Thu

18

Sep

2014

Four Steps to Eliminating Distraction in Your Entrepreneurial Life

Many entrepreneurs today are losing great opportunities to bring their businesses to the next level. This is because they willingly give into the distractions around them. Avoiding these distractions is quite challenging especially now that our culture today presents all sorts of interruption. Nevertheless, doing so is possible with the right action plan.

 

1) Understand that distractions come with a cost.

 

Distractions will keep you from being productive. Note the number of hours you lose to distractions in a day. How much do you earn in an hour? Multiply hourly rate to the number of hours you weren't able to work in a week, a month and a year. You will be surprised how big the amount is. By understanding the cost of distraction, you will less likely take it likely.

 

2) Go for a time lock.

 

Lock yourself up in your office for specific hours to do things that will increase your productivity. This important in disciplining yourself not to be vulnerable to interruptions and other avoidable emergencies. However, you must politely explain to your customers and employees why you're doing this so that they will not get offended by your actions.

 

3) Master your mind.

 

Train your mind to focus. This is quite difficult to do as the mind can freely soar when it wants too. Clear your mind of anything before you put your hands into work.

 

4) Allocate time for fun.

 

Once you have acquired the art of time locking, you will have more time to spare for other things. Allocate your spare time for activities that will help you develop creative skills and  love life more. 

 

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Thu

11

Sep

2014

Quick Tips on Making Decisions with Ease

Are you slow at making important decisions about your business? Don't fret because you're not a lone. A number of entrepreneurs worldwide find themselves in similar situation. Read through the following steps. They can help you make quick decisions with no mistakes attached.

 

Create an outline - Outline your thoughts when it comes to decision-making. Make a list in your head of the things you need to consider when a problem or option is presented to you. A quick cause and effect analysis can help you decide iimmediately whether to take an idea in or not.

 

Focus - Refrain from doing anything else when you are in the process of deciding on something. Composing an email or updating your Facebook status while trying to make a decision is not advisable. Doing so keeps your full attention away from the many factors you need to consider. 

 

Accept risks - Being risk averse is normal. However, not wanting to decide on something because of the risk it involves is not healthy especially to businesses with tight competition. If you want  your business to move forward, stop focusing on the risks. Rather, focus on the positive things that will result from your decision.

 

Keep your business goals in mind - Is your decision going to drive you closer to your business goals? If it won't, you might as well drop it. Giving it a second or third thought will just waste the time which you could have spent on other money-making activities.

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Thu

04

Sep

2014

How to be Successful as a Young Entrepreneur

Business knows no age. You can be excellent at it even if you're young. However, it includes unavoidable hardships that can either make you or break you. Do you want to be a successful entrepreneur? Do you want other people in the industry to take you seriously despite your youth? Read the following insights for guidance.

 

Be knowledgeable - Research and know your niche inside out. Get yourself updated with the latest industry news and trends. Get connected with experts online. If these experts have social media accounts, stalk them and learn from every post they make. Research on how you can improve the current status of your business through technology.

 

Exude conviction - Are your skills being challenged by older competitors or employees in your company? Be confident about your decions. Be confident about your product or services. Keep in mind though that you have done appropriate and enough research that will back up your decision.

 

Always keep your cool - When things go wrong, it is easy to lose your cool. Collect your thoughts and try your best to be calm under pressure. If you feel like you're about to say or do something rash, take a deep breath and count one to ten. This will keep you from going wild in front of other people. Clients, investors and people in general find it hard to respect a hot-headed young entrepreneur. 

Wed

27

Aug

2014

More Ideas on Having a Profitable Home Business

Note: This just a contiunuation of my previous post.

 

Ask for the sale - Go to your target consumers and ask them directly to buy your product. Do this appropriately though. Do not harass them just to close a sale for the day. Does 'asking for the sale' means product advertisements and marketing of your product is no longer needed? No. You still need them.

 

Change your perspective - While your home business will help you acquire extra income, it is not all about you and the benefits you will be able to make out of them. Change your perspective if you think this way. Remember that it is all about your customers - how their needs can be filled or solved by the products you sell or services you offer. Base your payment options, operating hours, product warranties, price range and means of communication on the profile of your customers or target market.

 

Promote accessibility - You will definitely have competitors. Hence, you must be quick in reaching your target customers before they do. More so, make it easy for customers to do business with you. Review your operating system. Do you have a procedure or two there which you can eliminate in order to provide speedy service to your customers? 

Wed

13

Aug

2014

Great Insights on Having a Profitable Home Business

Despite of the many challenges it brings, a number of small time entrepreneurs have grown their home businesses into big corporations. Hard work and unwavering focus on their end goals made this happen. Read the following insights that can guide you in growing your backyard business. Who knows, you might be able to resurrect a buried endeavor in your backyard with these motivational  insights.

 

Take your business seriously -  Many home businesses have fallen into the sidetracks because their owners  failed to take them seriously. Believe in your product or service. Do whatever it takes to bring it to your target market. Never look down on your business just because you don't have an official building or thousands of employees. Use your 'being small' as an advantage and you will see how easy it is to increase your annual income with your home business.

 

Observe wise money management - Once you receive an income, think right away how you must spend it. Refrain from using it all up for all your home or personal expenses. Set aside money for your marketing stint, office supplies and tools, raw materials for your products, etc. Don't forget to pay yourself too. Not getting paid for all your hard wowrk will cause you to quit business prematurely. 

 

Create a professional image - it is possible to achieve a professional image even though you don't have a sophisticated showroom or office where you can meet with your clients. Simply ensure that products are  neatly packaged and presented up to the smallest detail. Be prompt in taking orders and delivering products to your customers.

Wed

06

Aug

2014

Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

If you are reading this post, most probably you're an entrepreneur waiting for your first success. This post will not give you the magic formula to success. Rather it will give you an idea of what successful entrepreneurs worldwide are really made of. Read on and be motivated by the following insights.

 

Successful entrepreneurs are perservering.

The path to victorious entrepreneurship is filled with obstacles. These obstacles come indifferent shapes and forms. Lack of sufficient budget, uncooperative employees and tight competition are just a few of these obstacles. An entrepreneur whose mind and will are set to grow in the midst of adversity will definitely be victorious. Remember, businesses are not built overnight. You will need patience and consistent effort in leading your employees to work towards succcess.

 

Successful entrepreneurs are resourceful.

If you're a newbie in the industry, you will have limited resources to begin with. You must be able to evaluate thoroughly what you have and make the most out of them. This will help you save money which you can invest in other profit-generating activities.

 

Successful entrepreneurs are  open-minded.

Most probably, your first few ideas and projects will not work. You must not let this stop you from trying. When faced against moments like this, successful entrepreneurs don't back down. They simply redirect their focus and look for ways to improve what they have started.

 

Thu

31

Jul

2014

Five Tips on Winning the Money Game

Do you want to turn your business idea into a successful reality? If yes, you must be prudent in preparing yourself and your resources ahead of time. Business is a money game where numbers should be under your control if you want to gain substantial profit. Read the following tips to know how you can win the money game.

