Writing a Business Plan for Independent Game Ventures

by Dante Monique Pirouz

gamesWith the average cost for producing a computer game topping $2M per title (that’s twice as much as it cost just two years ago on average), how does an independent producer get the money to create that killer game concept? 

Production costs may be growing exponentially but so are gaming industry revenues. Unit sales of video game and computer entertainment are worth an estimated $5.3 billion in 1997. Sales are up almost 60% for the first quarter of 1997 over the same period last year thanks to strong Sega, Nintendo 64 and Playstation sales. With sales of interactive entertainment software expected to explode to $8 billion by 2000, this seems like an ideal time to attract a finance partner to an independent gaming project. Continue reading

4 Steps to Build Your New Business Empire

by Adam Weiss

empireSteve Jobs, Richard Branson, Michael Dell are household names to most entrepreneurs and consumers, and like you, they had to start somewhere. These empire builders had common traits that made them successful. They knew how to create a product that was unique to the marketplace, they had a product they believed in, and they provided a product customers wanted. That was the foundation to building their legacies.

As a newer business owner — I started in 2009 — I have followed their work and have successfully grown and nourished my own company. And, as an owner in a budding industry, there are steps you can take to begin the path to building your own legacy. Continue reading

7 ways to develop a Millionaire Mindset


Millionaire_Mindset1. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want

Did you know that when you call somebody on the phone, they miss about 6 first seconds of what you say?
Or when you enter the aisle in a shop, you don’t notice the first meter of shelves on your side?

It’s just how our senses work. We need a bit of time to adjust and start noticing and registering things.

Let me come back to that in a bit.

Ask any rich and successful man, and they will tell you about the power of positive thinking and visualisation. They will tell you that you need to get clarity on what you want, and by doing so, you will start attracting all those things to your life. Continue reading

A Simple Strategy to Prevent Feeling Overwhelmed

by Michael Cooper

overwhelmed-e1379984702243Stress is an expected component of every entrepreneur’s experience, but being overwhelmed and over-committed should not be a normal part of your professional life. When you’re overwhelmed or over-committed it’s important to ask yourself why and how this happened.

Some people — the Controller + Manager brain types — will rarely experience overwhelm or over-commitment, because they protect their time and say “no” to anything they think might lead them to take on too much. Others — the Analyzer + Systemizer brain types — are particularly organized, and keep an accurate mental tally of their responsibilities, which helps them eliminate the possibility of saying “yes” to things they can’t handle. Continue reading

Introducing New Products

by Michael T. Brandt

product-creation-boxWhy do so many new products fail? Usually for many reasons. Companies often are so enamored of their new product ideas that they fail to do their research, or they ignore what the research tells them. Sometimes the pricing or the distribution channels are wrong. Sometimes the advertising doesn’t communicate. Successful product launches result from an integrated process that relies heavily on research and solving up-front issues. Let’s review several of the critical issues that affect product introductions.
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Offshore E-Commerce: What every business should know!

by Jon Allen

ecomThe technology of the Internet promises to transform the way companies trade with their business customers and consumers. The Internet provides a shop front open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year within easy reach of anyone in the world. Importantly, the system providing the shop front can be located anywhere in the world where there is the required telecommunications infrastructure. This has far-reaching implications for any business involved in or considering e-commerce, as well as for the role of Offshore Financial Centres such as the Isle of Man. Continue reading

Video Search Engine Optimization

by Eric Enge

video-seoThis article will outline tips for optimizing your video files to get traffic to your web site. Video search optimization is in its infancy, but it’s growing rapidly. As more and more users get broadband access, video’s usage level will grow even further. In addition, more and more web sites are simply shoving video in your face. For example on NFL.com, video content dominates the site.

The first thing to realize is that video optimization is still in the stone ages, for one simple reason. Generally speaking, the video search engines can’t look inside the video to tell what the content is. For that reason, they rely on other on page factors, the metadata within the video file itself, and inbound links and anchor text to determine what the video is about. Continue reading