Saturday, August 20, 2011

The 100th Post - Publishing my 100th Blogpost is a Milestone!

My 100th post! Its a milestone I am publishing my 100th blogpost!

When I started writing my 100thpost, it was like a batsman facing a pacer on a fast track with a new ball on his 99! Those who have been in this situation can only understand the feelings of reaching this milestone of hitting a century!

Only in 2011, I have encouraged and also trained at least six corporate personalities to become bloggers. The recent one is Mr Saad Amanullah, CEO of Gillette Pakistan. In the league were, Dr Afra Sajjad, Head of Education for Middle East North African and South Asia at ACCA, Dr Habib Aslam Gaba, a renowned cardiologist, Emad Sohail and Huzaifa Shabbir Hussain, my colleagues from CIPE and Dr Muhammad Azam Roomi, Principal Lecturer, MBM Program Director at Bedford University at Luton, UK.

But this particular post is about me, how did I start and what did I learn during the course of thisjourney.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

From Marketing Manager to an Entrepreneur- Meet Shamim Akhtar

“In 1996, I landed into entrepreneurial career due to my passion to become a successful entrepreneur, it was a decision I will always rejoice! – Shamim Akhtar owner of Care Marketing.

A dynamic women entrepreneur, Shamim Akhtar believes in nature, her business is related to import and marketing of healthcare products made from natural ingredients.

According to Shamim “entrepreneurship is the only way to transform personal abilities in to economic and social development, help our own self and others, by initiating business ventures”.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Effective Business Plan for Small Businesses

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail" isa quote by Benjamin Franklin.

However many small business do not start with proper planning. Most start-up entrepreneurs are categorized in the “accidental entrepreneurship” category where things happen as they happen, where fire-fighting is a norm and future is unpredictable.

Having spoken to many small business owners, I have come to realize that mainly due to the lack of capacity and business management skills, small businesses consider business planning a useless and time consuming exercise. They do not realize that an effective business plan helps businesses understand risks and define a pathway to success.

Simple business plan is a sketch of what the business would look like in due course, often called a blueprint for creating a successful business. For small businesses, there is no need for anything too complex. Their business plan is an equation of resources (financial, human, intellectual), inventory/service, market, marketing and in the end projected profits.

It is your business and you should prepare a plan to make it successful!
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