Young Entrepreneurs Business Building Tips

Get paid doing what you love! Become a young entrepreneur and start the business you’ve always have pictured in your head.

In today’s age, building a business has never been easier and the potential rewards are larger than ever. While most of your friends are scrapping by, you could be living the life of your dreams and profiting from your business. And thanks to the Internet, young entrepreneurs can build a global business that puts you on the same playing field as major corporations.

Before starting a business, there are several steps future young entrepreneurs can take that will facilitate your success. There are seven foundation steps that will help you to build a profitable business, fast.

Get your mind right. The first step to building a profitable business is for young entrepreneurs to develop their mental muscles and start thinking with positive end results in mind. Getting your mind right will allow you to keep focused and on course even when others try to contaminate you with negativity.

Set goals. Before starting your business, day dream about how you see this business growing and picture your day-to-day role within your company. Take your dreams from your mind and put them on paper. Put your dream on paper with a plan and you have created goals.

Once you have your goals written down, review them often. The more you read and believe your goals the faster you will get to where you want to go. Before going to sleep or when you wake up take a few moments to visualize yourself accomplishing your goals. It’s true – what you think about you become.

Focus on the greater good. This is especially true for young entrepreneurs. By starting a business that creates a positive change in the world you will reap the rewards. When you start a business that helps people, you’ll have positive forces working in your favor. So not only does doing the right thing help others, eventually it helps you, the Good Samaritan, as well.

Build your credit. Having excellent credit is a young entrepreneur’s best friend. With good credit you will have access to low cost capital. When your starting out this isn’t so important; however, as your business grows, you may need business loans to expand your business faster. That’s when having good business credit will pay off.

Open up the Right Accounts. An important piece of a young entrepreneurs success is to have the right bank accounts set up. A checking and savings accounts should be set up as soon as possible. The sooner you establish a relationship with a bank, the more benefits you will receive in the future.

Be sure to choose a bank that has services you need now and will need in the future. Being a young entrepreneur, you want to find a bank that offers business loans, merchant services, business accounts and additional services you may need as your business starts to take off.

Build your team. With twenty to forty percent of your income going to pay taxes, the first members on your team should include a qualified tax advisor. Be sure to choose a tax advisor that has experience preparing business taxes.

Another member of your team, that you need before you invest money into a business, are mentors that have experience in the business you want to start. Having a mentor does not mean you need to hire a personal mentor coach. In today’ age, a quick search online and you can find books, videos and webinars of people that have experience in the business you’re looking to start.

Start a business you like. The last and most important piece of advice for young entrepreneurs is to choose a business that you enjoy. What is it that you’re into? Figure out how you want to live, how you want to spend your days and with whom you want to work with – then find a business to start that fits your lifestyle goals.

DO IT! Now that you have the foundation in place, get going on your business idea.

A Review Of The Paypal Payment Processor

PayPal, owned by eBay, is one of the oldest online payment solutions. While anyone can get an account for free, it also includes merchant accounts to give you the ability to process payments online. Services are available to customers in well over 100 countries, making it the ideal solution for those with a global business.

Merchant Services

PayPal’s merchant services include the following:

Website Payments Standard: This simple solution includes easy HTML you can install on your website. Choose a buy now, add to cart, donate, or buy gift certificate button. It is already integrated into all third-party shopping cart systems, or you can get a shopping cart directly from the site if you don’t have one. Their Virtual Terminal feature allows you to accept payments via phone, fax, mail or in-person. Also supports recurring or subscription payments. This option also allows you to automatically calculate sales tax and shipping, as well as print out postage. When you’re done for the month, download your data to your accounting software such as Quick Books.

Website Payments Pro: All the features of standard, plus a built in shipping center to allow you to print packing slips, Express Checkout for those who already have a PayPal account, risk protection, and more.

Email Payments: You don’t even need a website to use this feature. Send an email payment request to anyone with an email address in 190 countries and they can pay you directly through email. You can generate QuickBooks or Outlook invoices to send to your client. Fast processing and includes the shipping center feature as well as many others.

