Collaboration is crucial for your business to thrive. But implementing collaboration tools within any organization is not an easy task to do. Here are three typical mistakes made when imposing collaboration tools in a company and ways to avoid them:
When you supply your company with new technology, help your employees understand why this change is occurring. If you point out all the solution’s benefits, your coworkers will be keen on accepting and using it. A recent study of U.S. based employers by Gagen MacDonald revealed that employees in companies which use internal social media (ISM) perceive their company as more innovative and 58% would prefer to work at a company that uses ISM and 86% would refer others for employment. People like technology as long as they understand why they should use it and how it can make their job easier. If necessary, take some time to train your employees on the use of software. Time lost on training sessions will be compensated on faster work performance with the use of collaborative tools. Continue reading
There’s no shortcut when it comes to creating a successful startup. It requires hard work–and lots of it. Entrepreneurs and startup leaders are notorious for putting in long hours, and many of them ask the same of their employees.
If you’re asking your team to come in early, stay late and work on the weekends, you’ll definitely be productive – but you may also run the risk of burning out your employees. To prevent burnout, and to keep your team happy, healthy and productive, consider these 6 tips for motivating employees. With a little creativity, you can keep your employees happy and hardworking, while also reducing burnout and unnecessary stress. Continue reading
We all treat our employees in different ways at the end of the year. Some businesses give bonuses, some extra vacation days, and some give out turkeys as a means of thanks! We reached out to our pool of small business experts and asked them how they thank their employees at the end of the year. Here are our top ten answers: Continue reading
First of all, what is a brand?
A brand is a company’s perceived “personality,” or set of values that are associated with a company, product or service. A brand may be described as being dependable, fast, exclusive, expensive, or friendly. Unfortunately, some brands earn descriptors like dated, inefficient, sloppy, and unprofessional.
In effect, a brand is the sum of all the perceptions about your product, service or company that many different people have. These perceptions are a result of the way your brand looks, feels, and communicates, as well as the customer’s experience with the product itself and the service. All of these have to work in sync for a brand to establish positive equity with all stakeholders. Continue reading
So, you have taken that big step, that giant leap into the abyss of commerce. You went and decided to start a business. You’ve incorporated, partnered or formed an LLC, got an EIN, a reseller’s license, maybe a dba, and opened a bank account.
You know in your heart that you are going to do fantastic, have fun, and make lots of $$$$! You may even have thought about how your customers are going to pay you: cash, checks, money orders, bank wires, bartering? I left something out, didn’t I? I didn’t mention credit cards. Any business in today’s cashless society has to accept credit cards. Unless you’re selling hot dogs on the corner, frankly, you won’t survive without accepting the almighty plastic. I know, it used to be the almighty dollar, times have changed. Continue reading
Ever wondered what business management skills a business owner needs to stand the test of time and run a successful operation?
Or maybe you’ve questioned your own abilities and wondered, “Are there things I should know but don’t?”
You’re not alone in that thought.
The truth of the matter is: entrepreneurs need many different business management skills, character traits, and habits to make them successful. But there are certain business management skills that seem to stand out as highly important—both in research and polls. Continue reading
Your accountant goes through a lot. Every one of their clients demands their full, undivided attention and expects a miracle. What you may not realize is that every time you walk into their office there’s a long list of things they wish you were at least aware of before you signed up with them.
Want to really impress your accountant at your next meeting? We talked to some real tax professionals to find out what you need to do. Then take this advice we gathered from CPAs to heart. Continue reading
If you’re the leader of a small business, you’re probably an exceptionally focused person. No doubt you’re keen to draw maximum value from your most expensive resource – your employees. After all, if you can get each individual to produce exceptional results, your employees will benefit from an environment that’s highly profitable and full of opportunities. It’s a win-win! Continue reading
It might seem like you just finished filing last year’s taxes (and if you got an extension, then maybe you actually did!) but next tax season is already on the horizon. And while preparing to file might not be at the top of your priority list, getting a jump start will eliminate a lot of unnecessary stress when it comes time to submit your business tax return.
To help make your life easier, here are four things you can do right now to prepare your business for tax time. Continue reading
New business owners may care deeply about customer happiness, but many live in fear of customer unhappiness. That fear is founded: Customers not only have a huge megaphone for sharing their opinions of products, services and companies (i.e. the Internet, online reviews, social media), but they increasingly turn to the opinions of others like themselves to decide where to spend their money.
In fact, consumers today—not companies themselves—hold the power to make or break a business. So what can new business owners do to take some control and have peace of mind? Continue reading