3 Ways to Spot an Opportunity

by Chris Atley

When we use the law of attraction and other universal laws to create our hearts desires, we have to become good at spotting the opportunity.

The universe is always going to show us our next steps by way of opportunity or idea. What I see time and time again with entrepreneurs, is that they don’t recognize the opportunity when it arises.

It’s their next step and they don’t see it, and therefore don’t say yes to it. They then start spinning their wheels and become stuck. In today’s article, I share how to spot the opportunity and what thinking needs to be present in order to see said opportunity.

We need to first address the thinking that has to accompany seeing the opportunity.The solution to what you are asking for lies on a different level then the problem. Therefore, you need to elevate your thinking and therefore the feelings and energy around it. You need to start affirming that the universe will show you the next step and that you are open to receiving it.

Receiving is the issue.

Most people unconsciously do not feel good enough deep down. They are therefore blocking the opportunity from coming to fruition. The subconscious mind is running the ship, and they can only see things around them that match their current level of thinking, aka what is happening in the subconscious mind.

So you also need to dig that out and look at what you really believe about yourself deep down. Most people don’t want to go there because it’s painful. BUT your dreams lie on the other side of this work. Once you address what is going on in there, you can work on creating new and empowered beliefs instead. Which lead to empowered results and lifestyle changes.

Start affirming what you want to believe about yourself and pair it with an experience that feels amazing that you have already experienced. It’s a quick way to link the state you want to feel about the new belief. It’s all about the feeling that goes with the thought.

Second, be aware of everything coming to you. It’s so simple sometimes, that people don’t realize it’s related. Train yourself to link everything showing-up and coming into your awareness as being gifts from the universe, because they are. This will help you to feel grateful for even the small things showing-up. This will lead to more to feel grateful for. A client the other day didn’t realize the person she happened to strike up a conversation in a store, was the exact person she had been asking to show-up. Start seeing it, because the universe is showing you the opportunity.

Third, the gifts from the universe show-up by way of an idea or opportunity. Let’s break this down. Idea means a thought will literally come to you. It comes into your awareness. Remember we are a feeling universe and are connected through consciousness. There is a little trick to this though. It’s those ideas that are quiet in our minds and are repetitive. Not loud and boisterous, which is the ego. It’s when we have that constant thought in the back of our minds.

We will forget for awhile and then it will circle back, like we keep thinking about someone who we need to reach out to. That is your next step. It’s reaching out to that person. Become good at recognizing those thoughts and saying yes to them, but following through on the idea. Ideas can also be sparked through conversations with others or through visual signs. It’s those light bulb moments. Don’t allow the ego to talk you out of them, and follow through even if it involves putting yourself out there and is a little scary. This goes back to the thinking piece that also needs to be there in order to take action.

Opportunity comes through people. Some examples are; someone might invite you to an event, introduce you to someone, or straight-up give you the opportunity. Here is the key….


Your subconscious mind is going to try to talk you out of going and give you every excuse in the book to not go. Because doing new things doesn’t feel safe and it wants to keep you where it feels safe. You just need to retrain it to show it that these experiences are in fact safe and that it’s okay to be uncomfortable.

Keep saying yes! Go to that event or call that person anyway. You can do it. Yet again, this comes back to mindset. It will become less scary and you will find that as you keep saying yes, the universe will also support you in how you’re going to make that yes happen. Decision first, universe provides the how second.

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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"Increase Your Health, Increase Your Wealth" with Certified Personal Trainer Trudie German on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #487

Topic: Increase your health, Increase your wealth

Trudie German shares:

-Simple changes that can be implemented immediately
-How being healthier impacts your productivity and finances

Trudie German is a Certified Personal Trainer who was named by Canadian Living Magazine as one of "7 Canadian Fitness and Wellness Celebs You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now."

She is a sought-after Health and Fitness speaker in both Canada and the U.S with her "Body Envy Lunch and Learns" as well as workshops at corporations.

She also uses her Body Envy App to train busy professional women in ONLY 30 minutes, 3 times per week.

