~by Haley Lynn Gray~ When it comes to building a business, the #1 question I hear most often is, “How do I find clients?” There is good reason behind this, since, if you don’t have clients or customers, you don’t have a business. One thing I truly didn’t appreciate when I first started my business is just how much of a sales person I was going to have to become. I thought that if I built it, clients and customers would come. However, I was pretty far off the mark. A couple of months into the business, I came
~by Adam Robertson~ .The link between quality office furniture and productivity is an interesting topic of study. Research shows that employees spend 15% more time in offices with windows than in windowless suites. It’s also shown that having a screen around could raise productivity by up to 50%. On average, employees spend up to 4.3 hours a week looking for documents, which presents us with just how critical it is to have the most appropriate and best quality office furniture. Office furniture covers seating, lying, entertainment, tables, storage, and sets. How Can Office Furniture Improve Productivity? 1. It Provides Comfort
~by Annabelle Smyth~ . Running a business ain’t easy. In today’s business environment there are more distractions than ever and there is so much information available, that it’s easy to get caught up in tasks that are a waste of time. Additionally, as small businesses continue to grow, more and more falls onto your plate, and it can be overwhelming. So, business owners, let’s make it simple. Here are three very simple ways to streamline your workload and free up more of your time to actually make great business decisions. Use a Managed Web-Hosting Service You already have a great
~by Marlena Stoddard~ . Just because a business hasn’t yet closed its doors doesn’t mean it is in good financial condition. Some companies may be able to borrow money from friends, relatives or financial institutions to keep them going in the hopes that they will one day turn a profit. In some cases, the owners themselves contribute capital to keep their dream alive. How can you tell if a business is healthy or not? Take a Look at Its P&L Statement The profit and loss statement will give you a good idea of how much money the company brings in,
~by Kara Masterson~ . In today’s workplace, it is essential to always be productive. Nowadays we live in a fast-paced world and everyone wants everything now. That means that there will be high expectations of immediate response within your business from your clients. That is just one reason why you need to make sure that you and your employees are always as productive as possible. With an array of distractions facing workers, productivity often falls by the wayside. So organizations are continuously looking for ways to improve productivity and eliminate distractions. One of the best ways to do this is
~by Katie Kapro~ . It doesn’t matter if your small business has been around for 2 months or twenty years – there’s always more to learn. There are courses on website best practices, seminars on how to build an email list, and workshops on how exactly you’re supposed to handle those snarky comments on your company Facebook page. Every once in a while don’t you get that feeling that you just want to throw your smartphone on the cement and stomp on it until all the commenters, emailers and reviewers leak through the screen into oblivion? I know I do.
~by Emma Sturgis~ . Ninety-six percent of all businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to Inc. While this figure may shock you, it should also make you more cautious as you prepare to launch your own business. That said, here are four things to ponder before opening your doors. Level of Expertise Be honest with yourself in determining whether you have the skills necessary to run a business. Just because you worked in an industry for 10 years doesn’t mean you can run a successful business. If you feel you need additional training, take some courses in entrepreneurship.
~by Lizzie Weakley~ . Running a family business can be as challenging as starting a business with an associate or former coworker, if not more so. There are personal feelings to consider as well as bruised egos. Plus, they’re people you love. And if you don’t have a plan in place, dissension can easily detract from results. If you’re starting a family business and looking for ways to better ensure its success, consider these helpful tips. 1. Select a Leader Whether it’s you or your older brother, designate someone as leader of your management team. This should be the person
~by Kara Masterson~ . Safety regulators are getting more and more strict when it comes to the safety at plants and warehouses all over the world. One of the best ways to ensure you are not in violation is to stay ahead of the game. Here are some ways to make sure your production facility is meeting all of its safety requirements. Do Your Homework Research is huge when it comes to making sure you are in compliance with safety regulations. Make it a weekly task to go through news and other articles concerning safety at production facilities. Get yourself
~by Meghan Belnap~ . Leadership teams must be able to function well together as a cohesive team. Unfortunately, that does not happen by mere chance or with time. Rather, with intentional effort cohesion can be developed. Many leadership training courses offer team building exercises and activities to help develop that cohesion. From the silly to the absurd, the range of activities varies as much as the types of companies who use them. When you are planning your next leadership training, consider including one of these. Community Service Community service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, are a great way to