Interview A Business Owner

Use this questionnaire for “informational interviewing” purposes. Find someone who’s running a business similar to the one you’re thinking of starting and pick their brain by asking them questions about what their business life is really like.

“An Average Day” Questionnaire

Name of business owner:

Name of business:

What type of business do you own?

When did you start your business?

How much money did you start with?

Where did you get the money?

Annual sales for last year and/or this year:

What is your salary/compensation?

How many employees do you have?

What do you like best about your work?

What do you like least about your work?

What’s been your biggest challenge?

What skills do you have that without them, the business wouldn’t have survived?

What are you the most afraid of — where is your business the most vulnerable?

What’s an average day like in your business?

When are your busiest times and how do you compensate:

  • of the day
  • of the week
  • of the month
  • of the year

 

What types of marketing have you used?

Which were most successful? Which were least successful?

If you could give just one piece of advice to someone starting a business similar to yours, what would it be?

Self Employment Assessment Test

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Use this Self-Employment Assessment Test to determine if you have what it takes to be self-employed. Self-Employment Assessment Test Please note: As you answer each question, do it quickly. Don’t give any question too much thought; just go with your first, gut-level reaction. Answer with a “yes,” a “no,” or a “?” and at the end of the 25 questions, you’ll see how to score yourself.

 

  1. _____ Are you a quick learner?
  2. _____ Are you self-motivated?
  3. _____ Are you healthy – emotionally and physically?
  4. _____ Do you possess an extra amount of common sense?
  5. _____ Do you love to learn new tasks and ideas?
  6. _____ Do you have a high tolerance for risk?
  7. _____ Do you enjoy doing sales?
  8. _____ Do you constantly like to meet new people?
  9. _____ Can you juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities at the same time?
  10. _____ Do you regularly set and accomplish personal goals?
  11. _____ Are you willing to sell your product or service?
  12. _____ Do you have a spouse or friend who will take an interest in the business?
  13. _____ Can you live with high levels of uncertainty?
  14. _____ Are you resilient?
  15. _____ Do you make good decisions quickly?
  16. _____ Are you good with money?
  17. _____ Do you love to work?
  18. _____ Do you thrive on competition?
  19. _____ Do you have will-power and self-discipline?
  20. _____ Are you a good leader?
  21. _____ Do you get things done on time?
  22. _____ Can you live without an income until your business reaches breakeven?
  23. _____ Do you have skills and passion for the business you’re considering?
  24. _____ Are you resourceful?
  25. _____ Are you willing and prepared to work long hours in the beginning?       

 

 Scoring The Test: To score your readiness, give yourself a point for every “yes” and a half-point for every question mark. A “no” answer counts as a zero. Total up your score, and see how you stack up. For the best chances of success, ideally, your score will be 20 or above.

Overcoming Fear

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Fear keeps us in the background. It convinces us we can never accomplish our dreams, tells us to keep quiet, and separates us from the ones we love. Fear has an unparalleled ability to freeze us in our tracks, and limit what we are willing to try. Fear makes us lead a smaller life.

The things that we are afraid of may be different, but our reactions to fear are usually the same – our palms sweat, our mouths get dry, our stomachs churn — and we would do anything, make any sacrifice, just to make it go away. How many times have you turned away from an opportunity or even a relationship because you were too afraid to go for it?

We all have grand dreams and plans for our lives, but more often than not we find ourselves falling off the wagon on our way there. Do not let your goals and dreams fall by the wayside. All successful people have experienced problems at some point in their life.

The first step in achieving your goals is that you have to really want to achieve the goal. Napoleon Hill, famously said “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.”  If you cannot picture yourself achieving a goal, chances are, you won’t.

We all have different definitions of failure, simply because we all have different benchmarks, values, and belief systems. A failure to one person might simply be a great learning experience for someone else.

People who have made it understand that setbacks are a necessity for growth. Setbacks are not the same as failures. How you handle setbacks determines a large part of whether or not you end up successful. You cannot always be ready for what life throws your way, but how you react to different situations is entirely up to you.

