Bansko - Bulgaria's “Little Switzerland”

четвъртък, 12 март 2009 г.


Arriving in Bansko/Bulgaria

The nearest airport to Bansko is Sofia(the capital of Bulgaria), 150km northwest, although some companies use Plovdiv town, 150km to the east.Transfer time from Sofia to Bansko is about two hours in normal conditions, and from Plovdiv is about three hours because of the curving and tigh roads.

Sometimes takes longer at weekends because of the road traffic, or in snow weather.


Arriving in Bansko

Arriving by Foot

By foot

There are very few things that can ruin a nice evening in Bansko and getting lost ( with or without being drunk ) is one of them. Apart from making a fool of yourself, by helplessly roaming the streets in search of your hotel, in the winter it may be pretty dangerous, wet and annoying. The stone walls and look-alike houses can turn this little town into the Labyrinth of King Minos, but actually all you will need are good land marks.

There are two main streets in Bansko - Pirin and Glazne, all the rest are either parallel, or crossing them. Find your way to the main streets and remember any shop, hotel or mehana, which is at the beginning of the street, leading to your new holiday residence, or just use a map.Follow the same route every night and everything should be just fine.

Arriving by Car

By car

Bansko lies two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Sofia, although journey time can lengthen to three or four hours on busy weekends (when getting out of Sofia is often half the problem). Quickest route is to take the main E79 south to Simitli, from where a well-marked east-bound turn leads over the Predela Pass to Bansko. Parts of the Simitli-Bansko road have been re-surfaced and offer a smooth ride. Several kilometres in the middle however are still badly surfaced and can be slow going.

Construction work in Bansko itself has made it a difficult town to navigate: some roads are blocked off altogether and road signs are either non-existent or unhelpful

Arriving by Train


By train

Nobody ever takes the train to Bansko if they’re in a hurry. The journey from Sofia takes over 7 hours and involves a change of trains at the middle-of-nowhere junction of Septemvri. However the trip from Septemvri to Bansko is one of the most scenic that Bulgaria has to offer, with a narrow-gauge track, snaking its way across the western spurs of the Rhodope mountains. It’s an especially magical journey in winter, with the fir trees covered in frost, and snow-white minarets spearing skywards from the Bulgarian-Muslim villages, sprinkled along the route.

Bansko’s train station is near the bus station, an easy 10-minute walk north of the town centre. If you need a taxi and there are none in the forecourt, head for the bus station (turn right outside the train station then bear left) to find one. The train station has a ticket hall but no other facilities, although the pair of vintage steam locos, parked outside, add an air of jollity to the scene.

Arriving by Bus


By bus

Travelling from Sofia to Bansko by bus takes between three and three-and-a-half hours. Buses depart from either Sofia’s Central Bus Station (Tsentralna avtogara), near to the train station on bul. Knyaginya Maria Luiza, or from Ovcha Kupel bus station, 5km southwest of the city centre (on the route of trams №5 and №19).

Bansko’s bus station is at the northern end of town, a ten minute walk from the main square. There is a taxi rank in the bus station forecourt, and a taxi booking office, belonging to local firm Trans Taxi, inside the ticket hall. There is a public toilet, and a small shop, selling coffee, nibble-snacks and soft drinks, but no other facilities.

Bansko Tourist Information

Bansko Tourist Information
Commercial tourist information centre providing information and assistance to all tourists and local business in Bansko. Accommodation, activities, equipment hire, information on places of interest and excursions


Bansko Information Centre
pl.Nikola Vapsarov,Tel: 88580,Fax: 88633.Friendly English-speaking stuff will tell youaii you need to know abot the region and give you on locals.


Bansko Tourist Information
Ul.Pirin 70A, Tel: 0886543262. Providing information and assistance to all tourists in Bansko. Open 10:00 – 20:00


Information Centre of Alliance
Ul.Bulgaria 22, Tel: 88480. Providing information and assistance to all tourists in Bansko.

About Bansko

Bansko is the newest and top Bulgarian ski resort

Bansko is the newest and top Bulgarian ski resort, and the most rapidly developing one. It is an interesting combination between the virgin nature of the Pirin Mountains and the atmosphere of the ancient Bulgarian small town. The town of Bansko is located on 925 m. above sea level, and its skiing area is on 2000-2500 m above sea level. It attracts visitors by its 120 cultural monuments, its museums and the permanent ethnographic exhibitions. Surrounded by The Pirin, The Rila and The Rhodopa mountains, Bansko is a nice mountain resort with short summer and long winter. The skiing season starts in the middle of December and ends in mid April.

Bansko is among those Bulgarian towns which Fate had destined to play a noteworthy role in the historic development of our, nation especially during the colossal national upsurge during the Revival Period. Its achievements cannot be touched by the relentless passage of time. They lie in the unique houses of Banskalii with their tall pinewood gates and carved-wood ceilings, in the architecture and the fine iconostasis of churches, in the daring brushstroke of the icons painted by local iconographers, for over here Past and Present are interwoven in a way that is at once distinctive and original.

