California the innovation capital of the nation has the highest rate of startup companies in the United States. They also hold the highest percentage of the best one year survival rate of new businesses. 16 Oct 2020 Read more What you should search for when setting up your business
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According to the SBA (Small Business Administration) there are over 30 million small businesses of various legal structures in the US. The definition for a small business in the US is 'an organisation with fewer than 500 employees'. The majority of small businesses in the US employ fewer than 100 employees and are one or two person teams such as sole proprietorships, partnerships or single member LLCs.
Like other business startups across the world, South African startups were severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The economy of the country has been battered, and every business is feeling the heat. Entrepreneurs are expected to be resilient, so we expect startups in the country to pull through, even as the economy inches open slowly. Here, we will discuss a few possible ways they can thrive amid the pandemic. 12 Oct 2020 Read more Ahead of the 2020 presidential elections in the United States, social media platforms have been attempting to define their participation and have been coming under fire. While platforms like Facebook and Twitter do not want to be the arbiters of truth, they do want consumers to be comfortable using their platform especially those who do not want to engage in political rhetoric. Ahead of the elections Facebook and Instagram said they will let US users turn off political ads in their feeds. 21 Sep 2020 Read more 2020 has been a year of many unexpected challenges. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals have been reminded that it is vitally important to maintain their mental and physical health. Remaining physically healthy boosts your immunity and increases your ability to fight off viral infections. Your mental health controls your ability to remain intentional and patient even when unexpected circumstances occur. There are many ways that you can improve your health daily, like going for a walk or meditating. Periodically, it is important to dedicate a few days to invest in yourself. Many people choose to plan a solo getaway to a wellness resort or a city that is known for their wellness culture. Having an extended period of time to focus on your health can restore your mental and physical energy. In this article, we will discuss affordable wellness destinations in South Africa, North Africa and the United States. 15 Sep 2020 Read more We all know there are mountains after mountains of data out there - generating it is what our beloved Internet does, along with our smartphones and other connected devices. While having every conceivable bit of information available at your fingertips can be highly beneficial, the existence of massive volumes of data carries an inherent risk of improper control over it. 18 Aug 2020 Read more Would you buy a phone that was in near-original condition at a very low cost and with a warranty? Well, at Gorilla Phones S A you will find the widest variety of models, both from previous years and the most recent ones launched to the market. 4 Aug 2020 Read more Now that summer is here, one of the things people are thinking about is a road trip. Who wouldn't? Summer is the perfect season to go for a ride and make the most of the vacation season. But with the threat of the coronavirus, travel safety takes on a new meaning. The usual safety precautions won't do because now you have to be more careful about the risk of getting into an auto accident but also to make sure that you are safe from any potential infection. As much as possible, the best safety tip that you should follow is to stay home. However, if this travel can't wait, make sure you follow these safety tips: 4 Aug 2020 Read more Car accidents are among the leading causes of death in the world. The danger in car accidents lies in the fact that nobody ever expects them to happen. And even when we try every precaution to ensure that we drive safely and defensively, all it takes is for one mistake, either on your part, or that of another negligent driver, to put lives at risk. 26 Jun 2020 Read more If you've ever tried to search online for information on how to trade penny stocks profitably, you'll most likely have come across Timothy Sykes. The story of how he turned his $12,415 Bar Mitzvah gift money into a trading portfolio worth more than $1.65 million before graduating college has been told and retold several times over. 23 Jun 2020 Read more The quarantine and subsequent removing of restrictions have continued to help e-commerce sales in the latter half of the spring. Compared to a period before the pandemic in late February, nearly all the categories in e-commerce are up approximately 40% according to Signifyd Inc. While e-commerce giant Amazon is seeing a significant uptick in sales, their recent earnings results show that the company is spending on changes that need to take place to protect its employees and customers. 19 Jun 2020 Read more Eight countries in West Africa recently announced their collective decision to adopt an indigenous new currency. In doing this, not only will they achieve more autonomy from a former colonial overlord, but also potentially cement their regional union into an engine of prosperity. The plan has been more than two decades in the making. Adopting a new currency is not an easy decision. If this move succeeds it could well become an economic role model for the rest of the continent. 4 Jun 2020 Read more Nonprofits have always been focused on serving the community, and now it is easier for you to start one with TRUiC. 2 Jun 2020 Read more Today, it is very rare to find someone without a phone, for that matter, a smartphone. Over the recent years, they have become very affordable, which has made it easier for everyone to access them. One of the most sought out types of phones today is the iPhone. In as much as it is on the pricier end, there are die-hard fans of the iPhone. The moment one is released to the market, they want to own it almost immediately and, if you can, why not? But what do you do with your old phone? Archive it or sell it? Fortunately, the value of the iPhone still remains even when you decide to sell it off. 30 Apr 2020 Read more The business world is extremely competitive and it is every entrepreneur's dream to have their businesses on top of the charts. Well, many strategies need to be put in place to ensure that your business scales up, but did you know fast internet speeds are an integral part of any business today? We live in a fast-paced world where everything has shifted to the digital space. And in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, people have now shifted to the online space like never before. 29 Apr 2020 Read more Almost everyone owns a phone today. While the sole purpose as to why phones were created was for communication, the smartphones today are designed to do more than that. Today, you can video call, send emails, access social media, download apps, send text messages, and so much more. In this fast-paced mobile world, it is impossible to work without a phone in any business setting. On a daily basis in the workplace, you need to keep on communicating with your colleagues, suppliers, and your customers. For work to run smoothly, then all the communication channels need to be seamless. 28 Apr 2020 Read more With the expansion of a derivatives market, cryptocurrencies had become a great diversification tool, given their low correlation with other asset classes. Due to the innovation brought by technology in the world of finance, an increasing number of people are now attracted to invest in Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, and other smaller altcoins, to not miss the train and be part of the revolution that's currently going on in the financial industry. 22 Apr 2020 Read more If 2020 is the year you're keen to get ahead with saving or to improve your financial situation, there are several steps you can take. In this guide, we'll talk about tried and tested methods you can employ to grow your money, avert financial problems and build a brighter, more prosperous future. 21 Apr 2020 Read more How do you plan to pay for your funeral? Have you thought about how much it may cost? Have you thought about those you leave behind and how they would deal with the cost of your service? 19 Mar 2020 Read more Workout recovery is an important part of any exercise plan, and renowned personal trainer Majed Al Hamad explains how and why to take your recovery seriously. 19 Mar 2020 Read more One of the biggest questions that 2020 has brought with it is related to changes in the digital advertising space. The global digital ad spend is expected to cross $517bn by 2023 from $283bn in 2018. The numbers tell the story. The ad industry is expected to grow exponentially in 2020. 11 Feb 2020 Read more Since 2014, at least four major healthcare companies have been named in website accessibility lawsuits for violations of Title III guidelines in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III requires that websites be made accessible to people with disabilities who rely on screen readers, voice or keyboard navigation to make sites useable. 22 Jan 2020 Read more Securing businesses is of paramount importance. A huge part of this is controlling business space access. Cybersecurity is simply vital these days for all businesses. It is vital to control who enters the business since this is the very first defense line against thieves, intruders and even some employee misconduct. 16 Jan 2020 Read more Business is constantly evolving and changing. Nowadays, everything happens much faster. We have more demanding clients, adapting markets and things that keep changing. Managers have to be resilient and agile. They cannot wait for things to change or use the same strategies they did years ago. With this in mind, here are some of the really important skills that basically all managers need in order to be effective. 11 Dec 2019 Read more Connecting to an audience is vital for business success. The problem is that most companies do not connect and eventually end up faced with huge problems. In some cases, this might be due to some branding mistakes that are made. 9 Dec 2019 Read more By using vehicle manufacturing robots, automotive companies can reduce costs, enhance quality, and protect workers from dirty and hazardous tasks. Often, vehicle assembly plants use robots for painting and spot welding. With the continued advancements in the robotics sector however, these robots can be used in various other applications across the supply chain. 29 Nov 2019 Read more It doesn't take a savant to understand the huge potential that international franchising in emerging markets brings to the table. Especially when you stop to consider the long-term ramifications of having two economy-defining superpowers bickering like toddlers trying to outdo each other. 29 Nov 2019 Read more Marketing is an integral part in the equation to the success of a business. Marketing is about communicating the value that you add as a company and the benefits that your products offer. How well you communicate about yourself, service and products is the difference between success and failure. 4 Nov 2019 Read more During Q1 2019, ABSA stats revealed that South African housing prices increased by 3.96% (nominal increase), but fell 0.51% in real terms. Owing to increasing pressures in the South African macroeconomic realm, housing prices look likely to experience tepid growth over the near-term. One of the biggest bugbears to real estate appreciation is the lacklustre performance of the South African economy during the first half of 2019 (3.2% contraction). The SARB (South African Reserve Bank) reduced its guidance on growth from 1.3% to just 1%, and despite being the continent's second-largest economy, prospects remain grim. Various restrictive laws such as capital gains tax on non-resident real estate investments cut into the overall profitability of investment opportunities, in stark contrast to the housing boom in the early 2000s. The global financial crisis put paid to the housing market boom and house prices plunged 16.5% in real terms. 24 Oct 2019 Read more In an era of co-working and globalisation, finding the right tools to navigate the workplace is vital for the success of a project or a business. Anything that is not properly managed can lead to waste and loss - of time, of resources (financial or human), of revenue and profits. And that, of course, is not desirable. 22 Oct 2019 Read more Though marketing and advertising have absolutely evolved over the last few decades, a lot of the basics have remained the same. Consumers still buy based on emotions first, and major brands still pay big bucks to attract the attention of their consumer groups. Whether you have a marketing agency based in South Africa and want to expand or think you have what it takes to dominate the game in all of Africa, all marketing agencies have to think carefully before taking that leap. Listed below are the three main things that every marketing agency has to have in place prior to global expansion. 10 Oct 2019 Read more Having to attend a special event can both be exciting and frustrating. Exciting because of course you may get to see your friends and family in that event, paving the way for you to spend quality time together. However, it can also be frustrating at the same time, especially when you don't have an idea on how to prepare for the event. 8 Oct 2019 Read more With the aging baby boomer population, society has earned a new responsibility of dealing with the ever-increasing senior citizens who are in dire need of elderly home care. In fact, the senior home care market in the US is anticipated to grow from $120 billion to $226 billion by the time it is 2024 being driven by a rapidly burgeoning senior population. The occurence of chronic health disorders speak about the requirement of transformative solutions as long as senior care services are concerned. 3 Oct 2019 Read more Technology and the use of software programs have always been one of the best weapons every company should have. We are living in an age where the digital world and automation methods are taking over our way of life, and that's no different in the business world; it's actually sorely needed to help take your business to the next level. Take a look below at how you can utilize technological software to your company's advantage. 3 Oct 2019 Read more Whether your business is entirely online-based, as is the case with e-learning websites and e-commerce platforms, or you run a brick-and-mortar enterprise; the importance of leveraging various marketing strategies, especially digital marketing tactics, to build up your prospects can't be emphasised enough. By multiplying your prospects, your chances of generating high-quality leads to your business platforms will increase; thereby enabling your brand to make more sales. Read on below for some insight into how you can obtain prospects and boost lead generation for your business. 3 Oct 2019 Read more It has been said that customer service call centres are comprised of company representatives who do not care about customers and their needs. A common complaint from customers is that their time is not valued because they are often put on hold for a long period of time and sometimes do not get to speak with a representative. For this reason and others, some people avoid call centres. 20 Sep 2019 Read more Over the past three years, crackers have managed to hack more than 100 million passwords to social media accounts, emails, banking accounts, and other services used to store data. 9 Sep 2019 Read more Are you having a hard time getting reviews? Or get so many that you aren't sure what to do? Whatever the case, every business owner must understand that in order to succeed, must be taken as an integral part of the business's marketing strategy. 3 Sep 2019 Read more Starting a Shopify business is almost too easy. There are fewer steps involved in setting up a Shopify business than in baking a rudimentary cake. While this ease of setup is great, it creates a somewhat perilous illusion. Just because you can start a business with less effort than it takes to scratch that annoyingly hard-to-reach area between your shoulder blades doesn't mean it'll be successful. Success is harder. It takes study, intuition and stubborn determination. 30 Aug 2019 Read more In 1971, The US President Richard Nixon announced the end of the Bretton Woods system, which pegged the value of the US Dollar at $35 per ounce. That marked the beginning of a floating monetary exchange, in which currencies are able to fluctuate freely. Since then, the exchange rates are set based on supply and demand fluctuations for a particular currency and we have what it's called a fiat monetary system. 19 Aug 2019 Read more PitchGround is a revolutionary platform that brings together SaaS companies and interested buyers. 16 Aug 2019 Read more In the business world, there are managers and there are leaders. Some leaders are great managers, and some managers are great leaders. But there are clear differences between management and leadership. A manager is someone who is tasked with carrying out specific roles inside an organization. The manager is appointed to a position. As such, the manager has power through position. 24 Jul 2019 Read more Are you afraid someone might be snooping through your online data? You should be - especially when you're on public Wi-Fi. There are countless risks that come with using the internet. Some of those risks include malware distribution, loss of your personal information, and phishing. Luckily there are steps you can take to protect yourself when using the internet. 7 Jun 2019 Read more When you are running a business, having an account manager on your team can make an enormous difference. Whether you run a small company or a large corporation, account managers can oversee client relationships, handle difficult customer service scenarios and work with other team members to make the business stronger. 7 Jun 2019 Read more Everyone has a personal brand. Whenever you type your name on the Google search box, what pops up? These search results make the first impression most people will have about you. Is the impression good? Are the details you are sharing on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networks consistent? 5 Jun 2019 Read more Creating healthy and efficient internal communication is key for great teamwork and environment in the workplace. You need to keep everyone on the same page, even if all your employees aren't in the same city, let alone the same office building. 17 May 2019 Read more In 2013, Sean Geng was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. Six years later, he's COO of a publicly traded company worth nearly $6 million. His company has acquired several successful brands in their space and has launched a proprietary software system that's threatening to re-invent the way e-commerce businesses operate. 2 May 2019 Read more It is not an easy task to run a business. You have to deal with clients, meet deadlines, set targets, tap into resources for optimum returns, calculate ROI, plan finances, budget expenses, work out a business model, and the list can go on. However, these days, almost all companies or business entities have adopted ways to enhance their performance and productivity. In this write-up, let us see how this is done. 18 Apr 2019 Read more At first, the real estate investing space may seem convoluted and difficult to understand. Nonetheless, it's also a space that can prove to be incredibly rewarding. The key is following in the footsteps of those who have built success as real estate investors. 18 Apr 2019 Read more Doctors don't make house calls anymore; these days, the expectation is that if you need to see the doctor, you will travel to them. That's fine for some people, but with increasing healthcare costs, declining numbers of primary care doctors, and the simple difficulties of traveling, sometimes long distances, to see the doctor, that's just not possible. Enter online doctor consultations. 19 Mar 2019 Read more It's perfect to start any business having a reliable partner. Thanks to confidence and a shared vision you can achieve amazing results in no time together. 14 Mar 2019 Read more "If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business." - Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com 21 Feb 2019 Read more New and fresh leads are the lifeblood for a consulting business because without getting more leads you will soon run out of services no matter what type of consulting services offering you are. In order to succeed, you as a consultant need to make sure there is always an inflow of fresh leads driving into your business regularly. In this age of huge competition, cold calling and blasting messages are not sufficient methods for a consulting business to get more leads. 19 Feb 2019 Read more In today's global economy, the world is truly your oyster. For small businesses and freelancers, there's no reason to stick to serving clients in your own local market. The rise of the "gig economy" means that even large corporations are hiring freelancers and agencies. 12 Feb 2019 Read more For a lot of companies, they don't think much about what goes on behind the scenes of their website or their SaaS logins. They just expect everything to run. When you're running a small e-commerce site, this is probably fine. But as your site starts to grow, you may find that your speeds are slowing down. Customers may complain that it takes a long time for objects on your site to load. This may be a sign that your website is starting to outgrow its hosting. So what does that mean? 8 Jan 2019 Read more Marketing keeps evolving and small businesses always need to be aware of what works and what does not. After all, the only real advantage of the small business is the unique approach that they can take since they do not have to abide by all the rules bigger businesses have to. 8 Jan 2019 Read more As long as there have been opportunities, there have been opportunists looking to exploit them. The old-school con man has evolved into the modern hacker, and hacking has been through many different permutations in the last few decades. 19 Dec 2018 Read more It's a touch economy right now, and many people may feel like their money is outside of their control. Many of the traditional goals of home ownership, helping kids with college costs, and saving for retirement are difficult to achieve for younger people. But while financial goals may change, these habits have worked as long as people have been using money, and they continue to work now. 19 Dec 2018 Read more There is a major driving force behind many CBD retailers and startups. Edmon Mamane, the CEO of Terravidaonline.com explains this giant phenomenon - and how entrepreneurs can get involved. 4 Dec 2018 Read more The marketing world has never been in such a state of rapid change, and that has made the job of marketers everywhere more difficult than ever. Marketing budgets have shrunk, expectations have soared, and the media landscape has morphed into a more advanced, digitally-enhanced version of its former self. At the helm of all this constant change lies the awakening of all things digital. First came technology, then came digital focus, and here we have arrived at digital reliance. As this era of digital reliance is relatively new to us, we are learning to grasp it with both hands and forge stronger systems and processes using it. 28 Nov 2018 Read more Every business owner's goal is to make decisions that will ultimately drive the company forward. Yet, despite the best of intentions, sometimes mistakes are made. 2 Nov 2018 Read more The internet has changed the way brands market their products. It's also switched the order of the traditional sales progression. In the past, people didn't research pricing and reviews of a product until they had decided to buy. In the digital age, research occurs before the decision to purchase is made, because the information is widely available on the internet. 24 Oct 2018 Read more Businesses and organizations resort to social media for a number of activities vital to their operations. These include marketing and advertising, customer experience and an interface to chat live with their customers. Social media has been the answer for a long time because of its reach when compared to mainstream media. SnatchBot is a world-famous free chatbot platform that's helping companies in providing effective and efficient customer service. 22 Oct 2018 Read more In the market for computing services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) reigns supreme. As of April this year, AWS has held onto a 33% market share in cloud computing for the previous three years. While other market players in 'The Big Four' such as Microsoft, IBM, or Google have seen revenue growth, this is reflective of a burgeoning market rather than any shift in market share. 17 Oct 2018 Read more Welfont is a national commercial and residential real estate company that specializes in providing real estate investors and the non-profit sector with a wide range of services. Their services include brokerage representation, advisory, marketing, underwriting, financial services, asset management, and more. 3 Oct 2018 Read more Search engine optimization or SEO is one of the best internet marketing instruments to use. It is a way to reach millions of visitors - and potential customers - using the power of search engines. Considering more than 70% of internet traffic comes from search engines, not integrating SEO into your internet marketing campaign would be a big mistake. 26 Sep 2018 Read more The support and resistance level are two of the basic principles of forex. If you do not know how to use them properly, you are lacking big knowledge in your career. This article will try to tell you when you should use the support and resistance levels. It is advised that they should be always used in your trades to save your investment from being lost, there are sometimes when you need to depend on these support and resistance levels. Read this article and you will know these times. If you think you are a master and you do not need this childish advice, let us tell you that learning never ends in forex. The currency industry evolves and it requires that you know what is happening in the present world. 17 Sep 2018 Read more After you open your Rakuten trading account, the next thing you need to find is a winning trading strategy. Forex traders make use of different trading techniques and strategies to the best forex market entry and exit points and also to determine the best time to sell or buy currencies. For this reason, market traders and strategies are always coming up with new innovative strategies which device new methods that are used to better understand the forex Australia market movements. 17 Sep 2018 Read more Plastic is known for being easily moldable to just about any shape or configuration, but it is not exactly famous for its strength. That changed when companies started reinforcing plastic with fiberglass. Suddenly, it has become much stronger and more durable with greater resistance to chemicals and extreme temperatures. It soon followed that numerous fiberglass products became much more available and popular. 12 Sep 2018 Read more Drop-shipping is an increasingly popular strategy for order fulfillment where the retailer does not hold products in inventory, but rather, relies on manufacturers or wholesalers to send the orders out to customers. The fact that no stock is needed on site to fulfill this retail model makes it a very attractive option to e-commerce merchants. Once a customer places an order for a drop-shipped product online, the retailer will pass this on to the manufacturer or wholesaler to issue a purchase order and provide the customer's shipping details. The product is shipped directly, whilst the retailer earns a profit. If you currently run or are thinking of starting an e-commerce store, we've got some great reasons to consider drop-shipping. 12 Sep 2018 Read more If you're like most business owners, you spend a significant amount of time at your computer. That time can quadruple if you run an online business. If you sit at your desk for long periods of time, you must get an exercise routine in, even if it's small. Staying healthy is a good reason to bring out that luxury activewear sitting in the closet. 5 Sep 2018 Read more The rising popularity of live trivia games in the mobile market supports the assertion that live interactive video content might be the future of advertisement and marketing. In the last couple of years, marketers and advertisers in the digital space have started making strategic shift away from hard-sell advertising tactics that push a sales message to the audience. Now, advertisers are leveraging entertaining, interesting, and engaging content across social media platform to pull potential customers towards their brands. 27 Aug 2018 Read more Any business operating a retail store or e-commerce website needs a merchant services provider. They serve as the gatekeeper between the customers' credit and your "cash register." But with so many different providers on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult. 14 Aug 2018 Read more In the midst of a US-China trade war, there is a glowing opportunity for both economic and humanitarian intervention in Africa where a US partnership is highly sought. 