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What makes a great leader?

Leaders make their actions do all the talking

Year 18th July 1980 was a landmark day for India. Dr. Abdul Kalam was the leader of the ISRO team which successfully launched Rohini satellite into the orbit. The missile man conducted the press conference along with his team. But, his success was not easy, nor was it isolated.

Year 10th August 1979 was another landmark day for India. This day, we failed to launch Rohini satellite into the orbit in the first attempt. This time, the press conference was led by Dr. Satish Dhawan, the ISRO chairman.

You might be wondering what he would have delivered in a callous situation? He just uttered these words: “We failed! But I have a very good trust in my team that next time we will be succeeding for sure”.

A true leader leads from the front in the face of crisis and takes the blame upfront. Similarly, in the face of success, a true leader lets the team lead from the front.

Now the question arises, do you think, you need power and position to be a leader? No, not at all. All of us have the leader in us, either consciously or unconsciously.

Leader without a title.
Explore the leader in you.

In this blog, I will elaborate on the top qualities of any leader. If you have this quality in you, take it to the next level. If you don’t, you could consider adopting some of them.

1. Vision

Leader with vision
Visionary leader

A leader is a daydreamer. Confused? A leader has a vision and he daydreams about it relentlessly. Further, the aura that he creates amongst his subordinates attracts them to his vision. Like a magnet that strongly pulls the iron towards itself, the vision of the leader attracts his followers towards himself. Hence, if you want to be a great leader, be visionary par excellence. For example, Barack Obama’s vision for America struck the right chord with the audience. The result, we all know the stunning consecutive tenures as the President.

2. Innovative

Innovative leader
Innovation as the hallmark of a leader

Rome was not built in a day. It is a result of hard work, patience, perseverance, and innovation. Innovation makes you stand apart from the crowd. Innovation gives vent to your creativity and takes you on a higher plane as the leader. For example, the life of Ratan Tata is an apt example of innovative leadership. Post-retirement, Ratan Tata has been actively involved in funding innovative startups. This is the mark of a great leader, he never lets innovative ideas go unnoticed or unsupported.

3. Positive

Positive leader
Positivity as the hallmark of a leader

He fought, he raised his voice against discrimination. But, in vain. Further, he was jailed for twenty-seven years. Nevertheless, his determination and courage stood unshaken. He remained positive throughout and dreamt of seeing his country free of apartheid. The positive and visionary leader was Nelson Mandela who has become an inspiration for generations to come.

Positivity is the hallmark of a true leader. A positive person never loses hope even in the jaws of death. He finds a solution to any crisis by hook or by crook.

4. Humility as a leader

Humble leader
Humility as the hallmark of a leader

It is one golden quality that keeps you grounded no matter how high you fly. Hence, humility is of pivotal importance for leaders. A long-lasting and strong relation gets formed with your subordinates upon exhibiting the quality of humbleness. Moreover, humility is the easiest way to build trust and forge relationships. For example, Gandhiji espoused a humble demeanor that made him stand out gentle amongst giants of his era.

5. Emotional Intelligence as a leader

Leader with emotional intelligence
Leader with emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your emotions as well as that of others and the ability to handle the same. A leader has to deal with a diverse group of people with different characteristics and emotional levels. At this juncture, emotional intelligence helps him think from the shoes of his subordinates. This results in better resolution of conflicts. Hence, it is rightly said that ‘Attitude decides your altitude in life’.

6. Empathetic

Empathy and leadership
Leader and his quality of empathy

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

Empathy is one quality that sets apart good leaders from a great one. The perspective of a leader changes with empathy. He is able to better judge his teams’ requirements and make a healthy judgment. An empathetic leader stands by the poor and the destitute. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by billionaire Bill Gates supports education, health cum sanitation in poor and destitute countries.

7. Integrity

Leader with integrity
Leader with integrity

If you are a leader with integrity, you are hard to be replaced. Leaders with integrity espouse truth, no matter how hard it may seem. They never mince their words and lead with dignity. When a leader is integral, the subordinates have unconditional faith in him. In other words, they are rest assured that the decisions are taken in a good spirit.

8. Leader without a title

Leader without a title
Leader without a title

The world knows a handful of leaders. On the other hand, there are innumerable people who are doing selfless service behind the curtain. Jadav Payeng of Assam single-handedly planted an entire forest. Bal Pandian of Tamil Nadu took commendable steps to conserve avian species around Koonthakulam Bird Sanctuary.

They are the true leaders, who lead without a title. They could always remain invisible to the world, but their efforts are no less than the well-renowned leaders.