She has been a contributor or mentioned in FAJO Magazine, Optimyz, Best Health and Canadian Living.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trudiegerman/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodyenvy1/

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Mind-blowing Internet Stats and Facts

Internet usage has been rapidly increasing over the last decade or so and with people looking to constantly upgrade their smartphones to the latest model, get the latest gadgets or wearables, the Internet is becoming even more accessible and easier to perform tasks on. People now want to do their shopping online, look for local businesses for services or products and interact with their friends using the Internet. You won’t be surprised to learn that Internet usage is at an all-time high but you may be surprised at the actual Internet usage statistics.

For example, over half of the world’s population are Internet users. There are over 3.2 billion social media users and over 3.5 billion Google searches happening every day. There are no signs of usage slowing down with companies investing more time and effort into their digital marketing strategies.

E-commerce has seen sales increase by 13% in just the last two years. So you can see there is huge consumer demand to be able to buy their products online as opposed to traditional shopping. There are over 1.8 billion websites in the world and Amazon alone attracts 133 million mobile users on its app. 80% of UK buyers will research products before they make a purchase, indicating the importance for businesses to have good digital offerings.

YouTube has become something of phenomena with over 1.5 million users logging on to watch videos covering anything from how to style your hair to music videos. Facebook is the fastest growing social media network having increased by 527 million users over the last two years. WhatsApp and Instagram are not far behind with an additional 400 million users over the last two years. The next big Internet-based trend to look out for is the use of commercial drones - it was estimated that there will be 600,000 in use by the end of 2018.

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"Why Women Should Put their Health First" with Elena Upton, Ph.D. on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #484

Topic: Why it is important for women to put their health first

Elena Upton, Ph.D. shares:

-How she got started with Homeopathy
-Why it is important to understand your health choices
-How to stay at the top of your game

As a wife and mother I was frustrated by the choices available to me for my own health care and that of my family. When I discovered Homeopathy in 1988 I knew I had found a better way. Going back to college when I had the responsibility of a family was not easy, but I knew it would be worth it.

Within a relatively short period of time I found answers to my health issues, that of my sons, and also my husband. It was like opening a magical toolbox and I wanted everyone to know this toolbox existed. 

With the support of my family I was able to spend more than a decade studying not only Homeopathy, but German Biological Medicine, and more. Opening a clinic gave me the experience of understanding the power of what I had learned.

Now I have curated my knowledge and experience into an on-going eBook series, as well as the print books THE ALTERNATIVE, Your Family's Guide to Wellness; Volumes I & II. (Volume II Spring 2019.) We are empowered when we transition to self-directed health and wellness for ourselves and our loved ones.

Elena Upton, Ph.D., is a classically-trained Homeopath and has studied and practiced within the natural health field for nearly thirty years.  Her expertise in the utilization of modern approaches to classic Homeopathic methods stems from intensive training and collaboration with prominent holistic medical doctors and specialists from around the world. 

Elena first incorporated her knowledge into a clinic 'The Holistic Resource Center' that attracted many types of clients, with an emphasis on those suffering from environmental allergies.

Now Elena has curated her years of experience into her first book, THE ALTERNATIVE, Your family's Guide to Wellness, as well as an eBook series.

*Information and opinions stated during this podcast should not be construed as a substitute for medical advice from your medical professional. Consult your doctor whenever necessary for your individual situation.*

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You Have to Get Past This

by Chris Atley

Sales. Most of us have a bad taste in our mouths around the word sales right? This is because we’ve all had an experience of being “sold to” - where we can tell the other person only cares about their own agenda, and hasn’t taken the time to find out what our needs are.

We in-turn do not want to be perceived as “salesy” while offering our own products or services.

We need to see sales as being about service instead. A great sales mentor once told me, sales isn’t what you to do someone, it’s what you do for someone.

This rang loud and true to me. His point was that if you are really being of service, then the sales process is actually about finding out how and if you can help someone. If your service or product can truly help someone then it’s your duty to offer it!!!

