Monthly Archives: May 2014

Seven Sicknesses of Financial Management

Every business owner understands that cash flow is the lifeblood of his business. It follows that maintaining a healthy business means ensuring that cash flow is not interrupted because, interruption spells the death of the enterprise. Sound financial management is the key to maintain optimum cash flows. However, as businesses grow, customer relations become paramount, supply chains and vendor relations ... Read More »

Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Business

When starting up my small business I thought I had it all sorted, at least it was in my mind. I had covered the bases that I believed were needed; choosing the right sector and then making sure I had the right levels of insurance for myself and my small amount of employees. However, there were many learning curves along ... Read More »

How Do You Know When the Time is Right to Outsource?

When running a start-up, it can feel like you’re having to be all things all of the time. This is normal, and a necessity in the early days when budgets are tight and you haven’t yet built up a reliable network to tap into. As your business grows, you may want to consider outsourcing. Outsourcing makes a lot of sense. ... Read More »

Small Business Week Edition: A SlideShare Marketing Checklist That Will Help You Get Started

In honor of Small Business Week, we’ve put together some free resources to help out small business owners. In this post, we talk about SlideShare, a great free tool that some have called, “the YouTube of slideshows.” Let’s get started! Get to know SlideShare. SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. With an average of 60 million unique ... Read More »

4 Building Blocks for a Successful Business

You’ve got a brilliant idea, lofty goals, and plenty of motivation — now you just need to figure out how to get off the ground and propel your business into a smashing success. Fortunately, millions of entrepreneurs who came before you have tried and thrived — or tried and failed — and you can learn from their experience. So take ... Read More »

Exchanging Currency as a Startup Without Being Fleeced

Foreign exchange markets can be one of the most mind-boggling arenas to get involved in as a fledgling company, especially when you’re looking for new markets to expand into and opportunities to work with companies overseas. With so many factors to consider, it’s quite possible that your first attempts will end up, at best, falling short of your expectations and ... Read More »

What is Agile Working?

In the last couple of years there has been more and more talk about the concept of agile working in the workplace. Thing is, not everyone knows exactly what is involved and what is or isn’t common practice, so the wonderful minions at Office Principles have come up with a new, descriptive infographic telling us all about the ins and outs of ... Read More »

5 Types of Mail Your Business Needs To Be Sending

To get the most out of your business marketing mail, you should have a well-organised mailing schedule and a range of different types of mail. Ideally, you should be sending mail regularly enough to build and maintain a strong customer relationship but not so often that your customers feel inundated. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective ... Read More »

5 Ways To Reduce Desk Clutter At Work

Everything is better when things go smoothly. Whether it is a stress free journey or an important event that goes according to plan, we all prefer a life without problems or complications. More often than not it just comes down to that old adage “proper planning prevents poor performance” and when it comes to having a hassle-free day at work, ... Read More »

Important to be an entrepreneur; Degree or Dedication

Today’s Bigwigs, once were losers at taking the academic careers to completion {Added Flavor: Read on to know, FIVE Ps essential in a marketing game} An Entrepreneur is one who knows the technique to draw out profit from the market, while a successful entrepreneur knows well how to rule the market. You’ve been fancying being a czar of the business ... Read More »

Using Automation to Scale Your Business

As crazy as it sounds, a lot of companies don’t take advantage of the benefits of automation. Through sheer inertia or a lack of information, people often power through certain aspects of their venture that could save both time and money. Not every part of a business should be automated, though. Deciding which areas of your business require automation will ... Read More »

How to Successfully Lead a Team

Leading a team can be incredibly difficult, especially for those who are new to the role of team leader. It can be a very daunting prospect, especially if the team is large. Here are a few hints and tips to make it easier to successfully lead a team. Leadership Courses – If you know that you are going to be ... Read More »