Protecting your intellectual property is so important. Your name, logo, and business creations tell your customers who you are. So making sure that no one can steal your company’s brand is one of the first steps you should make when starting a business. We asked some of our small business experts if they had any IP horror stories from when they were first starting out. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
Working better means working smarter, and there are many ways to achieve this, from being more organized to learning valuable time-management skills. Additionally, today’s ever-advancing technology offers employees, managers and business owners a plethora of tools, resources and apps that are designed to help businesses work smarter in all areas, helping them to cut costs, improve productivity, save time, and improve communication.
Searching through the thousands of tools and apps to find the best ones for your business can be a trying, time-consuming, stressful tasks, which is why we’ve created this short list of tips and tools you might utilize and take advantage to transform your entire business into one that works smarter, from top to bottom. Using the tips and tools listed below will help you improve organization and subsequently increase productivity and profits within your small business. (more…)
There’s no let up in small business, is there? There’s barely a pause between the end of one year and the beginning of the next. As a new year begins, it’s tempting to just keep running, doing the same things all over again. However, it’s critical to stop and reflect on last year and what you want to achieve this year. There are a number of areas you’ll find useful to focus on when planning for the year ahead as a small business owner. (more…)
However, failing to engage in effective health and safety is a big mistake. Not only can this lead to tragic human consequences, it can also cause firms to suffer a range of financially ill-effects. The fact is, there is a strong business case to be made for good workplace safety. Here are just some of the reasons why it makes sense to prioritize risk management: (more…)
Here at MyCorporation, we’re busy prepping for the end of the year and looking forward to what 2014 will bring for small businesses and entrepreneurs. But while our prep involves helping to file delayed filings or incorporating or forming LLCs for small businesses, we’re curious to see how other companies are closing out 2013. Today, we have 24 small business professionals giving us a look at what they’re working on for their brands and their biggest business tips on how to close out the end of the year!
1. “Make a resolution to focus on one social media platform. Social media is not going away and it’s time for small business to step up.”
– Lisa McTigue, Social Media Expert, LisaMcTigue.com
2. “We are making sure all inventory is in stock and organized, all marketing materials ready to go and short lead press releases being sent to appropriate parties. We look forward to a successful holiday season!”
– Sally Goodgold, Founder, WarmTradition.com
3. “At year end, I always check in with everyone who was interested to hire us during the year but didn’t. Many times companies find “use it or lose it funds” on the books at the end of the year and if you hit the timing right, they may just reopen the conversation where you left off before and have you invoice them in December to get the found money off the books. Then you can start the new year strong with motivated clients who will return your calls fast since they have already paid you!”
– Paige Arnof-Fenn, Founder and CEO, Mavens & Moguls
So you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, and you’re looking for ways to shine. Whether you have unlimited funding or are on a tight budget, the best method to build profits quickly is to trim expenses. Before I run down some areas in which you can do just that, here’s how I started my own business:
Starting a business can be a costly affair. There’s a product to develop or service to offer, an office space to acquire and employees to hire within a series of departments. But one group of employees is often left off the small business employee roster: the IT department.
Once a mainstay in businesses, the IT department serves as the tech hub of the operations. They are the experts, the go-to problem solvers, the ones that keep things going smoothly. While many large companies still have an IT department — and rightfully so — small businesses are increasingly going the IT-less route. (more…)
Remember Peter Shankman– one of our favorites from Blog World? Well now’s your chance to collect some of the copious amounts of wisdom pearls he’s sure to drop at next week’s Ventureneer Webinar, The Next Revolution is in Your Pocket.
The FREE webinar takes place Wednesday January 25, 2012 2 – 3pm ET and will cover the importance of:
- customer service, first and foremost
- branding and messaging, in second place
- marketing and social media, a distant third.
- among other points of interest