Work Related Stress

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When it comes to workplace health, physical well-being is the main area we tend to look at. However, mental health is just as important. When the workload gets too much, individuals struggle and find it hard to cope as more and more demands are placed on them. Work related stress is a significant cause of illness and is links to high levels of illness, staff turnover, and errors on the production line. Stress does not pick and choose who it affects. It can hit anyone at any level. Stress is not an illness, however. What can be seen as stressful to one person can be seen as normal to another. As a manager or team leader you have a duty to … [Read more...]

The Ever Evolving Trends in Digital Marketing

The world is constantly changing in a digital platform and along with it, the trend for marketing and promotion of products. To sustain, you need to be aware of the changes that are happening in digital media. While you are trying every possible means to make your product visible online, the constantly updating Google algorithms is somehow interfering with the ranking of the page. To maintain this, you need to implement certain strategies all the time. How do you achieve this? It needs a professional approach. While you can take help from an agency, you can do it on your own as well. No one better than you, can understand your business, … [Read more...]

   5 Reasons Why You Should Study Business Management

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Having a skillset pertaining to business management can lead to a lucrative career. This is the most common reason why people opt for it. While career is a very important factor, there are other advantages too. What are they? To know more, just read on! Getting admission to business management courses can be done right after the completion of 10+2, as an undergraduate program, or after graduation. There are many specializations that one can opt for, in the middle of their career. Business management courses can be taken as a regular one, program, or even as a distance education study. Either way, it is going to enhance your career … [Read more...]

Smart Ways to Invest Profits from Your Small Business

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Diversification is an important part of any aspiring entrepreneur’s portfolio and is a vital way of building a degree of shock resistance into one’s business structure. Diversification means that if one area of the portfolio fails, it does not necessarily spell the end of the entire venture. While most money from your small business will inevitably be funneled back into the business in order to cover the day-to-day running costs, staff salaries, stock, etc. the profits remaining are yours to do with as you see fit. And, you have a number of options in terms of investing those profits and potentially growing them exponentially. New … [Read more...]

3 problems to avoid when dealing with seasonal staff

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Hiring seasonal staff is crucial for many businesses to get them through busy trading periods. Whether you’re looking for extra bar hands, more call centre operators or additional retail staff during the summer or in the run-up to Christmas, getting temporary workers in can be a cost effective management strategy. However, just because they’re a short-term solution to your staffing problem, that doesn’t mean you can cut corners. Hiring unsuitable people is always bad for business. Remember that customer facing staff represent your company – a bad impression may mean unhappy customers and a loss of revenue. What’s more, the wrong temporary … [Read more...]

How to Keep Valuable Employees

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Small businesses rely heavily on the dedication of their most valuable employees, which is why keeping hold of influential team members is essential for the success of the company. No one person is greater than the team, that needs to be said from the off, however, it is important to reward valuable members of staff and let them know that their hard work is appreciated. In every successful team, there is at least one or two experienced hands guiding those more inexperienced in terms of the business. These employees are leaders, regardless of their job title, and small businesses would notice their absence. So, how do you ensure that you … [Read more...]

The Essential Information on Background Checks Every Small Business Needs

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Background checks can be a valuable tool for small businesses if they know how to properly utilize them. Here is some basic information that you need to know so that you can use background checks properly in your small business. 1. Background Checks Must Be Done Legally. It is important when using background checks in your business to do so legally. You cannot discriminate in selecting individuals for background checks. Race, religion, sex, disability, etc. cannot legally factor into your decision to utilize a background check. A good rule that can save you a lot of trouble is to treat everyone equally. When using background checks, you … [Read more...]

5 Digital Invitation Etiquette Tips for Small Businesses

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Digital invitations have become popular in the business world. If you create a business event to expand your network, you can send digital invitations instead of printed cards. Digital invitations have various benefits that include low costs and convenience. You can reach all your guests with a few clicks and wait for reservations. However, your guests may not respond to your invitation if you use the wrong approach. You must learn the etiquette for digital invitations, especially for formal events, before shifting from conventional invitation cards. Read on for some tips on how to use digital invitations. 1. Watch Your Language Most … [Read more...]

