The Entrepreneur’s Ultra-Simple Guide to Opening an Online Business

The Entrepreneur’s Ultra-Simple Guide to Opening an Online StoreOpening an e-commerce business is a lot like running a marathon. Just about anyone can do it, but only a select few will succeed. Hundreds of online stores are opened on a daily basis, making it an extremely competitive market. That isn’t meant to scare you off, but rather to alert you of the challenging, albeit satisfying, road that lies ahead.

In order to set you off on the right journey, here’s a list of steps to help you create an online business. And just as with running a marathon, the starting steps are often the most critical.

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5 Ways to Make International Student Interns Feel at Home

5 Ways to Make International Student Interns Feel at HomeFor college students on the job search in a tough economy, internships are often the best way to work toward landing a full-time position. According to Forbes, 69 percent of companies that have more than 100 employees offered full-time positions to their interns during the 2011-2012 school year. Nearly every college student understands that internships are essentially just a long interview, after which they hope to receive a job offer.

For international students studying in the U.S. under an F1 visa, landing a full-time position is crucial, as the visa only allows unemployed graduates to stay in the country for 12 months post-graduation. Here are five ways to make your international student interns feel welcome, at home and comfortable in your office.

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4 Easy and Affordable Improvements for a Better Office Space

4 Easy and Affordable Improvements for a Better Office SpaceBy Felicia Baratz

Appearance may not be everything, but it counts for a great deal, and presenting a professional image is important for any business. If your office needs some sprucing up, some effective remodeling basics can be done without spending a bundle. Whether it’s flooring, painting or reorganizing, a do-it-yourself approach can allow you to do exactly what you want and within your budget.

Some simple remodeling projects can be done without professional help. Following are some of the ways you can improve your office environment without spending a fortune.

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8 Cheat Tips to Save Time, Money and Space in the Office

Office supply stores are eager to solve all your office needs . . . for a price. With a little creativity, you can find your own solutions, reduce company waste and save the company credit card for another day. Use these eight cheats to help save time, money and space around the office!

Corral your cords and cables

Computers come with copious cords and cables — power cords, monitor cables, printer cables, Ethernet, and more. Keeping all those cords organized and out of the way doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive:

How to Actually Save Money When Buying in Bulk

If you’ve ever shopped at Costco, Sam’s Club or any other warehouse-type store for home goods, you know how easy it is to get carried away with the tantalizing prices of bulk items. “Twelve dollars for 20 bars of Dove soap? What a steal!” Then you get home and remember you don’t even use Dove soap, and it just sits in the back of your bathroom storage cabinet.

As tempting as some of the prices might be, buying in bulk isn’t exactly as cut-and-dry as it seems. When it comes to bulk-buying for business, things can get even more complicated. Read on for some tips on how to really get the most bang for your bulk buck.
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How Proper Safety Measures Can Reduce Workplace Injuries

Employees who work in a manufacturing setting are exposed to many potential hazards. Hand tools, power tools and machinery can all be dangerous if handled incorrectly or if proper safety precautions aren’t followed. It’s your responsibility as an employer or supervisor to maintain a safe work environment and protect your employees from injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that employers spend approximately $4 billion a month for workers’ compensation costs, but these costs are nothing compared to the human cost of injuries or deaths that could have been prevented, if only the correct safety measures had been taken.
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Don’t Forget the Toilet Paper! The Top 5 Items Business Owners Forget to Buy

Computers and printers? Check. Copy machine? Check. Coffee maker? Check. Paper clips? Check

Running a business involves juggling so many moving parts—and so much stuff—that keeping track of everything can seem like a full time job of its own. But there’s much more to operating a well-stocked office than simply having enough desks, chairs and computers for everyone.

From cleaning supplies for the break room to foot rests for each desk, from paper towels and toilet paper for the bathroom to pens and printer cartridges, running out of certain items can have a ripple effect on employee productivity, motivation, morale and even retention!

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How to Get a Business Started Without an IT Team

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. Continue reading

Why Email Hoarding Makes Sense

Have you ever gone to find an old email only to discover that you deleted it a week ago without thinking? Sometimes when it comes to emails, hoarding is actually a good idea. It pays to keep those old messages around because you never really know when you are going to need to look at something someone said or re-download that important file your boss sent you a month ago.

There are a few simple tricks and practices you can follow to keep track of your emails and relieve yourself of the worry of losing any emails that you may need in the future. While the latest craze is all about “inbox zero,” you may realize that in your line of work that’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still keep yourself organized and quickly find the information you need. Consider following these practices to avoid costly mistakes. Continue reading

Can Small Loans Help Advance your Career?

In today’s economy, it can be a challenge to find a job or a career right out of college. Chances are you currently don’t have enough money or aren’t making enough money at that part-time job to afford the things you need to advance your career or find that dream job with. Maybe you just graduated with an art degree and want to build an amazing online portfolio, but you need a new iPad to do it on. Maybe you have a degree in business, but can’t afford the professionally tailored suit you need for your first major job interview.

The problem of not making enough money to help get you to the career you want is fairly common for recent grads. However, with small loans and cash advances, you can find the tools you need to have the career you want. But that doesn’t mean you have a limitless source of free money. Borrowing can advance your career, but it must be done responsibly. Before you begin taking out loans and racking up debt, there are a few questions you need to consider. Continue reading