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Publishing business ideas in the Forum

What is the procedure of posting approval?
What are Critical Success Factors?
What is Business Plan and how to write one?
How do I enter my posting the way that everybody can find it?
How is the posting revised?
When will my posting appear in the Forum?
How do I comment existing posting?
Why can I not mention any contacts or names in my posting?
Avoid sharing precious information with potential competitors

Searching business idea postings

How are the postings displayed?
How do I search existing postings?
I can not find posting about my specific business idea

Managing your existing postings

Can I delete or edit existing posting?
Converting Free Posting to Paid Posting
Alerts when somebody tries to contact you
Alerts when somebody comments your posting
View log of users who have tried to contact you

Contacting posting authors

Who pays to get direct contact information?
What is the posting popularity value and how it influences the price you have to pay to contact the posting author?
What are your odds of finding the right business partner?
What are the Credits for?
I bought Credits but users still can not contact me free of charge
Leaving feadback after making contact

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What is the procedure of the posting approval?

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What are Critical Success Factors?

Critical Success Factors (CSF) are factors critical to your successful business idea implementation. The better you address the CSF in you posting the more professional your business idea presentation looks and the better chance you have to find the right business partner and turn the idea into real business.

Other BUSINESS IDEAS Forum users can rate your posting by CSF.

The CSF are:
1. You know who are your customers and how you can reach them
2. You know who are your competitors
3. You know your competitive edge or what is so unique with your idea
4. You know how to promote your business
5. You know who what is your experience in this type of business
6. You are aware about estimate on how much it will cost to start the business
7. You are ready to commit assets/equity to the start the business

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What is Business Plan and how to write one?

The business plan is the blueprint for your business. You wouldn't walk over to an empty lot and just start nailing boards together if you wanted to build a house. Starting a business without a business plan is just as foolish.

Yet unlike a house, a business isn't static. We often make the mistake of thinking of a business plan as a single, static document that you just put together when you're first starting out and then set aside.

In actuality, the business plan for any business will change over time as the business develops, and any particular business may have multiple business plans as its objectives change.

Here are five good reasons why you should write a business plan:

Be prepared for your business plan to be scrutinized; both venture capitalists and angel investors will want to conduct extensive background checks and competitive analysis to be certain that what's written in your business plan is indeed the case.

Writing a business plan is time-consuming, but it's essential if you want to have a successful business that's going to survive the startup phase. If your business doesn't have one, maybe it's time to start working on one. The process of writing a business plan can do wonders to clarify where you've been and where you're going.

Executive Summary Definition
- Executive Summary Definition - Executive Summary
- How to Write an Executive Summary for the Business Plan
- Executive Summary Example

Business Plan Definition
- Business Plan Definition
- Business Plan Outline
- Do I Need to Write a Business Plan?
- Prepare An Investor Ready Business Plan
- Quick-Start Business Planning
- Vision Statement
- Goal Setting Strategy

Business Plans Samples

Writing The Business Plan
- Writing The Business Plan
- The Competitive Analysis
- The Financial Plan
- The Industry Overview Section
- The Management Plan
- The Market Analysis
- The Marketing Plan
- The Operating Plan

Funding and FAQ
- Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded
- Business Plan FAQ

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How do I enter my posting the way that everybody can find it?

Business sector: Choose the business sector, which closest characterizes your business. Suggest a new sector if you think that none of the available sectors are suitable. We might consider to add the new sector into our database. The sector is used in a sequential and expression search.
In the sequential search other users can find your posting either by searching for the same sector as you have entered or by using the "any" choice for selecting all postings regardless their business sectors.

Country of business: Choose the country where you wish to find your potential business partners or/and customers. Choose "world area" if your potential business partners and/or customers can be found in more than one country and you want to rather select a world area from the Region drop down menu.
In the sequential search other users of this site can find your posting either by searching for the same country as you have entered or by using the "whole world" choice for selecting all postings regardless their country of business.