 

Assess yourself. List down your entrepreneurial qualities and skills. Study your list and check if you have it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Next, assess your funds. How much money can you risk? Ensure to have enough savings to cover your family’s needs while your business is still at the starting phase.

 

Choose the right business. Refrain from putting up a business around a product or service you’re just passionate about. Search for needs that you can fill. Create a product or service in response to these needs. Study the prospects who are most likely to purchase from you. Having a market to sell to will reduce your loss risk.

 

Plan. Put your goals and strategies in black and white. A business plan will help you stick with the things you need to do. Be sure to update it as you learn more about your customers and competition. Include in it contingency schemes should unfortunate events arise.

 

Get taught. Succeeding in business is not all about passion and motivation. You have to play it smart. Playing smart includes learning from an expert who has remained successful in the industry for years. Be open to pieces of advice and constructive criticisms as you get coached. If getting a mentor comes with a cost, push through with it. Treat it as an investment and not expenditure.

 

Act now. Procrastination often kills the realization of great business ideas. You can start small today instead of waiting for the opportune time when you think you've got everything covered.

 

 
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Tue

15

Jul

2014

Three Keys to Effective Sales Pitch

An effective sales pitch is important to all entrepreneurs. It is a planned presentation of their products or services. They use this to hook the interest of potential customers and close a sale in the end. Entrepreneurs who have the budget hire advertising consultants to create a powerful sales pitch.

 

Are you trying to create a sales pitch for your small business on a shoestring budget? Don't fret because it is possible to achieve so. You just to understand the basic principles it involves and how to create it appropriately.

 

Be concise - Consumers generally have short attention span. Thanks to technology that their attention span today has become even shorter. Advertisers advise that you must be able to hook the interest of your target market with in the first five seconds. How are you going to do this? Make your sales pitch short and direct to the point. You may want to start with a question targeting the need or interest of your audience. Then, follow it up with a quick and smart answer.

 

Include facts - Customers and investors alike want facts. They both want to get their money's worth once they purchase a product from you and invest in your business respectively. Present what your product can really do and not what you hope it will do. If you're meeting with investors, present a factual or an honest quote of return of investment for a specific time frame. 

 

Research - What you know about your target audience or customers might be limited. Research about their profile and what your future competitors offer. Your findings will help you compose the right phrases and craft the appropriate materials for your presentation. 

 

Mon

30

Jun

2014

Four Simple Ways To Get More G+ Followers

There is no doubt about the many benefits a Google + account can provide to any kind of small business. This explains why most entrepreneurs take the time to study the different strategies in getting increased followers for their G+ business pages.  

 

Do you need to upsurge your exposure on G+? Chew on the insights listed below.

 

Blog using your G+ page. If you have a blog section in your business website, treat your G+ page as an extension of it. Write ‘mini’ blog posts on it regularly. You can write using your own style but make sure that you are writing good content. Remember that Google values quality content. Match your text with great visuals. These can be images, videos or a combination of both.  These can make your G+ page posts more searchable.

 

Create a personal G+ page. This can hold all your other posts pertaining to your different interests. Keep your business G+ page strictly for business stuff. Nonetheless, you can use your personal profile to share a link to your business site or G+ page.

 

Follow businesses and important people in your niche. By doing so, you can expect those you have added to your circles to follow you back. You need not worry about hooking up with fake profiles because they are less likely to appear in G+ compared to Facebook.

 

Know the trending topics in your niche. Are you updated with what users are talking about in your niche? If you’re not, you should be! Perhaps, they are posting questions to which you have answers. Be bold in sharing relevant content that can uplift the image of your brand. Also, make your content timely and present it in a way that it can attract more viewers. 

Thu

01

May

2014

What You Need To Know About Hiring A Business Mentor

Not all entrepreneurs are comfortable with the idea of having a business mentor. Some think that hiring one is an additional expense. Others think they’ll lose the freedom to make their own business decisions with someone around telling them what they ought to do and not do.

 

Business mentors are often mistaken as friends or family members who are willing to give a piece of their mind and invest a part of their savings in the enterprise of an entrepreneur relative. Business mentors are actually industry veterans who will say point blank the positive and negative areas of your company. They can provide encouragement when need be. But their main job is to provide indispensable advice that can keep your business up and thriving.

 

If you are a novice entrepreneur, you can get a qualified business mentor any time you deem it important. Doing so in the early stages of your endeavor can keep you from falling into common traps which make newbie businessmen lose control of their operations right away. 

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Mon

31

Mar

2014

Why A Business Fan Page Is Important

Do you have a business fan page? If you don’t, now is the time for you to reconsider creating one. Doing so can open the door of overflowing benefits for your business.

 

Visibility in the search engines – Facebook fan pages are indexed by search engines. When your fan page shows up in the search engine results, your traffic can increase by heaps.

 

Privacy of your personal page – Connecting your business website with your fan page can be disadvantageous specifically when you want certain information just shared between you and your loved ones. A separate fan page will help keep your personal life confidential.

 

Easy tagging of your brand – Do you want to be tagged in newsfeeds? Your fans can tag your brand in every image or post they create if you have a business fan page. This is a quick way to market your product or services online. You can like pages and comment on other’s posts using as a brand. This is a very effective means to get your brand promotion right.

 

Targeted advertising – Facebook advertising is targeted. Flow of traffic is contained within the network. Facebook advertising is available at different rates. It may be pricey but it is sure to work for the benefit of your business.

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Sat

08

Mar

2014

Ways To Increase Your Business Capital

Raising the capital for your business is necessary especially if you are planning to expand. Nonetheless, getting into it blindly can make or break your business empire. Thus, investigating about your funding options is necessary before you make any move.

 

A number of business organizations have websites where they post relevant information regarding this. If you prefer offline options, you can always ask the successful entrepreneurs around you for some advice and referral.

 

Bootstrapping – This term refers to the use of your personal savings as additional capital. Some entrepreneurs use their retirement funds, credit card, savings account and even their emergency funds.

 

Borrowing from family and friends – If you need a speedy loan approval without possibility of rejection, borrowing from your loved ones is the safest option to take. This option becomes disadvantageous when the lending loved one wants to take part of the business planning and decision making.

 

Debt financing – This is typically known as loan. This option is usually offered by certain banks and the government. You can apply online or personally for this one. You will first need to submit a list of credentials for the approval of your loan. 

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Fri

28

Feb

2014

How To Save A Million Dollars For Your Child

Entrepreneurs with children usually have the future of their little ones in mind. This is why they do everything to make their businesses succeed.

 

A thriving business, however, cannot assure financial freedom or a million dollars for your children. A distinct attitude and motivation to save is needed to have this.

 

To begin with, your business doesn't have to be huge in order to jumpstart your saving activity. A simple business will do as long as it can provide a steady flow of income. Moving forward, you will need to:

 

a) Establish commitment – Be committed to not spending more than what you earn. This will keep you from incurring unnecessary debts. Also, be committed to saving money regardless of the amount.

