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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Which Services Can a Taxi Company Outsource?

Outsourcing is a great resource for any growing business. It provides you with the extra facilities required to be able to take care of all of your company’s needs, even if you don’t have the resources to do so on your own. Done properly, outsourcing can save you both time and money, permitting your company to grow, expand and flourish.

Taxicab in San Francisco

This holds true when you run a taxi company. In rapid growth periods, outsourcing will enable your taxi business to keep up with additional or unexpected demands on resources. It can also help you to improve efficiency by outsourcing specific services to highly experienced providers, which can also ensure a greater degree of operational control.…

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Business Lessons You Don’t Need to Learn the Hard Way!

There are several lessons that business owners throughout history have already learned for you.

Why would anyone readily agree to learn these lessons the hard way?

Business lessons

1. Niche Selection: Pick One You Actually Understand

Like Tony Robbins has famously said many times “find something that gets you outta bed early and keeps you up late at night.”

That’s the first step. You also need to have intimate knowledge of your chosen niche industry – the products that sell, positives and negatives that will affect a successful operation, and most important: the types of customers you’ll be serving.

Even venture capitalists who make a dozen deals a week still make sure they know the industry they’re investing in, or have a trustworthy expert at their side advising them on the nuances of the business.…

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Tips for Getting an Underperforming Team Back on Track

When a team member starts to perform poorly it will affect your company’s business but when the whole team slips off track it can be a lot more serious.

In this sort of situation it is important to take the initiative and try to resolve the problems as soon as you can. Thankfully, there are some simple and sensible tips to let you do this quickly and efficiently. The following are some excellent ideas for getting back on track as soon as possible.

Lead your team to get back on track

Talk to Them More

A common problem in many businesses is that the staff feel that their bosses don’t talk to them enough.…

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Don’t Waste your Money Hiring Consultants: There are Better Alternatives

Hiring a consultant is expensive, and not all small business owners have the privilege to hire one due to budgetary constraint. Before you decide on hiring one, you need to ask yourself this question: Do you really need to hire a consultant?

Business consulting

Please be clear early on: I personally think that small business owners need to find as much help as possible in order to improve their businesses. However, help often doesn’t come cheap.

Consulting fees usually come in the hundreds of dollar an hour. A typical 6-week engagement with McKinsey will easily cost over $500K. This is not ideal for many – even most – small businesses.…

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How to Plan a Successful Office Party

Although a smoothly run office party won’t make or break your career, there are many benefits to having a nice bash. It’ll show that you have a versatile range of skills including your ability to understand social dynamics. That’s the kind of transferable skill that’s useful in almost all industries. Consider the following tips in the days leading up to the event.

Office party planning

The Nature of the Event

Not all events will be the same. A member of senior management’s birthday might be handled differently than a someone who was hired to fill in someone’s shoes while on maternity leave. Think about the following questions:

  • What is the history of the event?
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Packaging Like a Pro: How to Streamline, Save and Stand Out

Taking the order and making the sale should not be the end of the customer experience journey. If the item that they have ordered from you arrives in poor condition due to cheap or inappropriate packaging, all that goodwill can soon disappear.

Amazon shipping packaging

This article takes a look at how you can enhance a professional image for your business by making sure your goods arrive in good condition and tell the customer that you care about them.

Think like a buyer

The first thing you should do when assessing your shipping policy is to think like a buyer. If you were ordering from your company you would want a number of key requirements to be fulfilled.…

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