Five Business Tips For The Self Employed

On May 6th, 2013, wrote:

If you are self-employed, chances are good that you are working your dream job, but as any self-employed person can tell you, dream jobs still take a ton of work! While working for yourself allows you a great deal of freedom, it also introduces some extra pitfalls. Consider these five tips for running your business even when you are just getting started. Have a Backup Plan As with any business, the possibility of making it big is almost the same with the probability of not making it at all. Businesses who have made it through thick and thin have one thing in common… a backup plan for those times when the unexpected occurs. Let’s face it, going into business for yourself is a risky venture. There is no assurance that you are going to succeed, though it is always important to act as if you are going to. Make sure that you have some money to carry you, or a – Read the full article

Improving Employee Engagement Can lead To Organizational Success

On April 28th, 2013, wrote:

When you’re running a business, it can seem like nothing is more important than the success of the company. And this is true, but success can’t just be measured in dollar signs. Overall success means that the company is functioning well, down to its very last employee. Without this kind of success, it can be difficult to achieve any other kind. Surely you are familiar with techniques and processes that have to do with achieving financial success, but what about having a successful office culture that includes successful employees? Taking a look at making the work environment more engaging for employees is one surefire way that you can continue to enjoy success at your organization. Are Employees Engaging? It might come as a surprise that recent polls indicate that only 29% of employees feel that they are fully engaged at their workplace. Completely disengaged employees clocked in at 26%, and the rest of them related that they are somewhere between – Read the full article

5 Things You Can Learn From Howard Schultz, CEO Of Starbucks

On April 3rd, 2013, wrote:

Anyone starting a business should take a hard look at the success of Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ CEO. Rather than hiding behind his title or constructing lofty strategies, Mr. Schultz has struck a balance between assertive and approachable. This balance has helped this amazing leader develop a brand that is successful the world over. If you’re starting your own company, here are things that you should take from Schultz’ uber-successful model: Photo courtesy of: learningexecutive 1. Vision One of the reasons that Schultz is so successful is that he has incredible vision. Rather than creating a simple coffee shop, Schultz created a place where customer experience is foremost. Instead of concentrating solely on profit, Schultz envisioned a company that balances corporate achievement with a social conscience. Not only do part-time employees have access to comprehensive health insurance plans, but the company invests in the communities in which it does business. If you hope to grow your company, you, too, must be – Read the full article

Why Is My Business Perceived As A Losing Proposition?

On March 12th, 2013, wrote:

In a day and age when many experts would say that the current job market definitely belongs to the employer, then why is it that you oftentimes have trouble getting quality people to come work for you? While many companies are often inundated with resumes, that is both when they are hiring and not hiring, some others seem to have trouble literally pulling people in off the street to work for them. If you have found lately that getting and/or keeping quality employees at your business is like pulling teeth, there could be some clear-cut reasons behind this dilemma, among which include: Bad reputation – First and foremost, does your company get a bad rap? If so, even the brightest of the bright may be hesitant to want to work with you. By doing a simple Google search, you can check out what is being said regarding your brand, how you treat employees, and whether or not customers find you – Read the full article

What Does It Take To Run A Business?

On March 10th, 2013, wrote:

  If you’ve ever thought about owning your own business, there are some things you need to think about before you get started. You Need an Idea In order to get your business going, you have to have a solid idea, whether it’s a product to sell, a service to render, or a website to manage. It needs to be something you can reasonably manage and that will make a decent profit margin. You also need to figure out if your idea will be able to survive out on the market. Will people want to buy it? Is there already something out there that’s better than yours? Are you going to be dealing with stiff market competition? Search around online and ask others in your field to find the answers to these questions to ensure that you aren’t setting yourself up for a losing battle before you move on, but if you find that you have a good, well-thought-out idea, – Read the full article

Your Good Restaurant Can Become A Great Business

On March 7th, 2013, wrote:

Folks who open their own restaurant usually fail within the first year of business. This may not sound very encouraging for those who are considering to open up their own restaurant, but there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your business becomes a success. It takes more than just savvy business skills in order to run a successful restaurant. You will need to make sure that you have exceptional skills in management as well as human resources. There are many serious challenges that restaurant owners can face. Owners need to know how to address these issues so that their restaurant can become great. Tips and Hints to Help Make Your Restaurant One of the Best Getting buried in the daily operations of your restaurant is a big no. You should be sure to distribute the time that you have evenly in all areas of running and operating your restaurant. You cannot spend all of your – Read the full article

Running A Business: Purchasing Financial Software For Your Company

On February 12th, 2013, wrote:

When it comes to efficiently running your business, what you spend on each and every item does matter at the end of the day. From the supplies your office needs to run its normal operations, moving to the software that guides your business each and every day, there are deals out there if you know where to look. One of the most important aspects of properly running your company is having the right financial software package in place. If the current program is slow, not always accurate, and leads to issues regarding on-time customer service needs, you could be losing out on the money you invested in it, not to mention potential sales. Whether you or your point person (head of the finance department for example) is charged with evaluating and/or upgrading your current financial software package, make sure you invest the time and energy into finding the right one. If you choose the wrong one, time, training, and money – Read the full article

How To Keep Your Employees Happy At Work

On January 11th, 2013, wrote:

Keeping employees happy at work is a key part of any manager’s job. Several steps will keep employees happy. Scheduling and time-off flexibility allows employees to have a life outside work. This translates into higher morale. Recognizing different personality types and the contributions they make goes a long way towards an atmosphere of fairness and respect in the workplace. Training and education programs are a win-win for employees who advance their skills and employers who get extra value from better-trained employees. A fair rewards system for superior job performance will act as motivation without harmful competition and backstabbing between employees. Aside from morale and workplace atmosphere considerations, happy employees result in lower turnover. Employee turnover is a significant cost and drag on many businesses. Allow Scheduling Flexibility Flexibility in scheduling may cause short-term stress to management, but give greater overall employee satisfaction. Employees will not be tempted to change jobs or sacrifice performance at work if they know that an – Read the full article