10 Aug 2018 Read more BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a very common problem that causes LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) for men that are over 50. Normally, this is treated with surgical procedures, medications and phytotherapy. However, now, thanks to a recent study, we know that a topically applied therapeutic device can be really effective for LUTS. Enlarged prostate (BPH) treatment with Thermobalancing therapy is now available and can stand out as an option for many men, especially when BPH is diagnosed in time. 6 Aug 2018 Read more Managing rental properties can be a full-time business if you own a substantial portfolio. Collecting rent payments, liaising with tenants, and taking care of the logistics is time-consuming. You also need to stay on top of property maintenance since rental properties are subject to a lot more wear and tear when compared to regular homes. 23 Jul 2018 Read more If you go searching for predictions on what's going to happen next on the cryptocurrency market, the answer is almost universal: the market is going to continue to boom over the next year, and valuations are expected to expand in huge ways. Smartereum, for example, believes that the market for cryptocurrency will hit one trillion dollars this year. 19 Jul 2018 Read more Instagram, with its 500 million daily active users, is one of the best marketing channels around today. Unlike the parent company, Facebook, Instagram doesn't allow direct links to shopping sites. That gives brands the ability to connect with millions of potential customers, but only a limited way to actually get these customers to a shopping page. 17 Jul 2018 Read more Launching a new business can be a daunting endeavor, especially if you are a sole proprietor going it alone. Everything falls on your shoulders from registering your business to marketing your startup, and by the time you are ready to launch, you may simply have run out of steam. What you need is a good dose of motivation to re-energize yourself now that the big day is here. Launching is just the beginning! It's what comes after that will make or break you and this is where you can find inspiration from those who have gone before. 12 Jul 2018 Read more Not a lot of people are familiar with the term, "chartered surveyor". However, it is important to familiarize yourself with the term, especially if you own a property. A chartered surveyor can help you to make informed decisions regarding financial investments and home renovations. There are many RICS-accredited firms out there like Lewis & Tucker, but it is imperative to learn about the process first in order to understand what it entails. 10 Jul 2018 Read more Getting a mortgage is a big step for anyone. If you buy a home, your mortgage will probably be the biggest financial decision of your life. It will affect your credit, your spending, and your lifestyle for years to come. 9 Jul 2018 Read more Do you believe that mobile apps only suit big-shot brands like Bank of America or Walmart? If answered yes, you're wrong and this is nothing but a misconception that you bear in mind. If you take a look at the bigger picture, you will find an increasingly large number of small and medium-sized businesses follow the mobile trend as they have started believing in the fact that this is the most effective mobile strategy which can help the visibility of a mobile-friendly website. 3 Jul 2018 Read more The experience of dining out is no longer just about finding a good place to eat. For Americans, it has evolved into something more complex and a lot of thought needs to be put into answering the age-old question: "Where are we eating out tonight?" 28 Jun 2018 Read more There's something special about floating on a cruise ship during holiday seasons. Especially as more people take a non-traditional approach to the holidays, finding a great deal for a cruise can be the difference between a relaxing and exciting holiday trip and one that is just as humdrum as all the others. 25 Jun 2018 Read more Outsourcing software development doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality for speed. Nor do you have to choose between getting exactly what you want and tapping into a team with expertise you don't have in-house. Here are a few tips on how to outsource software development the right way. 21 Jun 2018 Read more Artificial intelligence is already changing our lives. We now have voice assistants on our smartphones, and even in our homes! Here are four areas in which artificial intelligence is set to revolutionize. 12 Jun 2018 Read more Technology has dramatically altered the world of business in every conceivable way. One of the biggest ways that technology has changed our relationships, both to and as other businesses, is by completely rewriting the rules of marketing. Successful marketing now needs to incorporate an online component, but online marketing requires a very different approach to traditional, offline marketing methods. 6 Jun 2018 Read more Marketers have agreed for many years: content is king. When a company is primarily trying to spread content and build brand awareness in their native country, they generally have a pretty good handle on how to tell an engaging story, what platforms to use to connect with people, and what iconography to use in order to convey the appropriate message. 24 May 2018 Read more Here, we take a look at the impact of rising US interest rates and how it affects the market and traders. 22 May 2018 Read more If you have never interacted with a chatbot before, you may be inclined to think of it as a simple piece of software with pre-programmed responses - like some sort of text-based game from the eighties, in which you have to carefully input just the right combination of words in order to make a request. 16 May 2018 Read more As the owner of a South African business, it can be easy to fall into the trap of looking at your company as a primarily local entity. When most of your business comes from clients or customers located within your region, there's often no incentive to expand into the global market. Adjusting workflow and hiring additional employees is another factor that often prevents local businesses from being able to accommodate global expansion. Luckily, there are plenty of steps you can take to start earning profits in all sorts of currencies and time zones, including but not limited to the following: 15 May 2018 Read more Throughout the years, people often mistake the prepaid calling card business as a dwindling trade. This is due to the fact that the cellphone industry is growing rapidly and it's preferring data plans. According to the consumer reports in 2015, a prepaid calling card is a cheaper alternative to mobile roaming charges. This can be helpful in providing consumers an inexpensive way to contact their loved ones internationally. With it, making long distance phone calls is no longer too expensive. 15 May 2018 Read more Getting landlord insurance is one of the most important things to get if you own any kind of property. This will make you sleep safely in the event of a catastrophe that will damage your property. If you have insured your property, there are a number of benefits that you will get for it. That being said, there are a few important elements that you must look out for when selecting your landlord insurance. 9 May 2018 Read more One of the biggest challenges facing business is how to merge a quest for growth with the need to stay agile in the competitive landscape of the 21st century. As organizations get bigger, they often need to create systems and process to manage their operational flow and keep all the stakeholders united towards a common goal. 3 May 2018 Read more Most companies take the position that more technology is better because added tools supposedly make it easier to get things done. But what if technology is really holding your business back? The most productive companies may be those that strike a balance - choosing the right tools and minimizing the excess. 30 Apr 2018 Read more It's said (and rightfully so) that if you learn a language of a particular people, then you inherit their wisdom. And this makes perfect sense when you consider it - the people construct their language based on their reality. You may find that many words that are frequently spoken in a foreign language cannot be as easily translated into your native language. 25 Apr 2018 Read more The modern workplace is seeing a major overhaul, thanks both to new technologies that make new types of work possible, and changing attitudes that challenge norms that have existed for decades. At the nexus of these two influences is the rise of workplace autonomy - the tendency for employees to have more say in their daily responsibilities and control over their own working conditions. 20 Apr 2018 Read more Software testing is undergoing much change due to DevOps growth. How is this being done, and how do technology companies keep up? 18 Apr 2018 Read more Unemployment rates around the world are looking pretty good as a whole. To be sure, some countries are lagging. But in the U.S, for example, the headline unemployment rate is at one of its lowest points in almost two decades. The Euro area is also faring well, according to Trading Economics, who recently noted that the current unemployment rate is the lowest since the last quarter of 2008. The Davos summit earlier this year echoed 2017 calls for "global synchronised growth" in 2018 and going forward. Long story short, world economies are looking good, and labor markets are getting tighter. 11 Apr 2018 Read more Dealing with sickness and pain can be a lot tougher on entrepreneurs. Unlike those in regular employment, you can't call up and have a day off sick when you've your own business to run, particularly in the early stages when you may be managing things all by yourself. Unless you have a trusty team you can rely on to keep things going for you whilst you recuperate, chances are your only option is to soldier through. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to keep sickness and pain at bay whilst you work. 4 Apr 2018 Read more 2018 will be the year when online marketing finally starts to use a lot of video content in the campaigns created. Marketers from all around realised the numerous advantages associated with using video content in marketing campaigns. The truth is that if you do not take advantage of the power of video, your competition will surely do. It is a huge mistake if you do not use video content, with the following main reasons why having to be highlighted. 23 Mar 2018 Read more There's no secret that finding a job in South Africa within the private sector is extremely competitive, and making your mark in the field takes even longer. This is exactly why students look for all the help they can get when it comes to grad school. Driving great distances to meet with various tutors is something that many students can attest to, and will do in order to get a better understanding of their studies and get that coveted high mark. 1 Mar 2018 Read more FLOGmall recently announced its ICO pre sale success, reaching the targeted soft cap and raising 387 ETH from early investors. The next step for the project is the Pre-ICO that will take place between 22 February and 8 March, set at a cap of $2.5m. After that the project will go through an ICO phase trying to reach $5m, leading to the full launch of the project. All this is really important if adopted for those that are involved in e-commerce and considering accepting cryptocurrency payments. Here's why. 26 Feb 2018 Read more Focus groups have long been an important part of the business world. For decades, business owners have gathered individuals from a desired demographic and used their feedback to gauge the potential success of a new product, business idea, or policy change. But with increasing connectivity through social media, focus groups are arguably no longer essential. Instead, you can gauge reactions from a target demographic directly on social media. Here are four reasons that you should be using social media as your focus group. 22 Feb 2018 Read more Expansion of businesses and the associated change of circumstances have increased the demand for storage solutions in different parts. Depending on your business needs, you either can choose to rent self-contained units, outside metal containers, or stacked wooden boxes. All of these different types of storage units come with their pros and cons. There are so many reasons why you would consider self-storage units. However, before you even think of the type of storage space to rent, it is important to evaluate the suitability of renting out a storage space for your business needs. 21 Feb 2018 Read more Every customer who visits a restaurant has initial expectations that they hope will be upheld. This is especially true if your restaurant is located in a busy neighborhood full of great establishments where customer service levels are high. If you think that you could be doing more to improve the customer experience at your restaurant, read on for some ideas on how to make this happen. 16 Feb 2018 Read more A plagiarism online checker looks at text that's copied into an editor or looks at a live web page and verifies whether the passage of text is original or a copy of something already online. Who can use a service like this and how does it help them? 14 Feb 2018 Read more When it's time to throw an unforgettable office party, you need more than fancy decorations and fine wine. How you organise your party matters as much as the food and entertainment you provide. 12 Feb 2018 Read more Many people feel like it's difficult to thrive if you live in Africa. Well, this is indeed the case - as it is the case with the rest of the world. It can be very difficult to thrive even in the most developed countries in the world, such as the United States of America. But if you ever thought of starting a business in Africa, then we have a few suggestions for you to try out. 8 Feb 2018 Read more There's a lot to look forward to in 2018. If you're getting married in 2018, you might be wondering what trends are on the horizon. These exciting changes are going to be featured in weddings all year long, so keep your eye out for styles and ideas that speak to you and your partner! 2017 hosted a lot of unique trends like cactus-themed decor, lace, and more, but 2018 is already making a name for itself in the wedding industry. Read on for the top trends to look for in 2018 from wedding experts. 31 Jan 2018 Read more As technology continues to grow in power and popularity, it's becoming increasingly easier for e-commerce vendors to break past international borders to build truly global businesses. 30 Jan 2018 Read more As a business, it's your responsibility to take as many precautions as possible to prevent workplace injuries. Not only are you protecting your employees, but you're protecting your business as well. If an employee does sustain an injury on the job, they can apply for financial compensation thanks to COIDA: the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act of 1993. 22 Jan 2018 Read more Customer experience is one of the most important things to focus on today. When customers have a pleasant, positive experience as they interact with your business and your products or services, it is easier to boost their lifetime value, turn them into loyal customers, and also get your products recommended to other potential customers. 19 Jan 2018 Read more Natural language at its most basic means the ability for a computer to parse through English writing (it can be other languages too) and reach an understanding of what is being discussed. While companies don't have the time to read everything that people say online - even on their own websites at times - using natural language processing, businesses can gain useful insights using computing power, not human effort. 17 Jan 2018 Read more Colour is one of the primary elements involved in branding, but it doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves among small businesses and startups. While there are certainly other things to think about, choosing which colours you want to associate your brand with is a major decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. 16 Jan 2018 Read more Nothing is more important than keeping your marketing team engaged and inspired. After all, how can they come up with innovative and creative brand-boosting ideas without an environment that fosters them? With that in mind, here are a few inspiring office design features that will boost productivity in the years to come. 10 Jan 2018 Read more Millennials are an especially challenging generation for recruiters. Known colloquially as the "job-hopping generation," millennials have a turnover rate that's higher than those of generations past; according to a Gallup poll, 60 percent of millennials are open to a new job opportunity, and 21 percent of them have changed jobs in the past year, which is more than three times the rate of non-millennials. From these data, it's estimated that this rate could affect a country's overall economic production by tens of billions of dollars. 5 Jan 2018 Read more George Bernard Shaw said, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." There is no greater truth. In fact, communication is almost non-existent where government officials are concerned. Many of them don't understand what their people need because they're unable to effectively communicate. 5 Jan 2018 Read more Whether your company is large or small, your network is the backbone of your operation. It's how you stay connected to each other, your vendors, and your customers. 29 Dec 2017 Read more Reports are flooding in about the downfall of brick-and-mortar retail in America. According to a CNN report, more than 6,700 stores in the US closed their doors in the first three quarters of 2017, a number greater than the 2008 recession when less than 6,000 stores closed. It's estimated that before 2017 ends, there will be 1,900 more stores closing their doors. Even large box stores like JC Penney, Walgreens, and Sears haven't escaped the torrential rains of the online retail sector. 27 Dec 2017 Read more Businesses should always be looking for ways to generate greater revenue. In the case of affiliate marketing, promotional efforts are not that expensive, and the sales can be significant. The opportunity to make a profit from affiliate marketing efforts and improve the bottom-line of the company is a boon to many small businesses seeking new ways to grow. 19 Dec 2017 Read more For some people, buying a house at all might seem like an event outside of the realm of rational possibility. We've all heard the narrative about how millennials can't buy homes, and while it is totally true for millions of young people, there is reason for people to make it a goal and work hard to achieve it. 19 Dec 2017 Read more If projection collaboration is important for your business, as it is for most others, you should really become familiar with the corporate lexicon that's commonly used during collaborative projects, starting with the following alphabetical list of 33 terms: 12 Dec 2017 Read more The GBP/EUR has whipsawed in recent days over expectations of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations. Several major issues remain with the Brexit impasse, notably the Irish border, the rights of EU nationals living in the UK, and pension payments made by the UK to EU nationals. These issues remain central to Brexit discussions. 11 Dec 2017 Read more One of the biggest concerns small business owners have is whether their company will be able to compete with more established brands in terms of the quality and professionalism. Of course, this is a very legitimate concern because starting from scratch can put you at several disadvantages in comparison to a business that has already been successfully operating in its niche for a number of years. One of the best ways to let prospective and current customers know that your company is worthwhile is to ensure that your employees are displaying the utmost professionalism in both their appearance and behaviour. With that said, here are four specific ways any small business can make their employees look like pros instead of amateurs: 11 Dec 2017 Read more Effective systems are the backbone of every business; systems run everything from shipping and receiving to marketing and accounting. Systems ensure accuracy through consistency, and they make it easy to train new staff members. 11 Dec 2017 Read more Since blockchain technology emerged into the financial services industry, there has been no end to the transformations that it has made to our financial infrastructure. So much so, that we can confidently say that distributed ledger technology, like blockchain, will completely revolutionise the financial infrastructure forever. For many organisations within the financial services sector adapting to these changes in the infrastructure can be challenging but there is no shortage of innovative start-ups which can often provide automated solutions to existing manual tasks. Businesses such as NEX have found their success in cultivating such products, with a number of technology services across all stages of the trade life cycle. 8 Dec 2017 Read more When it comes to your business marketing, there are a great number of different things that you can do. Whether you choose more traditional marketing methods such as television, poster boards, or newspaper adverts, or you choose the more direct digital marketing route with SEO and pay per click, marketing is likely to be one of the first things on your list when you're running your business. However, being innovative and unique with your marketing campaigns can be extremely difficult, as it may feel like with every idea you come up with, someone else has managed to do it before you. Nevertheless, it is extremely important to ensure that you are not plagiarising your marketing campaign from another brand. Here, we're taking a look at why. 7 Dec 2017 Read more It's wonderful to get enthused about our personal gadgets and it doesn't take long to realize how much they enrich our lives. Although the most innovative apps and gadgets are often on the pricey side, they are well worth the price because they make our lives so much easier. In fact, it's sometimes hard to imagine how we got along without them. If it wasn't for that friend's recommendation or that blog post you stumbled on, you'd still be doing things the old, slow, and tedious way. 30 Nov 2017 Read more As a business owner, you want your processes and systems to run smoothly. If something isn't going as planned, and your smooth flow is halted, you know the importance of investigating to find (and fix) the cause. 27 Nov 2017 Read more Accidental injury is the worst thing that can happen to you when you are abroad in an unfamiliar environment. Not only will you be far away from friends and family, you will have no access to your usual doctor or local hospital - and the challenges can continue to grow! As well as putting the dampener on the fun you have been having sipping fruity cocktails on the poolside garnished with cherries or listening to the waves repeatedly lap against the sand under a multi-coloured parasol, understanding how to make a holiday injury claim can be quite the challenge. It doesn't matter whether you have been involved in a car accident that was due to somebody else, injured skiing down the marked slopes of the Alps or have tripped, slipped or fallen to injury, you can make a claim. 23 Nov 2017 Read more Although there are strong labor laws in effect for people with disabilities, few companies go beyond federal requirements for making the workplace accessible. This typically means providing specific types of restrooms with wide doors and ramps in lieu of stairs so that the disabled can enter the workplace. There are, however, top companies that go above and beyond what is mandated by law. 20 Nov 2017 Read more In today's competitive world, small businesses generally need multiple ways to generate revenue, and creative entrepreneurs are able to establish multiple streams. Especially early on in the life of your company, money can be extremely tight if you are not creative and constantly looking for ways to make money, aside from your traditional business. Whether you call it an alternative revenue stream, a side hustle or any other appropriate description, the most successful entrepreneurs find additional ways to create income for themselves and their business. 16 Nov 2017 Read more The economy is rarely stable. On some occasions, it's less stable than others, though. During those chaotic days, you must have a plan for how to run your company. Otherwise, you'll become another statistic about failed businesses. Here are four ways to respond to an uncertain business climate. 16 Nov 2017 Read more Becoming a registered nurse is difficult but this is just the first step of the struggle that is going to come. Although there is a clear demand for RNs, according to the American Association Of Colleges Of Nursing, this does not mean that the demand is present everywhere. Getting the very first job is difficult. This is why the following tips will be really helpful. 15 Nov 2017 Read more When thinking about financial technologies, it is natural to assume the term stands for recent developments. Fintech, however, is not a newcomer, but has been a column of the financial industry for the past 60 years or so. 15 Nov 2017 Read more A brand created for the ones who dare stand out, the trendsetters and the risktakers. The Garwood Wood Grain Watches was created with these values in mind in 2013, representing a dynamic juncture between the modern and the classic. 10 Nov 2017 Read more If you run a retail business, chances are you will have to deal with a personal injury claim at least once during your lifetime. When someone becomes hurt at your place of business, things can turn serious fast. While not all personal injury claims turn out to be true, many of them can be proven in court. Today, we are going to learn how to deal with a personal injury at your place of business. 9 Nov 2017 Read more The explosion of ridesharing services has occurred partially because of the prevalence of powerful smart phones being so prevalent, new technologies including next generation smart phone applications being developed, and a desire for those who utilise taxi-type services to have better, easier, and safer experiences. The convergence of these factors has created some of the most dynamic new businesses, provided tens of thousands with additional incomes as drivers and given passengers better options when they need a lift. 9 Nov 2017 Read more Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Of course you have - just about all of us have. In fact, you've probably even thought about a specific concept for what your business would be, whether it's a new product you've thought about inventing, or just an improvement on an existing business model. Most people, of course, never take these ideas and manage to turn them into a reality. 8 Nov 2017 Read more Binary options trading is hugely popular in South Africa presently, and the majority of brokers that operate at the moment accept the registration of South African traders. Having said this, there seems so be a lot of confusion surrounding the legality of financial betting within South Africa and the regulations put in place regarding the subject. In order to put all of this confusion to bed, we are going to answer a few questions that you might have concerning the binary options regulations in South Africa. 6 Nov 2017 Read more Although mortgage rates have taken a slight jump in the past month, they're still holding at a lower rate than they have in several years. This has naturally spurred an increase in mortgage applications and refinancing. 6 Nov 2017 Read more Happily ever after isn't a given after you say, "I do," unfortunately, and if the divorce comes around, all your financial assets could be at risk. Divorce is a harrowing ordeal for anyone, but when you're a small-business owner, it can affect even that. 1 Nov 2017 Read more Almost eight years ago, Entrepreneur and Designer Jannik Olander started making bracelets by hand in his Hollywood hills garage. Today, Nialaya Jewelry is a world-renowned brand for men and women with headquarters on Melrose Avenue in sunny Los Angeles, and the go-to for handcrafted, unique beaded bracelets and necklaces with a spiritual touch! 30 Oct 2017 Read more Whenever talking about medical advertising and marketing, the big problems rely on creating an ethical campaign and getting the desired results. This may seem to be really simple, but different mistakes appear because a campaign in this industry needs to be approached from other angles than those we are used to. Let's discuss some common mistakes that appear because of various beliefs that doctors have since that often causes the biggest problems when promoting a clinic or an office. 23 Oct 2017 Read more In the United States, owning a restaurant is a proven business model because many people love to eat out, with a certain proportion of the general public even eating out more often than eating home-cooked meals - either because they dislike cooking or because they have demanding schedules and don't have the time or energy to cook much at home. Moreover, if your cuisine is exceptional, you will be able to ease up on paid marketing efforts after only a short while because your restaurant will attract a high volume of repeat business. 