Bansko is an important cultural centre for the region. According to historic records, the settlement was first established about 9th -10th century A.D. on the site where ancient Thracian settlements had existed. In the 18th century it was mentioned as a large and prosperous village of thriving crafts and trade. Original fortified and artistically decorated houses have been preserved from the 18th and 19th century, built almost entirely of stone, with small barred windows, tall walls, heavy metal-plated gates and interconnected by narrow and winding cobble-stone streets. Remarkable as architectural monuments and examples of fine art are the Velyanova, Benina, Sirleshtova, Todeva, Molerova, Dragostinova, Sharkova houses. The Sveta Troitsa church, the bell tower with the big clock, the midlevel church "Assumption of the Virgin Mary" with its remarkable wood-carved iconostasis make for fine accents in Bansko's atmosphere. Also noteworthy are the museum houses and collections, souvenir shops and romantic holiday residences, hotels and taverns cuddled in the narrow and picturesque streets.

The atmosphere of an ancient Bulgarian town from the 10th century combines with its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities. Situated in the foothills of one of the country's most beautiful mountains, Bansko is known as an alpine skiing, hiking and climbing centre. The alpine character of the Pirin Mountains create excellent skiing conditions for all types of skiers and experts can enjoy some of the country's best downhill skiing. Bansko Ski Area will make you feel the bite of the crystal-clear February cold and the sensation conveyed by gentle yet whimsical March. And all this amidst the dynamics and emotions of winter sport competitions and the contrasting serenity of the first free downhill run.The skiing area comprises 11 marked ski runs and 4 ski tracks with a total length of over 25 km. Their location allows for multiple skiing combinations by offering descents of varying difficulty and slope

Since 2003, Bansko Ski Area offers the latest state-of -the -art Doppelmayr ropeways, including an 8-passenger Gondola ropeway, 4-seater chairlifts, 2-seater chairlifts, T-bar lifts, platters, etc. Existing facilities and installations are envisaged for replacement with new ones.

Bansko is a town of notable past, honourable present and stable future that brought through the centuries, preserved and developed the unique and ever-seeking spirit of Bulgarians.

The Basics of Bulgaria


Essential reading for those not sure where they are
Basic data, spoken language, social, etc.


Basic data

Territory: Bulgaria takes up 110, 550 km2 of land.

It shares borders with Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania.

The country is bordered to the east by a 354km-long stretch of Black Sea coastline.

Rivers: The main rivers in the country are Danube, Maritsa, Mesta, Strouma, Iskar, Yantra.

There are more than 1000 warm and cold mineral springs. Highest Point: Musala (2925m), south of Sofia in the Rila mountains. Population of Bulgaria: 7,385,367 (July 2006 est.) Population of Sofia: 1,377,531 (July 2006 est.) Local time: Bulgaria is part of the Eastern European Time Zone (GMT +2); when it is noon in Sofia it is 11:00 in Berlin, 10:00 in London and 05:00 in New York City.

Religion: Traditional religion in the Republic of Bulgaria is Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Orthodox 85%, Muslim 8%, others 7%.

Market values

How do costs compare to back home? Here is handy list of local prices to give you an idea. Loaf of white bread # Snickers bar # Litre of vodka # Bottle of local beer # 20 Marlboros. Cost in Leva 0.80 # 0.80 # 20.00 # 1.50 # 5.00 Cost in Euro 0.40 # 0.40 # 10.00 # 0.80 # 2.50

Body language


The first thing that any visitor to Bulgaria needs to know is that ”yes” is indicated by a shake of the head, while “no” is expressed with a nod. It’s a tribute to the resilience of Bulgarian culture over the centuries that such obtuse habits have been preserved. Foreigners have no choice but to practice the correct Bulgarian gestures in front of the mirror every morning before they go out.

Spoken Language
Bulgarian in a nutshell

The official language of Bulgaria is Bulgarian. It's alphabet is called Cyrillic. The script is said to have been created in the 9th century by Saint Climent, a disciple of the Salonica brothers Saints Cyril (hence, Cyrillic alphabet) and Methodius, Bulgarian missionaries commissioned by the Byzantine emperor to translate the New Testament into Old Bulgarian (Old Church Slavonic). The Cyrillic alphabet is based in large part on the Greek alphabet, however, a few letters were created to represent Slavic sounds that didn't have Greek equivalents.

Currently, the Cyrillic alphabet is in use in the following Slavic countries: Macedonia, Serbia, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and, naturally, Bulgaria. It is also the official writing system in Mongolia.

The Cyrillic alphabet (pronounced /sɨˈrɪlɪk/; also called azbuka, from the old name of the first two letters) is a family of alphabets, subsets of which are used by six Slavic national languages (Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian) as well as non-Slavic (Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Tajik of the former Soviet Union, and Mongolian).

It is also used by many other languages of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Siberia and other languages in the past. Not all letters in the Cyrillic alphabet are used in every language that is written with it.

The alphabet has official status with many organizations. With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007, Cyrillic became the third official alphabet of the EU, along with Latin and Greek.

Customs

If you are travelling within the EU those over 18 can now take 10L of spirits, 90L of wine and 110L of beer. Most countries will not allow more than 200 cigarettes from Bulgaria. You’re not allowed to export antiques, artworks or coins of numismatic value unless you have a permit issued by the Ministry of Culture. Due to fears about child trafficking, travellers with small children may be asked for documentary evidence of their parental relationship before being allowed to leave the country.

