Alternatives Ways to Start A New Business

Alternatives Ways to Start A New Business

When thinking of starting a business, most new entrepreneurs first impulse is to build a business from the ground up.  However, one very prominent and less risky way to enter the world of entrepreneurship is buying a business that already exists.  This can be through a straight acquisition of a stand alone business or by buying into a franchise.  There are tons of tools that exists to help you determine if this is the right step for you. Here are some things for your to consider if you are taking…

How to Build Strategic Partnerships

How to Build Strategic Partnerships

Building strategic partnerships are of paramount importance to your business.  The right partnerships can help you enter new markets, build new products and expand your client base.  However, building the right partnerships can take time, effort and its own type of strategy.  Once you have taken the time to identify the right organizations and companies which you would like to work with to reach your goals, the key is making the connection. Here are some tips you can use to help you build alliances with organizations without being seen as…

If You Build Your Credit, They WILL Come!!!

If You Build Your Credit, They WILL Come!!!

Unlike the credit card offers we are buried with when we enter college, the process of building business credit can be a bit more elusive.  However, working to build your business credit is super important to any business owner, especially those who may have less than perfect personal credit. Good business credit is not only important if you are looking to obtain loans, but it can also be important for attracting new clients and opening up a range of payment options with your vendors.  This is because, unlike personal credit,…

Planning for Productivity in 4 Steps

Planning for Productivity in 4 Steps

Being productive has a range of definitions from one business owner to another and you have to decide what a “productive” day, week or month looks like for your business.  The best way to do that is to set goals and work toward achieving them.  This is generally easier said than done, but I have provided 5 tips to help you reach your optimal level of productivity.  So ….  here we go! 1. Set SMART Goals Setting goals is not as easy as it sounds.  It is easy to say…

Hacking Social Media: Take Less Time to Get Better Results

Hacking Social Media: Take Less Time to Get Better Results

Everyone (by now) should know the power of social media.  And its influence on people’s buying behavior should be no surprise.  After all, when you think about it, social media is just word of mouth on steroids. But being effective and successful in social media can be time consuming.  The constant changes and upgrades can be overwhelming.  Keeping up with these changes while making time to create content that is social media worthy can become a full time job by itself. To be truthful, there are tons of shortcuts and…

The One Thing You Need To Do To Monetize Social Media

The One Thing You Need To Do To Monetize Social Media

There are alot of articles in the universe about how to increase likes on facebook, followers on twitter and instagram, scopers on periscope and so on.  And this is great information.  However, getting those likers, followers, and scopers to convert to paying customers is a whole different ballgame.  Statistics show that (on average) less than 2% of your social media followers will ever buy from you.  So while focusing on gaining a following in social media is good to just get your name out there, it is not enough to…

3 Time Management Tips for Those With No Time

3 Time Management Tips for Those With No Time

It is easy to get caught up with small tasks that eat away at your time daily.  To ensure you use the limited time you are provided in a day most efficiently, here are 3 tips that you can begin to incorporate immediately to add precious minutes and hours to your day. 1. Set project goals daily It is easy to overwhelm yourself and try to get as much done as possible on any given day.  To help you manage this impulse, set one or two BIG project goal per…

3 Ways to Boost Productivity Using Rituals

3 Ways to Boost Productivity Using Rituals

The term “ritual” can have a negative connotation from time to time.  It can harken thoughts of cults and other subcultural phenomena.  After all rituals are usually used when one doesn’t want to think for oneself and relinquishes that power to another.  However, that does not and should not always be the case.  When used appropriately, rituals can help you be more productive by stopping you from wasting time on tasks that are trivial and allow you to focus on those tasks that are imperative.  Here are 3 rituals to…

The “New Work” – Redefining Work for a New Generation

The “New Work” – Redefining Work for a New Generation

I remember from my days in grammar school the mantra that was incessantly beat into our brains in school.  Get an education so you can get a good job and work until retirement.  Even then, that seemed like a horrible existence.  Spending so much time and money to help others reach their dreams and then retire.  Not my cup of tea at all. While not a big fan of western movies or tv shows at all, I also remember how in these shows and movies everyone was known in the…

Managing Technology Within Your Business

Managing Technology Within Your Business

The speed that technology changes is fast.  Really, really fast.  Keeping up with the trends and tools that are available for business is a daunting task for any company, no matter the size.  Large companies dedicate entire departments to social media management and technology implementation and this is a luxury most small business owners only dream of. Did you know that most business owners have to navigate between 10 – 15 software solutions daily? Having different programs and websites that control everything from email management, calendars, event promotion, marketing and…