5 Trends Small Businesses Shouldn’t Ignore

small business trends

Back in the old days, businesses might have been able to survive solely thanks to a decent shop sign and local trade.

But now business behemoths and chain stores are cropping up everywhere and cutting out the little guys.

Even if the product or service you’re selling is absolutely incredible, it can be a challenge to get the recognition you deserve in order to sustain and grow your small business.

No matter what your trade is, small businesses must adopt these trends in order to survive. Click Here to Read Article …

Reasons Why You Should Retire Now

when to retire

Most of us have to work.

This is how we put a roof over our heads, food on the table and care for other personal needs.

Nothing in life is free, and it takes income to do just about everything.

But although many people have jobs, you might be plotting your retirement as we speak.

According to CreditRepair.com, “Retirement kicks in for most people at around 65 years of age, when they cease working and live off of money saved up during their lifetime.” However, there’s no rule that says you have to wait until you’re much older to leave the workforce. Click Here to Read Article …

7 Reasons to Send Your Workforce Home

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Have you ever considered whether your office, the physical evidence of your “success,” could actually be killing your business?

After 10 years of having a buzzing team around me, I recently sent every single one of my employees home and closed the physical office doors forever.

Why? We went remote.

I’d heard about remote working many times before — many of my entrepreneurial friends have been doing it for years.

But I had a whole bunch of preconceptions, fears and concerns about all of the different reasons why remote working wouldn’t work for my business. Click Here to Read Article …

Stop Relying on Rewards for Motivation

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It isn’t hard to find articles on motivation for a freelancer.

It’s only too easy to find five or 10 obvious steps to get goin’ on that approaching deadline (“picture the job already done” or “have a comfy work environment”).

But there’s a deeper philosophical issue at stake, and all too often these articles ignore it.

You don’t want to take just any advice on motivation techniques — some recommendations can hurt more than they can help.

From my experience, you really need to consider what type of motivation a particular strategy would speak to.

While some extrinsic motivators might work in a pinch, you don’t want to build up the habit of relying on them. Instead you need intrinsic motivation. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Mistakes Successful Startups Avoid

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In the fast-spinning and unpredictable business world, there are some common mistakes startups make.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50 percent of the small businesses fail within the first five years.

Your new business venture is more like a journey where you go along a rocky road filled with landmines — one wrong step and you’re out.

Beginning stages are exciting, but then the majority of these blunders are made in early days. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Tips to Successfully Juggle School and Full-Time Work

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Being able to devote your time solely to school was so twentieth century.

These days, with ever-rising tuition costs, more people are working to put themselves through school.

Also, it’s becoming increasingly common to continue one’s education to take careers to the next level.

Whatever takes you to higher learning, the idea isn’t just to get a degree but to learn as much as possible.

The demands of studying while working full time might tempt you to take shortcuts or concede that you’re only sort of doing college. Here are some tips to get the most out of earning a degree while still on the job. Click Here to Read Article …

10 Ways to Create a Memorable Brand

brand awareness

Maybe you’re a business owner looking to get more exposure for your startup.

Perhaps you’re a budding internet marketer with dreams of ruling the Internet.

No matter how different from the next guy you may be, you have one thing in common: You want your brand to get recognized — to improve brand awareness.

Here are 10 tips to help you establish brand recognition, regardless of what industry you’re in. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 3/3)

how to write a functional resume

Dear Reader: This is the third in a series of posts on properly showcasing your freelance experience on a resume.

In previous posts, we’ve established first that freelance work can be regarded with suspicion.

We also learned it’s possible to combat this by demonstrating the skills you’ve developed during your freelance career.

Today, we’ll firm up ways to do this, looking, specifically, at the functional resume, and comparing it to the chronological resume. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Ways to Make More Money with Your E-Commerce Store

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Britons are the biggest online spenders in Europe, with predictions of an average $1,800 per person to be spent shopping across the Internet in 2015.

That’s a year-on-year rise of 16 percent, pushing online retail sales in the U.K. to $80 billion.

The U.S. and Canadian markets can expect a similar rise.

But do you feel that your e-commerce site isn’t allowing you to get your hands on a share of this market due to poor performance?

Giving your customers the chance to buy your products online is one thing – but is your site letting you down when it comes to converting visits to sales?

Here are five ways of making sure your e-commerce site is up to scratch. Click Here to Read Article …

Wanna Be a Freelance Writer? Be a Brand Journalist

brand journalism

Companies once reached their audience by saying, “Buy Arco pancake mix. It makes good pancakes.”

And then came television commercials that promoted a lifestyle.

Then there was complex marketing research.

By the time Web 2.0 came along, the marketing intelligentsia on various brands tended to feel that any traditional advertising was a thing of the past and that telling a story was the way to reach people.

That is what brand journalism is all about, and it opens doors for freelance writers. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 2/3)

resume for self employed

In the first of our series on effectively relating freelance experience on resumes, we looked at some of the red flags employers see in such experience.

One of the ideas we stressed was that you can get around these red flags.

The way to do this is by assuring the employer that you’ve developed the skills he or she is looking for.

Here, in part two, we take a look at how to do just that. Click Here to Read Article …

Your Guide to Getting Along with Coworkers

how to get along with coworkers

In today’s workplace building a positive relationship with coworkers is extremely important.

Most employees spend at least 40 hours per week together, and the ability to communicate well and collaborate is key.

There are often times an array of personalities in the workplace, and it is important to be able to communicate effectively and get along well with everyone.

My business has allowed me to work with a variety of personality types and build relationships with our employees and clients. Click Here to Read Article …