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...]

Small Business Ideas for Students

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University is getting more expensive every year. Many students look for ways to make extra money to help them avoid huge student debt. Some get part-time jobs; others try to make money online. But, have you ever considered starting your own small business? Often, people are put off by the idea of massive start-up costs. However, these days, so much can be done online yourself, in a lot of cases you can get started with nothing but an idea and a website. In fact, my own daughter makes student income by selling her own handmade jewelry. Here are some businesses you could start today. Cleaning Cleaning might not be the most glamorous job in … [Read more...]

How to Build a Successful Export Business

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Starting a small business is a challenge for anyone, but starting a successful export business is an even bigger feat to accomplish. However, huge numbers of companies are able to overcome the obstacles that exist when you trade with other countries. Below are some of the ways you can ensure that your export business becomes a success. Education and Research First of all, you need the tools and knowledge required to become an efficient, professional exporter. The skills required to advance can be hard to come by, but there are numerous online MBA programs that teach you how to trade on an international stage. A recognized course like a … [Read more...]

Why Every Small Business Owner Needs to Hire an Accountant

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Are you a business owner who is hesitant about hiring an accountant? If so, you could be making a big mistake and should seriously reconsider your position on this matter. Every leading business in every industry hires the best financial experts to look after their financial affairs - and this is one of the secrets to their success. Below are the main reasons why every small business owner needs to hire an accountant. Increases Your Financial Knowledge An experienced accountant has a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into. In most cases, an accountant will explain to you in great detail what they are doing and why they are doing certain … [Read more...]

Staying Healthy While Running a Small Business

Owning a small business can be one of the most exciting things in your life. Taking it to success is even more thrilling. Unfortunately, getting there means investing a lot of time and energy. For many small business owners – including myself at one point and perhaps you right now – this means falling into an unhealthy diet and work cycle. Unfortunately, studies compiled by the MSN online department of the University of Arizona confirmed that an unhealthy diet is one of the main causes of diabetes. Pair an unhealthy diet with a lack of sleep and bad habits such as smoking and lack of exercise, and it won’t be long before your pancreas … [Read more...]

Recovering Commercial Debt Without Losing Customers

Recovering Commercial Debt Without Losing Customers

Recovering commercial debt poses particular problems for business owners. On the one hand it is critical to ensure invoices are paid on time to maintain cashflow. On the other hand, chasing outstanding debts via a debt collection agency can rapidly sour a business relationship. Unless great care is taken a customer chased for payment can rapidly become an ex-customer. So what can be done to maintain cashflow but retain existing customers? Treat Each Client Individually Business customers fail to pay invoices for a variety of reasons. In many cases these are unfounded; as in the case that companies simply try to avoid paying in order … [Read more...]

Five Small Business Errors and How to Avoid Them

Many small businesses fail because they make certain basic errors. Hard work and a great business idea will not save a company if it makes one of these mistakes. This article reviews five key small business errors and explains how to avoid making them. Small business owners face many challenges. Hard work and perseverance are sufficient to overcome most of these obstacles. However, certain basic business errors can sink any small company, no matter how hard you work. Here are five such errors along with advice about how to avoid them. Lacking a strategic plan. It is not enough to have a strong vision and a wonderful product (or … [Read more...]

Avoid These Small Business Mistakes When Opening a Healthcare Clinic

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If you are a health expert working for a healthcare clinic in your area, but you are looking to take your expertise and start your own clinic, you will need to make sure you avoid the common mistakes most people make when starting their own clinics. The last thing you want when starting your own is to have missed important details and once it’s open, you have to close down again because you don’t meet the specific criteria. Have a look at the following information that will help you avoid the mistakes when starting your own healthcare clinic. Don’t Cut Corners When It Comes To Licenses All businesses require specific licenses depending on … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why Every Small Business Owner Should Consider Hiring an MBA

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It is estimated that business degrees account for a quarter of all master’s degrees awarded in the U.S. MBAs are considered to be a valuable academic qualification in today’s overly competitive job market, and holders of a master’s in business administration degree are in high demand. In 2016, an overwhelming 88% of companies expressed a desire to hire MBA graduates. For young startups and small businesses, hiring an MBA graduate can be highly beneficial. The three main benefit of hiring such a graduate are: Bring a Diverse Set of Skills Individuals interested in applying for an online MBA degree or a normal class-based program must … [Read more...]

Could Sentencing Reform Benefit Your Small Business?

