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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

India FY16 fiscal deficit target met

For FY17, the deficit target is 3.5 per cent of GDP
The country’s fiscal deficit for 2015-16 was Rs 5.32 lakh crore, about 99.5 per cent of the government’s revised target of Rs 5.35 lakh crore, compared with 99.6 per cent for the same period a year before, official data showed on Tuesday.

As a percentage of gross domestic product at current prices, also issued on Tuesday, the deficit was 3.9 per cent, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said it would be in February. For FY17, the deficit target is 3.5 per cent of GDP.

For the year ended March 2016, the provisional figure of combined revenue was Rs 1.24 lakh crore or 99.2 per cent of the revised target of Rs 1.25 lakh crore, compared with 98.7 per cent of the full-year target a year before.
FY16 fiscal deficit target met

Total expenditure was Rs 1.77 lakh crore or 99.3 per cent of the revised target, compared with 99 per cent for the same period last year.  Total expenditure was Rs 1.61 lakh crore, or 8.2 per cent of the full-year estimate, compared with 8.7 per cent last year.

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