Invent

2011 September


Multiple Sources of Incomes

Don’t put your eggs in one basket is a saying I have heard time and time again, yet people don’t follow that up with don’t just work for one company. They sit there and say “get yourself a nice secure job” which in time becomes less secure and more of a daily grind.

However, when I read what other people promote as multiple sources of income, at best I describe them as ‘schemes’ and worst ‘pyramid selling programmes’ aimed at making only one person rich and that’s the programme’s owner and not you. However, the premise is fundamental sound and therefore what should we do to ensure we take this good advice and invest it in our selves.

As an entrepreneur, you won’t have only one customer, you want many, from diverse sectors or customer demographics which would allow you to maintain sales in any economic environment. This makes sense and I hope you are already doing this.

So why not take this to the next level and own two businesses, in diverse sectors or customer demographics. These businesses could then ensure you a higher and more secure revenue stream. This I’m sure you would agree is a good strategy, however, it hard enough to keep one business going, never mind more than one. This is an important stage in the growth of an entrepreneur and many do not take this step from single to multiple business owner, the true definition of an entrepreneur.

Investing time and money in businesses comes in many forms, as an entrepreneur you are doing this in a very hands on way. So if running the businesses yourself is an issue, then you could provide it in the form of an angel investor, pure stock investor or via the stock market. You could invest an amount each month which may be from your current cash flow.

Multiple sources of income is about ensuring you invest in many opportunities, using time, money, effort, knowledge, network and the skills you have at your disposal. Use them wisely and you will soon have multiple sources of income based allowing you to be a true entrepreneur.

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University Educators have to be Entrepreneurs!

Every year fresh new students enter university, these young enthusiastic people begin the next stage of their lives. They totally understand that the rules are different, they are no longer at school, no longer living with parents, have access to their own money and meeting new and amazing people in a very vibrant community.

The real trick for educators at this time of year is to facilitate this, develop this passion and ensure that it can be channelled in developing and progressing the student throughout the course.

However, with cuts in the system, staff who no longer want to teach but still want to get paid and courses which do not contain any modern related content except for that dated pre Apple/Microsoft operating systems, the chasm between the student and the educator can quickly, in a matter of hours, become only too large for either side to see why they should bother.

Equipping students for a life where they will change career four times, be in dept for most of their lives and develop relationships in virtual spaces first should be core to any persons education. Enterprising people by their nature adapt and create opportunities and we should only allow these types of people to focus our young.

Enterprising Educators are needed to ensure we develop enterprising graduates. As with the best sweet shops these come in all flavours and sizes with no one appealing to all. So how do we do this?

University educators should be part time and self employed, they should be entrepreneurs!

This would ensure that the young of today are learning from the very people that are adaptable and able to able to create opportunities. A lecturer could still do research, run a business or provide consultancy allowing the creation of more dynamic teams within the university. Its their mindset we need our youth to engage with.

University educators should also still work in the industry they teach. So if you are teaching math to engineering students, don’t get the professor of maths. His application of the subject will be purely theoretical and thus subject to doubt by the students. That doubt then generates mistrust which leads to our chasm.

University educators should know how to add enterprise into every part of the curriculum. Learning comes from lectures, discussions, assignments and lab work. Each of these should be designed to develop the enterprise capability of the student, moving them forward in understanding how they will be contributing to society during the fruitful enterprising career for the next 70 years!

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