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Should I Fear Sharing My Business Idea With Others?

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“I have a great business idea, but I am scared to share.  I am afraid someone may steal my idea,” he told.

I told him, “I too have some great business ideas.”  Some of my business ideas are:

  1. Running a travel agency, targeting Indian corporate crowds.  Like you know, make a honeymoon package, vacation package, reach out to big Indian companies from Bangalore and Mumbai, etc etc.
  2. Running an e-commerce site, purely brand-oriented, targeting upper middle class and upper class.
  3. Running a cafe, which is more like entrepreneur friendly and also with library and boutiques.
  4. Running a trading company, same like share market but in my case, it will be trading FMG, where consumers make an order and market delivers and we earn by taking brokerage kind of service charge.
  5. Running a school, that teaches youths on various practical aspects of life, provides counselling and consultancy… and they can join school at their own convenience,

Blah, blah, blah.

And I told him, “I am not scared of sharing my business ideas.  You know why? because idea means nothing. It’s like opinion, everyone has one.”

“Ideas don’t mean shit… Execution is the game”  

Gary Vaynerchuk


What is business idea?

Business idea is nothing but an idea that is constructed when you see a problem and figure out a solution and way to make money in this process.

The other day, I was in The Bakery Cafe.  A customer was trying to call waiter and as you may know, waiters in Bakery Cafe are always from “deaf” community (only people with hearing loss are hired as waiter in the cafe), no waiter could hear the call.  The customer got so pissed off, that he just left the place.  Then and there, an idea popped up in my head.  How nice it would be if there in the table, it had a button to press and light would blink in reception or somewhere appropriate and waiter would know from where the call is coming — something like in flight.  

“There are so many branches of The Bakery Cafe and proposing the idea and installing the feature in all those branches can be a great idea.”  I thought of then and there.  You see? a business idea was born there itself.  There are billions of humans constantly coming across many problems and just like me, they constantly come up with ideas to solve those problems.

So basically, construction of business idea is very ordinary thing that almost all humans with intelligence are capable of.  Every mindblowing idea that you think you have, is also an idea of someone, somewhere.  The ideas that I have listed above surely are also ideas of many.


So, here is the answer on, 
“Should I fear sharing my business idea with others?”

I just shared my various business ideas above.  Now, what you gonna do?  You think you can just steal my idea and turn into a business? It’s not that easy.  Idea is nothing but a thought.   Now, that simple thought has to be turned into a working idea, and then comes building a team, and then engineering part, and then comes building a prototype and then comes marketing of the product, etc before you finally make money.  This whole process gonna take if nothing also 2-3 years (provided you have money and needed spirit). And above all, you need a great motivation to stick to.

Idea comes and goes.  Most of the people never work on the idea in first place. Those who do, some percentage from the doers, give up in middle of the trial. Barely 1% succeed to take it to money generating mode.  What keeps one to keep pushing until the end is the spirit, is the needed fund, is the needed skills, etc.  It’s easy to steal someone’s idea but it’s no way easy to execute the idea.  Another thing one needs to understand is, no idea remains as it was in conception time.  Idea evolves as you start working on the idea.  Facebook today is quite different than how it was in the initial days.

That’s why, I say every idea is great idea if is worked on.  Instead of fearing to share ideas, I rather say, YOU MUST SHARE YOUR IDEAS.   This in fact will help you to have broader perspectives towards your ideas, through input of various minds. You being the father of your idea, you are prone to be optimism biased. By sharing your business idea, you are letting your idea to be refined. People may ask you tough questions that you never thought of. When you are obsessed by your idea, and so confident about how great it is, others will give you a jolt of “no it does not work” and its good to be challenged.

Long thing short, I have hundreds of business ideas, that I truly care and value, and wish to turn into a reality, turn into a tangible thing, that can be touched and shown, and make money from, but I still can’t execute them due to various reasons.  It’s just a novice mind to think that by sharing those ideas, someone may steal and become rich. Real world does not work that way.  If you find someone working on your idea, probably you found someone that too have come up with your kind of business idea.

So fear not.  Let your ideas be heard and challenged and in the process, let it get refined.  Ultimately, it’s your idea, and only you can execute it.  Moreover, what keeps the wheel rolling is the motivation and you can steal everything but not the motivation.