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in

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Nine steps to develop a B2B blog

Blogging your way to boost business growth

What was your feeling when you wrote your first ever blog? What was the most challenging part of writing a blog? Was it research or the articulation of ideas? It depends on the type of blog you intend to pen down.

Blogs topics involve travel, food, hobbies, technology, etc. At present, businesses are capitalizing on blogs to reach their niche audience. Interestingly, B2B companies are turning to blogs to enhance their market reach.

What are the ingredients of a successful business blog? Topic, idea structuring, formatting and SEO guidelines play a crucial role in boosting the popularity of business content.

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Craft a successful blog for your B2B business.

In the course of this blog, learn to craft a blog to suit your business and audience.

1. Blog topic selection

This is the first step in the creation of a business blog. The topic selection happens by keeping in mind the domain and the niche audience. In doing so, keep a track of trending blogs in your domain. By taking a cue from the topic, one can come out with topic ideas.

For example, a topic on ‘Ten must-read books for any entrepreneur’, multiple ideas are derived like:

  • List-based: Twelve must-read books for any entrepreneur
  • Keyword ‘entrepreneur’ based: Ten must-read books for any non-entrepreneur’

2. Topic research

Topic research is the second crucial step in blogging. In other words, topic research involves finding the right content for your blog. One needs to keep in mind the dimensions of the content. The more the dimensions, the more innovative and interesting the blog becomes. For example, a blog on starting a business covers dimensions of finance, administrative approvals, business laws, etc.

Hence, the more informative and innovative the content is, the more will be the backlinks and referring domains for your business. Further, more backlinks result in a gradual increase in your potential client base.

3. Introduction

The first impression matters a lot. Hence, blog introduction is the best way to make a first impression. While penning down the first paragraph, the gist of your content should be clearly visible. The basic idea must be expressed in a simple yet lucid manner. Also, make sure that the focus keyword of your blog is prominently seen, to comply with the SEO standards.

4. Content organization

Content organization is the most challenging part of writing a blog. The technique to arrange the content of the blog involves brainstorming ideas into numerous headings and subheadings. The transition to the ideas needs to be smooth with appropriate use of transition words. Also, indented paragraphs provide more clarity to the ideas being expressed. Further, the use of lists for summarising the blogs makes it more readable.

5. Innovative ideas

Innovation is a must for your blog to stand out. How to bring innovation into your content? A thoughtful quote at the beginning or end of the blog adds more value. Secondly, incorporate graphic pictures to make your message loud and clear. Thirdly, try out funny GIFs and Memes to make mundane business topics interesting.

On the whole, make sure to think out of the box to make your content appealing to your audience.

6. Language check

A blog with unpleasant grammar is a turnoff for any business deal. In other words, grammar forms the basic benchmark for any content. Make sure that you use a tool to keep your grammar in check. Some of the common tools/editors for grammar check are Grammarly, text metrics, WordPress, etc.

7. SEO formatting

Search Engine Optimization refers to the optimization of your blog according to google search rankings. It keeps in check the right use of images, alt texts, captions, heading visibility, etc. Also, ensure that the focus keyword use happens an adequate number of times. This enhances the search process involving the keyword. As a result, the probability of your content being searched online goes high.

8. Blog publishing

Once you have finished your blog optimization, it is time to publish it. Based on the size of the business and budgetary requirements, there are a number of publishing platforms. The best-known publishing platforms are WordPress.org, Blogger, Tumblr, Gator, etc.

9. Blog promotion

It involves the use of different media platforms to promote your blog. Some of the well-known media platforms are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. Also, ensure that you add the relevant hashtags and tags to enhance your post visibility and outreach.

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in

 

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Innovative techniques for business growth

Tips and tricks to build your business with less investment

Started your own business but lost hopes on not seeing any growth? Capital investment, technology up-gradation, marketing, etc not paying any dividend? If so, you are missing out on some nitty-gritty of business growth.

Successful businesses try to replicate the good practices of their peers. They get the most simple thing right. For example, they make their websites more optimized and appealing. They have more community interaction and peer alliances.

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Grow Your Business with these simple tips

In the course of this blog, I will walk you through some simple and inexpensive tips to grow your business. Some tips are very simple that it is often overlooked.

1. Social media visibility for business growth

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Social media for business growth

Top companies have dedicated account on the prominent social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. An appealing profile pic and header along with a concise bio provides you with more visitors. The more the number of clicks on your page, the more the chances of visibility of your business.

Secondly, regular posting of well-curated content works wonders. It acts as a credible portfolio for your business. The knowledgeable content on your platform gets the attention of top influencers in your field. This is the quick way to grow your business by leaps and bounds.

