4 Ways To Up Your Business Security

iStock_000017173323XSmallBusiness security doesn’t stop at your front door. An office contains far more valuable items than just your laptop and desktop computers. In fact, it is the information locked away in their drives that can put you most at risk.

Every year thousands of SMEs are targeted by fraudsters, who gain access to the personal records and accounts that are stored on their systems. If you don’t make moves to limit access to these files, you could see your business held back before it’s really begun to grow. By establishing a safety net early on, you can ensure your employees know exactly what to do in the event of a data breach. (more…)

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The Franchise Business Model

Idea_Thinking_Woman2Franchising is one of the most ubiquitous business models used in today’s commercial sphere.

The Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2015, published by the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation, reports that in January 2015, a total of 781,794 small U.S. businesses are franchises. Statista, a statistics portal, estimates that the economic output from these small businesses will generate $889 billion.

With such a foreseeable impact on U.S. businesses and the nation’s economy, some people may be asking: “Exactly what is the franchise business model?” (more…)

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Destroying Your Business Debt in 3 Easy Steps

One of the top priorities for business owners should be paying down debt quickly and efficiently. Eliminating debt will cut your expenses, increase your profits, and allow you to reinvest in your business to generate higher future sales. It also frees up credit you may need later for future investments.

In order to crush your debt quickly, you need to have a plan to make sure you aren’t just paying your bills, but you’re eliminating debt in the most effective way possible. (more…)

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How Voice-Over Recording Can Help Your Business

What’s the Easiest Way to Resolve Work ConflictsEvery day around the globe, firms and corporations rise to the top or sink to the bottom.  Such rises and falls are attributed not only to external factors but also to the successful or unsuccessful implementation of business plans and to the strategies, marketing goals, estimations and forecasts established by these corporations.  Successful marketing goals and strategies that help companies rise rather than fall choose the right media services that will boost the company’s exposure on the proper media platforms. In search of these services, businesses are finding useful tools and resources to reach wider audiences in many different languages, and one of those primary tools is voice-over recording. (more…)

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5 Tips To Prevent Bad Debt

owning and operating a small businessThere is nothing worse than getting a new customer, providing your product or service, and then not getting paid. All too often, this happens because the vendor did not implement some simple procedures. Follow these 5 steps and you can dramatically reduce the chances of not getting paid.

1. Create a Credit Application

Just like a bank, you need to collect information about your customer using a credit application. It can be a simple 1 page document to get basic identification information as well as permission to investigate their credit. Most companies use a 2 page application so they can establish legal terms with their customer to protect the vendor in case there are payment problems. You can find examples online by searching for credit application forms or templates or the free ebook Credit Application Handbook which has 20 samples. (more…)

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4 Marketing Lessons for SEO Entrepreneurs and Agency Owners

touchscreen interfaceStarting any business venture is difficult, but SEO is an even more challenging profession. While the market is more receptive to SEO and investing in online marketing than it was a few years back, the competition has grown to astronomical proportions. From huge firms to freelancers, many companies have become real forces to be reckoned with.

SEO, however, will continue to grow in importance in the future, as more businesses establish their online presence. However, if you are to succeed in your venture as an SEO entrepreneur, then you must run a tight ship, and focus on creating a brand that will last long after you’re due to retire. (more…)

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Entrepreneurial Lessons You Won’t Learn in Business School

Idea_Thinking_Woman2People out of business schools are all set to launch their ideas into market, thrilled with enthusiasm and perseverance. Business school curriculums try to prepare you for running a business and its challenges. But is there anything they leave out?

Here I will walk you through some of the most important lessons that an entrepreneur requires, which do not find place in any academic curriculum: (more…)

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4 Ways Post-It Notes Can Improve Productivity

office suppliesStaying on task each day is a challenge for most people. Some struggle with project management, while others just can’t stay organized. Either way, there’s always room to simplify and streamline work and life.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend money on costly self-help systems or learn a complex electronic calendaring system. One of the best tools for productivity are trusty Post-It Notes. Sticky notes – that’s right – can be a powerful device for making your days more fruitful, breaking down complex tasks into more manageable pieces, and streamlining organization in your life or at the office. (more…)

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A Place For Everything: Combating The Business Paperwork Pandemic

owning and operating a small businessDeath and taxes may be a certainty, but in business, paperwork is a close third. A bank statement here, a receipt there. Soon enough your stack of papers rivals The Leaning Tower Of Pisa. But there is hope! As a small business owner, you wear many hats – from sales to accounting – but no matter your role, there are benefits to getting your paperwork in order. You’ll save time, money, and whoever you’ve chosen to sift through your receipts will thank you for it. And it’s easier than you might think! (more…)

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