Category Archive: Business Tips

More Advice for New Entrepreneurs from Fellow Entrepreneurs

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I love helping other business owners find their way to success. And I know there are many other entrepreneurs out there who also want to be supportive of their fellow entrepreneurs. So a few months ago I asked members of my Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network, what advice they would give to new entrepreneurs. The response was overwhelming.

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These wonderful women, and men, have so much to share and are so willing to help other entrepreneurs. I couldn’t let all this wonderful advice be limited to those in my Facebook group, so I decided to share their entrepreneurial tips in my blog and newsletter.

Here are a handful of their valuable responses:

Esmeralda Perez: You have to do what you love and love what you do. Passion and be coachable!! eperez.legalshieldassociate.com

Diana Chan-Warren: Make sure you have a bit of “cushion money” before starting path to entrepreneurship.

Virginia Phillips: It is your business, but you can’t go it alone. Network, make alliances, find mentors, build a support system and ask everyone questions.
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Nikki Tobias: Just know that it will likely take longer than you think it will… longer to have clients, longer to make money, longer to come up with a name or logo — just longer. It isn’t a bad thing, just something to plan for.

Revonah Hill-Holloway: Take your time building your business. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. http://goodsinsations.com

Brianna Feltych-Düren: Always ask for advice. Do not feel like critique is meant to hurt you in any way. You will not succeed right away, but never give up. Hard work and the love you put into yourself and your business will pay off.

Adrien Blackwell: If the first business doesn’t succeed, try, try, again. Most self made millionaires fail with their first two businesses before making it. This is just practice. The practice you need to be successful.

Krissi Copper: Just when you feel like giving up, keep going. You’re almost there.

Jessica Granish: Communication is key: Need I say more? All great relationships let it be professionally or personally start with great communication. Creating expectations and sharing your communication style is super important. When starting your business you will want to set those expectations with your clients, your vendors and your team. Communication is a foundational piece to building authenticity and trust as you grow and expand in your zone of genius.
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Chris Butler Yates: Patience and Persistence.  www.justalittlespice.com

Joanna Sanchez: Stop striving and surrender.

Mrs. Lakeasha Jackson: My advice is: When deciding to brand your business and yourself, research EXACTLY what you want to do and WHO you want to work with. Although, we may just want cashflow, you want to be sure you are working with your ideal client and not overworking yourself and underserving your client. Do your self and client due diligence in putting the best foot forward in the beginning and actually taking the time to learn your industry before jumping in.
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Deanne Williams: 5-R’s of Success: Being Relatable to the community you plan to service is a necessity. Being Reasonable when setting your financial expectations towards the services you plan to offer within that targeted community is wise. Being Reliable towards those services and products is a must. If you can manage being Relatable, Reasonable and Reliable your business will no doubt be guaranteed to become Remarkably-Rememberable to all. ~ Deanne ©2016.08
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Celesti’ne Chumo: Don’t overwhelm yourself, do a little thing everyday that leads to your goal.  www.celestinefitness.com

fellow entrepreneursStacie Jones: Don’t ever give up. If something isn’t working, don’t just stop all together, make little tweaks until you start seeing results. Sometimes it could be as simple as rewording your copy or revamping your pics that turns it around. It’s all about fine tuning your message and figuring out who your ideal customer/client is.
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Ella Rose: Pace yourself. Building momentum can be exciting, but it’s easy to take on too much when you’ve never done this before.
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Vickie Gould: Be consistent and confident in your message.

Star Raya Burke: Be accepting of your mistakes because that’s how you will learn and teach yourself to be a great success story.
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Adriana Summers: Surround yourself with smart passionate people to guide you.
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Deanna Shankle: Know your vision and your market. Do your research and take small steps to reach the bigger goal. Remember you have a life outside of your business, enjoy it and don’t neglect it. Your business is a representation of you, so project it the way you want to be seen. Learn from you mistakes and don’t ever give up.  www.fesfitness.com

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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Online Business

~by Joan Herbert~

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You’ve decided that you want to start an online business. With the changing economy, the world of commerce is moving out of brick and mortar stores and into the web. With the digital revolution, many professionals are finding out that they can earn a decent living working remotely, from the comfort of their own homes.

online businessMost freelance writers, web designers and coders don’t have a business location and just work from home. Many run their businesses entirely online and take advantage of the multitude of communications options and marketing platforms available today.