Electricity

Bulgaria runs on a 220 volt electricity supply (so some visitors will need to bring a transformer). Standard continental two-prong plugs are used, so others will need to furnish themselves with an adaptor if they want to use their hairdryer/phone/ charger/laptop.

Visas

Citizens of the EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA can stay in the country visa-free for 90 days. Nationals of other countries should contact the Bulgarian embassies or consulates in their home countries about visa arrangements. Note that visas cannot be obtained at the border. If you wish to extend your stay beyond the 90-day period you should apply for a residence permit from the Immigration Office or Bansko Municipality, B-2 pl. Nikola Vaptsarov, 886 11,

Roads & Traffic police

Most Bulgarians turn into psychopaths as soon as they get behind the wheel of a car, although given the state of the road network one can hardly blame them. Cow-sized potholes, suicidal pedestrians and drunken cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road are just some of the things to look out for – and with hazards like these you need to swerve around like a stunt driver in order to stay in one piece.

In order to drive on Bulgarian roads outside Bansko you’ll need to purchase a vignette which must be glued to the windscreen. You can get these from border crossings, all post offices and OMV and Shell gas stations.

Where to stay during visit


Places to recharge the batteries and catch up on your beauty sleep

Twenty years ago Bansko boasted one hotel and a scattering of rooms, offered privately by local grannies.Now days the number of tourists beds in town stands at estimated 35,000 and is still rising.With a rash of hotels in every category, it shouldn't be too hard to find something that suits.

A big choise of Four Star and Up Hotels is avalable.Huge cllection of Upmarket Hotels, Guest Houses and Chalet Hotels are waiting for theyr guests.

Follow the link below and learn more.


Short History of Bansko


History of Bansko

9th and 10th century - Bansko is established when several hamlets merged together. 16th century - Bansko is first mentioned with the name Baniska in the Ottoman registers of sheep breeders. It is also a craft center for carpentry and leatherworking, with workshops, using the power of the river.

It served as an important stop on the caravan trade-routes from the coasts of the Aegean Sea and Central Europe. During the Ottoman Rule, the town was among the richest in the Bulgarian lands and local entrepreneurs opened successful trading offices in Budapest, Wien, Leipzig, Marseille and London.

Culture and Events


Events and Holidays

Apart from national holidays, there are several local festivities on Bansko territory, which should not be missed by any self-respecting tourist. For those who find Bulgarian art, music and dance more interesting than a day of skiing or hiking, Bansko’s museums and festival stages will give something to remember.

If playing instruments, made of skinned sheep is not your cup of tea, then listen to some good jazz on the annual Jazz festival, or go eat and drink as much as you can on our personal favourite Sudzhuk Festival – Bansko’s own way of celebrating good food.

  • December 25th – Christmas Concert – Community Center Hall – 17.00h
  • December 25th – Christmas Mass – “Holy Trinity” Church - 8.00 – 10.30h
  • January 1st 2009 – “Happy New Year” – A Holiday Folklore Concert and Kukeri Festival– Central Square
  • January 14th 2009 –A Festival of the Banski sudzhuk and red wine – Central Square – 17.00h
  • May 17-25th 2009 – Days of the Bansko traditions – dedicated to notable enlighteners, concerts of amateur artists, display of traditional outfits and cuisine from Bansko, art exhibitions, best hotel, street and summer garden competitions, Flower holiday
  • May 24 – 25th 2009 – “Between Three Mountains” – Folklore festival for authentic Bulgarian songs
  • May 24th 2009 – Day of the Slavonic Culture and Alphabet – Official start of the Summer tourist season
  • June 19th 2009 - Celebrating the day of St. Paisiy Hilendarski
  • July 23th 2009 – 67 years since the execution of Nikola Vaptsarov and 57 years of museums in Bansko
  • August 8-13th 2009 – International Jazz Festival “Bansko 2009”
  • September 2009 – Pirin Folk Bulgaria – Bansko International Festival for Original Bulgarian songs
  • October 5th 2009 – Day of Bansko, 97 years from the liberation from Turkish rule
  • November 1th 2009 – Day of the Bulgarian Enlighteners, 216 years since the birth of Neofit Rilski
Macedonian music

Bansko is in the Bulgarian part of Macedonia, a huge region stretching from southwestern Bulgaria to the eastern borders of Albania, and taking in portions of northern Greece besides. Macedonia became politically fragmented in the political turmoil of the early twentieth century.

Macedonian music and folklore still form the bedrock of local Bansko traditions, however, and the music heard in local restaurants or performed by local heritage societies is subtly different from that found in the rest of Bulgaria.

The use of bagpipes, shepherds’ flutes and a huge booming drum known as the tupan combine to give Macedonian music a lyrical majesty that you’ll be hard put to find anywhere else.