 

b) Triumph over short term sacrifices – Short term sacrifices may include abstinence from purchasing the latest gadgets, giving up regular out-of-the-country trips or weekly dining in pricey restaurants. For all you know, millionaires don’t buy the biggest houses or fanciest cars just to assure a bright future for their children and grandchildren.

 

c) Have a smart investment strategy – Before buying or paying for something, think in terms of return of investment. Ask yourself whether it is going to benefit your children in the future. Will it speed up the realization of your goal to save a million dollars for them? Insurance policies are one of the things that are worth paying for. If you’re done paying for your own policy, get a policy for each of your children.

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Sun

02

Feb

2014

Personal Financial Planning Ideas For Small Business Owners

If you are a small business owner, you probably are aware of the importance of personal financial planning. This is one of the mediums by which your personal income can be protected for the benefit of your family. Unforeseen problems may arise left and right. Home repairs and sudden illnesses among family members are a couple of the things which usually cause personal expenses to shoot up. While these are inevitable, their impact may be decreased if funds allocated are allocated for fixing them.

 

Effective planning of one’s income and expenses requires consistent practice. According to experienced advisors, it starts from making a decision and a series of follow-up actions. There are financial planning tools which makes all these easy.  Although advisors attest to the usefulness of these tools, the ultimate basis of their efficiency would depend on how you are going to use them to the fullest. In connection to this, you must understand the importance of saving as much money while you still have the physical capacity to earn and enough resources to do so. Needless to say, you cannot always rely on your small business profits. This is specifically true when your business just started.

 

The first tool you might want to use is a bank account for your emergency fund. Choose a bank account type that will allow withdrawals anytime. Contrary to popular belief, an emergency fund does not have to include a huge sum of money. How much money then should be in there? An emergency fund should have enough money that can support your family’s needs for at least a couple of years while your business is not yet making profits.

 

Personal financial planning is not all about having enough funds to cover daily expenses. It also involves having extra money which you can choose for the future of your children member. This is why some small business owners open another bank account with fixed term. In here, they cannot touch the deposited money up to a certain time.

 

Have you heard of bonds? These are debt investments which you can loan to a company for a period of time with fixed interests. Bonds involve certain legitimacies which may be difficult to understand. In this case, choose a credible advisor in the industry who can help you with it. Bonds are great sources of additional income if you become successful in doing them right. If you have got the time, you can read more info about other forms of investment which may serve as other possible sources of income.

 

Insurance plans and retirement plans are part and parcel of personal financial planning too. Being a small business owner, you lack the benefit of having an employer company that can take care at least a part of your retirement plan contributions. Start on your premiums as early as now. These can pay for your medications and other needs once you become grey and old and incapable of running your small business. An insured income, on the other hand, can be a source of monthly wages in trying times. An insured income can help a small business owner provide for his family in the midst of economic crisis.

Thu

30

Jan

2014

Growing Your Business Through Social Media

 

Scrap social media from your marketing plan and your business will surely end up in the dumps. Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Pinterest among others serve as the new vehicles of communication between and among others whether you like it or not. Therefore, you must carefully craft your social media efforts in order to top your niche.

 

 

However, all these are more than just getting a lot of ‘followers’, ‘likes’ or ‘subscribers’. Propagation of relevant message which customers would die to chew on a daily basis is a must. People are always on the lookout for insightful data which can shed light over their current concerns. This kind of information is also worth sharing to others who may have similar issues.

 

 

Social media when used effectively can also provide an overview of how your target market behaves. This is a great chance for you to listen to your audience and find effective ways on how to meet their needs through your brand. Moving forward, having a social media account provides an opportunity for you to share the behind the scenes of your business. Through this, you can hook potential clients into trying your product. As your customer base grows, your small business would grow as well.

 

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Mon

27

Jan

2014

Additional Ideas On Keeping Customers Satisfied

(This is just a continuation of the previous post...)

 

Use the right words – Although reality dictates that spending is a requirement in acquiring a product or service, most customers try their best to avoid it. Using words like discount, free, great deal and sale can change the way customers think about returning to your store for a second, third or repeated purchase. This is because customers are always in the hunt for something through which they make the most out of their money. Words that promise instant and total results are also music to the ears of the customers.

 

Learn to give back – Give back to your customers. Giving back usually connotes additional expenses. This act of kindness need not cause your budget thousands of dollars. Giving back does not always have to be something. This could be a form of extra service which your contemporaries might fall short on.

 

Know thy customers – If your product or service matches the needs and profile of your customers well, they would definitely be coming back for more. Most customers look for a personal brand which can completely help in the achievement of their goals. Research thoroughly about your customer details and strive to create brand that can fill in their current needs. Doing this is much easier than creating a new need for a brand that you have just furnished.

 

Thu

23

Jan

2014

How To Keep Your Customers Coming Back

 

When customers don't come back for your product or service, you could somehow get the idea that they are not satisfied with what you offer. Customers compose the lifeline of any business. No customers means no income. No income means no business stability. So, how can you keep your customers coming back over and over? Below are some insights that might help.

 

 

Personalize customer experience – Customers love attention. They have individual needs which when recognized give a feeling of satisfaction on their part. Addressing customers by their names, focusing on their request details and going the extra mile to provide something they may not expect include personalization of customer service.

 

 

Aim to stand out - In a niche, there a number of companies or stores which are selling similar products or services. Nonetheless, a company can stand out if it aims to be better than its opponents.

 

 

Project a positive image in the social media – Social media is the new means by which consumers of today look for brands that are worthy of their trust. Social media is the current version of ‘word of mouth’ marketing which still works wonders up to this day. A positive social media image requires a lot of time and effort on your part. Thus, starting today is advisable.

 

Tue

17

Sep

2013

Going Out Of Business: Important Warning Signs To Know

This is definitely the most difficult sign for entrepreneurs to look at ---> GOING OUT OF BUSINESS.But what can we say? Losing is an inevitable fact of life. Although you do not want it, you got to face it. Losing is an inevitable fact of life. Although you do not want it, you got to face it.

 

So, how do you know that your business is heading towards this direction? Succeeding are warning signs that can help you prepare for it. For all you know, you can still prevent total shut down from eating up your business :)

 

1) Decreasing sales and slimming sales group - This happens when you are using big clients one after the other. As an expected consequence, you are removing a number of your staff.

 

2) Tapping funds that are allocated for something else - Are you using the budget for employee training for their wages? Or are you using the budget for marketing to buy raw materials or pay for service providers? This is quite obvious.

 

3) Putting off major decisions that can pump up sales - Examples for this is lack of the ability to get much-needed new hires and pieces of equipment. 

 

4) Your friends are  slowly turning away from you. When you call, they tend to be always busy :)

 

There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you want to breathe life back to your business. If ever it is no longer beneficial for you to do so, learn to let go early while you still have a few assets left to yourself.