Decide What You Are Selling

Are you providing a service or a product? You need to make sure that there is a demand for whatever it is you’re selling and that people will pay for the product or service. You can take advantage of search engines to see what people are searching for, and whether the product or service you’re selling is trending up or down. Once you settle on a product, you can begin planning your marketing strategy.

Find Your Audience

The first thing you need to do is find out who it is that is going to want to pay you for your product or service. You can use search engine keywords to find out what is trending, who is searching, and who is currently providing services to them. Find out where your target audience is most likely to see advertisements. Is it television? Facebook? Pop-up ads? Once you identify your potential customers and find out how to reach them, you can start sourcing your products or designing your services.

Design Your Site

An essential element of any online business is going to be your website. There are many options for this. You can set up an Amazon affiliate site, a Shopify or Etsy site, or you can spend the time building your own independent site. You may need to employ someone with expertise to help design your site and make it accessible, but having a strong website is crucial to strong sales numbers.

Get People to Your Site

online businessOnce your site is up and running and you’re ready to begin selling your product or providing your service, you need to go and get your customers. You need to find them where they are likely to be spending their time, and then you need to market appropriately. If your target audience spends most of their time on Facebook, you need to focus your attention on Facebook content that is easily sharable. If they’re on Twitter, that’s where you need to be, too. The key is to put your advertising in front of your target audience instead of waiting for them to find you.

Build Your Reputation

Maintaining a high-quality product and excellent customer service is important for any business, but it’s critical when you’re just starting out. You want to be certain that your customers are satisfied, and that they will leave good reviews. This may mean going above and beyond, and sometimes losing money to replace a product or redo a contract job, but it can be well worth it in the end. If your customers are upset, they’re going to leave a bad review, which can destroy a new business. Keep your customers happy at all costs in the beginning, at least until your business is thriving and sustainable.

Follow Up with Customers

If they liked your product or service, they’ll buy it again. Send out email advertising or discounts for return customers in order to increase sales. Reward customer loyalty with exclusive savings or market related products directly to them to keep your sales strong.


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Joan HerbertMeet the Author: Joan Herbert

Joan is an Assistant Manager at Bank-Opening-Times.co.uk, a curious individual, avid reader, and a passionate creative writer.


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Professional Business Advice for New Entrepreneurs

~by Rachelle Wilber~

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Contrary to the opinion of most people, being a successful entrepreneur requires commitment, sacrifice and knowledge. Most people leaving their careers to try their hand at business are not ready or willing to accept responsibilities that come with starting an enterprise. They just want to fly loose, enjoy the freedom they experience and expect to make more money than they could get in formal employment. Unfortunately, most of them fail, not because they do not have what it takes to succeed, but because they do not have the right attitude.

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Here are practical professional tips to help new entrepreneurs start and develop their enterprise.

Develop a Business Goal

To have concrete plans that are core to success in business, you need to have a vision of what you are working to achieve and develop solid business objectives. Although you might have to review the goals regularly and make relevant changes, having a compelling initial business goal is crucial. If you do have a formal job, focus on establishing a business that helps you attain personal goals quickly.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

If you start a new business while still working, you will have an opportunity to learn new techniques, allocate additional finances, build confidence, and adopt the right business strategies. Since you are likely to make a few mistakes before learning the tricks of the new venture, your job ensures you maintain a healthy level of financial stability, despite potential losses as a result of your mistakes. However, you should leave your job and concentrate on routine business operations if the entity is performing well.

Focus on Creating a Unique Business

new entrepreneursThe similarity in business operations might take you nowhere. In the present times, prospects have a broad range of products or services from which to choose, so you need to set your business apart by offering superior products and excellent customer service. Whenever possible, ensure you specialize in goods or services that are in high demand. If you cannot beat big businesses by offering better prices, you can only win more clients through reliability and quality service.

Advancing Professional Knowledge and Skills

You should also consider taking a business course to gain more knowledge to improve your business. Fortunately, you can earn a master’s in business by taking online studies. There are a number of online master’s programs designed to suit the needs of young entrepreneurs who wish to succeed in business. Preparing yourself by going to college and learning about your trade is a great help for any entrepreneur.

