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Date: Jan 28 2015

Themes: Work

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations

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Some people dream of having their own business. Entrepreneurs want to be their own boss. Can you blame them? They can set their own schedules and decide when they want to work. And most people dream of making a profit for themselves, not for someone else.

But working for oneself can be more difficult than it sounds. Since entrepreneurs don’t have a boss, they are responsible for themselves and their workers. They must work hard to earn money, rather than just go to a job and put in their time.

Jessica thinks that she might want to become an entrepreneur. Learn more in today’s English lesson about small business owners.

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Jessica

Jessica

Lily

Lily

Jessica:  Someone told me the other day that I am a self-starter.

Lily:  Wow.

Jessica:  And I took that and ran with it. I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I’m a little scared to make the leap.

Lily:  You definitely have the drive. It’s important to make that leap of faith. My dad started a bunch of businesses over the years. And some of them failed. It’s a trial and error. But you should totally do it.

Jessica:  Thank you. I kind of have a vision already. But it just takes so much sacrifice to start your own business. But it’s good to hear that your dad was successful. And thanks for saying I have the drive. That motivates me.

Lily:  What’s your idea?

Jessica:  Gosh, I should probably come up with that, huh?

Lily:  Well, baby steps!

Jessica:  There we go.

 

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Jessica thinks that she’s finally ready to make the leap and work for herself. But she knows that it won’t be easy and it will take a lot of hard work. She feels motivated from hearing about Lily’s dad’s experience.

Lily cheers on Jessica because she has seen her own father build a small business. She knows that Jessica has the drive to do it. But before Jessica can become an entrepreneur, she needs to figure out what kind of business she’ll have.

Do you ever think about being an entrepreneur? What kind of business would you have?

 

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xin7

xin7

Chile

A classmate at the university decided to quit his career as an engineer to start a small business with his wife. They decided to make and sell cupcakes!


At the beginning I couldn’t believe it. It was a great risk!


But they had the drive to succeed.


And finally they have started to grow!


Maybe I’m not brave enough to take such risks in life, but  I appreciate people who really work hard to achieve their goals. It’s all about tenacity!

12:16 AM Feb 03 2015 |

Oluna

Oluna

Russian Federation

I like entrepreneurs I’ve met with. Most of them are kind of people who know what they want to reach and look really believing in success. In addition to knowledge how it all works you need to have the abilities and be completely confident…


Like them:)

05:32 PM Jan 30 2015 |

obaidullah143

Afghanistan

I like 

10:21 AM Jan 30 2015 |

meysam66

meysam66

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

have you ever thought about being an Entrepreneur by using the internet!!!! so if yes? what is your idea about STOCK MARKETING.


I love it.

08:59 PM Jan 29 2015 |

Julie3

Julie3

Russian Federation

Hello dear Chris!  Welcome back!

10:30 AM Jan 29 2015 |

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Crizsearch

Crizsearch

Indonesia

Hi Julito…..nice to sww you agai…thanks

08:01 AM Jan 29 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Hi Criz, welcome back, miss you too . Get well !,

07:50 AM Jan 29 2015 |

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Crizsearch

Crizsearch

Indonesia

I love to be entrepreneur.. that’s all I wanna say… 


Hi…miss you all guys!! Hope you are doing good :)

05:09 AM Jan 29 2015 |

Eric_

Eric_

China

@ola33   Thanks for your sharing.  have a nice day~~:)

03:41 AM Jan 29 2015 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Eric, it’s an American show where people come with their ideas for business and of course they need financial help from the group of self-made sussecful super super rich guys- so called sharks. The first things the shark should like you, the second- you must be very confident, not boring, knowledgeable about your future venture. And then the sharks, if they get interested, give you an offer. They give you money asking their percentage of share in the company. The future entrepreneur should make a fast decision who to go with, if he hesitates, the sharks may quickly change their mind and the guy will leave with nothing. Yeah, life is tough!

03:26 AM Jan 29 2015 |

Eric_

Eric_

China

@ola33  HI Ola..  what’s that about of the video?  I can’t open it! Is that from China?

03:02 AM Jan 29 2015 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

When it comes to business, first research the market—will what you’ re going to sell be demanding, popular, successful. Second, find a partner. Business should never get closed. Circulation, rotation, invention, creation are the drives for a good business. Be passionate what you’re up too and be a good decision maker. Remember, you stopped for a second, your client’s gone. What’s the reward for these nerves- well, hopefully, good money, but you can easily get bankrupted also. I love watching The Shark Tank show, so if you so good as this lumino guy from China, open your shop. Pay attention how fast he made a decision . Brilliant! http://youtu.be/7ppvWhIZ2qo

02:05 AM Jan 29 2015 |

albasel1975

Germany

We are great at coming up with excuses—you don’t have the time, you don’t have the skills (yet), you’re short on cash. These are all great reasons to balk on the path to entrepreneurship, but they should be seen as obstacles to tackle, not a reason to give up all together. If you dream of owning your own business, it’s going to take a lot of work, sweat, tears and cash to make it happen, but if you give more weight to your excuses than your dreams, they might hold you back for good.

10:40 PM Jan 28 2015 |

imtiaz433

imtiaz433

Pakistan

nice..:)


07:04 PM Jan 28 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Fantastic explanation, Julie. It gives me a better understanding of the word “entrepreneur”. 


Have a nice day. 



03:08 PM Jan 28 2015 |

Lejla123

Lejla123

Serbia and Montenegro

Entreprenuer maybe some day , for now i would satisfed just to work some job in my profession.

02:53 PM Jan 28 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Dear Julie, thanks for your  feedback, this is what we all have to knew about who is an entrepreneur . I couldn`t have explained it better.  

02:52 PM Jan 28 2015 |

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Julie3

Julie3

Russian Federation

Business dictionary defines this as follows: Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced.


An entrepreneur supplies risk capital as a risk taker, and monitors and controls the business activities. The entrepreneur is usually a sole proprietor, a partner, or the one who owns the majority of shares…


So if u start ur own business u are an entrepreneur.  To start smth successful better if ur idea is innovative. There are a lot of competitors and to win u must be the best. U have an idea, have finance to start it, covered all ur bases in concerns of risks, why not to start up? 


I am taking a coursera online activity on entrepreneurship, Mehmed. Probably currently they have smth similar as mine started 2 weeks ago and now I guess it’s hard to catch up.


To have ur own venture gives u independence and freedom, this is absolutely correct Julito. Besides it’s quite interesting and makes u grow and develop.

02:46 PM Jan 28 2015 |

S&W

S&W

China

@Dear Julito


Yes ,Julito ,You got my point. I agree with you that noing comes easy.Good luck for everyone

01:00 PM Jan 28 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

@ S&W


I see your point and i agree,  it looks as though the word entrepreneur conveys the meaning of  doing innovative business , but i dunno, i may be wrong.

12:41 PM Jan 28 2015 |

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