Imaging a surgeon holding back on recommending a surgery that could save someone’s life because he didn’t want to seem “salesy.”

Take this seriously. You have value. Your product and service has value. The only time you will be accused of being salesy is if you’re pushing something on someone that they don’t need and that can’t actually help them. That is out of integrity.

We’ve all been there – where we’re a little too focused on our immediate financial goals and really want a sale. That’s okay, cut yourself a break and practice compassion for yourself. You are doing the best you can. The real trick is to be able to step away from that and the fear it brings, and enter into a sales conversation with the sole intention of “how can I help this person.”

This involves a great deal of faith, especially if you are really feeling financial pressure. You must start reaffirming and believing there is a power bigger then you, showing you who you can help and how. When you can operate from that place, you can step into being of complete service.

Realize that your subconscious mind is trying to throw you off. The subconscious mind is designed to keep you safe. Putting yourself out there in business does not feel safe. It sees sales as dangerous because you can receive a no, and to the subconscious mind this translates to feelings of abandonment and not feeling loved. It will avoid this at ALL costs. That feels horrible and not safe – warning bells are going off LOUDLY!!

The reality though is that staying small is not safe. Your business depends on you stepping out.

How this looks in business is – doing everything under the sun to avoid picking-up the phone and having conversations. Your subconscious is sneaky and will talk you into doing everything else but that. Think of it like the underlying operating system for every decision you make. If it feels unsafe, it will show you how to stay safe. Like work on a new program or marketing plan, balance your checkbook, redesign your website. IT will have an amazing reason for doing these things too so beware.

Don’t get me wrong – those tasks I noted above are important, buy they can’t ever be the sole thing you’re doing and cannot be the focus of you day. Your day must be focused on reaching out and connecting with new people. If you do this daily, you will build momentum and exercise this muscle. It takes work and practice and it will absolutely not be perfect. I’m not sure it ever will to be honest.

What does this look like when you truly come from service? Last week two ladies in my Sacred Circle program, shared with me how they love how I do sales. They felt good when I thought enough about them to follow-up. They felt that I truly cared about them and wanted to help them. That’s because I do. I care so much about people and their well being that I will help anyway I can. I’ll meet them where they are financially, I’ll offer extra sessions and I will do whatever it takes to help them get to where they need to be. I’ll even consistently tell them they need to work on sales ;-)

One client even said it’s helped her set the tone in her own sales process for negotiating large government contracts. How cool right?!

I don’t share this with you to toot my own horn, but so that you can get a feel for what people are saying while being on the other end of a sales conversation. I would not be able to offer my guidance and support to these people if I had not taken them through a heart-centered sales conversation.

I can’t tell you how many people have written to me after having one of those conversations, where we haven’t ended up working together, but who tell me that conversation literally changed their entire life! Where business tripled and quadrupled after they became aware of their biggest blocks! How amazing!!! Again, they wouldn’t have had those breakthroughs if I had held back.

The subconscious mind doesn’t have the ability to reason, even though consciously and rationally it makes sense that you don’t want to stay small. The subconscious only goes by feelings so we need to look at what feelings are being triggered deep down when you receive a no, or when you think about receiving a no. You need to become aware of your core wound. Shine a light on this, for darkens cannot exist in the light. See it for what it is and please reach out if you want some help on discovering what exactly this is.

You can then use your conscious mind to make a different choice. You will start to see great results in your own business and see how these conversations are helping others. You will then start to reprogram what beliefs lie in your subconscious mind.

AND – please celebrate your successes! Someone said the other day money is love in business. I love this! It’s just an exchange of energy, and someone is seeing the value you bring and wanting to pay you for it. Celebrate this and yourself! You are amazing!

Namaste friends xo

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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26 Must-Know Stats to Optimize Your Ecommerce

It’s 2019, and ecommerce is booming. By 2040, it’s estimated that 95% of purchases will be made online. Companies that are looking to be competitive now and in the future need to up their ecommerce game or be left behind.

