The Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was set up in the late 1940s as a vocational training center. The primary function then was to provide a means of employment for people who were displaced because of the partition. Later, the Micro Small and Medium Development (MSMED) Act came into being in 2006…
Most businesses inevitably face a cash crunch or two during their lifespan. To tide over such lean periods, a business can opt for financing options available in the market, the most obvious of which is a business loan or alternative financing solutions such as invoice discounting. How is invoice discounting different from a business loan? What are the advantages of it over a regular business loan? Here’s how!
Setting up a business and running it successfully is not a simple task. If you’ve made it this far, you’ve won half the battle but you’re stuck in a rut and you’re wondering what’s next. How do you take your business to the next level? Taking it there requires a lot of work and getting through some challenging times while still keeping your business running and profitable. The first step you need to take is to ascertain if your product or service has enough scope for you to consider expansion. Can the demand for your company’s product sustain its growth? If you just answered yes and if you’re prepared to put in the work and dedication your small business requires to up its game, here are some simple steps you can follow to take your business to the next level.
Writing a business plan can be a daunting task for most but it’s as vital as it is intimidating. But how exactly do you go about it? Where do you begin? What do you include? We’re here to help you with just that. Here’s how to get started with your business plan and what each section of your plan should focus on.
It is important for every small business to protect their Intellectual Property. Most SME’s in India are not aware of the importance of how to go about procuring an IPR or Intellectual Property Rights and often fall prey to malpractices. Of the ≅40,000 IP applications, India receives annually, over 85% of them are dominated by large corporates. This is indicative of the abysmal gap in IP applications from the SME sector. They lose out on valuable advantages and lose millions in revenue due to this lack of awareness.
Competition is the law of nature. Everywhere you look you’ll find competition, whether it be in your career or day-to-day life. It’s all about getting ahead at the end of the day. Nobody wants to fall behind, especially in a small business where you’ve put in blood and sweat to build it from scratch. So how do you make your mark in your business? How do you beat your competitors at their own game and emerge a winner? Get your running shoes on, because we’re here to let you in on foolproof ways to stay ahead in the game!
Mobile apps are everywhere. From gaming to finance, shopping and medical diagnosis, apps have taken over the world! So why leave your business behind? Don’t you think it’s time you too moved with the times and created a mobile app for your business?
Bad credit history bogging your business down? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Poor credit, be it personal or company, makes it that much harder for a business looking for a loan or any kind of funding. Banks scrutinise your credit history before approving your loan application. You may have had your reasons as to why you couldn’t pay up on time or messed up your payments. But to any lender, a person with a bad credit is high-risk, because it means either that you’ve not repaid on time or that you’ve seen harsh times. Fret not, all is not lost! There are a variety of alternative financing options which look into your operating history and business strength, and not just your credit history. Here, we introduce you to 5 viable financing options for businesses with bad credit.
The improving SME landscape in India is a testament to the efforts of the government through the years. In the past, applying for funding or availing loans for SME’s was no easy task. To help with this issue, the Government of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) set up the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Small and Micro Enterprises (CGTMSE) in August, 2000 under the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS). The CGTMSE was introduced with an intention to allay all issues surrounding loans and funding within the small, micro and medium enterprises segment. The scheme sent out directives to banks wherein they were required to sanction loans of up to Rs.1 Crore without collaterals or third party guarantee to SME’s. While the introduction of the scheme brought about some much needed changes within the sector, there were still a number of shortfalls.
Negotiation plays an important role in every walk of life; from street shopping to job offers to business deals! What we’re trying to say is that the importance of this valuable skill can never be downplayed. But far too often, even seasoned negotiators falter and the negotiation backfires. How can you make sure that you walk away with the deal in your kitty? How can you ensure that the terms of the deal are what you had in mind? Read on to find out how to do just that!