2. Regular blogs

Blogs for business growth
Blogs for business growth

Blogging is a significant yet powerful way to outreach your niche customers. It is an inexpensive way to get ranked on the Google SEO results. The regular the blogs, the more the chances of getting noticed on the web. In this way, the probability of your business content being shared increases.

Hence, the next time you get down to blog, think of the huge growth prospects that your words bring to the company.

3. Collaboration for business growth

Collaboration for business growth
Collaboration for business growth

Have you ever shied away from business alliances? Frightened of competition and plagiarism? It’s time to shed your inhibitions.

Successful businesses have learned and grown together. Joint business festivals and workshops help a long way in knowledge sharing. It brings in exposure to good practices. Also, it is a good opportunity to get noticed by successful peers in the industry. As they say, a good opportunity knocks your door unexpectedly.

4. Mobile-friendly website

Mobile friendly website for business growth
Mobile friendly website for business growth

How do you feel when a website takes a too long time to load? Frustrating isn’t it? Now, imagine yourself in the shoes of your customer. A customer will not wait for a long time to make an emergency payment. In these scenarios, it is necessary to have a mobile-friendly website that loads easily with minimal glitches. It is the last thing you want your customer to give negative feedback publicly.

5. Live chat facility

Live chat facility
Live chat facility for business growth

The growth of any business depends on customer satisfaction in the long run. In other words, a prompt and quick response is the best way to win the hearts of your customers. A live chat facility can work wonders. A real-time solution to their problems will bring in more satisfaction resulting in good brand image for your business. A positive review on a platform like Google will make your business high-ranked.

6. Inbound email marketing

Inbound email marketing
Inbound email marketing for business growth

It refers to the process of finding the right customers for your business through a focussed marketing strategy. It involves the scheduling and forwarding of emails customized for different categories of customers. In doing so, you can ensure the outreach to the right customers in your niche domain. It is one of the easiest ways for small businesses to grow online.

7. Community interaction for business growth

Community interaction
Community interaction for business growth

Businesses need new ideas to enhance their growth path. Being a part of a business community brings in value-addition to your business. As a business, you can learn from the plethora of questions posted online. Further, interaction with peer businesses online is a great way to build long-lasting relationships online. For example, Small Business Forum.net, Business Advice Forum, StartupNation Community, etc are some communities for small businesses online.

8. Event participation

Event participation
Event participation for business growth

How frequently do you participate in business events? Business events provide you with the opportunity to showcase your unique products to the business community. Further, it’s the best platform to interact with top-notch business magnates and get your business recognized. Probably, one of them will end up as an investor in your prospective startup.

9. Product innovation for business growth

Product innovation
Product innovation for business growth

It is one of the best ways to stand out in the business market. A unique and compelling product that stands out in the market will naturally have more takers. Further, it will also attract the best brains to your company. Hence, make sure that you continuously innovate to grow your business.

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in

 

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7 tips to work from home with efficiency

Productivity with flexibility

The present-day workplace is becoming more and more flexible. Employees are preferring the work from home mode to maintain a proper personal-professional life balance. Interestingly, work from home comes with advantages ranging from a flexible schedule, reduced commutation costs as well as spending some quality time with your loved ones. On the other hand, work from home comes with its own set of challenges like an increased distraction or reduced productivity.

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Some tips to work from home with efficiency

But, don’t worry, in the course of this blog, I will walk you through seven tips to boost your work productivity while working from home.

1. Cloud storage for work efficiency

It is good to store all the important office documents on the cloud server. By doing so, you can log in from any device and complete your task. In this way, you can avoid the overdependence on office workstation. Work anytime, anywhere, without compromising on your data.

2. Official attire

Have you felt sleepy in your pajamas while working from home? Were you lazy to change? Dressing makes a lot of difference in one’s attitude and work. The better dressed you are, the more confident and attentive you are.

Hence, when you are working from home, try to be dressed in the formal, official outfit. It will give you a real office feel. Also, this makes you work with more seriousness.

3. Work – Friendship management

When you work from home, there is a chance of some friend dropping by to meet you. How can you avoid such unexpected run-ins and meetup? One can come out with a definite schedule to meet one’s friend. Make meetup plans for the weekend. Talk it out with your friend and make a mutually agreed schedule.

4. Regular office communication

There are chances of getting distracted when you are working from home. Hence, make sure that you are in regular touch with your colleagues. Connect to them via hangout, WhatsApp or email to get work updates. This will give you an office environment and keep you on your toes.

