Not everyone has an entrepreneurial mindset, and that’s fine. I do believe that entrepreneurs think differently from others. They have that compulsion to succeed and this attitude generally gets them through. Some believe that you need a permanent job as security if you plan to start up a business.
Over the past six years, I’ve never had difficulty in writing my publisher’s notes as they’re always based on a conversation that I’ve had. My most recent conversation was about entrepreneurship and the challenges of running your own business.
Many people admire entrepreneurs and their willingness to take risks. Often, they readily admit that if they were to run a business, they would need to have some sort of job security. Theoretically, that would be the smart thing to do. Practically, however, this may not be the most efficient or effective way to go about it.
I’ve learnt, over the years, that one must put their all into their business and constantly innovate in order to achieve their desired growth targets. As the business grows, you progress along with it. Entrepreneurs also need to create multiple revenue streams in order to survive in an ever-changing economic landscape.
The good thing about entrepreneurship is that it grows on you. If you have a business idea, I would strongly advise that you jot it down on paper or your computer, and make sure you dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s. Your business plan should be concise and precise and must be used as a guide during the startup.
With that said, I’d like to wish my amazing team, all our readers, fans and advertisers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
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At Dazzle Magazine we take pleasure in promoting entrepreneurship. Encouraging individuals to start their own businesses, and sharing useful information to help equip them with the knowledge they need to succeed, is what we do.
I know it could be discouraging and challenging to commence a business venture in this tough economy, however if one has all their ducks in a row success is possible. I do believe that one should endeavour to create their own business. At the same time, I also understand that not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. In such a case, one still has the option of becoming a competent and top-class professional in whatever career they choose.
According to the Oxford dictionary, an entrepreneur is defined as one who sets up a business, taking financial risk in hope of a profit. In order to do this one has to be extremely focused and disciplined. The journey to success can be unforgiving, exhausting, time consuming, stressful, fun at times but above all, rewarding.
Over the past few years the conversations that Dazzle Magazine has had with featured entrepreneurs have all been inspiring. Some of them took their hobby and transformed it into a business. Others saw there was a societal need and introduced a product or service to fill that void. The featured professionals have also been exceptional. Their single-minded determination to succeed in their field is quite admirable.
Creativity, confidence and determination are the attributes that distinguish the individuals featured in Issue 25.Their stories will take you on an inspirational journey and give you a better appreciation of what they have accomplished and how they contribute to the economic development of their country.
I wish you a happy read and thank you for supporting Dazzle Magazine.
If you’ve ever had a thought of starting a business, the time is now. Even though you may not have the necessary collateral, you need to begin putting things in motion. There will always be a fear of failing but it is counterbalanced by the desire to succeed. Failure is all part of the journey to success, however, one must always remember it’s important to learn from your mistakes and shortfalls and try not to repeat them.
Some of your business ideas may seem inconsistent with the path you’re currently on, and this is where the fear of failure may arise. Having a full understanding of your desired business venture is key. That is why thorough research is needed. You must have a clear idea of how to go about developing your product or service, and how you can deliver it at a reduced cost to your customers without compromising quality.
Be confident and self-motivated. Your passion and dedication will determine and contribute to your business’ success.
This also applies to career-driven individuals. Entrepreneurship may not be for everyone. However, if you work in an organization and you are serious about your career, the aforementioned points can also apply to you. Don’t be complacent in your current position. Invest in yourself through education by taking a course in your related field. You don’t have to wait until your company sends you on training or finances a course for you. Be proactive by keeping up-to-date on current trends that apply to your job and your daily working activities.
In Issue 24 we have three intriguing individuals who’ve taken their ideas to the next level by remaining focused and not giving up on their dreams. There’s also lots of other inspiring and informative content to look forward to. With that said, I wish you happy reading and I thank you for your continuous support.
I can’t believe that 2017 has come to an end. As we welcome 2018, Dazzle Magazine will continue to encourage young entrepreneurs and small businesses to strive for success. Never give up. If you have a great idea believe in it, believe in yourself. Put in the required effort and commitment and remain humble.
Many successful entrepreneurs have worked extremely hard to get where they are today. Their achievements did not come overnight; therefore one cannot assume that their entrepreneurial journey was easy. They face many obstacles that could hinder their progress. Finance is one of the major hurdles they have to overcome. All too often lack of access to funding and the resultant inability to properly manage their cash flow can be very frustrating.
Entrepreneurs need to be resilient in order to cope with such obstacle and still remain determined to achieve their goals.
This issue features young entrepreneurs who have been resilient and have kept going, over the years. They’ve been focused, on keeping their eye on the grand prize despite the overwhelming challenges they encounter along the way. They are a living testament to the truism that hard work eventually pays off.
With that said, I hope issue 23 captivates and delights you! On behalf of Dazzle Magazine, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Five years ago I had an idea to start a magazine and its vision was to feature young entrepreneurs and professionals. The aim was to create a medium to showcase their accomplishments and the levels of commitment it required in order for them to achieve their dreams.