Sat

14

Sep

2013

Realistic Means To Fund Your Small Business

You feel now is that right time to quit your job and start with your new business ideas. But reality bites you with the fact that you lack the funds. What would you do then? The good news is there are ways that can get you started with the funding. Why don't you take a look at the quick and easy steps below? 


Save, Save, Save - Can you still postpone your desire for a soon business opening? If yes, give yourself atleast a year or two to save for enough budget to atleast for the start up costs. If saving is not your kind of game, consider using credits cards with zero interests. 


Ask help from your family and friends - Borrowing money from your loved ones may not include much paperwork. More so, you will know right away whether your request will be approved or denied. The  main disadvantage of doing this is you could be risking your personal relationship with your loved ones. Misunderstandings may arise when you fail to meet the deadlines or keep the terms set by your mom, dad, relative or friend.


Consider loans - Yes, banks are hard to convince for some help. Thus, look  for firms that offer assistance to all types of business. These firms do not usually require presentation of a profitable business plan from borrowers as they are less stringent than banks.


Look for partner or investors - This is still possible at present time but the contracts which could be covering partnerships or arrangements with investors could be very tricky.

Wed

11

Sep

2013

Ideas On Hiring Your First Employees

When it is your first time in the business industry, you will definitely be testing the waters on almost everything. One task that may test your knowledge skills and patience is hiring your first batch of employees. Hiring an incapable batch who will be in charge of your daily business operations can deter the flow of your income. It is important then that you hire a batch that will perform to its maximum capacity. Here are some insights which can turn your employee-hunting into a cost-effective and meaningful one.

 

  • Consider outsourcing some tasks to freelancers. This means you need to scrutinize which positions need full time workers. You can save a lot if you will have contractors or freelancers.
  • Fish for referrals. It is quite challenging to look for efficient employees. Getting someone you trust to refer hardworking people to you can make hiring easier for you.
  • Have a short list of candidates who may not have a work experience yet. Or if the applicants already have work experience, choose among those who have been employed in smaller institutions. This is because it is much easier to train employees who are not yet used to following many rules. They could be bringing along work practices that are hard to break.

Sat

10

Aug

2013

Quick Tips In Writing Your Website Content

Visitors visit your website for one reason, and that is to know more about your business. That is why it is important to provide the information they need, everytime they visit your website. Here are some quick tips when it comes to writing your website content today.


Dedicate a specific time to complete essential pages on your website.


This means putting something on your home, about, contact details, privacy and disclaimer pages. These are the usual pages they read especially if they are first time visitors. So make sure to dedicate time as soon as possible to build content on these pages first.


Compile customer testimonials and include it in your website.


Your loyal customers will definitely be more than happy to share their wonderful client experience with you and your readers. Politely ask them for a testimonial and make it easy for them to comply by providing a template to fill out. You can also give them a token to express your gratitude for taking some time out to help you in this task.

Sun

14

Jul

2013

Thinking Of Reinventing Your Corporate Logos? Check This First

Dressing up your corporate logo is like giving a new life to your business. That's the reason why a lot of big companies spend time and effort to reinvent their brand by launching a better company logo especially in time for a product launch, new management and business partnerships.  

 

Take a look at how these corporations reinvented their logos through the years.

 

image credit: dailyinfographic/thelogocompany

Thu

11

Jul

2013

How To Get Feedback From Your Customers

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? If yes, then you have to know what aspects to improve about it. Here are some ideas on how to get honest feedback from your loyal customers today.


Create a club exclusively for your loyal customers. Take the concept from the millionaires club. Group your most loyal customers and schedule a time to meet them over lunch. They would definitely love the idea of an intimate get together where all of you can talk about your business, what works well and how to improve some aspects of it.


Use your website to get feedback online. If you already have a website, then use the contact section to get their comments and suggestions. You can also create another page dedicated for their feedback. Just make sure to read these comments before you start your shift so that you can easily address some concerns especially if these fall under urgent matters.


Give a token if you prefer to give random feedback cards to your customers. This works well for those in the restaurant or other in store business. You can provide a little treat like a baked goodie for restaurants or a sample product from your existing collection. They will appreciate your kind gesture and in turn, will encourage them to provide honest feedback on your products and services.


Tap the power of social media. Most of the people nowadays love to upload their own videos and post pictures on their social media accounts. Why not use this for feedback purposes? Of course a little token like an online voucher or a printable coded discount card will be a good way to say thank you for their time.

 

Sat

18

May

2013

Top Ways To Reward Great Employees

The heart of every business is its people. Without great employees, there won't be loyal customers that bring surefire profits to any business. That is why it is recommended to give incentives and rewards to motivate them to always be at their best. Here are some ways to appreciate your top performing employees:

 

Give them plaque or certificate of appreciation

 

This piece of paper works wonders especially if you want to boost the morale of your employee. Give this as you conclude your company meeting, townhall or huddle and you will see how this public recognition impacts your employees in a good way.

 

Offer group incentives for projects completed before deadline

 

You can give team outing, spa parties, exclusive movie showing and anything that your team is interested to do as a reward for a job well done. 

 

Get suggestions and recommendations from employees themselves

 

All you need is to announce a system that your employees can follow so you can get suggestions from them. You can use the old suggestion box method or your company intranet for this purpose.

 

Do you have other suggestions on how to reward great employees?

Sun

31

Mar

2013

What To Know Before Learning Forex Trading

Making money online comes in many forms. Some start with offering virtual assistance work while others start their own online business. Nowadays, there is a good number of people that want to venture into Forex trading. Are you one of them? If yes, read this article so that you would know what to remember before you begin your trade in the forex market.


You have to learn the ropes if you are dead serious in learning Forex trading. Yes, this means reading financial resources with related tutorials and researching on recommended and accepted trading practices. You can hire the services of expert traders if you want to, but it still pays if you understand what is going on in between trades. This will also give you the confidence if you are doing things right and how you can improve your skills in trading in emerging markets.


You can learn more here if you also give yourself ample time to do so. So this means quitting the thought of jumping in out of gut feel. You will spend huge money that is why it pays to be informed first before doing this to avoid disappointments.

 

Experts are there for a reason. Aside from spending days and nights researching on trading in Forex market, you can take advantage of the seminars and webinars that Forex traders are offering. Just practice due diligence in choosing who to consult. Make sure to list at least three of these experts, research on their background, experience and achievements in doing Forex trading before you sign in and participate in their offers. Make the most out of it and ask questions. Take note of their answers and compare it with what you already know. This will give you an idea on what to do and follow when you start trading on your own.

Thu

28

Mar

2013

How To Look For A Good Print Management Service Provider

To save on manpower, training, equipment and employment expenses, companies have learned to outsource their printed collateral to print management service providers. Many suppliers online offer affordable packages, but probably only a few can provide exemplary products and services. And since the process of ordering, payment and proofing is done over the web, quality is not assured at all times assured of and you might not always get the best results.