Earn Higher Revenues by making Your Smartphone a Crucial Part of Your Business

Managing a small business entirely from your mobile phone is not as far-fetched as it sounds. The power our small handheld devices have is quite extraordinary if you think about it. If you're running a small business, here's how to use this power to your advantage to manage and grow your business and ultimately increase your bottom line. Stay on Top of Communications Smartphones are an integral part of business communication. We can check and respond to email, conduct voice and video calls, prepare documents and presentations, and plan our business trips all in one place. Never Miss a Message Small business owners who are … [Read more...]

Adwords Bidding Strategies for Small Business

Google AdWords is paid advertising, also known as pay-per-click (PPC). Whenever someone searches for something on Google, Google mines through its AdWords advertisers' pool to figure out whether there will be an auction. If you want your site, or a post, to rank for "bunny slippers" then you would bid on that keyword phrase with other advertisers. The auction is then triggered when one or more advertisers bids on a specific keyword. Although, keywords are not search queries. To illustrate, a keyword such as "pet collar" can be entered into an auction for search queries such as "cat collars" or "dog collars." Once you determine the keyword … [Read more...]

Why You Should Use Facebook for Business

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When Facebook first launched, it was created to enable people to communicate with their social network easily. Originating at a college and then being rolled out worldwide, founder Zuckerberg probably had a good idea that there would be plenty of financial opportunities if it succeeded, yet even he couldn’t have dreamt it could have achieved what it has today. Facebook has grown so big that there are now 1.94 billion active monthly users. It is statistics like these that has led to many businesses utilizing Facebook to generate business leads. When you consider the amount of time that people spend on Facebook, for some they will be on … [Read more...]

Simple Strategies That Will Keep Your Small Business Growing

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Starting your own business can be very rewarding. However, it can also be quite stressful. One of the best ways to combat work-related stress and keep your company going and growing is becoming strategic in your approach to the business-building process. Below you'll find just three of many strategies you can implement to keep your small business on the road to perpetual expansion: Utilize Online Advertising Services. One great strategy that can keep your small business moving forward is using online advertising services. These services will help you share your brand with online audiences, thereby ensuring that you are connecting with … [Read more...]

Advice from a Professional on Getting Clients to Pay on Time

There is no cast iron guarantee that every client will pay at all, let alone on time. Sometimes non-payers just want to see if they can get away with it, other times they will have been overrun by circumstances and the issue can be resolved. Organisation, communication, and clear terms of service make sure everyone is working from the same balance sheet, and give you the best chance of getting paid on time. Here are some tips on setting up your systems, and some advice about what to do when things go wrong. Know Who Owes What You can’t get paid if you don’t know what people owe you. From the outset, set up a system whereby you … [Read more...]

How To Teach The Next Generation Faith-Based Basic Business Principles

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Teaching the next generation basic business principles is essential in any type of faith-based curriculum for school-aged kids so they can succeed in the business or small business world and still have their faith, whatever faith they have. Understanding how business works opens their minds to broader possibilities on how to earn a good living when they grow up. These principles can be used with equal felicity by those seeking to be excellent employees and those wanting to become entrepreneurs. Spiritually minded youth brought up in the Christian tradition have the benefit of being more motivated in any business than those who have little … [Read more...]

