The Fall 2008 Toronto Small Press Affair

Toronto Small Press

First Published: November 2, 2008 ADawnJournal.com

The Fall 2008 Toronto Small Press Affair took place at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick (south of Bloor), Toronto from 6pm-11pm on Sat, November 1st, 2008. I participated in this event, and I am posting a video clip and pictures for your viewing pleasure. The weather was nice (8 °C no wind) and lots of visitors attended the fair. The Small Press Affair featured lively entertainment such as eclectic readings, musical performances, raffle draw etc.

I like attending this kind of event and I encourage entrepreneurs to join any events like we had today. This gives you an opportunity to meet many other like-minded people and it will increase your networking capability which is very important. I was able to hand out lots of cards with A Dawn Journal site information on it. A good chunk of blog success depends on effective marketing, and you need to market your blog continuously to become successful.

The video is not crisp clear as the lighting inside the Transac Club was not that bright; however, the video quality is still good. Enjoy.  Visit The Toronto Small Press Group Website for more info. For more pictures and video clips, visit A Dawn Journal on  YouTube.

The 16-Year-Old Internet Entrepreneur Who Dropped Out Of High School to Make $40 Million By

The 16-Year-Old Kid Who Dropped Out Of High School to Make $40 Million By 18

First Published: ADawnJournal.com Nov 4, 2008

What kind of courage do you need to tell your dad at the age of 16 that you are planning to quit high school? Moreover, wouldn‘t it be a lot harder if your dad is an immigrant from India who came to the U.S. with only $25 in order to pursue a better life through education and a traditional nine-to-five lifestyle?

Gurbaksh Chahal gathered that courage and asked his parents’ permission to quit school when he was 16. His dad was nice enough to patiently listen what he had to say, but still was not convinced. He asked this kid to show him some proof. He had no idea what this kid was doing in his room on the computer day and night. Once Gurbaksh showed his parents his bank account, their eyes were about to pop out in disbelief, and they thought their boy was going to jail. They started to panic. Who wouldn’t? Especially an Indian parent, to whom saving $100,000 cash would be unimaginable over a lifetime. And here this 16-year-old kid is sitting on that kind of cash.

Gurbaksh assured them that this was not stolen money and he made it from his Internet entrepreneurship. His dad eventually calmed down after listening to his explanation and gave him a one year break from going to school. Gurbaksh was 16 at that time. Guess what happened after one year? His Internet venture went so well that he was able to make $40 million in two years. So here is this 18-year-old kid who made $40 by selling his first online company ClickAgents for $40 million. Gurbaksh, or G, is now 26 years of age and last year he sold his second company BlueLithium to Yahoo for $300 million. G’s current project is gWallet – a site that allows users to find great deals.

G will be featured on the new TV show The Secret Millionaire, due out in December 2008. He has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, FOX Business Network, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Entrepreneur magazine, and many more. G is currently venturing into a few other TV shows.

G’s recently published book The Dream advises entrepreneurs to dream big, embrace risks, and go after new niches. According to Chahal, failure is not an option. I had a glance at The Dream and I liked it after reading the first few pages. I hope to review it for ADJ readers in the future. The success story of G shows us how you can overcome any barriers and succeed. All you need is a dream, perseverance, and a belief in yourself.

Read Gurbaksh Chahal’s blog:

Gurbaksh Chahal

Why Go For Outsourcing?

Outsourcing Can Benefit Your business

Outsourcing has grown in popularity in the last couple of years. For a long time, it was something that was the sole preserve of companies who had specific funds for paying outside contractors to do things that were outside their skill sets – for example if a company specialized in one field, such as sales and marketing, they would outsource things such as cleaning and IT solutions. However, among other things, the Internet has now made it more possible than ever to run a business from your home as an individual. In addition, with all business people aware of the old maxim, “time is money”, there are more and more things that the individual has found can be best addressed by outsourcing.

Outsourcing itself covers a very broad range of services that are best divided into two sections: Business and Non-Business needs. The difference between the two sections is more or less self-explanatory. Suffice it to say that Business needs are things connected specifically with the service that you, the business owner, requires in order to keep the business running – these include such things as web design, accounts and sourcing required items and services. Non-Business needs are more connected with personal or household tasks that take time that could be used to deliver what is required from you by your customers. This includes things such as cleaning and other essential chores.

