When the average small business owner reads about the recent interest rate increase, these details can read simply as theoretical numbers on a page, far removed from the daily realities of running a business. There is, however, some potential for direct impact from a changing fed funds rate—particularly on any small business intending to take… READ MORE

Most people first design their websites and then think about what content to add. However, just because most people approach building an online business this way doesn’t mean it’s the best approach. It might seem counterintuitive, but you should plan your content before designing your website. By knowing what you’re going to say on your website,… READ MORE

Running a business is complicated, and there are so many situations in which cash supplies are scarce. It may be that revenue is slow or people do not pay for services on time. No matter the case, running out of cash can be a disaster for the company. Fast cash may be needed for the… READ MORE

Owning your own freelance writing company can be a rewarding adventure to embark on. With that said, you will need to concern yourself with all the logistics, such as making sure the company has enough cashflow to operate smoothly. For many freelance writing companies, this can be tricky to say the least, which is exactly… READ MORE

According to Forbes, nearly 543,000 new businesses are started every month.  Starting your own business can be one of the most exciting ventures in life. When you run your own business, you have the ability to call the shots, the freedom of being your own boss, and the flexibility to schedule more family time.  With… READ MORE

A private label business continues to sound more and more like a lucrative venture as time goes by. This comes as no surprise, as shown by the countless number of success stories floating around online. Private labelling can indeed be a gold mine – if you know what you’re doing. The truth is, times are… READ MORE

It’s a dangerous world out there. Even if you’ve got the sunniest outlook and trust the best in everyone, it’s foolish not to protect yourself as best you can from the bad apples in the bunch. As an entrepreneur and independent real estate agent, you’re constantly meeting new people and showing them properties that are… READ MORE

Print advertising Isn’t Dead! Don’t let anybody tell you that print is dead. Even in the age of smartphones and the Internet, your potential customers are still paying attention to the printed word, and you can boost your sales by advertising in magazines and newspapers, as well as with direct mail. Related: The Secrets to Effective… READ MORE

The financial sector is quickly transitioning to a digital-first approach. From depositing checks via mobile apps to paying friends for their share of dinner through electronic wallets, people are coming to rely on the convenience of digital payment options. While many of the ways consumers pay are still through traditional means, such as a bank… READ MORE

Wealth creation cannot be separated from financial security and financial freedom. As an entrepreneur, you need your money work for you not just in business but also in other investments. Interestingly, investment opportunities are not equal because some investments offer a faster path to wealth creation than others. This article seeks to provide insight into… READ MORE

When you run a business, every applicant who contacts you hopes for a chance to attend an interview after sending a job application. Many people fail in this last stage of getting their dream job. Applicants send detailed and well-written resumes and cover letters that impress you as an employer but fail to follow through… READ MORE

No doubt there are a myriad benefits that accrue to your business when you opt to take it online and serve a larger customer base from across the world. But served in the same plate of international business are a number of challenges that you need to be aware of before delving full-throttle into buying… READ MORE

In order to have a truly successful business, firms must keep their employees happy and invested in their work. Some businesses make the mistake of believing that money is the only factor that can be used to motivate employees. In fact, there are many tools organizations can use other than money to help motivate. Set… READ MORE

All small to medium-sized businesses have cash flow as a vital aspect that needs to be considered at all times. Cash is really important because it is needed for paying suppliers, maintaining inventory and business growth. As the recession hit, it became obvious that cash flow is more important than ever. A business that needs… READ MORE

As a business owner, it’s important that you have a basic knowledge of what every department does within of your business, including marketing. Yet, with the world of marketing evolving at a rapid pace, it seems almost impossible to know what is what—and when you finally do figure it out, the tides have turned to… READ MORE

One of the greatest problems new business owners face is having more work than they can handle. Imagine a scenario where your business starts off on the right foot. You become a niche-celebrity of the hour and get showered with business offers from all sides. Unfortunately, seeing how you are still relatively new in the… READ MORE

Starting your own fashion business or opening your boutique entails a combination of hard work, patience, passion and lots of creativity. It would be a dream come true for any fashion designer to see his or her masterpiece featured in a fashion show or sold out in the market. It sounds fabulous to create a… READ MORE