I wasn’t too sure how to begin this new venture, as being entrepreneurial was new to me. I’ve always been a career-driven individual, however, and because of my determination to make my ideas work I slowly transformed into an entrepreneur.
Five years down the line and twenty-two issues later, Dazzle Magazine is still going strong and there are no signs of us slowing down. I would like to congratulate the individuals who we’ve featured over the years, as they’ve made the magazine spectacular with their inspiring stories. We’ve even taken the story telling to video via Dazzle Hangout on YouTube.
I personally would like to thank the readers for all their support and also all the companies that have made a valuable contribution to the development of Dazzle Magazine.
As Dazzle turns five, we promise to continue delivering fresh and exciting content, and we also look forward to introducing lots of fantastic products from the Dazzle brand to our readers.
With that said, I wish you happy reading and hope you enjoy Issue 22.
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Thank you for picking up another amazing issue of Dazzle Magazine. We are always elated to feature young and aspiring entrepreneurs who contribute to the development of Saint Lucia’s economy.
Being an entrepreneur definitely has its challenges. The main objective for anyone in business is to make a profit. However, in order to do so entrepreneurs need to focus on business development, networking, maintaining business relationships and they must also have the ability to manage cash flow. This balancing act can be difficult but with persistence and perseverance, it is achievable.
In this issue we feature five amazing entrepreneurs who are determined to master their craft and succeed. They have been able to develop their business despite having limited resources, and they have now been able to expand their services, both locally and regionally. The up-and-coming businesses in FreshBiz will also interest you as they too are determined to succeed and are not afraid to take risks.
I hope Issue 21 captivates you and I wish you a pleasant read.
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I can’t believe we are now publishing issue 20. The journey thus far has been challenging yet satisfying. We’ve observed an increase in start-up businesses over the past two years and we’re very happy to see that many individuals are taking entrepreneurship seriously.
These businesses are very unique and innovative. We all saw examples of those successes at the Saint Lucia Business Awards 2017. Green Haven Fresh Farm, founded by Jameson Alphonse, captured three awards; the Prime Minister’s Award for Innovation, the Idea of the Year Award and the Green Award. Algas Organics, founded by Johanan Dujon, won the Young Entrepreneur Award.
In this issue, we have introduced a new section called Fresh Biz wherein we highlight start-up businesses. Dazzle Magazine recognises how much hard work, dedication and courage it requires to start a new business, especially in the current challenging economic climate, so we felt impelled to devote a section of our publication to showcasing those up- and-coming entrepreneurs.
We have also teamed up with The Wave radio station to interview the individuals we’ve featured in the current and past issues. These interviews are video recorded and can be viewed on Dazzle Magazine’s mobile app which is available for both Android and IOS devices, and on our social media platforms.
As usual, I’m very elated to present issue 20 and the new products Dazzle Magazine have introduced. Once again, this issue features entrepreneurs who were kind enough to share the inspiring journeys with us.
During the past month I attended a few ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ events and I was elated to witness young entrepreneurs coming out in numbers to network. These new businessmen and women were eager to share their experiences with each other and gain knowledge from well-established entrepreneurs and other experienced individuals in their respective fields. They confidently expressed themselves and were not afraid to speak their minds and share their ideas or offer suggestions.
These young business people and startup creators know what it takes to become successful and they understand that success does not come overnight. One individual said she is currently embarking on her third business venture and that she had learnt so much from her past failures, she can guarantee that they will not be repeated. This time around her business has become stronger than ever and for her it feels like her brand has been rejuvenated. Continue reading
Passion can be defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Over the past few years, Dazzle Magazine has featured numerous individuals who all have one thing in common. They are passionate about their business ideas and career paths, and they are determined to succeed.
This perseverance is one of the defining characteristics of the entrepreneurial spirit and the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Confidence is another characteristic that I would like to touch on as I do think it plays a vital role in determining how effective you are going to be in getting your products or service to market.
I believe that confidence and passion go hand in hand. As much as you may be passionate about your business idea, you must believe that it will work. You need to have confidence and the ability to sell your product or service properly and effectively in order to persuade potential customers or investors to buy into it.
Persuading individuals to purchase your product/service is not only vital, it is definitely one of the major avenues to opening up your initial revenue stream, and will quite likely remain one of the key ways of growing and strengthening your business. Therefore, it should not be taken for granted. This, in a nutshell, is how you convert your passion and confidence into cash.
Remember, success doesn’t come overnight. It may take a few sleepless nights to achieve your goal but despite that, continue to persevere and be guided by your passion. Let it drive you forward.
In issue 18 we put the spotlight on three passionate individuals who are not prepared to give up on their dream. They are extremely enthusiastic about their business ventures and their chosen career path and they show no signs of slowing down. I hope their inspiring stories captivate you as we continue to showcase Saint Lucia’s dedicated young entrepreneurs and professionals.