We all know success doesn’t come overnight. You must be persistent. It might take time but it will ultimately pay off. Always finish what you start. Starting a new project is good; finishing it is better. Do not get into a cycle of starting new things and leaving them unfinished. Remember to congratulate yourself on your small successes along the way because it helps you stay motivated by recognizing your successes.

Start by setting a few small goals. These should be goals that are slightly, but not overwhelmingly, challenging. Think of these goals as “early wins” that are designed to help boost your confidence. Taking one small step at a time will help build your confidence, keep you moving forward, and prevent you from getting overwhelmed with visions of your final goal.

Fear keeps us in the background. It convinces us we can never accomplish our dreams, tells us to keep quiet, and separates us from the ones we love. Fear has an unparalleled ability to freeze us in our tracks, and limit what we are willing to try. Fear makes us lead a smaller life.

We all have grand dreams and plans for our lives. We all have different definitions of failure, simply because we all have different benchmarks, values, and belief systems. A failure to one person might simply be a great learning experience for someone else. Do not let your goals and dreams fall by the wayside. All successful people have experienced problems at some point in their life.

Dr. Henry Cloud, counselor and author, in his article “Overcoming Fear,” recommends several active steps we can take to battle the fear that controls us – connecting with others, creating structure, learning relaxation techniques and developing a spiritual life and face your fears.

The first step in achieving your goals is that you have to really want to achieve the goal.  If you cannot picture yourself achieving a goal, chances are, you won’t. People who have made it understand that setbacks are a necessity for growth. Setbacks are not the same as failures. How you handle setbacks determines a large part of whether or not you end up successful. You cannot always be ready for what life throws your way, but how you react to different situations is entirely up to you.

We all know success doesn’t come overnight. You must be persistent. It might take time, but it will ultimately pay off. Always finish what you start. Starting a new project is good; finishing it is better. Do not get into a cycle of starting new things and leaving them unfinished. Remember to congratulate yourself on your small successes along the way because it helps you stay motivated by recognizing your successes.

Start by setting a few small goals. These should be goals that are slightly, but not overwhelmingly, challenging. Think of these goals as “early wins” that are designed to help boost your confidence. Taking one small step at a time will help build your confidence, keep you moving forward, and prevent you from getting overwhelmed with visions of your final goal.  Guess what? You can write your daily goals in the My TESStimony prayer journal/notebook :). Purchase one today! 2Djournal notebook

Incorporating Literacy with Athletics

Incorporating Literacy with Athletics

Registration Form

Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Oakwood Adventist Academy’s Gymnasium
7000 Adventist Boulevard–Huntsville, AL 35896
Cost to enter competition: $15 for one event/$25 for both.
5th & 6th Grade Bracket Competition/ 7th & 8th Grade Bracket Competition/9th-12th Bracket Competition
Boys & Girls compete separately*12 participants per bracket*
Girls ONLY compete in 3-point shootout competition
The rim height for slam dunk contest for 5th & 6th graders will be 5-6ft high*The rim height for slam dunk contest for 7th & 8th Graders will be 7ft high*The rim height for slam dunk contest for 9th – 12th Graders will be regular height

TESSology Tuesdays Grocery Giveaway

Grocery Giveaway

It doesn’t have to be a special holiday or a specific season to give back to the community or feed the hungry. Did you know that 1 in 6 people in America face hunger? More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger—and with African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3 children. Did you know that over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day? Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10 percent have access to summer meal sites.

Teacher’s PETS Inc. will be actively taking part with stocking up pantries and refrigerators by feeding families in need in North Alabama beginning on August 4th. We are giving away groceries every 1st Tuesday of the month to underprivileged families. If you know of a family that is in need of food assistance, please submit their names and complete the form below.

This form is to be completed by the individual who is recommending an underprivileged family. Please mention to the desired family why you have chosen them to receive assistance. We do not want to embarrass anyone. NOTE: This information will not be shared.

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