With the increase in online shopping comes the increase of customer expectations. Shipping times are becoming shorter, customer service is improving, and technology is becoming smarter. People are making more frequent and more significant purchases online.

By better understanding the landscape, retailers can set up strategies for success. If you’re a business looking to improve your online shopping experience, we have an infographic just for you. Below are 26 need-to-know ecommerce statistics for 2019.


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The #1 reason most people don’t succeed

by Chris Atley

So why is it that most people don’t reach their big dreams?!

1. Well, they start worrying about how they’re going to make them happen and talk themselves right out of going for it!


2. If they have decided to go for it, they let all of the negative self-talk and stories conditioned into their brain from their past stop them from moving forward.

It depends on which stage of the process you’re at.

I tend to see more of the second, as I typically work with people who have already said yes to their entrepreneurial dreams. However, the first does still pop-up when they are still not quite where they want to be and continue to dream of more – a better lifestyle, more support, greater ease – and this is typically after grinding it out and then becoming overwhelmed.

So how do we move through this?

Well, with #1. I’ve found the most helpful thought process is to start seeing evidence in your life and what you have already created, of their being something bigger at play. The universe (insert own belief system here as to what that higher power is to you), is always guiding us and has a plan far bigger than we ever could have created for ourselves. Look at how you just “knew” to make that phone call or follow-up with someone on a “hunch”, and it ended up leading to something great. That’s the guidance we all have there for us.

When we can step into that belief system, we can start to let go of “how” we’re going to make things happen and start having “trust” and “faith” in what we cannot see. Until we see the evidence to support it of course. I’ve seen it over-and-over in my own life and those of my clients, that it is now too difficult to deny and has become a belief I know to be true at my core. I’ve seen enough evidence to support it.

Do I forget it’s there for me sometimes – yep – it’s a constant wake-up call, and I would even go as far to say it’s an awareness on just how deep we can go with the guidance. Where we can literally get support for all of our thoughts and don’t even have to “think” our way out of anything really. But it involves a consistent state of asking and then being open to receiving.

Which brings me to #2. With this one, I see many people getting stuck in old stories and beliefs from childhood (many aren’t even aware of what thoughts and ideas they have accepted to be true) that keep them stuck in an energy that is not conducive to receiving the guidance.

What you put out you get back – so if you feel unworthy or not good enough deep down – that’s the energy you’re putting our regardless of what you “say” you are wanting. Your subconscious is steering the ship and it comes down to the beliefs and feelings you have stored away in there.

Quick example: You can think; “I would love to be successful”, but deep down if you “feel” successful people are in some way rude or arrogant, you will not want to be successful because it violates your value system. Instead you operate from the feelings you have associated with success instead of what you’re saying you want.

That’s just one example and it shows-up in a myriad of ways – procrastination being another.

Unfortunately these things show-up even more strongly when we run our own business. Because we’re putting ourselves out there in new and unprecedented ways, and this feels threatening to our subconscious mind, which wants us to stay safe. Growing doesn’t feel safe. So it will literally show you every reason in the book to stay small – “I’m too tired”, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, etc. and it gets your agreement to stop.

The way to shift this is to start looking deep down at what you believe that’s causing you to be where you are. This can be tough to do alone – it’s hard to see our own blind spots – and this is definitely where I recommend getting some support.

Be willing to go there. It’s hard to look at this crap, but completely worth it.

Then you can start to shine a light on those beliefs, and start reaffirming the belief you want instead over-and-over and add it the emotional feelings of how it will feel to curate what you’re wanting.

For me it was: Your Success is Certain.

And then what that would look like if it was true- how it would feel.

You will then start to make decisions and behave from this line of thinking, thus creating what you have been envisioning.

You strengthen the new belief because now you have evidence of it in your life.

Your subconscious realizes it’s safe to think and behave from this place, and this becomes the new norm.

The two combined together – faith in something bigger than you, and replacing old belief systems no longer serving you – is the winning combination.

