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Having a Restaurant that doesn't break the bank

on Sunday, 10 August 2014.

Having a Restaurant that doesn't break the bank

Restaurant Day is here again! Helsinki buzzes with an amazing energy when we’re all brought together to enjoy flavours from around the world.

Participating in the event is a wonderful experience but it can bring its own set of challenges. One recurring theme mentioned by many past participants is that they just don’t make enough money to cover the costs of the event; Leaving them to question whether or not to join again.

With a few simple steps, we’ll try to encourage more "one-day food-prenuers” to join in on the fun and cover the costs - or better yet, come out with a profit!

Restaurant Day - Overcoming the Profit Challenge

on Sunday, 10 August 2014.

Restaurant Day - Overcoming the Profit Challenge

Restaurant Day is here again! Helsinki buzzes with an amazing energy when we’re all brought together to enjoy flavours from around the world.

Participating in the event is a wonderful experience but it can bring its own set of challenges. One recurring theme mentioned by many past participants is that they just don’t make enough money to cover the costs of the event; Leaving them to question whether or not to join again.

With a few simple steps, we’ll try to encourage more "one-day food-prenuers” to join in on the fun and cover the costs - or better yet, come out with a profit!

Mitä tarkoittaa Lean Startup

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014.

Ja miksi tämän ideologian sisäistäminen kannattaa?

Mitä tarkoittaa Lean Startup

Moni on varmasti kuullut puhuttavan Lean Startupeista. Monelle ei kuitenkaan ole selvää mitä se todellisuudessa tarkoittaa. Tässä yksi selitys: Lean Startup on ideologia, joka kuvaa lähes tieteellistä toimintatapaa, jolla tuote tai palvelu saadaan asiakkaan käyttöön nopeammin ja pienemmillä resursseilla kuin tavallisesti. Tieteellinen toiminta ohjaa, avustaa ja ennustaa toimintaa, jotta yritys voidaan (teoriassa) kasvattaa mahdollisimman suureksi räjähtävällä nopeudella.

Innovation Competition IdeaDrill

Written by Joonas Villanen on Wednesday, 30 October 2013.

The big final

IdeaDrill

The past few days have been crazy! We just finished a major event which we have been planning, executing, and producing for 6 months now. Although, after all that hard work I have to say that nothing - I mean absolutely nothing - feels as good as having a successful event with loads of positive feedback! SO SO REWARDING!!

So… what am I talking about? I am talking about an innovation competition for students, IdeaDrill. The goal was to create a marketing campaign for the sea and metal industry focusing on the local companies who operate in that field!

This was part of a bigger EU-project called Kaleidoskooppi-venture. Though, IdeaDrill in its own right, has been in multiple magazines, on the radio, on web portals and on youtube - of course. But without blabbering away, check the video below and enjoy the vibe of the competition!!

Would you participate in a competition like this? Did you participate? Share thy thoughts below!!


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Resume-Envy: This Resume Makes Yours Look Pretty Lame

Written by Joonas Villanen on Friday, 25 October 2013.

Arcade-Themed Resume Animation

Resume-Envy: This Resume Makes Yours Look Pretty Lame

Today, I was browsing the vast social media field and came across something pretty awesome. A New York based multidisciplinary designer left a lot of his fellow job seekers in the dust by making his interactive, animated, and graphically fun CV. See the full version HERE!

In short, I think this is what it's all about! Having fun, putting your own skills to the test by challenging the norm. I LOVE IT! He made sure he will have NO problems getting job offers because he made himself valuable. He's shown what he can do instead of making you guess! The resume tells and, more importantly, shows the whole story of his capabilities - Well done, sir.

A little while back, I was asked to speak about video-CVs - Why make one? The answers are pretty similar to what I would say about this online resume: Video-CVs show personality. As an employer, you can see which prospects put the time, care, and effort into their resume. It shows their willingness to work and dedicate time to stand out from the standard. They've taken the initiative to create a little something special for a function that is so mind-numbingly normal.

These are some of the things that WILL separate you from the competition. Now, let's be bold!

What do you think about this guy's idea? Have you seen other great examples somewhere? Care to share?

Please, share thy thoughts below!!


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How to boost your creativity!

Written by Joonas Villanen on Sunday, 22 September 2013.

4 solid tips for more creative ways!

How to boost your creativity!

