The businesses that succeed most are the businesses that add special elements to their customers’ service. The grocery store chain Publix doesn’t succeed because its food is any better than anyone else’s. It succeeds because of its “above and beyond” customer service. The same rings true for companies like Chick-Fil-A and Amazon. They don’t necessarily have the best products, but their customer service is over the top. You can give your customers a little extra attention as well by following a few simple tips. (more…)
It’s often said that it “takes money to make money” and while this may be true in some circumstances, there are plenty of hustles that don’t require a big down investment. Assuming you have a business license and a basic at-home setup that will likely include a computer, internet access, and a phone—here are seven businesses you can start for under $100 in 2017. (more…)
Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying that failing to plan is the same as planning to fail.
It’s commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century inventor and politician whose belief in the value of preparation was strong enough that he once made a list of more than a dozen or so character traits on which he planned to structure his life.
Franklin’s preparation paid off. Today, he’s remembered not only for signing the Declaration of Independence but for researching electricity, serving as the U.S. ambassador to France and founding the University of Pennsylvania. (more…)
When the subject of remote working comes up, most people immediately think about the employee side of things. After all, doesn’t the employee benefit the most from this setup? Well, not necessarily. There are actually plenty of employer-side benefits to maintaining a remote workforce. (more…)
When you make the choice to jump into small business ownership, it can be tempting to try to get your new venture up and running as soon as possible. But just like the choice to start a business should be carefully considered, there are certain steps in the business timeline that require a thoughtful approach long before you open your doors. Whether your dream is to start a frozen yogurt franchise or a green construction start-up, here’s a step-by-step timeline of how to take your idea from a hazy concept to a thriving business. (more…)
The new year brings with it new beginnings, especially for small business owners! We wanted to see what sorts of businesses were already popping up in 2017, so we asked our experts about their latest projects.
Here’s what they had to say: (more…)
Entrepreneurs face many challenges in getting their business ideas off the ground. Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of making your entrepreneurial dreams a reality is finding the funding you need to start business and learning how to successfully manage your business finances once you’ve launched. Fortunately, there is a wealth of great resources out there for budding entrepreneurs that want to learn more about business funding and finances. (more…)
Most businesses know the potential value of a mobile application, be it in terms of adding a new sales channel, leveraging the promotional value, or offering unique services.
There are many other reasons why companies elect to have a mobile app developed, and equal for all of these projects are the underlying core values and ideals behind it.
Even though most business owners are aware of the benefits and upsides to having their own native app, we regularly come across clients that only know they want an app, not what that app should do, or what problems it should solve. (more…)
YouTube is developing its tools constantly to enable small businesses to get their message out there, so with a few key tips it’s easy to develop brand awareness and begin your own fantastic YouTube channel.
This guide will offer you three essential areas to cover, to help you create and maintain the very best video presence you can. (more…)
It’s often hard to identify exactly why one entrepreneur fails where another succeeds. But it almost invariably comes down to managing finances. Here are four financial tenets small companies should stick to for continued success. (more…)