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Tag: Business Tips

License? What is a License and what type do they have?

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License Agreement. What is a license to be exact. A license by definition is a permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade.(*source Google dictionary) This is very important to learn and know because I’m not just talking about license with like a car or a CDL License I’m talking for about any artist trying to sell art that isn’t their own.

It’s very important because to sell something that has copyright protection most times you need a license to do so. And bear in mind that a license can expire. So you may have to renew your license or it’s a possibility that your license may not be renewed. It’s very similar to a contract but a contract and a license are two different things. For example, if I created t-Shirts with Marvel content like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron-Man, etc.and I posted it here on my blog or even on a different site without a license to sell them from Marvel than my content can be taken down or the company can issue a warning and put in a complaint and if you were to have made a big profit even sue you for a lot of money.

The reason I say “made a big profit” is because lets say you sold a product and only made about $20 from it. Well, most likely Marvel may send you a warning and threaten to press charges if you don’t stop as long as you stop and don’t do it again you’ll be fine. But for $20 the company is gonna pay a lot more for lawyers and court fees to pursue the claim than what its gonna pay. So it’s not worth the trouble in that case and a big company isn’t more so going to look for small independent business people unless they are making big profits from they’re products. (*It still doesn’t make it right and it is illegal to steal other peoples work). But with a license you can sell Marvel products and usually as a part of the agreement in the license you may have to share a small percentage of the profits you make from selling something with their name on it. Soon I will post an artist tips on Licenses and how to get a license from big companies in the business industry. Thank you for reading and stay tuned!       

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NFTE(Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

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The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, also referred to as NFTE, is an international non-profit organization providing entrepreneurship training and education programs to young people from low-income urban communities. I support and will always encourage young kids to take this course as in school because it will set them up go succeed with their business once they get out and pursue their business fulltime.

NFTE(Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

I took the NFTE course when I was in high school senior year and it was one if the best programs I ever took. They teach you the basics of what it takes to be a Entrepreneur and ways you can be successful at it. One of the first things I remember them teaching me about an elevator pitch. Where your trying to in less than 5 mins to describe your product and try to make a sale with it. With an elevator pitch which I will talk about in a later post but you only have time to bring out the most important facts about your product or business. But NFTE is starting to expand now and even if you go to the website www.nfte.com you will read success stories from young adults that took the NFTE course and completed it and are now multimillionaires just from creating and selling a product. There is a lot more to a business than just creating a product or offering a service, business is also about customer service and making wise decisions. If you have kids or are a young student in school right now and your county/school offers this course I encourage you to sign up for it because this is a good start for starting a business and is all free of charge. Not to mention they do a lot of activities that involve famous and real world entrepreneur’s that talk to you answer questions and give advice on what you can do to make your business more of a success.   I’ll have a article on my artist and business tools page soon talking about the NFTE programs and I’ll be giving a little more background information on them and the success stories of people that joined this program. As well as events you can attend too to show your support for upcoming Entrepreneurs. Thank you for reading and remember its never to late to start your own business. 

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Invest wisely when it comes to Business

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There was a time before that I use to make YouTube videos as a way as to help other learn how to use programs like Photoshop CS6 as it is a very advanced program and can sometimes be a little difficult to use. Now at the time when I was first doing this I didn’t know and realize that when you make these types of videos that you need the proper equipment to make them as good as possible. When I say that I’m also referring to like the camera you may need or the microphone you use to do the video. The problem I ran into a lot was the sound and at the time the equipment that I was using the microphone more so I was using wasn’t a good quality microphone. So when I was speaking into it it wasn’t like a lot of these professional type microphones that we have today where the sound is picking up everything. To be honest with you I probably at most paid only $10 for the microphone and it was made more so with chatting on web cam online for the PC, but it wasn’t made for doing professional video recording. So when it comes to certain things business and professional wise you have to invest wisely in the tools you use for it. Below is a picture I took of some microphones that are available at Best Buy and these are good for doing live prod-cast as well as making videos for YouTube channels. If your making a video for like video game play then this too is all a big help for users. I will be posting more of these tips in my Artist Tips page and Business Tools page. Thank you for reading and below are only a few of the good quality microphones you can buy to make your professional videos, I will be posting in the Artist Tips page an updated list of stores you can get good quality equipment!

Microphones

 

Promoting is the key. Why is it very valuable?

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Now I’ve blogged many post on things like the benefits to social media, using as many sites as possible, and making sure to take advantage of using a logo for your business. All of these can be also considered as promoting your business. Promoting your business especially when your trying to sell a product is very important because unless you are very well known or your popularity is high and you already have good business sells then you need a way to get known and recognized. Promoting in a way is a form of advertising and when promoting remember you still want to do so with as many free assets you have access too. Never be afraid to promote your business because it does pay off. Its just like with our websites/blogs, we have to promote our websites so people will find out and read our profile. If you have a ad-sense account for ads you know what I mean because it is based on clicks and traffic. So in order to make revenue you need to promote yourself so you can build traffic and start to make some business. I’ll be posting soon in my Business Tools page ways to help promote you business. Thanks for Reading!