I was having some difficulties writing so I decided to go out for a little stroll. And it got me thinking: How do others cope with creativity hurdles? So, I thought I'd share some pointers on overcoming those hurdles and boosting creativity:

1. Make a list of the tasks at hand.

2. Don't push it

3. Take a break

4. Collaborate and ask

Do you have any great tips on how to boost creativity? Please, feel free to share your tips below!!

 

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Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur?

Written by Joonas Villanen on Friday, 13 September 2013.

Infographic

Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur?

I have heard people say "Robots are taking over most of the manual labor jobs by 2030" so often, I'm starting to believe it! The truth is that since the robots have come around, the jobs that require manual labor aren't in fashion anymore. No one wants to do that kind of work. So the question actually might be kind of a "which came first? - the chicken or the egg?" How many robots came because people didn't want to do the work, and how many came because of the ability to be more efficient?

In either case, if you want to have a job or a career in the future, you MUST think like an entrepreneur if you don't want to be replaced by something or someone more efficient. Some say full time employees are not worth it anymore. Freelancers and consultants can do it better and cheaper. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? This is also a valid point to think; no matter which one (intrapreneur, entrepreneur, employee) you are, you must be of value! The principle remains the same. To keep a position, you must offer a fair amount of value in exchange of the payment you receive!

For other reasons why everyone must become an entrepreneur, check out the infographic below and, please, share your comments! What do you see the future being like? Are you moving towards entrepreneurism or do you believe that there will be plenty of jobs for you to choose??

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5 Must See Documentaries For Entrepreneurs

Written by Joonas Villanen on Tuesday, 03 September 2013.

Why read? Videos save you time!

I am naturally curious, which allows me to be able sit and read for an extensive period of time. But, lately, I have noticed one thing; I don't always have the necessary time available to finish every book I start. I've noticed my 'go-to' resource hasn't been a book, it's been video. Video saves me time and tells me the core message, which is really all I need to know. And who doesn't like to get to the point quickly?

I would call this effective learning. And if you are anything like me, you enjoy a good video or a podcast when it comes to your own research. With that in mind, I present you a list of 5 must-see documentaries and films that every entrepreneur should watch.


1. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011)

2. Freakonomics The Movie (2010)

3. The Call of the Entrepreneur (2007)

4. Startup.com (2001)

5. We Live In Public (2009)


Have you seen any of these before?? Which one is your favorite?? Please share your comments below!!

How a $6,000 video doubled this companies size!

on Friday, 30 August 2013.

How did it happen?

How a $6,000 video doubled this companies size!

I saw a post about a woman who started her business back in March. Her business had been modest but she was generally happy with the growth. She was adamant about one thing, though. She wanted to include a video in her marketing strategy since she felt like it was the best way to describe what her company, HelloFlo, does. After the video was launched, something unexpected happened. Bloom's marketing video went viral and created such a demand that she, literally, DOUBLED THE SIZE of her company.

3 Reasons to Start a Company

Written by Joonas Villanen on Wednesday, 28 August 2013.

3 Reasons to Start a Company

I came across this article about the "9 Great Reasons to Start a Company". You can find all 9 from the article, but first, check out my top 3 below.


Reason Numero Uno: To build a better company!

We are living in a weird time where the younger generation's leaders mash together with the older generation. Let's just say that they don't always see eye-to-eye on things. So if you don't happen to agree with the processes and rules that have been set for many existing companies, why don't you try to make your own? I think this world needs young doers as well as thinkers who step up and give an example to the rest. 

Reason Numero Dos: To be part of a great team.

Entrepreneurs do what they love! At least, they should! What could be more rewarding? For me, more rewarding would be doing exactly what I love but with people I respect and whose company I truly enjoy! Also, a team consisting of all entrepreneurial thinkers is very different from a team that is put together to perform a task. I would choose a team of entrepreneurs any day!

Reason Numero Tres: You are young and can afford to take the risk!

When we get older, we tend to accumulate certain things. We start developing our own roots; we buy cars and houses, we might get married and start a family. With all of these accumulations, comes responsibility. That said, it's hard to call yourself responsible if you start a company with capital that was supposed to be your retirement fund or your kids' college tuition; which is exactly the point of the header. When you are young, you have different sets of responsibilities which often require little to no obligatory payments. While you're young, make sure to discover and realize your dreams. You have plenty of time to recover later. And if you get things right, well, then you really don't have to worry about any of it.

 

I chose to follow my dreams! How about you? From the original article, tell us which ones are your favorites! Share your story or comments below!!

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