When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

Tao Te Ching

I've got an idea and a business plan...now what? How do I ensure there's a market for it?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
A good Business Plan ought to show people, potential investors, officers and partners, that there is a market for the specific business  the plan is about.  A good business plan ought to summarise and highlight the conclusion of whatever research was conducted to convince everyone considering to get involved that it is worth their time. Further, it ought to outline how indeed it will ensure that there is a market for it's products and services. 
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What is the most pure example of an existing free market, regardless of size?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
In my opinion, I would have to say the Forex spot market due to minimum barrier to entry, minimum transaction costs (especially if you're dealing with brokers who allow minimal trade size and thus), no one holds an 'insider' advantage (at least for the long term) and everybody is relatively evenly matched terms of access to information, and anybody can avail themselves to any type of strategy big or small. Overall, it is an efficient market.
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How can I write professional business plan?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Important sections for a business plan? I would say...1. Research and Marketing Strategy You present your case about the opportunity available and why you, your team and your business are going to be best positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis. 2. Operations, Business Model, Law and Regulation
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Should business be familial?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 17 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I suppose it depends on the business. However, I don't necessarily think so. If you happen to have a family who feels the same way you do about the same business them that's great, you should do business with them. The reality for most families though is that they are not really passionate about the same things. 
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What is the best way to pay someone when you first start a business, but don't have a lot of money?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Equity: Ownership of the company. If you don't have money and you want someone to take a risk with you at the start of your new venture, the only thing that makes sense to me is equity. You give them a percentage of the company. If you want and expect that person to work as hard as you do, then give him/her equal percentage: 50% if there's two of you,  33% of there's 3 of you, 25%if there's four, etc.
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Does anyone (14 years and older) still believe that Noah's Ark is a true story?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 17 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Definitely. Yes there's plenty of people going over to the middle east every year to look for the ark. It's big business over there catering for tourists who literally  believe the Noah's story really happened.
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How much will it cost me to build a good 'whatever' site?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 20 Mar 16 | Update: 20 Mar 16 | Full View
There are variations to this question. For example: How much does it cost to build a Social Networking site, a Dating Site, a car sales site, a mobile phone exchange site? People used to ask about websites to sell their products and their services locally but now, they want to know how to build a Social Networking site, be the next eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Real Estate site, etc.
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Question That Contains Assumptions: Why are so many atheists unwilling to accept that science is just as fallible as they feel that the Bible is?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 15 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
It is your misunderstanding of what Science is that is keeping you stuck. Atheists like myself understand that Science is fallible. Scientists themselves understand that Science is fallible. That is why they keep experimenting and experimenting. They're always arguing and disputing previous theories to keep testing that previous studies came up with correct conclusions. So when you see that, that is a sign that there is healthy science going on.
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Questioning The National School Chaplaincy Program

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
There is a very important issue ‘invading' our schools at the moment: The National School Chaplaincy Program. It is important because it borders the separation between Church and State. Every parent who has a child in school will certainly have heard, or will hear, of it. In this article, I am going to briefly introduce the nature of this program and mention some numbers to illustrate the type of investment that we, as tax payers, have provided to the program. Thereafter, we will discuss whether this Program should continue or not.
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Keeping Australia Secular

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
On Australia Day, 26th of January 2010, I joined a gathering among other Victorians to protest against the tactics used by religious organisations, specifically Catch The Fire Ministries in using scare tactics, instead of rational debate to discuss the issues that plague us today. Watch the video >>
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The Atheist Age Interview

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
On Tuesday, 12th of January 2010, I had a fun time chatting to Andrew Rawlings and Elida Radig on their "The Atheist Age" Radio Program about The Tyranny Of God. Watch the YouTube presentations or download the MP3.
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Protesting For Australia On Australia Day

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
When I was thirteen years of age, my family migrated to Australia. I liked the fact that Australia was secular. Religion seemed to play little role in politics and in people's lives in general. In the years that followed, Australia continued to remain secular and as far as I was aware, religion did not play a major part in politics. I was always confident that other people's beliefs would never affect me, confident that religion will continue to remain separate from the laws of the land that ruled me and so many Australians. Now, I am no longer sure. Overseas, there has been a worrying trend…
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Lecture Video: Morality Does Not Come From Religion

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
It has always been proposed by the religious that without religion, humanity will succumb to chaos and destruction. In a lecture organised by The Atheist Society in the Unitarian Church in Melbourne on the 8th of March 2011, I argued that religion is taking undue credit for something that is naturally human. To argue my point, I take us back to envision ancient societies, discussing the Golden Rule, and three universal truths of human nature that allow, force and pressure us to behave. These three universal truths predispose human beings to be moral. Watch the video >>
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Freedom Of Speech, Religion And The United Nations

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
On the 24th of November 2008, the U.N. passed a draft resolution against blasphemy. On Thursday, 26th of March, it was passed as a 'non-binding' resolution: a step closer to being a binding resolution. In this article, Marquez Comelab, author of The Tyranny Of God, asks who really needs protection from whom? This is not about protecting people from other people. This is about taking away our right to think for ourselves and to speak our minds. Article was published in the International Humanist News (UK), May 2009 Edition.
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The Power Of Small Consistent Returns

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
People have preconceived misconceptions about trading, investing and money in general. This is an entire topic on its own but this week, I set my focus on addressing the type of returns one can expect to achieve by trading the markets. Hopefully, I can help some people understand the power of small consistent returns over time. For many, a great rate of return means multiplying your money at least ten times instantly. It is usually the type of windfall gains that people associate to winning the lottery or winning in the casino. Marquez believes that if applied to the market, these kinds of…
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Avoiding Forex-Related Frauds and Scams

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
Marquez, author of The Part-Time Currency Trader, outlines how to avoid forex frauds and scams.
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Understanding Financial Statements

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
In Financial Accounting - Reporting for those outside the business, the 3 most important financial statements, relevant for budding entrepreneurs are: 1. The Statement of Financial Position or the Balance Sheet 2. The Statement of Income or The Profit & Loss Statement 3. The Statement Of Cash Flows. This article discusses these three.
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The Accounting Equation

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
As an entrepreneur, who are thinking of going into business, or who is already conducting business, it is time you must know about one of the most fundamental concepts in accounting.
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Forms Of Organisations

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
When writing a business plan, you need to decide what type of organisation you are going to have. There are many types. Marquez discusses what they are.
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Qualities Of Useful Financial Reports

Article | Marquez Comelab | 01 Jan 06 | Update: 18 Mar 16 | Full View
As an entrepreneur, planning and implementing the accounting system of the business that you hope is going to make you money, it is important that your accounting system must produce information that are going to be useful to you and to those who are reading it.
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