“How can I increase productivity and sales?” No doubt, this question and these two words are on every small-business owner’s mind, as they go hand in hand with driving revenue. Contrary to what you might think, however, you don’t need to invest in expensive office supplies, hire more in-house employees, or increase salaries to encourage greater productivity and boost your sales. With a little creativity, you can encourage your staff to do so on a budget and right away.
If you were to ask me what the hardest part about owning my business is, I’d tell you that managing a remote team is harder than anything else I do. Yes … it’s harder than increasing sales year-over-year, harder than managing finances and P&L statements, and much harder than giving up most of my personal life. Managing a remote team takes more than a firm but fair management style — it takes tools. And lots of them. Here are the five tools we can’t live without as an extremely successful remote team.
Though the process of starting an online business is easier than ever, establishing an online presence is not. The World Wide Web is flooded with options for purchasing the same products and services from different outlets. And while there are plenty of legitimate sites looking to sell their products and services to customers using virtual means, you really have to shine to attract the right online consumers. Here’s how to ensure your online presence stands out from the crowd.
Building an online business is easier than ever. All a potential online business owner needs to do to get started is build a website from a pre-designed template and purchase a domain name. This is why 543,000 small businesses are started each month. Although the initial steps of opening up an online shop are simple enough to encourage hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs to start a business each month, business owners who are serious about building a profitable company must also take steps to protect themselves and their businesses from potential threats. Here are the four most pressing areas business owners should look to when protecting their online business.
The New Year is here which means it’s time for business owners to start strategizing for how they will make 2017 more profitable and more successful than the year before it. (We’re in the thick of it with such a crazy year last year!) Our 2017 business checklist should help. Although organizing your plan will likely require specifics pertaining to your business and its unique needs, there are several impactful ways business owners in every industry and niche can work toward building better business operations.