5. Customized work area

Do you have a dedicated area to work at your home? Having a separate room as your work area is essential to have maximum productivity. Even if it is not a proper work setup, a solitary room is required to keep up your focus.

6. Minimize social media usage

Social media is a necessary evil in the present-day world. Imagine doing your company job via Facebook and Whatsapp. In addition, social media has brought the world closer. But, it can become a nuisance when you work from home. Unending chats on Facebook or Whatsapp leads to a reply chain running over hours.

Now, you might ask, what if I am the social media handler of my company? The answer is simple. Turn off your message notifications. Only respond to company page updates on your social media. Train your mind to respond to personal social media stuff at a definite time of the day. Eventually, you will see the productivity gains from this exercise.

7. Calendar Maintenance

Planning is the first step towards completing your task with efficiency and effectiveness. Excel sheet is a simple way to create focussed plans with flexible updation features. Also, google calendar provides customized calendars for different business settings.

Make use of either of the above application while working from home. Plan meticulously and scrutinize your plan every week for optimum results.

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in

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Top seven startup laws in India

Be compliant with these basic laws to kickstart your startup

KPMG research shows that startups in India have seen a steady rise by seven times in the last decade. This is attributed to a slew of favorable government laws and initiatives in India. As a result, India’s image has grown by leaps and bounds as a startup-friendly country.

Hence, if you are an aspiring startup or a new startup, make sure that you comply with certain startup laws and regulations for the smooth running of your startup in India. Interestingly, India has a number of laws for startups ranging from contract laws, incorporation laws, patent laws, taxation laws, etc.

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Know the nitty-gritties of startup laws in India

In this blog, I will talk about the core startup laws in India in a simplified fashion.

1. Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008

Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 governs the formation of Limited liability partnership firms in India. Startups registered as LLPs have the flexibility of entering into contracts, hold properties, etc irrespective of the subsequent change in the partners involved.

Provisions of the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008:

  • LLP Agreement: It is not mandatory to have an LLP agreement. This reduces the technicalities involved, thereby easing the working of a startup.
  • Penalty: Violation of this Act results in a penalty of a maximum of five lakhs and a minimum of five thousand rupees.
  • Audits and accounts: Audit of accounts of the LLP is mandatory if turnover exceeds 40 lakhs or contribution by partner exceeds by 25 lakhs.

2. Companies Act, 2013

Companies Act, 2017 is the fundamental law for the formation, functioning, regulation, and dissolution of a company. It clearly sets out the responsibilities for different stakeholders of a company like directors, major shareholders, minor shareholders, etc.

Important provisions of Companies Act, 2013 are:

  • One person company: The new provision allows any company to be solely led by one person ( as both the director and the shareholder).
  • Shareholders: Maximum shareholders in a company could go up to a maximum of 200.
  • Women director: The Act provides for the mandatory appointment of a minimum of one woman board director.
  • Corporate Social responsibility: Every company which either has a net worth of Rs 500 crore or a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore or net profit of Rs 5 crore, needs to spend at least 2% of its average net profit for the preceding three financial years on corporate social responsibility activities. 

3. Competition Act, 2002

Competition Act, 2002 governs the competitive activities of different organizations in the Indian market scenario. It ensures fair play in the Indian market by keeping a check on anti-competitive activities by the different players.

Key provisions of the Competition Act, 2002 are:

  • Competition Commission Of India: It is the central regulator for monitoring and keeping a check on anti-competitive practices in India.
  • Penalty: CCI can enforce a penalty of up to 1 lakh on any company for anti-competitive practices. 
  • Appeal: Appeal against CCI’s decision can be made by the aggrieved party within sixty days of the judgment in the Supreme Court of India.

4. Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 aims to create a unified system for dispute resolution in India. It speeds up the dispute resolution process with the help of independent institutions and functionaries. In the past, dispute resolution in India was plagued by issues like red-tapism, organizational inefficiency, etc. Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 intends to correct this loophole.

The provisions of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 are:

  • Dispute resolution time: Dispute resolution varies for corporates as well as individuals. The time frame is 180 days, extendable by 90 days for companies. For startups, the time frame is 90 days extendable by 45 days.
  • Dispute resolution request: Dispute resolution request can be put forth both by creditors as well as debtors.
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India: IBBI is the insolvency regulator overseeing dispute resolution throughout the country. The board consists of 10 members including representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Law, and RBI.
  • Adjudicatory process: National Company Law Tribunal adjudicates in case of company and LLP firms. Individual and partnership firm related adjudication handled by Debt Recovery Tribunals.

5. Goods and Services Tax Act, 2016

GST Act aims to bring in a single, common taxation regime in the country by combining both central and state government taxes. It comes with the benefits of avoiding double taxation, lowering the prices of commodities and bringing in a competitive market.