Because what you put out always, without fail, comes back :-)

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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Breaking the Laws of Love for Success in Your Business: The Love Renegade's Way with Lauren Kay Wyatt on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #483

Topic: Breaking the Laws of Love for Success in Your Business: The Love Renegade's Way

On this episode, Lauren shares:

  • The truth about how your romantic life and relationships impact your business
  • What are the laws of love?
  • How do relationships and/or dating affect business?  

Lauren Kay Wyatt is the founder of Love Renegades, a coaching company that shows soul-driven women how to create and grow loving, connected, and romantic relationships on their terms.

Since 2012, Lauren has worked directly with hundreds of women to heal their hearts and “break the laws of love,” a Love Renegades term for letting go of “other people’s advice” and using your spiritual power to create and grow a romantic relationship - something most women, struggle to do - irrespective of the number of years in business, client success, or their revenue.

Through her work as a coach and love psychic, Lauren has witnessed clients take empowering steps and create an abundance of love for themselves - which translates into deeper, long-lasting connection with intimate partners and an acceleration in their businesses.


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Ready to Grow Your Business? 4 Things to Consider When Expanding

by Alli Cannon

So, you started a small business and made it profitable. You’ve beaten the odds and want to replicate your success.

Expanding your business may seem like the obvious way to go, but there’s a lot you should consider when making the leap and opening another location.

Here are four things you should consider when expanding your business.

Don’t Try to Reinvent the Wheel

There’s a reason your current business is successful. When you’re expanding, do your best to replicate that success as closely as you can. When adding a new location, it can be tempting to incorporate a bunch of new ideas. But an expansion already has a certain amount of risk. Do your best to reduce that risk by modeling your next location after your current one. Once the new location is operating at a profit, you can try rolling out some of those new ideas.

When considering an expansion, it’s a great time to review your current processes and systems and document them. Creating process guidelines will benefit your business no matter what, but will truly be invaluable during an expansion. Should you decide to expand, having these processes documented will ensure continuity across all locations.

Clarify Your Motivations

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs like a challenge and many of us crave excitement and change. Once your business is up and running, it can start to feel more routine and less exciting than you’re used to. Many business owners see that as a good time to expand, but there’s much more you need to consider when deciding if expansion is the right choice for your business.

  • Why do you want to expand?
  • What do you want to achieve with the expansion?
  • Do you have time to manage multiple locations?
  • Do you have enough capital to support an expansion?
  • Are there any issues with the business that need to be resolved before you can expand?
  • What’s the right time in your fiscal year for the expansion?
  • Is your success tied to your specific location? Can it be replicated elsewhere?

If you’re considering an expansion, it’s critical to have a good understanding of your motivations and expectations before moving forward. You want to be sure you’re expanding your business for the right reasons.

Note: In most cases, it takes a lot of money, in addition to time and energy to expand a business and make it successful. If your main motivation is increased revenue, you should probably explore options for increasing revenue at your current location, such as expanded hours, increased product offerings, promotions, and marketing, before taking on an expansion. It might be possible to hit your increased revenue goals without taking on the risk of an expansion.


Expanding your business will take a lot of planning. Here are just a few of the things you’ll need to plan for when expanding your business

  • If you’re expanding into a new geographic location, you’ll need to understand business licensing and compliance for the new area.
  • You’ll want to create detailed financial projections to understand how much capital you’ll need to invest.
  • It’s important to understand how long the revenue from your existing location can support the new location.
  • If the locations are far apart, how will you manage your time and resources?
  • Will you have access to the same vendors?
  • How will you train and manage staff across multiple locations?
  • What if the new location is unsuccessful? What’s your exit plan?

As we all know, nothing ever goes completely according to plan. However, understanding and preparing for any eventuality will make it easier to spot potential problems and give you a better chance of long-term success.

Keep Your Culture

Your company’s culture is an intangible and often overlooked component of your success. When expanding, it can be difficult to keep the same culture across all locations. In addition to bringing systems and processes from your existing location, you may want to consider bringing some key staff members to the new location, as well. It will help give the new locations continuity and connection and will help the staff feel more invested in the overall success of the business.

