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  • Financial Planning

    In finance, investment is putting money into an asset with the expectation of capital appreciation.

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    When it comes to the world of investing, three words come to mind: overwhelming, intimidating, and scary.

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    Bottoms in the investment world don't end with four-year lows; they end with 10- or 15-year lows.

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    The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

About Us

We all dream of owning a successful company, calling the shots and pocketing a nice paycheck every other week. Oh, there are plenty of dreams out there but how many of us actually take that first step toward financial independence and a quality of life that depends, not on the folks upstairs in the big offices, but on your own hard efforts. When you own the business, financial independence depends on you.

Thats why most people back away from business ownership. Fear of failure. Fear of looking foolish. Fear of what your family and friends will think if your new business doesnt soar like the American bald eagle - the American dream. 

Ive had the satisfaction of starting start several businesses in my career, some more successful than others. However, even my "less than stellar" attempts at entrepreneurialship have taught me valuable lessons - lessons you can take with you to the kitchen table and start drawing up plans for your business. 

So learn from someone whos enjoyed success and learned from missteps when it comes to starting your own business. For me, and millions like me, business ownership is the only way to go. 

1. Consider your assets. 
It takes money to start a new business but it doesnt take a lot of money to start all new businesses. An office cleaning service can get up and running on a couple of thousand dollars. A car detailing business would cost you even less. 
But dont just consider cash on hand. Consider your personal and professional assets. Are you a people person? Consider sales. Are you a bean counter? How about opening a tax prep service? 

Youve also got other assets. Your own tools, a car or truck, a computer - make a list of all of the cash and other assets on hand. This is the starting point for deciding on the right business for you. 

It can cost up to $2 million to buy a McDonalds franchise, so if you dont have $2 mil tucked under the mattress, look for less costly ways to become part of the world of commerce. 

2. Do something you enjoy because youll be doing it a lot. 
It doesnt make much sense to open a landscaping business if you hate mowing the lawn - even if your business does provide financial independence. So, what are you good at? The simple fact is we all enjoy doing things were good at so think about the things you enjoy doing in your spare time. In that mix, theres a business for you - one in which you work 70 hours a week and love it - because its yours! 

3. Dont borrow money. 
Okay, maybe you can borrow a few thousand from a friend or family member but dont start maxxing out your credit cards to get your business up and running. Its hard enough to launch a start-up without a heavy debt load the day you open shop. 

4. How entrenched is the competition? 
Youre a certified financial planner considering opening a small office in town. Okay, have you opened the phone book to see how much competition there is in your region? Why swim upstream? 

If there are already 10 financial planning firms within a 20 mile radius, chances are these companies have their client bases in place. They also have the resources to blow your little store front to bits with marketing and promotion. The key? Study local competition and start looking for business locations where youre not fighting for attention in a throng of like-minded business owners. 

5. Keep your cash as long as you can. 
One client designed a beautiful tri-fold, four-color brochure for his new investment firm. He had 5,000 of these tri-folds printed, bundled, boxed and shipped to his home office, which happened to be in his home. 

Heres the problem: this business owner only had two clients when he paid to have those brochures designed by a graphic artist and printed on lacquered, high-end paper. The whole package, including shipping, costs the new businessperson just a little over $2,000. Unfortunately, he had four boxes of brochures stacked in his home office, he was out $2K and those brochures werent going to grow the new business any faster - something essential to any new business. Growth. Fast. 

Cash is king. Dont spend it unless you have to. Lease when you can. Use on-line virtual assistants (VA) if the work load gets too heavy. And save what cash you have for immediate growth. 

6. Develop the plan. 
Just set yourself someplace quiet and start writing whatever pops into your head. What will you need? How will you get it? What wont you give up? Do the free association thing and one thought will lead to the next and the next. 

Refine your notes over a week or two until you see step one, step two, three and four. A business grows organically under the right conditions. This is the time to create the right conditions.

7. Budget. 
Its such an ugly word and if you think living on a family budget is tough, waitll you get a load of a business budget with expenses you havent even uncovered yet, though you will soon enough. 

I recommend to my clients that they keep at least 50% of their start up capital set aside for marketing, and if you can do 60% - even better. Why? 

You can have the best product or offer the highest quality services but if no one knows youre there, that business is going belly up in a matter of months. 

So, in addition to inventory (if youre selling products) and a high-speed hook-up, a reliable computer, remote-site records storage and all of the unknowns that youre about to encounter, keep at least half of your start up cash on hand to tell prospects that youre open for business. 

8. Dont let fear freeze you. 
Are you kidding me? Were all fearful. Fearful of market downturns (restaurant killers), new competitors (lower margins for you), a change in the neighborhood, a dishonest wholesaler - you could spend a day - a week - compiling a list of things that could go wrong. 

Prepare for emergencies (thats what the cash is for) but dont let fear freeze you in place. And dont let failure put out the flames of ownership that burn within a select few. Ive failed and Im still here. Youll fail, make mistakes and fall on your face some days. Its part of the process of growing a business to profitability. 

However, I dont let these missteps keep me down. I learn my best lessons from my worst mistakes. You will, too. 

Look, this is a once-over-lightly look at building a business but youve already proven your interest by reading this far. So, maybe its time to pick up pencil and paper and move to the planning stage.

