The Main Benefits of a Virtual Office for a Homeworker

Starting a new business requires preparation and planning. Financially, if you have no other income, you should make sure that you have enough put by to keep you going for three to six months, or at least until your new business starts bringing in money. Research is needed not only for the product, but also to ascertain if the market has potential and to check on all competitors who are already in business.

Workstations in a virtual office

When you start, you’ll need to be ready to test your resilience, as the first year of any business is always a difficult time. When you reach the first anniversary and it is still a concern, you may want to take a deep breath before building your strength to begin in the second year.…

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Australia’s Finest: My Favourite Graphic Designers from Down Under

The world is full of amazing design talent, and they don’t all hail from the UK, Europe, Asia, Canada, or the United States. Here is a collection of my homegrown heroes!

I feel that when I pick up one of my favourite design magazines like Computer Arts magazine, Juxtapose, and the like, I don’t see enough representation from the land down under, so I decided to compile a list of my own.

Deanne Cheuk

This thought first came to my mind when a friend of mine was looking for a job in a graphic design agency in Sydney, and he was looking for local inspiration to produce a portfolio of items, which paid tribute to his strong national pride.…

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The Benefits of Efficient Business Storage for Independent Ventures

For small and medium sized business owners, there must always be a drive to minimise costs and maximise profit. This is important even in a prosperous economy, as otherwise they are likely to lose ground to rival firms and miss out on a viable market share. This philosophy can occasionally be taken too far, however, so that decision making can begin to impinge on productivity or the quality of product or service being delivered. This is where cost efficiency can become a false economy, and one which ultimately costs businesses vital revenue.

Business storage

3 Main Benefits of Investing in Business Storage as an SME Owner

The decision of whether or not to invest in business storage provides a prominent example, as it is something that some entrepreneurs that they can do without with.…

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Building Up Your Construction Company

After laying the foundations, things are finally starting to place. Here’s what to do now your construction company has left the start-up stage behind.

Construction business

Staffing

Now that you are ready to expand your construction business, you may be considering hiring full or part-time assistants where previously you have used other contractors. This is a good choice early on since it is a risk to have staff members on your pay-roll when you aren’t assured of any large income. However, if you have taken on enough clients and are assured that you can handle the risks, taking on an employee can be a much cheaper source of labour than involving other contactors.…

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London: How to Find Tenants in a Stifled Market

It has just been revealed that the house prices in London have increased up to £43,115 in the first six months of the year. This inflation has forced many potential home-buyers into the rental market, but recently, even rent prices have gotten too much for many.

For rent sign

So if you’re a potential landlord, how can you ensure that you can find somebody who’s going to be willing to live in your property, despite the stifling market? There are some tips you can follow to give yourself a better chance of having a stable rent income coming in. Here are just a few.…

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What is a Pop-up Business: Innovative Commercial Models for Beginners

There is no doubt about it, the nature of business and commerce has changed considerably during the last two decades. While this may have coincided with the evolution of the Internet and online interaction, the changes go far deeper than this and have impacted on everything from the nature of commercial investment to the types of business models applied.

BoxPark pop-up shops

One of the most influential recent trends has been the emergence of pop-up businesses, which are essentially temporary and short-term entities that are established to achieve huge profits within a short and predetermined period of time.

Understanding the Pop-up Business Model: 3 Key Elements for Novice Entrepreneurs

If the concept of establishing a pop-up business appeals to you, however, it is important to learn more and understand its core elements before making a financial commitment.…

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Establishing Your Own Festival Supermarket

If you have a passion for both food and music, it makes obvious sense to combine the two and establish your own festival supermarket. Right now, we’re stuck in the middle of festival season, so if you begin planning and prepping to implement your own market, you should be ready to launch at the beginning of next summer, ready to provide happy festival goers with the produce they need. So, what will it take to get your festival supermarket off the ground?

Summer fest

What’s the Plan?

As with any business, you need to generate a robust business plan that includes, but isn’t limited to the following:

  • The vision of the project and why you want to embark on it
  • The aims/goal of the project
  • Who will be involved in it
  • What you intend to sell
  • How you’re going to fund the project

You might have noticed that these questions start out relatively trivially, but that by the end, you’ll need to spend a lot of time researching and doing calculations to address the questions in the appropriate detail.…

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Creating a Productive Office Environment

How furniture and design choices can impact your bottom line

As a CEO or small business owner, it’s up to you to decide what kind of office environment you create – and the choices that you make matter. Office design impacts happiness in the workplace and overall productivity – no matter how seasoned your are or the size of your business.

office desk

So as if business owners didn’t have enough to consider when buying new office furniture and configuring the office space, they now have to consider how those choices will impact the company bottom line.

It doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds.…

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Four Ways of Taking The Loneliness Out of Working at Home

If you are a ‘mompreneur’, or entrepreneur mom, working from home is likely to be the best option for you. The allure and advantages of working remotely are evident: it provides all the flexibility you need, and also entails a huge saving of time and energy. Working from home means no more hours of commuting, and this is time that can be better spent with the kids.

Mompreneur

While this lifestyle sounds ideal, the other side of the coin is the lack of socialization, the overwhelming sense of solitude that anyone who works from home should be familiar with.

So how do you overcome the loneliness of being a mompreneur?…

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Fight Those Intruders with High-Quality Security for Your SMB

The humble owner of an SMB probably thinks that a burglar wouldn’t bother with them. Imagining that intruders only like to pick on corporate suits or smuggle billion dollar diamonds, your smaller business owners might trick themselves into being lax with their security.

No burglar

But, what you might not be thinking about is the mentality of a scheming burglar. Bigger jobs take a heck of a lot more effort, so why go to the bother of robbing one massive company when you could, with much less preparation, burgle six or seven smaller ones?

The first thing you need to do is take a look at your business and ask yourself, could I break in here easily?…

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