The majority of the band’s playing in Bansko’s folk-style restaurants concentrate on a crowd-pleasing repertoire of sentimental songs which feature the word “Macedonia” in the lyrics as many times as possible. Main subject matter of such songs appears to be the plight of Macedonian maidens awaiting the return of boys who have left to join anti-Ottoman guerrillas. The majority of Macedonian songs contain seven or nine beats to the bar rather than the customary four, making it well-nigh impossible to tap your foot to them unless you have a degree in mathematics.

Although female solo singing is an important part of the musical landscape in other parts of Macedonia, it is the male group that rules the roost in Bansko. In fact there’s a distinct style of male singing in Bansko, with a solo voice backed by strident, raw-sounding harmonies.


Winter festivals

Winter brings out the weirder side of Bulgarian folklore, with the menfolk of small towns and villages donning animal masks and cow bells to perform daft-as-a-brush dances to ensure peace and fertility in the coming year. Known as kukeri or mummers, the dancers aim to drive away malevolent spirits, who use the long dark nights of winter as cover for their pranks. Kukeri rites are enacted in many areas of Bulgaria around January 1, although some communities celebrate on January 14 (New Year’s Day according to an old Orthodox Christian Calendar which still endures in some areas).

Bansko traditionally celebrates the kukeri rituals on January 1. On the same day, even bigger kukeri processions take place in the nearby town of Razlog, where neighbourhoods compete to dress up in the most outlandish costumes.

Kukeri rituals marking the end of winter take place on Easter Sunday in Eleshnitsa Village 20km east of Bansko, where men in huge hairy headdresses scamper crazily round the main square.

Name days

In Bulgaria, one’s name day is considered as important as a birthday. It is customary to buy treats for family members and colleagues. Take note of the dates below and ingratiate yourself with any Bulgarians you meet by buying them a shot of rakia on their name day. Either that, or exploit your own by getting lashings of free drinks from your friends and acquaintances. When in Rome and all that.

• 5th December –St. Sava - Sava, Savka, Slavi, Slavka, Vladislav, Vladislava
• 6th December - Nikulden (St. Nikolai ’s Day) – Nikola, Nikolai, Nikolina, Nenka, Neno, Nina, Kolyo
• 9th December – St. Anna – Anna, Ana
• 24th December – Badni vecher (Christmas Eve) – Evegenia, Evgeni, Biser, Bistra, Bozhin, Bozhana, Bisera, Bozhan
• 25th December – Christmas – Hristo, Hristina, Radostin, Radoslav, Radomir
• 1st January – Vasilyovden - Vasil, Vasilena, Veselin, Vasko, Vesela
• 6th January – Yordanovden (St. Jordan’s day) – Yordan, Yordanka, Dancho, Danka, Bozhan, Bozhana, Dana, Bogdan, Bogdana
• 7th January – Ivanovden - Ivan, Ivanka, Vanya, Yoan, Yoana, Yova, Zhan, Zhana
• 17th January – Antonovden – Anton, Andon, Antoniya, Toncho, Tonka
• 18th January – Atanasovden - Atanas, Atanaska, Tanas, Naso, Nasya
• 1st February – Trifonovden - Trifon, Trifonka
• 10th February- St. Haralampi – Haralampi, Valentin, Valentina
• 13th February – Evlogi, Zoya
• 1st March – Marta, Martin, Evdokia
• 4th March – Gerasim
• 9th March -The Holy 40th Martyrs - Mladen, Mladenka
• 10th March – Galya, Galin, Galina
• 19th March – Daria, Nayden, Nayda
• 25th March – Blagoveshtenie (the Annunciation) – Blagovest, Blagovesta, Blagoy, Blaga, Evangelina, Vangel
• 28th March – Albena, Boyan, Boyko, Boyka

Famous Bulgarians born in Bansko

Nikola VaptsarovA controversial national hero, praised as a poet, despite of his communist ideas, Nikola Vaptsarov was born in Bansko on the 7th of December 1909. His family name originates from his grandfather’s craft, who was dying fabrics (in Bulgarian “vaptsam” means to paint or dye). He attended the Naval Mechanical School in Varna, which was later turned into a Naval Academy and named after him.

His only poetry collection “Motor Songs”, praising the machines and the working class was translated into 60 languages and earned him a World Peace Award in 1952. Unfortunately, due to his anti-Nazi revolutionary activities, he was executed by a firing squad in 1942. Letter "Do you remember Sea and engines Holds, full of Sticky gloom? And that wild longing For the Philippines, For the big stars Over Famagusta?" Translated from: Писмо "Ти помниш ли морето и машините и трюмовете, пълни с лепкав мрак? И онзи див копнеж по Филипините, по едрите звезди над Фамагуста?"

Local Lions

What to see in Bansko
Churches,museums,testimonials,countryside

If you think that Bansko is a Balkan village suddenly catapulted to fame and fortune by its latter-day development as a ski-centre, then think again.Bansko was one of nineteenth-century Bulgaria’s richest towns, and the monuments are still here to prove it.

Bansko owed its wealth to a central position on key inland caravan routes, which lead from the Aegean port of Thessaloniki to the cities of central Europe. As well as providing food and lodging to the caravan drovers, Bansko folk became traders themselves, warehousing rich silks from the east and fine furniture from the west.