The young generation—the millennials—are geared to experience greater success than their parents did, particularly as entrepreneurs. However, they also worry whether they will have financial opportunity or a financial future considering that the new generation is expected to live more than a hundred years. More than half of the millennials, about 63%, say they are… READ MORE

“The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.”  – Bill Gates, Microsoft When the world’s top business magnate says something, you ought to agree with him, period. Hiring the best/smartest candidate is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects that determines the success of any organization. True, all of us… READ MORE

Content marketing will generate a whopping amount of $300 billion by the year 2019. Marketers are coming up with new and innovative content marketing techniques every day. While 88% of marketers have acknowledged that they rely on content marketing, one thing is certain: not everyone has been successful doing so. A lot of brands still… READ MORE

You have managed to start a business, and so far, things are starting to fall into place. You understand well the risks that new businesses face and the fact that many of them fail within the first five years. But, going by the measures that you have taken and planning for more, you are highly… READ MORE

With so many cities offering exciting and innovative options for small businesses that operate within their borders, some companies choose to create new branches in different communities, or relocate their entire headquarters. When this happens, or when companies hire employees who come from another state or country, there is often a complex process of employee… READ MORE

Ten years ago, barely 7% of Americans used social networks. Fast forward to today, nearly three-fourths of the US population is on websites like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Ten years is not really a long time. Yet, the social media landscape has evolved quite significantly through this period. While MySpace was still a popular service… READ MORE

Think about it this way. Your customers are just like a demanding boss. They hate waiting. When they want something, they have to get it. FAST! Dare to perform at a snail’s pace, and things might get ugly. In the same way, your users don’t want to be kept waiting. This means that if your… READ MORE

Employees show up to the first day of a new job with their eyes and ears wide open, and their initial experience goes a long way in shaping how they view their employer. It’s helpful to step back and remember what it’s like to walk through the doors of a new workplace with little prior… READ MORE

Today’s competitive business environment is dominated by market leaders who have gained an edge using the hottest technologies to position their services, products and workforce in a leading position. Which business tools are they using to win? Here are a few of their favorites: Cloud Computing Cloud computing used to be only available for big… READ MORE

While it’s true that anyone can start a business, actually starting one isn’t necessarily simple. The process doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming, but there are some basic requirements and procedures that anyone starting a business needs to know. Here, we offer a step-by-step guide to starting a business, from coming up with an… READ MORE

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular schemes for monetizing your web content. It is also a very effective digital marketing technique that can bring benefits to all the parties involved. Successful affiliate marketing plans involve at least three different parties: Advertisers – are companies or individuals that promote their websites, products or content… READ MORE

SEO, or search engine optimization, describes methods and practices used to raise a website’s ranking position in the SERP, or search engine results page. The best way to accomplish this is to follow Google’s webmaster guidelines, which regularly get updated according to the changes and tweaks made to Google’s algorithm. Outdated and unethical practices, as… READ MORE

Often times, search engine optimization (SEO) is regarded as something that you will see in a different context than pay-per-click (PPC). However, many people are unaware of the potential these two have when put together. There is no doubt that SEO and PPC can make a great team. This is backed by the sheer potential… READ MORE

Some people reach retirement age after a lifetime in business and can’t wait to focus on something entirely new. Fair enough, we say! For a great many others, though, retirement presents a wonderful opportunity to explore a range of smaller, self-run business opportunities at relatively low cost from the comfort of home. Whether it’s built… READ MORE

It is of no surprise that next to all of your managerial, strategic, and other business efforts, the aspect that is behind the curtains and really matters is how well you take care of your facilities. If you take a client into a dirty boardroom, with various used items scattered across the table and half… READ MORE

Video marketing has taken over the digital marketing industry, and videos in marketing are expected to grow significantly over the coming years. As a result, video marketing is likely to be an essential part of your business marketing campaign, regardless of the size of your company or the industry in which you operate. For many… READ MORE

Have you ever been curious about how strong the morale is among your staff? You don’t always have solid clues to go by; just maybe your intuition, their attitudes, and production quality. Since there are no set guidelines for employees to determine when a morale boost is needed, it’s always best to act proactively on… READ MORE

