If your business is still brand new then it can be hard to settle into the industry. You’re probably an entrepreneur with raw passion and determination to succeed in the business world, and you’ve likely hired a small team of equally as determined individuals to help make that a reality. Of course, you’re swimming in a sea of like-minded businesses; standing out requires not just intelligence and passion but a willingness to break the rules and push past what your competitors are doing. Here are some tips on making your small business even more productive and successful than it may or may not already be.
All business owners need to work hard to ensure that their employees are safe at all times. Today, I’m going to highlight four golden rules you’ll need to consider. Failure to take health and safety seriously in the workplace could have drastic consequences for your business. One example of this is that injured workers can make a compensation claim of some kind. Depending on where you live this can involve court cases, investigations and / or fines. That would mean you’d have to find the money for expensive legal fees if you have to go to court or end up having to pay fines. You might also have to take your focus away from the growth of your company. So, it’s sensible to try to avoid them as much as possible by using some (or all) of the advice below.
It’s always hard getting off the starting line if you decide to become a freelancer. After all, unlike guaranteed work with a permanent 9 to 5 type position, it can be challenging to get a steady stream of work coming in to create a more stable income. And as one freelancer in a pool of thousands, it can be hard to compete to secure more work. It can potentially lead you to give up on their freelancing career before you even get started. However, there are some ways you can make a success of your new career. In fact, here are a few top things every freelancer needs to be successful.
Billing and actually taking payment from your customers is obviously one of the most important aspects of your business, especially when you’re a small business, so it stands to reason that you’ll want to do all you can to make the payment process as simple as possible. Luckily, there are a number of tools that can help you with this.
Here are some of the most important payment tools that small businesses need to know about:
In this post, we’re going to talk about something that tends to go unnoticed by a lot of small or new business owners. As the title suggests, the topic is speed. Specifically, why is it so important in business?
For starters, speed refers to how quickly your business does things. It refers to the speed with which you reply to customer service queries, carry out services, ship out products, and so on. A lot of people believe that speed doesn’t matter that much and that as long as you produce things of a high quality – that’s all that matters.
We live in a world that is continually moving toward a digital platform. Everywhere you go, there are smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops and different methods of online communication. It’s to a point now, that if a business isn’t online, they’re not going to progress successfully. This isn’t because their business model or idea is a failure, but simply that customers now want the instant service. Customers look for products and services that they can access 24/7 from their smartphones. They don’t want to have to actually go out and find a company to work with, if they can access what they need instantly.
It’s become increasingly clear over the last decade that social media is not some kind of fad or trend that’s going to disappear anytime soon. Instead social media has fundamentally changed a lot of things about the way in which people interact with the world both on and offline. Because of this, there are few businesses out there who still don’t realise that social media is something that they need to adopt when it comes to marketing themselves. However, since it’s still a relatively new medium when compared to other forms of marketing, there are plenty of businesses who don’t seem to understand the full potential of social media as a new and exciting method of interacting with customers. They use it to post updates and adverts about their products sure, but they tend to ignore the thing that makes social media so interesting and valuable: the social aspect. Your ability to communicate directly with customers has the potential to completely change the dynamic between you and them. Here are a few things that you can do to really make the most of this exciting new marketing method.