23 Oct 2017 Read more All of us sleep, but almost everyone sleeps differently. Some of us snore, some stay immobile for the entire duration, some scratch compulsively, or sniff, and some even sleep-talk. While there is no single proper way to sleep, there are good and bad positions in which you can do so, and all of them have their pros and cons. The important thing to know is, as long as you're sleeping in a bed or similar piece of furniture, you're probably doing it correctly. 20 Oct 2017 Read more Promotional events are an excellent way for businesses to advertise new products and services in a way that attendees will remember. Not only will this make sure that they themselves remember what it is that you are promoting, they are more likely to tell their friends about the event and therefore the product that it is promoting. 20 Oct 2017 Read more When you want to sell to a business you are faced with many different challenges than what is seen as consumer selling happens. You have a sales cycle that is naturally going to be longer and the speed of a buying process is slower. Impulse sales are not going to happen and word of mouth is not that effective, although reputation is simply paramount. 18 Oct 2017 Read more So, you're used to taking the bull by the horns, taking charge, and getting things done your way. Becoming injured and being in the middle of a personal injury claim can change a business owner who's used to running his company like a roaring lion into a timid kitten. For once, you won't be able to get up and run your own errands and the idea of holding an emergency meeting in the middle of the day has to fall by the wayside while you're busy giving a deposition. Getting involved in a civil personal injury action is a slow and arduous process. You may think your case is about to be settled only to hear from your attorney a few days later and be right back to square one. So, if you own a business, approach your pending personal injury claim in the same way that you'd run your company. 16 Oct 2017 Read more Once upon a time, brokers played a passive role in the financial markets. They took orders, executed trades and collected their commission. At the same time, they were the intermediaries that held the key to the financial markets. 12 Oct 2017 Read more Being healthy is the key to a long and happy life. Achieving good health means more than going to the gym regularly and following a well-balanced diet (although those are certainly key factors as well). 12 Oct 2017 Read more Businesses have a responsibility to reduce the impact their activities have on the environment. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of steps taken by businesses across all industries to reduce their carbon footprint and waste levels, from simple steps such as changing lightbulbs to fuelling environmental initiatives in the local communities. 11 Oct 2017 Read more What do you know about small business loans? Do you have reason to believe that this type of loan could be perfect for your business? Are you willing to learn more with the idea that you will complete an application should everything check out? 9 Oct 2017 Read more Oilfields can be dangerous places to work. The work done there is essential to keep our infrastructure running and all developed nations need access to petroleum. Unfortunately, it is an activity that cannot be done in complete safety. The potential for accidents exists at any site where drilling is occurring, or indeed anywhere where heavy machinery is running. 9 Oct 2017 Read more Nigeria-based oil and energy conglomerate Aiteo is creating a new paradigm for the oil industry in Africa. The company recently made news for its successful purchase of OML 29, a massive onshore oil block license, which will drastically increase its output. CEO Benedict Peters is showing that a little thinking outside the box can go a long way, and has quickly become a leader in the Nigerian oil industry. 5 Oct 2017 Read more Employee evaluation shouldn't be a cumbersome job for the employer and the employee. When done the right way, it can make a huge difference in both individual and organisational performance. Conduct assessments more often, use the right attitude, and use the right tools like Free Word Templates for evaluation to achieve better results. 2 Oct 2017 Read more The start-up scene in South Africa is livelier than ever and the market is growing at a steady rate. New and existing companies are able to reach more customers and expand their operations. The real opportunity, however, lies in access to the global market. Tech giants realised this a long time ago and it is time for our nation's businesses to invest in the same strategy. 2 Oct 2017 Read more When it comes to achieving the type of sales revenue that you would like to see for your e-commerce business, driving traffic to your website is an absolute must. Without the organic traffic made up of interested customers who are planning to make a purchase, then your business will quickly begin to struggle. The good news is that there are several methods of driving traffic that savvy business owners can use to gain popularity and traction in their chosen industry. No matter what it is that you are selling online, the following methods will help you to drive more traffic to your websites and enjoy increased sales and profits. 2 Oct 2017 Read more Digital marketing has changed the face of how companies used to operate and advertise. With new technology flooding the market every minute, digital marketing is also reinventing itself to suit the needs of the times. South Africa is the largest developing market for digital marketing these days owing to the hotbed of brands flocking to the beautiful and diverse nation which is fast becoming one of the business hubs of the world. 29 Sep 2017 Read more Have you been pondering over accepting digital currencies at your business but you're not sure if it's worth it or not? If so, you have come to the right place. Today, we are going to learn several important advantages of accepting digital money for payments. Some of these benefits may seem simple while others may shock you. 27 Sep 2017 Read more In many African countries, including South Africa, poverty seems inescapable - and this is particularly the case for women. As Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, former chair of the African Union Commission, has noted that “The face of poverty is feminine especially in South Africa” and women's leadership is a key part of transforming the nation. For Zuma, this means political leadership, but economic leadership is also vital. 21 Sep 2017 Read more Being an entrepreneur is an exciting lifestyle that many people dream of having. But being an entrepreneur also comes with its challenges. One of those difficult subjects that many entrepreneurs put off is estate planning. Let's face it, no one likes to think about estate planning but it's a fact of life that must be addressed. Today, we are going to learn some tips that will help you get started. 20 Sep 2017 Read more While you never want to have to think about a violent crime occurring at your place of business, it can be a harsh fact of life. If your company has been affected by a violent crime that has resulted in a loss of life, things can be extremely difficult for all involved. But as a business owner, there are some things that you will have to deal with even in this hard time. Today, we are going to learn some tips that just might make things a little easier on everyone. 20 Sep 2017 Read more From its food to its hospitality to its wide variety of cultures, Pakistan is a great choice if you're looking for a unique travel experience. It's one of those rare countries in the world where anything is possible. African and Pakistani relations are at an all-time high right now, making this a great time to experience this fascinating culture. However, there are a few preparations you should make before visiting this country. Here are seven things you should know before visiting Pakistan. 20 Sep 2017 Read more We're not the first to say saving money isn't easy, but it's not totally impossible. Whether you have bad shopping habits, compare your lifestyle to others or don't have any financial saving goals, saving money is just as important as living your version of the highlife. If you're in need of some cash fast, consider short-term loans online. Short-term loans are great for those who find themselves in an emergency or need some extra cash to last them until payday. Better yet, they are designed for you to pay back over a short period of time comfortable for you. Find out how you can save money below. 19 Sep 2017 Read more When you effectively manage the human capital of your business, you gain a host of advantages over your competition: 19 Sep 2017 Read more South African president Jacob Zuma recently addressed a business forum in China at the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Centre. The BRICS Business Forum (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) conference was attended by high-level dignitaries from developing countries, and the South African president took the initiative to express his discontent at the inequitable distribution of trade within the emerging market sector. 18 Sep 2017 Read more With millennials poised to become the most powerful demographic in terms of purchasing power, retailers need to understand how Generation Y is interacting differently with retail, technology, and the overall experience of shopping. To capture a share of their spending, retailers need to know how to change their patterns and be accessible to this new demographic. 12 Sep 2017 Read more Business process automation (BPA) is possible thanks to the evolution of technology, automating workflows sometimes towards points where the intervention of the human is not needed. BPA can save a lot of money and time, make it more enjoyable for the customer to shop and drastically reduce human error. 12 Sep 2017 Read more It may sound strange to think that your business could be the victim of identity theft, but the truth is that any entity is capable of being “hijacked” by fraudsters. 12 Sep 2017 Read more Marketing on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others is an important part of every successful business strategy. By using social platforms, the business can build stronger relationship with customers that use their services and buy their products. 11 Sep 2017 Read more Real estate investments are very tricky to navigate. It is really important to keep a tight control of finances since there are many areas where you end up losing money without even realising why that happens. The experienced investors are those that manage to save a lot of cash when they make every single investment. This is possible in so many different ways, ranging from eliminating taxes with 1031 exchange properties for sale to conducting very good research before buying something. Always consider the following... 7 Sep 2017 Read more In many ways, the idea of improving the customer experience is something of a holy grail in the commercial insurance industry. From commercial business insurance to worker's comp and disaster insurance companies, the insurance industry is so tightly regulated and competitive that customer service is often the only place for a company to really stand out and build a truly separate brand from the competition. 7 Sep 2017 Read more Living in South Africa, it's easy to think that any business you run will necessarily be behind the eight-ball when it comes to global competition. This might have been the case for most of history, but, all other things being equal, online marketing and customer connection are great equalizers when it comes to modern business. Though we might fall into pre-web thinking from time to time, you've got to learn about and embrace the web tactics of today to realise that there's nothing holding you back but you. 7 Sep 2017 Read more There are various ways that you can boost the attractiveness of your home. You can, however, skip any efforts needed to pamper the appearance of your home, and just sell it directly through a company that specialises in the instantaneous buying and selling of homes. 4 Sep 2017 Read more For years, businesses used the term “mobilegeddon” to describe a time when mobile technology would dominate the business realm. It encompasses both consumer use of mobile devices and that of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Savvy businesses harness the power of mobile technology for the betterment of their organisation for marketing, communication, and most importantly, productivity. 1 Sep 2017 Read more No one wants to get paid late. But sadly, late payments are a fact of life for most entrepreneurs, and an accepted aspect of doing business today. It's an omnipresent scourge that's even been cited as one of the top three reasons that small businesses fail. As difficult as late payment is to deal with, however, it's virtually inevitable in today's market. So let's consider what we can do to be ready for late invoice payments. 1 Sep 2017 Read more Even though the UK has now activated Article 50, we are still in a period of uncertainty as negotiations continue to see what the terms of the Brexit will be. Britain is the fourth-largest export market in Sweden, and while we are hoping that the EU and Britain will come to a favourable trade deal, we still don't know for sure what that will be. 29 Aug 2017 Read more The main goal of project portfolio management (PPM) is to select a set of projects for your team to work on that maximises both profitability and efficiency. That simplistic definition makes it sound like an easy choice, but that's rarely the case. Projects have many qualities worth considering in your ultimate decision, including the value of the project, the value of the client, the timing of the project, the work needed to accomplish the project, how the project fits in with others, what resources are available to you, and whether the project is subject to changes. 29 Aug 2017 Read more People start their own business mainly because they want to generate profits and make money for themselves. That's the basic truth of it. The problem with this scenario is that often employers cut down on necessary expenses so that they can really maximise their bottom line. They may even minimise the importance of such crucial issues as lone worker safety, just so they can save money. This isn't only bad for the employees, but it's also and for you in the long run. 29 Aug 2017 Read more If you're a frequent business traveler, you may have to factor in yet another cost while traveling abroad, that of meeting outrageously high fees for making international mobile calls and for using the internet. The thought of long distance phone calls conjures up images of costly phone bills but making international phone calls doesn't always have to break your bank and blow a hole in your wallet. 28 Aug 2017 Read more The world of marketing is constantly changing. The people that continually strive to keep it going with as much ingenuity and originality as possible constantly strive to bring fresh and attractive content to a highly competitive market. This year in particular has brought many exciting and ingenious concepts and successful executions of these concepts within the world of marketing. We will now be looking at those that have truly stood out that have brought a lot of value to the lives of consumers in an entertaining and sincerely original manner. 28 Aug 2017 Read more To advertise or not to? 25 Aug 2017 Read more If you're going to purchase foreign property to grow your wealth, the US is one of the easiest and most profitable places to purchase your investments. Unlike other countries (like Vietnam and Mexico) with laws making it difficult for even citizens to own property, buying US property is relatively straightforward. 24 Aug 2017 Read more South African investor interest in Bitcoin trading has surged in recent weeks, following a clearer direction of Bitcoin after the fork. Trading volumes spiked to record highs, as the price of the digital currency rose sharply above $4,400, before retreating. The South African Bitcoin market has grown significantly, and is on par with global trends. 23 Aug 2017 Read more Creating services or products in industries that are highly regulated or controversial is obviously difficult. However, with proper planning it can be done in a proper way. The idea is to basically strategise company growth with complete objectivity in mind. You have to prepare for the changing and new laws while having a really good program in place to deal with PR issues. What basically counts the most is what is presented below. 23 Aug 2017 Read more Currency pairs are quoted with a base currency and a quote currency. Take the USD/ZAR currency as a case in point. The first currency in the pair - the USD - is the base currency, and the second currency in the pair - the ZAR - is the quote currency. On 20 August 2017, the USD/ZAR pair (an exotic currency pair) was trading at 13.1462. This means that every $1 is worth the equivalent of R13.1462. Viewed in isolation, this figure gives us a comparative static, but nothing further. To understand a currency pair's valuation, we need to extrapolate over a period of time. In this particular case, the 52-week range of the USD/ZAR is 12.2981 on the low end and 14.7479 on the high-end. 22 Aug 2017 Read more The saying “First impressions are everything,” particularly applies to your brand identity that is representing your business. A brand identity helps you establish the first contact with your customers and develop a lasting emotional connection that will bind them to your company or service in the future. 22 Aug 2017 Read more So much has been said and written about the effectiveness of email marketing and how small business owners can leverage this tool to grow their businesses. In fact, there is plethora of stories out there of successful entrepreneurs who literally used only email marketing to grow and scale their business. 21 Aug 2017 Read more You probably don't need anyone to tell you health and fitness are hot right now. All you have to do is log on to Facebook or Instagram and see all your friends bragging about their latest workout routine or excellent diet. 18 Aug 2017 Read more Promoting business websites is not as easy as it used to be. We are now faced with a huge competition in practically all niches and promotion basically evolved to the level at which PR is a really important part. This means that branding is much more important than it used to be. Having a very strong brand can easily increase sales in the long run, which is what every single business out there wants. 18 Aug 2017 Read more Drug addiction is devastating both for its sufferers and their loved ones. It is also a far more common problem than many of us realize. The US has witnessed a steady increase in the number of prescriptions for addictive drugs, e.g. opioid-based pain killers and benzodiazepines such as Xanax. This has both dramatically increased the rates of prescription drug abuse and brought them sharply into focus within the mainstream consciousness. 17 Aug 2017 Read more Being a really good attorney does not mean that you are a highly talented businessman or entrepreneur. This is something that is really important to understand since there is a pretty large number of law firms that end up bankrupt because of business related reasons, not because of problems caused by hired attorneys. With this in mind, here are some of the really common business mistakes that often appear with law firms and that can be disastrous in the long run. 16 Aug 2017 Read more By now, you've probably built a website for your business in order to capture leads and engage your customers. But did you know you can also build a website for your staff? It's called an ‘intranet' and it's one of the most powerful resources you could ever create. 11 Aug 2017 Read more Are you in the market to buy a new home or have you found one that you absolutely love? The next step is to figure out how you are going to pay for it. What kind of mortgage loan is right for you? There are a few options out there, but it depends on your financial situation and what you can handle. The most common mortgage loan term is a 30-year loan, but there are also options to take out a 40-year loan. While not all lenders do it, if it is the right choice for you, then you could certainly find a lender willing to give you a 40-year loan. Below are the pros and cons of this type of fixed mortgage. 11 Aug 2017 Read more Every year there are more and more ways to earn money online. But, despite this diversity, the majority of people still cannot start earning income on the internet. Why? The fact is that almost all ways to make money on the internet require significant personal investments: spending on advertising, or buying goods, if with internet stores, etc. 11 Aug 2017 Read more The basis of many a great business is a great invention. New product ideas are fairly easy to conceive, but it takes something else to bring it to market. That's why it's so hard to be a successful inventor. It's not just one job. 11 Aug 2017 Read more If you own a small business, a credit card can be a great source of fresh cash to keep your daily operations flow smoothly. A designated business card can provide you with a steady amount of money during seasonal lows, act as a quick and reliable short-term loan, and help you build your company credit on the long run. More than just a cashflow cushion or a tool to make purchases, the plastic friend is a smart choice to grow your business. 10 Aug 2017 Read more It's hard to watch people struggling to perform a task when you know there's an easier way, but the idea of “struggle” seems to be burned into our very DNA. Why do people insist on doing things the hard way? 10 Aug 2017 Read more Every business will benefit from a well maintained and carefully planned computer system. A lot of the day-to-day tasks that used to require an unavoidably inefficient use of employees' time can now be automated by specially designed software packages. Implementing the right software solutions for your business will not only increase productivity and reduce waste, it will also lead to a higher quality of work from your workers by streamlining their workflow and allowing them to focus on producing the best work that they can. However, with so many different options out there it can be daunting trying to choose the right software to use for your business. Below is a quick guide to the most common types of business software and how you can use them to improve your company's performance. 10 Aug 2017 Read more If you're going to build a business, you'll probably need real estate. Depending on what type of business you're developing, and what your goals are, that could be a storefront, an office, or even a warehouse. Regardless of what type of property you're considering, there are some important considerations you'll need to bear in mind before you start looking for a place to set up shop. 10 Aug 2017 Read more For most people, branding is simply the logo and color scheme used by a company in its marketing and advertising campaigns, or maybe the “voice” it uses when communicating with customers. But brands extend far beyond those parameters, operating internally to guide employees in how to act, how to work, and how to engage with one another. When all your employees “fit” with the brand, sharing the same values and following the same code of conduct, everything runs smoothly - so what happens when someone doesn't fit the brand? 10 Aug 2017 Read more No matter what size your business is, if you have staff, they're sending emails to customers, clients, and other employees. This puts your data security at risk. 7 Aug 2017 Read more Travelling safely isn't just about protecting yourself and your belongings - it's about taking the time to understand the customs and laws of your destination. Here are five tips to empower yourself for your travels, no matter where you go: 7 Aug 2017 Read more Having a device that allows you to capture the perfect selfie or moment at home or on vacation is common. Some people are so good at taking these pictures it can even make other people jealous of how good they turned out. 7 Aug 2017 Read more Buying online is almost second nature for many of today's consumers, but there are still some common friction points that make online shoppers feel uncomfortable. From an e-commerce business perspective, removing these points of friction will lead to better sales numbers. 7 Aug 2017 Read more When you have an idea for a business, it's natural to get excited and want to push that momentum forward, launching into your enterprise as soon as possible. However, it's better to take a step back and calmly consider what lies ahead. 4 Aug 2017 Read more Virtual data rooms are a digital version of the locked file cabinet that is used for securely storing files with an access code. However, this isn't the only solution for digital collaboration. For example, there are more complex solutions to setting up a virtual data room, such as a virtual private network on a private cloud or public/private hybrid cloud. With that in mind, let's look at the pros and cons of virtual data rooms. 2 Aug 2017 Read more When starting a new business, or running an already established one, it's critical to ensure that the business doesn't create unnecessary legal problems for itself. Legal issues can arise from clients, suppliers, other outside parties, or company employees, and run the gamut in seriousness and complexity. 2 Aug 2017 Read more In Asia, Europe and the Americas, Chinese tourists have now become an ubiquitous presence. Their number has more than doubled in the last seven years, from 57.38 million in 2010 to 122 million in 2016, according to the its government's tourism administration. 26 Jul 2017 Read more For decades, gold has been considered the number one safe-haven investment for South Africans. And for good reason, South Africa was until 1970 the foremost producer of gold in the world. However, South African investors are now looking towards innovative solutions for the new economy in the form of cryptocurrency. 25 Jul 2017 Read more Launched in July 2014, Uber for Business is a travel management platform designed for corporate customers. It takes the traditional Uber format and uses it to enable companies to deal with employee travel, customer travel, VIP client transfers and more. Tips and payments can all be handled online or via the Uber for Business app. Most newspaper readers have seen the images of black cab drivers disgruntled by the success of Uber drivers on their turf. Accordingly, commentators expected Uber for Business to have a significant impact on the car rental and taxi industries. Has this been the case? 25 Jul 2017 Read more Every entrepreneur knows that it's extremely important to maintain a productive workplace. However, many are still confused about how to do so. Should the company ban using Facebook? But what about the marketing department? There is no one winning formula when it comes to improving workplace productivity. However, experienced managers know what works and what doesn't. Read below to find out several important workplace productivity tips from management experts: 25 Jul 2017 Read more The advent of the digital age has caused massive disruptions across practically all fields of human endeavors. One of the changes that the internet birthed is social networks, which changed the way we interact, forge, and maintain relationships with others. Now, a merger is going on between the world of social networks and the world of financial investments as a new vehicle for accessing the market emerges - social trading. 21 Jul 2017 Read more Business success rates are higher than you might think, but there's still risk associated with starting a business. About 80% of businesses make it past the first year, but only 50% make it past five years. Service-based brick and mortar businesses take on even more risk because of their high overhead and small target market. 21 Jul 2017 Read more A healthy supply of working capital is essential for business growth. You can't invest in new equipment or stock if you don't have any money, and if things get really bad, you can't pay your staff wages either. Unfortunately, even profitable businesses sometimes get turned down for business loans. It's not fair and it's really not helpful, so make sure you don't tick any of the following boxes before you apply for a small business loan. 20 Jul 2017 Read more Business growth is important - it's a valuable yardstick that indicates that your business is meeting the needs of people who are rewarding you with their patronage. Business growth can take the form of expansion in your current market, setting up shop in new markets, or cross-selling/up-selling your customers with new products and services. Interestingly, business growth also has its attendant pressures such as the need to find expansion capital and manage increased staffing requirements. 20 Jul 2017 Read more Running a business is no easy task, especially if you are trying to get your name out there and become noticed as a famous entrepreneur. With so many people out there starting their own businesses and trying to make it big, it often takes doing more than simply selling great products and services to truly make it as an entrepreneurial success story today. Whether you're running a small, medium, or large company, there are several things that you can also do to get your name out there and improve your exposure to potential new customers. We've listed some of the best things to do to improve your publicity as an entrepreneur. 