The caravan trade died out in the late nineteenth century when it became more convenient to transport goods on steamships and trains rather than on the backs of donkeys. Bansko continued to flourish as an agricultural centre rich in goats, sheep and cattle, and enjoyed a considerable political role in the years before World War I when it was an important centre of the anti-Ottoman Macedonian revolutionary movement.

The nineteenth-century houses lining central Bansko’s cobbled alleyways provide enduring evidence of the town’s historical importance.
Note that Bansko’s museums lack effective central heating and can be extremely chilly in winter - so don’t forget your thermal undies.

сряда, 11 март 2009 г.

How to Start Your Own Business From Scratch



Being Your Own Boss - How to Start Your Own Business From Scratch!


Life as an entrepreneur, soloprenuer, small business owner, or independent contractor is very different from one business professional to the next. What makes it different depends on your business model, your passion and tolerance for risk, and whether or not you are promoting tangible or intangible products and/or services. Having said all that, you want to start a business and you want to do it from scratch. Great! Being a business owner is like all things in life: it can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time. I am here to tell you how you can minimize your frustrations and reap the rewards sooner rather than later with the following 6 simple tips on how to start a business from scratch.


1.Write a business plan.

Oftentimes we start a business out of passion or disgusting for working for someone else. We jump head first into the deep end of self-promotion, yet we forget to take the appropriate steps that lead to the best results. A Business plan can be as simple as writing down your company's vision, mission, objective, strategies and action plan(s) or it can be as sophisticated as showing income projections over the next few years, marketing efforts, sales strategy, cash flow, etc. Regardless on how simple or sophisticated your plan is, you have to start with something, but not something that stays in your mind, but rather something written. Then, when you have a clear vision of what you want to do, how you want to do it and how much you plan to charge for it, you can invest in a sophisticated plan.

2. Identify your secret ingredient.

Starting a business can be an overwhelming process if you are unsure what makes your business unique. Offering lower prices for something that already exists is not necessarily a good reason to start a business. Oftentimes, you cut yourself to the point where you can't afford to stay in business. You may not need to be the first person to do something, but you have to offer something of value so that people will pay. Generally, a good start up solves a legitimate problem. For example, do you remember life without Google and page rank? Google was able to solve the problem of poor search results. They were the first company that banked on people wanting smarter search results and look at them now.

3. Start.

"I am so grateful for my clients for they buy my products before they are perfect." Bill Gates. You cannot allow yourself to get stuck in the proverbial fork in the road. If you have a burning desire to do something, just do it. Then, speak it out loud to friends and family, even if they are not immediately supportive. You have to say it out loud to subconsciously see yourself being the entrepreneur you always wanted to be. It's similar to wanting to lose weight. If you keep it to yourself, you risk putting yourself down. But if you speak it out loud, you not only accountable to yourself but to others as well.

4. Hire a Business Middleman Agent.

You may be in business for yourself, but you certainly don't have to do it alone. A good business Middleman Agent listens, teaches, keep you accountable, and can model the same activities he or she recommends to you. A Middleman Agent can take you through the development process and knows how to give "constructive criticism." See more on BanskoAgent-007.com
That's the type of criticism that hurts, but helps us grow at the same time.

5. Take Calculated Risks and Track Your Results.

Tracking is the most important part of any small business's owner's life. If you invest 100, 1000 or a million Euros, you will want to know what will be your return on your investment to decide if the risk was worth your time.

6. Understand and accept that starting a business is a journey.

You may find that what you started out as is not what you end up to be. In fact, as you are going through your business building motions, you may find your secret ingredient and live out the life you've always dreamed about. "I am a small business owner and I am proud of it."

Articles like these can be found on BanskoAgent-007.com, an agent helping you for a building a business. BanskoAgent-007.com is a community that works for you even when you're sleeping. To find out more about BanskoAgent-007.com, please visit website and create your free profile. For a limited time only, it will assist you in helping to set up a new business.

How to Start Your Own Business From Scratch



Being Your Own Boss - How to Start Your Own Business From Scratch!


Life as an entrepreneur, soloprenuer, small business owner, or independent contractor is very different from one business professional to the next. What makes it different depends on your business model, your passion and tolerance for risk, and whether or not you are promoting tangible or intangible products and/or services. Having said all that, you want to start a business and you want to do it from scratch. Great! Being a business owner is like all things in life: it can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time. I am here to tell you how you can minimize your frustrations and reap the rewards sooner rather than later with the following 6 simple tips on how to start a business from scratch.


1.Write a business plan.

Oftentimes we start a business out of passion or disgusting for working for someone else. We jump head first into the deep end of self-promotion, yet we forget to take the appropriate steps that lead to the best results. A Business plan can be as simple as writing down your company's vision, mission, objective, strategies and action plan(s) or it can be as sophisticated as showing income projections over the next few years, marketing efforts, sales strategy, cash flow, etc. Regardless on how simple or sophisticated your plan is, you have to start with something, but not something that stays in your mind, but rather something written. Then, when you have a clear vision of what you want to do, how you want to do it and how much you plan to charge for it, you can invest in a sophisticated plan.