The secret to successful entrepreneurship lies in the ability to learn, plan, assess progress, and adopt the right strategies. You will indeed perform well if you observe these guiding tips.


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Rachelle WilberMeet the Author: Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.

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7 Keys to Running a Law Firm as a Successful Business

~by Lizzie Weakley~

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Some lawyers go into practice as good negotiators but not good leaders. If you run a law firm, you must have the same leadership qualities needed to run any business.

Review these 7 ways to handle the day-to-day running of a law firm.

law firm1. Acquire Management Skills

Think about running a law firm like you would run any business. Develop basic management skills that include reporting company data and solving day-to-day problems. A lawyer must be a superior communicator to deal with many different types of clients, lawyers and other professionals.

2. Track Finances

Before you start the firm, pinpoint the legal areas that bring in sufficient profits. If the money flow is not coming in, one reason might be that few people need your legal expertise. Manage a financial plan using analytics software to keep track of monthly cash flow, expenditures, savings and profits.

3. Reach Your Audiences

Reach your legal audience using a website, blog or other digital marketing technique. Through professional expertise, stay up to date on current marketing trends from social media to mobile phone advertising. Find digital marketers who have worked with similar law firms to reach customers like yours.

4. Promote Continuing Education

The two main types of education for professionals are general and continuing. Continuing education is necessary in a world where laws change regularly based on changing economic needs or social values. Professionals will find hundreds of education law programs available online, in the classroom or both.

5. Monitor the Employees

law firmMost employees at a law firm are disciplined, self-sufficient and dedicated to their jobs. However, there may be a few people who perform poorly due to lack of expertise or enthusiasm. Their shortcomings turn into poor results and declining profits for the entire company. Monitor the productivity rates of employees and know how much financial value they bring to the firm.

6. Implement a Referral System

In every business and industry, it works to maintain a referral system. Lawyers work harder to find new clients for the firm if this system is put to place.

7. Hold Employee Assessments

The main task of any business is to choose the right employees. Once you hire them, conduct regular assessments to see if their skills are up to speed.

As the owner and manager of a law firm, you set an example for other lawyers, clients and members of your community. Create a company that keeps the clients flowing in and maintains referrals to others in need of your legal help.


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Lizzie WeakleyMeet the Author: Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky, Snowball.


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Unprofitable Business? 4 Tips to Keep Your Business from Failing

~by Kara Masterson~

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unprofitable businessIt is common for a business to experience periods of uncertainty where its ability to remain operational is put to the test. Often a company will hit a bump in the road, and this is all it takes for a company to reach a point from which it is unable to recover. Fortunately, even though the struggle to keep a rapidly failing company alive and kicking seems daunting, there are many things a business owner can do to ensure that their company will remain operational for years to come.

The following are a few tips to help in this area of concern.

1. Exceptional Leadership

According to Bplans.com, a business that has less than stellar leadership at the helm will likely fall apart sooner than later. Good leadership will provide a company with a proven path to success and the motivation necessary to stay the course until success is achieved. Consequently, whoever is chosen to lead a company must be able to make the hard decisions and put the company’s best interests first.

2. A Good Marketing Strategy

Without marketing your brand, no one will ever know that your company, its products or services actually exist. However, every day businesses attempt to operate without a winning marketing strategy in mind. Unwilling to pay for adequate brand exposure or utilize the tools available to them online, these companies find themselves destined to experience extremely low consumer interest in their brand and even lower sales volume.

3. Maintenance and Upkeep

unprofitable businessOwning a business has its fair share of maintenance and general upkeep issues. Because first impressions mean everything in the business world, it never hurts to operate out of a building that comes across as safe and inviting to potential customers and clients alike. Hence, if, for example, you are having water leakage problems that could lead to mold damage in your company’s building, it would be wise to schedule leak investigation service and address any emerging hazards, thus preventing any damage to your business’s reputation.

4. Choosing an Unprofitable Business Model

The primary goal of being in business is to generate a lot of capital from the marketing and sale of a company’s products and services. According to moyak.com, certain business models fail to be able to generate adequate profits to justify remaining in business. When this occurs, it can be a hard lesson in how to not do business. For this reason, it is important to engage in thorough research and market analysis to determine which business models have the best chance of returning healthy profits again and again.

