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“Boot strapping” a business without external funding

Written by Peter Dickenson

Getting Started

You can’t always choose your own starting point when you start a business. Sometimes it is good luck or misfortune that finds you making that life changing decision to start a business.

Even in more favourable times, finding somebody to back your venture was difficult and these days it is even harder.

Thus one route to starting a business with minimal investment is to find a niche in the local market place, which will allow you to generate a revenue  stream. The market needs to be one that you want to grow into, based on your expertise or knowledge and growth possibilities if you had the investment. This is known as “boot strapping” a business. In effect pulling itself up by its boot straps. Your goal then is to build contacts, market and industry knowledge and a business system that generates cash. Continue reading

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Video Cases of Our International Consultants and Interim Managers

Consultants and Interim Managers Share Their Knowledge

Please have a look at the latest feature presented on our webpage: You can now directly access our iCEO Ambassador videos, where our iCEOs share their experiences in international consulting, interim management and business investments.

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Executive Search Success Story – Investors

by Alex Walker

The company had achieved remarkable growth in its first 10 years – on the surface it looked good, with a new large factory just opened and well equipped in the capital-intensive industry that Print is. The then institutional owners asked me in to provide them with a consultancy report based on my previous extensive Print Industry background. They had bought the company two years earlier but the company was under-performing – their overriding question was – “is the company broken or can it be fixed?” A question often asked by Institutional Investors having invested money in a business that was under-performing… Continue reading

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