Provisions of Goods and Services tax are:

  • GST slabs: The GST system currently has four slabs — 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28%. This simplifies the multiple taxes under the VAT system.
  • Central GST and State GST: Central GST to be levied and collected by the central government and State GST to be levied and collected by the state government.
  • Integrated GST: Integrated GST to be levied and collected by the Central government in case of inter-state transactions.
  • GST Council: GST Council is the governing body for revision of GST on a periodic basis.
  • Beneficial clause for Startups: By availing the input tax credit, startups can offset the regressive effects of the VAT system.

6. Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015

This act deals with the resolution of commercial disputes. Accordingly, commercial courts and commercial divisions of the high court can adjudicate on commercial disputes with a value of at least 3 lakhs.

It’s salient features include:

  • Commercial courts: Commercial courts to be established at the district level and also in the territories with the high court’s primary jurisdiction.
  • Commercial appellate courts: Commercial appellate courts are set up in the areas where original jurisdiction of the high court is non-applicable.
  • Mandatory mediation: Compulsory mediation provided in cases where there is no need for urgent relief.

7. Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2015

Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2015 deals with the arbitration of commercial disputes in an institutional fashion. Further, the act aims to make the arbitration process more cost-effective and client-friendly.

The salient features of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2015 are:

  • Arbitral institutions: Supreme Court and High Courts to create arbitral institutions for dispute resolution, that can be directly approached by the parties for dispute resolution.
  • Arbitral award time: Arbitral award to be given within twelve months period, which could be extended by another six months.
  • Arbitration Council of India: Lays down norms for grading arbitral institutions and ensuring an environment of alternate dispute resolution (ADR).

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in

 

 

 

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12 best twitter accounts to follow for every startup

Twitter was my best companion during my UPSC preparation days. My day started with surfing the daily news headlines through the accounts I followed. The new ideas brought in innovation to my answers.

Twitter continues to be my knowledge hub. As a writer, it gives me the opportunity to follow popular writing accounts. As a result, I have been adopting good writing practices to become a better writer every day.

In a similar way, twitter is the ideal knowledge platform for millions of entrepreneurs. In other words, Twitter is the cheapest medium to share ideas for small businesses like startups. Successful business magnates share ideas via videos, articles, links, etc which is free to share and access.

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Twitter accounts to aid your startup growth

In this blog, I have compiled a list of twelve must follow twitter accounts for every startup. Get ready for some amazing information sharing experience.

PEOPLE ON TWITTER

1. Richard Branson @richardbranson

Richard Branson is an entrepreneur based in London. He is the founder of the Virgin Group. In 2007, he was Time’s 100 most influential person. His twitter feed is filled with both information and motivation. His tweets touch upon a wide range of issues like business setup, human rights, climate change, etc.

Best selling book of Richard Branson: Losing my virginity

TED Talk by Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

Thought provoking tweet on ocean protection

2. Elon Musk @elonmusk

Elon Musk is an engineer and entrepreneur known famously as the founder of SpaceX, an aerospace company. His tweets give wide insights into space technology and renewable energy ideas. In addition, his feeds focus on his primary ventures based on artificial intelligence, Hyperloop technology, and electric vehicles.

If you are a core technology freak, you should not miss following his account.

Best selling book of Elon Musk: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

TED Talk by Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX and Solarcity.

3. Reid Hoffman @reidhoffman

Reid Hoffman is an author, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of LinkedIn which is a professional networking platform. His feed is filled with tweets and retweets from a number of peer entrepreneurs. For example, the tips on better work productivity come in handy for any small business. Also, Reid Hoffman shares regular podcasts which is an impetus for new ideas.

Best book by Reid Hoffman: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

TED Talk by Reid Hoffman: https://blog.ted.com/be-the-entrepreneur-of-your-own-life-reid-hoffman-at-ted2012/

4. Bill Gates @BillGates

One of the renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and investor, Bill Gates is the founder of the multinational software company Microsoft Incorporation. His account showcases the work of his foundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in addition to interesting technology news. The feed on education, health, and humanitarian issues are commendable and worth emulation.

Best book of Bill Gates: Business at the speed of thought

TED Talk by Bill Gates: Innovating to Zero

5. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw @kiranshaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shah is the founder and chairperson of Biocon Ltd, India’s leading pharmaceutical company. Her tweets give insights into both technological cum current national/international issues of significance. For example, her tweets on new inventions in the biopharmaceutical field stand out from the rest. Her handle is a must-follow for any knowledge seeking person.