 

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:31:54 +0530


Here is a fundamental view on the market from Sunil Subramaniam Watch the interview of Sunil Subramaniam, CEO at Sundaram Mutual Fund with Prashant Nair and Ekta Batra on CNBC-TV18, in which he shared his readings and outlook on market and specific stocks.
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:25:49 +0530


Shweta Jain SIP work irrespective of market sentiment. Marry the SIP with your financial goal and you are home.
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:50:25 +0530


Sunil Singhania Says economy will continue to grow and that will drive up the equity markets going forward.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:16:49 +0530


Rajeev Thakkar Among the new theme that they have added is Facebook, which is an international stock, said Rajeev Thakkar, Chief Investment Officer and Director, PPFAS MF.
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:24:18 +0530


Joydeep Sen Only a fund with a relatively smaller corpus size can be quickly repositioned; a large fund will have the baggage of existing portfolio which should not be disturbed.
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:53:45 +0530


Vaibhav Agrawal Unlike other instruments like PPF, NSC and Long term deposits, an ELSS is a long-term wealth creator due to its consistent equity exposure.
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:26:33 +0530


Harsha Upadhyaya Kotak MF’s Upadhyaya said that September and December could be slightly better quarters due to GST-hit sectors seeing some recovery.
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:27:33 +0530


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Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:23:12 +0530


Anand Radhakrishnan To celebrate the Mutual Fund Day that falls on every 7 day of the month, CNBC-TV18 spoke to Anand Radhakrishnan, CIO- Equity, Franklin Templeton Investments. Last month mutual funds saw a record inflows to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore.
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:13:40 +0530


S Krishna Kumar Companies such as Bajaj Finance and Capital First, among others, have been able to innovate, use technology, disrupt markets and gained advantage among competitors to pursue higher growth.
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:02:14 +0530


Joydeep Sen The average SIP size is Rs 3,250 and the month-wise collection through SIPs is just under Rs 5,000 crore per month now. It shows investors are walking in the right direction.
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:03:32 +0530


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Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:53:29 +0530


Milind Barve CNBC-TV18#39;s Nimesh Shah caught up with Milind Barve, MD, HDFC AMC from the side-lines of Motilal Oswal Conference and asked him if the domestic flows are sustainable at the pace at which mutual funds (MFs) are getting it and the trend in mutual funds will continue going ahead.
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0530


Nimesh Shah Nimesh Shah of ICICI Prudential AMC says when you are managing money in fiduciary capacity it is important to have a balanced approach while investing in market.
Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:01:27 +0530


Prataap Snacks IPO kicks off today: 10 things you should know before invest Promoters including Sequoia Capital GFIV Mauritius Investment (SCG), Sequoia Capital India Growth Investment Holdings I and SCI Growth Investments II hold 92.67 percent stake in the company and the rest is held by public.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:29:03 +0530


Prataap Snacks’ IPO opens. What are brokerages saying about the issue? Multiple brokerages recommend subscribing to the issue with a long term perspective as valuations could be higher from some perspective. But the business has a strong potential to grow ahead, they said.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:19:50 +0530


Arijit Basu Among all insurance initial public offerings (IPOs), State Bank of India#39;s SBI Life commanding a valuation of Rs 70,000 crores is fully subscribed. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, SBI Life#39;s MD CEO Arijit Basu spoke about the response the IPO has garnered.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:03:26 +0530


Scope for margin improvement; should grow more than market: Prataap Snacks The Prataap Snacks initial public offering (IPO) opens for subscription today. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Amit Kumat, MD CEO of Prataap Snacks spoke about the latest happenings in his company and sector.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:25:10 +0530


Capacit#39;e Infraprojects to list equity shares on exchanges on September 25 The Rs 400-crore initial public offering of Capacit#39;e has oversubscribed 183.03 times.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:24:24 +0530


SBI Life Insurance IPO oversubscribed 3.6 times on strong QIB demand SBI Life Insurance Company#39;s initial share sale offer has received good response from qualified institutional investors on the last day.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:14:25 +0530


Prataap Snacks raises Rs 143 cr from anchor investors The shares would be alloted to 15 anchor investors at Rs 938, which is the upper end of the price band, the company informed to the stock exchanges.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:38:09 +0530


Matrimony.com has a weak debut on D-Street; ends 8.5% lower The online matchmaking services provider listed at its issue price of Rs 985, the higher end of price band.
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:14 +0530


Subscribe to Prataap Snacks : HEM Securities HEM Securities has come out with its report on Prataap Snacks IPO , The research firm has recommended to “ Subscribe ” the IPO in its research report as on September 20, 2017
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:19:16 +0530


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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:02:11 +0530


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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:50:10 +0530


Online match-maker Matrimony.com lists at issue price of Rs 985, but gains 3% later The company raised Rs 500 crore through the issue that comprised of fresh issue of up to Rs 130 crore and an offer for sale of up to 37.67 lakh equity shares.
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:04 +0530


SBI Life IPO – Get insured for life by paying the premium While every good thing comes at a price, so is the IPO (initial public offer) of SBI Life. Long term investors should lock in to this offer for a safe journey.
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:34:40 +0530


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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:31:22 +0530


Subscribe to SBI Life Insurance Company : Ajcon Global Ajcon Global has come out with its report on SBI Life Insurance Company , The research firm has recommended to “ Subscribe ” the IPO in its research report as on September 19, 2017
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