Question: What is the name of your business?
Your Answer: Essay-Point.Com .
Question: Where is your business located (city & state)? Who are the customers you serve? What products or services does you company provide?
Your Answer: Located in LA, California. Our customers are students and companies. Our company offer writing an articles on different topics.
Question: When did you start your business? Why did you decide to start your own business?
Your Answer: I started my business in 2005, when I understood that I just couldn't work for some person.
Question: Did you quit your "day job" to start your business? How did you initially fund your business?
Your Answer: Not at once in some time. Like many beginners at first I took a loan and asked friends for help.
Question: What has been the biggest challenge in running your company?
Your Answer: Struggle with competitors, as this niche was actively developed.
Question: What’s been the biggest opportunity that came from owning your business?
Your Answer: I have more freedom of action and solutions.
Question: What has surprised you most about being your own boss?
Your Answer: That it is not so easy! I thought that when I become my own boss I would have much more time on my family and relatives. But now I have to keep everithing in mind and take responsibility for myself and my staff.
Question: Is there a success tactic you’d like to share that could help other business owners (i.e. implementing new software, tactic to grow sales, etc.)?
Your Answer: Maybe, I can share some tips how to find the new ideas for business. Sometimes every entrepreneur faces the problems such as lack of new ideas for your business. So, how I defend with this:
- See recording of conferences on marketing, new technologies, scientific discoveries. They can inspire you to create something new.
- Follow a lot of people on Twitter, it will help you get a steady stream of new opinions and thoughts.
- Use YouTube and Flickr to search. You can find what you're looking, and sometimes even something useful you're not looking for.
- Follow latest trends in music, books, movies. Sometimes it is useful to read tabloids or watch reality shows.
- Start using audio books instead of printed books, because they are convenient to use on the road. All the time I read a new literature - it does not give your brain become stale.
- Regularly communicate with children and young people. Find out what they did today, about what they care now.
- Enter the element of chance in the creation of new connections. Attend conferences, exhibitions and other events that are not related to your industry.
- Liven up your social life. Visit the local art gallery once a month regardless of the exhibition. Let your friends choose a movie, a play or a restaurant. Sign up for a course of what you've never had to deal with.
- Register on sites like Springwise, which serves fresh ideas to the business.
- Study overseas trends, read the foreign press and visit international sites.
Question: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to other small business owners?
Your Answer: Always be up to date. Who owns the information - owns the world.