End of the day, winner is the one that doesn’t give up.  As they say perseverance is mother of success.

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Financial Literacy: Don’t invest all your money. Save some.

An informative article on importance of saving in wealth management.

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When it comes to money management, many people tend to think investment is the only thing to do but actually the wise thing to do is, diversify your fund.

lf you put all your money in investment, you are playing too risky, because investment is subject to market risk. A country can turn up and down overnight because of politics or natural calamity or many other reasons, and thus diversifying funds is the most important thing to do. As you can see in the illustration below, part of your money should be invested, part of it should be put in savings, part of it should be put for insurance and other long-term plans, to never suffer because of unexpected turmoil in the market.

Saving accounts thus should be part of your financial plan, where a bit of your money should be allocated. It also works as a passive income source, where your money grows with interest. As someone said in the comment in an earlier post, “For the current year, the inflation rate of Np is 4.2-4.3%. If the interest rate is more than this, then your money is increasing. Else, enjoy deterioration of your wealth in bank lockers.”

What the gentleman is trying to say is, your 100 rupees saved in a bank account will become 96 rupees in one year because of inflation and to retain it in the same amount or bit more, you must find a bank that offers interest rates more than inflation rate. As you must have learned through an earlier survey, most banks seem to offer interest rates on a saving account at around 3% P.A. To be honest, that will not work in your favour and you must find a bank that offers more than 4% P.A.

Like for example, Muktinath Bikas Bank offers 5.01% interest rate for saving account according to their product, “Muktinath Sambriddhi Bachat Khata.” There must be few other banks as well who may offer at a similar rate. You must keep your money in those banks.

In short, to call yourself financially literate and grow your wealth,
1. Saving accounts should be part of your financial management.
2. While having saving account, make sure you put your money in a bank which offers an interest rate at more than the inflation rate.
3. Interest earning is a kind of passive earning, which is very important if you want to be rich.

Money does not grow in trees, but it grows like trees — in branches.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Muktinath Bikas Bank as part of our mission of spreading financial literacy among our readers. You can visit their website to learn more about their services and products. https://www.muktinathbank.com.np/

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Financial Literacy: Inflation, the rat that eats your money

This article is brought to you in partnership with Muktinath Bikas Bank as part of our mission of spreading financial literacy among our readers.

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You must have heard many times people saying “10 years back, the price of momo per plate used to be 50 rupees and now its 100,” “back then rice used to cost 50 rupees per kg and now it costs 100 rupees.” In simple terms, they call it price rise (mahangi) and in economic terms, it’s called inflation.

What is inflation

Inflation is the decline of purchasing power of a given currency over time. Like for example, if you could buy a packet of milk at 30 rupees but if it now costs 50 rupees, what actually has happened is a decline in purchasing power of the currency because of which, what you could buy at 30 rupees, to buy the same thing now you need 50 rupees.

In economic terms, it’s not the price that has risen up but the purchasing power of the currency has decreased.

What causes inflation

Answer is complex, because well! economics is complex. Since this post is to give a simple guide over inflation, let’s keep it simple. There are various factors that can drive prices or inflation in an economy but typically speaking, inflation results from an increase in production costs or an increase in demand for products and services.

Production cost: Let’s say the government hiked the taxes, employees demanded a raise in salary, the farmer association raised the price of wheat, and all that increased the production cost of bread by 10%. That rise in production cost will rise the cost of bread. The bread that you could get at 20 rupees will now become 22.

Increase in demand: Because of lockdown, everyone is hoarding rice. Rice is in high demand. In free markets, the traders will raise the price of rice. Now, the rice that you could get at 50 rupees per kg will cost you 60 rupees.

That way, what you could buy at X amount, now you need to pay Y amount to get the same thing. That’s inflation.

What inflation should mean to you

It should mean everything to you. Imagine you have 1 lakh in your account in 2021. In one year, the market inflated by 50%, meaning your 1 lakh has become 50 thousand. Of course, in 2022, you will still see one lakh in your account, but its actual value only equals to 50 thousands that of 2021.

Currency itself means nothing. The value of your currency is determined by its purchasing power. If in 2000 you could buy a packet of milk at 10 rupees rupees and the very same milk if costs 50 rupees now in 2021, technically speaking, the value of your money is eroded by times 5. That means, in 2000, if you had kept 50 thousands in your secret vault at home, in 2021, when you take that money out, that money would be worth only 10 thousands.

