2 Questions To Ask Before Starting And Marketing Your Business

As we all know, having your own business is the American dream. We all want to earn money from home, but very few people knows what it takes to make the American dream come true. It takes hard work, persistence, dedication, and analysis to make a business work, so these are traits that you must possess to make your own business work.

If you want to make money in your small business, you have to ask yourself a few questions. In fact, let me share with you some of the questions that I would ask you if we were talking face to face. Here’s the first question:

1) Is a small business for you?

I’m sure that you’ve seen ordinary looking people have success in their business. But these “ordinary” people aren’t ordinary at all. They’re actually kind of brilliant. So before you make a comment like, “If this guy can do it, then I know I can”… you should know that these people are actually geniuses in their own right.

So, is a small business for you? Don’t measure yourself amongst other business owners or people that you know – take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror to see if you have what it takes to run your own small business. It takes a lot of work, effort and patience to see your business grow, in a relatively quick amount of time. Here’s another question that I would ask you:

2) Do you have the money to start a small business?

Will you be using your own money or will you get a loan from the bank? If you’re using your own money, proceed at your own risk. You will see yourself almost spending your life savings just to make a business work. So this is something that you definitely want to keep in mind before embarking on your business adventure.

If you are going to get a loan from a bank, how much are you willing to take out? If you take out a $50,000 loan, expect a high monthly repayment, and have a thorough plan of how you will be paying this money back. $50,000 could probably get you to invest in a franchise, or you can buy out a dollar store with this kind of money. No matter what you do, be sure to have a plan on how you will pay this money back.

Be sure to invest in training materials that will help you to market your business. Don’t do brand advertising and find out more information about “direct response marketing” and how it can make you money quickly. Test which publications your ad is making the most money from, and see if there are ways that you can duplicate your ads in more than one publication.

These 2 questions should get you on the right track towards starting your new small business and having success with it. Make sure you right your goals down and make sure that they are met when launching your own business. You’ll be more than glad that you did.

Good luck with using these tips to have success in business.

Education and Training For Nutritionists

To become a licensed or registered nutritionist, you need to obtain specific levels of education and training to meet state requirements. Licensing, certification, or registrations are required in forty-eight of the fifty states. To become a nutritionist, you will need to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, food services, nutrition or a related area at a minimum. Required college courses may include nutrition, the study of food, biology, chemistry, institution management, mathematics, and physiology. Learning a foreign language such as Spanish or Chinese may also be useful.

Beyond the educational components, nutritionists need good oral and written communication skills. They need to be able to work with a variety of different types of people from healthy to sick to the young, and the old. Nutritionists also have to be able to effectively communicate with wide range of people from very young children to cardiovascular surgeons.

Once the aspiring nutritionist completes a Bachelor’s degree and the required coursework, they are able to take an exam for the Registered Dietitian credential, which is award by the American Diabetic Association. The credential is awarded after receiving a passing score on the exam and completing an internship in the field. Be sure to research the credentials and internships needed to practice in your state and for your area of specialization.

There are excellent schools that offer nutrition related programs in many parts of the U.S. In determining which school to attend, be sure to evaluate the reputation of the school, the quality of instruction, and talk to current or former students to get their feedback. Aspiring nutritionists should also consider which specialization best fits their strengths and interest. Whether it is in public health, schools, hospitals, or working for a professional sports team, a career as a nutritionist can present a variety of options.

By obtaining a Masters degree, nutritionists have better career opportunities when entering the field, particularly with positions in research, public health, or advanced clinical nutrition. Obtaining a masters degree can also help for career advancement.

ISO 9001 in Education and Training

While usually associated with manufacturing and service activities, ISO 9001 should be considered equally as effective as a management system for education and training programs. If we consider the desired outcome (learning), education and training is just another form of service; the product is the knowledge, skill and/or ability that is achieved by the program attendees. As with other services, the delivery of education and training incorporates the processes of design, development, verification, validation, delivery, subsequent correction and ongoing improvement. Therefore, when we try to apply the requirements of ISO 9001 to education and training activities, we find that it aligns exceptionally well with generally accepted practices.

A fundamental objective of any quality management system is to ensure that customer needs are met. In order to define these needs as they relate to education and training, we must first define the primary customer of this service – the program attendee. I’ve used the term “primary customer” in this discussion, as numerous ancillary customers may also be involved, including the parents of the attendee, the state which provides funding to the institution, and possibly even the country in which the activity is performed (as skill development contributes to the national economy). In the case of corporate training, we must also consider the needs of the individual’s employer, the industry they serve, as well as regulatory bodies or other interested parties. The list of potential customers can be as varied as the number of offerings that are available; identification of both primary and ancillary customers is a critical part of the initial needs assessment process, and is essential to the overall success of any education or training effort.

Once the above customers have been defined, their needs must be translated into terms that can be understood by the organization, and that can be further developed to serve as a measurement of an individual’s competency. Typically, these needs are reflected through the establishment of learning outcome statements, commonly referred to as learning objectives. Upon completion of specific portion of a program (or upon the completion of the program as a whole), the participant should be able to demonstrate a defined level of mastery of the course content, or be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a specific task or activity. To determine if these needs are satisfied, the participants performance throughout this entire process is monitored, and at defined intervals, the individual’s ability to meet a defined learning objective is measured against an established set of criteria (be it quizzes, examinations, demonstrations or other evaluation methods). Once the criteria established for competency is met, the objective is considered to be achieved. This process then continues until all established objectives have been met for the program, at which point a certificate or other form of recognition is awarded.

When considering what would be required to properly design, develop and document such a system to meet the requirements of ISO 9001, we find that there is very little difference between the approach needed to develop a system for this application, in comparison to approaches commonly used to develop systems which address manufacturing activities and other services. Proper design should begin with a review of the key processes used by the institution or organization, their ability to meet the customer needs established above and their overall degree of compliance with the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard.

System documentation required by the ISO 9001 standard, including a quality manual, and the six “system” procedures required by the ISO 9001 standard – the control of documents, the control of records, internal audits, the control of nonconformances, corrective action and preventative action all have a place in this system (as do the 19 types of records addressed in the ISO 9001 standard); they are just as relevant in this application as they are with their counterparts in other industries. Additional documentation, addressing the various activities performed by the organization will also be needed, as necessary to address the critical nature of the activities performed, as well as to ensure the customer needs defined above are met.

While the ISO 9001 standard does allow for an organization to take exclusion to the requirements found in Clause 7, there are relatively few instances where such exclusion would be justified. Typical education and training activities encompass Design and Development (instructional design), Purchasing (materials and services) Validation of Processes (pilot programs and peer reviews), Customer property (information) and even the Control of Measurement and Monitoring Devices (quizzes and examinations). While the specific processes used may vary between different organizations and offerings, almost every clause of ISO 9001 could conceivably apply.