A Trio of Smart Small-Business Moves to Make This Year

As a CEO of a growing business, it goes without saying that you want your company to be as successful as possible.

Now that 2019 has begun in earnest, this is a perfect time to assess your business strategy to determine where you were successful and where you fell short of expectations to help your business grow and thrive.

Small business CEO strategizing

Here are a trio of tips all small-business owners may want to embrace this year:

1. Engage with Your Team as Much as Possible

Do all of your employees share your same passion for small business? While they may burn the midnight oil like you, experts suggest coming up with new ways to make your team feel more committed to your overall vision and goals.…

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Beyond the Cubicle: Deskless Workforce Getting Left Behind

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 billion (80%) of the global workforce now works in a deskless environment.

Deskless warehouse manager

Strange, when one considers the digital shift that’s been occurring these last two decades, with many physical labor jobs having been replaced by automation technology and apps that can do the most complicated of tasks. Traditional deskless jobs still abound with people still working while on the move in construction, transportation services, retail, and healthcare – all sans-desk.

Changing landscapes in the workplace

Gen X worked so hard to become a generation of office drones sitting at a desk and changing the world from behind their computer and talking on their old-school phones.…

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7 Things Founders Forget to Consider

Starting your own business, being your own boss, building a cool startup company, choosing your own team, etc. All of this is very exciting and for many, a dream come true scenario. What stops you really? If you have a brilliant idea, motivation, and some money aside for investment, the risk of failure should be pretty small. After all, what drives you to success is your passion.

Busy startup founder

However, in all this excitement, new founders might experience difficulties with managing expectations and seeing things in other colors than pink.

The work-life balance

At first, the idea of being your own boss is lovely because, in principle, you can choose your own work hours.

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Functionality and Looks: How Important Is It to Preserve Aesthetics in Machine Design?

Ever since the Industrial Revolution integrated functionality with design and production, the world has changed at an incredibly fast pace. Products that were once expensive, time-consuming, and cumbersome to create have become efficiently and cheaply mass-produced, making them more popular and widely distributed.

Function vs looks

But just how far does machine design take away from aesthetics? In many cheaply made, mass-produced products, beauty and durability are sacrificed for cost. Yet aesthetics are often the focal point of engineering anything, so exactly how important is it to preserve aesthetics when designing machines?

What is the Difference Between Functionality and Aesthetics?

The word “aesthetics” comes from the ancient Greek word aisthetikos, which loosely means “to perceive.” When you talk about aesthetics, you are referring to the way someone perceives, or feels about, something.…

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5 Reasons Why Sharing Is Caring in Small Business Time Management

Time management is important to SMEs, as this is the one resource that can’t really be bought. For small businesses, limited staffing and a small budgets are common. For SME team leaders, this negatively impacts their work-life balance, often resulting in those at the top taking zero holidays throughout the year.

Team Meeting

However, there are a few tools that can help to reduce the workload and save time, but they all require team effort. This is why sharing is caring in small business time management. In other words, it’s essential to rally your team so that you’re all on the same page.…

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Choosing the Right Shipping Partner for Your Business

If you are a starting a business or you are simply fed up with your current shipping partner and are looking for options in the market, this article is for you.

Choosing the right shipping partner is essential

The following points are important factors you should evaluate before choosing the right shipping partner for your business:

Price

This is probably the factor most evaluated when looking for any product or service. While price could initially be perceived as being the most important thing to consider, as most of the people look for the cheapest pricing every time, it is important to sit back and really put some thought on what a cheap price entails:

  • Does the cheap price affect the service?
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How to 3x Your Productivity (with More Free Time) in Less Than 30 Days

Most of us work too hard for too little. We’re slowly being pushed to get more done with less. We spend more time at work with our co-workers than we do with our loved ones. Day-by-day, we’re asked to do more and more, while we’re compensated with less and less. Yet, oddly enough our productivity is actually decreasing. We’re not getting the right kind of work done. We’re not all that productive.

Productive businesswoman

Sound familiar? No wonder we’re exhausted. Why would anyone want to triple their productivity in 30 days when they’re crushed under these work conditions?

Overwork: The hidden key to success?

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Questions That You Should Ask a Potential Business Partner for Your Clothing Store

Having a business partner is one of the things that you have to think about when you are building a clothing store. The fashion industry is one of the biggest industries in the world, and it continues to grow because of e-commerce and other technological advancements. That is why having someone who will help you with your tasks is essential.

Tips to find partners for a fashion store

Having a partner is not limited to partnering with only one person either. You can also collaborate with a manufacturer or a supplier using the Sewport website. A business partner comes in various forms but how do you know which questions you should ask a potential partner?…

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Qualities that Good Managers and Leaders Possess

Introduction

It’s easy to think that there is not much difference between a good manager and a good leader. However, there is a difference! In short, managers concentrate more on doing things right, while leaders focus more on doing the right things.

Team leader discussing project

At the end of the day, both good management and good leadership skills are indispensable to an organization’s bottom line. Although some still insist that leadership skills are inborn, studies increasingly show that leadership is 30% genetics and 70% experiences learned through daily living. In other words, even those that do not have the 30% genetic make-up to become a good leader can still become good leaders by focusing on the 70%.…

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The Importance of Developing a Successful Company Culture

The words “company culture” have become somewhat of a buzz-phrase over the past few years. What does it really mean, and why is it so important to develop a successful company culture? “Company culture’ is basically the shared values and beliefs that the organization’s leaders/owners develop and message to employees using various methods.

Benefits of positive corporate culture

Your culture should represent what the company stands for. Not just on an esoteric level, but also how decisions and various motivating factors allow the company to progress.

A Thriving Corporate Culture Helps Your Business’s Future

Developing a thriving company culture can have many benefits for your business and its future.…

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