There are very few tasks that cannot be outsourced in this day and age. As a business owner, it is for you to decide whether outsourcing is something that you wish to practice. In order to make this decision it is worth auditing what your daily routine involves, where you can make changes and where you wish to make them. If you feel that you are best served by having all your time free to concentrate on delivering what is required of your business, the chances are that you would be best outsourcing as much as you feel comfortable with. You probably do not much enjoy cleaning and tidying, for example. And depending on your arrangements you can end up spending a couple of hours a week at the task, which in turn can lead to lost opportunities to build and serve a customer base. Therefore, you should then ask yourself whether that task is a productive use of your time. If the answer is “no”, then you can look to outsource your cleaning to a specialist.

Business needs are, if anything, more crucial. If your specialist area is – taking an example – accountancy, then there is every chance that you are not the world’s best web designer. Nevertheless, an attractive, easily navigable website with user-friendly interface is more or less essential for an individual businessperson. In this case, handing over the task of designing a website makes all the sense in the world. It won’t come cheap if you are using a top designer, but if you cost the process based on how much business a good website will send your way (generally a very large amount), then it can pay for itself several times over.

Jobs That Will Be Obsolete In The Future

Will Your Job Survive In The Future?

First Published: Nov 26, 2013 EntrepreneurJourney.com

A report recently published by the Canadian employment website Workopolis looks at some jobs
that will not exist in ten years. Technological advancement and widespread availability of the  
Internet will make these jobs a thing of the past in the future as people will not be needing
anyone to provide these services anymore.

Here are the ten jobs that will vanish:

- Social media expert

- Taxi dispatcher

- Toll both operator

- Retail cashier

- Word processor or typist

- Switchboard operator

- Photo finisher

- Video store clerk

- Print journalist

Source: Workopolis

Also, according to Workopolis, here are the top five fast growing and fast decline jobs:

Fast Growing Jobs

- Financial advisor

- Financial service representative

- Field sales representative

- Sales associate

- Social worker

Fast Declining Jobs

- People greeter

- Photo lab associate

- Head cashier

- Data entry clerk

- Courier

Source: Workopolis

The study by Workopolis mentions that as people will rely more on smartphone apps to call taxi, 
taxi dispatcher jobs will be no longer required at some point. However, people still like to interact, 
buy, or get help from real persons and jobs like financial advisors/representatives, sales
associates, and social workers will continue to be in demand.

What Motivates Entrepreneurs?

3 Things That Motivate Entrepreneurs

First Published: EntrepreneurJourney.com Mar 9, 2013

Motivation is what makes entrepreneurs think outside the box and come up with bright ideas to change lives. But is there any common denominator that motivates entrepreneurs? There are too many, actually. I will discuss three common motivators that make entrepreneurs break boundaries to make the impossible possible. 

Freedom - As simple as it sounds, entrepreneurs value their independence more than anything else. To come up with new ideas and products, entrepreneurs need to break the rules, and breaking the rules is not possible when you are under someone else’s authority. Behavioral science research and consulting firm Humantelligence research shows that 60 percent of entrepreneurs valued their independence more than anything else. 

Passion - Passion or obsession is one of the most important denominators that make entrepreneurs engaging and keep motivated at a project even if there is no quick solution in sight. You can not be persistent at something if it’s not interesting, challenging, satisfying, and stimulating. And that is only possible when are passionate about what you are doing and you love and enjoy doing it. 

Money - If you look at Forbes The World’s Billionaires list, a high percentage of super-rich persons are entrepreneurs. Some entrepreneurs are motivated by wealth to become financially independent and some entrepreneurs are motivated by wealth to reach the ultra-rich class. So money is another major factor that motivates entrepreneurs. 

A point worth mentioning is that there are many other motivators and they do not equally motivate each entrepreneur, as everyone is different. However, there is one thing that applies equally to all entrepreneurs and that is all entrepreneurs are working hard across the globe to enrich the lives of all of us.