Business can be a risky endeavor. There are many factors that can cause a business to fail. Identifying and addressing problems early on, before they get out of hand, is really the best way to maintain the healthy operation of any developing company.


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Kara MastersonMeet the Author: Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family.


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Tips on Nailing Your Business Promotional Materials

~by Emma Miller~

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Expanding your business is a continuous venture. You’re doing well and that’s great, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. People need to know about your company, so it’s time to promote it. Actually, it’s always time to raise your brand awareness. Reaching out to your audience and converting them to your clients is what every business in this world needs.

There are various ways to promote your business, such as printing and handing out posters, brochures, catalogues, and presentations. Put as much effort as you can into creating a good promotional strategy and take advantage of every promotional tool out there. We suggest some of the most efficient ways of promotion for any company, but it’s up to you to find inspiration and design your own promotion strategies.

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The Give-and-Take Strategy

This is the most simple and straightforward way of promoting a business. You give promotional materials to companies and organizations, and expect them to become your clients. Consider which companies could use your products or services, and give them a package of promo items -– branded mugs, pencils, USB sticks, calendars, etc. It’s a nice gesture that will make them feel obliged to use your services in the best-case scenario.

Re-gift

Promotional materials should be passed on. It’s a sort of a silent agreement among businessmen, and it’s avoided in every other area except, you guess, business promotion. More and more people will know about your brand as your promotional materials get passed hand to hand. It can be understood as recycled advertisement, and don’t forget that it’s a two-way street –- if you have some branded products that you no longer need, give them to somebody else, and just think of it as doing someone a favor.

Draw Attention

The easiest way to attract new customers is by giving away free stuff. And where should you do it? At trade shows, of course! Companies can benefit from giving away promotional items, and those benefits often exceed the expenses. Whether they see an interesting branded T-shirt or they need a pen and hear that they can get one at your booth, they will come to check you out.

Brand Recognition

promotional materialsIncreased brand recognition is crucial to your success, but how to achieve it? The answer is: repetition, repetition, repetition. We tend to remember things, even unwillingly, if we see or read them often enough. I bet that you can remember and visualize the McDonald’s or Coca-Cola logo and letter font at any moment. That’s because their ads are everywhere and you see them on your everyday routes through the city. This is exactly what makes T-shirts an excellent promo material, because people who wear them basically become your moving billboards.

However, you should be cautious when putting your brand logo (which should be designed by a professional, by the way) on a clothing item. Doing only that won’t be enough, and it’s advisable to include a catchy, fun, inspiring slogan as well. The slogan should be appropriate and represent your company’s motto. If people find it appealing, they’ll want to wear your branded clothes.

Try Reaching Out to Others, Not Just Your Target Audience

Every business expects most of their clients to come from this group, which makes focusing exclusively on the target audience understandable. However, you should give others a chance to hear about your business and consider choosing your products or services. You can’t track and predict everything, which means you’ll have a number of unexpected clients that would want to use your services. Don’t miss out on them; a client is a client.

Avoid Short Shelf Life

When choosing the right promotional products to hand out to your business associates, clients and target audience, you have to choose wisely. Selecting long-lasting products will get you the best results for the most reasonable price. For instance, it’s better to choose holders instead of sticky notes because they can last for years and can be used multiple times.

Your company will progress if you manage to follow some basic rules of advertising. It’s important to be truthful in your marketing endeavors at all costs while trying to present your company in the best possible light. Beside the fact that the issue of truthfulness in marketing materials is regulated by law, people respond well to good attitude and honesty. Your audience will surely appreciate it.


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Emma MillerMeet the Author: Emma Miller

Emma Miller is a Sydney based writer with a degree in marketing. Her interests are digital marketing, social media, start-ups, and the latest trends. She is also a contributor at Bizzmark blog.


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How to Make Your Business More Sustainable in 2017

~by Chloe Taylor~

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If you’ve been around the green business block over the past few years, you probably know that sustainable business operation entails low environmental impact, long-term utility savings and increased customer appeal. If your company hasn’t been a byword for eco-friendliness by now, however, 2017 is a good year to make some green changes. If you don’t know how to make your brand board the “environmentally safe” boat, here are a few smart and simple suggestions that will help you dial up your corporate game in line with hot and profitable green trends.

