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Getting entrepreneurial #2: let`s start

For quite a while now, I had the idea in mind to start a business. Unfortunately, no idea came to my mind. In the past few days, I did a mental to-do-list on what I know and what I can really do. I tried also to see what I need to learn to do….something which I haven`t yet figured out that I want to do.

Easier to say: I did a SWOT of myself. It seems that, in the “S” part of the analysis, I didn`t find to many things to put. I will continue to thinking about it.images

The “opportunities” part included, mainly, things that I want/need to learn. I needed extra “space” in my head to get that done (took it from the “strengths” part).

Overall, it seems that I need to quit having free time and go to work…on anything my mind puts me up to.

The conclusion: you first need to do a self-analysis. In order to start a business, you should try a find out if you can become an entrepreneur by yourself or if you need someone else to help you. You may be brilliant on the technical part (of your idea), but the business side also counts.


P.S.: I just finished a big list of things that I want to learn and test.

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#HelpGreg at an end

It`s been a little more than two weeks since I started the #HelpGreg campaign. It has now come to an end.

No, Greg did not get a job offer. He has to continue to search and apply to any opportunity that might arise. I am giving him a help in redesigning his CVs and cover letters.

But here are the results of our little campaign.

This is just a caricature. He`s not the real Greg
This is just a caricature. He`s not the real Greg
  • 22 emails;
  • 39 Facebook private messages;
  • 19 LinkedIn messages;
  • 8 Twitter private messages.

The majority were regarding Greg`s identity. Only one interview invitation, but that across the world with reimbursement of travel expenses and no possibility of doing the interview via phone or Skype. Continue reading “#HelpGreg at an end”

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Getting money for your start-up

You can’t start a new venture without funding. That is well-known. Many people reach out to family and friends, other to bank credits, entrepreneurial subsidies and business incubators. Of course, there’s also the crowdfunding option.

Here is where Horizon 2020 comes in. Google H2020 and you’ll find all the information you need. Here is where you can find the funding opportunities for your area of expertise: find your area. READ MORE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING FUNDING!

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Misconception #4: The imaginary friend

I was talking to a friend on Facebook a while ago about his dream job and what he would want to do. He told me that he hasn’t got the courage to do it because, he said, people will make fun of him, regardless if he will fail or not. He has a twisted view of the world, it seems.

A lot of people have the same problem. Since we were kids, parents and other children say to you that you are not the best, that there will always be someone smarter, faster or with a better education. In my opinion, this is not the way to educate your children or to support your friends.

For me, this was not the case. My mother and my grandparents always supported me to such extent that I thought I am perfect (not that today that isn’t the case anymore). But the most important was my imaginary friend. Although I was a shy kid (and I am still a little shy).quote-Lee-Ryan-i-still-have-imaginary-friends-who-i-211749

I had an imaginary friend who listened to every dream that I couldn’t share with anyone. I used to tell stories to my friends when I was little, but my imaginary friend was the one who loved them all. Continue reading “Misconception #4: The imaginary friend”

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My personal (real bad) experience with CDiscount


What do you call someone who takes somebody`s money and doesn’t return it?  I would say embezzler.

What does someone gain from taking someone’s money and not giving it back (for a period hopefully)? If you just think of the interest, it`s enough. But you can also think of a higher profit declared (and the tax deductions that come from this) or that they can use that money for something else. I would call this fraud.

Here`s the story, with quite a few details.

Well, in November 2015, the baby was on the way. We were searching what to buy, from where, wanting to make sure that everything will be just right for when he comes.

That`s when we decide to buy a new washing machine, as ours is a couple of years old. CDiscount had the right price-quality offer. A Samsung washing machine at 400 Euros sounded like a good deal. On Amazon, the same model was at around 550 Euros. And, as a soon-to-be parent, every euro counts.

So we ordered the washing machine from CDiscount France. We got scared the first time when they said that it will take about one month for the washing machine. After we finalized the order, we saw that it was just 2 weeks. The washing machine was scheduled to be delivered on November 23rd (if I remember correctly).

Well, we were happy for just 3-4 days. We received an email saying that the delivery was cancelled and it will be done at a later date. There was no reason mentioned.

Anyway, the baby came on December 14th, Christmas came and we didn’t have the time to call them. At the beginning of January, we called (after searching for a number for about one week). We asked for a refund (in our bank account) and he said that we`ll received it in 72 hours. As you can imagine, we didn’t get it. We spoke in the following week with two other client service counsellors. The third one helped us. But he only transformed our money into a coupon.

We called a fourth time to get this mess sorted out. The guy told us that he will 72 hours we will get the money (he said). After a few days, I receive a notice that I have to send them a document from the bank. I did it in the same day.

We called a fifth and sixth time in the last two weeks. We still haven’t seen our time, although every counsellor told us that we’ll get in 72 hours.

We spoke with the seventh counsellor last Thursday. She said, again, that she took all steps necessary to receive our money, (last) Friday or early next week.

The complaint to the police (both French and Belgian) is almost ready. We are bringing it the finishing touches. I checked the law (France and Belgium) and, besides fraud and embezzlement), it also constitutes transnational (cross-border) crime. That is almost the equivalent of organized crime. I hope the Mafia won`t be jealous on CDIscount :D.

Also, we are looking into a lawsuit. We still want our money back, but…after three months of waiting, who knows…