It Takes Efforts to Come Up With a Good Slogan Coming up with the perfect slogan for a company is just like coming up with its business name – it takes a lot of effort and certainly a great amount of time. If a business name creates the personal identity of a company, the slogan… READ MORE

Here’s the truth: Websites need traffic to survive. Without traffic, your website or blog will be lost in the online abyss, never to be found. That’s not a recipe for success! Bloggers are constantly looking for new ways to boost their websites’ traffic. Common methods used include advertising, search engine optimization, syndication of content, and,… READ MORE

Google Updated Its Search Algorithm If you followed the digital search arena closely in 2016, you probably know that Google rolled out several updates in its search algorithm. Some of these updates attracted tremendous interest and attention, but a few were low-key and went unnoticed. Keen digital marketers, however, kept tabs on the updates in… READ MORE

It is high time that we accept it. The world today is an urban village. Everyone is everyone’s acquaintance. The flaring wave of social media has made huge impact on the consumer mind set. Be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other social media platforms, all of them possess the potential to attract diverse echelons of… READ MORE

If you are aware of the latest SEO techniques, you can easily remain ahead of the competition. As this industry undergoes rapid changes, you should update your practices in order to improve your visibility in the search engine result pages. Here are some of the traps that you need to avoid in 2017. Target Specific… READ MORE

No one ever wants to think about bankruptcy, whether for business or personal reasons. However, the reality is that sometimes it’s necessary and perhaps could be a better option when it comes to huge debts. There exist myriad misconceptions regarding bankruptcy, and most of them tend to hinder some people from getting relieved. This article… READ MORE

As a busy small-business owner, you know that while you can always work hard to increase your sales, land more customers, earn more money, and provide better customer service, you can never actually create time and enjoy more than 24 hours in a day. As such, it is important to continually look for ways to… READ MORE

  What is Debt Consolidation? Debt consolidation is a debt restructuring process that involves taking up a loan to repay all or most pre-existing loans and debts. Many individuals wound in debt often run to debt consolidation to simplify the repayment process or to reduce the debt. Unfortunately, even individuals capable of repaying their debts… READ MORE

As a small-business owner, you will know that getting an investor is the one of those things that you need to take your business that one step further. Investors are the people that can give you some breathing room and allow you to grow at a steady pace without too much stress. In short, investors… READ MORE

Before you start looking for a business location, you should have a clear picture of what you have and what you want to have in future. Coming up with that picture is a time-consuming process, which is both tedious and exciting – but you need to give it the attention that it deserves. Although many… READ MORE

As a leader, you have many responsibilities. One of the priorities is the welfare of your employees. Apart from the usual, legal issues that protect the workforce, there’s a lot you can do simply by acting with a specific mindset that can benefit the employees. The environment people spend a great portion of their day… READ MORE

Being an entrepreneur means your day is full of a million tasks. Some are fun, but others can suck the energy right out of you. For many small-business owners, trying to create exciting, share-worthy blog content can be one of those energy-sucking tasks. If you find yourself stuck in a blogging rut, experimenting with different… READ MORE

If you want to see yourself as a debt manager or a debt consolidator, you are required to be passionate about handling finances of others. Debt consolidators generally work as third parties and eventually create a financial plan for their clients, who are drowning in debts. Here are the steps by which you can become… READ MORE

Ecommerce is bigger now than it has ever been before as more and more young entrepreneurs jump into the industry with high hopes and little experience. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is wise to at least have an idea about what you are getting into before diving in headfirst. In fact,… READ MORE

The Internet can be a dangerous place for your data and software. Many people unknowingly open an email or Web link, creating a door for a malicious program to enter. Once on your computer or device, this can adversely affect the way your machinery runs and even steal precious information from you. In the world… READ MORE

Without a doubt, 2017 is already a great year for entrepreneurs! Even though you might think the global market is run by large business, in 2016, small local business and innovative startups had the upper hand. They maintained a steady rise, and the trend will only continue. To compel your entrepreneurial spirit to introduce your… READ MORE

