5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Nonprofit Partner

Glancing at most news reports doesn’t exactly inspire confidence on the subject of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Stories often detail companies cheating consumers, running scams, and fattening CEOs’ wallets while leaving employees and consumers to pick up the pieces.

corporate social responsibility

And sure, those companies exist. But the good news is that there are many businesses that build charity and social good into their core mission — and reap the cultural and financial rewards of doing so.

People are becoming more educated and increasingly compassionate about the world around them, which makes them more inclined to support companies that also aim to improve their communities.…

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Are you Making The Best Use of your Resources?

Small business, by definition, is something that is run out of minimal resources and budget. It is hence quintessential for these business owners to make the best use of what is available and thus extract the maximum mileage out of their resources. What this means is that SMBs get very little leeway when it comes to experimentation and exploration of new channels. This is a vicious cycle because without experimentation, you can never know what’s best and what should be avoided.

Resources at hand

So how do small business CEOs get out of this catch-22 situation? Here are some tips.

Validate Everything

If you are a family run business with years of operation under your belt, it is likely that a lot of money you spend on marketing and operations are already budgeted for.…

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How to Manage Disruptive Elements and Change Management Within Small Businesses

When small businesses let go their conventional habits and look for improvement, various obstacles will start coming their way. These obstacles may be internal and external. Before a small business owner or manager tackles the external problems, he or she ought to manage the internal obstructions. If internal harmony prevails, the company that undergoes improvements can meet them in confidence.

Change management

It is normal that most of the new approaches receive discouragement, and the modifications will also face numerous obstacles. In preparing beforehand to meet these obstacles and facing them, will make any change management a success.

Enmity among Staff Members

This may more often appear in the transformation processes.…

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Property Developers: What NOT to Do

If you’re an amateur property developer, then it’s really easy to underestimate the cost of the build. We’ve put together a few hints and tips for you to make sure that you don’t make the big mistakes, and lose money on your investment.

Property development

Buying in the Wrong Area

When you’re buying a property to do up, you need to think very carefully about who will buy that property. If it’s an up-and-coming area, but it’s still not very nice, then no one will want spend a fortune to live there. You might think that it’s easy to find a gem, but houses on main roads or those in areas with poor transport links will always go for a cheaper price than the same house in a different place.…

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The Benefits of Owning a Commercial Fleet

In the modern age, there are a vast number of commercial fleet management solutions for small and medium sized businesses. The majority of these revolve around leasing models, as business owners have the opportunity to take temporary possession of high quality vehicles without assuming the burden of ownership. This is considered to be extremely beneficial, especially when you consider that cars tend to depreciate in value and the associated cost of pre-planned maintenance.

Commercial fleet

The 3 Main Benefits of Owning your Commercial Fleet

With asset finance available from Maxxia and similar firms, however, it is important to note that taking ownership of the vehicles in your commercial fleet can deliver genuine benefits in a flourishing economy.…

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How to Start a Haulage Business

With increasing demand for consumer goods in all kinds of different places, there is a large market to be targeted by anyone looking to make a start in the haulage business. A competitive industry with large players jockeying with smaller start-ups, it is a trade in which those who find a niche while managing to keep their costs as low as possible will be rewarded.

Haulage

Right Qualities

If you want to start a business in the industry then you ought to have a keen eye for efficiency so you can make sure your services are profitable. You need to know how the cost of commodities like petrol is changing on a daily basis and what they mean for your business as well as your ability to turn a profit.…

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Businesses to Watch Out for as 2015 Approaches

There’s lots happening in the world of ecommerce development, mobile technology and social media advertising right now. Billions are being invested, made and lost.

Here’s just a few major companies that you should be keeping a close watch on over the course of the coming year.

Flipkart

Binny and Sachin Bansal started Flipkart back in 2007. To say they’re the largest ecommerce store in India would be a serious understatement. The company just received $1 billion in investor funding, based on a whopping $7 billion valuation! (source)

Flipcart packaging

They started out selling only books on their site. And much like Amazon’s rise; they’ve grown into selling electronics, accessories, clothing, housewares, and even recently ventured into the mobile market – releasing their own signature mobile phablet: the Digiflip Pro XT 712.…

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Exclusive Q&A with Shane Caniglia, CEO of Torn Screen Entertainment and Rich Dad Interactive

I’m into gaming and am a big believer that business people can learn better through games. I personally play business strategy games, city building games and biz/finance educational games. One of the latest games I play on my smartphone and tablet is Capital City, a Rich Dad‘s financial education game app developed by Torn Screen Entertainment, Inc.

Capital City financial strategy game app

Today, I have a privilege to have a Q and A session with Torn Screen Entertainment, Inc.’s and Rich Dad Interactive’s CEO, Shane Caniglia. Enjoy!

Shane, many thanks for the opportunity to have a little Q&A session with you! Here are some questions I’m sure our readers are dying to know the answer:

Question (Q): Please tell us a bit about you and your company, Torn Screen Entertainment, Inc.

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How to Host the Perfect Meeting

If you’re presenting a meeting – whether to attract new business, or for existing clients who want to get a sense of your business environment – there are a few things you need to consider carefully. A meeting isn’t just about the meeting of two groups or individuals; instead, it’s more of an art in getting tone, setting, presentation and equipment all right to create the perfect impression of your business and your products and services. So, what’s the magic formula to the perfect meeting?

Important business meeting

Knowing Your Audience

Before you can start planning anything, you need to understand your audience inside and out.…

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Expanding your Business: How to Tap into an Overseas Market

Whether you are a small or large business owner, the current economic climate is conducive to growth and significant expansion. Just because there is a clear and obvious opportunity to develop a commercial venture, however, this does not mean that the process is as simple as investing capital and taking on additional work.

Expanding to overseas market

In fact, business owners must adopt a strategic approach to investing their capital and cultivating growth. This is especially true if you are aiming to take a domestic business overseas and tap into a vast international market. The challenges of replicating national success on a wider scale are significant, regardless of whether you are a novice or a seasoned entrepreneur.…

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