Ensuring your staff are well trained is one of the key aspects of running a solid, reactive and productive firm. While every employee will bring their own skillset to the table, it pays to allow them to develop this, and be better off as a result. As a boss, it pays to encourage the competencies of your staff. While you should expect a reasonable standard of care and work, and even ask them to give the best of themselves, employees should not be dictated to. You can do this, but you will often encounter a high staff turnover and negative working reputation as a result. You will also miss out on a plethora of important opportunities of success, and that is the biggest tragedy here. It would be like keeping an army of soldiers who able to set up camp, but not take care of or maintain their uniforms and equipment. A solid, 360 degree view of competency is necessary here, and without delay.
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Expanding the reach of your company is a great move to make. These days, it can be a practical idea to consider moving to international markets. When your business hits a certain level, you are going to want to broaden your scope in order to make more money and have a greater influence over consumers. Of course, this is easier said than done.
Making the decision to move your business to an international level requires a great deal of time, patience, and resources.
Going in blindly can be an easy way to lose valuable assets and set yourself back. Give yourself the opportunity to prepare for the future by examining these basic tips on how to get your business prepared for an international move.
Many people have a great website online, but it is not very functional. You need something that your customers can actually do something with. While it is great to provide them with information, they will want more. This involves developing some type of eCommerce site that you can use to sell your products and services online, without your visitors ever having to come see or talk to you in person. If you neglect to do this, chances are good that many of your visitors will go elsewhere.
Continue reading to learn how to make your website more functional.
Anyone entering the business game has a lot to get their heads around. There’s social media, online shops, and all the rest. As if that wasn’t enough, many businesses are now adopting texting as their go-to communication.
More than just another thing to wrap your mind around, this is an essential part of making yourself accessible to modern consumers.
Think about it: how much simpler is your life when your doctor texts you a reminder?
Well, you want to do the same for your customers, and texting is the way to do it.
The main benefit of this option is the fact you can be sure customers see your message. Emails offer this to some extent, but they aren’t without issues. It’s possible your email will go straight to that person’s junk folder. Even if it makes the inbox cut, you can’t be sure they check their account. But, you do know we all carry our phones everywhere.
Of course, texting a customer isn’t as easy as texting a friend. There are rules for getting this right.
Read on for our texting tips!
Have you been away from gaming for a while? Has the landscape changed since you were last sat in front of your favorite computer game? If it's been sometime, and you remember the good old days when Sonic and Mario were wet behind the ears, and PC gaming consisted of a brand new game called Grand Theft Auto, you might be in for a bit of a shock in how much everything has changed. No doubt, you've had a passing interest in what's happened recently. But, if you thought about getting back into gaming, will you take to it like you did when you were a kid, or will it be a waste of effort and money? If you're trying to get back into the swing of things, here are some pointers to think about.
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When you set up a small business, you are often driven by a concept. You’ve come up with something that you think would appeal to the consumer market. Something that doesn’t yet exist and fills a gap. Something innovative, creative, and thoroughly refreshing. However, bringing that product to the market will push you to learn all sorts of knowledge and skills that you’d have never previously considered. After all, you can’t just create a product and hope that people come to you, waving their cash and proclaiming that they want a piece of the pie.
You have to get your product out there in the faces of the masses.
Creatives have been hit with some major blows recently when it comes to earning revenue with existing online platforms. After YouTube kicked tens of thousands of small creators (including our channel) out of its partnership program, platforms like StreaMe are emerging with the promise of putting creators first.
Many of us love the latest gadgets in our lives, we need the latest phones, games consoles, tablets and other tech to make our lives easier. However, there is that surge and rish when a gadget first gets released, and often we can caught in the trap of not getting something when we want it or paying over the odds for it. So how do we avoid that? I thought I would share with you some of the top tips to get the latest tech in your life.