Region of business: Choose the region where your potential business partners or/and customers are located. You have two possibilities.
1) When you choose a concrete country from the Country of Business drop down menu. In this case you can directly enter a region in the country.
In the sequential search other users of this site can find your posting by reviewing the result of the country search when they use the same country as you have entered as well as when they have used "whole world" choice. Additionally they can find your posting by choosing the world area in which the country your have entered is located.
2) When you choose "world area" from the Country of Business drop down menu. In this case you can select a world area from the menu below.
In the sequential search other users of this site can find your posting by reviewing the result of the country search when they used the same country as you have entered as well as when they have used "whole world" choice. Additionally they can find your posting by choosing the country, which is located in the world area you have selected.

Posting label: The label is the first information other users of this site can see from the posting. Based on its content they decide whether they review it or not. Therefore it is important to use here as much descriptive expression of your business idea as possible. Sales phrases like "best product..." or "ultimate offer..." won't be accepted because they are not solely descriptive.
Other users can find your posting by entering a word or a phrase in the expression search and checking the Posting Label box.

Description of your posting idea: Here you describe your idea. Our Posting Moderator approves only those postings complying the posting rules.
Other users can find your posting by entering a word or a phrase in the expression search and checking the Posting Text box.

What you need from others: Here you describe what you need from others. Our Posting Moderator approves only those postings complying the posting rules.
Other users can find your posting by entering a word or a phrase in the expression search and checking the Posting Needs from others box.

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How is the posting revised?

Our Posting Moderator approves each posting prior it is published in the Forum. It takes up to one working day observed by BUSINESS IDEAS Forum to approve and if necessary to revise your posting. The posting must not contain any contact information in the posting text but only in the dedicated contact dialog and must comply with our posting rules. The posting dialog available during the Forum helps to create a correct posting structure. The posting has to be assigned to the existing business sector. The Posting Moderator creates a new business sector, if there does not already exist suitable one.
After the posting is revised it is sent to you for approval. You can either approve our version of the posting and immediately publish it in the BUSINESS IDEAS Forum or send us an Email with your revised version of the posting. You can revise our version of the posting max. 2 times. If no agreement is reached about the posting wording after your second revision, we reserve the right to decline from publishing your posting in the Forum.

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When will my posting appear in the Forum?

Within one working day observed by BUSINESS IDEAS Forum after receiving your acknowledgement of our revision. You have one working day observed by BUSINESS IDEAS Forum to acknowledge the posting. When you fail to acknowledge the posting within this period, we post our revised version of the posting.

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How do I comment existing posting?

Click on the posting you want to comment to see the posting details with available dialogs.

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Why can I not mention any contacts or names in my posting?

The posting rules do not allow mentioning any names or contact information in the posting text but only in the Contact Information user dialog, which any member can access for free of charge as long as you publish a Paid Posting. A member needs to pay a small fee when he wishes to contact a posting author who has published a Free Posting.

The main purpose of postings in the BUSINESS IDEAS Forum is to stimulate curiosity of other visitors to ask their questions on-line the way that other people can see it and comment it at will. We don't want to give people immediate contact to their would-be-business partner and let them to be alone in the business knowledge creation, which we consider very important for starting a successful business. We believe that widely shared business knowledge creation can highlight the business issue from much broader perspective than a simple knowledge creation between two people. The shared business knowledge creation thus helps to avoid common pitfalls waiting for new entrepreneurs everywhere on their complex way to create a profitable business.

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Avoid sharing precious information with potential competitors

It is up to you to what extent you publicly present the idea in the forum. You have to always balance two things:
->to say enough to attract some interest and get reasonable feedback, which can inform you about potential pitfalls during the business idea implementation. It is the business idea implementation that is most important because at the end it is all about making money.
->to say not enough to avoid stealing your idea by somebody else. Very often the author of the idea (in this case you) has resources, information, etc., others don’t have. This creates barriers against idea stealing and most importantly against business idea implementation.

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How are the postings displayed?