There’s no question that technology has changed our lives. The idea of having a pocket supercomputer with access to the sum of human knowledge was too farfetched for sci-fi. Now we call it a phone. This powerful tool has not only changed the way we live but also the way we work. These devices have… READ MORE

It is hard to find a person who doesn’t want to make their business better. However, if this were possible for everyone, we wouldn’t see so many people trying to become entrepreneurs and failing badly. Running your own business is a tough challenge, but if you learn new things all the time and do everything… READ MORE

Back in late 2012, my startup was growing fast, new clients were signing up and paying every day and we were starting to get enough sales to consider going off a ramen diet. But we were also running into a serious problem. Our system for organizing clients was cobbled together from several different pieces of… READ MORE

The appeal of a work environment is equally important to those who spend hours every day in it and those who pay a visit to their business partners. Employees are much more likely to perform and feel better in nicely decorated and equipped offices, while prospective and returning clients may be able to learn a… READ MORE

In this technological era, starting your own business is relatively easy. Starting your own business secures your future income and also allows you to become your own boss, work the way you want and expand your horizons to the extent you want. But with so many options around you, choosing one business idea as your… READ MORE

A lot has been said over the internet about how to improve search engine rankings, but it is not all you need. Increasing the search engine ranking is just a tip of the marketing iceberg. There is much more you have to do to keep your visitors engaged and convert them. Here are some proven… READ MORE

  For businesses, brands and enterprises that have digital presence, managing their online reputations is immensely important. Not all businesses have a risk-management plan in place, which is why they tend to make serious mistakes. It is almost impossible for a business to have a squeaky-clean online journey throughout, so it is always better to… READ MORE

Solid writing skills are a requirement for all business owners. Think about it: when you want to influence people to buy your products or services, you write social media updates and blog posts. When you want to promote your brand, you do that by writing online articles. Even if you hire writers to do those… READ MORE

Themes Boost Your Rankings You may be inclined to choose a web theme that looks nice – almost anyone would, but be cautious. As a professional promoting your business, you need to visit the world of online marketing beyond the realm of design. Search engine algorithms have specific metrics that they pick up in order… READ MORE

It’s hard for a business to thrive in this day and age without having a strong online presence. Business Websites were once a privilege of big companies, as small business owners didn’t have enough resources or the necessary skillset to build Websites by themselves. Fortunately, today, the costs and logistics of building a Website have… READ MORE

Chatbots aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. They’ve been around for decades in one form or another. Yet the last couple years have ushered in a new wave of chatbots that take their functionality to all new levels. Last year, Facebook launched its chatbot platform; since then, more than 11,000 bots have been added, meaning you now have the… READ MORE

As we enter a new year, we are often left with a sales pipeline that looks like it could be drying up. This is usually a result of a big final sales push in December to try and match the predictions that we made at the beginning of the year. With everyone focusing on making… READ MORE

When you are a Web designer, you know that it can be quite difficult sometimes to send invoices and get paid on time. This is especially true when you have more design work and less time for paperwork. However, every business needs positive cash flow in order to survive. In order to get that positive… READ MORE

With more than 100 million viewers, the Super Bowl is… well, it’s the Super Bowl of advertising! Reaching this many views is enticing for any business, but is it really worth it? Is a 30-second spot really worth up to $5 million (this number fluctuates given the timing of the advertisement)? The answer: probably not…. READ MORE

There is no perfect skill set for a successful business owner, and the ‘cookie cutter’ approach some people take is wrong. Businesses vary, and as a result, the skills needed to own and run them vary also. That being said, the following are 7 traits every successful business leader needs: 1. Optimism You must be… READ MORE

Reputation is a tricky thing. It takes a lot of time and effort to build a good image, yet it can collapse like a house of cards in an instant. Moreover, customers put great importance on the perception of the company, and make their purchasing decisions based on a brand image. Indeed, in a market… READ MORE

The business world is always competitive. You need to find a solution to compete effectively and emerge successfully. You need to have good marketing strategies that are cost-efficient and smart. No matter how big your business is or how outstanding your products and services are, what matters is that you reach target customers. Marketing is… READ MORE