Why the Dollar May Perform Surprisingly Well For Small Businesses

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It is indeed interesting to observe how fickle the Forex markets can be on occasion. Of course, this is one of their major attractions. Fluctuations and speculation will both combine to contribute to an overall liquid environment; allowing short-term traders to enjoy a healthy income if they predict such movements correctly. The United States dollar has been the focus of many currency traders since the election of Donald Trump. While some predicted a decidedly gloomy scenario, it seems that we have avoided such an eventuality (at least up until this point). Why has the dollar continued to perform well in relation to its international … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Take Your Startup To The Next Level

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Perhaps you started as an online home business and it morphed into something big enough to hire people and build a small business around. Perhaps you came up with a brilliant idea, created a prototype, and got funding to launch a business. Regardless of how you started, it’s important to continue to push ahead and grow your business. You have to keep up the momentum because now is not the time to rest on your laurels. You have to continue to expand your business and reach even loftier goals. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ways to grow your business to the next level: Update your technology It’s difficult to stay … [Read more...]

Understanding Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 

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For most of us, being in debt to some extent is a part of life. Indeed, whether we have a mortgage, car payments, a student loan, a struggling small business -- and the list goes on -- owing money is often the norm, rather than the exception. However, there may be times where debt ceases to be manageable and tolerable, and turns into a crisis that is emotionally overwhelming and financially unsustainable. While this is obviously an unwanted and welcome scenario, there may indeed be some light at the end of the dark debt tunnel. And the fastest, safest and smartest route to get there could be by filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. About … [Read more...]

Should Your Next Small Business Sign be LED or Aluminum?

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What’s in a business sign? Well, when it comes to the bottom-line, there’s a lot more in your business sign then you’d think! For example, a study by FedEx found that 8 in 10 customers entered a store or business for the first time based simply on their favorable impression of its sign. Another study at the University of California discovered 60 percent of businesses that improved their sign (either by enhancing its visibility or replacing it altogether) reported an average 10 percent uptick in customers, sales and profitability. And perhaps the most compelling benefit of all: business signs are very cost effective. The cost has been … [Read more...]

Believe Direct Mail Surveys Are Dead? Think Again!

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In today’s hyper-connected, small business, digital world, the idea of sending direct mail surveys may seem about as innovative and forward-looking as sending up a smoke signal, launching a carrier pigeon, or taking a nice buggy trip to the train station to send a Morse code telegraph (and of course, stopping by at the General Store for some penny candy and saying hello to the Waltons and the Ingalls). Apparently however, rumors of the demise of direct mail surveys have been greatly exaggerated. According to Communications For Research, a leading market research firm that leads more than 700 projects a year for clients nationwide, here are … [Read more...]

4 Proven Ways to Save Money on Freight Costs

Whether you are at the helm of a dynamic small business startup or an established enterprise, the fact remains that among your top priorities -- it may even be burned into your job description and performance review template – is to identify ways to “do more with less.” And one of the simplest, smartest and most strategic ways to achieve this critical objective is by evaluating an area that you may have overlooked thus far: your business’s logistics function and overall freight costs. Why overlooked? Simply because like many managers and executives, you may believe that your freight costs – both inbound and outbound -- are more or less … [Read more...]

Trends that are shaping franchises and why they’re so popular

  Franchises account for almost 4 percent of all Australian small businesses. Despite the sluggishness of the wider economy, Australia’s franchise sector performed well in 2016, with the Franchise Council of Australia’s (FCA) biennial survey reporting a $146 billion annual sales revenue, up from $144 billion in 2014. Today’s franchises are eyeing off overseas markets as means for expansion. However this entrepreneurial development is still strongest close to Australian shores with New Zealand as the most favoured location for those who are franchising internationally. The FCA notes that 32% of Australian franchise brands are … [Read more...]

The Role of Quality Equipment In Small Business Success

In the information age, it is easy to think that everybody's business is simply an electronic entity. With so much e-commerce, social media activity, and website work, it's no wonder we get that impression. But of course, it's not true. There are still many businesses out there that perform real services and produce tangible products. To complete those tasks, they need real equipment. This is where many entrepreneurs wander off the path. There is always a balancing act for owners and managers between spending more than they need to and less than they should. Equipment is notorious in this regard. Not only is there the issue of initial … [Read more...]