The supplier you’re considering could possibly have an impressive website and portfolio of previous work, but these do not guarantee that they will deliver pristine results.  They might be eager and accommodating at the start, but how dependable are they throughout the entire process? There are certain qualities to look for in a supplier, and it is recommended that you find these traits first before actually ordering your printed materials.


Professionalism


The printing company---or its representative--- should be personable and deal with clients professionally. He must converse in a gracious yet proficient manner, keeping in mind the terms of a client-supplier relationship. He must be willing to listen to you at all times and be able to address your concerns in a responsive manner, all the while open to feedback and suggestions.


Competence


He must understand the entire print process the firm upholds and share it thoroughly. He must be well versed and educated on with the terms and technicalities of the printing industry and know all aspects of the business. He must know everything the company does for its clients. Only a company with a high level of competence can be an exceptional print management service provider.


Quality Oriented


A good print service provider focuses not only on providing fine quality printed output but also excels in providing top notch service as well. It should uphold and practice established quality checking procedures that ensure only the best results. You neither want falsely coloured logos nor faded promotional materials on the first day of your campaign, do you?

 

Mon

18

Mar

2013

Here's Why You Need Facebook For Your Business

Almost everyone owns and maintains their Facebook accounts for personal use. Now you can do this as well for your business. Here are some top reasons why you need to set up your own Facebook account today.

 

Facebook is it lets you share not just texts and photos but videos as well. As you may know, videos can serve as powerful tools for communication. Clients and prospects alike can learn about your enterprise through them. They can know of your products and services without having to go to your shop.


Also one of the greatest benefits of using Facebook is it has a tag feature. It lets you tag posts so your Facebook friends can appear in them. This can be wonderful way to endorse your business especially if you have photos of clients who have recently purchased products or availed your services. You can tag them on these photos so their friends could also see them. This can increase the level of interest not just in the photos but your business as well.

 

Facebook also has features for talking. It enables you to chat with people real-time as well as post comments and reply to them. It also has a private messaging system when you need to send pieces of information you don’t want others to see. 

 

Lastly, the social networking site can encourage traffic to your website. According to surveys, this is actually one of the benefits of using Facebook that entrepreneurs embrace. It steers traffic to their sites, augmenting probabilities to earn. How? Well, those who visit the site become more exposed to marketing messages which makes saying “no” harder for the consumers. What a great technique, don’t you think?

Wed

13

Mar

2013

How Your Company Can Benefit From Business Printing Services (Part 2)

Business printing services entitle you to save up on precious time and money. Saving up on time and money then allows you to divert your attention to the more important aspects of your business and operations. You won’t need to train or even hire new employees just to handle your printing requirements. It won’t be necessary to purchase equipment that you are not completely familiar with, and might not easily learn how to operate. If your business is all about brand management, you can focus on taking care of your clients. If your focus is merchandising, you can work on how to market and sell your goods.


Several print service providers can be found online. They offer business printing services at very reasonable rates. They can manage everything, even the layout production, down to producing and packaging your printed materials. They handle your expectations with skill and expertise and aim to always deliver the best results.

Remember that good commercial printing services do not merely involve impressively affordable quotes or satisfactory printed output. A print management company should be able to give you what you want, go beyond your expectations, and do an equally impressive job next time.

 

Good pricing is important but quality of both product and service is vital.  You don’t want to sacrifice your brand’s identity for a few measly bucks. Anything that has your logo printed on it represents the entire company, and may have a positive or negative effect on your image. Make sure that any poster, flyer, or brochure you release to the public reflects only the highest standards that your company stands for.

 

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Wed

13

Mar

2013

How Your Company Can Benefit From Business Printing Services (Part 1)

Companies can greatly benefit from business printing services, as they will still need printed collaterals from time to time even if it is the digital age and practically everyone wants to go paperless. Posters, flyers, brochures, and even business cards are still deemed necessary on certain occasions. A company can opt to purchase its own small to large format printers and perhaps even special paper, but the expenses, manpower, time, and expertise involved in operating such equipment may prove to be even more expensive and entitle greater risk.


Specific technical skills and finding a qualified bunch of people are essential in order to successfully cater to special printing needs. It will not be practical to go though the entire process of training and hiring new staff just so you can assign people to print brochures, flyers and posters.

 

Many companies who provide commercial printing services can be found on the Internet. You won’t have to ride your car or even walk a few blocks to visit a physical store to know if a print job can be done. Just browse the net for businesses who specialize in printing, select a few, send a file of the material you want printed via email, and tell them the specifications and how many you need. If the company is keen on service, you can expect a quote in your mailbox within the day.

 

Tue

29

Jan

2013

Top Reasons To Think About Wealth Planning Today

Working day and night is something that you do to make a living and earn money to meet your needs, but are you doing something to save your hard earned money? Read this post to know these top reasons to think about wealth planning today.

 

Retirement will come soon. This is a fact, even if we are just in our thirties, we know that the time will come when we will have to stop working and enjoy the fruits of our labor. But we can only do this if we saved something big for those days. Now is the best time to take this into consideration, while you still have time to call a wealth planning expert like Laing Rose and ask for their assistance on how you can manage your money so that you will have something to look forward to the day you retire from work.


You will need someone to help distribute your assets. This happens if you open a business and did not make it, divorce or sudden death. It is best to put everything in place in case these things happen so that all of your wealth, assets and properties are ironed out for distribution. This will ensure a more organized turnover of your assets in case these events happen soon.

 

In the end, you have to realize that this wealth management is not just for those who are due for retirement. This is also for those who value the money they earned and properties they acquired as a result of working hard and smart through the years.

 

Now that you know about these things, you can click the link to know about available options for wealth planning as well as the right company to talk about it with today.

Tue

29

Jan

2013

Benefits Of Using Facebook For Business

Having a Facebook page can be beneficial in many ways especially if you have a business. Of course, some of its benefits are just the same with what you can get from having a website or a blog, but the social site comes with a good and unique blend of other advantages. In the following, let’s talk about the benefits of using Facebook for business.


First off, a Facebook page is a great place to simply make the name of your business, location, and contact details public. As you know, millions of people all over the world use the social networking site and being a member of it somewhat makes you belong to the world. It provides you a good space to showcase your products and even add brief descriptions of each of them. If you can make the images and descriptions attractive enough, they can definitely tickle the fancy of many users in your community and heighten earning probability.

 

Secondly, Facebook is a low-cost marketing tool. In fact, it’s free! You can conduct marketing activities through it without having to spend thousands of dollars. This is why using the site can be perfect for small to medium-scale businesses.  Enterprises that have limited budget for marketing can benefit from it greatly. 

 

Of course, big enterprises can and do use Facebook too. One of the main reasons why they like the site a lot is it enables them to try out concepts typically designed for larger campaigns. When it succeeds on this level, it is likely that the results would be as favorable in the real campaigns.