20 Jul 2017 Read more There's something to be said about buying seed collections - multiple varieties of one plant in one seed packet. That has become the norm. Each year, gardening enthusiasts are bombarded with seed catalogs in their mails, making it even harder to pick the right seeds. 19 Jul 2017 Read more When you take a look at the sheer number of small businesses being started every year it's safe to say that more and more young people are opting out of college to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. 13 Jul 2017 Read more Perhaps the hardest part about being a small startup is that, from the very beginning, you have to compete on the same level as all of the big fish. You have to prove that you are just as worthy of a client's attention and dollars as your more established competitors. This is difficult enough for the big fish themselves, but for a new and tiny startup with a tinier budget? What are you supposed to do? How do you make a name for yourself when you can't spend as much as your competitors? 13 Jul 2017 Read more You can only guarantee work productivity when employees can work together in an appropriate way. Those teams that do work together manage to be more efficient and become truly passionate about business success. Unfortunately, even if there is just one team member that is not motivated the ripple effect can end up hurting the entire company. The good news is the solution is normally highly accessible and offered by team-building activities. Let's highlight some that are very effective at building motivation. 12 Jul 2017 Read more At this point, small business owners understand the value and importance of branding their company. They realise that their brand will help them stand out amongst the crowd and give them an edge in an industry where the competition is heated. 11 Jul 2017 Read more The number of people looking for a career in marketing is growing. It is easy to understand why since we are faced with quite a great salary in the long run and the career as a whole is quite rewarding. The problem is that there are various education-related things that have to be taken into account for a great career. The things that are mentioned below have to be remembered by everyone that looks towards marketing, according to Forward Pathway, specialists in education counseling. 11 Jul 2017 Read more As more people ditch the stressful nine to five work life in search of more freedom and self-empowerment, they're following in the footsteps of their mentors. If you're one of those people, it's wonderful that you've found your way out of the corporate rat race in pursuit of loftier goals. Now you need some strategies to shift you deeper into success. 10 Jul 2017 Read more Five tips to using Instagram to market your brand 7 Jul 2017 Read more When you spend years immersed in a single topic, it's easy to get lost in it, and lose sight of what outsiders know, see, and care about. Every time you've had to stop someone mid-sentence to ask what they're talking about, or let your eyes glaze over during a presentation filled with acronyms you weren't familiar with, you've experienced this. But are you guilty of this same mistake with your customers? 4 Jul 2017 Read more Any inbound marketer who is savvy with digital marketing knows that soon after all the hard work and efforts to get your visitors to your site; the next big step is to transform them into business leads. But what according to you is the best of converting? Landing pages, it is! Sadly enough, there is a major disconnect and ignorance on the importance of landing pages and their use by digital marketers. As per reports from Marketing Sherpa, 45% of the clicks for majority of B2B companies are all done to the homepage of the business and not to some special landing page. Even more, among the B2B companies which are using landing pages, 65% have six or even less number of landing pages. 3 Jul 2017 Read more The word “consulting” has some pretty lacklustre connotations as far as many people are concerned. It is usually believed as little more than simply giving tips or advice - while in reality, it is often much, much different, especially when one deals with software consulting. So what exactly is it? Let's take a look. 30 Jun 2017 Read more Thinking of starting up a business of your own? First of all, congratulations for your courage. Have you decided what your business will be? Sure, IT field seems like the logical option given the fact that the world we live in is getting digitalised. However, if you crave creativity and interaction with people but have limited funding, opening some sort of a shop is the right choice. 29 Jun 2017 Read more Networking is a practice that every upwardly mobile professional needs to master, regardless of industry, and especially once you become an executive. As you've already heard a million times, when it comes to career changes and lucrative opportunities, “it's all about who you know,” and with every year you spend as a professional, you see just how true it really is. While having the right qualifications and experience may get you a call-back, knowing someone who can vouch for you will often, quite literally, get you in the door. 27 Jun 2017 Read more Do-it-yourself crafting websites are everywhere. Ideas for craft projects can be obtained from across the internet with just a couple taps on your keyboard and that is a wonderful state of affairs for the people among us who are moved by creating something from odds and ends. 27 Jun 2017 Read more Digital marketing is moving quicker than ever - the online world is changing even as we speak. The complex strategies we see as perfect this year may well become obsolete by the time we start seeing their results. Social media platforms have risen and fallen, and with them, far too many newly-minted social media celebrities to name. 26 Jun 2017 Read more Money is available
It's always possible to get a loan, but you should be careful not to fall for scams. If credit is rough, maybe go through a third party. That will be covered shortly-in the meantime, if you haven't considered a loan for your business, it could be a good way to “get the ball rolling”, as the saying goes. 23 Jun 2017 Read more
If you need to get money for an important purchase quickly, applying for a personal loan is usually the fastest way to make this possible. You can use these loans for a number of different reasons, but ultimately they are there to help meet your financial needs. 23 Jun 2017 Read more Getting professional financial assistance
If you're going to branch out into any kind of business exploit which has financial solidity to it, you want to start getting a reign on the assets at your command as quickly as possible. It's recommendable to jump into this money pool as soon as you've got control over your own assets; but be careful. 22 Jun 2017 Read more
Decreased interest facilitates increased expansion resources 22 Jun 2017 Read more If you own an electrical contracting business, using an application that streamlines your workflows is a great way to get maximum results in less time. Your team doesn't need to be stuck in a rut of daily repetitive tasks when electrician software with several benefits can help you focus better on the things that matter more. 22 Jun 2017 Read more You've been doing all you can to protect your data. Hard to believe but, even cyber security experts can overlook some threats. In the news you will often hear about the most dangerous threats from cyber security experts. These may apply to your organisation but more immediately there are some vulnerabilities to be aware of. 22 Jun 2017 Read more The brand you have for your business is your image. This is how people will perceive you. Your blog needs to be properly branded so that you can survive in the modern marketing world. Readers generally do not think much about the brand of a blog but that is exactly why branding works. A really good branding campaign will make people devoted to products, fans of the service or simply blog fans. When you learn how to start a blog you are not told about branding so there is a strong possibility there are many things you do not know. If you want to properly brand a blog, you need to think about the following. 21 Jun 2017 Read more Surprising things can affect your credit 20 Jun 2017 Read more SEO is the search engine optimisation operation that makes it easy for one to have their pages indexed and surface on search engine result pages when internet users do searches online using some keywords related to their activity. Search engine optimisation is the ultimate source of providing the most interesting return on investment over the longest period of time, as compared to other traffic sources like affiliate and ads programs. When it comes to online marketing and SEO makes sure that your website doesn't just offer some great content to internet users, but also something that is as easy to understand and is as eye-catching as possible. 20 Jun 2017 Read more Have a cash deficit you need to fill? Bill collectors are infamous for their lack of patience, so it's best to have a game plan in place when you find yourself short before payday. 19 Jun 2017 Read more If you wanted a loan for a house, car, or business, it used to be that you had to go into your local bank or credit union and meet with the person in charge. If you had bad credit, you were simply out of luck. But things are different today. Alternative forms of lending exist online and they often offer those with poor credit better terms. 19 Jun 2017 Read more The student loan debt issue is a national crisis. Not only is it preventing young millennials from enjoying financial freedom in their personal lives, but, in many cases, it's also making it more difficult to achieve business success. 19 Jun 2017 Read more Smartphones are generally designed to withstand the regular bustle of life, but that doesn't make them impervious to mishaps. 19 Jun 2017 Read more Sourcing aircraft components you can rely on 19 Jun 2017 Read more If you plan to make improvements to your home, or you're buying an entirely new steel-framed house, you're about to learn how steel buildings can add additional comfort and value to your life. You may already know that there are a number of different options when choosing prefabricated steel buildings. The big advantage is you can build these structures on any property, and if you're buying a new home, they may already have one available to use. 19 Jun 2017 Read more Every serious businessman in the world understands that money needs to be spent in order to make a profit, but this does not actually mean that you can go all out and expect things to be good. Saving company money is a necessity since it is so easy to lose control of everything. The company can easily end up losing control as uncompromising customers have to be dealt with and expenses are simply way too high. Bad decisions are really common but the good news is there are many ways in which a company can save money. We will highlight some of the very best, those that can be respected right now. 14 Jun 2017 Read more One of the most important skills that anyone can learn—whether they are part of a small or large company— is the art of networking. Networking involves building interpersonal relationships with people who can help further your career and introduce you to new opportunities. This is mutually beneficial; you can assist them with their career and goals and vice versa. The skill of networking may not come naturally to all people, and that's okay. In this article, we'll give you some tips on how to network your way to the top, from the professionals at Monetary Library Blog. 14 Jun 2017 Read more It's one of the more curious elements of the car ownership process. We're talking, of course, about loan refinancing. Most people already know some of the ins and outs of getting your first car loan. Checking interest rates, comparing lenders, knowing your credit score, etc., but what about once you've already got your car loan? 14 Jun 2017 Read more It's easy to overlook savings opportunities in a business. This is especially true of the supplies that you use day in and day out. Perhaps you've made a relationship with a supplier, assume that their prices are typical of all other suppliers, and have left it at that without much consideration. 14 Jun 2017 Read more As the United States moves away from its industrial past many of the older locations of defunct factories are found to be contaminated with hazardous wastes and pollution. There are many such sites scattered across this country and although many have been cleaned up, there are many more that need to be reclaimed. 14 Jun 2017 Read more When it comes to business, you are the ambassador for your brand. For professional experts, you are your own brand, and you need to dominate the search results for your name and your area of expertise if you want to succeed. Here are four essential branding tips every entrepreneur should follow. 14 Jun 2017 Read more Over the past decade the internet was all about search engines. When people would get online, we would think of how we would search for something to read. Nowadays, things are different as the internet is a means to connect with other people. This is how social media captured the heart and the minds of many users as for them the internet and social media are one and the same. 13 Jun 2017 Read more Statistics show that 20 percent of the small businesses do not know what health benefits should be offered to employees. This is a shame since health insurance should always be a top priority for every single company out there. Even if you just hire employees for seemingly safe jobs like with Book Taxi Paris you have to offer something that makes working for your company as attractive as possible. 12 Jun 2017 Read more The National Credit Regulator (NCR) is taking a more active stance in helping small businesses gain access to financing options. The regulator recently launched an initiative that will further enforce the National Credit Act and protect both personal and small business credit users. The new stance is aimed at helping businesses that have been at a disadvantage grow and take advantage of the economic growth. 12 Jun 2017 Read more The e-commerce industry has undergone exponential growth in recent years, but it still lags behind retail in more ways than one. And until e-commerce businesses band together and agree to make some changes, the industry will fail to realise its full potential. 12 Jun 2017 Read more Live streaming has become an integral part of the way we consume digital content. The truth is, it's everywhere. From Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to sports matches and fashion shows, to now even e-commerce platforms. So, what's the big deal about this latest phenomenon? Well, for starters, live streaming is a brilliant marketing vehicle for brands across industries to interact with fans and followers, showcase new products and add a personalised, informal touch to their communication approach. But there's a whole lot more to it. 8 Jun 2017 Read more If you are in business, you know hedging. Hedging is a strategy meant to reduce the risk associated with an investment. It's basically to ensure that you don't lose out on money, but you can do this only by putting some money into it. It can protect you from a change in prices in future. The idea is to make profits and reduce risk. 7 Jun 2017 Read more The private security industry in South Africa is among the largest in the world. It is now a R45bn-a-year industry, and it is growing at a staggering rate. The majority of customers using private security services are businesses, but individual users are starting to invest more in security systems and the services that go along with them. 7 Jun 2017 Read more Whether your business is a for-profit corporation or a non-profit entity, you're always at risk for fraud. Sometimes people skim cash off the surface of transactions, alter records and financial statements, and create false vendors to make it look like the stolen money went to purchasing services. 2 Jun 2017 Read more We simply cannot deny that communication is an important aspect of pretty much everything that we do in life. Business is no exception. All companies require effective communication in their daily operations, it is directly connected to profitability and sales. Poor business communication can affect both the internal and external business structures and lead to the kind of challenges that ultimately cause bankruptcy. This does not mean that everyone working in an office in Germany has to learn German. But it does mean that it is necessary to ensure all communication channels that have been set up operate effectively. 1 Jun 2017 Read more The total number of people employed in the gold mining industry in South Africa is around 120,000. While the Witwatersrand Basin remains the world's biggest gold resource, South Africa's gold industry only makes up 5% of global supply. Pressures in the SA gold mining industry continue to grow, as the costs of production and unfavourable exchange rates erode profitability for South African mining companies. However, over the past 10 years, South Africa's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been marked by a decreasing contribution of gold revenues. In fact, since 2012 alone, sales of gold have plunged by 40%. Gold remains an important industry in the country, despite plunging employment numbers since the heyday in the 1980s. 31 May 2017 Read more Investors have been worried about bubbles for decades, and fears are higher than ever thanks to high-profile financial events that can be described in terms of a “bubble.” The dotcom bubble of 2000 occurred when prices finally caught up to overvalued tech stocks, and the housing bubble leading up to 2008 was at least partially responsible for one of the biggest economic recessions of all time. 31 May 2017 Read more The number of immigrants entering the West are rising as many flee the chaos in the Middle East. The influx has far surpassed the predicted numbers, leaving the receiving countries dealing with some unforeseen issues. While the majority of these immigrants arrive in the new country with the willingness to make a positive impact on their new society, there are a small number that are causing some concerns. As the world looks into how to help fix the refugee problem around the globe, analysts explain that there are several pros and cons of immigrants entering the West. In fact, for each issue brought about by immigrants, there are plenty positive and negative points. 31 May 2017 Read more Storytelling is now an essential part of internet marketing. Internet marketing campaigns no longer focus on pop-up ads and hard-sell content. Today, internet marketing is more about building relationships with an audience. One of the most effective ways of doing this is through stories, especially stories that the public can relate to on a personal level. 26 May 2017 Read more Personalisation has been a key to marketing for decades. A recent paper from Gartner states that relationship marketing began in the 1980s, but e-commerce marketers have only recently begun to add a more personal touch to their campaigns. 25 May 2017 Read more As an entrepreneur, you're always watching for the next great conference or retreat to attend to hone your skills and expand your knowledge. These events occur all around the world and in some of the most beautiful destinations. 22 May 2017 Read more It used to be that so-called n00bs writing shoddy malware, in their mothers' basements or otherwise, were a punchline instead of a threat to websites, businesses and livelihoods. It also used to be that a tweet couldn't launch a cyber attack and a DVR couldn't help control a botnet, but thanks to the creativity of DDoS attackers, a surprising range of awful things has become all too possible. Here's what you need to know about some of the latest developments in DDoS attack execution. 18 May 2017 Read more Police all over the world have to face bitterness and even violence from criminals and citizens on a daily basis, but recently, the job is becoming harder for the police departments in South Africa. In two separate and unrelated events in Johannesburg and the port of Richards Bay, the police officers on duty became the centre of public resentment and aggression on the same day. 15 May 2017 Read more If perfected, the art of negotiation will bring significant benefits in the workplace and help to achieve optimum results. It's a skill that will improve and develop the output of micro and macro projects, help with coming to proposal and budget agreements with prospective clients, and provide confidence when requesting a pay rise. 15 May 2017 Read more Asking for help, especially advice, is something many people avoid because they think it makes them look bad. When people are online, however, there's less risk involved because the internet provides a cloak of anonymity that doesn't exist face-to-face. 12 May 2017 Read more In theory, tradeshows are a great way to spread the word about your brand, meet new contacts within your industry, and potentially land a few major clients or customers. But digital marketing and advertising have disrupted such traditional marketing methods, and forced marketers to scrutinise the costs and possible benefits. 11 May 2017 Read more Do you take the time to learn more about your customers? Whether you're a startup owner or a seasoned business professional, it's vital to have a deep insight into the people and the businesses that buy your products or services. Different types of businesses have customers who have different needs, fears and other requirements that you need to be aware of, so that your business and what you offer becomes the perfect fit for these individuals. Below are some of the most effective ways South African businesses can understand their customers better. 10 May 2017 Read more Millennials do want instant gratification, especially in a career. A young professional is nowadays much more interested in entrepreneurship than in getting a regular job, even for a highly successful company. The problem is that you need to be a true leader in order to guide an entire company towards success. Entrepreneurs that want to be successful have to cultivate leadership. This is much easier said than done. In order to help, here are some simple tips to remember. 8 May 2017 Read more Custom software development is an inseparable part of modern IT industry, and it isn't likely to change anytime soon. As more and more businesses open for themselves the benefits of having web applications, software and mobile apps developed specifically for them, taking into account all the peculiarities of their way of doing things, the demand for high-quality custom soft is on the rise as well. Nevertheless, the industry landscape is changing, and today it isn't what it used to be a decade ago - so let's see what these changes are and what is likely to happen in the near future. 3 May 2017 Read more Most people out there think about lawyers as money-hungry professionals but the truth is that in most cases the legal service providers have problems in making money. That is mainly because of the huge competition that exists in the legal industry at the moment. In many situations the attorneys group up under law firms. Countless law firms ended up bankrupt because of various different problems. In most cases there are not enough clients to make the firm profitable. 3 May 2017 Read more So, you've heard of wearing the right shoes for the job, but what about the right socks? If you're on your feet all day and you don't have the correct support you could be damaging your posture and body including your feet, knees and back. You've seen shoes that help with posture, but perhaps you can't wear them in your job - you need to uphold an image and that comes from how you dress to what you wear on your feet. If you suffer from sore, swollen, sweaty or smelly feet read on for how to address this issue to make your working day much more comfortable. 3 May 2017 Read more There is a deep concern in South Africa that national building regulations developed by the South African government are not being implemented by builders, architects, and engineers. Many new buildings are not compliant with the National Building Regulations, which is a major health and safety issue for everyone. 29 Apr 2017 Read more Part of building a financially successful business requires going into debt. It's important for small businesses to take out loans so they can have access to the startup capital they need. 29 Apr 2017 Read more Not everyone can post a few videos on YouTube like Justin Bieber and become an overnight sensation. Most musicians start out with a much smaller circle of influence, building their talents gradually, playing a few gigs, and hoping that one day they'll get picked up by a record label. 29 Apr 2017 Read more When we think about decorating our houses, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the interior. While the inside is crucial, we should not overlook the backyard. Think about it. The backyard is the place where you will gather with family and friends when the weather is nice. You could host a dinner party or simply gather around the fire pit with beverages. If you want to truly impress your friends, perhaps it's time to add a garden to the outside area - or update it if you already have one. Here are some ideas to help you get started. 29 Apr 2017 Read more Salesforce consulting is a common practice among most businesses now. This is because the people in the sales department of any business are probably the most important employees. The reason for this is the fact that these people deal with the customers of the business directly. Since keeping customers happy is what guarantees success, the demand for professional consultants is now very high. 29 Apr 2017 Read more With the Internet of Things becoming easily accessible to the average technology user, businesses are seeking encouragement to use a wide variety of digital tools to communicate and operate. Video conferencing, in particular, is a beneficial and efficient way to connect with colleagues, clients and stakeholders. 29 Apr 2017 Read more It is always said that cash is the lifeblood of any business and that is for a good reason. You need cash to pay your regular monthly expenses at your business such as rent for your business premises, salaries and wages, electricity and water bills as well as acquisition of inputs needed to keep your business operational. To meet all these financial obligations, you will need to strike a good balance on your cash conversion cycle in order to ensure that at any given point in time you have free cash flows to fund your business operations. The balancing act may not come automatically; and you will therefore need to be proactive and take necessary measures to ensure your business liquidity is enhanced. 24 Apr 2017 Read more Workplace wellness is defined as any activity initiated by an organisation to support the health of its employees. More businesses are realising the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle at work. When workers are well and healthy, they become more productive thus can contribute more to an organisation's success for the long haul. 21 Apr 2017 Read more In a recent article released by a United States online journal, 24/7 Wall St, it was reported that four of the 10 world's unhealthiest nations are the African nations of South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique. Sadly, the issues that plague nations like South Africa are literally as well as figuratively a world away from those that plague those in highly developed countries like the United States and England. 21 Apr 2017 Read more While starting your business in the United States is a routine matter if you are an American citizen, there are many more things to consider when starting a business in another country. 20 Apr 2017 Read more Any company that has no less than two but no more than fifty full-time employees is classified as a small business. If you operate a small business, you have to know what the rules are when it comes to health insurance. It'll be tough to find the best health insurance quotes in California if you don't know what you're getting yourself into. 19 Apr 2017 Read more When it comes to accepting payments from your customers, simply taking cash alone no longer makes the cut. Today, with more and more customers shopping online, accepting credit and debit card payments has become mandatory for all businesses from mom and pop shops to global organizations. Regardless of your business industry, accepting credit card payments is essential for keeping up with your competition and keeping your customers happy. 19 Apr 2017 Read more Vegetation on this planet thrives on solar power, otherwise known as photosynthesis. Plant life never has to worry about environmental pollution as a cost of surviving, nor do the trees have to worry about paying an energy bill to maintain access to their energy source - the sun. Humans, on the other hand, do. 19 Apr 2017 Read more Planning to redesign your kitchen can often mean hours of stress and lots of money spent, however, there are many new options available for you to give your current kitchen a fresh new look without breaking the bank. You often find that smaller, well thought out changes can have a stronger impact on your kitchens overall look, which is ideal when you don't want to spend too much money, or make any drastic changes to the décor. 