When you’re setting up in business the luxury of expensive and decadent office space is sometimes out of reach, but you got to start somewhere even if its metal garages – but what impact does that have on your employees? Your clients? Or your overall brand image? There are lots of things specific to your choice of office that will have an impact on your business – you’ve just got to decide what’s important to you. From the postal address to the colour of the walls, you might be surprised at quite how much your choice of workplace says about you. What kind of operation are you? Have you got a feel for how your business is going to operate? You might think that ‘business is business’ – but the recent trend in internet startups has proved that what some people might look at as a bunch of
You might have heard a little about WordPress support services and wondered if paying for such a service would be right for you and your business. We’ll help you explore what’s involved and decide whether such a service is going to be right for you. Managing your site As your business grows it’s likely that your website will grow too. Even if the basics stay the same, modern marketing techniques demand that you’re sharing good and valuable information, handling traffic conversions safely, efficiently and productively and working across numerous platforms – and this is before you’ve maintained customer databases, email lists and backups. Making time for maintenance can be hard – but not as hard as factoring in additional time for changes, updates and recovery – and having a dedicated e
If you have a start-up or small business you could probably do with a few extra hours in your day – could you imagine what an extra hour would do to that email inbox that seems to constantly replenish itself? Or how much further you could push your business on social media working on new strategies with your Facebook ads agency! Let’s not kid ourselves – a couple of extra hours in bed wouldn’t go amiss either! Well, economists at the University of Warwick have good news, they say you’re sat an extra 2 or 4 hours a day – depending on your current frame of mind. We’ll explain where those hours are hidden – and how you can unlock them… Where are you on the happiness scale? The research that’s been done looks primarily at happiness levels in business owners and employees - and has produced
Languages are complex and learning a foreign one is a rare skill that not many people have. However, what you might know is that you can use your knowledge of a foreign language to make money online! Whatever language it is from French to Arabic and even sign languages, they all have the potential to make you some extra income. But how does knowing a foreign language make you money online? Well, the good news is there are actually a few different ways you can make money online using your knowledge of a foreign language. And for some of them, a full and in-depth knowledge of the language won't even be needed. Although the greater your skill and knowledge of the language the more money you'll be able to make. If you know the basics of French, for example, you might be able to make a litt...
Productivity; it’s such a difficult topic to apply any measurement to, it might appear to wax and wane with the cycles of the moon, paydays, end of the month deadlines and who knows what else. Fortunately, a mass of studies have been done on bolstering productivity in your ranks – from behavioural psychologists to workspace designers, there are many hints and tips that will make sure your employees are happy and working productively… Create the right workplace culture The difference between an amazing workplace and an average isn’t tangible, it’s not based on the quirkiest offices, best locations or highest sales figures – it’s based on your working culture. Research shows that if you can create an atmosphere that creates family-like camaraderie between your employees then you’re going t
It’s the goal of virtually every manager and business owner to surround themselves with a team that can drive the business forward with their own knowledge, expertise and effort. If you’re thinking you’d need attractive salaries and a big recruitment drive for that to happen in your business, you might not be doing your current team the justice they deserve. Virtually every employee you have is capable of great things, you’ve just got to know how to draw it out… Look for consistent effort Talent for a role is hard to come by, for every 10 great interviews there are probably only 2-3 people who deliver with the natural skill they promised, but this doesn’t mean people can’t be exceptional. If you talk to any successful business person they’re likely to cite hard-work long before a
If you’ve got a small or medium sized business it’s likely that you know quite how hard it can be to go from having a blank order book to having a database full of customers. Everything from the finding the perfect hosting for your new website to sales and marketing can be hard – but it should get easier. Why? Because each of those customers in your CRM or database should be coming back for more! They’ve responded to your marketing, they’ve gone through the sales process, they’ve given you money! Sadly, many businesses neglect the very customers they’ve spent time and money finding – meaning they’re released again into the wild… good news for you, you get to make them your customer, then keep them by ensuring you do the following: Communicate on their terms There are countless ways t
How’s your company’s business tech? Technology has become one of the cornerstones of today’s companies, so it’s important to take steps to make sure your company’s hardware, software, and networks are effective and innovative. Here are key tech upgrades you should consider for your small business: NAS Your company should consider upgrading to Network Attached Storage (NAS). This ironically offers features of old-school file servers. The plus is that you’ll enjoy more power upgradability and efficiency. These are critical in terms of your company’s file-sharing requirements. A large amount of power efficiency is due to the Intel or ARM microprocessors that power today’s NAS appliances. Another issue is that more vendors are aware that over time the storage demands increase. It’s