6. Hiten Shaw @hnshah

Hiten Shaw is a popular investor in multiple startup platforms. The famous ventures include KISSmetrics and crazy egg. Make sure you follow his account to get motivational quotes in addition to startup updates.

BRANDS ON TWITTER

1. Entrepreneur @Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur brings to your table daily tips to grow your business. A glance through the feed is enough to fill you with inspiration and creativity. Hence, do follow the account to arouse your creativity to the next level.

2. TechCrunch @TechCrunch

It is the one-stop account to catch up with all the technology news and its analysis. Also, blog compilation forms an integral part of TechCrunch feed. Be it content curation or content writing, TechCrunch acts as a reliable platform, to begin with.

3. Hubspot @HubSpot

Hubspot is an online platform for sales and inbound marketing. The twitter feed provides insights into tools for content marketing, SEO and Social media handling. Interestingly, one can frequent tweets of Hubspot help handles.

4. PaymentSource @payments_source

The account is focussed on news analysis from the payments domain. If you are looking for new solutions and ideas for your payment startup, PaymentSource is a must in your follow list.

5. Inc Magazine @Inc

Inc magazine presents business news and ideas in a lucid and interesting fashion. The views of renown personalities give ample scope for out of box thinking for a new business.

6. Forbes Magazine @Forbes

Forbes is the sought after platform for both businesses and non-businesses alike. The feed is replete with the experiences of professionals from different walks of life. Therefore, make it a point to follow Forbes for amazing business hacks.

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Stress-free productivity hacks for entrepreneurs

Say goodbye to stress, say hello to productivity

Are you an entrepreneur?

Are you working hard?

Have you been looking for perfection?

Have you been sweating hard?

If so, stress has taken over you.

It’s time for some course correction to put your entrepreneurial life back on track.

It is a common misconception that entrepreneurs lead a comfortable and stress-free life due to owning their business. On the other hand, entrepreneurs face multiple challenges ranging from finances, hiring employees to daily decision making. This takes a huge toll on the health of an entrepreneur eventually leading to stress.

Stress is a human body’s physical, mental or emotional response to a challenging situation. However, stress is a normal part of human life. Hence, stress management is pivotal for the smooth balance of one’s personal as well as professional life.

In the course of this blog, I will take you through some time tested techniques to toss the stress out of the window. Moreover, these simple hacks are applicable to both entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs alike.

1. Wake up with gratitude

Wake up with gratitude
Gratitude brings in greater productivity and peace of mind

Every morning when you wake up, fill up your mind with positive thoughts. Thank God for all the blessings in your life. Pray for the well-being of all the living and non-living beings of the world.

This practice helps in bringing positivity energy and keeps you peaceful throughout the day. When you are grateful in life, unnecessary expectations tend to reduce, thereby bringing in greater satisfaction.

2. Regular Exercise

Regular exercise as stress buster
Regular exercise for both physical and mental health

Aerobic exercises, as well as meditation, is a great way to start off your day on a rejuvenating note. It keeps you activated and refreshed throughout the day.

Aerobic exercises like jogging, cycling, swimming act as an instant stress-buster. Most significantly, it lowers your anxiety level, blood pressure and boosts your immune system. Moreover, one develops good immunity in addition to consistent sleep patterns.

While aerobic exercises contribute to one’s physical health, meditation contributes to one’s mental health. Deep meditation for as less as five minutes a day brings in increased concentration and workplace productivity.

3. Healthy nutrition

Be healthy, be stress free
Include fruits, vegetables and proteins in your diet for a healthy lifestyle

Many of us have a tendency to skip meals due to our tight work schedule. While this contributes to temporary work productivity, it adds further fuel to increased stress. Also, stress induces the junk food culture.

Hence, it is ideal that one takes a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and adequate proteins. With adequate nutrition comes increased blood circulation and brain activation. On the whole, good nutrition is the fundamental means to remain active and healthy throughout.

4. Journal writing to release stress

Journal writing for stress relief
Plan meticulously, prioritize tasks.

Most of the workplace stress arises out of lack of planning and review. When there are many unprioritized tasks, it is natural for the brain to seek refugee in stress. Hence, it’s important to maintain a journal to keep track of one’s daily progress on both personal as well as professional front.

Make it a habit to plan your day everyday morning. Prioritize the tasks clearly with the time needed to achieve the tasks. At the end of the day, make an unbiased review of your progress. Be as brutal as possible with yourself. In the long run, only a critical review will get you organized and reduce stress.

