Regardless of what industry you are in, the artwork that you display in your office can go as far as to make or break your business. A carefully chosen piece can demonstrate to clients that you are professional, successful and are fully able to help them with their requests. The right piece can also create a certain atmosphere in the office, add an interesting visual accent, boost employee satisfaction and has the ability to immediately impress clients or potential customers. When picking artwork for your office space, it is important that you bear all of this in mind and that the selected piece displays your business and ethos in a positive light. (more…)
A startup is all about living your dream. A startup is about having a baby and then watching it grow. It is a whole lot of hard work. It tests your patience, but in the end nothing feels better than seeing your vision take shape. True, not every startup succeeds, but for every start-up that does not succeed, there are ten brilliant ideas that exist in the dormant stage without ever seeing the light of the sun. This happens because the ideators fear the financial demands of a start-up, or do not know where to garner the funds for their business. (more…)
Sometimes a company is left functioning in an out-of-date mode of operation. It might be because the owner is too tight with the company purse strings. It might be because a company has difficulty obtaining top talent for filling key positions. While the reasons and excuses are numerous, often the real problem is that the people in charge simply do not know how to identify and enact meaningful change. This is especially the case when it comes to revamping a company’s IT department. Here are a few ideas to help a company bring its IT department into the 21st century. (more…)
One of the hottest topics in salary and benefit negotiations that today’s human resources professional is dealing with centers on maternity and paternity benefits.
As the developed world braces for what some forecasters are predicting will be a significant baby boom, companies seeking top talent and hoping to retain current talent are expanding their benefit packages to remain competitive.
Already Netflix has announced an unlimited maternity leave policy, and expanded benefit programs for new parents have been announced by Adobe and Microsoft.
How will the boom be? (more…)
Whenever most people think about start-ups and young entrepreneurs, their minds tend to picture Silicon Valley or Silicon Beach. Though California is synonymous with up and coming businesses, it may not be for much longer.
Across the country, West Virginia passed legislation on March 12, 2016 that is breaking down the barriers of entry for young entrepreneurs. Effective July 1, 2016, West Virginia House Bill 2897, also known as the Young Entrepreneur Reinvestment Act, will waive business filing fees for residents under the age of 30. Filing exemptions for non-profit and for-profit corporations as well as limited liability corporations are included in this bill. (more…)
When going it alone as a freelancer, a quick glance at the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Bill Gates may fill you with a sense that you’ve got an awful lot of ground to make up. Going from a blank sheet of paper to stratospheric success will seem like an impossible dream.
Reality check time. Few freelancers make that leap to supersonic success and wealth. There aren’t many Elon Musks for a reason; the ability to become that successful requires an awful lot of stamina and an even greater degree of luck. We can’t all be in exactly the right place at the right time. (more…)
It’s that time of year again… graduation! But with so many recent graduates saturating the workforce, not all new grads are looking to go the conventional route. We asked some small business owners who started their businesses right after graduating about their journeys. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
The summer is always a popular time for seasonal businesses. Ice cream stands pop up, new food trucks start roaming the streets, and lots of beach-related products start to make an appearance. Running a seasonal business is different from running a regular, year-round business, so we asked some seasonal business experts for tips.
Here are our ten favorite answers: (more…)
One of the most important parts of effectively running a business is ensuring all parts are running as productively as possible. As much as pushing great ideas factors into this, so too does removing the clutter of things most people don’t like to do, allowing for more time to focus on meaningful tasks that help drive the business. The following are eight time-saving tools your business can start using right away.
No matter the size of your business, having a virtual team can come in handy. For that, Wrike offers web-based project management to allow teams work with one another in real time to complete business projects. Employees with Android and iOS devices can also continue their work on the go. (more…)
Holding regular training programs for your salesforce is crucial for the success of your organization. Employees that are well-trained will carry out their tasks more effectively, thus enhancing your chances of achieving your business goals. However, training should not just be held as a ritual or formality. An ineffective training program will only end up being a huge waste of time and money.