Preacher, Seer, Prophetess & Author.
BA in Theology with a minor in leadership & ministry.
Advance Diploma in Brain & Behaviour.
Passionate about empowering others for greatness. I am a mentor, life coach and a trainer encouraging persons to find the purpose and to fulfill their destiny.
A seer and prophet who operates in the prophetic and is gifted in dreams, visions and biblical interpretation. Has ministered both in the Caribbean and on the international sphere for over 12 years. Has done seminars and conferences on deliverance & healing, spiritual warfare, intercession, dreams and visions and spiritual interpretation.
Author of 2 books on the above: Title of the books:
a) The Prophetic Ministry-God's seed and harvest (currently sold on Amazon)
b) Which Piece of your armour is missing? Will be released on Amazon in June( Book gives deep insight of Covid-19 and the comparison with the armour of God)
Former Radio co-host who has graced the Jamaica populace with deep spiritual insights on dreams/visions/ end time prophecies and other current and relevant issues.
Former Retails Sales Manager with over 37yrs of experience in branch management in one of the most successful retail groups in Jamaica. Have worked with a dynamic team to raise the bar both in customer service and sales to bring service above and beyond to both internal & external customers. Have an excellent track record in team synergy and product and profit for the growth of the company and the economy
Congrats on you launching your own business line and kudos to you wanting to improve on your skillset.
Firstly it is always at your advantage if you do something that you already know or have the passion for. By doing that you would already eliminate going into the business not have any of the know how except what you were taught. You would have already being practicing that business in an informal way but choosing to establish it would make you feel a lot more confident in yourself that you know the product you are offering . You are already sold on it.
Secondly:- It always help to invest in further training so that you can be competent in what you are offering. With global technology and cutting edge business modules and tools you really wants to be a cut above the rest and to offer the best you know how but in practical and theory. Ongoing training and development is a tool that you are going to be using not just for yourself, but as the business develops you would also need to in-cooperate that as tools for your employees as well
That being said you may choose to do courses either before or start the business and continue with courses that will matriculate you into the best you that will fit you for what you are offering..
There are many online courses of even face to face that you can apply to but ensure that the curriculum matches what you are looking for. Know your objectives and expectation and manage it throughout the course to ensure it is aligning to your business module.
When all is said and done, you can only be a better version of you by getting the knowledge you need. And even if you don't use it now, be assured that it will come in handy further on .
Best of wishes on both your decisions and do let me know the outcome
I like the answers my colleagues gave you. I will just add this : Don't quit
The story is told of WD40....it took 39 failures. On the 40th attempt it worked.
Just last night I watched a you tube video where the young lady said she entered the beauty pageant 6 times and lost but she never gave up. Read also Ben Carson's story.
There are many inspirational stories out there
Success is failure turned inside out
Many people out there have the same questions and maybe the same skill set as yours. But first let me first ask you the following. >What are you good at? What do you have a passion for? What do you find yourself doing the most? What do you find yourself doing the most of? What do you enjoy doing the most? Do persons often come to you for advise and do you often pull from the reservoir of info that you have on the matter? How do they respond when you furnish them with the required solution? How does that make you feel?
All these are questions which will help you know where you want to go. I notice your skill sets and yes you could do consulting, but if you are not passionate and sold on it there might be a challenge.
The areas are also marketing tools and also can work for public relations as well.
There is always a market for what you are offering ...set up a platform;advertise, introduce and promote what you have to offer.
Why not register with clarity and offer your expertise advise on this platform.
Success is those consistency even when it seems like it is not working. You first must believe in you and believe in the product that you are marketing. Sell yourself first. How confident are you in the product you are offering? As a consumer would you buy it if you saw it in the market? If you would I know you would post it on Facebook book. Instagram and all the other media platform.
Use the same and promote your product
You can't start a business without taking stock or having an inventory. You must know what is the capital you are investing in the business both in cash and in fixed asset. What stock are you transferring to help the start up. That's how you will be able to ascertain if you are operating at a profit or loss.
I would suggest you create a ledger (a book) where you list every dollar that you are putting in. This should include petrol, stationary, salary etc. Keep your receipts because every expenditure must be accounted for .
I would also suggest that since you are new at it set your inventory schedule where you can do regular stock count. This would give you a clear understanding and an early sign when things are not going as planned.
Hope this help. I would love to have a further dialog with you. Fell free to schedule a call so both of us could discuss further.
I agree with what my fellow experts have already said however i will add one more thing.
Whilst i like a few of the templates from some of the websites i find that they are generic and everyone uses them. That for me does not give me the flair, style and uniqueness that i want to convey.
For that reason I have been doing something different. I have already authored 2 books and what I did was got a graphic artist to design my own image that I have created. That way I own the copyright , have my own brand and have the option to tweek it accordingly.
When I do that i actually feel that I have accomplished something and that my brand has a stamp on the internet.
Since your business is going to be ongoing and will gain momentum why not get a software like Adobe Indesign and make yourself flexible to learning. I am trying my hand at that myself
Brand..brand..brand. People go for quality brand. What are the top brand in kitchen appliances. I worked in a retail industry for almost 40yrs and I can tell you that persons go for brand, features and benefits.
What can the product do for them? How will it stand up in the market? What is the life span ? Are you only giving them the manufacturers warranty or are you able to sell them an extended warranty with the product?
You must do your research on the products so you know with confidence that the product can stand up to what you say it can do for them.
You are going to have different types of clients and depending on their needs. You should know say for instance: is a GE product more efficient than a Whirlpool or Frigidaire etc.. What is the manufacturers warranty on rust?.
Hope this was helpful, you may schedule a call if you wish to discuss further.
There are ways and means of arriving at a cost that is beneficial and gives you tangible profit. In terms of hard product say furniture , appliances etc I am going to take you to a principle in marketing known as loss leading. This is where you look at the purchase price of the product and then check your competitor's price. You are prepared to create a price which is less than your competitor but enough to give you a good profit, thereby taking the lead in price market . This is a really good strategy if you purchase items in bulk or wholesale where you get them at a cheaper rate.
Another way to mark up your pricing is. The cost price plus your time plus the margin of profit you have in mind. When you have created that price you need to also match your competitor to see if you are on par, below or above. If it is above and you are satisified that you want it to stay at that price you must prove to your buying public why they should purchase your product above the other person's when it is the identical thing being offered. At this point you must be prepared that areas such as customer service is way above the competitor. I personally will buy something even if it is more expensive as long as I am receiving excellent customer service. Other areas to look at is the whole feel and ambiance that I get when I zoom into your business.
If it is an intangible service that you are offering you must be able to measure it by the passion that you have for it. That passion will drive you for excellency and professionalism.
Barber and hair salon: Measure this by the price margin within your area. Considering all the products you are using and create your price margin. Try to stay within that or just a little above.
In all these set up , never forget that your business reflects you and persons are looking for quality to go with the quantity. Don't short change them. Give value for money
Wow! Good question. The way is endless and could yield you so much. Think of innovation and creativity. These are just some ideas that I used and it worked and cost less and yield much profit. Depending on where you are some might not work but for what it's worth give some a try. Crowd gathering would have been ideal, but since we are in a pandemic try some of the others. Depends on how wide you intend your product to go, how far will you go.
a) Posters and flyers distribution.
b) Use your directory and connect either through phone, email or drop off.
c) Sample products to prospected clients.
d) Parish to parish, city to city or state to state drive through promotion.
e) You can put an advert on your vehicle with all the details.
There are other creative methods. Try these and let me know.
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