5. Frequent workplace breaks to reduce stress

Frequent work place break
Frequent work place break to reduce stress and increase productivity

As an entrepreneur, we get so attached to our job that we are reluctant to take a small five minutes break. Though the notion, time is money hold good, a break is a necessary ingredient to reduce stress.

A break is a time to stretch your body muscles away from the monotonous posture. It is a time to reflect on new ideas to further enhance your productivity. One can go for a coffee break or just a walk across the office or neighborhood.

6. Digital device break

Digital device break
Take a break from social media to enhance creativity and concentration

We live in a technology era. We are surrounded by digital gadgets ranging from mobile phone to laptop. Our life runs around these gadgets and we cannot imagine our life without them. How many of us can resist opening our social media as soon as we wake up? Probably, not many of us.

Overuse of digital devices brings in both psychological and physical issues. The light from digital devices causes serious harm to one’s eyes resulting in headaches, eye-pains, etc. Also, the constant use of social media brings in social stress, anxiety, commonly known as FOMO ( fear of being missing out).

Hence, it is advisable that one takes a complete break from technology for at least one hour before sleep. This relaxes one’s eyes and nervous system resulting in sound sleep devoid of anxious thoughts.

7. Association with like-minded people

Association with right people
Associate with like minded people to learn and grow together.

As the proverb goes, birds of a feather flock together. People with similar interests, when associated together, can do wonders. As an entrepreneur, you have to be in touch with your peer professionals to ensure the flow of constructive ideas.

The sharing of ideas help you grow as an informed and skilled individual in the days to come. Further, this association helps you to learn from the challenges faced by your peer entrepreneurs and take corrective decisions. For example, Mark Zuckerberg found an ideal mentor in Steve Jobs. Mark Zuckerberg adopted Steve Jobs innovative technique of hiring new recruits by taking them out on long walks into the woods.

8. Regular vacations

Regular Vacation
Take frequent vacations to boost performance.

Studies from across the world prove that long vacations are essential to enhance your work productivity by reducing stress. Regular travelers enjoy a positive outlook towards life, better immunity, enhanced cardiovascular health and an overall sense of well-being.

Hence, the next time you get stressed out, book a long vacation to the mountains of Rishikesh or the city of Udaipur. You will not regret the break that brings in enhanced well-being and happiness.

9. Practice a hobby

Hobby
Pursue a hobby for greater satisfaction and relaxation.

At times, your regular job becomes monotonous and the going gets tough. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. How to be tough and resilient? Practice a hobby or passion that is close to your heart. It could be reading, writing, photography or gardening.

Keep aside some part of your day or week to practice and nurture your hobby. It brings in a sense of satisfaction and gives you a sense of relaxation. Hence, a hobby is essential to boost your performance in both personal and professional life.

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Hundred motivational quotes for success

Evergreen quotes to keep you inspired and take you towards success

What do you mean by success in business? Is it just about the idea? How important are interpersonal skills? Have you craved for something inspirational to keep you going? Further, isn’t persistence an enviable quality given the enormous challenges of the entrepreneurial life.

An entrepreneur is a person who brings in a new business idea to the table. But, an idea doesn’t manifest itself into success overnight. It requires sheer grit, hard work, perseverance and above all unflinching hope to make it a success.

In pursuance of this, we can learn a lot from seasoned entrepreneurs. Most importantly, tracing their growth journey is crucial to learn about the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Inspirational quotes for success

In this blog, I will take you through a hundred quotes given by successful people. These quotes relate to different qualities of an entrepreneur in particular and successful people in general. I am sure, these quotes will handhold you both in your entrepreneurship as well as non-entrepreneurship journey.

1.Leadership quotes for success

  • “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford
  • “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry
  • “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan
  • “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio
  • “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

2.Creative

  • The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness – Joan Miró
  • “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 
    ― Rumi
  • If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things – Larry Page
  • Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion – Jack Kerouac
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have – Maya Angelou
  • If it doesn’t sell; it isn’t creative – David Ogilvy
  • The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers – Arthur Koestler
  • “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” 
    ― Henry Thomas Buckle
  • “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” 
    ― Pablo Picasso
  • “Creativity takes courage. ” 
    ― Henri Matisse

3.Innovative

  • Few ideas work on the first try. Iteration is key to innovation – Sebastian Thrun
  • Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth – Peter Drucker
  • Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation – Vaclav Smil
  • Innovation comes out of great human ingenuity and very personal passions – Megan Smith
  • I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out – Jeff Bezos
  • Innovation requires an experimental mindset – Denise Morrison
  • Innovation is like looking for pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to find a lot of pieces that don’t match to find the one or two pieces that match. – – Edward Conard
  • The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time – Andy Dunn
  • Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer – W. Edwards Deming
  • Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make – Tim Berners-Lee

