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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...

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...

Starting your own business can be a scary time, you have a million things to think about and many challenges ahead. One of those challenges is how you are going to fund your new venture. It may be that you are the one who is asked to help back a new business. It could be a friend or a business partner, but whoever it is, how can you help them? What things can you do to support their new idea and make it a success? Your Partnership The first thing you need to evaluate your relationship with your potential new partner. If this business...

Businesses everywhere are trying to cut their employee turnover rates, mainly because they want to cut the expenses incurred during the hiring and formation process. Also, employees that are less established tend to be less productive. Employee engagement is the word on everybody’s lips these days, but not all business owners understand its importance. And those who do often have trouble getting concrete results. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips on how to improve employee engagement in no time. Instill a Sense of...

If you’re a creative soul, chances are your passions drive your dreams. After many mundane hours spent at work, you might love to spend an hour or so at home sketching or building something new. Creativity is something that only a few of us possess. It’s important you don’t waste it! Wouldn’t you love to be able to steer your career toward exploiting your creativity a little more? It is possible. There are many careers that require a good degree of creativity. You don’t have to be an artist or a musician. Well-paid jobs that...

With the speed and accessibility of modern marketing tactics, it can be easy to see new branding out and about or online, and become worried about the state of your own brand. If you feel that your brand if falling behind your close competitors, it may be time for a bit of rebranding with an emphasis on modern conventions. Here are three great ways to modernize your brand… Simplify the Vision Statement The first thing you need to do when modernizing your brand is to look at the vision statement. Part of this is linked in with how your...

It’s only natural for a lot of business owners to want to take an extremely hands-on approach when it comes to the day to day running of their business. After all, if your company is something that you’ve built up from the very beginning then you probably a have a serious stake in its success, both financially and emotionally. However, is that always the best thing for you or your business? In reality, it can be incredibly dangerous to put too much of yourself into anything that you do and running a business is by far one...