2. Identify your secret ingredient.

Starting a business can be an overwhelming process if you are unsure what makes your business unique. Offering lower prices for something that already exists is not necessarily a good reason to start a business. Oftentimes, you cut yourself to the point where you can't afford to stay in business. You may not need to be the first person to do something, but you have to offer something of value so that people will pay. Generally, a good start up solves a legitimate problem. For example, do you remember life without Google and page rank? Google was able to solve the problem of poor search results. They were the first company that banked on people wanting smarter search results and look at them now.

3. Start.

"I am so grateful for my clients for they buy my products before they are perfect." Bill Gates. You cannot allow yourself to get stuck in the proverbial fork in the road. If you have a burning desire to do something, just do it. Then, speak it out loud to friends and family, even if they are not immediately supportive. You have to say it out loud to subconsciously see yourself being the entrepreneur you always wanted to be. It's similar to wanting to lose weight. If you keep it to yourself, you risk putting yourself down. But if you speak it out loud, you not only accountable to yourself but to others as well.

4. Hire a Business Middleman Agent.

You may be in business for yourself, but you certainly don't have to do it alone. A good business Middleman Agent listens, teaches, keep you accountable, and can model the same activities he or she recommends to you. A Middleman Agent can take you through the development process and knows how to give "constructive criticism." See more on BanskoAgent-007.com
That's the type of criticism that hurts, but helps us grow at the same time.

5. Take Calculated Risks and Track Your Results.

Tracking is the most important part of any small business's owner's life. If you invest 100, 1000 or a million Euros, you will want to know what will be your return on your investment to decide if the risk was worth your time.

6. Understand and accept that starting a business is a journey.

You may find that what you started out as is not what you end up to be. In fact, as you are going through your business building motions, you may find your secret ingredient and live out the life you've always dreamed about. "I am a small business owner and I am proud of it."

Articles like these can be found on BanskoAgent-007.com, an agent helping you for a building a business. BanskoAgent-007.com is a community that works for you even when you're sleeping. To find out more about BanskoAgent-007.com, please visit website and create your free profile. For a limited time only, it will assist you in helping to set up a new business.

How Do You Turn an Euro Into a Million This is How



If you ask me, this is a critical question that only you can answer. Why? Because people think in denominations and not in opportunities. That's true.

If you think an Euro will make you rich in a day, it's possible; in a week, year...it all depends on how you define success. That's why with one person it could take a whole life time, with a group of people success is seen in their team progress, etc.

One thing most business 'experts' don't tell you is that you will never make a million without investing the equivalent value or more. Take away all the rusty ideas of how the world has changed and how technology...nothing has changed; only the orientation of people of people. To succeed in any business you definitely need three things, education, hard work and luck. We've all been living with this old custom of making success since the period of the rat. Don't get me wrong about education. What I mean is not going to school, no. they don't teach you how to be successful in school. When I say education, I mean knowing what to do, when to do it and why you need to do it. When you have researched every nook and cranny of your niche it isn't enough. Ask yourself, what makes me think I'll do better in this business than others? Here you identify other's mistakes, your advantage and focus. That alone is worth thousands of Euros.

Every successful entrepreneur knows that the earth (in totality) wasn't created in a single day, with a single stroke. For our friend Marin, it took six days; for the overblown scientist, it took...The fact is that a business grows, matures and grows with continual effort. Hard work is primary to any thriving business empire that targets bountiful fortune, don't you think? You business needs your effort, devotion and sacrifice. That is hard work. If you would ever need to pull through, you'll need to invest more of the latter.

Why do We include luck in the three musketeers? Because without it the random, imprecise expect-rational nature of things would run geometrically wrong. Look there are millions of people in this 'business' industry doing the right thing. Have you ever asked why not everyone who applies the proven techniques in business ever succeeds? Have you ever asked why some people are only termed successful because they crossed the success line? What's the basic difference between them-nothing! It is either a question of circumstance, time or opportunity. After all, every dog has its day, Its time to shine. The secrete is to stick fully loaded and cocked for the right minute where your preparation will meet with the perfect opportunity.

We want to advise every entrepreneur out there to always focus on building a business with value and opportunities. It doesn't take a genius to see that with every opportunity created rewards are activated. Please if you are making your first venture, pay attention to these areas.

Your business could be the next big thing.

• Plan and always research your market

• Small businesses fall because they don't have adequate financing and consistent sales. Work much on the structure of your finance to support your target.

• Be customer focused with unique products and services.

• Team building is the work of a smart entrepreneur. It would cost you less. Work with people smarter than you if possible: you'd need all the help necessary.

• Always do a SWOT analysis (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat). Try to assess yourself with honest answers.

And don’t forget !


Trying to complete a project without the help of a mediator, however, can result in unnecessary complications. The divides of language, culture and living standards can naturally lead to the disastrous outcomes that have made headlines in past years. But is it really that difficult? Don’t thousands of foreign companies come to Bulgaria every year, produce excellent products, buy, build or sale properties and yield high profits? Perhaps, but it’s not as easy as it seems!!!

Wish you tons of success.

How Do You Turn an Euro Into a Million This is How



If you ask me, this is a critical question that only you can answer. Why? Because people think in denominations and not in opportunities. That's true.

