What is e-business, and why should I care?

Of all the Internet buzzwords, E-business is perhaps the most mis-understood. We see e-commerce every day. From e-bay to Amazon, e-commerce allows the consumer to buy, sell and pay for products and services online. We also see e-marketing from search engine results, from e-mail lists and viral marketing campaigns.

But what about e-business? What is it, and why should you care?

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35 questions to ask a client

Here are a list of great questions, openings and closing statements that you can use in your business.

Ive taken most of these from Guerrilla Negotiating, and the 250 Sales Questions to Close the Deal;

  1. What were your goals for todays meeting?
  2. What is your main objective?
  3. Before we get into any depth, can I get your agreement on the analysis? Will you look at the facts and decide for yourself if they make sense?
  4. How do you plan to achieve that goal?
  5. What is the biggest problem you currently face?
  6. What other problems do you experience?
  7. What are you doing currently to deal with this?
  8. What is your strategy for the future?
  9. What other ideas do you have?
  10. What role do others play in creating this situation?
  11. What are you using now?
  12. What do you like most about it?
  13. What do you like least about it?
  14. If you could have things any way you wanted, what would you change?
  15. How will this affect the present situation?
  16. What would motivate you to change?
  17. Is there anything else youd like to see?
  18. How much would it be worth to you to solve this problem?
  19. What would it cost if things remained as they are?
  20. Are you working within a budget?
  21. Just out of curiosity, how did you get to that figure?
  22. Are you working towards a particular deadline?
  23. How soon would you like to start?
  24. When would you like to take delivery?
  25. What do you see as the next step?
  26. Who else, besides yourself, would be involved in reaching a decision?
  27. On a scale on 1 to 10, how confident do you feel about doing business with us? What would it take to get it up to a 10?
  28. If we do X, do we have a deal?
  29. Have you ever worked with a company like ours before?
  30. When should we get together to discuss this again?
  31. What else may be prohibiting us from moving ahead?
  32. Have I covered everything? Is there anything I am not asking?
  33. Is there anything else youd like me to take care of?
  34. It makes sense to me what do you think?
  35. Why dont you give it a try?

Why I believe entrepreneurs are made, not born

Entrepreneurship has many meanings some people believe entrepreneurship to be a way of thinking, rather than a way of doing. Some believe entrepreneurship can be taught, others feel that you have to be born with it.

Argument #1 — Entrepreneurs are born

Advocates of entrepreneurship say that you have to be born with entrepreneurship, a hunger, a belief, a passion something that drives you, motivates you, encourages you and that you have to be born with it!

Well in that case, you (and anyone else who wants to start a business) might as well give up now! You dont have the skill-set, ideas, belief, contacts, passion or hunger that people who are born with it have.

Synopsis: Entrepreneurs are born and not made; so give up now!

Argument #2 Entrepreneurs are made

I fundamentally believe that you *can* learn entrepreneurship great leaders, kings, warriors and generals learn from mistakes, they learn from their mentors, so why would it suddenly be different because you are running a company?

Entrepreneurship is starting to take root and blossom in this country; but I think the people who believe that entrepreneurs are born and not made are actually causing more harm then good because what they are really advocating is that unless you have it, you should never, ever try

I believe that anyone who has that hunger, passion and desire to launch a business (or anything else for that matter) will make it.

For me, entrepreneurship isn’t about thinking about it, it isn’t even about doing it its about *being about it*.

Synopsis: Entrepreneurs made, not born; you can make your own success, you can define your own glory it just takes effort, time, hunger, passion, desire, money, patience and a lot of hard work

Summary;

Destiny isnt written in the stars; nor is success; nor is glory the only thing that defines who you are and where you are going is you no-one else.

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50 most powerful women in business

Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, is listed as the #1 most powerful women in business, according to a list prepared by fortune.com

“The empress of eBay still rules Silicon Valley. Though the stock has had a tough year, down about 30%, revenues and profits are strong. To keep eBay expandingit now has 68 million active usersWhitman has gone shopping, buying seven new businesses for more than $1.3 billion. Up next: the controversial $2.6 billion acquisition of Skype.”

The list also includes, Anne Mulcahy – CEO of Xerox and of course, Martha Stewart – Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

See the full-list of the 50 most powerful women in business