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How to Start an Internet Business in 7 Steps

Starting a business is more feasible than ever, thanks to the Internet. No longer is it necessary to run a store from dedicated premises, and investing money into physical equipment. Instead, it’s easy to set up an Internet company that relies on just you and your computer. If you’d like to start your own, this handy set of tips can teach you how to start an Internet business. 1. Define Your Goal and Create a Budget The first step is to decide what exactly you want your business to be about. You also need to think about budgeting, and thinking about what kinds of returns you think you

Architecture for a Change: John, Dirk and Anton are Building a Better World

John Saaiman, Anton Bouwer and Dirk Coetser were struck by the levels of poverty and inadequate housing right in their own city of Johannesburg. As a result, they are working together to build and design low-cost, environmentally-friendly and innovative community and private buildings both within Johannesburg and further afield. Creating solutions to problems is what makes them true entrepreneurs. How John, Dirk and Anton are Building a Future of Equality These three young architects turned social entrepreneurs formed the business Architects for a Change because they were moved to do

5 Green Product Ideas You Can Market on Etsy

If you're brimming with green business ideas, one of the challenges can be getting your great products noticed. By using the Etsy platform, you can save considerably on marketing costs and get people to come to you. In some circumstances, your products might even trend, helping your online shop to develop a cult following. Etsy focuses on vintage and handmade products. By upcycling and restoring old furniture, and recycling materials to create something new, it's easy to become creative and develop a viable company. Here are some Etsy business ideas you might want to consider full-time, or

A Loo on a Green Energy Mission: David Auerbach of Sanergy

It is no secret that, in the developing world, sanitation continues to be a problem, and poor sanitation causes millions of deaths every year. David Auerbach, entrepreneur, is attempting to provide social solutions and devise sanitation systems in some of the world’s poorest countries that are not only effective, they’re sustainable to run and maintain. How David Auerbach is Solving the Problem of Sanitation through Sanergy According to Sanergy, over 2.6 billion people across the world do not have access to proper sanitation systems. The pollution from poor sanitation systems creates

Repurposing Urban Space for Urban Sustainability: Tara Rogerson of Evergreen Brick Works

As time goes on, we are becoming more and more conscious about the effect of humanity upon our planet. Tara Rogerson, women entrepreneur, is attempting to raise funds for and awareness about the impending environmental crisis. How Tara Rogerson is Building Sustainable Cities Tara Rogerson is the director of social enterprise at a national charity in Canada called Evergreen. Rogerson and Evergreen are attempting to tackle the problem of unsustainable urban development. They recognize that, if humanity continues along the current path of development, our major cities will soon be dirty and

Sounding Off about Worldwide Hearing Impairment: Bridget Hilton of LSTN Headphones

No matter what your age, living with a hearing problem or deafness has a dramatic impact upon your life. Woman entrepreneur, Bridget Hilton, aims to raise money and awareness to help those with hearing problems through LSTN Headphones a unique venture that combines high-end listening devices with a mission to raise money for the hearing impaired. How LSTN Headphones and Bridget Hilton are Helping those with Hearing Problems through Green Business Over 275 million people worldwide have some form of hearing impairment. What’s more, 95% of children in deaf schools could attend a regular

Putting Used Kids Clothes in their Place: Sharon Schneider and Good Karma Clothing for Kids

If you’re a parent, you’ll know how quickly children go through their clothes. Sharon Schneider is trying to help reduce the quantity of discarded children’s clothes in the world, while also cutting the costs of being a parent with a young child through her entrepreneurial endeavors. How Sharon Schneider, a Determined Green Entrepreneur and Good Karma Clothing for Kids are Reducing Textile Waste Schneider’s social enterprise, Good Karma Clothing for Kids, allows parents with young children to subscribe to a service which sends them gently worn, good quality baby clothes. As the child

Todd Masonis: The Dandelion Chocolate Entrepreneur Who’s Full of Beans

Todd Masonis, along with his partner Cameron Ring, started their social enterprise Dandelion Chocolate back in 2010. As well as reviving the art of high-quality, freshly-made chocolate, the entrepreneurial duo thrive on offering donations to community initiatives. How Todd Masonis is Solving Exploitation in the Cacao Sector Brimming with bright ideas, Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate likes simplicity. He believes that beautiful chocolate should be made with as little interference and superfluous ingredients as possible. With a strong conviction that high-quality chocolatiers in the US

Patrick Gulpo & Fly Canvas: Education for Children, One Bag at a Time

Patrick Gulpo is one of the co-founding entrepreneurs of Fly Canvas, a company with the ethos that “everyone carries something.” His optimism, and belief in humanity, has led him to create a social enterprise that produces fashion accessories like wallets and T-shirts that in turn help children in third-world countries receive the education they need to create change in their own communities.   Patrick Gulpo is Solving the Lack of Education in Third-World Countries Fly Canvas was to be a business that did more than just send a portion of their profits to deprived schools in

Brooks Dame of Proof Eyewear: Social Enterprise with an Ethical Edge

In the Amazonian rainforest alone, an estimated three football pitches of trees is felled every 60 seconds. Brooks Dame is the social entrepreneur behind Proof Eyewear, a fashion brand manufacturing wooden sunglasses in a sustainable way. Brooks Dame is Working to Create Sustainable Eyewear that Protects Forests Brooks Dame had devised an exciting idea for a business. He adored how wood felt on his fingertips, and was inspired by his grandpa to create a brand offering wooden accessories to the masses. Aware of the sustainability issues surrounding the use of wood worldwide, Dame decided