Tue

08

Jan

2013

Coming Up With Good Product Ideas

Many business people have tons of good product ideas. When you talk to them, new concepts always dominate the conversation. The next big thing is always their priority. On the other hand, there are entrepreneur-wannabes who dream of becoming big but can’t seem to come up with a single feasible idea. They are smart and willing, but for some reason, ground-breaking ideas seem to be so elusive. If you’re one of these folks, here are some things you should know:

One, there are infinite ideas out there. Most brilliant people who haven’t had their first taste of launching a product or service tend to think that concocting something new and hot is almost impossible. Everything people need is out there anyway, and they don’t seem to have a need for anything else. If you think like this, then it’s time for some cool change.

See, not everyone has everything they need. If that were true, then the numbers of products and services should never have reached their current amount. There is always something new that people will appreciate and learn to love; concepts that are just waiting to be launched and commercialized.

When trying to come up with good product ideas, you should understand that they don’t always have to be huge or complicated. They can be small and simple. They can even be a mixture of two different concepts. Be open to all possibilities. Read a lot. Read researches. They can help you cook up something fresh. After all, creating a good product always involves generally known facts.  It’s not something you invent out of thin air.

Wed

19

Dec

2012

What To Remember In Marketing Your Business Today

Getting more loyal clients is the first step in making more money and having a successful business, and advertising can help make this possible. Remember these tips in making effective marketing work to your advantage.


Do Your Research. Nothing works better than knowing what your customers want before even launching a marketing campaign for your business. Once you already have the data you need, you can start looking for a company to partner with in terms of creating your marketing supplies and collaterals. Find out more here.

 

Source For Quality Providers. This is where it is crucial in terms of marketing your business. You need to look for a quality provider like Barneys that can give top notch marketing items as needed in your business like caps, pens, lanyards among others.

 

Hire Skilled Marketers And Marketing Staff. This works best if you are a bit shy to do the actual work on location and want highly skilled staff to help advertise your business.

 

Evaluate The Result. This means weighing what went great about the marketing campaign and the things that you can improve on. This will also help you adjust your research, strategy and manpower to make sure that the next marketing campaign will result in favor of your business goals.

Tue

11

Dec

2012

How To Make Your Corporate Blog Successful Today

With the rise of internet blogs, soon companies adapt to this trend. They create, build and maintain a corporate blog to establish the identity of the company and make their clients, stakeholders and employees get updates about their activities and goals. Now how do you make a corporate blog successful? Here are some tips.

 

Company blog posts

 

You must understand that company blog posts are not supposed to be all on new offerings or policies. They shouldn’t be all about marketing either. They could actually serve as terrific avenues for reaching out the public and letting them know you’re not just after the money.  Express your opinions and air your views. You don’t know how much others actually value them.

 

Encourage interaction from your employees

 

Now, in times when you don’t have anything to say or you wish to change the flow, let your viewers do the talking in your behalf. Ask them a question, make them take a poll, or encourage comments. These can be a wonderful means to get into your audience’s head which can prove to be very helpful in the future.

 

Deal with criticisms and other feedback like a mature individual

 

Of course, you can expect all sorts of comments and feedbacks including harsh criticisms on your page. This must be anticipated. Hence, you must learn to deal with them levelheadedly too. You can’t please everyone so there’s no reason why you should try to. Just keep faithful to your goals not just to make money but to serve customers too.

 

Publish a comment policy

 

To make things easier in maintaining your corporate blog albeit occasional unsympathetic remarks, you must have a comment policy. Your team of writers and editors must have a certain guide to follow so they can determine which comments are supposed to be responded to, followed up, or deleted. Make certain that everyone’s in the same page so you won’t waste time on any nonsensical issue.

Thu

22

Nov

2012

Marketing Your Online Business: What You Ought To Do

Marketing your online business is important if you want to succeed in the cyber world. You may not have a hard time putting up an enterprise, but it’s a different story to make it thrive. The competition can be awfully tight and without proper planning, you can’t expect much to come out of your efforts. In this article, let’s talk about some things you need to do before putting up an online venture.


First, you need to plan. Much like establishing an offline business, you need to sit down and carefully think about how you would want your online enterprise to be. Start with appraising the market. Use the means available on the internet to take the pulse of your target. One of the tools you can use is for keyword research. 

 

A keyword research tool works by showing how many searches a certain term has in a month so you can get a rough idea of how many people are interested in what you intend to offer. Naturally, you wouldn’t use a keyword that only you would look for, right?

 

The great thing about this kind of tool is it doesn’t only show the amount of searchers but also the amount of competition you’ll have in a certain keyword. Ideally, you should choose a term which has a substantial amount of searches with relatively lower competition. This will make it easier to market your business.

Sun

18

Nov

2012

How To Be The Boss That You Ought To Be

When you start running a business, it won’t take long till you realize that it’s a hefty job. It’s not only challenging to make money but also to manage people. This is particularly true when your venture starts growing and hiring new employees become a necessity. The easiest way to keep everything running smoothly is by taking charge and being the boss that you ought to be. Now, how do you do that exactly?


Well, there are actually tons of ways to answer that question and we’re not going to dedicate this post to enumerate all of them. Let’s just cover four of the most important and try to do everything based on them.


Do your job. This is the very first thing you ought to remember. Managing other people and telling them what to do can be extra challenging if you yourself don’t do the job. The boss may have to perform some overseeing, but that’s not everything he or she has on the plate.

 

If you really want your employees to follow, you must be willing to take the lead. Once they see that you’re taking part in everything you ask them to do, then they would be encouraged to do the same. Sure, you may have to attend to more important matters once in a while, but don’t totally abandon your subordinates in performing your orders.

Tue

13

Nov

2012

Top Things To Remember In Launching An Internship Program

Big businesses are seeking ways on how to get the best skilled staff without having to work that much for it. That is why hiring managers and other human resources executives are in the constant look for means to reach out to graduating students through a lot of activities and one of these is launching their own internship program.
Here are some top things to remember when launching your own internship program today:


Set goals and directions before anything else.

 

Sit down and talk about the goals that you want to achieve out of your internship program. Do you want to hire to meet more staff to fill in your targets or just get a few ones after the overseas paid internship program? These are just part of the many details that you need to talk about if you want to start an internship program soon. 

 

Come up with a considerable budget.

 

You have to pay for staff to manage and oversee the entire program. Aside from that you need to prepare a specific area or venue in the office along with the other pieces of equipment and materials to use for the entire duration of the internship program. These present huge numbers as part of operating expenses that is why it is best to put these things to order as soon as possible.

 

Write rules and guidelines to follow.

 

Any organized internship program has to have a good, organized system of doing tasks to meet the goals set earlier. So after you have ironed details about the goals and the budget, then it will be better to write the rules and guidelines that you need to follow.

 

Formulate a way to evaluate your internship program.

 

Screening future hires is one challenging task, but getting them in an internship program is a good way to screen potential hires. Putting a good evaluation system at the end of the program helps companies get the best team players and speed the hiring process. This greatly helps the company save time and money by getting the best people right away instead of running another event focused on sole hiring and recruitment.

Sat

10

Nov

2012

Quick Tips In Finding The Right People For Work

In my previous post, I provided some tips on how you can find the right people to work with. Here are some more hints that you can refer to if you want to hire the right staff to help grow your business.