The root of any business is a great idea that is presented strongly and confidently by a team of people who work together. It all starts with the idea and then bringing in a team to convert the idea into reality. This is the vital characteristic of most successful businesses. But it is not easy… READ MORE

An office must be a place where the employees don’t feel the Monday blues and can fill in their souls with energy and enthusiasm to work harder. Vibrant colors and fun-filled casual interiors make the workplace a lot of fun to be in. Companies are coming up with a new trend in the work culture,… READ MORE

Never underestimate the power of brevity. Marketing plans can run for pages, and sometimes they should. But for many situations a one-page marketing is fine, if not even better than a longer plan. A one-page marketing plan forces you to coalesce your thoughts into one short, succinct document. Like the one-page business plan, the single-sheet… READ MORE

Have you ever worked out for a few months in a row, and then stopped abruptly? Maybe you injured yourself, were overwhelmed with work, or had to stop for some other reason…But no matter the cause, something starts to happen after a few weeks. Your muscles begin to atrophy. So, when you eventually make your… READ MORE

Inbound marketing is the new lifeline that is keeping online marketing alive. It encompasses all the strategies and techniques that involve attracting new customers and clients to your Website instead of vying for their attention with traditional marketing efforts. It is all about sharing and caring. This means inbound marketing is dependent on creating fresh… READ MORE

Since you spend the biggest portion of your day in your office, it says something about you. Not many people know that their office space is actually a testament to how organized, inspired, hardworking or lazy they are. Everything from the décor to the arrangement of furniture tells a story and leaves a certain impression… READ MORE

Financial advisers play an important role for their clients, so providing financial advice is a popular field for entrepreneurs. Everything from mortgages to tax returns to investments falls under the umbrella of a financial adviser, but in order to remain successful, trust is imperative – and this means not making mistakes at the expense of… READ MORE

The trucking and transportation business can provide great returns on investment, but the business also requires high start up costs and capital investment. Whether you’re trying to start a trucking business or expand an existing fleet, you’ll need deep pockets. The high expenses are related primarily to the cost of fleet vehicles and can also… READ MORE

There is a lot of writing about content marketing out there. There really seem to be two broad ranges of articles. The first of these is the nuts-and-bolts type of article. Here you learn how to actually content market. They’ll tell you about how to write content for your blog, how to get your message… READ MORE

Proper management of the power of social media marketing is an essential tool for affecting your target audience and customer base significantly. However, if you are new to the game and lack the necessary experience, it can be quite challenging. You need to acquaint yourself with the fundamentals of social media marketing, from boosting the… READ MORE

Every day, more than 11 million meetings are held in businesses across the US. Some of these meetings are important. But the rest? Ask anyone who has spent the better part of their day sitting in a conference room having pointless discussions — and planning more meetings — and the general consensus is probably that… READ MORE

In some ways, purchasing a franchise may be seen as a shortcut to business ownership. Franchisees get many of the same benefits and incentives as traditional entrepreneurs but also have the opportunity to work within an established business model. With the franchise’s product, brand equity, and infrastructure all in place for you, it becomes that… READ MORE

Why is it that some companies reach the status of becoming a household name while others put out one product or service and then disappear from the scene? The answer is simple: branding. When it comes to establishing a business, there are many steps you must take in order to stand out in the crowd among your… READ MORE

Growing a successful business takes a lot of resources and hard work. That’s probably why roughly 96 percent fail before they reach ten years. One of the most difficult parts of running a company is scaling the business. This can be particularly difficult if you experience early success. To keep your business on the right… READ MORE

Marketing comprises significant expenditure for companies. Small businesses find it hard to grab eyeballs in the crowded advertising and marketing space. Also, marketing on popular platforms can blast a hole through the pockets of small-business owners. But, that should not stop you from promoting your business and getting the word out about your products and… READ MORE

Venture Capitalists invest nearly $20 billion each year into companies registered in the US. Of this, close to seven percent of the deals are with “seed stage” companies. In absolute terms, this amounts to nearly 260 seed-stage companies getting funded each year from VCs. This is not a big number considering that there are nearly… READ MORE

You can explore photography without lens filters, but they are crucial to most professional photographers. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, they act as protection against various things, such as dust, dirt, and water. Many photographers think of them as sunglasses for your camera. Secondly, there are effects that you can achieve with filters… READ MORE