See, inflation eats your money!!

That is why inflation is the biggest concern of every government and economist. Generally, moderate inflation is considered good for economics and is aimed to be kept at around 2-3% by central bank or federal bank.

How to save your money from eating up by inflation

Simple answer, grow your money at a higher rate than the inflation rate. Keeping it under the mattress will only eat all your money in the long run.

There are two ways of growing your money:

  1. Invest.
  2. Give it to a bank.

Investing means putting your money into business. Say, if you have invested 100 rupees and it earns you 200 rupees, your money has grown by 100% which by adjusting with inflation rate of 5%, it has still grown by around 95%.

However, investment is subject to market risk. 100 rupees invested may also become Rs. 10 if business fails. That’s why wise financial advice is – never invest all your money and instead put some over saving accounts that you would earn interests.

There are different types of saving accounts out there offered by banks ranging interest rate from 2% to 7% depending on type of saving accounts. This is where you should be careful.

Since now you understand inflation, imagine this – you keep your money in bank that offers you 2% interest, whereas inflation rate is 4%. In this case, even by keeping your money in bank, your money is still being eaten up by inflation.

Never keep your money in banks that offer less interest rate than inflation rate!

Many people’s confusion and the solution

Many people, especially youth, are not interested to locking their money in bank in fixed deposit because they may not be able to use or pull their money when they want before the maturity. Instead, they want it to be in a floating state. That way, they have their money in bank and still have the freedom to pull or use it anytime they want.

Problem with the most of such saving account is that they offer very little interest of 2-3%, but since now you know, it is always wise to find a bank that offers interest rate higher than the inflation rate, Muktinath Bikas Bank has come up with the solution to your dilemma through saving account “Muktinath Sambridhi Bachat Khata.” Unlike a fixed deposit account, you can draw your money at anytime you want yet you will be earning interest at 5.01%, which is higher than the predicted inflation rate for the year 2021. Another interesting and impressive feature of this saving account is that you earn interest on a monthly basis, unlike standard practice in the market of quarterly payment.

The perfect solution for those who don’t want to lock their money in fixed deposit yet want to earn interest more than the inflation rate.

Hope, this article helped you to get the clear understanding of what is inflation, how it affects you and your money and how to safeguard your money from being eaten up by inflation. Also, hope you liked the solution offered by Muktinath Bikas Bank. You can apply for theMuktinath Sambridhi Bachat Khata by CLICK HERE.

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We are poor because we hate money

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If you hate rich people, if you hate money, if you hate how economy works, you are destined to die poor,” a wise man once told.  

During my recent Bangalore visit, I got to meet some start-up founders.  One of them was a lady probably in her mid-20s. Her company is into digital marketing. They call themselves “branding experts” and they claim themselves to be “quite creative.” I went through couple of videos made by them and also couple of their works. They also do social media marketing. I asked, “how much do you guys charge for handling a page?” She said “depends…starts from 2 lakhs.” She employees 15+ people in her start-up.  

Met another team who runs a research company. They charge anywhere between 5-25 lakhs for conducting a market research.  Likewise, had also met entrepreneurs, business enthusiasts, freelancers. They all have similar stories, similar spirits and passion and they all are hungry for money, bold enough for money. 

By meeting them and listening and checking out their works, I didn’t find myself small or inferior, nor I find people from my hometown less creative or less talented, but I noticed there is something in them that we don’t have. That is, guts to throw numbers, guts to dream big numbers, guts to chase numbers. Personally, my heart would tremble to ask 6-digit fee for a consultancy or a month-long research and there they are, asking the number just for a social media handling.

By the time, they start their business, they are in few crore valuation. In a year or two, 10 cr company. In 5 years, 100 cr company. That’s the trend and target, they all are up to. On the way back home, I was thinking, why do we fear so much to dream big numbers? why do we tremble? why are we so cheap? why do we settle with peanuts? and many similar questions.  Maybe because we grew up thinking as if it’s insane to think big numbers, chase big numbers.  We label it with madness, greed, and what not all. Maybe in all these, I am somehow psychologically and culturally programmed to think big, dream big, ask big. In this mindblock and hesitation, I die.

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