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A business opportunity (or bizopp) involves sale or lease of any product, service, equipment, etc. that will enable the purchaser-licensee to begin a business. The licensor or seller of a business opportunity usually declares that it will secure or assist the buyer in finding a suitable location or provide the product to the purchaser-licensee. This is different from the sale of an independent business, in which there is no continued relationship required by the seller.

Makeup of a business opportunity

A business opportunity consists of four integrated elements all of which are to be present within the same timeframe (window of opportunity) and most often within the same domain or geographical location, before it can be claimed as a business opportunity. These four elements are:

▪ A need
▪ The means to fulfill the need
▪ A method to apply the means to fulfill the need and;
▪ A method to benefit
With any one of the elements missing, a business opportunity may be developed, by finding the missing element. The more unique the combination of the elements, the more unique the business opportunity. The more control an institution (or individual) has over the elements, the better they are positioned to exploit the opportunity and become a niche market leader.

Small Business

A small business is a privately owned and operated business. A small business typically has a small number of employees.

 Small businesses can also be classified according to other methods such as sales, assets, or net profits.

Small businesses are common in many countries, depending on the economic system in operation. Typical examples include: convenience stores, other small shops (such as a bakery or delicatessen), hairdressers, tradesmen, lawyers, accountants, restaurants, guest houses, photographers, small-scale manufacturing, and online business, such as web design and programming, etc.

Features of Small Business Management

by Osmond Vitez, Demand Media

Small business management requires individuals to have a wide variety of business knowledge and understanding. Business owners must often learn new skills as they work in a company and expand its operations. Individuals can often take college courses, attend seminars or review websites to increase their knowledge a small business management. Business owners may also consult with other owners or review information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding small business management techniques.

Leadership

Business owners must be the leader of their organization. They often provide the mission, values and goals for the small business. Leadership and business ownership are two different things. Many business owners can run their company and complete operations with few problems. However, leading other employees can be a completely different issue. Business owners who expand their operations often need employees to complete various business functions. Leadership requires business owners to work through employees, not around them.

Accounting

Accounting is an important business function. Business owners often use accounting to record, report and analyze information relating to financial transactions. Small business accounting usually encompasses several different features. Overseeing company cash flow, paying bills, collecting money from sales on account, entering journal entries, and preparing the general ledger and financial statements are a few small business accounting features. Business owners must be able to understand and apply accounting terms, principles and guidelines to their company’s information. Accounting information can also be used by business owners to conduct a performance measurement analysis for business decisions.

Human Resources

Business owners must pay careful attention to the human resource needs of their company. As a company begins to grow and expand, the hiring of employees is usually an...
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