19 Apr 2017 Read more Who says that all driving courses are just boring lectures? Not all of them are like that, so you should take advantage of some of the online courses where you will sit back and enjoy the fun lectures. With the appearance of comedy defensive driving courses, things are now a lot more appealing and entertaining. Driving students can now learn everything there is about driving safety by listening to popular comedians. Although lectures are expressed in a funny way, the main message and content should always be taken seriously. 19 Apr 2017 Read more In a business landscape where things like SEO, social media, web design, app development, and video production receive most of the attention, it's easy to feel as if print marketing and advertising has gone by the wayside. But when you study the numbers and really attempt to understand what makes print such an effective medium, it quickly becomes obvious that businesses should make room for print in their marketing mixes. 19 Apr 2017 Read more When you get married it is normal not to think about divorce or business assets. Unfortunately, over 50% of marriages will end in divorce. Statistics even go up to 60% when referring to following marriages. Divorces will be really difficult to deal with but if you have a business, everything becomes even more complicated. The business is most likely the financial asset of the highest value you own. You can be sure that during your divorce the spouse will be interested in getting a part of the business. Protecting business assets is really important. 11 Apr 2017 Read more When you start your first business, it's unlikely that you'll have enough personal capital to get it going on your own. You'll need to pay for equipment, office space, and workers before you start generating revenue - and those are likely only the beginning of your expenses. There are many ways to gather additional capital, including angel investors, venture capitalists, crowdfunding, or even asking your friends and relatives. Many business owners eventually settle on seeking a small business loan, but there are multiple considerations you'll need to bear in mind before going that route. 11 Apr 2017 Read more Intellectual property rights are confusing even to those familiar with the niche. To a prospective entrepreneur, they present yet another confusing decision to be made: do you spend the time and effort to trademark your brand? Or do you hope that nobody mimics your company and potentially confuses your consumers? 10 Apr 2017 Read more Eventually, your business is going to need a physical establishment to organise its workers and potentially attract clients. When you do, you'll need to decide whether to lease or buy the property. Though leasing is attractive to business with limited capital or those uncertain of the future, buying offers a lot of advantages, such as earning you equity over time and allowing you to sublet to other tenants in your building. 10 Apr 2017 Read more Managing finances for a startup is similar to managing personal finance. This is due to the fact that there is often a lack of managerial knowledge. It is really important to make smart financial decisions as a startup. While with personal finances you always have access to extra loan options like ElcLoans, with a startup it is much harder to get liquidities if problems appear. This is why you need to avoid the following common financial mistakes. 7 Apr 2017 Read more The advent of the internet has changed many things in the world. One of these things is the fact that it is now much simpler to start a business. In case you are thinking about starting an online e-book store, but you are not sure whether this is the right move or not, maybe it's the right time to read more about the advantages that this specific type of business brings. By learning more about these positive aspects of running an online e-book store you should be able to determine what to do. 4 Apr 2017 Read more No matter what kind of work you do, there has to be a way for you to generate business. If you work for someone else, your employer does so on your behalf, such as when a car company advertises its products and creates demand for the work of the people who build the vehicles. 31 Mar 2017 Read more Lawyers are oftentimes seen as successful people that earn a lot of money. However, one thing that is often overlooked is the hard work, dedication and client acquisition strategy that successful lawyers have. An example of a lawyer who does this exceptionally well is Benedict Morelli. What sets most lawyers apart from each other is not necessarily their ability to use their knowledge of the law to win cases for their clients, but the quality or lack of it when it comes to self-marketing. 30 Mar 2017 Read more There are many different professions in the world but forex trading is now one of the most favoured professions amongst average individuals. Compared to any other business in the world, this market allows us to secure our financial freedom in every possible way. Even after having a fancy education in the forex market there is no guarantee that you will get a good job in the financial market. There are many people in the world who are still struggling to meet their financial needs even after doing their 9-5 job. If you trade live assets in the market, the sky will be your limit for your earnings. But, using trading as a financial instrument is not an easy task, it requires a strong foundation in the financial industry. In this article, I will discuss how to become a better trader in the financial world. 30 Mar 2017 Read more If you're a website owner, there are certain skills you should have that will make your life much easier. It can be expensive and sometimes frustrating having to hire someone else to do certain website-related tasks for you and many website owners become too dependent on other people. Below are some of the skills you should consider improving in order to take back control of your online activities. 29 Mar 2017 Read more Strong SEO and great content marketing go hand in hand. It's hard to get noticed on search engines and social media if your blog posts don't spark attention or reach the right audience. Without a solid content marketing strategy, your SEO is toast. 28 Mar 2017 Read more Would you like to set up a marketing business in the UK? Many people who are considering a move into this industry already understand that many opportunities exist in the UK that are not available elsewhere. However, before you start this type of business, there are certain factors you need to be aware of. Below are some of the most important. 27 Mar 2017 Read more The energy policy in Africa, along with the energy sector leaders, have only just begun to scratch the surface of creating an energy efficient country. South Africa has already suffered from numerous electricity crises, and as the country grows economically, any further lag is going to cost a lot in terms of wasted energy and money. 27 Mar 2017 Read more Digital marketing is a little more complex than many business owners realise when they first start out. Naive entrepreneurs often mistakenly believe that all they have to do to reach their internet marketing goals is drive enough targeted traffic to their websites. 27 Mar 2017 Read more As a business traveller, your biggest travel expenses will always be your flights and accommodations. Thankfully, there are websites that you can use that help you find the best deals. It's also more convenient since you don't even need to change out of your pyjamas. 24 Mar 2017 Read more Dubai not only offers great weather and many opportunities for families to grow, but it also offers many businesses from around the world plenty of benefits. If you own a business and your dream is to take it to Dubai just because you have heard of the vast number of opportunities available to you, have a look at some of the other benefits that will help your new business grow when you first arrive in the popular city. 23 Mar 2017 Read more If you've seen the movie The Matrix, you must have seen how Neo, the main character learns Kung Fu. A character simply inserts a program directly into the brain of Neo and later on when he opens his eyes, he shouts out, “I know King Fu.” Those of you who are trying to master a foreign language know exactly why this example has been cited here. But unfortunately, The Matrix is just a fantasy and in reality there can be no secret potion, computer program or magic pill to help you learn English immediately. It takes a lot of dedication, planning and hard work. 23 Mar 2017 Read more The growing number of applications that allow people to convert speech to text can make it hard to choose the right one for you or your business. Majority of the apps can be downloaded to your phone or computer and used to complete a number of tasks. For many professionals, a voice-to-text application that can be accessed on mobile devices is the most popular as many of them want to continue working on the go. Fortunately, there are a number that work both ways, both computer and Smartphone, making work much easier for users. 23 Mar 2017 Read more When you're running a large company or one with a long history of performance, customer service often means preserving a reputation that already exists, or remaining consistent with policies and expectations that have long since been in place. With a new business, you'll need to build a reputation from scratch - and that presents a number of different challenges. 20 Mar 2017 Read more Social media marketing is an ever-changing field, and it has moved far beyond the days when posting links on Digg counted as social media marketing. It is evolving to take developing customer tastes and preferences into account, while marketers have to stay in front of an ever-segmenting customer market. Social media marketing is shifting as search engines and social media sites change, all of which is affected by customers' usage of them. Let's look at what we can expect for social media marketing for 2017 and beyond. 17 Mar 2017 Read more You don't need an expert to tell you that marketing is a fundamental piece of your business. It's oftentimes what makes or breaks your success. But you might be considering hiring an outside consultant to help boost your sales and bring more attention to your business. 10 Mar 2017 Read more If you're new to importing goods into the United States, you may be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information you need to read to ensure you're complying with the country's laws and regulations. But here are some customs clearance FAQs that may be able to help you get started in the right direction. 10 Mar 2017 Read more With so many people willing to endure long lines at their favorite coffee shop or boycott companies that sell products they need, it could be argued that people don't buy products - they buy relationships. 8 Mar 2017 Read more Email marketing has been around for more than two decades, which has many people wondering if it's going to become obsolete and be replaced by some newer, more advanced form of communication. The short answer is no... but with a caveat. 7 Mar 2017 Read more Romania has long been known as a country where multinational corporations find professional and hardworking individuals. But not long ago, Romania started nurturing an interesting entrepreneurial culture. 7 Mar 2017 Read more The benefits of having clean water, land, and air are very important for all people around the world. It is important for people to learn about clean energy, green practices, and reduced resource use for us to continue to enjoy these invaluable resources for generations. Teaching about climate change should be a top priority in schools at all grade levels. Unfortunately, most people do not actually know that much about what is happening or what is at stake. 6 Mar 2017 Read more Many seminars and presentations can be fairly predictable, boring, and for some people, end up being an expensive nap. But that doesn't mean yours are doomed for the same fate. To be memorable, you need to find a way to stand out, really get through to your audience, and get people out of their comfort zone. 3 Mar 2017 Read more With a 19.9% global growth in e-commerce (YoY comparison in-between 2014 and 2015), online business is thriving and it will continue to do so exponentially for many years to come. South Africa is no exception to this and experts hold that consumer uptake and the popularity of e-commerce is going to see a significant local growth in 2017. Let's now check out some of the trends that we will see in terms of online business growth this year. 3 Mar 2017 Read more The talent you stock in your marketing departments will largely determine the direction your business goes in the future. If you get the right creative minds in there, the sky is the limit. But if you hire the wrong people, then you'll risk wallowing in mediocre results for years to come. 3 Mar 2017 Read more There are multiple factors plaguing South Africa's waste management system at the moment, especially with environmentalists halting the traditional waste processing measures within the country. Limited resources and the increase in population are certainly not helping the cause either. In light of the current situation, let's discuss the scenario further and take a look at the possible solutions. 2 Mar 2017 Read more ProvenSEO's team contains individuals from journalism, creative writing, web development, business and marketing. We've grown into a full-service digital marketing organisation serving Fortune 500 companies and anyone else who could benefit from our services. 28 Feb 2017 Read more It is important for any business that you have a team of staff who are fully capable of doing the job, working well together and who are happy in their job role. In order to keep your staff as happy as you can then you will need to ensure that above all else, you are giving them the tools that they need to do their job to the best of their ability. You will no doubt have a strict method of training new staff but what often happens is that we fail to continue the training throughout the years that our staff are with us. 27 Feb 2017 Read more Environmental challenges are something that is facing many businesses across the world and here in South Africa is no different. Not only are we trying to improve the state of the planet but we also know that a greener office is almost always a more cost-effective office, and who doesn't want to save money! 27 Feb 2017 Read more In the world that we currently live in, it is vital for all businesses to have a strong online presence, in order to stay relevant, build the brand and gain more customers, an internet profile is vital. Whether you are a firm of lawyers, a fashion retailer or a clinic offering treatment for varicose veins, a strong presence online is going to be vital to your success and here are just a few reasons why. 27 Feb 2017 Read more When you travel by air, whether for work or pleasure, you often do not know what to expect at the airport. Sometimes, your trail goes smoothly and you get through security in less than 30 minutes. 22 Feb 2017 Read more No matter what your favourite sport is, the one thing you have to admit is that the UK is certainly a nation of loyal fans. From football to athletics, we love our clubs, love our athletes, and so we follow them throughout their entire seasons and careers! If you are about to visit http://sports.williamhill.com/ to place a little wager on your favourite club or on a particular event, why stop there? It's so much fun to bet on something you have really never followed before. Many believe this to be ‘beginner's luck,' so try your hand at the five most popular sports in the UK. 20 Feb 2017 Read more We live in a world where the majority of people are incredibly busy with a host of tasks and errands to take care of on a daily basis. This leaves them with very little time to themselves or to manage their personal duties, and leads to a feeling of unending pressure and stress. If you find yourself stuck in a situation like this, there's nothing wrong in looking for help. Using personal concierge services is probably the best thing you can do. 17 Feb 2017 Read more Being the president of the United States of America is akin to being the president of the world. The US is seen as the epitome of democracy and being the superpower of the world, their policies have a way of directly or indirectly shaping our local policies. Everything the US president says the whole world listens to, and his pronouncements can have a huge social and economic trickle-down effect that goes reverberating across the world in just a matter of hours. With President Trump sitting in the Oval Office now, his proposed policy changes must be looked through the lens of how they will affect international trade and specifically, how they will influence bilateral relationships between South Africa and the US. 17 Feb 2017 Read more Every single marketing campaign is focused on getting new clients for the business. With law firms we refer to getting new clients that would be represented. While based on the law type that is covered we can have different requirements, the basis is always the same. 15 Feb 2017 Read more If you are an investor or entrepreneur, there is nothing worse than realising that you are stuck in the midst of a bad economy. No matter what the cause might be, if the slump has been going on for some time, it might even deter your efforts to invest or engage in other activities that might mitigate the economic downturn. In this way, a bad economy is often a self-fulfilling prophecy, but there are steps that business leaders can take to overcome the conditions and sustain their interests. Here are three of the most important ones to consider. 13 Feb 2017 Read more Managing staff is often one of the hardest parts of running a business. Do you take a hard line? Or do you try to be everyone's friend, in the hope that they will work hard if they like you? While there must be some rules, being too strict and unapproachable often leaves you with unhappy, unproductive staff. Here are some great tips to help you get the most out of your staff. 13 Feb 2017 Read more Social media, push notifications and TV commercials may have taken over as the major marketing tools in the digital age, but some of the old-school marketing methods can still be effective. In fact, a good businessman knows how to supplement the new with the old and create a complete campaign for marketing and advertisement. Although everything won't be applicable to every trade, it is advised that you don't ignore the older ploys completely. Take a look at the ones mentioned here and see if you can't employ some of them and increase your company's rate of revenue generation. 9 Feb 2017 Read more According to analyses, there was a significant improvement in the field of media buying over the last few years. Since the technology is developing quickly, a lot of prominent companies are trying their best to update their features and trends according to the client's needs. Real-time bidding, as well as demand-side platforms (DSP), became the focus of interest, and this is pretty much natural since more than 30% of total ads are going through demand-side platforms. 7 Feb 2017 Read more When it comes to human resources the truth is most companies out there simply do not have a proper system in place. We are faced with so many mistakes that creep up much more often than what you may believe at the moment. It is really important that you avoid every single mistake mentioned below since they are pretty destructive. It does not matter if you use HR shared services or in-house departments. 1 Feb 2017 Read more According to the latest statistics, the unemployment rate in South Africa is once again on the rise, although not as high as the record set back in 2003 which was a disturbing 31.20%. That was almost one third of the nation being jobless and although there are still at least 27.1% jobless as of the third quarter of last year, there is hope as the number of those gaining employment is growing at a faster rate than the unemployment figures. Much of this is due to freelance workers such as writers working in various segments of the industry. In reading information included in Uvocorp Reviews, companies like this employ writers who speak English as a first or second language and have a background in any field of academics. A large part of job growth is due to freelancing and e-commerce. 30 Jan 2017 Read more The modern English classroom is quite different than what we saw a long time ago. It does not matter if you are a highly experienced teacher or you are just making the first steps as a novice teacher. You need to be aware of the classroom essentials that are needed to offer a really great learning experience to all the students that attend. Reinventing yourself is always possible so do consider the following to offer that perfect experience. 27 Jan 2017 Read more Business owners are often highly motivated successful individuals who can implement their vision and put their dreams into action. Even those whose businesses are not recognisable and bring only modest sums have still managed to create something new and deserve credit. There are many stressors and obstacles associated with starting a business and keeping it going. Entrepreneurs often require extra coping skills to relieve stress and some manage to deal with the financial strain of managing a business and the difficulties with enduring slow times. However, some business owners find the difficulties of running a business to be overwhelming and may find solace in drugs and alcohol to relieve stress. 25 Jan 2017 Read more One great way to build your company's brand is to appear at conferences, events, and meetings. By developing an interesting topic, connecting with others in your industry, and promoting your participation in events, you can continue to build your platform and promote your business. 18 Jan 2017 Read more Despite that some big names in the digital industry have crossed off telecommuting entirely most case studies still indicate an overall positive outcome for businesses who allow remote working. 17 Jan 2017 Read more Any company is defined by many things, including how customers are treated. You can use tremendous advertising campaigns and still end up with bad results in the long run if customer service is bad. Word-of-mouth advertising still is the best advertising and can do so much for your company. Negativity among customers is hard to avoid but you do that when you treat every single person with adequate respect. If you want to be sure this is the case, here are some tips that will help you to treat all customers better. 16 Jan 2017 Read more Employee communication is one of your most important responsibilities as the leader of your team. Though it seems simple and straightforward on the surface, even the mildest hiccup in communication between employees and managers can have lasting consequences - both for the project at hand and for the company as a whole. If you want your communication to remain in top order, you'll need some modern tech tools and a solid strategy to help you achieve those ends. 16 Jan 2017 Read more Any profitable business, big or small, can agree that business success starts with having a great team. Outstanding team members are made, not born. For you to have employees who are able to bring you real results, you need to incorporate team-building activities into your employee engagement programme. 9 Jan 2017 Read more Have you ever been denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition? Numerous people want affordable health insurance plans but this used to be a big problem for those with pre-existing conditions. Thanks to Obamacare, this is no longer the case today. 6 Jan 2017 Read more Starting a business can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Although having a business offers more flexibility compared to being an employee, it also entails a lot of hard work. Entrepreneurs need to devote a lot of their time and effort to their business, especially for startup companies. 5 Jan 2017 Read more If you drive a car in North Carolina, it's an absolute must to get vehicle insurance. Not only is it required by law, it can also protect you from financial ruin in case you get into an accident. 5 Jan 2017 Read more Many of the successful people in real estate, such as developer Louie Santaguida, are successful because of the right marketing methods. But not everyone finds it easy to generate real estate leads. If this is your problem, here are things experts recommend: 5 Jan 2017 Read more According to the latest statistics, truck-driving jobs are now part of almost every list of top jobs today. Of course, one of the main reasons for this is the great salary. 4 Jan 2017 Read more Does everyone in your company have an up-to-date driver's licence? It's something most of us take for granted, but when you can't drive and don't have a licence, you are at a severe disadvantage. This can also have an impact on a business, especially if a large number of your employees don't drive. Each person in your company who doesn't drive should be encouraged to complete a drivers licence practice test and obtain their licence because it can benefit your business in the following ways. 2 Jan 2017 Read more Storing your files on your hard drive is no longer enough; your files need to be easily accessible and well organised. 29 Dec 2016 Read more Just like how we have sex education to prevent unwanted and teenage pregnancies, drug education is to stop substance abuse and addiction. 23 Dec 2016 Read more When it comes to entrepreneurs and socialising, there are two very different school of thoughts. While some people believe that entrepreneurs should utilise all of their time in running and maintaining their business, others think that they should take out some time to socialise with others. After all, man is a social animal. 23 Dec 2016 Read more It seems as though the DIY frenzy has caught up with the world as more and more homeowners are turning to professionals to help them complete projects around the home. If you have started a business completing all kinds of DIY projects, and feel you have the necessary skills to sell your services, here are ten tools that your business certainly can't do without. 23 Dec 2016 Read more There's a reason why every large corporation holds frequent board meetings - they're an effective way to drive the company in the appropriate direction based on collective ideas. Conducting brainstorming sessions with your company's brightest minds will only serve to help you prevent mistakes and make better decisions going forward. Unfortunately, many leaders have fallen into such a mundane routine with their meetings that these crucial gathering times are no longer facilitating the type of outcome they're capable of. With that said, here are four ways any business can get more out of every staff meeting: 22 Dec 2016 Read more For many businesses, graduates are the lifeblood that drives innovation and future development. Without fresh talent, your business will struggle to keep up in a continually evolving market. So how can you ensure your small business is able to attract the right talent? 21 Dec 2016 Read more While we can all agree on the importance of online marketing, there's no denying that offline marketing can still improve the reach of almost any campaign. This is especially true given that approximately 13% of Americans don't even use the internet, with many more only being occasional users. Hence, one practical way to maximse your chances of catering to your offline audience is to widen the net. You can do this by launching an offline marketing campaign to complement your online efforts. 19 Dec 2016 Read more Life insurance is one of the most important investments that you can make for your family. It's the best way to provide for your family even after you pass away. The idea of life insurance has been around for decades, but thanks to the Internet, it's taken on a new look that has changed the way that we compare and purchase life insurance. If you've been looking to buy life insurance, you've probably come across dozens of sites that allow you to purchase a policy online, but there are several things that you should know before you buy a policy online. 19 Dec 2016 Read more In the modern way of doing business, using computers is inevitable and in using computers, using software is a necessity. But of course the choice is yours when it comes to what software you want to get. There is no "compulsory" software for a business. You don't have to spend if you don't want to. You can find freeware alternatives so you don't have to shell out cash that could be used for your business operating costs. 15 Dec 2016 Read more The holiday season is also the busiest season for many different kinds of businesses. This is true for companies that do business online and offline. While many retailers and manufacturers emphasise digital marketing in order to increase revenue during the holiday season, online promotions are also able to help all types of businesses increase their sales throughout the year. 14 Dec 2016 Read more Have you dreamt about starting your own online business? It's something many people are considering and it could change your life forever. However, starting an online business is harder than it first seems, so you need to understand exactly what's involved. Below are some of the most important questions you should answer before jumping in. 13 Dec 2016 Read more How do you choose where to vacation? For many, attractions determine the destination - a famous museum, an amusement park, or an important historic site. Today, however, we're seeing many travelers for whom the attractions take a back seat to the local cuisine. From five-star restaurants to the street food scene, foodie culture is transforming travel. This kind of travel is an extension of the larger culinary scene that's been seeking to elevate our daily dining experiences, bringing fine dining to a larger audience. 