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A Look at the Potential Benefits of Sentencing Reform According to studies complied by Portland State University’s online criminal justice program, there has been a huge spike in the federal inmate population. There were 24,640 inmates serving in federal prisons back in 1980. That number has increased by a whopping 790%, with over 200,000 inmates serving in federal prisons in 2014. Today, all federal prisons are overpopulated by 25% or more. The main cause of this is the mandatory sentencing received by many non-violent offenders, especially those involved in drug-related cases. A reform is underway to fix the problem. Known as the … [Read more...]

5 Instagram Hacks That Will Boost Your Small Business’s Social Reach

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Do you have a small business that is visually oriented? Whether you're an independent clothing label, a pet parlour, a bistro, a florist or a travel agency, the very fact that what you do looks good is a huge asset when it comes to digital marketing – especially in the social media sphere. While B2Bs struggle to create visual content that will appeal to consumers online, you already have fantastic brand-owned content that you can share with an engaged audience with the snap of a smartphone and the touch of an upload button. With 90% of the world's top 100 brands currently running an Instagram account, and user engagement 10 times … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Boost Your Internet Marketing Results

In a previous post, we explained why your small business website probably needs to be improved, and as you know, there are numerous reasons why your website is not getting the kind of attention and engagement you are aiming for. There are also ways to solve the issues you might be having, many of which involve just a few small changes. Now that your website is optimized and ready for the spotlight, it is time to turn your attention to your internet marketing efforts. The simple tips we are about to discuss in this article will help you gain traction and attract more visitors – and potential customers – effectively. Invest in Ads A lot of … [Read more...]

4 Cash Flow Tips All Successful Small Business Owner Know

You can’t run a business without money, this much is fact.  However, opinions about the best ways to generate, and hold onto money, are almost too numerous to count.  One common misconception is that a business must be profitable to have a good cash position.  While profitability helps, especially in the long run, it is not the most important factor to managing cash.  You might be double taking, but many ‘profitable’ businesses have massive cash flow issues.  To make sure this does not happen to you, I have outlined four cash flow tips all successful small business owners know. Don’t Get Caught Off-guard Surprises happen, and while we … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why Your Small Business Website Needs to Improve

Let us say you now have a solid digital marketing strategy. You have social media accounts you constantly use, a significant number of likes, and people leaving reviews. You even made certain company information public by putting it up on registries like the ASIC search in Australia for full transparency. But with how long you have been a company and the number of ads you have up and running, you just cannot seem to rake in more people to visit your website to go through your conversion process. Then you did a little research and found out that blogging might help boost your visibility on the Internet. So you write, and write for months on … [Read more...]

How a Small Business Can Start a Productive Blog in 2017

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Blogging is awesome for any small business. You get to showcase your skills to the world in a simple and structured way. A blog can make you famous. It can give you a voice that will help you become an authority in your industry. Do you want to get all these benefits and more, then you need to start a blog that is insanely productive. One that people follow religiously. Starting a productive blog is not just about registering a domain name, getting a wonderful hosting package then installing WordPress. Nowadays, anyone can do that in few minutes. It’s what you do after the set up that matters. So, go ahead and get your blog up, then … [Read more...]

Small Business Owners- Is an Online Degree Program Right for You?

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One of the most worrisome signs is the fact that college enrollment is down as of May, 2016. Although it is yet unclear whether or not this pattern will hold in the coming years, there seems to be a sense of apathy among young entrepreneurs looking at job prospects for the future. Having just come out of a recession that lasted almost the entire time most college age students were in their teen years, it’s no wonder that they would have such a grim outlook. However, there is some amount of hope as well because a growing number of students are seeking an online curriculum such as an online RN to BSN degree from prestigious universities like … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Balancing School with Entrepreneurial Efforts

Launching your own small business can be a challenge to say the least, especially when you're in the process of earning a degree. Usually it's not the money that keeps students from reaching their entrepreneurial potential, it's improper time management and work/school balancing that prevents them from doing what needs to be done. If you've been struggling to keep up with your company while attending school, consider the following five tips that I used to start my own blogging network while earning a doctor of nursing practice: 1. Consider Online Universities Being stuck on campus and having to attend classes at set times can drastically … [Read more...]

How Your Small Business Can Reach Your Target Demographic

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Spotify recently rolled out a new ad feature that lets advertisers target the company’s 70 million non-paying users. The streaming music company will provide advertisers with demographic data on its users, including gender, age, location, language and playlists. To leverage this data, Spotify is teaming up with several leading providers of programmatic advertising, a recent marketing trend that uses automated software to enable real-time bidding for ads that target users who fit specific demographic criteria and are engaged in defined real-time activities, such as commuting or exercising. Spotify’s move illustrates the value advertisers … [Read more...]

