal Schaffer @NealSchaffer “If You’re Not Regularly Experimenting with Your Social Media Efforts, You’re Not Maximizing Your Social.” Do you think you’ve mastered the art of social media? via @FastCompany http://t.co/Tq7SDTdyeg RT @msocialbusiness pic.twitter.com/VtgvkGw3f4 — #Neal Schaffer (@NealSchaffer) September 13, 2015 Neil Patel @neilpatel “The foundation of your social media strategy is to understand who your target audience is andwhy they use social media. To do so, we need to utilize demographics and psychographics.” How to Become a @Twitter Influencer: Science and Practice http://t.co/IFdlCO85KI pic.twitter.com/BdJ5eAA5z0 — #Neil Patel (@neilpatel) September 5, 2015 Hope you would have enjoyed this post and please visit all the influencers’ #twitter accounts and blogs to see how many followers they’ve got and just think how they must have achieved this. Let this be a starting point for blogger beginners and other small businesses to enhance their social media presence through these proven strategies. Planning to bring more of content related to social media tools and...
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