If you think an Euro will make you rich in a day, it's possible; in a week, year...it all depends on how you define success. That's why with one person it could take a whole life time, with a group of people success is seen in their team progress, etc.

One thing most business 'experts' don't tell you is that you will never make a million without investing the equivalent value or more. Take away all the rusty ideas of how the world has changed and how technology...nothing has changed; only the orientation of people of people. To succeed in any business you definitely need three things, education, hard work and luck. We've all been living with this old custom of making success since the period of the rat. Don't get me wrong about education. What I mean is not going to school, no. they don't teach you how to be successful in school. When I say education, I mean knowing what to do, when to do it and why you need to do it. When you have researched every nook and cranny of your niche it isn't enough. Ask yourself, what makes me think I'll do better in this business than others? Here you identify other's mistakes, your advantage and focus. That alone is worth thousands of Euros.

Every successful entrepreneur knows that the earth (in totality) wasn't created in a single day, with a single stroke. For our friend Marin, it took six days; for the overblown scientist, it took...The fact is that a business grows, matures and grows with continual effort. Hard work is primary to any thriving business empire that targets bountiful fortune, don't you think? You business needs your effort, devotion and sacrifice. That is hard work. If you would ever need to pull through, you'll need to invest more of the latter.

Why do We include luck in the three musketeers? Because without it the random, imprecise expect-rational nature of things would run geometrically wrong. Look there are millions of people in this 'business' industry doing the right thing. Have you ever asked why not everyone who applies the proven techniques in business ever succeeds? Have you ever asked why some people are only termed successful because they crossed the success line? What's the basic difference between them-nothing! It is either a question of circumstance, time or opportunity. After all, every dog has its day, Its time to shine. The secrete is to stick fully loaded and cocked for the right minute where your preparation will meet with the perfect opportunity.

We want to advise every entrepreneur out there to always focus on building a business with value and opportunities. It doesn't take a genius to see that with every opportunity created rewards are activated. Please if you are making your first venture, pay attention to these areas.

Your business could be the next big thing.

• Plan and always research your market

• Small businesses fall because they don't have adequate financing and consistent sales. Work much on the structure of your finance to support your target.

• Be customer focused with unique products and services.

• Team building is the work of a smart entrepreneur. It would cost you less. Work with people smarter than you if possible: you'd need all the help necessary.

• Always do a SWOT analysis (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat). Try to assess yourself with honest answers.

And don’t forget !


Trying to complete a project without the help of a mediator, however, can result in unnecessary complications. The divides of language, culture and living standards can naturally lead to the disastrous outcomes that have made headlines in past years. But is it really that difficult? Don’t thousands of foreign companies come to Bulgaria every year, produce excellent products, buy, build or sale properties and yield high profits? Perhaps, but it’s not as easy as it seems!!!

Wish you tons of success.

How to Make Money in a Recession




These may be hard times for most entrepreneurs but now is the time that you can step up and take advantage of the downturn of the economy. There are some advantages to this downturn that you can utilize. It is time for you to focus on:

· Is my product or service the best it can be?


· Where is my product / service weak?


· Am I giving my customers good value for the money?

· Are there new options I need to be exploring for emerging markets that can be implemented at a low cost?

· How do I give customers confidence in my product / service during a time of immense insecurity?

· Am I reaching my customers effectively with the marketing dollars I have to spend?

Times are tough for a lot of people right now. Now is the time to help them out. Give them something they need at a great value to them. These hard times will pass, but you will still be around, and they will remember how you helped them. They will more than likely be a customer of yours long after this recession is over if you give them a good product/service at a reasonable price.

Customer service is so important. Others may and will beat your price, but can they compete with your customer service? No. That is something that you need to take great pride in. Your customers will also pass that information on to their friends and family, how well they were treated once they purchased from you. That is more important than cost to most people.

If you are providing a quality product / service that will surely help your customer, there is no need to slash your prices below your competitors. That is the wrong message to send. Your saying that your product/service is not as good as the competitors product/service. I expect to have to pay a little more for a better product/service. So does most everyone else. Provide a quality product/service along with great customer service and the cost will not be an issue.

It would also be wise to have a lower cost alternative product / service in these times. Help them how you can. Explain the value of the better product, then suggest that you do have a lower cost alternative, but that product/service does not have all the values that the higher cost product has. You are therefore giving them an options and are helping them out by offering a product/service for their budget.

Now all that is left is to find the people in need of your product / service. Make sure you focus on targeting the right people. Example: Don't waist time or money advertising your Quality Suits to Nudest Colonies. What I mean is target suits to business men. Advertise in Forbes, or Business Daily. Target the right crowd. Then explain to that your suits will save them money by lasting longer, your product comes with custom tailoring in a short time. Quality + Service = Value.

The advantages you have now is that a lot of the big companies and stores are having to close their doors because of the economy. You need to fill that void. Assure them that you will always be there for them and that your products / services will also always be there for them also.

How to Make Money in a Recession




These may be hard times for most entrepreneurs but now is the time that you can step up and take advantage of the downturn of the economy. There are some advantages to this downturn that you can utilize. It is time for you to focus on:

· Is my product or service the best it can be?