8 Dec 2016 Read more Creating the right team or set of employees is like completing a puzzle. You find through the pieces, you pick one, you place it to realise it's not the right one, and then you have to look through the pile as well. The hiring process is pretty much the same. You look through a pile of résumés, pick one candidate and put him or her in the position, often to find that they're not the right fit. Sadly, life is not a puzzle. In the whole process of hiring and realising you've hired the wrong person, you have wasted a huge amount of time and money as well, two scarce resources that no company should waste. 5 Dec 2016 Read more Business, as well as individuals, can learn a lesson from this summer's celebrity social media account hacks. If Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts were such an easy prey, what's left for other entrepreneurs, company profiles, and individual accounts that are fairly unprotected from the attacks of skilled internet offenders? 1 Dec 2016 Read more Digital marketing is one of the best marketing instruments recognised for its effectiveness and ease of use. Compared to conventional marketing tools, digital marketing is more countable, making it easier for brands and corporations to keep track of their ROI. 29 Nov 2016 Read more Having a private practice for any medical professional is difficult. This is because at the end of the day we are talking about a business and chiropractors rarely have business knowledge. They need to focus on offering the best possible chiropractic care so it should come as no surprise that most of the clinics will fail because of problems that could have been so easily avoided. Because of this, let us focus on some simple promotion tips to jump-start the entire business. 29 Nov 2016 Read more The future of B2B e-commerce should be of interest to every single serious businessman out there. Just look at the top businessmen you should follow and you will see that they often talk about B2B and e-commerce innovations. No matter how we look at things, the biggest impact will appear because of the evolution of cloud technology, which allows so many interesting features to be added to e-commerce software. At the same time, businesses manage to receive, store and analyse so much data in order to offer better services in the future. 25 Nov 2016 Read more No matter where you turn you will see some of the biggest stars in sports endorsing brands and in return, those brands sponsor the player, the team, the league or sometimes even the sport itself. Sponsorship is huge and extremely important in the world of marketing for a number of reasons. But on the flipside, that brand ambassador speaking for your company is huge in the world of marketing as well, so it becomes a two-way street, a sort of give-and-take relationship. Here are a few things you should understand when looking for a marketing strategy, especially in your local market, that will work every time. 24 Nov 2016 Read more It is rare to hear of an SME with excess cash considering most SMEs fall out of business due to liquidity problems. However, on the rare occasions when your business happens to have excess cash, the situation can be as depressing as the time when you are cash-strapped. This is due to lack of exposure to different strategies available to utilise your excess cash and still keep your business running. 23 Nov 2016 Read more Whether you're an employee or an employer, having an employment lawyer at your disposal is a great move on your part. This is because sometimes, in the work force, you find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation. Generally speaking, such situations can be handled privately; other times, however, this just simply is not the case. If you are an employee who finds themselves a victim of sexual harassment or unfair labour, you'll want to quickly hire an experienced employment lawyer to defend you and your case. To better understand why, here is some much-needed information on both what an employment lawyer is and why you should hire one for your case. 23 Nov 2016 Read more These days, it seems that everyone is always talking about online marketing techniques and strategies, but the truth is that offline marketing is still very much important. In addition to advertising yourself offline through various mediums, you also need to consider the actual location of your business. After all, where you're located could have a big impact upon the overall success of your company long term. 22 Nov 2016 Read more As a business owner, you have to seek out as many opportunities as possible to cut costs and save money for a rainy day. If you invest a lot of time and energy into employee training, then there are more than likely a few ways you can cut back on expenses in this area. 22 Nov 2016 Read more The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted a study in which they asked HR professionals about the biggest challenges they are likely to face in the next decade. Around 51% feel that obtaining human capital is their biggest challenge. This challenge is likely to be one of the most immediate concerns in the future. Let's have a look at the major challenges of 2016 faced by recruiters: 21 Nov 2016 Read more When a company is burdened with all the work it can handle, the stress of running a business at full capacity can leave management running in circles and making amateur mistakes. Everyone knows that the key to expanding without becoming overwhelmed is to adhere to a strict schedule, but what do you do when the schedule itself is so packed that just looking at it begins to overwhelm you? 18 Nov 2016 Read more Retail is clearly being shaken up by mobile-oriented consumers. Online sales are growing year-on-year and volume is expected to hit $523bn by 2020 in the US. This shift has compelled even established brick-and-mortar enterprises to shore up their online presence. 18 Nov 2016 Read more Offering coupons, discounts and other ways of getting money off products and services to your customers is one of the best ways to improve customer relations and satisfaction. With saving money becoming more and more of a priority amongst consumers, offering coupons, discounts and other promotions can be an excellent way of not only helping to keep your existing customers interested in your brand, but also for attracting new customers and expanding your customer base. We've listed some of the main reasons why more businesses are choosing to offer coupons and vouchers to their customers. 18 Nov 2016 Read more Event planning comes with the territory for many companies. Employee parties, customer appreciation days, and award ceremonies may all be important parts of your effort to build a strong brand reputation. 16 Nov 2016 Read more If you're an entrepreneur trying to make it big, you need to give very careful thought to this: why would people come running to you if one of your competitors is already offering a product/service better than yours? 8 Nov 2016 Read more One of the biggest frustrations in a business is waiting to get paid. Companies with sluggish cash flow, seasonal transactions or extended payment cycles can relate to this problem. There are customers who demand generous terms and are slow payers, like the corporate and government clients. So if you think you need immediate cash but you have customers who aren't willing to pay for products and goods until later, invoice factoring can be one good solution to your mid-month and short term financial contingencies. With invoice factoring and its close counterpart invoice financing, you can easily transform your unpaid invoices into cash. 7 Nov 2016 Read more Looking to get an MBA? There are a lot of factors to consider. An MBA is a very useful degree, but it's not an easy process. Candidates must obtain a solid score on the GMAT or GRE, apply to a series of programs, and be willing to put in hours of work for as much as three years before obtaining their certification. 3 Nov 2016 Read more More people than ever are setting up their own businesses. The expansion of the internet has made it easier, and cheaper, than ever to set up on your own. E-commerce stores give people a wonderful opportunity to be their own boss, and to have complete control over their products. But is it worth the hassle? Is it worth losing job security for? Why are so many people giving up careers and jobs to go it alone? 3 Nov 2016 Read more When you work hard all year long, it's nice to have a few days off during the Christmas break, especially if some of them are paid. This is a great opportunity to take a short vacation, particularly if you live in a cold region and would like to get some sun. 3 Nov 2016 Read more You've got your business plan, you've thought long term and know where you want to be in five years, but do you have a cash flow forecast? It's potentially more important. It's fantastic that you know creatively where you want to take your company, but a cash flow forecast will make sure you've always got the funds to get you there. 3 Nov 2016 Read more There have been many cases of workplace injury victims suffering unnecessarily for extended periods of time, only because they didn't know that they had extensive legal rights at their disposal. Although most people know that it is possible to sue an employer for negligence, personal injury, lost wages, pain and suffering and other applicable damages, it is easy to assume that large scale employers are difficult to win against. Then there's the fact that suing an employer would make it difficult to retain employment and go back to work. Until you meet with an experienced injury attorney, you won't have the ability to make an informed decision based on the personal merits of your case. 2 Nov 2016 Read more Whenever you are looking to try a new restaurant around your city, how likely are you to go look at the reviews before you decide on where to eat? For many of you, reviews are the single factor in making your dinner choice easier and actually receiving the quality of service you expected walking into the restaurant. In comparison, CPE Advisory is the site business professionals go to find reviews on CPE courses before they choose the right course to meet their specific needs. We are here to make the process of finding CPE courses easier and to provide CPE course reviews to professionals in business, government, human resources, marketing, accounting and much more! We believe that finding the most beneficial CPE courses to you is what matters most. That's why we have built a robust CPE course search engine with course reviews from other CPA professionals whose opinions you can trust! Still not convinced that course reviews really make a difference? Well we've compiled a list of the top three reasons why, in fact, CPE course reviews do matter! 2 Nov 2016 Read more Security is really important for every single business out there and it is a shame to notice how many business managers do not actually consider this as being important. You want to be sure that you are going to basically do all that you can to make sure that the entire company is secured. While focussing on all operating processes that are important for the company, ranging from production to growth hacking, make sure that you also do all that you can to reduce the following business security risks. 31 Oct 2016 Read more You've read all the articles, you've reviewed all the available policies, and you've done the smart thing and acquired business insurance. You're good to go, right? You can just hold your policy until the end of time (or the transfer of your business) and never worry about it again. 27 Oct 2016 Read more There's something to be said for formal education at a university or college, but entrepreneurs don't necessarily need degrees or credentials to launch their own businesses. However, that doesn't mean education isn't important. It just means that teaching yourself is often a more feasible option. 24 Oct 2016 Read more If you think that Australia is a faraway backwater country, you couldn't be farther from the truth. Australian businesses do not only use the most advanced technological solutions, they create innovations that can push the rest of the world forward in its tech and business development. 21 Oct 2016 Read more According to the theory of creative self-destruction advanced by an Australian American economist, Joseph Schumpeter, in the 1950s, economic innovation only comes as a result of disruptive changes to the status quo resulting to evolving business cycles. Innovation economics on the other hand involves creative entrepreneurs coming up with new ways of doing things or introducing new products into the market that replace the old order with a new order that transforms value chains completely into the future. Such is the disruption that is expected to come from the adoption of the blockchain technology. 19 Oct 2016 Read more A decade ago, SMS marketing was really hot and highly productive but somewhere along the line other methods of reaching a mobile market took over and fewer companies took advantage of this highly successful strategy. Perhaps it was a fear that no one read their text messages anymore because of the massive growth of smartphone technology and the ease at which mobile phone users could now access social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Who would be reading text messages anymore? So marketing money was diverted to online advertising and SMS marketing was all but lost in the shuffle. Until recently that is. 18 Oct 2016 Read more At the beginning of any startup business, it's common for the owner to take on a plethora of responsibilities. A startup at initial stage doesn't typically have a big budget, or the business, to hire employees and to handle other responsibilities that come while running a company successfully. Furthermore, if your small business has grown into a small or medium sized enterprise, the responsibilities may be piling up. 17 Oct 2016 Read more When you first start a social media strategy, everything seems like a good idea. It's free to use most social platforms, so you have free rein to post whatever you want. This makes social media exciting and engaging - which is good for new marketers getting their feet wet - but it also makes it dangerous. Unfortunately, a disappointing percentage of new social media marketers end up adopting unproductive or downright destructive practices that compromise their campaigns. 17 Oct 2016 Read more Showing the best representation of your brand and your business online is essential in today's marketplace. The web is the main street of small business commerce, and your brand is on parade. Here are some key attributes of great website design and development. 12 Oct 2016 Read more An effective marketing strategy is a must if a business wants to succeed today. It's even more important for small and midsize businesses that need every advantage to stand out among their competitors. However, in order to be efficient, promotion requires a continuous input. Smaller companies usually cannot afford to employ a dedicated professional to manage their campaigns full time. The best solution for them is using one of the many specialised online marketing tools, such as GetResponse, AWeber, etc. 7 Oct 2016 Read more In terms of revenue generation, binary options are a relative newcomer to the world of investment. They are popular because they are easy to understand, and by investing in binary options with a licensed broker, you are unlikely to lose vast amounts of money. The flip side is that you are also unlikely to make vast amounts of money, but that's the 'penalty' you pay for keeping risk to an acceptable minimum. 5 Oct 2016 Read more Early childhood education plays an important role in future success, but parents currently wondering where their little ones will learn their ABCs may not realise just how much of a determinant the style of that education plays in their children's career trajectory. That may seem like an overblown statement - but all the evidence indicates it's true. In a country where public school is the norm, the majority of famous entrepreneurs got their start in private Montessori classrooms. 30 Sep 2016 Read more In every laboratory setting, it is important to have the right tools for the right storage purposes. Vacuoles and ampoules, for example, are reliable equipment used to store and preserve either liquid or solid samples. 30 Sep 2016 Read more Small business owners know how hard it is to market services and products. It is important to think about so many factors and budgets are normally pretty low. If you want to improve the results of your marketing campaigns, you want to take very important decisions. In order to help you take full advantage of the power of promotions and carefully chosen marketing plans, here are a few ideas you can take into account right now. 29 Sep 2016 Read more Millions of businesses exist on the web today. From web-exclusive business models to decades-old brands that have just recently expanded to the web, you will find a consumer solution for virtually any product or service you need. Because of its ease of use, the internet is a highly competitive place. Search engines and other major internet institutions have had to adapt in order to accommodate this, finding ways to ensure that the information served to users is presenting the most relevant and quality sources. Many businesses are turning to company blogs as one way to rise the ranks of search and beyond. We'll discuss below five excellent reasons why your business needs a company blog. 22 Sep 2016 Read more There are scads of reasons why businesses fail. However, far too often, the issue of money is at the centre of most business failures. The harsh truth is that, regardless of the level of creativity, there is simply no entrepreneur that can achieve remarkable success without getting their finances in order. 21 Sep 2016 Read more Gordon Moore, an Intel founder, wrote a paper in 1965 and observed that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every two years. This became known as Moore's Law. 20 Sep 2016 Read more Customer relationship management (CRM) is a key part of any business plan, and most companies today rely on specialised CRM software to keep important client information organised. One piece of key data that's missing from most CRM programs, however, is your internal business schedule. While there may be a calendar noting deadlines and client appointments, what about the day-to-day movement of your staff? Where is that factored in? 20 Sep 2016 Read more By now you've probably read hundreds of articles about how essential a blog is to your business and for marketing it. You studied up on all the tricks before you went to work creating a blog for your firm, and you even made sure your posts were designed just as the experts suggested in order to attract the most readers. 19 Sep 2016 Read more Studies are constantly performed to find out what customers want out of their relationships with businesses. Answers vary on many accounts, but what the responses mostly come down to is this: Customers want to be valued. Conveying value is one of the most crucial things businesses can do to promote growth, generate leads, and increase revenue. 16 Sep 2016 Read more Your business may be heading into the holiday season full of confidence and positive feelings. You've had a sensational first year that far exceeded your initial expectations. Your online marketing campaigns took off quickly and netted you thousands of likes and clicks on all of the major social media networks. And the orders have been rolling in to your official company website like nobody's business. In fact, they have been rolling in so steadily that you're actually starting to get behind on fulfilling past orders, never mind processing new ones. 15 Sep 2016 Read more Are you looking for innovative ways to make your retail store a more appealing place to shop? If so, you could dramatically improve the fortunes of your business and increase the number of shoppers and paying customers who come through your business's doors. Below are some of the most effective ways to make your retail store stand out. 14 Sep 2016 Read more US-based financial education website Investopedia said in mid-August 2016 that it saw "a 545% week-over-week" leap in pageviews of its article on trading binary options in the US. The implication is that people are increasingly becoming aware of binary trading. With a 17-year-old now driving a Bentley after hitting it big in binary options trading, chances are its popularity will continue to grow. 13 Sep 2016 Read more The media you use to sell your products is almost as important as the products themselves, particularly for online stores. The photos on your website are the only connections customers have to the actual products. For that reason, your images must be good if you expect to move product. 13 Sep 2016 Read more For many small businesses, the HR department is an unusual area. Although it's absolutely necessary in order to make sure that the business is running smoothly, small businesses often find that running their own, in-house HR team is a large extra cost that doesn't really contribute to making a profit in terms of the products and services that you provide to your customers. This is why it's no surprise that more and more small business owners are choosing to outsource their HR department to more highly skilled and experienced professionals. If you're a business owner who's feeling a little conflicted about what to do with your business' HR team, here are just some of the main benefits of choosing outsourcing over running an in-house team yourself. 12 Sep 2016 Read more Running a business to the point it begins to generate profits on a consistent basis is up there among the most difficult aspects of running a business. For those who have achieved success at running a profitable business, it becomes even more important to use those profits wisely. A lack of solid judgement about the best way to use profits could drive a business right back into unprofitable zones. 12 Sep 2016 Read more As internet marketing has moved away from banner ads and pop-ups, marketers have moved towards advertising and marketing that tells stories. Seth Godin has said "Great stories succeed because they are able to capture the imagination of large or important audiences." Stories have, after all, been the basis of human interaction for millennia. But why should marketing be focused on stories? 12 Sep 2016 Read more Modern businesses rely on many types of software to maintain their everyday operations, and are constantly looking for new forms of software to improve their efficiency, enable new capabilities, or advance some area of the business. 5 Sep 2016 Read more Whether you think about it very often, the United States is still within a major talent shortage that crosses many industries. We think about this problem in healthcare - primary care general practitioners are in short supply, nursing is in need of more trained professionals, there are more jobs available in radiology than there are radiologist to fill them. But talent shortage isn't limited to the health care sector. Any industry that requires specialised work, any corporate entity that needs inspired type-A personalities - these are the kinds of industries that are having a tough time attracting top talent. 1 Sep 2016 Read more The competition we see in practically all industries is higher than it ever was. Because of this, it is really important that you do all that you can in order to stand out of the crowd. If we take a look at the companies that managed to succeed in the African market, it is quite obvious that success appeared because of market differentiators. Finding what differentiates your company is not difficult but there are some options that you may want to take into account. 30 Aug 2016 Read more Since every single marketing specialist out there understands the importance of B2B communication, we have to highlight that industry-specific knowledge is what will differentiate successful promotion campaigns from unsuccessful attempts. For instance, when you want to explain what services a welding company offers, you will want to first mention welding types. Explaining properly is what makes the communication a proper one. Here is how you would want to present the main welding types in an official B2B presentation. 29 Aug 2016 Read more While some would argue that today's world is more personalised than ever - thanks to new technologies and the ubiquitous access to social media platforms - the truth is that our society is becoming less and less engaged. People are burying their heads in screens, as opposed to carrying on meaningful conversations. As a marketer, you must overcome. 26 Aug 2016 Read more Unfortunately, there are many situations in which a company's HR departments will fail. It is really important that human resources work as they should. A failure to do this will cost the business money and few businesses actually know that this is happening. They will eventually figure it out when a fine appears but it is always better to take care of problems before they appear. With this in mind, here are some mistakes that have to be avoided at all costs. 24 Aug 2016 Read more Up to 20% of homes had bay windows installed from the late 70's to the mid-80's. While those bay windows often enhance the exterior beauty of a home, chances are, at this point, those units are now reaching the end of their life cycle and would need to be changed out. 19 Aug 2016 Read more Whether the startup hit a strong growth spurt and you need a new office space or you are looking for your first office space, the choice is difficult to make. What is really important is finding something that will meet the budget that you have and the needs that exist. You will be able to find great office space but you need to be careful and you have to know all the available options. Finding perfect office space for a startup is all about the following facts. 17 Aug 2016 Read more Time is the one thing that cannot be purchased or reclaimed. Once it's gone, it's gone for good. Unfortunately, it often takes years - sometimes decades - before people realise this. It's not until people have enough life experience that they're finally able to look back and understand just how valuable time really is. 16 Aug 2016 Read more The Excel spreadsheet program from Microsoft is a really important tool these days for investors. They use it in order to track the activity of the investments in a manner that is completely organised. You can so easily use features like the drop-down list in Excel to track investment positions and even for risk management purposes. 16 Aug 2016 Read more Most of the stock market rules that you will read will have some sort of exception. However, the main principles cannot be disputed. If your goal is to make long-term investments that will be successful, the idea is not to focus on specific moments to invest, like fuel price decreasing or similar. The idea is to respect the main principles at all times. That is what we will focus on in the following paragraphs. 15 Aug 2016 Read more Diversification is something that is really important for every single investor out there. It is a huge part of growth and it is always necessary to make smart decisions. Making that smart decision starts with avoiding the really common mistakes that will be highlighted below. Be sure to avoid them at all costs. 15 Aug 2016 Read more Coffee mugs are one of the most popular promotional items, and they can be customised in a myriad of ways. However, those that don't make an impression on recipients often get shoved to the back of the kitchen cabinet. The best way to maximise your customised mugs is to make them stand out, either through design, functionality, or printed message. Here are five great ways to make most of your promotional mug investment. 15 Aug 2016 Read more Whether you're already a successful business tycoon or simply a newbie entrepreneur, you definitely need some marketing hints and strategies that will help you succeed on your business venture. 11 Aug 2016 Read more E-businesses make so many mistakes. Unfortunately, most of them are connected with the website itself, which is actually the real business. Managing a business is difficult and when everything moves online the topic is even more complicated. While there are so many problems that appear, those that do need to be mentioned are the following... 8 Aug 2016 Read more Healthcare education has come a long way since the dawn of the 21st century. We've seen a number of new technologies and strategies move to the forefront, while antiquated practices have been pushed aside. Understanding where the healthcare education system is headed in 2016 and beyond is helpful for patients, parents, and the employers who will be hiring fresh talent in the coming years. 8 Aug 2016 Read more With 2016 Summer Olympics about to begin, viewers worldwide have already seen extensive athletic sponsorships in the making. Official Olympic partners include McDonald's, Toyota, Visa, Samsung, and Coca-Cola - but other non-partner brands have also jumped on the opportunity to be seen by a global audience through their sponsorships. 8 Aug 2016 Read more Something is bound to go awry in your company operations at some point. Businesses are run by human beings, and we all know humans make mistakes. 