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Running a business or a design company are two completely separate entities. But what if you could combine the two? No doubt your passions lie in being creative or designing for other companies as a freelancer. If you decided to run a business, there are many start-up opportunities that you could use as a platform for your creativity. For example, a very popular and cheap method is to start a screen printing business. It is a lucrative venture which works to the benefit of your creative outlet.  If this is something you have thought...

Home-based companies are a growing trend in the modern business arena, and it isn’t hard to see their attraction. They offer the same potential benefits as a traditional business model, but without nearly half of the dangers. Moreover, the success stories of Mark Zuckerberg et al. provides inspiration for budding entrepreneurs. Running an operation from home does pose a few difficulties, however. Not least when it comes to productivity. After all, there’s only so much that can be achieved with one pair of hands. Fortunately, even if...

Image Source – Pexels Running a business with limited resources is testing. It is testing on your company, it is testing on your time, and it tests your ability to cope. Running a company when it is starting out, or there are minimal staff can cost your business in more ways than one! Hiring a virtual assistant or an independent freelance contractor to complete essential tasks is a way. As with any contractor, there are pros and cons. You Can Offload The “Boring” Tasks Onto Them The great thing about hiring a virtual assistant...

When you start out in business, you may be more excited by your independence than by anything else. No one else can dilute your standards, interfere with your plans, or tell you how to do anything. It’s an amazing freedom. In time, you may find that your system is so good that you can compete in any market you choose. You may add locations, expand your market, and take other steps to increase the size of your business. Eventually, you may see that you are committing as much time to management as you want, but you may still be willing...

Incredibly, one in three startups encounters IP issues during their first 24 months. And when they do, investors and other stakeholders can run a mile. The problem is that startups are worth little or nothing without the right intellectual property. The moment there’s a problem, the rug is pulled out from under the business, and it starts sinking fast. These IP issues don’t just come out of nowhere. They’re often generated by the founders themselves. Here are some of the most common mistakes that founders make. The Founders Are...

Image Credit If you have your own ecommerce store, then you are probably aware of the many challenges facing you. Perhaps you have just started out in your business and you are wondering where to go next. If this is the case, then this is likely to be of some help. One of the major difficulties when running this type of business is getting the actual technological side of things to fall into place. No matter what you are selling or trading in, you need to get this right to ensure the business’ ongoing success. But that’s not all;...

Ask any construction veteran, and they’ll tell you that problems on the construction site are inevitable. Things just seem to go wrong, and with surprising regularity. Experienced professionals build these snags into their business plans. Startups: not so much. Of course, if you’re just starting your own business, the last thing you want is to be wiped out by a foreseeable issue. Here’s a head’s up of some of the problems you’re like to face as a construction startup. They’re more common than you might think. A Worker Gets...

Just because you want to make your own way and become your own boss by starting your own business certainly doesn’t mean that you can simply bypass school and a higher level education. Instead, you should definitely focus your time and effort on getting a business degree that will be beneficial to your work as a business owner. Check out the list below to get an idea of some of the most beneficial degrees for entrepreneurs just like you, and then consider checking out South Dakota online degrees that give you the flexibility to learn...

If you’re setting up a startup, the first thing you want to do is let people know about it. The sooner you can tell people what you’re all about, the sooner the cash register will be ringing. If you’re new to the world of business, here are some suggestions to amp up interest in your new venture. Flyers and adverts The simple forms of marketing still work very well for many businesses. If you’re a local firm, adverts and flyers are particularly effective. Are you opening a new restaurant or hair salon? Are you offering childcare,...

The workplace is one of the most common sites for accidents and injuries to occur. That’s only natural, given how much time we tend to spend at work. If you’re not careful, these incidents can destroy your business. They can take away the employees you need, cost you a lot of money and even get you in legal trouble. So here we’ll look at some of the most common risks and dealing with them. Photo Credit Slips, trips and falls Let’s start with the single most common. Just behind road accidents, slips, trips and falls are the second...