Emails have become such a part of our lives that most of us don’t even think about how we use them anymore. We send emails with the ease of the digital immigrants that we are, as at home in our email accounts as we are looking through the physical mail we receive on our doormat.
This easy-going attitude to email is inevitable, and there’s no harm in it… when you’re using email for personal reasons. If you’re using email for business, however, then your etiquette needs to be brushed up. If you send an email to a prospective client that is riddled with errors or an admonishment to an employee with mistakes that undermine your authority, then the potential damage to your reputation leaves a digital footprint that can’t be ignored. As a result, you have to try and ensure that all of your business emails are right first time, every time. Here’s a few ideas on how you can achieve just that.
Many entrepreneurs set up their own business and then their whole focus is on keeping it afloat. Few entrepreneurs even think about professional development let alone actually get involved in it. This is such as shame because, although running a business will undoubtedly teach you a lot, there is nothing like continuing your education to give you a competitive edge, and if we’re being completely honest, give you a good backup should your efforts not be as successful as you would like.
One of the common traits of successful people is continuously seeking ways to improve. That's why I not only earned my BA in Communication, I also went on to earn my MA in Journalism. I also continue to seek out opportunities like classes and workshops to learn new skills.
Read on for things to consider when fleshing out your plan for professional development.
Success is defined by the amount of effort and time you put into your life. Some people believe that success is something that is given to you based on random factors and luck. While this might be true in some cases, the guaranteed way to be successful in life is to work hard and develop qualities that can help you grow as a person.
Personal development is one of the keys to living a fulfilling and comfortable lifestyle. In this post, we’ll be touching on several different common traits that all successful people share. If you want to grow as a person, then these are traits that you’ll want to develop over time.
The world of e-commerce is one which is easy to get into and understand in a basic sense. Mastering it, however can take much more time. This is why you'll find an awesome online store pop up only to be shut down months later. It goes without saying that the budding entrepreneur will be keen to fall into that latter, smaller, camp - but the road to that particular kind of success can be confusing and convoluted at the best of times. However, by focusing on what we have dubbed the four pillars of excellence in e-commerce, you can improve your chances of landing in that relative successful few.
It doesn’t just have to be investing that brings in the top money you were promised when you started your own business! There’s plenty of other ways to make sure you’re getting paid in your own business, with as much of the money you’ve earned as possible. Here’s the best.
Even the biggest, most valuable businesses in the world need help sometimes. It’s impossible for one person to be in complete control of what their business has to do, as there are simply too many jobs out here which have to be done. Of course, when people refuse to accept this reality, it will never go well. Instead, you have to be willing to take help wherever you can, regardless of the size of your business. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the areas which offer support when you’re running a company.
While we may have operated retail and commerce from the world of brick and mortar stores in the past, the majority of us are wising up to the fact that there’s an awful lot of money to be made in the world of E-commerce.
With the success of online retailing giants like Amazon leading the game, increasing numbers of small businesses are beginning to realize the importance of developing some sort of online presence of their own.
So, if you’re ready to step up your digital presence, but aren’t quite sure where to get started, you’re in the right place. Stick with us as we guide you through the process of crafting the perfect online presence for your brand!
What started as hobby has quickly become a way of life with many millennial now maximizing their use of the digital space and all of its potential by creating online businesses. According to Forbes, there will be 79 million home-based business owners within the next five years. It's definitely an exciting time for entrepreneurship.
One popular online business is the launch of a fashion boutique. If you are a fashionista, this is both a great way to fuel your passion for fashion, it's an excellent way to build wealth. If you're someone who is passionate about fashion and longs to fulfill dreams of being an entrepreneur, an online fashion boutique is a great opportunity to consider. You'll gain hands-on experience and you'll be the one calling the shots. However, it's important to remember that this isn't an easy undertaking. Before the money rolls in, there are a few steps you'll want to take if you're a budding online fashion boutique owner.
There are dozens of VHS tapes documenting my childhood and now cell phones have put a camcorder in our pockets.