The postings are displayed in the following format:
 

6 Posting_Label by John , 11-05-02 , 6  

Where:

Posting_LabelThe posting label
JohnThe author of the posting
11.05.05The date the posting was published in the Forum
6Number of users who have reviewed the posting
A member of this site directly contacted the author of this posting
The posting is less than 10 days old
Posting popularity, which increases with number of views and contacts and decreases with period of time the posting is displayed.
Picture in the posting
or or Number of Credits required to contact the posting author. Free = No Credits required
6Posting score calculated from the members feedback scores who have contacted and made business with the business idea author.
(Applicable only for Materialized business ideas found in the Forum.)
Bold Italic formattingThe posting is a Shared Paid Posting with contact information available for 0,5 Credit
Bold formatting The posting is a Paid Posting with contact information available free of charge

All postings are threaded i.e. references to other postings are graphically revealed.
The threads are not available in the search results but are always displayed in the posting view.
All postings formatted blue have not been read and all formatted black have been already read.

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How do I search for existing postings?

You can use a sequential, expression or direct search accessible from the Forum.

The sequential search has three steps, i.e. business sector, country and region.

1st step The first dialog menu shows all business sectors linked to the existing postings. Select business sector and press "Search" to see all postings from the selected business sector or select any to see all postings regardless business sector.

2nd step The second dialog menu shows either:
a) all countries or world areas linked to existing postings and the business sector you have selected in the first step
or
b) all countries of posting authors linked to existing postings and the business sector you have selected in the first step.

3rd step The third dialog menu shows all regions linked to the existing postings, the selected country or world region and the business sector. Select the region or the world area to see all postings linked to the selected business sector and country. You can select "countrywide" to see all postings complying only the country and business sector selections.

The expression search allows you to enter any expression. The expression could be a single word, part of it or multiple words separated by space. The search is not case sensitive. Click "Show Posting" button if you what to see the actual postings complying your selection. You can as well search for Posting ID number or Posting Author name.

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I can not find posting about my specific business idea.

Although our database contains hundreds of business ideas, it is natural that sometimes you cannot find the one you are looking for. This could also mean that your idea is so original that nobody has ever thought of it.

In fact there were plenty of other BUSINESS IDEAS Forum users who couldn’t find what they wanted. Nearly all of them have chosen to publish their ideas to get feedback, network with other people, and find business partners or customers. Most important thing is that many found the right people who helped them to turn their ideas into genuine business.

We suggest you to do the same as many others have done before you and share your business ideas with others. The choice is on your site.

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Can I delete or edit existing posting?

You cannot delete any already published posting because it could damage the forum threaded structure where one posting relates to other posting.

You can disable the contact information in your posting and this way deactivate the posting. The posting will be still displayed but nobody can contact you.

You can edit your existing posting at Posting Management page.

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Converting Free Posting to Paid Posting or Shared Paid Posting.

Free Posting is a posting published free of charge. Other BUSINESS IDEAS Forum members need to pay a fee in order to contact you.

Paid Posting is a posting published free of charge but whenever other BUSINESS IDEAS Forum members request your contact information, 1 Credit is deducted from your Credit account.

Shared Paid Posting is a posting published free of charge but whenever other BUSINESS IDEAS Forum members request your contact information, 0,5 Credit is deducted from your and from the member's Credit accounts.

Use the Postings Management Page to convert Free Posting to Paid Posting or Shared Paid Posting and vice versa.

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Alerts when somebody tries to contact you.

An Email generated whenever somebody tries to contact you concerning your Free Posting.

The function can be switched on and off at Your Postings page.

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Alerts when somebody comments your posting.

An Email generated whenever somebody comments your existing posting published in the BUSINESS IDEAS Forum.

The function can be switched on and off at Your Postings page.

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View log of users who have tried to contact you.

A list of all users who have tried to contact you last two months. The list shows date of contact, member name contact status Yes/NO, and country of origin

The function can be found at Your Postings page.