A Small Business Guide to Investing in the US Under Immigration Laws

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The United States provides a host of benefits to those who wish to start their own businesses, which is why new startups are forming every day and innovations are always happening all over the country. If you are hoping to invest in the United States, you will need to follow the immigration laws that are in place for you to do so successfully. In addition to contacting experts like those at Hirson Immigration for help and guidance, check out the short guide below to get started. Getting to Know the EB-5 Program In 1990, the United States Congress set up the EB-5 Program in an effort to stimulate the country’s economy through capital … [Read more...]

How Many of the 8 Million Blind Americans Can Use Your Website?

There are 8 million people who are registered as blind in the United States. Many businesses ignore the needs of this very substantial minority and lose their business as a result. Yet, the site changes required are simple ones. Understand Your Blind Users Yes, you do have some website visitors who are blind. Many sighted people think that all blindness is the same and that every person who is registered as blind goes around in a perpetually black world. Not so. The statutory definition of blindness is 10% vision in the better eye after correction or a maximum 200 field of view. Many blind individuals can read text on a screen … [Read more...]

Help Your Startup With These Tips

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There are plenty of great reasons to consider beginning your own startup. If you are looking to make a name for yourself in the world of business, a startup is a great place to begin. When you are the owner of your own business, there is no end to what you can accomplish. In order for you to be able to make the most of your startup, you need to know a bit about how to go about the process. Here are a few tips for you to transform your startup into a success. An Amazing Idea Beginning a startup for the sake of it is not a good way for you to get your name out there. In fact, in order for you to be able to really shake things up and … [Read more...]

Four Ways to Make Your Next Business Meeting a Success

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For many business owners regular meetings are a necessary evil. They’re a way to brief, discuss or motivate, ensuring that all parties are on the same page. At the same time meetings have developed a bad reputation in recent years, with many attendees dreading the torture of yet another meeting. Many meetings drag on, wasting time when attendees would rather be working on other, seemingly more pressing, tasks. This negative atmosphere isn’t just draining for the business-owner, it can be downright unproductive. Some staff approach such occasions with a closed mind-set, seeking purely to reach the end as quickly as possible, rather than … [Read more...]

7 Workplace Productivity-Enhancing Tools Every Small Business Needs

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The need for high productivity at work is a reality no business can ignore. By identifying and addressing factors that may cause inefficiencies in the workplace, businesses can realize not only higher revenues but also increased competitiveness in the market. One very effective strategy of increasing productivity is to use technology to manage employees and employee activities. There are several online tools that can help with workplace collaboration, time management, and employee monitoring, leading to greater efficiency. Some make communication among staff members easier, others help with payroll management, and there are even those that … [Read more...]

How to Get the Most Computer with Your Startup Budget

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Some of the high-profile startups seem to always be flush with cash, like Uber, a company that just raised another $3.5B. They may not make any profit, but they don’t really have a budget in the way that you might think about a budget. Your startup business, on the other hand, definitely has a budget. And you have to watch every penny as closely as you can. That means that in the beginning, some corners are going to be cut. Some luxuries are going to be deferred. And one of those luxurious corners is likely going to be high-end computer equipment. If you don’t have $3,000 to sink into a fully maxed out 5K iMac, you are going to have to … [Read more...]

Digital Payments and Your Small Business

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Everything's going digital these days, and if you're a small business owner—particularly one with a brick-and-mortar location—you may have heard that this includes payments. Not so very long ago, customers basically had two options when paying for goods and services. They could use cash or credit cards (or in some cases write checks, though if you're like me you probably prefer cash or credit!). Now, people have multiple new ways of paying for things without ever opening their wallets. And if you're a small business owner, that probably means you'll have to make an adjustment. I know, I know... It seems as if every month or two there's a … [Read more...]

Using Mobile Marketing to Promote Your Service

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Marketing is defined as: The process or technique of promoting, selling, and distributing a product or service (Merriam-Webster) Mobile marketing is further defined as: Mobile Marketing is a set of practices that enables organizations to communicate and engage with their audience in an interactive and relevant manner through and with any mobile device or network. (Mobile Marketing Association If we put these two definitions together we get a definition we get: Mobile marketing is the means by which an organization communicates and engages with its audience using mobile devices or networks to promote, sell or distribute a … [Read more...]