What’s Next?: Ten Tips for a Successful 2015

How to Keep Your Sales Team MotivatedRight now as we tussle between finishing up commitments of the year gone by and anticipating coming opportunities, business owners and leaders are finding themselves taking stock of where they are, where they want to be, and identifying the things they need to do to get there.

Experts are predicting that 2015 will focus on physical and fiscal health and fitness. In addition to the more popular weight loss and general fitness categories, individuals will also be focusing on debt retirement and finding new ways to stretch their income.  On the corporate front, people are going to be looking hard for internal prospects and promotions; and greater numbers than ever before are planning to pursue entrepreneurial goals. Continue reading

Five Business Tax Differences Between the UK and the U.S.

Social media giant Facebook is set to incur further criticism for its tax avoidance techniques, after it was revealed that the firm will not pay UK corporation tax for the second year in a row. In the past, it has argued that it always meets the tax rules of every country it operates in.Accounting_Items_Calculation

That is a view echoed by many other global firms, while a number of other US firms have re-domiciled overseas to benefit from more efficient tax rules. These are the five most important tax differences between the UK and the U.S. Continue reading

Taking on a New Client: A Checklist for Accountants

Accountants and CPAs are comfortable sticking to the numbers and reports straight away when meeting with clients. Though logical enough, this may not be the best approach to build ongoing relationships.Closeup_Calculation_Paperwork

Successful client meetings build trust and create long relationships. Similar to other events in your organization, client meetings should be refined and renewed in a personal yet timely manner in order to make the most out of the meeting. If done well, meetings can be productive and can do wonders for your business; else they can be a disaster. Continue reading

The Dos & Don’ts of Social Media for Small Business

shutterstock_95135899_smYour company has finally blossomed into more than just a “good idea” in your head, and things are up and running. Maybe you’re still in your best friends’ garage, maybe you’ve got an office, maybe you’ve even got an entire office building. Doesn’t matter, because these days, your company’s appearance is all online.

Welcome to the world of social media, where everything is all about the presentation. While there are several resources around the web that describe the value of social networking for business, this overload of information can make it difficult to determine exactly what small businesses should and shouldn’t do when engaging in social media for their brand. Let’s take a look at some social media dos and don’ts for your small business: Continue reading

4 Important Entrepreneurial Skills for Running an Online Business

It’s often been debated as to whether entrepreneurs are born or made. To be a successful entrepreneur, there are crucial skills one must acquire and develop over time. Even talent needs exercise to be nurtured to maximum potential.touchscreen interface

With the speedy advancement in technology, online businesses are on the rise. The internet has opened doors and has elevated the business industry to another level; companies are realizing exponential profit increments. But building your business online can be challenging and you need to have the right set of skills if you are going to achieve any form of success. Here’s what every entrepreneur needs to work on to run a successful online business: Continue reading

3 Big Mistakes To Avoid If You Want To Successfully Use Collaboration Tools

iStock_000017173323XSmallCollaboration 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:

1. Implementation

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

6 Tips for Preventing Employee Burnout

How Improving Your Rest Improves Your ProductivityThere’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

Experts Weigh In: How Do You Reward Your Employees at the End of the Year?

Gift_BirthdayWe 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

Make Users Fall in Love with Your Brand

shutterstock_131437046First 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