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Posting alert service.

Allows you to passively monitor the posting activity in the Forum by creating your posting alert profile consisting of country, world area and business sector. The alert service notifies you by an E-mail or through the RSS channel when a posting complying your search profile appears in the Forum.

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Newsletter

You can subscribe for a newsletter concerning BUSINESS IDEAS Forum site.
In the newsletter you can read about monthly featured business idea and new features BUSINESS IDEAS Forum introduces for its members.

See the list of all published newsletters.

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Who pays to get direct contact information?

Posting Viewer:

Posting Author:

Postings in the Forum

BUSINESS IDEAS Forum

Postings Text Views

BUSINESS IDEAS Forum Postings

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What is the posting popularity value and how it influences the price you have to pay to contact the posting author?

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What are your odds of finding the right business partner?

Your odds of finding the right business partner while publishing Free, Paid or Shared Paid Posting depend on number of potential contact leads you receive and on the leads quality.

1. The more potential business partners contact you, the more likely it is that you find the right one.
2. The more the potential partners pay to contact you, the more likely it is that their intentions are serious.

The table below shows the odds of being contacted and the average contact quality. Both values are calculated from the Forum contact activities and members feedback statistics.

Published Posting LIVE READINGS CALCULATED FROM THE BUSINESS IDEAS FORUM
Odds of being contacted by other members Quality and genuineness of potential business partners
Free Posting Free of charge
 

You get very few contact leads because other members might think your idea is not good enough or you are not serious enough when you don't wish to invest money (Provide Paid Posting or Share Paid Posting) to promote your business idea or proposal.
The lead quality is almost always high because members have to invest 1 Credit to contact you.



6%


227%
Shared Paid PostingCredits 0.5 Credit required
 

BEST DEAL
You get less contact leads than from Paid Posting.
The lead quality is almost always high because members have to invest half Credit to contact you.



72%


181%
Paid PostingCredits 1 Credit required
 

You usually get many contact leads.
Some members might be curious or trying if it “works” for free but it does not mean that they are always seriously interested in your idea. Therefore the lead quality can be rather low.



113%


81%

Learn who are the most successful BUSINESS IDEAS Forum community members and who might be your best business partner.

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What are the Credits for?

Credits allow you to either provide free contact information in your posting or contact authors of other postings who have published Free Postings not offering contact information free of charge.

Learn more about BUSINESS IDEAS Credits

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I bought Credits but users still can not contact me free of charge.

Go to Your Postings page to convert any of your existing Free Postings to Paid Posting.

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Leaving feadback after making contact.

After each contact and business idea evaluation, the members are allowed to rate each other by leaving feedback. Each feedback left consists of a rating (positive, negative, or neutral), and a short text comment. These ratings that members leave for each other are used to determine individual member profiles. In order to make that contribution fair and safe, each member can only affect another member's feedback score by +1, 0, or -1.

 +1 for positive feedback
You have OR you think you are going to make a significant progress in your business with the member.

  0 for neutral feedback
You have not yet made any significant progress in your business with the member.

 -1 for negative feedback
The member failed to contact you directly OR you can not make any significant progress in your business with the member because of the member.

The feedback score represents the number of members that are satisfied doing business with this member. It is the difference between the number of members who left a positive rating and the number of members who left a negative rating.

Example: 5 members left positive, 2 members negative and 3 neutral feedback. The feedback score is 5-2+0=3.

In practice, 30 days after establishing a direct contact we send you an Email where you can provide a simple feedback about the member you have contacted. This member also receives a similar Email where he can provide a feedback about you.
You receive a final request to provide the feedback when you fail to leave your feedback about the other member within 30 days from the date of receiving the first feedback request.

The feedback affects your feedback score, which any member of BUSINESS IDEAS Forum community can see before making direct contact to you. You can as well view your feedback list with names of all members who left feedback about you.

The member feedback scores help to generate a list of materialized business ideas and successful BUSINESS IDEAS Forum members from the Forum.

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