5 Aug 2016 Read more Augmented reality is a growing field that's transforming our interactions with the world around us, and one of the most powerful ways it's doing so is by enhancing the shopping process. By increasing our access to products at a time when more customers are shopping online than ever before, augmented reality can help consumers make informed decisions. 4 Aug 2016 Read more If there's one thing marketing and sales teams need to consistently thrive, it's accurate sales forecasts. These forecasts are the key to strategically honing spending and developing campaigns that maximise ROI. Unfortunately, most businesses do a fairly poor job of developing accurate forecasts. How are you doing? 2 Aug 2016 Read more For your website to make money, you need your visitors to convert. There are plenty of tactics that can help you get more traffic in the first place - such as content marketing, SEO, and paid advertising, but none of that traffic really means anything until it turns into actual revenue for your brand. In some cases, this will mean completing a paid transaction, such as buying one of your products, and in others this will involve parting with some personal information (such as through a web form) so a visitor can become a full-fledged lead. In any case, there's one vital ingredient your site needs to close the deal. 1 Aug 2016 Read more Just because you have grounds for a lawsuit doesn't mean you have the capital necessary to bring charges against a prospective defendant. Oftentimes, prospective plaintiffs will have an airtight case, capable of winning them tens of thousands of dollars or more, but they're put in a compromising position that prevents them from being able to follow through with the proceedings. 27 Jul 2016 Read more Sometimes, breaking the rules can do you more good than following them. In the online marketing world, there's always a shortlist of best practices, for almost any strategy you can imagine, that summarises and instructs you on what to do with a given brand in a given scenario. For example, there's a "right" way to build an SEO campaign, and a "right" way to design a website. 26 Jul 2016 Read more Cloud technology is capable of saving money and time for any business but it can also transform the entire company and the way in which you do business. Small businesses in the US now use cloud data computing at a rate that is higher than expected. It is actually expected that in the following six years we will see around 80% of companies using cloud technology. 25 Jul 2016 Read more Running any small business is difficult. The owner ends up having to do so many things that sometimes the essentials are forgotten. One of those essentials is having a website. This is a vital thing for every single small business for many different reasons. We will only talk about some of them so that you can see why you should seriously consider building the business website as soon as possible. 25 Jul 2016 Read more You don't need to look far on the internet to see that Manish Chande is a very highly respected businessman who knows his stuff when it comes to the world of property management and real estate. He sold his company, Trillium, for £330, ensuring him a £15m payout, and a generous share of £11,000 for each of his employees. 22 Jul 2016 Read more One of the biggest problems with small businesses is that there are few people that need to do many different tasks. In order to succeed it is vital that the business uses proper SEO campaigns. This only makes the entire process much more complicated since it is something else that the owners need to learn. Since we see so many different companies struggling, let us mention some of the main mistakes that have to stop right now. It is understandable that the company cannot afford the use of professional SEO services but this does not mean that low quality work is justified. 22 Jul 2016 Read more As a modern marketer, you have a number of powerful tools at your disposal. The key is to identify and use tools that will benefit your business in the pursuit of understanding and engaging prospects. 19 Jul 2016 Read more Managing physicians and administrators look at marketing as being only about advertising in order to attract brand new patients. It is so often noticed that opticians only buy ads in newspapers or rent billboards. That is not a correct approach. We are faced with many regulation problems so getting new clients is more difficult than ever. Because of this, based on the work that was done by www.optilase.co.uk, here are some tips that you may want to consider to help the entire practice. 19 Jul 2016 Read more One of the biggest problems that appear for smaller companies is that they do not have large marketing budgets available for marketing purposes. This is something that can drastically hurt your business but there are various ways in which you can actually get round this problem. What you have to do is be smart and focus on improving your brand identity. Branding is the best way to keep growing as a small company and this will reap huge benefits in the future. Having said that, it is important to look into different options, ones you apply and ones you never considered but requires equal importance. 19 Jul 2016 Read more Money is the lifeblood of business and many excellent business ideas often die on the drawing board because there's no money to implement them. Startup financing is often the holy grail of entrepreneurs and it takes a high degree of commitment to your idea to go through the rollercoaster ride of raising financing for a startup. 19 Jul 2016 Read more There's been a fascinating experiment in Brussels recently. Random passers-by were invited to participate in a TV show about clairvoyance. Clairvoyant was waiting for those who agreed to enter a white tent, and after a few minutes of 'tuning into the guest's energy' he began to tell his visitors some random facts about them. Such facts included the preferences and interests of the guest, as well as the color of their houses, bank account numbers, and even the shapes and places of their tattoos. 15 Jul 2016 Read more Business travel is a huge part of doing business these days because you want to go to meet with potential partners and clients. Travelling stands out as one of the largest of the expenses that the companies can incur. Whenever travelling because of work you have various things that go through your hand so focusing on the task at hand can be difficult. 13 Jul 2016 Read more How you choose to fund your startup will have a big impact upon how successful you are. Without the right funding, you can't give your new business the right foundation on which to grow, so finding the best funding will be imperative. Check out the tips below on how to find funding for your startup company so that you can make the most of your business idea. 12 Jul 2016 Read more Software as a service, or SaaS, is a model for software licensing and delivery, in which the software is leased by the user on a monthly subscription charge. The most common form of delivery is via the web, using a thin client. The model is successful with a range of business applications, including messaging and office software, and is a specific industry that requires unique metrics to track progress and performance. 12 Jul 2016 Read more Branding is very important for every single company out there. It establishes trust and is a huge part of business growth. What is interesting is the fact that people do not actually understand what branding is and why it is so important. They tend to focus on strategies that are unconventional (you can read more about this online) and fail to understand the real foundation behind building a brand. Because of this, we should discuss some important branding tips that you need to always remember. 11 Jul 2016 Read more One of the biggest problems in marketing a business is the lack of available funds. Unfortunately, most think that it is really easy to get something promoted, especially when looking at the internet. That is incorrect. In reality, you have to invest a lot of money in order to reach the target audience you have. While we cannot actually tell you exactly what will work in your case, here are the options that are normally considered by most businessmen and that are pretty effective. 7 Jul 2016 Read more Most people do not know anything about Essure but those in the marketing world did pay close attention to the development of the Essure lawsuits that appeared. This is mainly because we are talking about a product that was manufactured and marketed by Bayer, a leading company and a huge worldwide brand. Learning how to deal with huge legal problems and how image is affected is very important for all people involved in PR and marketing. 6 Jul 2016 Read more It seems that corporate photography has become one of the crucial elements of the marketing strategy of any business, especially when it comes to their advertising campaigns. Professional photographers are hired to make photographs which are later used as an element of communication between the company and their employees, their business partners and ultimately their clients and customers. So, businesses expect vivid, noticeable and straightforward photographs from the professional photographers they have hired. Through these photos, all the aforementioned parties should learn more about the business and its essence, its services and products. 5 Jul 2016 Read more Your business is part of a community, whether you're a national enterprise with multiple locations, a small local business, or even if you have no physical office at all. It's increasingly important for you to give back to your community through responsible policies, new strategies, and actions that reward or otherwise favour the public. Most businesses understand the concept of "giving back" and agree it's a good thing, but they don't understand just how important it is, or how they can get started. 29 Jun 2016 Read more The truth is, any type of marketing is more expensive than what you perceive it to be. We are faced with this belief that SEO should be cheap since the work is not all that difficult - completely incorrect! In reality, it is complicated, takes a lot of knowledge and you'll need to dig deep into your pocket. 29 Jun 2016 Read more The private hospitals need to struggle a little in order to get clients. This is normally because most people from around the world will first go to the public hospitals. That is an understandable approach since medical insurance will normally cover most of the treatments that are done at the public hospital. The same thing cannot actually be said about private practices. 28 Jun 2016 Read more The rules that normally apply to marketing a specific business are normally the same. However, there are different things that have to be understood when going deeper in our analysis. We can say that promoting two different companies in the same way will always lead towards different results. There are things that are better for some businesses. Because of this, you will want to take the proper approach. 28 Jun 2016 Read more If you're familiar with the economies of Venezuela and Nigeria, you probably already know that these two countries are currently dealing with an economic crisis. Both countries have been greatly affected by the crash in the crude oil market. 28 Jun 2016 Read more When you think of company culture, what comes to mind? For many, it might be the startup with its laidback nature, open plan office space, and tabletop games. Others may conjure up a group gathered around the water cooler or a specific company tradition around birthdays or promotions. 24 Jun 2016 Read more For people just starting their own website or internet business, there are lots of new decisions to be made for the first time. Many of these decisions will be technical, calling on people to learn about things they'd never otherwise think about. One such example is web hosting. The average person on the street doesn't even really know what web hosting does. But to make the most out of your website or business, you've got to learn the ropes of this varied industry. Fortunately, it's not actually that hard to understand. Here are some things to look for in a great web host. 23 Jun 2016 Read more One of the most important things that successful businesses know is how to effectively engage their clients. This helps keep them satisfied, which helps keep them coming back for more. The more they come back, the more money your business makes. Plus, the more you engage your clients, the more likely they are to share their great experiences with your company with their friends and family. 23 Jun 2016 Read more Trust is hard to come by, and that may be true for businesses even more than for people. If you want a consumer to buy from you, you have to get him or her to have absolute faith that you're going to deliver on your promises: that your product will be worth what you're asking for it, and if anything goes wrong, you'll be there to help set the matter right. 20 Jun 2016 Read more Every successful business will most undoubtedly have a Human Resources department that is at the very core of its operations. From recruiting top talent to new hire orientation to payroll and annual employee assessments, HR has its hand in literally every area that involves personnel. They are after all human resources. 15 Jun 2016 Read more In an ideal world, all customers would pay their invoices almost immediately. If they did, cash flow problems would never materialise and your business would run like clockwork. Sadly, things rarely happen that way and it is not unusual to end up with at least one bad payer on your books. So how should you deal with customers who can't or won't pay? 15 Jun 2016 Read more We've all heard the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words," but in today's content-heavy world, many companies eschew this perspective in favour of blog posts, how-to guides, and other text-heavy approaches. These types of content have a place, especially when it comes to SEO, but where does that leave visual content? Too often, it seems, visual content is an afterthought. 14 Jun 2016 Read more From losing touch with customers and having no real differentiation in the market to a leadership breakdown at the top that affects the entire workforce, there are numerous reasons why eight out of ten businesses fail. However, sometimes it can be as simple as insufficient capital or running out of money altogether. 14 Jun 2016 Read more Email marketing is a solid strategy in today's electronic world; however, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. To be successful, you must consider the unique communication style of an email, and how to deliver effective content in a short message. 6 Jun 2016 Read more It's been scientifically proven that our brains crave a good story, whether it's a compelling novel, a thrilling movie, or a startling business blog post. Even if the topic isn't particularly interesting, consumers are still drawn by a good story, which makes it an extremely useful tool for businesses. Websites that can tell a good story will also experience good conversions. 6 Jun 2016 Read more In recent times, Forex trading has become much more of an available and accessible method of making money. Once reserved for investment bankers and others working in the financial and investing industries, Forex trading has become widely available to the public, making it a viable method of making a secondary or even primary income for those who are willing to put the time in to perfect their strategies and trading techniques. If you have heard about the benefits of Forex trading and would like to give it a go yourself, it's vital that you do some research before choosing a Forex platform. Not all brokers are created equal, and the one you choose can certainly either make or break your Forex career. 30 May 2016 Read more A job as a private tutor can be an excellent way to make a living, not to mention that it's a great opportunity to become self-employed and be your own boss. As more and more pressure is being put on school children of all ages to get good grades in order to prepare them for college and their future careers, an increasing number of parents are looking for private tutors in order to give their children some extra help and support. The private tuition industry is growing at a rapid pace, so here's everything that you need to know in order to get started. 27 May 2016 Read more Over the years, online degrees have become increasingly popular. Not only are enrolment numbers growing year-over-year, but costs are dropping and employers are viewing these programs in a more positive light. 26 May 2016 Read more When you are putting a lot of focus on marketing or even growth hacking your business, you can see a period of fast expansion as the early adopters of your product or service find you. However, this initial growth is very difficult to use as a predictor of future growth and profits, as most businesses hit a plateau after that early adoption phase before other, future growth periods. 26 May 2016 Read more Everybody who has ever done a day's work knows that stress can sometimes be positive. The right kind of stress can result in increased preparation and enhance performance. Actors, presenters and teachers the world over know it's time to think about changing profession when they no longer feel even a flutter of stress at the thought of performing to a large, potentially hostile audience. 26 May 2016 Read more If you suffer from serious side effects after taking a new medication, or your physician is negligent, it is only natural that you would want some form of compensation for your injuries, not to mention the detrimental effect this event has had on your life and wellbeing. Well, you are not alone. 25 May 2016 Read more While the best investment any business can make is in its people, hiring the wrong people can cost a fortune. The hiring process takes both time and money, yet bringing the wrong person into a company who either doesn't have the right skills, or is a poor fit with the company's culture, can negatively impact the both the bottom line and the morale of your business. 20 May 2016 Read more When it comes to losing weight, many people are completely lost. They follow strict fad diets in hopes that they'll drop the extra pounds in time for swimsuit season. If you really want to lose weight, you need to learn how different foods work in your body. Here are some great low-calorie, natural, fat-burning foods. 18 May 2016 Read more Unfortunately, most self-employed workers fail to understand how important it is to have health insurance. This is insurance that helps a person to protect the best interests and the family. There is simply no way to deny the fact that self-employed insurance is necessary, even if private healthcare costs are higher than they ever were. You never know what can happen so whenever doing business alone, without being properly employed full time, you want to get the extra protection. 17 May 2016 Read more Running a small business is definitely hard. You need to do so many things and every single extra help counts. You want to focus on all the time-gaining tools that are available. Since you most likely already have a smartphone, why not take advantage of all that it offers? You surely already read AndroidHeadlines and are interested in every single thing that appears for the phone. Instead of focusing only on some parts of the news, let's think about apps that are particularly useful for a small business user. All of the ones below can be considered in most industries. 16 May 2016 Read more Customer support is a huge part of running a successful business. In fact, it may be as important as the product or service you provide. Your company's help desk handles customers who bring complaints, questions, and troubleshooting issues - and must do so with grace and compassion in order to foster positive relationships with your customers. Help desk software vastly simplifies this process. 12 May 2016 Read more When you often find yourself travelling for business purposes you quickly figure out the fact that amounts add up. In many cases we are faced with situations in which people do not manage to deal with this properly. Estimating business travel is quite complicated. You need to do all the right steps to find out how much you are about to pay. That aids you to realise how to better deal with these expenses. All consumer brands are changing so we have to do all that we can in order to better deal with this. 11 May 2016 Read more If you want to trade online accurately and profitably, you should use effective trading strategies. Here we take a look at some of these strategies. 6 May 2016 Read more Not wanting to lose customers to online shopping, traditional retailers around the world are turning to big data and analytics to employ technology that will give them an advantage in a competitive industry. Sensor data installed on the Internet of Things (IOT) is one reason that these technologies are now available to retailers. For example, a customer who has downloaded a retailer's application on a smartphone can receive an instant coupon when it detects that he or she has walked past a specific item. Real-time analytics are another strategy that retailers are increasingly depending on to understand customer buying behaviour inside and outside of the store. 6 May 2016 Read more Absolutely all companies out there, no matter how large or small they are, will end up with some debt collection problems as customers do not pay what is owed. The good news is that most of the debt can be recuperated. The problem is that most businesses do not actually manage to do this because they do not understand or know what the law entitles them to do. 5 May 2016 Read more There is a specific point after successfully running your business for a period of time that you will begin to consider expansion. This is a natural course of action as it is the only way for business to truly evolve. Your business must be in the exact position, however, for further development to truly work for you. You must first identify the signs that signify that it is an opportune moment for your company to expand. You can then implement an appropriate strategy to commence with the growth of your business. Here are some things to consider with expanding your business: 5 May 2016 Read more Here are some tips to help you manage your cash flow: you will need to know what contributes to determining cash flow. You will need to know the breakeven point. Focus more on how much money you have than on making a profit. Make sure that you have a cash reserve. Prepare a cash flow worksheet to monitor your money. Manage your accounts receivable as well as your accounts payable. 4 May 2016 Read more Encryption has been a hot topic recently, particularly due to the lengthy legal battle that took place between the FBI and Apple regarding iPhone encryption - specifically the FBI's demand that Apple unlock a phone used in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. But even though this case has been highly publicised, many individuals don't fully understand what encryption is and how much privacy it can ensure. As hackers become savvier and consumers remain ill-informed, is digital privacy even a possibility? 4 May 2016 Read more In today's digital age, it's more important than ever for each and every business to have a website. Even the smallest of local businesses can benefit from their own website, with more and more people using the internet to look up businesses of all sizes and find the products and services which they require. However, with the world of online business becoming increasingly more competitive, it's no longer good enough to just have any old basic website for your company. In order to gain the edge over the competition and build a good online presence, there are some essential components which every business website should include. Read on to discover more. 4 May 2016 Read more There are so many moments in the history of marketing that highlight huge successes simply because of the use of controversy. One of the best examples of this is the launch of The Davinci Code. The huge controversy that appeared and the responses of Christians basically made everyone want to see what the book is about. Nobody really care if one side was right. They just wanted to see what the controversy was and what got everyone so mad. 3 May 2016 Read more Travelling for business purposes is much more common now than it used to be. We no longer have to sacrifice comfort and affordability is much higher than it used to be. However, this does not mean that you cannot ignore other parts of the experience and simply travel. Safety is crucial and you want to be sure that you will be completely safe. Always remember the following. 3 May 2016 Read more Whenever talking about en e-commerce website, the main focus that a business owner has is to increase conversions to a maximum. More sales automatically mean an increase in revenue. Magento software and Magento extensions are now used by hundreds of thousands of online sellers. This includes companies that offer B2C and B2B services and products. 3 May 2016 Read more Outsourcing can save you time, effort and money. However, as with any business relationship, you have to have your wits about you. There are hundreds of honest, reliable, outsourcing companies and individuals who won't let you down, but there are also some external service providers who are not as professional. Below are some of the main factors you should consider before outsourcing. 29 Apr 2016 Read more You've filed your taxes and now it's time to wait for your refund. But what will you do with that money when it arrives? While it can be tempting to do something fun with the extra cash, we have responsibilities to our families and communities to utilise it wisely. 29 Apr 2016 Read more Many millennials all over the world are looking for new investment strategies that will best suit their investment appetite as well as their lifestyles. 28 Apr 2016 Read more After working hard as an arborist for a long time, it is possible that you may want to open your very own tree care company. That is because there are many that quickly figure out the huge financial potential that exists in owning such a business. However, the step is a big one and even if you do have a huge experience in working for tree care you can fail. Starting the tree care company is challenging and risky but it is a highly rewarding endeavour. 26 Apr 2016 Read more When someone trusts an investor or advisor to help increase their wealth and secure their future, they should have all the confidence in the world in them. Of course, there is no such thing as a sure deal, it all depends on how they want to invest their money - Some like to play it safe while others love to be risky. With so many firms and options such as banks, brokers, and investment companies, which one to choose is not an easy task when there are millions of dollars out on the table, and considering what has transpired in the last decade, one has to be cautious. 25 Apr 2016 Read more 1. Know your online audience 25 Apr 2016 Read more Most people will tell you that shared hosting stands out as the very best option for the small business that has average traffic. Such a service is offered by many different companies, with some like Eleven2 actually offering specialised packages for smaller businesses. We are referring to a hosting plan that is perfect for blogs and websites without a need to have much bandwidth or space available. 22 Apr 2016 Read more Forex trading has become a very popular way to make extra income from the comfort of your own home. There are various ways you can trade the trillion-dollar global currency market. In this article I would like to share with you how to successfully trade forex using binary options. 21 Apr 2016 Read more Good marketing can be achieved via advertising and in some cases across multiple channels which are relevant to your market. This can be much easier said than done if you have little marketing experience yourself. A good place to start when you're thinking about advertising via any means is to make sure you have striking visuals across all platforms. 21 Apr 2016 Read more For the past few years, the future of Saab has been on life support. The once-proud automaker has undergone some serious challenges and is struggling to make ends meet. However, for car aficionados, there's still something alluring about the name. Saab has a rich history, and those lucky enough to get their hands on a vintage model will have plenty of stories to tell. 20 Apr 2016 Read more Email is one of the classic staples of a successful online marketing campaign. However, it's challenging to grow an email list to a size that provides a worthwhile return on investment. Unlocking the secrets behind scaling your email list may be exactly what you need to take your business to the next level. 19 Apr 2016 Read more Most business owners do end up using home equity in order to gain a viable financing source but that does not mean that the opportunity is the one that is the best for you. 19 Apr 2016 Read more Developing a unique brand is vitally important in today's competitive business world because it gives you the ability to make your products and services recognisable. Without a solid brand, your company will simply get lost in the crowd and will not be able to showcase its uniqueness. But in addition to establishing a brand, you should also take the time to trademark it to protect it. 18 Apr 2016 Read more The gaming industry is bringing in billions of dollars in revenue every single month of the year and we all know how much income a good game can bring in. Besides the obvious revenue options that are available when looking at the entire gaming industry, there are also other options that have to be taken into account. This is truly an industry in which a lot of money can be made in ways that are truly unique. Creativity has to be high and when you use the information that you have, you can come up with something really interesting, like the money-making opportunities mentioned below. 