1. Office Appliances Gone Green

sustainable businessEnergy Star office appliances have been growing increasingly popular in the past few years, and for a reason. Although a tad costlier than non-energy efficient models, green office equipment is better for both the environment and your brand’s bottom line. When buying energy-saving technology for your office, check energy rating labels: more stars mean higher long-term energy savings.

2. Alternative Power Mode On

As global fuel supplies continue to dwindle, more and more brands are switching to alternative energy for an environmentally and financially viable change. For a clean and green power twist, go solar with your office power supply. The transition to solar energy will allow you to cut long-term electric bills, minimize your company’s ecological footprint, and perhaps even earn some cash by feeding surplus energy to the grid.

3. Go Paperless (or at Least PCW)

Many brands have gone paperless in the past couple of years, and you can make the switch, too. By replacing printed documents with digital data which you can store on a cloud service, you’ll drastically reduce the amount of paper waste and office storage space requirements while doing the environment a big favor. If you can’t go paperless in your workplace, you can at least switch to post-consumer waste paper which requires 45% less energy to produce and entails a waste footprint that’s 50% lower compared to that of standard paper.

4. Switch to Green Office Lights

Another simple way to up your brand’s green game in 2017 is to switch on energy-efficient light. Although slightly costlier compared to conventional incandescent bulbs, CFL and LED lights last a dozen times longer and use significantly less energy. If you don’t know which type of lighting will work best for your workplace, you can consult with an industrial lighting expert and inquire about the most cost-efficient option based on office size, budget, and lighting requirements.

5. Recycle, Repurpose, Repeat

If your brand is not recycling waste already, now is the perfect time to start doing so. In addition to paper, electrical waste can be taken to the local recycling plant to minimize your company’s impact on the environment. Also, you can repurpose or reuse hardware such as desks, shelving, chairs, and other furniture for an extra dose of environmental safety and productivity-conducive workplace décor. Bonus point: participation in the community recycling programs may earn you a few dozen new green-minded customers.

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6. Eco-Friendly Side of Cleaning

Biodegradable cleaning supplies are safer for the employees, the environment and your brand’s bottom line. Swap commercial cleaning staples such as hand soap, dish liquid, glass cleaner, and bathroom cleaner which contain harmful chemicals with DIY counterparts: it will allow you to prevent toxic waste from getting into the drainage system and polluting water and soil while attracting eco-conscious consumers and reducing office maintenance costs at the same time.

7. Save Water, Don’t Flush Cash

Water scarcity has become a pressing environmental concern in most third-world countries and it may not be long before it comes knocking on your neighborhood’s doors. Fortunately, you can help save the planet by decking water outlets with water-efficient extras such as faucet aerators and low-flow toilets and shower heads. You should also inspect the waterways around the office and fix any leaks or damaged pipes: it’s only a matter of time before a minor hitch evolves into a serious and costly problem. If your office has a lawn or backyard, you should switch to drought-tolerant landscape design to minimize water waste through regular upkeep.

In the world of business as it stands today, sustainability, success and growth are synonymous with green office design. Are you ready to turn your corporate headquarters into a hotbed of comfort and peak profits? If your answer is ‘Yes’, don’t hesitate to put the tips above to use this year. It’ll help you improve brand image, reduce running costs and do good by Mother Nature. Good luck with your green business moves!


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Meet the Author: Chloe Taylor

Chloe is a young blogger and a huge fan of social media. She enjoys learning and writing about design, business, psychology, and productivity related topics. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. You can find Chloe on Facebook and Twitter.


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4 Potholes to Avoid on the Road to Business Success

~by Hannah Whittenly~

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business successRunning a successful business seems more and more difficult as the business world itself becomes an increasingly complex place to operate. While it is true that the way people do business today has changed radically, from even a few years ago, there are still ways a savvy entrepreneur can get a foothold in the market and ensure that their business will thrive despite all the modern obstacles to doing business.

Here are a few of the important potholes to avoid on the road to business success.