Payflow Gateway: There are two versions to this option. With the Pro option you can let customers make payments without ever leaving your site. Powerful reports and management tools included with PayPal manager. You must have a merchant account to use this option.

Express Checkout: This can be used with other options. Basically, if a customer already has an account with PayPal, they can check out quickly and easily. Customer’s without one can sign up or use another payment option.

International Sales: This is not a service per se, but an area of the site to help you learn more about selling internationally.

Keep in mind though, that PayPal does not allow you to sell leads, it is against their terms of service. Also, PayPal has been known to shut down accounts selling business and multi-level programs without warning, and as a rule release the funds 6 months or later.

How to Sign Up

To open a Premier or Business account with PayPal is easy. Simply go to the website and enter your information. Opening an account and withdrawing money into a US bank account is free. Adding funds if you want to shop are also free. For all other transactions, the fee is 1.9% to 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction. Transactions can be from a PayPal Balance, Instant Transfer, eCheck, Credit Card, Debit Card, or Buyer Credit.

You will need to call about opening a merchant account. Some of the services, such as Virtual Terminal and Website Payments Pro, have monthly fees depending on the package you are using. Payflow Gateway has a one-time set up and a monthly fee.

If you are looking for a global solution that will allow your company to reach almost 200 countries, look no further.

Even Small Business Owners Have Assets To Protect

Unfortunately, asset protection is often ignored or lost in the long list of things to do when starting or building your business. This mistake can cost you and your family when you least expect it.

What’s Involved in Protecting Your Assets?

Asset protection planning is a simple concept. First you catalogue all of your personal and business assets, such as bank and brokerage accounts, personal property and real estate, etc. Next you identify possible financial threats and then you insulate yourself from threats using a combination of different legal entities (trusts, corporations, limited liability companies, etc.) and insurance.

Properly done, this will help protect your current and future assets from loss due to the hazards of everyday life, such as lawsuits, business failures, and creditor claims.

To create an asset protection plan, you’ll need to review your potential exposure to financial loss, assess the different types of protection available, evaluate potential tax issues involved and analyze your ongoing personal financial needs, such as qualifying for mortgages and easily accessing assets when required. You should work with competent financial and legal advisors who are familiar with asset protection strategies.

Small Business Owners Beware

As a small business owner, there are several areas that warrant your concern. The first is to take financial liability issues into account when you choose the type of legal structure within which you’ll run your business (corporation, limited liability company, etc.). Once established, take care to follow the legal requirements of the entity you choose, so that you don’t jeopardize your personal assets. Some examples of this are not mixing business and personal expenses, not treating your business bank accounts as personal piggybanks, keeping necessary records, having the proper corporate officers and establishing a Board of Directors in corporations.

Personal guarantees are another common source of financial exposure. Lenders, landlords and leasing companies often ask for a personal guarantee from the owner of a small business. This means exactly what it says; you are providing a personal guarantee of repayment. If your business can’t make the payments the creditor can and will go after you and your personal assets.

Many entrepreneurs use personal credit cards and credit lines to get started. This may give you the credit you need, but it is ultimately a personal obligation. So if your business doesn’t have the cash flow to pay the bill, you’ll have to deal with these credit balances yourself. And the hefty finance charges can add up fast. Use extreme caution when leveraging personal credit for business use.

And then there is insurance. Small businesses often underinsure to keep overhead expenses low. This is risky. Losses do happen and they can quickly put an under-protected company out of business or hamper it severely. Be realistic when evaluating the type (liability, property, malpractice, etc.) and the amount of insurance you carry.

Be Safe, Not Sorry – Protect Your Assets

Depending on your individual situation, there are a variety of asset protection tools from which to choose ranging from the relatively straightforward, such as insurance, to the extremely complex involving off-shore trusts and multiple legal entities.

Seek the advice of business advisors and attorneys who specialize in this area. It is an investment in your financial security. Once you are on the wrong side of a lawsuit, it is too late to protect your assets.