There is one thing, however, that seems to always ruin my movie making magic. That annoying "storage full"alert that always seems to pop up when you are trying to capture an extra special moment will be come a thing of a past.
A newly launched app is aiming to become your new age family camcorder that captures unlimited Ultra HD video on your phone. Introducing the Air app, the new family camcorder. Read on for a break down of features.
As an entrepreneur, it may oftentimes feel your attention is being pulled in a million different directions.
As business grows there will come a time when certain tasks start falling through the cracks simply due to lack of hours in the day.
Since we've yet to figure out how to get more hours in the day, we can however begin budgeting to outsource some of the day to day in your business so that you can focus on what's important, providing the best service possible for your customers.
Read on for a few ideas of areas you can outsource in your business.
Over the past decade or so, changes in tech have opened up all sorts of careers and job roles that wouldn’t have previously even existed. Careers advisers in schools and other educational institutes are now being faced with people who aspire to follow alternative careers that are still establishing themselves. I recently spoke at a school in Downtown LA and while some students said they were interested in more traditional careers like a doctor or a police officer, others were more interested in becoming entrepreneurs.
You see, technology has given rise to a generation of kids who want to become social media influencers, video game designers, and bloggers. These aspirations, of course, have also carried through to those of us who are actually entering the working field or are already in the midst of the working world and considering a change of career.
If you asked me when I was in college, i'd probably never have even fathomed that I'd be blogging, speaking, and posting on social media to earn a living.
Read on for more info on blogging as a career.
There's an app for everything so it's easy to see why an entrepreneur might be a bit hesitant to see the value in an already super crowded app marketplace.
The cost of building an app seems small when you consider the potential for increased business.
There are some distinct advantages that having an app brings to your company
Read on for some of the benefits of creating an app for your business venture, blog, or entrepreneurial endeavor.
So you've started a business, you've got some loyal clients and now you are ready to take things to the next level.
From marketing and branding to the tech you use to service your customers, there are dozens of areas where you could work to improve. The tough part comes in deciding where you should place your resources and what really needs your attention.
While each stage in the customer retention process has its purpose, today's on-demand society has put great communication skills as a driving factor in customer retention. That means as a business owner the way you communicate with your customers directly affects your bottom line.
Read on for four tech communication tools that will upgrade your small business.
When you start a company, you need to think about the question of tech. Technology is a key part of any business on the modern market. Indeed, it’s fair to say that these days tech is at the heart of most companies. So, what’s the issue or conundrum that business owners face with technology?
For most startups it's cost.
If you think about it, tech is always going to be one of the most expensive parts of your company. Computers, software, security, updates and everything else all add up to a massive amount that will build to be a large financial weight on your company.
There are a few different ways to handle this issue and paths that you can consider taking. So, let’s explore some of the different options weighing up the advantages and disadvantages to discover the right decision for your business.
In this day and age, technology is constantly evolving and improving. Companies must be constantly aware of these tech changes in order to stay on top of the competition. Failure to stay up to date with technology could be disastrous for a company’s profits. For example, not that long ago Nokia used to be the world’s leading mobile phone supplier, however, failure to adapt to changing technologies and innovations caused Nokia to be crushed by its competitors. Now, Nokia owns less than a 3% share of the global smartphone market. In contrast, companies such as Tesla have vaulted ahead of competitors by constantly innovating and using new technologies in creative ways. Below are five tech trends that businesses should take advantage of in 2018 in order to stay ahead of competitors and expand their market share.
Most of the media coverage regarding cryptocurrencies is centered on their value and investment opportunities.
Although this is true, it has to be looked at for their longevity if they matter in the world and do they have a place in our society?
These crypto questions often ask if they are the future of money. There is a vast number of cryptocurrencies in the world right now, and many are merely nothing more than there to make a quick buck for the developers.
They offer nothing new, and if it was only this perspective that was used, you could say cryptos have no future. To understand the true value you must look a bit deeper.
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