A business expansion is a huge undertaking that shouldn’t be launched on a whim. But with proper planning and forethought, it can be exactly what you need to take your success to the next level.

Are you considering a business expansion? What’s your biggest roadblock?

About the Author: Alli Cannon is a licensed attorney, certified mediator, and successful entrepreneur working in Houston. She is the owner of Cannon Law, a law firm she founded, which is dedicated to defending clients accused alcohol-related offenses.

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International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019 Theme: #BalanceforBetter

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength. http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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Follow International Women's Day on Twitter: @Womensday

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100 Inspirational Quotes for Women

International Women’s Day is right around the corner –– celebrate the amazing ladies in your life on March 8 (and every other day) with these inspiring quotes from powerful women like Beyonce, Tina Fey, Emma Watson and Oprah Winfrey!

Women are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. We command respect, show creativity and uplift each other every day. While we still struggle for total equality, we are empowering others around us to be successful in so many ways.

To keep you feeling pumped up, check out these gorgeous (and free) wallpaper downloads created by FTD –– they feature the amazing quotes of powerful women and will inspire you to be your best self and work towards your dreams!


Olyvia Kwok: How an Art Collector Navigates the Financial World

by Ruby Clarkson

If you love art and have a bit of money to invest, art collecting can be the ideal way to combine the two.

There are a number of financial benefits to collecting art and successful collectors like Olyvia Kwok are on standby not only to show you how lucrative it can be, but also lend a helping hand for those who are trying to get to grips with the world of art collection.

Kwok began collecting art at the age of 22, when she bought her first painting for $33,000. She believed that the Chinese scroll painting which she had discovered was older than the advertised age and she was right! She sold it afterwards for $220,000. Since then, she has gone on to set up and support projects around the world of emerging artists, as well as launch Willstone Management – her company who helps people to invest in art.

The Financial Benefits of Art Collecting

There are a number of financial benefits to collecting art, including:

• Art will never be worthless, and the right piece of art will almost always go up in price over time – unlike other investment options.
• Art is also resistant to fluctuations in the market – unlike other investment options such as property.
• By collecting art, you are personally responsible for your assets and they are not in the hands of an investor or bank.

According to Kwok, the secret to making money in art collecting is to understand what the trends are, and it is her knowledge of emerging artists that has helped her to enjoy a successful career in art investment and collection. She explains, “Art can be like super-high-fashion trends. Prices can depend on trends and what is fashionable. One day it could be Impressionists and the next Surrealists, that’s why it’s so important to stay in touch with the market and to keep a short-term focus.”

Following Trends

Although it is important to buy artwork that you like, if you wish to make good money on your investment, Kwok recommends looking for the next trend. She invested in the American Pop Art market, moved onto German Abstractionism then hit the world of American minimalism, following the trend as she went.

Hitting the Jackpot with Emerging Artists

One of the most satisfying and potentially financially rewarding aspects to art collecting and investment is that you have the potential to find emerging artists and nurture them to bring them – and you – success.

A good way to find emerging artists is to visit open studios, where recently finished artwork is displayed, and collectors and investors can buy directly from the artists themselves.

Art Collecting with Willstone Management

Set up in 2010, Kwok decided to use her knowledge and expertise in art collecting and investment to help other people reap the benefits. Although it is possible to go out alone as an art collector and investor, Kwok’s business – Willstone Management can help guide you through, using her innate knowledge and understanding of emerging art markets to offer bespoke art services – with the best possible return, of course.

With over 15 years’ experience in collecting and selling art, in addition to her natural talent for spotting trends, Kwok is perfectly placed to help clients to invest their money in the most effective way, harnessing the power of art.

Using technology

As with most things, technology is beginning to have an impact in the art world. Kwok’s company have launched a free art auction app called Live Auction Art which can provide investors with transparent data about a piece of art, giving them the opportunity to analyse its potential as an investment.

