Simple Strategies for Starting a Home-Based Business

Image Source: Flickr Starting a home-based business can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Just the thought of not having to report to a supervisor or leave your home is greatly satisfying. As you travel down the road to financial independence, some simple strategies for starting a home-based business are as follows. Decide on Your Business Name Many small business owners spend a great deal of time deciding over the perfect business name. However, many successful businesses have...
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Great Things That Can Help Your Office Run Fast and Smoothly

As a business-owner or manager, you're probably often aware of the benefits that can be had by streamlining and subtly changing your company's priorities. Whether it's by introducing new technology into office space that doubles project speed or simply finding creative ways to save on the bottom line each quarter by knowing when to do work in-house, a keen interest in your company's development will make saving thousands of dollars a year a breeze when the right areas are focused on. Here are ju...
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Buried in Paperwork? Should You Consider Utilizing Secretarial Services?

Owning a small business, while an exciting and challenging process, can take up a lot of your free time. You may find yourself working odd hours to stay ahead, or focusing too much of your time on administrative tasks when your attention would be better focused elsewhere. If you find yourself bogged down in paperwork rather than running a successful business, it may be time to look into hiring a virtual assistant. Let's take a look at how business owners, or those who work from home, can bene...
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When to Decide It’s Time to Hire Outside Help for Your Small Business

Small businesses don't have a lot of margin for error when it comes to running their operations. Minor cost overruns could cause the business to shut down or have a hard time paying their creditors back. With that in mind, when is it a good idea to hire outside help for your small business? Would an Extra Person Increase Productivity? No matter how good you are or how much technology you have, you may need to hire an extra person to handle bookkeeping, talk to customers or run the company soci...
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Data Management Tools: Five Ideas For Better Business Organization

Understanding and using a variety of data management tools is critical to safeguard your business’s data. Many small business owners don’t back up their data. Not only should your data be backed up daily, it should be backed up as files change and are saved. Here are five ideas to get your business organized and help you back up your data. Organizing Your Paper Many businesses still have paper files. Cardboard boxes aren’t ideal for storing paper files. They’re vulnerable to water, fire ...
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Five Tips For Dealing With An Upset Employee That Needs To Be Fired

An unfortunate part of being a business owner or manager is having to tell your employees news that they do not want to hear. Many times, this news would have to do with termination or a disciplinary notice. Upon hearing this news, an employee may react angrily. Often times, the anger will be directed at you, the manager, or the business owner. In situations like this, there are clear steps that a manager should keep in mind in order to prevent a tense situation from turning into an explosive ...
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4 Budget-Friendly Furniture Options to Turn Your Home Workspace into an Office

The old cliche goes "cluttered space, cluttered mind, cluttered life." Some cliches are cliches for a reason - and this old adage was never more true than it is for people who work from home. Although productive home offices aren't supposed to mimic the sterile, fluorescent-light humdrum of a corporate office, a good-looking, functional office is the starting point of success. You can, of course, spend a fortune on home-office furniture - but you don't have to. Follow this guide to keeping...
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Five Small Things that Will Make Your Small Business Memorable

The main advantage that many people associate with hiring the services or purchasing products from a small business is the personal experiences that they have with those who own the small business. These experiences cannot possibly be achieved at a larger chain and will therefore be one of the main draws that will compel a person to purchase services or products from a small business. This is an important factor in how well a small business does, and, as a result, it is important for small busin...
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Grow Your Business Via Social Media

With the multitude of social media channels available and the growing need to create content at scale to fuel these networks, it’s important to have actionable data to help better focus your social media marketing efforts. Take these 13 must-know social media statistics about SlideShare, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, LinkedIn and Google+ into mind when formulating your marketing strategy for 2014. Brought to you by SpareFoot
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Phone Home From 30,000 feet: 4 Interesting New Applications of VoIP

Voice over IP is a great tool for many small businesses, individuals, and larger companies to use the internet as a telephone. From tracking advertising numbers to calling someone from 30,000 feet up in the air, there are many interesting ways to use VoIP. Here is a look at four of the latest applications for VoIP, and how they could help your personal or business situation. 1. VoIP for Small Businesses Small businesses can use VoIP to get a local business number for areas that surround thei...
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