Negotiation Tips for Women in Business

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They say that women aren’t very good at negotiating because they aren’t as aggressive as men. But that’s not always the case, and it definitely depends on the circumstances, as well as on the personality of a certain woman. The following negotiation tips and tricks might really help women become better business negotiators.Don’t let emotions influence youWhen you are about to start a negotiation, put your fears aside and try to feel as confident as possible. You need to make a smart decision for your company or for yourself, so you can’t let your fury and troubles affect your judgment.Keep your nerves under controlEvery time … [Read more...]

How Social Media Marketing via Pinterest Procreates Small Businesses

The offline and the online marketplace is extremely crowded. So, if you want to establish a strong foothold in the online market, you will have to get help of social media. Social media is one such platform, which has improved the way in which businesses promote themselves online. With social media marketing, access to quality clients increases. However, it is Pinterest which is currently ruling the nest. In just a year, Pinterest has come to establish itself as one of the best social media marketing platforms. How Pinterest helps businesses May it be the small or the mid level business, Pinterest extended its helping hand to one and all. … [Read more...]

Direct Marketing: Stand Out With A Targeted Sales Letter

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What's this package in the mail? The curiosity sparked by an unexpected package is exactly the reason why direct mail is still one of the most powerful marketing tactics.Of course, your direct mail doesn't have to take the shape of  a package. It doesn't necessarily have to include the requisite "bulky item," either. What it absolutely needs to contain is an awesome letter. There's no need for the letter to be  complicated, either, writes Lois Geller at Forbes.Here's the tricky part: how do you quantify an "awesome letter"?To the uninitiated, "awesome" is difficult to identify because it looks deceptively simple. The letter … [Read more...]

“How to Blog” Posts…What a Joke!


I HATE seeing posts titled “How to Blog” on websites that I visit.  I can see the theory and thought process behind the title.  I mean “how to blog” gets about 1 gazillion exact match searches on Google each month.  But really?  “How to blog” explained in one, 700 word post?  C’mon people!Don’t get me wrong. If you’re a casual blogger who just wants to write and see your words on the internet then those types of blog posts will come in first.  Soon, though, even the novice blogger will outgrow the the “how to blog” and “make money blogging” types of posts that there are OH SO MANY of.Business blogging is a different animal … [Read more...]

Optimize your social media marketing strategy

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Set profits rolling for your business When you feel lost in the social media world, there's nothing apart from the basics that can bring things back. According to a recent survey, it has been found that 90% of the small business organizations use social media as the main part of their marketing strategy, and yet a surprising 30% say that they don't find their Facebook presence to be valuable enough according to their brand value. Facebook and other social networking websites all have enough value and therefore instead of thinking that it is the uselessness of the social media, you should recheck your social media strategy and also your … [Read more...]

3 Best Practices for Starting Up Your Business

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Putting up your own business is like having your own baby – you have to take care of it and attend to its needs all the time! You need to deal with employees, customers, deadlines and make sure that everything else runs smoothly otherwise, your business will fail. Most businesses are focused too much on profit-making that there is a tendency to loose focus by employing business strategies that are not suitable for the company.As a business owner, there is a constant need to determine the best business practices that you can employ to make your business grow. However, there is no secret formula that will guarantee you positive results. In … [Read more...]

Got Sales? Sales Skills for Non-Salespeople

Are you dealing with problems in convincing your manager to take over a new project? Or you don’t seem to get your team’s support in introducing a new system? You’ve certainly had to deal with clients who needed to be convinced into buying your services and products, so you know that a salesperson needs to know how to be convincing, without having to turn to aggressive sales tricks.Knowing some good sales techniques is essential even for people who don’t have a formal sales role. When you need to convince someone to join a certain organization or describe a product to a certain client over the phone, you should know how to make uses of … [Read more...]

Top 5 Mistakes New Bloggers Make With Social Media

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Social media has become so popular over the last couple of years. It's hard to believe that these networks are actually relatively young. Yet, the technology, principles and applications behind them continue evolving. These evolutions are causing marketers to rethink their strategies on a regular basis.As a result of the constant changes, beginner bloggers make some pretty common mistakes that are usually avoidable. Some of these mistakes are related to social media, and how they use it to market their blogs. Here are those top five mistakes: 1) Not Responding To Or Acknowledging Direct Messages and Comments How would you feel if you … [Read more...]

Using Attendance Policies to Minimize Employee Absenteeism

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Managing employees is always difficult. Many small businesses have a problem managing employee absenteeism as it is difficult to determine when employees are taking advantage of sick leave. However, there are a few techniques that have proven effective and relatively easy to introduce into your business.One way to minimize employee absenteeism is to introduce attendance policies into your business. This will help to ensure that employees are only absent from work when there is a real reason and when it is appropriate, and it will help to reduce employees taking advantage of this benefit. Attendance policies can be very effective, … [Read more...]