Do Not Forget to Adequately Fund Your Business

It is often said that it takes money to make money. The truth is that it takes lots of money to reap decent profits. Many entrepreneurs find themselves ill-prepared for the dangers funding deficiencies can cause to their business. For this reason, a business must be built on a solid foundation of capital funds. This will ensure that when a business is ready to grow or make a big move in the marketplace, the capital is there to drive the right plan of action that will best benefit a company’s bottom line. Unfortunately, a severe lack of funds is usually a sign that a business is dead in the water. Just know that there are a variety of methods a business can employ to obtain the funding it needs. From borrowing money from family and friends to selling stocks in the business, it is possible to raise enough capital to keep a business operational even through the tough times.

Being Out of Touch With Your Customer Base

From consumer feedback to great customer service, how a company chooses to interact with customers can often mean the difference between massive success and massive failure. This is another major area where businesses face difficulty, because they do not always know the best way to maintain a connection with their customer base. However, getting in touch with a company’s customer base will often require more in-depth research into the habits and the ways that customers access modern technology than a business has invested the time and resources towards. This is important since it exposes how to leverage all the available avenues for the best strategies to ensure your company is engaging customers on their level.

business successWhen Logistics Get out of Control

When you need product fast or need to make sure product will reach the right customer in a timely manner, there exists a wide variety of product suppliers and drop shippers who can help a business operate like a well-oiled machine. Fulfillment centers can help to ensure that companies they service turn over orders fast, and they should be able to provide real time tracking and reporting on anything from raw materials to finished products. When a company’s logistics are not running smoothly, this can and will often lead to many missed opportunities and lost profits along the way.

Not Outsourcing Where Needed

Outsourcing labor and tedious tasks to a third party company can massively improve the efficiency of a business’s daily operations. Because less of the heavy lifting on projects is being done in-house, a company that outsources will find it needs less staff and can get things done much faster. A business that fails to outsource where necessary will typically pay more to hire staff that cannot get nearly as much done for the low costs charged when hiring a third party provider. Often, keeping many of these tasks in-house leads to the need to spend more money than necessary on office space and is a mistake that should be avoided when possible.

While it is important to focus on the successful operations of a business, it is equally important to beware the many pitfalls that await a business in the marketplace. From technology-related business issues to employment standards, business’s today have to watch out for many unforeseen pitfalls as they strive to do it better than their competitors. For this reason it is essential for a business owner to keep their eyes open and be ready to face any challenges that stand to hinder how their business maintains its bottom line.


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Hannah WhittenlyMeet the Author: Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.


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How to Make Sure Your Business Trip Stays on Schedule

~by Eileen O’Shanassy~

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When traveling for business, you probably like to have a little bit of fun on top of all the work you have to do. However, your top priority is probably making sure you stay on schedule. Luckily, following these tips can help you do just that.

Be Realistic When Making Your Itinerary

First and foremost, you should understand that you aren’t going to be able to stay on schedule if you set up an impossible itinerary. It is very important to be realistic when making an itinerary for your upcoming business trip. Leave room for things like flight delays, and think about things like jet lag. Additionally, do your research about your transportation options, and make sure you give yourself enough time to get from place to place. By setting up a realistic itinerary in the first place, you can ensure you are setting yourself up for success, not failure.

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Choose the Right Accommodations

When choosing accommodations for your trip, make sure you choose the right ones. Even though it might seem smart to choose a hotel that is slightly out of the way so you can cut down on the cost of your accommodations, doing so might make it more difficult for you to stick to your schedule throughout your trip. Stay in places that will also provide all the amenities you might need, like wi-fi and free parking.

business trip stays on scheduleBe Early

It’s never a good idea to “cut it close” schedule-wise, especially on a business trip to an unfamiliar place. If you don’t give yourself enough time, you might find it takes longer to get from place to place than you originally thought, or you might get lost along the way. Try to be early as much as possible on your appointments so that you give yourself a bit of time to handle anything that might come your way. At worst, this will give you a little more time to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Stay Organized

Staying organized is key to ensuring you stick to your schedule while on your trip. Consider using customized gear shipping cases to keep up with travel documents, products you’ll be showing, and important business paperwork. Then, you can make sure you have everything you need close at hand at all times.

When traveling for business, it is very important to make sure you stay on schedule. Following these tips should help you do so, allowing you to enjoy a truly successful trip for your business-related needs.


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Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking and kayaking. Check her out on Twitter @eileenoshanassy.


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