 

4.Confidence Quotes for success

  • “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
  • Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.- Theodore Roosevelt
  • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.- Arthur Ashe
  • With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. – Dalai Lama
  • Self-confidence is the memory of success. – David Storey
  • Confidence is preparation.  Everything else is beyond your control. – Richard Kline
  • It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures — Oprah Winfrey

  • Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong — Peter T. Mcintyre

  • The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence — Blake Lively

  • Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will – Suzy Kassem

5.Passion

  • There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living – Nelson Mandela
  • Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head – A. R. Rahman
  • Without vision, even the most focused passion is a battery without a device – Ken Auletta
    Find your passion, set a goal, go to work, evaluate, reassess, and repeat – Elana Meyers
  • If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue – Wayne Dyer
  • Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason – Thomas Browne
    But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion – Sylvia Plath
  • “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” —Jon Bon Jovi
  • “Passion is the genesis of genius.” —Tony Robbins

 

6.Perseverance quotes for success

 

  • No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance – Ramana Maharshi
  • Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th – Julie Andrews
  • Perseverance and perspective until victory – Lincoln Diaz-Balart
  • In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world, all rests on perseverance. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success – Ambrose Bierce
  • Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory – Jocko Willink
  • Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance – Scott Hamilton
  • The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality, and justice – Marquis de Lafeyette
  • Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little – Plutarch
  • Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do – Pele

 

7. Determination quotes for success

  • What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win – Patty Berg
  • The determination to win is the better part of winning – Daisaku Ikeda
  • Victory is the child of preparation and determination – Sean Hampton
  • You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Horace Lorimer
  • Determination becomes an obsession and then it becomes all that matters – Jeremy Irvine
  • Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man – Iain Duncan Smith
  • Change is hard and requires constant struggle and determination – Sadiq Khan
  • A determined person will do more with a pen and paper than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.  – Catherine Pulsifer 
  • A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve.–Mahatma Gandhi
  • Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek. –  Mario Andretti

8. Discipline quotes for success

  • To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him – Buddha
  • It was the character that got us out of bed, the commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through – Zig Ziglar
  • It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. – Harvey Mackay
  • Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.   -Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. – George Washington
  • There is one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and that is discipline. Because your dreams and your goals are not there waking up for you in the morning – Jocko Willink
  • Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not – Michael J. Fox
  • Even as you make progress, you need the discipline to keep from backtracking and sabotaging the success as it’s happening – Nipsey Hussle
  • The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline – Bum Phillips
  • Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.    – Bernard Law Montgomery

9.Decisiveness quotes for success

  • The one word that makes a good manager – decisiveness. – Lee Iacocca
  • The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face. -Napoleon Hill
  • “Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.” – Henry Becque
  • “Direct threats require decisive  action”  – Dick Cheney
  • “Clarity and decisiveness come from the willingness to slow down, to listen and look at what’s happening.” – Pema Chodron
  • “Decisiveness is the number one quality of a dynamic leader: his ability to communicate a decision with passion and integrity is an art form.” – Farshad Asi
  • “Energy, confidence and decisiveness is 90% of the battle.” –  Craig Cackowski
  • “Your decisiveness is your determination. Your chase is your goal and your joy is your life.”  – Ruturaj Uttarwar
  • “Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision.” Bernhard Langer 
  • “All the paths kneel before the decisive minds!”  – Mehmet Murat Ildan

10.Open-minded

  • The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success – Martha Stewart
  • One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process – Simon Sinek
  • Stay open-minded; stay focused. Train hard and train smart. For me, the older I get, the smarter I have to train also because the recovery time is longer. Work on everything: become a well-rounded fighter – don’t just be good at one thing; be good at everything – Brock Lesnar
  • I think when you’re young, you’re a lot more open-minded, and sometimes you’re a lot more perceptive about what’s going on in the world – Zendaya
  • You have to be open-minded, and you have to be critical, and you have to let go of your predispositions about what you’ve been told that doesn’t have foundations in evidence – Carl Hart
  • If you are open-minded and you let the universe come in, you never know where things might go – Adam Neumann
  • “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” 
    ― George Eliot, MiddleMarch
  • “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” 
    ― Buddha
  • “Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling” 
    ― Deborah Day

Overall, these quotes are applicable to any profession per se. Irrespective of your background, these quotes have valuable takeaways for every person. For example, perseverance and determination in the face of failure is the hallmark of any successful person. Challenges are an essential ingredient for growth and development. Hence, the best use of the quotes is by putting it into diligent practice.

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