Serviced Offices: Saving Your Initial Office Investment

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One of the biggest costs of starting your own business is setting up your own office. Start-ups or small businesses may find this as a huge capital expenditure. So as a business owner, you’ll have to spend money on capital assets that you will purchase, sustain, upgrade and even refurbish. These may include facilities, services and other supplies that may not be fully used and maximized while at the workplace. But there can be a cost-effective approach - using flexible work spaces known as serviced offices. What are Serviced Offices? Serviced offices are completely furnished and staffed spaces. There’s the usual need to spend when procuring … [Read more...]

Would You Move to WordPress after Yahoo! Acquired Tumblr?

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So after weeks of speculation, Yahoo has officially acquired the popular blogging site Tumblr for a whopping $1.1 billion in cash. In a blog entry posted on her own Tumblr account, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the two companies have finally “reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr”. She also promised that they would not “screw it up”, adding that Tumblr already has a great thing going and will therefore operate independently from Yahoo. Mayer also added that its current CEO David Karp will keep his designation.This is good for Tumblr since it currently hosts 105 million different blogs and has 300 million monthly unique visitors … [Read more...]

Why Would You Back Up Your Tweets?


Every day millions of people around the globe are sending more than 340 million messages on Twitter. Businesses and individuals can be chatting, marketing and promoting, performing customer service, or simply publishing their wisdom via their PC, mobile or tablet.With such a fast-paced flow of messages ranging from jokes to presidential campaigns and revolutionary activity, why would you take the time and effort to back up your tweets? That facility has recently been made officially available by Twitter itself, but only to a limited set of users. Until such time as this is rolled out to everyone, there are reliable third party … [Read more...]

Sure Signs Your Business is Heading for a Crisis

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In the current economic climate, almost every business is finding things a little harder than usual, but when do your problems stop being "just the economy" and reach the level of being a crisis? It's all too easy to assume that any problems your business is having will blow over when the economy picks up again; thinking this could lead to the mistake that’s fatal to your business.If you’re feeling a little concerned about the direction of your business now, and need a little guidance, we’ve addressed a few of the most common signs that your business is on the brink of a crisis. 1 - You Depend on One or Two Suppliers I've seen this … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Be Blogging (And How to Do It Well)

Confused by blogging? Don’t be! Today's blog post explains why you should be blogging for your small business and how to write the type of blog post that gets readers every time!

How can you get more customers and exposure for your small business this year? Bring your blog back from the dead. You know, the one you started a while ago, with only the best of intentions, but haven’t posted anything on in a year?I get it. Blogging takes time. And energy. And effort. All three of which you probably feel you don’t have any more of to spare.But, next time you catch yourself saying that you wish your store was busier… that your website got more traffic… that you were making more profit, remember this blog post -- and remember these stats.The average company that blogs gets:55% more visitors 97% more inbound … [Read more...]

5 Factors that Influence Small Business Growth

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All small business owners wish their growth trajectory was ever upwards. Unfortunately, real business is complex, with many ups and downs in expansion. A multitude of factors influence and determine small business success, including finance, staffing resources, new competitors and technology.However, there are a number of easily-manageable factors that have the capacity to change the way your business grows: Your Personality According to the Founders Institute, which helps entrepreneurs in technology around the world, there are a number of traits that successful business people exhibit. However, if you’ve just created a mental picture … [Read more...]

Employee Surveys: A Useful Tool to Increase Business Productivity

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Starting a small business and ensuring its productivity is certainly not an easy task. Experience in the field, attention to detail, and commitment matter the most. A proficient executive should have the ability to identify any problems that might come along and solve them immediately. In order to make sure that your business keeps thriving, caring for your employees is equally important. Employee surveys – an excellent way of analyzing productivity Workers do their job better in work environments that are encouraging to them. If those who work for you are satisfied, this will influence the efficiency of your business in a positive way. … [Read more...]

Why Social Media is a Small Business Essential

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Social media is becoming an essential marketing tool for small businesses looking to stay ahead of the curve, connect with customers, and increase visibility for their organization. Most small businesses, however, aren't capitalizing on the opportunity or are doing it wrong. In this article, I'll explain why its worth every small business' time (the little you'll have to invest!) to take advantage of the benefits that social media.Let's start with some numbers. Facebook has over 1.6 billion members. YouTube has over 1 billion. Twitter, over 500 million. That's nearly half the world's population and I haven't even mentioned Instagram, … [Read more...]

Content Marketing to Benefit Your Small Business

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When it comes to marketing campaigns for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) there are a number of options. Companies can employ traditional marketing techniques like adverts or they can choose content marketing. A study has shown that content marketing actually costs 62% less than traditional marketing, so is this the way to go for SMEs? Old School Small Business Marketing Techniques An infographic from Demand Metric has shown the impact of implementing content marketing into your strategy, rather than just sticking to traditional methods. That's not to say that there isn't any benefit in employing these techniques however. Advertisements … [Read more...]

Essential Software for Small Business

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No matter how big your small business might be, getting the right software to help you achieve your goals can free up time for you to focus on your core business. Whether it's software to simply update your company website or it's part of your everyday job, these (often) frustrating little devices called computers are a big part of the way we do business.Thanks to the developments in technology that have come about in the past decade, there are now systems and software that actually make humans redundant – such as those used in the manufacturing industry where robots have replaced humans in creating certain materials and parts, such as … [Read more...]