LinkedIn. Should you create an Account?

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Well, for those who haven’t heard of LinkedIn or don’t know what it is it’s a business and employee-oriented service that operators via websites and mobile apps. Its mostly used for professional networking where employers can post jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. You can download the LinkedIn app either on the Googleplay Store or Apple iTunes Store.

It also gives you the ability to create your own profile and resúme. That is the reason why I believe you should create a LinkedIn account because it free and it gives the ability for people to find you and know your skills and capabilities. This is just not for owning a business it’s also for individual people trying to build their profile in reference to building there own career.

When you do create an account you want to add as much work as you done over your entire career. Don’t hold anything back make sure to put all the experience you have an even example of your work. The more you gave the better, people will like what they see and you want to write and make it as professional as possible. That’s another reason why having a blog is a good thing too so people have something to go back on.

In this world today you can always find work and make a descent pay it just takes the right employer to find us. And you also have to put yourself out there and show that this is the career you want. I’ll have a artist tip page soon on this subject but I just wanted to post this as advice for the benefits of using LinkedIn. Thanks for reading and I’d like to hear your thoughts!

Receipts! Why so Important?

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Receipts, we all are familiar with how receipts work. For the most part everytime we make a purchase we receive a receipt for our purchase. But as most of us know we need the receipt as a way of insurance purposes. I myself have found receipts useful when I’ve had merchandise I’ve sent back and either the mail carrier or person in charge of sending it back had mishandled the merchandise which without the receipt would have been hard for me to do. I had the receipt and was told that it was fine as long as I had the receipt saying I did my part the company couldn’t fine me for it. To make a long story short the merchandise was found and returned and I wasn’t fined but I had to call around because I was told it was missing in transit. So always for your protection keep your receipt.

As well as when in the business field always make sure to give your client/customer a receipt for all work done. And always keep yourself a copy because you never know what may happen. Stores give receipt so that you can’t be stopped and so it can show proof that you purchased your food/product. I learned in business that receipts not only are extra insurance for you but also is more professional for you.

I’ve seen businesses get under fire because workers wouldn’t give a receipt. Unless the consumer tells you they dont want the receipt, always give a receipt. Receipts are very important and should always be considered as a necessity. I will be posting an Artist Tip soon on some of the necessities you should have while running a business. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts!

10 mistakes to avoid when starting an online business — Elfreezer

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Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in […]

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Contracts? Why so Important?

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A contract is a promise or set of promises that are legally enforceable and, if violated, allow the injured party access to legal remedies. As most of us know we must sign a contract when getting a hired for a job and usually it’s a lot of legal documentation. That documentation is very important and is usually always very detailed with the can and cannot’s of the work or work to be performed. It’s very important for a individual as well as a company because contracts can save you a lot of time as well as money; and provide insurance for you as well. For example, let’s say your an artist doing some work for a client and they agreed verbally to pay you once the job is completed and let’s say you get 85% done with the project and they pull out at the last minute. Well, now you’ve probably used a lot of money and spent a lot of time doing work for someone that just pulls out at the last minute and now doesn’t want to pay you for the time spent already.

So with a contract you can write down your own rules like depending on how much of the job is completed you still have to pay the full amount because your time is valuable especially when it comes to business. When you make a verbal agreement remember it will be harder to prove that you all ever had an agreement. Even in court. So having everything down in paper and even making a copy of it is always the best solution. Always keep the contracts in your file and never throw them away, you never know when or if you may ever need them again. Please note, that if you have a good lawyer to help you review a contract, then your better off than having a lawyer who doesn’t know the terms of agreement like they should. Also, also questions and thoroughly read all the contact to make sure you know what your getting into before signing anything.  I will be adding this to Business Tools page soon and will have it more broken down in detail describing what you should have on a contract and what to look for before signing one. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions regarding this topic please feel free to ask.

This Week in Small Business, Big News From Facebook on Interactive Content — Small Business Trends

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?? It’s another week of This Week in Small Business and this week, I clearly had Facebook on my mind. For this latest episode of This Week in Small Business, I’m joined by live streaming expert Monique Johnson and we’re going over the top articles appearing on Small Business Trends in the last week. Two…

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Some tips that will help you get better at business — Jenny in Neverland

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Nobody starts off being good at business, it is something that you need to learn, develop and perfect. When you are able to do this, you can then go on to really start being better at everything you do and you may even find that you start getting way better results out of the campaigns […]

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