Bruneian Life Coach

It is rare for me to read up about a Bruneian who had left Brunei and lived overseas and make something out of their life. Hope to see more of them. Unfortunately it seems that these individuals often find that they are valued more elsewhere and they stay there. Talk about Brain Drain. We need to keep this people here in Brunei, but if the country is not ready for them then it is our lost.
http://www.bt.com.bn/features/2011/08/06/life-coach-brisbane

additionally, she is conducting a talk on essence of sales. check out the facebook invite at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198431946880567

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Changes in Tax rate

http://www.mof.gov.bn/attachments/article/223/Siaran%20Akhbar%20Perubahan%20Kadar-Kadar%20Cukai%20(Eng).pdf

In this amendment there are a few changes to customs and excise rates. to be honest I never knew the different between customs duty and excise tax, I thought they come hand in hand. apparently there is a distinction.

Summary:

  • reduction of import and excise duites, to improve industry, t
  • increase price of sugary drinks
  • increase in price of plastics to promote recycling
  • increase in tax rates for mobile phones, leather and fur skin products, video games.
  • assitance for mothers in terms of disposable diapers and breast pumps.

 

Use of card surcharges can be considered fraudelent practices

http://www.bt.com.bn/business-national/2014/03/13/retailers-warned-passing-credit-card-surcharges-customers
To my understanding (someone please confirm), the surcharge is because the shops dont get the minimum sales through cards.
But the irony is, if they have a surcharge or minimum purchase, that would discourage people using cards. So the solution is IF their sales doesn’t reach the minimum in the first place then don’t bother getting the machine, and when you do, teach the cashier to ask cash or card to promote use of cards, even give a discount if necessary. That’s why the banks promote discounts using their cards.
Even small items by several people will add up. My last year lost wallet incident has made me prefer to lose my card rather than my cash, and therefore I would like to use my card more.
The added benefit of accepting cards for a company, is the less risk of the employee stealing the cash. They might steal the card info, but that is a problem relatively traced and fixed. For the employee, no hassle of cash and coins.

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In conclusion,
-Use card accepting machine if and only if your sales reach the minimum requirement,
-When you do accept cards, on order to reach the minimum sales promote the use of cards through discounts, or promotional items.
-Train the sales/cashier to promote the use of cards.
-Don’t use tactics that will scare customers from using their cards, e.g. surcharges and minimum payments.

5 things to grow your biz right now!

Being a photgrapher, my wife found this article http://photofocus.com/2009/10/30/five-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-grow-your-photography-business/

the article is about things photographers can do grow their business. I found the article to apply not just to photographers but to other businesses as well. Here is my interpretation of the article.

  1. Own Your Own Zip Code
    Start with your own area. Why would you be in a certain area and market to the whole country. It takes more time, effort and money the further you are from your area. A marketing guru talks about how to make your product a purple cow and how building your own tribe is essential to marketing your business.
  2. Show What You Want to Sell
    Show what you have to sell, and show relevant things. Imagine going to a shop and all you see is a Logo, a desk and a person. If you have products showcase them, if you have services, show pictures or certificates, news clippings, or achievements. A fast food restaurant always show the picture of food they serve. Additionally, this may also mean market yourselves. So, don’t forget to use facebook pages, twitter, or create your own website for you business. (If you want to make  a website, you can hire me either to build it for you, or to teach you 🙂 )
  3. Network Like Crazy
    Get to know more people, they might be your potential customers, business alliance partners. Join a network or an association, if possible something related to your business. Even better, find a business development community or association where you can meet other business owners and manager. I’ve joined LiveWIRE Brunei. There’s also the LiveWIRE International
  4. Avoid Time Stealers
    Do the things you do best and avoid doing things that you can let other people do it for you. Of course some people or business may be on a budget. So they may have to do things by themselves. If that’s the case then I’d recommend finding and hiring someone else – a salesperson to find more money for you, so you have the budget to hire someone else to other stuff for you. Manage your time, and delegate tasks.
  5. Charge More Money
    More money more profit, some people would be scared to raise their prices in fear of losing customers. But if a business is the best at what they do, why would they charge less? Even luxury business can thrive in a downturn economy. http://www.entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness/businessideas/article203048.html

I have to admit, I have to master some of theses my self. So wish me luck, as I wish you good luck.

Initiatives in Developing Entrepreneurs

Most people think it is difficult to start a business. Especially if they don’t have the money to start up. Now a new government initiative is aiming to make it easier for young entrepreneurs to start their business. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) will launch a micro financing scheme to help youths in starting a small business. Continue reading