How Small Businesses Can Boost Employee Loyalty Through Office Design


Contrary to popular belief, sitting all day behind a desk is not relaxing, nor desirable. In fact, quite the opposite is true.Perhaps no one knows this as well as the online marketing community. Marketing, an inherently creative job, requires inspiration, motivation and drive. It takes people with fresh ideas who can create captivating content and design that ultimately drive business.But sitting all day behind a desk rarely inspires creative thinking, making the task of the marketer more difficult. When jobs become less enjoyable for marketing teams, people start to search elsewhere.Small businesses struggle to hold on to the top … [Read more...]

Should You Invest in Facebook Marketing?

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It’s a shame to say that the idea of using Facebook as a fantastic business tool completely gratis is all but a distant memory. With the goal-posts shifting all the time, and the likelihood of your non-suggested posts receiving significant views amongst your followers diminishing all of the time, we have come to the stage where we really need to consider whether or not it’s worth throwing money at Facebook in the hope that it works. Understand What You Want To Achieve One certainty is that if you use Facebook marketing without really knowing what you want to get out of it, the likelihood is that you won’t get much out of it at all. Any … [Read more...]

Should a Small Business Owner do their own Bookkeeping?

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Every small business owner has a need to understand how their business is doing financially. Keeping track of sales, expenses and disbursements is the first step in this process. Once all this information is collected and entered in appropriate journals, analytical reports such as profit and loss statements and cash flows can be created.For the very small business with limited transactions, using a good spreadsheet can provide the basics for this tracking and reporting. There are templates and pre-formatted worksheets available that make the job much easier. By entering the necessary information, a great deal of the work is done … [Read more...]

The Office Space Immutable Rules of Business Management

You've read the articles, you've seen the results, and yet somehow, the message never gets through to the managers. Somewhere along the way, they skipped a step and tried to rewrite the rules. Some rules are made to be broken, but these are almost immutable rules. The kind that if you break them, they end up breaking you. As you manage your employees, is this you? In your small business, how do you lead your people? Do your employees take initiative, take responsibility, work harder when necessary without being asked, come up with efficiencies on their own, spearhead creative new projects without being prodded, clean out the coffee pot … [Read more...]

Restaurant Case Study – Using Social Media for Marketing and Customer Engagement

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Oooh la la Multi-cuisine Restaurant is an organic, multi-cuisine restaurant in West Bengal. From the time it opened its doors with a promise of delicious food, the restaurant has been an agressive user of social media channels to connect with its customers, and grow its footprint. This restaurant strives to be much more than a place to dine. It wants to be a vast social media experience for all its visitors, most of whom are considered the "young and happening" crowd of the city. Building Customer Relationships The restaurant was using digital marketing strategies to the maximum extent possible for customer engagement. The benefits of using … [Read more...]

Planning a Winning Email Marketing Campaign

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If you looked at the rate at which you personally delete spam from your inbox, you might assume that email marketing is completely ineffective as a small business marketing tool. On the contrary, when used properly, the email channel generates a higher ROI than any other online medium.Like any marketing campaign, your email campaign should have a specific objective which is measurable.  Once you press the send button, what do you anticipate to see in return? If you don't have a specific end-goal in mind, you'll never know if you're achieving what you set out to do. And, like all areas of business, honesty and transparency will pay off in … [Read more...]

Why Small Business is a Bigger Target for Cyber Criminals

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When you think about cyber crime, you might think of identity theft. Or you might think about major security breaches that have hit big-name corporations, such as the PlayStation security breach. In actuality, there are dozens of security breaches happening every day, affecting small businesses, individuals and major companies. While you don’t hear about small business security breaches as frequently, they’re one of the biggest targets for cyber criminals.Small Business Represents Big Chunk of Security BreachesThere’s a clear trend among hacking and cyber crime targeting small businesses. Verizon recorded a total of 621 security … [Read more...]

Got Funds? How to Develop a Small Business Finance Strategy

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It can be intimidating to start a small business! But, if you are the entrepreneurial type, you will not let the challenges of running a business dissuade you from following your dreams. From choosing the right location for the products and services you plan to offer, to hiring the right staff members that will help you drive your company forward.Starting and running a successful business involves a lot of pre-planning. Time and money decisions encompass the most stressful decisions you'll need to make, both before and after your company has gotten itself off the ground.One of the biggest challenges involved with running a successful … [Read more...]

A Small Business Guide to Handling Disgruntled Employees

Bowl of berries. Not all employees in a small business are made the same.

Operating a small business is not always an easy task! There are many aspects of a company that require constant attention and care. At any given time, issues may arise from outside sources as well as from internal conflicts.One of the most challenging issues is found when dealing with disgruntled employees. No matter what type of small business you run, at some point along the way, one of your employees is bound to become discontented.It’s always best to have a person on staff who has earned their Human Resources Degree, but for many small businesses this may not be an option.So before this happens, prepare yourself with these … [Read more...]