The Key Elements of PPE Small Businesses should be aware of

The likelihood is that most of you reading this blog will be here for the right reasons, but for those of you expecting a discussion of the popular interdisciplinary degree course of philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), we suggest you leave now. This blog may be called Thought Reach, but we’re going to limit the reach of those thoughts to the world of small business health and safety for now! What is Personal Protective Equipment? In the field of health and safety, the term PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment, which is equipment designed to protect employees against health and safety risks at work. This includes … [Read more...]

Small Businesses Stay Organized with Self-Storage Units

Self-storage units have become more and more popular over the last couple of years as they fill some amazing purposes in terms of keeping various items which one wants to keep safe and sound for a period of time. These units are perhaps the safest bet when it comes to storage but they come with added benefits. Such units like the M60 Self Storage are not only cost effective but are also efficient in terms of keeping valuable items as safe. Small businesses can find the perfect storage unit easier than ever since they can be found all over the internet. Small Business Owners’ Delight Self-storage units can be regarded as a lifesaver … [Read more...]

Everyday Skills That Can Improve Your Ability to Run a Small Business

As a small business owner, there are many skills that you can develop in order to help you look after and develop your company. Although many of these skills are business-related, developing personal skills that you use every day can also be beneficial to you as an entrepreneur. We’ve listed some everyday skills that all small business owners can benefit from learning or improving. Driving Even though public transport has certainly improved in recent years, driving is still an essential skill to have. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, who may have to travel far and wide to meet with clients, attend events and more, in order to help … [Read more...]

3 Strategies To Recharge Your Career

If you’re a working professional, then career success is something that is often at the back of your mind. But it can often be hard to figure out how to succeed in your career. When you were in school, you probably imagined that getting an advanced degree and working diligently once you got a good job would automatically put you on the fast track to success. Unfortunately, in the real world, things don’t always work that way. While your degree may help you get work in your field and working long and hard may make you feel appreciated in the office, you might quickly discover people who appear less qualified or as hard working as you … [Read more...]

4 Ways Big Data is Revolutionizing the World of Small Business

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The use of Big Data has been revolutionizing the world of business over the past couple of years and indications are that this will continue to grow in years to come. Big Data refers to large volumes of constantly changing data involving all kinds of statistics, which is relevant to many industries and business entities. This data is usually collected using customer surveys, as well as statistics from web browsing by consumers. Have you ever noticed certain ads showing up when you're online, which relate to products that you may have recently researched or even just looked at? That is the result of Big Data and is a form of advertising … [Read more...]

How a student can start his own small business

During the student years a person gets essential information he will use in the future. However, there are individuals that can't wait for the actual finish of university and want to start their business simultaneously. Such people differ with their enthusiasm and have a chance to create surprisingly profitable businesses. In addition, students can save time if they ask Edubirdie to help with academic assignments. Starting a business in college is a decision that can fundamentally change your life. If you feel that you have the desire and determination, read on! The brain is your master Hercule Poirot said that he used only “grey cells … [Read more...]

True leadership in small business

Truly successful businessmen have skills that allow them to achieve the best results. Outstanding businessmen succeed in their projects because of their exceptional leadership skills. They combine their professional skills with features of a leader to run their business. What do we need leadership? It is a way to unite people and lead them to the definite goal. Not every person is able to do it because working with human resources is complicated and requires a range of skills. However, nobody can create a successful business with a lack of leadership skills. If you are a small business owner and you tend to effectively develop your … [Read more...]

Focus of the Future: International Relations

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As a small business owner, one of the challenges you have to overcome is staying up to date with recent changes, new trends and the developing market as a whole. It is a very competitive market, which means any advantage you can gain is an edge worth pursuing. For many business owners, this means finding new, more efficient manufacturing lines. For others, it means tightening the overhead costs further in an attempt to stay competitive. There are even startups whose operations are mostly online to save and reach more customers at the same time. If you want to focus on the future, however, the best thing to focus on is international … [Read more...]