Launching a business has never been easier. As a result of simplified legal procedures and the omnipresence of the Internet, it’s possible to register a new company from your armchair. However, all of the other challenges that owning a business brings are still here. Moreover, modern entrepreneurs face more demands than ever before. The global… READ MORE

Great businesses wouldn’t be great without good promotion and marketing. Today, business promotion has moved to the Internet, and creating social media pages, sending sale push notifications and tweeting about industry news have become the standard for reaching target audiences. However, these remarkably effective online platforms are combined with different offline marketing strategies by the… READ MORE

Every business is working hard to build a strong business identity and it takes so much more than having the best products in the market. Your business name and how you are recognized in the market is important and will determine if customers buy your products or not. The question ‘What is in a name?’… READ MORE

You may have a great idea looming around in your head, journal or back pocket, but you can’t make it happen because you lack the resources, capital and the market knowledge to deliver it. Hence, forming a joint venture with another company is seen as a plausible solution. It is not like a partnership agreement… READ MORE

Modern Website design has gone through many phases. After a lot of experiments and tweaks with elements, it is the simple and clean design that remains the winner. With Website design continuing to evolve at a fast pace, you have to learn new things at every turn of the road. To keep up with the… READ MORE

When it comes to marketing, small businesses face numerous challenges. Compared to their competitors, they have small manpower and marketing funds. Given that they’re working with so many constraints, their marketing approach needs to be creative and thoroughly focused. They might lack resources, but they cannot take the emerging and ever-changing trends in marketing lightly…. READ MORE

A company’s Website showcases the business to the public accessing it, and the visual impression that it creates can be very impactful. Before undertaking a Web design project, you need to categorially focus on the user-friendly interface and functionality of the Website in order to minimize your bounce rate. The various dimensions that the online… READ MORE

As a small-business owner, one of the greatest assets you can invest and reap results from is time. You can have a loose hand on money. You can even lose a business and get it back. But time is irretrievable and something that needs to be tapped immediately. Moreover, if you’re in the process of… READ MORE

The ‘Internet of things’ has crossed the threshold of our kitchen spaces. You can now do everything starting from monitoring the heat to cooking the steak (almost close to tasting it) and turning on the coffee maker with the help of just an app. Here, in this article, I’ve compiled a list of seven ultimate… READ MORE

Being a leader is much more than a job position. It’s more than your personality, and you don’t have to be born charismatic and friendly to lead. Leadership is more of a choice than anything else. It involves changing your entire mindset to embrace leadership opportunities that come your way. Once you’ve developed the right… READ MORE

Let’s get this straight. You have a company, or rather a product or service, which you want to promote and sell. This is the basic mantra for every company out there. Some of these companies might just be providing the same product or service, making them your competitors. And they might even have a better… READ MORE

For marketers, the ever-changing social media landscape in due course renders many forecasts invalid. However, it’s still helpful to contemplate where we are currently as an industry and where we are heading as we move further into 2017. As we enact our strategies for social media marketing for 2017, it’s good to have an overview… READ MORE

Since he swept to victory in the US elections in November, there’s been a scramble on to figure out exactly what the impact of a Donald Trump presidency might be on numerous core areas of policy. The wildly disparate headlines and predictions – swinging from gloomy to upbeat, depending on the publication carrying them –… READ MORE

In today’s marketing landscape, blogs are a dime a dozen. What this means for bloggers is that standing out in 2017 is critical. Good advice is not enough. Now, you need a secret sauce alongside great content to get views. While there are a few ways to get a competitive advantage in content marketing, a… READ MORE

YouTube isn’t the only platform for video anymore. Facebook allows people to upload videos and even offers a function that filters user news fields to show video content only. Instagram and Snapchat make it easy for users to upload video, and if your business is currently active on those platforms, you should take advantage of… READ MORE

As a startup, you have many competing priorities, and resources are usually scarce to address all challenges in the best possible way. To succeed, you need to focus on product development, sales and other things that may be insignificant but require your attention for the smooth running of the business. If you run a services… READ MORE