· Where is my product / service weak?


· Am I giving my customers good value for the money?

· Are there new options I need to be exploring for emerging markets that can be implemented at a low cost?

· How do I give customers confidence in my product / service during a time of immense insecurity?

· Am I reaching my customers effectively with the marketing dollars I have to spend?

Times are tough for a lot of people right now. Now is the time to help them out. Give them something they need at a great value to them. These hard times will pass, but you will still be around, and they will remember how you helped them. They will more than likely be a customer of yours long after this recession is over if you give them a good product/service at a reasonable price.

Customer service is so important. Others may and will beat your price, but can they compete with your customer service? No. That is something that you need to take great pride in. Your customers will also pass that information on to their friends and family, how well they were treated once they purchased from you. That is more important than cost to most people.

If you are providing a quality product / service that will surely help your customer, there is no need to slash your prices below your competitors. That is the wrong message to send. Your saying that your product/service is not as good as the competitors product/service. I expect to have to pay a little more for a better product/service. So does most everyone else. Provide a quality product/service along with great customer service and the cost will not be an issue.

It would also be wise to have a lower cost alternative product / service in these times. Help them how you can. Explain the value of the better product, then suggest that you do have a lower cost alternative, but that product/service does not have all the values that the higher cost product has. You are therefore giving them an options and are helping them out by offering a product/service for their budget.

Now all that is left is to find the people in need of your product / service. Make sure you focus on targeting the right people. Example: Don't waist time or money advertising your Quality Suits to Nudest Colonies. What I mean is target suits to business men. Advertise in Forbes, or Business Daily. Target the right crowd. Then explain to that your suits will save them money by lasting longer, your product comes with custom tailoring in a short time. Quality + Service = Value.

The advantages you have now is that a lot of the big companies and stores are having to close their doors because of the economy. You need to fill that void. Assure them that you will always be there for them and that your products / services will also always be there for them also.

Best Ideas For a Good Business - Recession Proof Industries




Many people would like to start a business, but worry that a downturn in the economy would lead their company to fail. However, some of the best ideas for a good business are in fields that are not typically affected by a recession.

One example is providing accounting services. No matter how bad the economy gets, taxes still need to be done. In fact, if you can provide financial planning services in addition to payroll and tax accounting, you might even see this field boom if the economy takes a downturn. When things get tight, people will be looking to the professionals to help them find ways to stretch their budgets.

Another option is getting into the tech industry. In this increasingly technologically driven world, companies can't afford to cut back on their information technology services. With more and more jobs being able to be done more quickly and easily with computers, companies will be looking for technology experts to help them streamline their business.

As the economy goes down hill, one sad reality is that more people are unable to pay their mortgages. Foreclosed homes are typically very cheap and can be bought easily with a little capital. You can then turn these homes around and re-sell them for a nice profit. If you're able to buy these homes without obtaining a mortgage, you can even sit on them until the housing market bounces back and make a ton of money.

No matter how dire the financial climate may seem, there are always businesses that will continue to boom. The best ideas for a good business are ones that will continue to perform no matter what the situation.

If you need money now, like I mean in the next hour, try what I did. I am making more money now than in my old business and you can too, read the amazing, true story, in the link below. When I joined I was skeptical for just ten seconds before I realized what this was. I was smiling from ear to ear and you will too.

Imagine doubling your money every week with no or little risk! To discover a verified list of Million Dollar Corporations offering you their products at 75% commission to you. Click the link below to learn HOW you will begin compounding your capital towards your first Million Dollars at the easy corporate money program.

Best Ideas For a Good Business - Recession Proof Industries




Many people would like to start a business, but worry that a downturn in the economy would lead their company to fail. However, some of the best ideas for a good business are in fields that are not typically affected by a recession.

One example is providing accounting services. No matter how bad the economy gets, taxes still need to be done. In fact, if you can provide financial planning services in addition to payroll and tax accounting, you might even see this field boom if the economy takes a downturn. When things get tight, people will be looking to the professionals to help them find ways to stretch their budgets.

Another option is getting into the tech industry. In this increasingly technologically driven world, companies can't afford to cut back on their information technology services. With more and more jobs being able to be done more quickly and easily with computers, companies will be looking for technology experts to help them streamline their business.

As the economy goes down hill, one sad reality is that more people are unable to pay their mortgages. Foreclosed homes are typically very cheap and can be bought easily with a little capital. You can then turn these homes around and re-sell them for a nice profit. If you're able to buy these homes without obtaining a mortgage, you can even sit on them until the housing market bounces back and make a ton of money.

No matter how dire the financial climate may seem, there are always businesses that will continue to boom. The best ideas for a good business are ones that will continue to perform no matter what the situation.

If you need money now, like I mean in the next hour, try what I did. I am making more money now than in my old business and you can too, read the amazing, true story, in the link below. When I joined I was skeptical for just ten seconds before I realized what this was. I was smiling from ear to ear and you will too.

Imagine doubling your money every week with no or little risk! To discover a verified list of Million Dollar Corporations offering you their products at 75% commission to you. Click the link below to learn HOW you will begin compounding your capital towards your first Million Dollars at the easy corporate money program.
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