11 Tasks You Can Outsource as a Small Business Owner

With the rise of the new gig economy, more and more people are leaving their traditional workplaces to go into business for themselves. These include entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners.

While this means that the job market is robust, always changing and therefore steadily growing, it also means that there is now also an increase in independent professionals with a wide range of skills.

Outsourcing

For small business owners, this means that you can get someone short-term to do tasks that would usually require a full-time employee.

More and more business owners are outsourcing their work nowadays. However, it doesn’t have to be just limited to website or logo or graphic design.…

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3 Simple Ways to End Internal Communication Woes

In military forces around the world, top-notch communication skills, or a lack thereof, are considered a life and death issue. After all, any slip in the communication lines can result in catastrophe – soldiers can lose their lives, innocent civilians can be killed or harmed, wars can be lost. Big communication blunders are rarely forgiven, those who make the small ones are often subjected to the “three strikes and you’re out” rule.

Internal communication woes

In business, some workplaces have their communication down pat. Others are terrible, yet refuse to learn their lesson when blunders happen time and again. A study from a few years ago labeled “The Cost of Poor Communication” made it abundantly clear that communication woes cannot be treated as a casual issue.…

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4 Self-Improvement Strategies for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, you may have become so caught up in improving your company that you have forgotten to spend any time improving yourself. Running a business can certainly be a turning point for many people, but there are also many strategies for active self-improvement that can be effectively used by entrepreneurs. Self-improvement will not only benefit your personal life and relationships, but it will affect every aspect of your life, including your business and perhaps even your finances.

Meditating business woman

Here are some of the best ways to invest in your own self-improvement.…

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5 Things You Should Get from an ERP Demo

Before committing to an ERP vendor, it is essential that you insist on receiving an ERP demo in advance. Since the goal of any ERP is for it to become an essential part of your daily operations and long-term growth strategy, you want to have every confidence you’re committing to the right vendor. An ERP demo is a way to look past the stock sales pitch and get a more honest understanding of what an ERP solution and the vendor who offers it can and cannot do for your company.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Here are the five things you should be sure to get:

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10 Productivity Apps Every Small Business Owner should Use

As a business owner every minute of your day counts so being more productive with your time is not just crucial for you personally but for your business too, and with the latest technology advancements the past decade, there is no reason not to use technology to help you with you goal of being more productive with your time.

Small business owner using productivity apps

Here is a list of best tools we’ve found recommended by other business owners like yourself:…

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3 Proven Ways Collaboration Helps Businesses to Grow

No matter where we come from or what we do, most of us are taught the same thing as children – sharing is valuable. It is a message that is repeated throughout our education. Share toys. Share tools. Share ideas. The implication is that two (or many) minds are better than one and that collaboration is the secret to success.

Productive business meeting

The funny thing is that, although this message continues to be reinforced in US workplaces – in the form of teamwork skills – traditional offices are not built to support it. They are formalised environments, with individual workstations and dividing lines.…

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5 Plus Tactics to Scale Your Online Store

The future of online shopping is very bright indeed. It’s believed that global ecommerce sales will exceed $2 trillion in 2017. Of the some 20 million online stores that are now considered to be actively selling products and services worldwide, it’s believed there are only a paltry 650,000 that make more than a thousand bucks a year.

Online shop

Depending on your outlook, maybe those few who do make money are lucky. That’s very unlikely though. The smarter bet is that far too many people started their site in the hopes of a passive money making venture, then soon realized there was a lot of actual thought and work that goes into maintaining a successful online storefront.…

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Efficient Safety Solutions – 5 Ways to Boost Workplace Wellbeing

For most of us, work is a means to an end. We work to live, not the reverse. Our hard earned pay is channeled into creating a lifestyle for ourselves and our families.

Ensuring employee wellbeing

With this in mind, we expect our workplaces to be designed to keep us safe. Unfortunately, a number of industries are plagued with a greater share of workplace injuries than others. Labourers and workers in healthcare, have over double their share of work related injuries. This is especially so for those labourers within the transport, storage and manufacturing industries.

According to Safe Work Australia, approximately one in five serious claims involve injury to the back and one quarter of serious claims require at least twelve weeks off work.…

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Collaborative Workspaces are more than it’s Quirky, Creative Designs

Google’s office has an indoor slide for their employees and it’s exciting.

Google slide in Google San Francisco

photo credit: Scott Beale / Flickr

But there’s one thing that this tech giant wishes to tell us—there’s nothing wrong with injecting a little fun in the collaborative office environment. It’s good for your employees, therefore good for the entire business.

If we follow Google’s logic, office design is not just a gimmick. It’s a game plan to spike employee productivity to the roof! A recent UK workplace research proves that a well-designed office can boost a person’s happiness by 33%. This means that investing in good office design pays you back with more satisfied customers, bringing profit to the business.…

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To Partner or Not Partner? That is the Question…

When someone starts a new business, one of the first decisions to make is whether or not to form a sole proprietorship or partnership. Partnerships alter the legal structure of the business, taxes and relationships in ways you must consider before you simply assume the best solution is dividing ownership of the business.

To partner or not partner? Shakespeare meme

There are pros and cons of bringing in others as partners instead of hiring them as employees or receiving loans instead of giving away equity.

Paperwork

It is easier to create a general partnership than form a corporation. The biggest risk this creates is personal liability. A corporation is a separate legal entity that has to have its own financial accounts and takes on the financial and legal liabilities of the company.…

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