The world of insurance can be a huge headache for small business owners. Since getting your business off the ground is your number one priority, it may seem unimportant to get the proper coverage in the early days of your business. However, it is imperative to remember that even in the early days of operation, your company may run into some unexpected and costly issues. Having insurance, especially the right type of insurance, is vital for the future growth and success of your business. (more…)
You worked so hard to build this business from the ground up; it’s important to keep it protected. We were curious to see what types of insurance different business owners subscribe to in different industries. Here’s what they had to say…
“My husband and I own a business creating handcrafted grooming products. We want people to feel confident using our products and we want to protect our business and family, so for us, insurance is a must. We have a Commercial General and Product Liability policy through the Indie Business Network geared specifically for makers of handcrafted cosmetics.” –Carrie Seibert, Soap Commander, LLC (more…)
Finding new customers is one of the key issues challenging small businesses today. Despite knowing how important word-of-mouth referrals can be in driving business growth, it’s not always easy to work out exactly how to get more of them.
So why not take the hard work out of the process and put some strategies in place that will naturally generate more customer referrals for you? Here are some ideas to try. (more…)
Web analytics is very crucial for the success of any business that has a website. It provides important data can be used to evaluate the progress of a business and thus make appropriate improvements. However, this requires choosing the right web analytics software for your business. With the numerous solutions in the market, choosing one can be a very daunting task.
Here are some of the things you need to consider when choosing a web analytics tool: (more…)
There is an escalating war on encryption by the government resulting in a privacy versus security arms race. This year will see greater tension between governments looking for more information and businesses clamoring for more privacy. Your company needs to keep its data private and confidential. Therefore, you may encrypt your devices. So will criminals. This creates tension, as the government cannot access such data when it wants or needs to. The main concern about this is that governments may pass legislation to allow themselves to break into encrypted devices or restrict your ability to have sufficient digital security measures for your business data. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)