You aren’t going to get very far if you don’t have good communication skills in the workplace. It’s the difference between productive synergy and a group of confused employees struggling to get through the day. Messy communications can lead to severe blunders that disturb the progress of your company and can also negatively impact employee satisfaction. Perfecting your communication skills is a simple step you can take to make your office a better place to work. (more…)
Websites that are created to promote and generate business online utilize various tools and plug-ins to create the best user experience. With the competitive nature of e-commerce, creating a great first impression is crucial to keep your customers. Internet users are known to be quite impatient, and with the numerous options available out there, they can easily navigate from your website to your competitor’s site if they do not like what they see. One of the ways to create a great user experience is through providing a time counting tool that can tell the time now and in many other cities around the world.
Time calculators and online clocks come in handy for websites that deal with international products and services, business and financing. You can install the following to your website. (more…)
People have been speculating about the potential reach and impact of virtual reality for the best part of fifty years – what might it change, how could society develop, how would the way we live our lives be affected? Although the most significant inroads into its use in daily life have been concentrated on the video game industry, there are those who believe that the biggest change will be felt in business. (more…)
Employee reviews get a bad rap – a lot of people assume they’re meant to judge a person’s work and weigh whether or not they are worth their wage. In reality, reviews are a great way to force a person to reflect on the past year, figure out what they’ve done well, and highlight potential growth areas. And you don’t suddenly outgrow their use after creating your own business. Too few small business owners actually take time to reflect on the past year; we assume we made money so, therefore, we did well enough. That’s a dangerous attitude, as it leaves you open to stagnation and contraction. This year, instead of just closing out the books and handing them to your accountant, do an employee review and really figure out just how well you did.
What do you ask?
Think back to your last employee review, and remember your manager brought up. Reviews are usually pretty standard, so you’ll be asked to come in with some accomplishments and possible improvements. There’s then a quick ten to twenty minute back and forth to sketch out goals and ideas for next year, and you’re done. Your one-person review does not need to look any different. It’s the end of the year, so you have a good idea how you did financially, but think of a few ideas or initiatives you’re particularly proud of and jot them down. Then ask what you’d change if you could do it over, and write those down as well. You’ve just outlined a plan of attack for next year. Keep doing what you do well, adjust as needed to help spur improvement, and plan out whatever new initiatives need adoption to ensure those improvements happen.
Do you have to talk to yourself?
No – in fact, if you can, involve someone else. You’re more than capable of doing this “review” on your own, but outside perspective is invaluable. We are our own echo chambers – we always wind up thinking our own ideas are good. But what you need is someone to bounce ideas off of. Someone to poke holes in your plan, and refine that sketch you just put to paper. Involving someone else also adds a bit of culpability to the process. Not only does it force you to actually think about, and write down, that list of accomplishments and improvement areas, but talking about that list means someone else knows your plan, and may ask about it periodically over the next year. Extra, external motivation is always helpful.
What’s the point?
Honestly, this process is something every business owner should do already. But running a business is tough, tiring work. And at the end of the year, when life is already hectic and you have tons to get done before January first, the last thing you’ll want to think about is next year’s plan of attack. Small business owners are great at mapping out big plans and focusing in on microscopic details. We usually aren’t great at connecting them. This employment review exercise helps by forcing us to see what works, and how we can leverage our talent to meet attainable, worthwhile goals over the course of the next year. Then, when 2016 hits, you aren’t forced to fly by the seat of your pants.
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Content marketing is becoming an increasingly popular marketing strategy for many businesses. More and more companies and individuals are using email newsletters, press releases and social media posts to promote their services and products. Here are some great tips which will help you carry out an effective content marketing campaign. (more…)
‘Safety’ can mean a number of things to a small business owner. Safety from a data breach, safety from an intrusion, and creating a safe, inclusive environment to work in are just some of the concerns constantly in the back of an entrepreneur’s mind.
We asked our small business experts how they interpret the word ‘safety,’ and the ways in which they strive to keep their businesses safe. (more…)
You’ve been hearing about the increase in mobile online traffic for several years now. As we approach the end of 2015, we can see that the predictions were by and large correct. Mobile has indeed become a force to be reckoned with.
A 2015 report from KPCB shows us that 51% of consumers’ Internet time now happens on mobile devices. That is compared to 42% for desktops and laptops. Five years ago people spent less than 1 hour per day on mobile devices. That number has now jumped to 3 hours. (more…)
The old saying goes that “Nobody is boring once you get to know them.” But can the same be true for a concept like sales tax? Nothing can make a little percentage tacked onto the sale of a product interesting, can it?
We here at TaxJar live and breathe sales tax and we beg to differ! These 5 things you might not know about sales tax are guaranteed to amuse and delight. (Or at least to give you a new understanding of this much maligned administrative task!) (more…)
This is Part 3 in the series of how I came to be an entrepreneur.
Before you knew it, we had new employees, a great mission statement, great products, a great process and yet we couldn’t get significant traction in bringing in new clients. I was moving faster than I ever had, working harder and smarter, yet the people weren’t coming over. What they were doing was meeting with my team and myself, but not actually giving us their business. But there was definitely a buzz about us. (more…)