Kwok states that the aim is to “show institutional clients how fine art assets can be more transparent and liquid”. The app, which Willstone Management are continuing to fine tune, highlights to potential buyers and investors, the value of Kwok’s natural talent and in-depth knowledge of art.

Kwok states that "the art market has not only retained its size since the global financial crisis – it has actually almost tripled in size. There have been some difficult moments, but this market has proven itself over and over again," so it is not surprising that there is a serious interest in collecting and investing in art.

Olyvia Kwok has shown that knowledge and understanding is the key to successfully navigating the financial world of art collecting. With the ability to spot new trends, understand the market and be adaptable, collecting art can be extremely lucrative.

About the Author: Ruby Clarkson has a passion for art, interior design, and telling stories. When she isn't writing or looking at the latest art trends, she can be found with her nose in a book. Accompanied by chocolate, of course.

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How to Start a Small Recycling Business with Low Capital

how to start a recycle business
by Paige Ellingson

There are many types of businesses that one can start with little capital.

Starting a recycling business is one of the many businesses that don’t require a lot, plus, it’s a sustainable business that helps the community managing waste.

However, a significant number of them collapse shortly due to lack of knowledge to start them with the right steps. In this article, you will find tips on how to start a recycling business.

Choosing a Niche

Some of the areas that you can focus on in your recycling business include:

Used building supplies: The materials are easily available in your homes or in your area. You do not need a high amount of capital to acquire them.
Junk collection service: You require little capital to start a business of collecting waste in your area. The work does not need a lot of labor.
Scrap metal collector: The collection of non-ferrous metals is easy as the materials are readily available and cheap. One of the places where one can find scrap metal is construction sites.
Scrap plastic or cardboard collector: The materials are widely used in our homes. Therefore, you can easily find and collect them and make some extra income with your low capital.
Scrap pallet collector: Pallets are widely used in our homes and local businesses. You can acquire the scrap items and make some money from them.
E-waste depot operator: Every home has electronic gadgets. When they are disposed of in E-waste depots, you can collect them and earn a living from the work with little capital.
Used clothing store: Starting such a shop does not have high capital requirements. The business can do well even in rural areas.

Do Some Research on How to Start Recycling.

Once you have identified your preferred niche, it is recommendable to ensure that it has good potential in the long run. Evaluate the chances of making good returns in the market. Every business startup experiences challenges and you must be ready to employ strategies to tackle them.

Some business experts urge entrepreneurs to ask themselves some important questions about their ideas. Ensure that your idea will involve providing essential products and services for your target market.

Analyze the Level of Competition

Evaluate whether there are other local businesses that are offering similar products and services. The level of competition in the market has a huge impact on the profitability of a business.

One of the factors that affect the level of competition is the pricing of goods and services. Every consumer would want to get value for their money. You may realize that new and established businesses have varying charges. New enterprises tend to charge lower cost to ensure that they can attract some customers.

Review Relevant Regulatory Frameworks

Different jurisdictions have different regulations on which goods and services are allowed to be sold to the members of the public and how to start a small recycling business. There are also laws on how to dispose of different materials in the area. You may need permission from relevant authorities to transport some goods within a certain geographical area.

Recognize the Seasonality of Your Business

Some businesses only do well at a certain period of the year. It is recommendable to take that into consideration when writing your business plan.

Financial Planning

Most new entrepreneurs prefer venturing into areas that require less capital to start. For example, scrap metal collection and cardboard collection. If you start a recycling business, you will need to use a truck for the work. Include the cost of acquiring the truck and other maintenance costs.

Choose Your Preferred Business Structure

Some of the options include sole proprietorship, joint venture, or as a limited liability firm. There are varying legal requirements for each form of business.

Choose and Register a Suitable Business Name

The business name must be unique. It is an important step as the name is useful in marketing. Consider the possibility of geographical expansion in the future.

Acquire the Required Licenses and Business Permits

Different businesses may require different permits depending on the jurisdiction.
The above information is helpful on how to start a recycling business from home.

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