People have been speculating about the potential reach and impact of virtual reality for the best part of fifty years – what might it change, how could society develop, how would the way we live our lives be affected? Although the most significant inroads into its use in daily life have been concentrated on the video game industry, there are those who believe that the biggest change will be felt in business. (more…)
Starting a new business presents many challenges for entrepreneurs, but choosing the best tech equipment for your startup doesn’t have to be one of those challenges. Follow these four surefire tips to make sure your business get the tech devices it needs in order to succeed.
1. Make a Budget for Your Technology
In an ideal world, every company could afford the fastest, most powerful, and ultimately, the most expensive technology. As a startup, some of those devices may not be in your budget. That’s why you need to craft a budget that tells you exactly how much money you can spend on tech.
Make sure you allocate funding on equipment like:
- internet access
Know that you don’t always have to purchase the most expensive items to get the services you need. Explore your options to discover which is right for you and the industry you work in. You might find that the most expensive option has the features you specifically need which can save you money in the long run to pick the devices that fit your company perfectly as opposed to buying again and again when new models are released or when cheaper versions break down.
Any entrepreneur who has tried to start up a new venture knows how difficult it can be to get the ball rolling – and expensive as the costs begin to add up over time. There are many ways business owners can work to keep their expenses down and one of these methods includes outsourcing. Whether you have three people working for you, or 30, outsourcing your bookkeeping can be hugely beneficial for the following seven reasons.
1. Less mistakes.
In the early stages of a business, you are a one-person operation. All of the hats, from bookkeeping and marketing to cleaning and sales, must be wore each and every day. By doing several jobs at once, it’s much easier to make mistakes due to lack of time and energy or even simply overlooking some assignments.
A June study by Nielsen found that more than 60 percent of mobile users in the United States owned a smartphone. People not only use their phones to surf the web and communicate with friends, but are conducting business that just a few years ago was reserved for notebooks and desktop computers. It is now more important than ever for businesses to optimize their websites for mobile technology.
While creating a mobile version of your website is a good start, an app is the most comprehensive way to ensure maximum exposure to potential customers. An app moves faster than a mobile website and can sync with other features on the phone. The problem is that most small business owners don’t have the technological wherewithal to code an app themselves. It isn’t as difficult as one might imagine, but also not as simple as printing business cards online. The following will help steer you in the right direction.
Technology is advancing fast. You could argue the future envisioned in sci-fi movies and books is already here. Talking cars with in-dash navigation systems, face-to-face chats with friends half way around the world, kitchen appliances with touch-screens connected to the internet — tomorrow’s technology is here now, replacing things we take for granted.
These apps might soon replace personal assistants. They respond to your every command, have a virtual Rolodex of places, names, and facts at their fingertips, and manage all your daily tasks.
The work/life balance topic is always a hot one with entrepreneurs–especially today when Smartphones keep us connected at all times. Now more than ever, professionals are faced with the impossible challenge of cultivating a healthy personal life while striving to reach their entrepreneurial goals.
So, how can you balance your personal life and your professional life?
A few months ago, MyCorp sent out a newsletter polling our subscribers on their small business predictions on technology and marketing for 2013. The results are now in and all available on our infographic covering everything from expected growth for next year to the social media outlet of choice that small businesses will be establishing for their brands. (more…)
Today we’re featuring a special guest post from Carolyn Knight with Ordoro. We’re more than halfway through 2012 and it’s time to see which startups are poised to emerge as the year’s hottest companies and if they’re poised to take on 2013 as they grow in popularity. Check out the list to see if your favorites made the cut!
Every year people in the business and technology sectors play a little guessing game where they try to figure out what companies are going to make it big. Sometimes it’s pretty clear when a startup is set to take off, but at other times companies seem to come out of nowhere and revolutionize our lives. We’re halfway through the year now and here’s a look at the five startups we believe have taken and will continue to take 2012 by storm. (more…)
Kickstarter has quite a bit to celebrate. It has now seen three projects that have sought funding through its site break the million dollar mark, and is posed to surpass the NEA in total money distributed to approved projects for 2012. Kickstarter’s business model is nothing new – micro investment has been used for years, primarily in developing economies to help start small businesses. But the sheer size of Kickstarter’s user base means that all sorts of project are able to find an amazing level of support. The most recent million dollar project, for example, started as an effort to publish a webcomic’s archives in a physical format.
But Kickstarter’s hands-off approach to funding has meant that some slightly odder projects have found investors for products or ideas that, typically, few would be willing to touch. These range from your run of the mill oddity, more suitable in a sky mall catalog than a booming investment site, to the philosophically obtuse. In honor of Kickstarter’s third million-dollar project, we present three slightly more off-kilter products that have found success through Kickstarter. (more…)
Financing a start up is daunting for many entrepreneurs. While hunting for cash, many find themselves sucked into flashy gimmicks promising “Free Money!” and “Fast Cash Now!” from websites and hiring consultants. Unfortunately, most of these promises are empty, leaving many small business owners searching for cash.
As difficult as it may seem, small business funding is available. For qualifying businesses, there really are opportunities to land free money from state, county and city governments, as well as private foundations and corporations. (more…)