 

Give an employment agency a try. This can be good, particularly if you need someone for clerical work. You can hire the person temporarily and if you realize he or she is great for the job, then pay the agency the required fee.


You can also do the hunting yourself. You can start by posting advertisements on the right places. Think about reputable trade magazines or your local newspapers. They may not instantly give you the people you want, but a prince may likely come after kissing a number of toads (hey, this is reality!)

 

There are career sites which let companies post job vacancies or even let you browse resumes in their databanks. You may have to pay a certain fee to do these, but it can be worth it, especially if you find the perfect candidate. Just make sure to consider both the site and your prospect thoroughly. Study the backgrounds and experiences. They can help determine who can truly be fit for the job.


Finding the right people to work for your company may not be as easy as you would want it to be. But, if you give it sufficient consideration and time, the benefits will surely be plenty.

Sun

21

Oct

2012

Finding The Right People For Work

Running a business requires hiring a few or many people to work with and for you. This is a crucial endeavor because the future of the venture would highly rely on how effective and trustworthy the workers will be. However, finding the right people is not exactly the easiest thing. Luckily, there are roads you can take to raise the odds on your side.


Before anything else, you should determine the qualities of the person you are looking for. What is the job about? What skills and expertise does it require? Knowing these can help you easily find the appropriate candidate. Once you’re done with this stage, the next is to scout for the person him or herself.


You can look around and take note of anyone you know (and trust) who may be interested in the position. He or she may not necessarily be looking for a job-- or may even be working at a competing company—but would likely be willing to consider.
Personal knowledge of a candidate can be advantageous as you already have an idea of what he or she can do. You can foretell whether he or she is compatible with the job as well as whether the pay is worth it. If not, you can make the necessary adjustments.


If you don’t know anyone, a valued friend or relative may do. This is the next best option because even if you don’t know the person, at least someone you trust, do. More or less, they can vouch for this individual’s integrity. Of course, you’re not supposed to take their every word, but if you respect their judgment, then you know you’re already halfway through the process of finding the right guy.

Mon

08

Oct

2012

Insights On Managing A Successful Corporate Blog

You must understand that company blog posts are not supposed to be all on new offerings or policies. They shouldn’t be all about marketing either. They could actually serve as terrific avenues for reaching out the public and letting them know you’re not just after the money. Express your opinions and air your views. You don’t know how much others actually value them.

 
Now, in times when you don’t have anything to say or you wish to change the flow, let your viewers do the talking in your behalf. Ask them a question, make them take a poll, or encourage comments. These can be a wonderful means to get into your audience’s head which can prove to be very helpful in the future.

 

Of course, you can expect all sorts of comments and feedbacks including harsh criticisms on your page. This must be anticipated. Hence, you must learn to deal with them levelheadedly too. You can’t please everyone so there’s no reason why you should try to. Just keep faithful to your goals not just to make money but to serve customers too.

 

To make things easier in maintaining your corporate blog albeit occasional unsympathetic remarks, you must have a comment policy. Your team of writers and editors must have a certain guide to follow so they can determine which comments are supposed to be responded to, followed up, or deleted. Make certain that everyone’s in the same page so you won’t waste time on any nonsensical issue.

Fri

05

Oct

2012

Top Reasons To Blog For Small Business

It builds authority

 

Blogging for your business does not only brand you, it also builds your authority. Whenever you write useful and comprehensible entries, you also establish your authority in the field. As a result, people start respecting you more because of your knowledge and familiarity in the discipline.


It develops trust

 

Naturally, once your authority has already been established, the public learns to trust you too. They are always more willing to believe those whose reputation is prominent. Hence, as long as you have authority, you have their trust too.

 

It increases visibility

 

As you continue to create helpful and compelling posts, you can also increase the visibility of your site. This is because worthy content always wins a wider readership. Of course, the more followers you have, the higher your traffic becomes too. They don’t only flock to your site but recommend it as well, hence, you attract multiple back links one time after another. The next thing you know, your site is already climbing up the search engine results pages.

 

It’s a free tool

 

You can start a free blog anytime, anywhere. As long as you have a computer and internet connection, you’re good to go. If you can enjoy all the benefits enumerated above without having to spend a dime, then why not do it, right? Surely, they qualify as fantastic reasons to blog for business.

Thu

04

Oct

2012

Article Marketing Tips For Small Business Owners

Looking for ways to promote your business using well written articles? Read these tips and market your small business online.

 

Start with a rundown of your hobbies and interests. You will likely have sufficient know-how on them. Besides, nothing beats promoting something you are genuinely fond of. The interest would easily show in your words.


Moving on, in the case that you don’t like to write or you don’t have the time for it, you can get someone else to do the job for you. This is one of the most common article marketing tips busy entrepreneurs follow.  They pay a ghost writer to produce the articles for them.

 

Apart from directly hiring a ghost writer, you can also opt to get private label rights (PLR) articles. These are write-ups created by other people which often go as bonuses when you become a member of a certain site or purchase something from web marketers. The only problem with these articles is they may be distributed to others too. If you’re posting them on your site, you would have to tweak, if not re-write them completely. Otherwise, you might end up having the same articles with a number of others who are doing business in the same niche.

 

These are the article marketing tips you can follow. You may not see it yet, but the endeavor can give you good money in the long run.

Sat

29

Sep

2012

Insights In Coming Up With Fun Blog Ideas

Coming up with a business blog is one way to get in touch with your customers and feature the latest information about your products and services. Looking for some tips on how to come up with fun blog ideas? Read these ideas below.

 

Do an interview.

 

It can be a fantastic experience to be able to interview someone who is well-known or prominent in a certain field. Don’t get too intimidated by the thought of speaking with “big figures”. You might be surprised at how many of them would be more than willing to oblige for a quick Q&A. It wouldn’t hurt to try. If you are blessed with some convincing prowess, you should use it! Request for interview appointments. When personal interviews aren’t plausible, e-mails can work as good substitutes.


Ask a question.

 

This is probably the easiest way to come up with blog topics to write about.  Whether you’re a private person or an entrepreneur, you must be a member of a social networking site or two. You can use this platform to solicit ideas from friends and acquaintances. Ask them about their hobbies or interests; or perhaps ask what they would want to read about. They can provide you with ideas which can be fun to write about.


Talk about your own experiences.

 

People are always curious about other people. Your own experiences-- particularly your mistakes-- can give you some fun blog ideas. Really. But the good thing is apart from these mistakes becoming fun to share eventually, they can also be a great source of lessons. If you can provide valuable insights to others, won’t you do just that?

 

Mon

24

Sep

2012

Discover Benefits Of Running Your Own Business Today

Running your own business has its ups and downs, but doing this will make you a better person in the process. Want to know more benefits when you run your own business?

 

Ability To Gain Premium Tax Breaks

 

Owning a small business and running it from within the home allows you to get the best incentives and bonuses for those who have taken the plunge and started their home business.

