Business Startups

The How To: Starting Up A Business In Qatar

Starting and launching your business in Qatar can often be seen as a long, confusing, expensive and arduous process. The information available out there can sometimes be ambiguous and perplexing, and to make things worse, one often gets conflicting pieces of advice from different people. I recently got my company registered in Qatar, and so, as someone who went through this entire process, I figured…

Infographic: The 20 Most Common Reasons Startups Fail and How to Avoid Them

So, you have a great new idea or invention, and you are ready to open your startup business. But, you've been scared by the well-publicized statistic about startup failure -- more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first four years. Opening and operating a successful startup requires some luck hard-work and thoughtful planning -- as well as the ability to adapt that plan. Having…

My Corporate Jobs Prepared Me For Entrepreneurship

Before being bit by the entrepreneurial bug and starting ChefXChange in 2014, I was a pure corporate brat. I graduated from the American University in Beirut with a BSc in Economics in 2004, did an MSc in Economics and Finance at the Warwick Business School in 2005, and started working in the banking sector. I worked at firms, such as UBS and Goldman Sachs, before doing my MBA at the London Business…

Q. What Do Virtually All Small Business Owners Have In Common? A. Hustle and Sacrifice.

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that this country has 29.6 million small business owners. Together, these owners constitute an army of hard-working Americans striving to build something for themselves, be their own boss and support their families and local economies. Regardless of what industry they're in, be it retail and construction, food and beverage manufacture and hospitality,…

10 Ways a Business Mentor Creates Explosive Results

It's hard to truly grow in business without a mentor. Business mentors provide a sounding board, helping to amplify your results. They help to guide you through the oftentimes-murky waters in the entrepreneurial world while you navigate the storms. They help to mitigate the risks that might occur when you move out past your comfort zone. If you've never considered a mentor in business, then…

Want to Grow a Photography Business? Look Beyond the Picture.

In a point-and-click age, almost anyone can manage a decent photo. Heck, I know people using portrait mode on their iPhones trying to turn their tap-to-focus "skills" into a side hustle. But, if you want to start and grow a photography business and have a chance at making a name for yourself in the industry, you must look beyond the picture. According to IBISWorld, the photography industry…