15 Apr 2016 Read more Virtual private server hosting packages are normally not considered by startup owners because of the belief that prices are way too high. This is completely incorrect. When this type of hosting initially appeared, it was expensive but nowadays it is really cheap and accessible for all possible users. The online business world did change and startups are currently supported at a technical level. This does include large companies like Orange support startup entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneur Club. 14 Apr 2016 Read more It has been well known in marketing for as long as advertising has existed that having the right people associated with a brand can make a big difference. A celebrity endorsement can instantly raise the profile of a brand or product, and choosing celebrities who appeal to different markets than you currently engage can broaden your brand's appeal. 13 Apr 2016 Read more Do you work long hours at a computer desk with little to do in order to handle the stress of your job? Are you the organiser of this year's corporate luncheon and you find yourself in search of a great gift to your employees? This year, offer your employees, friends, or family members a gift they can use in this fast-paced world that never stops. Stress balls not only have a longstanding reputation of effectiveness, but they are also available in an enormous range of styles and designs. For those companies that wish to give their employees this fantastic little stress reliever, there are companies available that can place your company logo on the objects with ease. What is the best part of this gift? Your employees, friend, or loved one will live life with lower stress levels and inevitably work harder and more efficiently. 12 Apr 2016 Read more You want to be patient when you choose your energy supplier since you surely want to have the benefits that are associated with working with a really good service provider, while avoiding pitfalls that can appear in the future. 11 Apr 2016 Read more We live in tough economic times. It is now more important than ever to be careful with our money and we need to make good financial decisions. As you most likely know, if you want to multiply your funds, the best thing that you can do is to invest in a company. Even large firms like Orange make financial investments in other firms. 11 Apr 2016 Read more E-commerce is an easy place to start for budding entrepreneurs. Well, not easy per se, but easy in the sense you don't need a huge amount of capital to get a business up and running. Marketing a website is not so easy, which is why a lot of businesses fall down. 11 Apr 2016 Read more All business owners out there understand how important it is to have an online presence through a website that is professionally built. This opens the door to various opportunities like using Adwords management services to increase sales or simply by offering an advanced customer support experience that retains clients. 8 Apr 2016 Read more Time tracking is vital to organisations to understand how productive an employee is. It is particularly important when the employee is paid based on the time spent on the job. It is basically recording the time the employee started and ended a particular task. Or else, it is the basic number of hours an employee spends on a given task. Considering the allowed breaks, the total time taken is calculated for the work. This is useful for calculating the cost of work and the cost of employees required to complete a particular task. When there are only a few employees, the time spent on the work can be manually recorded and used for calculating the project cost. But when it comes to large organisations with more employees and spread across different locations, it becomes very difficult to manually track the employee's productivity. 6 Apr 2016 Read more Some time ago the only name that was worth mentioning when talking about business mobile phones was BlackBerry but that did change. Rivals are now a lot better and although we still have many BlackBerry users out there, other companies like Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and Apple are offering great solutions that can be better for many businessmen. When thinking about secure and flexible IT solutions, we have to think about business phones for the businessman and those below are among the best at the moment. Focus on the available features and, of course, smartphone price when choosing the best one for you. 6 Apr 2016 Read more If you take a look at the paralegal salaries that different professionals have in different parts of the world, you will notice that the variations can be quite high. A median starting salary is usually set at around $40,000 per year but this is not something that is always the case. In fact, there is a possibility that you can end up earning even more than $100,000 per year as a paralegal. 5 Apr 2016 Read more Being a freelancer, an independent contractor and basically being self-employed automatically means that you will deal with different clients at the same time. The problem in most situations is that many end up doing work without actually signing a contract. This is actually one of the most common mistakes that are made in this situation. Blind trust can so easily lead towards not being paid or ending up having to pay fees that should not be present. 4 Apr 2016 Read more Web hosting is definitely not as easy to understand as we may initially think. That is especially the case for the person that is not tech savvy. Such a description perfectly fits the small business owner so it should come as no surprise to notice the fact that bad decisions are often made. 4 Apr 2016 Read more When you read the average personal finance conversation on the internet, there is a lot of talk about creating a plan and sticking to it. This plan typically involves gradually paying off consumer debt, saving for emergencies, and investing select parts of each paycheck. Advocates of personal finance awareness emphasise planning, even automation, and this model has its benefits. 4 Apr 2016 Read more As the world is becoming more fast-paced and competitive than ever, it's important that business owners think critically to help their company and brand stand out and reach targets. Whether you're running a start-up or an established business, you can attract more success by taking advantage of time-saving and quality external services. Read on to see four services you can source to boost your company's performance. 1 Apr 2016 Read more The actions of humans on the environment can be quite devastating. When referring to wastewater there are so many places all around the world where this water is pumped straight into the ocean, streams and rivers. Such an action has a huge negative impact on the environment. It obviously means that marine environments are damaged together with fisheries but this action can also drastically impact the availability of water for our homes. It is possible that global shortages will appear in the future. 30 Mar 2016 Read more Parents are eager to protect their kids from internet-related threats, but are often seen exhibiting reluctance when asked to use parental controls. They believe it's an invasion of kids' privacy, a transgression they are unwilling to commit. Well, there's no denying the fact that privacy does get invaded, but as parents, you have to look at the bigger picture and realise what's at stake here. If you don't protect your youngsters in the online world through parental control apps, then you are pretty much leaving them at the mercy of some pretty dangerous digital demons, some of which are revealed and explained below. 24 Mar 2016 Read more The dissonance between Apple's business performance and Apple investors can be quite perplexing. Apple's revenues continue to grow and consumers continue to "show the love" for Apple products. And yet, at the same time, investors continue to shun Apple shares. 23 Mar 2016 Read more If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know that they are not oases of calm. Nope, the kitchen life is a hectic life. Restaurant workers are known for working long hours, smoking and drinking to stay sane, and taking low pay all for the love of the game. Running a restaurant is no easier, especially if you are trying to live better than hand to mouth. But if data analytics, as it pertains to restaurant operation, has taught us nothing, it's that success or failure comes from getting a simple behavior right or wrong, then repeating it over and over and over and over and over. 17 Mar 2016 Read more No matter how well you think you can handle your money and your investments, it's always nice to have some help from the professionals who work in the field of financial services. 14 Mar 2016 Read more As of mid-2015 Google officially announced that more consumers access the Internet via mobile devices than on desktop PCs. For this reason, the savvy business owner will find ways to use mobile apps to grow his or her business. If you are wondering how this marketing model can work for you, consider the following five ways to use mobile apps to grow your business. Some, if not all, can be effective in building brand and increasing sales, so take advantage of as many as humanly possible. 10 Mar 2016 Read more The Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA is the federal law that deals with cases of unpaid overtime work. If you want to file an unpaid overtime lawsuit, you must be able to prove three things related to cases like this. First of all, you'll need to prove that you were officially employed by the other party when the case happened. Second, you must prove that your job position and work was related to commerce or production of items for commerce. You can also be asked to prove that the other party has at least two employees and was involved in the production of items for commerce and achieved yearly gross sales of half a million of dollars or more. Finally, the third thing that you must prove is that the other party didn't pay your overtime. Now let's check what the rest of the terms mean. 7 Mar 2016 Read more The educational process is aimed at obtaining knowledge, skills, and values. It's an important part of human development as a well-educated person has beliefs and views that are core elements of well-being in society. 7 Mar 2016 Read more Are your website visitors returning to your website on a regular basis? If not, you could be losing large numbers of customers. Convincing people to return to your website regularly costs less money than attracting new ones, increases website sales and increases the popularity of a website. Below are some of the most effective ways to encourage website visitors to return to your website. 3 Mar 2016 Read more Business expansion is difficult. The process can go so wrong and you need to think about every single associated aspect. Everything is complicated from airlines opening new routes to simple office relocation. Talking about the latter, everything is connected to the planning phase. You want to plan everything appropriately. Unfortunately, most business owners hurry and make huge mistakes. In order to help you out, here are some things that you always need to remember when planning office relocation. 2 Mar 2016 Read more The healthcare industry is always skeptical in accepting new research and naturally stops new treatments because of lack of information about the benefits associated or the potential side effects that were not properly tested. This is exactly what happens with HGH therapy. There are constant legal changes in healthcare and this makes everything really complicated. 29 Feb 2016 Read more Starting a new business is an exciting time in your life. You have always dreamed of being your own boss and having the ability not to report to anyone but yourself. That is all well and good, but what happens if you don't know what to do? You are left floundering in the dark trying to find resolutions to problems you may be experiencing. If you are starting a business, don't fall into the trap of forgetting about these five most overlooked things to be aware of. 29 Feb 2016 Read more Although we are living in a digital age, the fact is that discrimination in the workplace is still present. Employment discrimination makes a work atmosphere in which the employees are exposed to discrimination. In worst case scenarios, the employees who are victims of these unlawful activities may lose their jobs. So, what can we do in situations like this? 26 Feb 2016 Read more In many ways, the word "entrepreneur" applies to any ballsy capitalist, at any point in his or her career. But when we think of entrepreneurs, we typically think of someone in their first few years of business operation. This is a time of great risk, and (truth be told) most entrepreneurs fail within this window of time. It's one reason that these individuals in the business world get so much respect: they're willing to take on a manner of risk that most people are unwilling to undergo. The hope is, of course, that this risk will one day enable them to live a life that few are able to afford, and the create jobs and lifestyle improvements for others around them in the process. 26 Feb 2016 Read more The customer relationship management system is vital for any business out there, including the small ones. It is an asset that is really valuable, no matter what business is operated. In the event that there is no system used, not even an online CRM system, you can be sure that problems are going to appear. 25 Feb 2016 Read more If you are new to trading binary options, or even if you have been doing it for a while now, there is a chance that you are making some mistakes. Everyone makes errors on occasion, but knowing some of the most common problems and mistakes with binary options trading can help you to reduce those errors, and it could help you to increase your profit. Let's look at some of the most common mistakes that traders make so you can avoid them. 24 Feb 2016 Read more When a new baby arrives, it's a special occasion for everyone involved. And to mark this special anniversary, you'll want to buy a gift that's memorable and will be treasured for many years to come. There are many options available when you decide to purchase this type of item, but if you are struggling to choose, below are five fantastic gift ideas to get you started. 24 Feb 2016 Read more Coming from Greek roots, "chromatography" roughly translates to "colour to write", and involves a set of techniques that allows for the separation of mixtures within a lab. It can be performed for preparative purposes, which allows you to separate materials for a different application. Alternatively, it can be performed for analytical purposes, which simply allows you to identify what a compound is composed of. Of course, since chromatography is used by so many scientists, it might be easier to consider the different types rather than who actually uses them. This way, you can make an informed purchase decision and select the right equipment to keep your lab on the track to success. 23 Feb 2016 Read more There are some people that will tell you that your domain name does not really matter as long as you offer quality to your visitors. You need to realise that this is not actually the case. In fact, you have to do all that you can to protect creativity on the net and you need to choose that one domain name that is the best for the purpose for your website. 18 Feb 2016 Read more The big Swedish car manufacturer decided to expand their workings recently, and opened a plant for manufacture of cars on US soil. They made a smart economic move by locating their business in a small town with a nearby seaport in South Carolina. The positive thing about this is that it will boost the local economy and many quality workers will get a job at this plant. 15 Feb 2016 Read more Every single business manager that is in charge of a small to medium sized company understands how difficult management can become. We are faced with so many tools that can be used by large companies but not all of them are going to be available for the smaller firms. Fortunately, workforce management software does not fall within this category. In fact, companies like Advance Systems Inc specialise in helping smaller firms to gain the advantages associated with workforce management software. 15 Feb 2016 Read more Many people usually underestimate the importance of business management but the truth is that businesses cannot survive without effective management. Managing a restaurant business can be quite difficult because of factors such as intensified competition, rising costs and increased margins. 12 Feb 2016 Read more Statistics related to the forex market are definitely incredibly interesting. We are faced with various different stats that clearly highlight the growth that is experienced at the moment. As an example, in the year 2013 we saw the forex markets trading around $5.3 trillion every single day. This went up considerably since in the year 2012 the statistics highlighted transactions of $4 trillion per day. Believe it or not, this growth trend continued and although we do not know exactly how much is traded every single day at the moment, we can say that the amount is higher and the opportunities are more numerous for the investors. 10 Feb 2016 Read more The fashion world does not really like tactical boots or any pair of boots that does not have a direct fashionable purpose. All tactical boots are comfortable for their purpose and people are trying to do all that they can in order to incorporate them into fashionable combinations. 9 Feb 2016 Read more It's the golden age of invention, thanks to the new Maker Movement, 3D printing and the ease of prototyping. That's good news for inventors. 8 Feb 2016 Read more If you're reading this article then you've probably seen the many statistics about the growing number of remote employees. It's hard to look past the numerous studies that have found there are a lot of upsides when you decide to go mobile with your workforce. 4 Feb 2016 Read more NUS Consulting's Energy Market Survey highlighted the difference between South Africa's energy prices and the energy prices in international markets. The report revealed that the country is riding the middle wave of the survey participants (18 countries) for gas and electricity prices. 4 Feb 2016 Read more The five richest people in the world are leading figures in the computing, telecommunications, investing and fashion industries. Some have now become household names although you may not be familiar with one or two of the people who have made it to the top this year. 3 Feb 2016 Read more As your business grows, you may want to consider adding a customer service department to make it more convenient for your customers to order your products or handle billing questions. However, finding the space, buying the equipment, hiring and training personnel is an expensive venture that takes time. A faster solution would be to hire a telephone answering service to handle your inbound calls. 28 Jan 2016 Read more In April of last year, Google rolled out an algorithm change that was designed to prioritise mobile-friendly pages in its mobile search results. Termed "mobilegeddon," this change caused many marketers, PR professionals and business owners to reconsider their website design. 28 Jan 2016 Read more For those who have not yet tried it, working and making money online from anywhere might seem something of a dream world. The idea of having more control over your lifestyle thanks to the ability to work from home or any other location of your choosing may be a scenario that does not enter your reality. For many people, the thought of starting out being their own boss is a notion that can seem quite scary. However, with global communication and social networking ever expanding, the reality of working and making money from anywhere is quickly becoming more of an everyday occurrence for those who are looking for a more flexible lifestyle. Here are just a few of the most popular ways to make an income online. 20 Jan 2016 Read more Over the last three decades we have learned to love the internet and all it has brought to us, but many people find it odd to type anything other than .com at the end of a company website address. How did we get here? 19 Jan 2016 Read more There is no real difference between normal stocks and penny stocks besides the fact that penny stocks will not be traded with the use of the main exchanges we normally see. By definition, these are stocks that would trade at a value of under five dollars. You trade them in the exact same way as you trade the regular stocks: buy at low values and then sell at high values. 12 Jan 2016 Read more Marketing was quite a discipline back in the days when newspaper ads, TV commercials, radio commercials and billboards were the only platforms. With time, consumers developed a more critical approach to viewing traditional advertisements. Today, a common audience is more likely to view contents and stories with embedded marketing compared to direct advertisements thrown at them. And what can be better than videos that can be broadcasted in any desired way and approaches that are more than versatile? 8 Jan 2016 Read more There are a lot of people with low credit scores who also need personal loans. In fact, regardless of why your credit score is low, you should learn everything about the process. It'll be quite difficult to obtain the money that you need but there are various steps that you can take in order to improve the chances of being accepted. This is what we will talk about in this article. 4 Jan 2016 Read more To anyone with a web design or development background, "design for the user" might seem like a bit of advice so axiomatic that it isn't even worth repeating. But a cursory user of many a business's website will reveal that user-friendliness isn't always the #1 consideration when designing and developing contemporary websites. 4 Jan 2016 Read more While most people do not understand why they should hire a business coach, others figure out that this is vital and realise that it is tough to find one that can be completely trusted to bring in the desired results. Just as you spend a lot of time figuring out how to choose a brand partner, you need to consider options and be careful as you choose your small business coach. 18 Dec 2015 Read more This has been a big year for Megyn Kelly. Despite being FOX's biggest rising star for a number of years, this was the year that Kelly became a true mainstream figure, even outside of the FOX News wheelhouse. For some, the tipping point arrived in 2013, when a classic Kelly rebuttal of a tired conservative stereotype about women's roles drew attention. For others it was last year, when Kelly was interviewed by Facebook's COO as a representative of powerful women everywhere. But for many people in America, it was the now infamous exchange between Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly that brought her into the broad public eye. 14 Dec 2015 Read more Sometimes entrepreneurs don't prepare for retirement. And for some of them, retirement comes early. While our culture tends to elevate the status of entrepreneur to new heights each generation, the reality is that most of these people fail in the business sense of the word. More than 50% of businesses fail within their first year of operation. With such a high percentage of business owners being ushered into early retirement (whether or not they happen to start a new venture later on), it's clearly important for people like this to start preparing for a day when they might just be out of work, with or against their will. 8 Dec 2015 Read more When you think of education, you probably imagine stuffy classrooms and fusty lecturers with elbow patches on their tweed jackets. You sit in a classroom, flicking a pencil against your desk and staring at the clock on the wall with the intensity of a man waiting for a train that's been delayed by 17 hours. 7 Dec 2015 Read more There are various reasons why you may want to travel overseas and the modern businessman often finds himself in this situation. When a business trip is necessary, because of the way in which we do business these days, staying in contact with partners and family is needed. 7 Dec 2015 Read more With so many companies all offering the same services, finding the right insurance agency can be time-consuming and difficult. Insurance agencies specialise in helping clients find policies that fit their needs, and working with an agency can give you access to lower rates and more customisable coverage options. Good insurance agencies are always in demand, and it is not uncommon for many people to keep the same agent for an extensive amount of time. Here are some practical ways you can find the right agency. 7 Dec 2015 Read more David Cameron recently announced that various UK companies and British governments are now using a "name-blind recruitment" strategy. It involves removing entry-level jobseeker names from application forms. This is mainly because of recent research that highlighted that name can affect application success rates. The organisers of the movement hope that this will remove initial jobseeker discrimination. It helps people to travel without quitting job positions and not be afraid that they are going to increase the possibility of landing a job whenever the necessity arises. 7 Dec 2015 Read more Not long ago the only way to trade shares were physical trading floors, where people were gathering together and negotiating prices. In 1972 the first electronic stock market emerged - NASDAQ, after which online trading has developed a lot. Till 1987 most trades in NASDAQ were performed by phone calls. In the late 1990s online brokers emerged, offering different trading platforms and instruments, including CFDs. 4 Dec 2015 Read more Whether an experienced employee joins a company or is fresh to a company and is not aware of who their colleagues are, to whom they need to report and so on, then how will they know these? Of course one way is by asking fellow employees. But an easy means of getting prepared prior to starting work can be done with organisation charts created by the authority of the organisation. In simple terms, it is an organisation's diagrammatic representation in a complete level. It will comprise the hierarchical orders and authority of managers, their relationship and function with the remaining functional heads. 4 Dec 2015 Read more Have you ever wondered why some people are successful in business and everything they touch seems to turn to gold? Many people think it's purely down to good luck or that these business people are in the right place at the right time. However, in most cases the 'big dogs' follow timeless business strategies that anyone can use to produce the same results. 3 Dec 2015 Read more Stock trading has become increasingly popular over the last several years due to the introduction of CFD. A contract for difference or CFD is an agreement between two parties for exchanging the difference between the opening price and closing price of a contract. It is a tradable instrument, which gives investors the opportunity of reaping the benefits of various financial instruments without physically owning them. Below we would like to present a few of these benefits. 3 Dec 2015 Read more At first blush, this may seem like a complete impossibility. But in reality, banks are banks wherever they are located in the world. If you have lived a respectable life in a nation that is not your home, for at least a moderate length of time, chances are that you may be awarded a loan. But it's not as easy as sitting down at a computer and putting in some personal details. Because you "aren't from around here", there's a good chance that you'll have to spend some extra time and effort getting a loan in a country you weren't born in. But don't let that stop you. Here are some ways to make the whole process go a lot easier. 2 Dec 2015 Read more Nowadays, every single business needs to have an online presence. This is obvious because of the fact that the number of people using the internet to look for practically anything is growing. This does include health clinics. It is really important that you understand the difficulties associated with promoting any health clinic on the internet since it is not as easy as you may think. 1 Dec 2015 Read more Small- and medium-sized businesses in South Africa that are looking for business help or ways to expand typically look to those organisations that are designed to help them succeed. However, middle-market companies can also provide relevant and necessary assistance or advice to help these businesses succeed. 1 Dec 2015 Read more Cyber criminals exist - not in Russia or in some far-off locale - but right in your business's backyard. The criminal threat is real, and if you're not protecting your business you could be in danger of significant data and financial loss. In Seattle, more than 50 small- and medium-sized businesses were hacked between 2008 and 2010 resulting in $3 million in company damages, including damages to employees and customers. 1 Dec 2015 Read more