 

Record And Track Expenses More

Recording your expenses means tracking more of what comes in and out of your account. This is different when you are just waiting for the paycheck to come and doing the usual purchases and paying the bills.

 

This also proves to be beneficial when it comes to making sure that you get to manage your money and keep the numbers separate, one for your personal account and another for your own business.

Travel As Part Of Marketing And Networking Efforts

 

Attending seminars, conferences and networking events can definitely be part of running and promoting your own business. Now that what makes traveling more exciting, as you do this to target two things, to discover new places, meet new people and promote your business at the same time.


Sun

23

Sep

2012

Trust Is Essential In Building Business Relationships

Building business relationships is a must if you are looking forward to grow your business anytime soon. Though this seems to be an easy task for a regular marketer, this is an area where you want to really take a bit of caution. That is because it might really hurt your business if something happens out of trusting someone too much.

 

That is why there are contracts and other legal documents that you can use to your advantage as you seal in agreements and other partnerships with clients and other business prospects. You need to review every bit of detail before you sign these agreements in black and white. Doing this will not only give you much needed confidence in dealing with them, but it will also provide you with a reference on what needs to be done in cases of unforseen circumstances.

 

In the end, giving and earning trust are really important parts of the business that you need to acknowledge. Be the best person that they can trust and you will earn the respect and confidence of your business contacts and clients in return.

Sun

09

Sep

2012

Time Management Tips For Small Businesses

Starting a business is no joke, especially if you have invested a lot of your money in it. That is why it is important to value your time and be more productive. Want to know how I do it?


Create and follow a schedule for major tasks.

 

I always thought that I can do everything in the business without following a schedule, but I was wrong. After I made some recording and comparison, I realized that I spent time on some tasks that would not help me generate that much income. That is why I started to write tasks and prioritize these based on urgency and importance. Then I was able to create and follow a daily business schedule. Now I get to mark the tasks that I finished and monitor the progress that I make on my current business projects.


Set up and monitor business calendar.

 

When I was a student, I write notes on my diary and encircle the dates to remind me of my projects and assignments. Now I set up and monitor my own business calendar. This is where I write some major tasks like chatting and meeting clients to discuss proposals and agreements. I also have a separate online events calendar that helps me connect with my current customers so they will not miss out our important events.


Hire skilled staff to help you.

 

Outsourcing has been one of the best ways to manage and grow your business. I too, have been using it since I realize the importance of delegating tasks to skilled staff. It works like having too many hands that can accomplish a lot of tasks in no time. I did screen the staff before getting their services, which took time, but I have found out that it is all worth it.


To recap, all you need to do is to come up with a to do list for your major tasks, use a calendar scheduling software and outsource some of your tasks to skilled and trusted staff. These are just some of the tips that I have been following since I started the business and it helped me accomplish more tasks, connect with my target market and develop my services.

Thu

06

Sep

2012

Being Realistic In Setting Up Your Business

How do you set limitations in starting a business? Shouldn't you be aiming for the high stats right away?


You have to stay realistic on how much of your product you can actually produce at a given time. You do not want to find yourself not having enough time, money or space to fulfill your commitments to your customers. You must remember that your customers are the people who can help your business succeed, so you have to check out these factors in offering your products and or service as well as fulfilling these orders and commitments to your customers.

 

Also, please take time to know your product's or service's worth. Make sure to charge your customers right, with of course, ample percentage for your profit. Figure out how much the raw materials and labor cost as well as time to develop and market your products to have an idea on how much to charge them.

 

Be aware of the copyright and patent laws as well. Investigate if you are making products that are a lot like other products available in the market. Do this so you won't have to be answerable to any of your competitors who might call your attention soon. It is best to hire a lawyer for him to take care of these concerns on your behalf.

Tue

04

Sep

2012

Why We Need A Daily Business Schedule

Running a business needs a focused owner to make it work. That is why you need to set a list of tasks that you need to accomplish everyday if you want to cover all the bases in your business and organize your daily tasks well.


Helps Us To Be Organized

 

No more missed calls and appointments if you already have and follow a good business schedule. This means more chances to get in touch with clients that will bring more profits and cash in the bank.

 

Clears Mind From Mental Clutter

 

Now you can think of really creative ways to further promote your business. Bright and clever ideas are easy to come in if you are free from physical and mental distractions.


Promotes You And Your Business In The Long Run


Doing this in the long run will help you get more attention within your niche since you have more time to promote yourself and your business to your target market. Being visible and active in online and social media networks will greatly help you to get more loyal and new customers which is good in keeping your business alive.

Sat

01

Sep

2012

Doing Multitasking As You Set Up Your Business

If you have read a lot of business success stories, you will be familiar with the trend of business owners doing a lot of multitasking especially in the first few months of establishing his business.


Although this will clearly take a lot more hours of dedicated work from you, but this is a good way to begin especially if you want to guard your capital and are just starting to make your business known.

 

Of course, you are not really that alone in this phase. You may ask help from family members, as you will probably not be hiring employees right away.  Just make sure to provide them with tasks that are manageable enough and that are related to their expertise. Over time, when your business is profitable that you have more customers and orders than you can keep up with, then you may want to get some extra help by hiring your initial employees. This step takes your business to another level, with new obligations in terms of maintaining books, taxes and reporting.

Wed

29

Aug

2012

Related Experience Is A Must In Starting A Business

What related experience did you have in the business that you want to put up? I am asking this because related experience in the field that you want to penetrate will save you from a lot of headaches when you start a business.


For one, you will know what your future customers are looking for and where to find them. Also, you will be familiar on how to communicate with suppliers, check inventory, returns and unsold merchandise. Another is that you will know how to improve your product and or service since you already know a lot  about how it works and have an idea on how your customers might react as soon as you launch it.


Now, if you believe that you are not so experienced in the business your are about to begin, then take time to study the ins and outs of your business.  Over time, you will gain the confidence that you need to start a business with clear knowledge and expectations.

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Reasons For Starting A Business

Starting a business nowadays is like taking a great leap from attending to your own needs to managing your own enterprise. But why do you start a business in the first place?

 

Money

This is the primary reason for starting a business. Of course every business owner wants to profit from running their own company. That is why you do your best to make it and make your business stay long in the industry.

 

Passion

Believe it or not, some people start their own business out of their passion to make something out of what they really like to do. While they still want the money, they also want to pursue the dream they want to have by doing the things they love at the same time.

 

Reputation

Some people are already successful in their own right, but they need something to boost their reputation even further. That is why some of them put up their own businesses to add stars to their portfolio. The glory of having been called as a business owner definitely adds more credibility to the person, especially if the business is really making money and becomes even more successful in the long run.

 

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Big or small, any business will require our utmost attention. This is because having an entrepreneurial spirit is often not enough; you need to know the ins and outs of running a great biz.

 

And that is my goal for starting this blog -- to help us all get helpful tips on how we can make our businesses thrive. From marketing to sales, from day-to-day operations to hiring employees, we will tackle everything that can make a business reach the top.

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