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.
When it was first introduced to the masses, wearable tech was underwhelming to say the least. Everybody thought that the Google Glass or the Apple watch were going to take off and we’d all be wearing them soon enough, but in reality, nobody was that bothered. The only place that wearable tech really took off in a big way was in the fitness industry with products like the Fitbit. But wearable tech doesn’t start and end with fitness aids, there are plenty of great potential uses for it in the business world that could revolutionize all sorts of different industries. These are just some of the ways that we could be making better use of wearable tech.
Just a few years ago, many individuals were wary regarding online educational studies. Now, we are used to doing just about everything online. So it's easy to see why the on-the-go entrepreneur would want to explore the vast benefits from an online degree educational program. As more students are interested in higher learning opportunities, the education institutes have adjusted their programs to make earning an online degree easier. It is still important to ensure that your chosen online programs will translate over into other training or job requirements. More established online educational programs are fully accredited and legitimate. Check out USC's video describing their online learning experience as a good example of online educational opportunities.
Starting up a business from the comfort of your sofa sounds like a dream too good to be true for many. But it is actually perfectly possible to do so, if you approach it in the right way and know what you are actually doing. The thing about digital startups is that, technically, they operate in exactly the same way as any other startup, it’s just that you need to find ways to achieve many of the same ends online. Thankfully, there has never been a better time to do this, and many new entrepreneurs remake on just how easy it is to set up a business online which actually stands the test of time, as well as being enjoyable to do. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the essential ingredients of the best digital startups.
Anybody that’s sensible with their money knows that investing is the best way to secure your financial future and see a good amount of growth. Deciding that you want to invest is the first step, now you’ve got to actually make it a success. People often get the wrong end of the stick when it comes to investments and they think that it means you can just put your money in and sit back until the profits start rolling in. It would be great if it were that easy but, unfortunately, it isn’t. Investments are always at risk of going wrong and if that happens, you’ll end up losing everything. Obviously, choosing the right investment is the most important thing if you want to make money but there are a lot of other things that could go wrong. The best way to protect yourself when you’re investing is to understand what could go wrong and take measures to stop those things from happening. These are the most common reasons that an investment could fail.
"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick, don't lose faith!"
That powerful quote from the late Steve Jobs pretty much sums up the last year of my life. It seems like every time something great happened, I suffered a personal tragedy. I landed an awesome contract, then someone close to me passed away. I got an awesome speaking opportunity that came with international travel, and then the romantic relationship I was in ended unexpectedly. I started generating revenue from my website, and then health issues dominated my life.
If you have felt like every accomplishment has been met with unexpected tragedy, you are not alone.
Adversity is inevitable, but difficulties or misfortunes don't have to keep you from achieving your intended goals and finding the happiness you seek in business and in life. It's how you overcome these adversities can make all the difference.
Read on for 6 inspiring quotes to help shift your perspective when #TheStruggleIsReal
Conferences and trade shows are reinventing themselves from old fashioned talks to interactive experiences. While some business owners will tell you that it’s all about networking online these days, that’s not true.
There’s still a lot to be said for a firm handshake and a face to face meeting, people can’t get to know you properly online after all. Trade shows are also a good opportunity for customers to get to see your product up close which is far better than seeing a picture or a video online. You can make a lot of good contacts at a trade show but you’ve got to be careful that you do it right. There’s going to be a lot of competition at these things so you’ll have to fight for the attention of the customers and make yourself stand out from the crowd. If you’ve been to a couple of trade shows and only come away with a few useless contacts, you need to read these tips on maximizing your efforts before you go to another one.
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