How to Deal with Business Pests

Just like a home, businesses are prone to having “uninvited guests” on the premises. Ants, mice, roaches, termites, water bugs, spiders, and the like can wreak havoc on your establishment without a moment’s notice. As the presence of these pests grow, infestations begin which can lead to serious problems. Not only can it lead to a ruined reputation and the loss of good customers, but it could also result in health risks and law suits.

Rodents in the kitchen

Food Service Industry

Do you own a restaurant? If you do, you should know that pest control is required whether you’ve seen signs that there are insects or rodents present or not.…

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5 Essential Packaging Elements that Always Get Overlooked

With the commerce largely moving to the Internet, the competition for any type of product is incredibly strong. However, there’s one thing that can help you stand out from the rest: packaging. In the age of e-commerce, the packaging is the only direct contact between your brand and your client, save for the product.

You know what they say, first impressions are everything!

Packaging elements

That said, companies that offer custom packaging solutions like The Box Co-op make it easier to come up with a perfect package for your product. However, there are several things brands overlook when choosing the best package for their product.…

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Poop Pollution: 4 Reasons Businesses Should Be Concerned About It

No businessperson wants to worry about poop. Out of all the things entrepreneurs and startups think about, poop’s impact on the environment is often at the bottom of the list, because it’s not a sexy or exciting topic. Commercial septic tanks and wastewater reduction just aren’t business buzzwords in the same way that disruptive innovation or work-life balance are.

Poop pollution

So, while many businesses are rightly concerned by the impact they have on the environment, not enough businesses are considering the issue of poop pollution. However, they really should be, and here are a few reasons why.

1. The Wastewater The Average Business Produces Is Astronomical

The maths don’t lie.…

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How to Expand your Business into China

China is the world’s second largest economy, and is due to continue expanding, so it makes sense that businesses want to capitalise on the investment opportunities the country presents. With a population of over 1.3 billion, breaking into the Chinese market is attractive to almost every business, but there have been a number of famous companies that have tried, and failed, to expand in China.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

This could be due to a lack of knowledge in how to localise and launch a business in China, or it could simply be because there simply isn’t a market for the company.…

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Tips for Attending Industry Conferences

So it’s time for your first industry conference, and you’re not sure what to expect. You know that hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people in your line of work will be gathered in one city for a few days of panels, trade shows, and schmoozing.

If you want to make the most of the experience, keep a few things in mind.

Industry conference

Communicate

This is the biggest thing you can do at a conference. Don’t just hang out with your small group of coworkers; get outside your comfort zone.

When you get up in the morning, you should have a list of things you want to accomplish that day.…

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How to Best Prepare Your Business for a Natural Disaster: 6 Crucial Tips

The recent storms to hit the United States have been all over the media the last few weeks. Hurricane Harvey dumped enough water on southern Texas in a week to supply New York City with drinking water for sixty-nine years. That is a massive amount of water to fall in less than a week. And then there’s Hurricane Irma:

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma – photo credit: Joan Nova / Flickr

If you are like many small business owners, you are more than likely wondering how to best prepare your business for a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey or Irma. Now is a great time to review the plans your business has in place for when a natural disaster occurs in your area.…

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Boost Your Laundry Business With These 4 Smart Tips

The main reason why so many people invest in running a laundry business is because it’s a relatively safe and lucrative venture. However, its appeal is also one of the reasons why so few laundry businesses make it big –the safe and simple route can only take you so far.

Laundromat

Successful entrepreneurs know that a business hinges on its owner’s ability to make calculated decisions and accept risks for the sake of higher returns. The next time you find yourself looking at a stagnant rate of profit, consider these four examples of how you could take your business to the next level:

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Why Everyone Needs a Flexible Working Schedule

Being shackled to a dead-end nine-to-five job isn’t exactly what every high school or college graduate expects after wrapping up their student life, but such is the grim reality we face, given that most companies still mandate their employees to operate under these circumstances.

Flexible working

There is no room for compromise and definitely no potential for growth if one were to choose this career path, even if one were to decide to jump from one traditional company to another. The glass ceiling will always be there.

Flexible working, more control

But the times are changing, and so, too, are business models, with work-from-home structures and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) on the rise.…

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Do You Have Someone Who Manages Your Parts Data? If Not, Here are 4 Reasons Why You Should

As an electrical engineer, your primary goal is transforming clients’ ideas into functioning electronics. However, in designing a BOM for a project, you’ll need to manage your parts to ensure you have every requirement. Most electrical engineers admit that it’s hard to focus on product design while managing BOM parts at the same time.

Parts data management

Poor management of parts leads to lengthy delays in production, unexpected cost increases, and, production of faulty electronics. Hiring a professional who manages your parts data ensures you benefit in the following ways.

1. Keeps an updated list of prices

If your Bill of Materials (BOM) contains hundreds of parts, it will take you a lot of time to cross check the price of each listed part.…

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Does Mindfulness Training Have Business Benefits?

Buzzwords come and go in the corporate world. Many are short-lived fads championed and then dropped in a matter of weeks, but occasionally a workplace trend comes along that stands the test of time. Mindfulness is the latest buzzword to infiltrate the corporate world, and this one is here to stay.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that focuses attention on breathing as it flows in and out of your body, allowing you to think and feel sensation more clearly. This method of mental training is growing in the West, and is following in yoga’s footsteps to become a billion dollar industry.…

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