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Creating, building and owning your own business is still an essential element of the American Dream. However, even if you have a great idea and a solid business model, it can still be difficult to raise enough money to start a new business, especially if you have less-than-perfect credit. But if starting a business was easy, everyone would do it. While obtaining a small business loan can be challenging, there are a number of options available for smart, dedicated entrepreneurs to obtain the money they need. Various options are available,...

It’s never been more important for businesses to be active on social media than it is today. Popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have quickly become prime marketing platforms due to their low set-up and maintenance costs, millions of users, and effective advertising options. Using social media, businesses can connect with billions of people and expose their brand to a substantially larger target audience. But, here’s the catch – with so many businesses, pages and more signed up to social networks today,...

Image Source If you have only been trading in person and haven’t taken the step to putting your store online, it can seem like a huge challenge – especially if you don’t have much knowledge of website building and content creating. The good news is that it isn’t as bad as it seems; outsourcing is proving a popular method currently to get all the work that needs doing done. Here are the tips and tricks you need to make sure that your online shop is as successful as your physical store – if not a little bit more! Get Good...

Do you and the decision makers in your organization consistently make the right decisions on behalf of your business? It’s crucial that every decision made is a good one and the outcome of each decision benefits your company. Below are tips that will ensure that you improve your decision-making skills. Education and Training Data science and data analytics are two areas where business owners and business decision makers have the opportunity to record and access much more reliable, accurate information about their business activities....

Image Source When disaster hits your business, it can take down your company overnight. You will be crippled, you won’t be able to continue to operate on the market, and even if you do recover, it can take months, even years. The truth is that only big businesses can survive disaster scenarios. When Sony was hacked, people thought it would take down the company. However, despite the fact they are in a period of recovery the business has survived. This would not be the case for a small, medium-sized enterprise. A hack could easily be...

The pressure for an event is palpable, you want it to go well, you want to make a lasting impression, but all you end up doing is concentrating your efforts on the peripheries instead of applying yourself to what matters the most. Convene takes care of all the peripheries so that you can take care of what matters the most- your guests, your event or meeting. Booking places and avenues for events, meetings generally means you are just booking the location for the event, with Convene you have inspiring places that are contemporary and flexible,...

Your business needs to be quick and efficient to succeed. How can you do this? Well, we’ve put together a short guide that will give you some ideas on speeding up your business. Give them a read and start seeing the benefits! Automate Certain Tasks Businesses are sometimes slowed down as certain tasks take longer than they need to. However, you can change this by introducing automation to your business. This is when certain processes or tasks are carried out automatically, usually thanks to computer software. There are many examples...

As the ball gets rolling on 2017, you may be looking for ways to freshen up how you recognize the efforts your employees are making. Here are some unique and simple ideas for how you can shine a spotlight on your team members. Host Recognition Ceremonies A recognition ceremony doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It could be as simple as gathering your team together in the break room once a month so you can highlight the accomplishments of a few individuals and of the team as a whole. If you want to go a little further, consider providing...

Being popular within the world of business is likely to be a major concern of anyone within the world of business. Popularity, after all, is what ensures that you can continue to trade as well as possible, and that is why you will often need to ensure that you are as popular as possible. But this is something which can be quite difficult to ascertain; after all, how can you be sure how popular, or not, your own business is? Generally, there are a few different measures you can look to to try and figure it out. Knowing what these are will...

Employing a team for the first time can be daunting. In many ways, it marks a major success for your startup. Being able to afford employees is a goal every entrepreneur holds. But, it also marks a change in your business priorities. It’s not all about you anymore, and that means things need to change. You need to focus on making your workspace the best for your employees. To start, you’ll have to read up on the legal requirements of employment. If you don’t do things by the books, your employees will suffer, and you could stand...