5 Ways your Small Business Could Be Losing Revenue

It is an undeniable fact that the current state of affairs is difficult for small businesses. Trying to compete with Goliath-sized companies is a bit like swimming upstream in molasses for your small business. You may be unsurprised that you are counting every penny and monitoring revenue on a daily basis. But are there options for income that you could be missing out on? Included here are a few ways your small business could be losing revenue, as well as means to correct it.

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No Credit Card Processing

Credit cards are like candy in today’s world. Everyone has at least one and they will use them whenever they get the chance.…

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The Dangers of Stereotyping in the Workplace

It’s often thought that diversity in the workplace only involves race and gender, but in actual fact, diversity in the workplace is much broader than that. Your colleagues or employees differ in a number of ways, such as age, relationship status, education, and even their role in the business. It’s illegal to discriminate on a number of number of factors, such as race, gender, and age and although much has been done to tackle discrimination, stereotypes are still prevalent.

Diversity in the workplace

Stereotyping or labelling people is the result of making general assumptions about someone without finding out anything about them. It’s something we have no doubt all done, with several very common ones – such as baby boomers can’t adapt to new technology and changes, and that people who drive a van for a living are rude and unhelpful.…

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Workplace Fire Safety: 5 Things to Improve

Did you know that 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, like a fire? Indeed, workplace fires can be devastating – not only to your employees and everyone else who are in your business premise but also to your company.

It is clearly your responsibility to prevent workplace fires – neglecting it can cost you a lot, even can land you to prison!

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Fortunately, workplace fires are not something that business owners can’t prevent. The key is in the planning and plan execution.

To help you out, here are five things to consider when planning for or improving your company’s fire safety procedures:

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7 Great Tips for Maintaining Good Client Relationships

In most industries, you need to have a touch of selfishness in your nature to be good at sales. After all, you have to beat out the competition to get those accounts signed. At the end of your pitch, you’ll either win or lose. Even when working closely with a team of other marketing and sales agents, your goal should always be the brightest shining light in the room, the super-seller that everyone else wants to be like.

Business client relationship

Having the winning, super-competitive, relentless drive needed to meet and exceed quotas every month will get you the sales. It won’t, however, help you hang on to that crucial big fat twenty-percent of clients who’ll keep company bank accounts filled with cash.…

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5 Ways to Improve your Recruitment Processes

For small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in any field, the process of finding, attracting and keeping the right employees can be crucially important and can make a major contribution to overall competitiveness. Just take a look at these employer branding examples.

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With that in mind, here are five ways that SMBs can aim to improve their recruitment processes.

1. Take the process seriously

There are no shortage of potential distractions for SMB bosses or management staff at any company but it’s important not to overlook or underestimate the significance of the recruitment process.

Time, resources and the right people need to be committed to finding and appealing to quality candidates if you want to ensure that your company keeps standards high throughout its workforce.…

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Choosing The Right Courier for your Business: 4 Things to Consider

Whether deliveries are a primary function of your business, or you are expanding to include home delivery services, choosing the right courier that offers an appropriate delivery service is vital. Sending every parcel individually, relying on standard delivery services, and only offering basic delivery means that your potential customers could look elsewhere for a more convenient and more beneficial alternative.

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Finding a reliable courier

Finding the right courier shouldn’t be hard: Just choose the one that offer the most delivery options, as well as features that are specifically developed for a B2B relationship.  So, what a reliable courier should be offering to its partner (read: you)?…

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Pay Attention to The Little Things that Motivate your Team

Have you seen the movie The Internship? It stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as basically failed salesmen of an older generation that apply for an internship at Google. Along with a younger generation they learn the ropes of the internet world, but what stands out is the treatment of the interns and employees by the company itself.

The internship

Imagine a workplace where employees are happy, love to work, have fun on the job, and actually get the job done. This supposedly somewhat based on the truth movie shows a company that gives all of that to their employees, and they do it in the simplest ways.…

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5 Small Business Essentials Every New Business Owner should Know

There are a few things that are essential to just about every small business. If you are just starting out your company, or even if you have been in business for a while, it is a good idea to check and make sure that your business has everything that it needs.

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Below is a quick list of some essential things that all small businesses should be trying to have. Check it out, and see which ones your business may be missing.

1. Goals

First of all, you need to know where your business is heading. This means not only where you would like it to be in five years, but also in a year, a few months, and next week.…

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3 Key Considerations when Hosting a Rural Event

Back in 2013, it was revealed that the events industry in the UK was worth a staggering £58.4 billion. In addition to this, it contributed in excess of £21.1 billion in taxes and was also recognised as the UK’s 16th biggest employer.

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These numbers have risen further since this time, with the result that the events industry represents huge business nationwide. Not all events are created equal, however, and this can create challenges for firms amid increasingly diverse and high demand for services.

What to keep in Mind when planning a Rural event

Let’s say that you are looking to host a corporate event in a rural location, for example, which may take the form of a military boot camp or orienteering experience.…

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5 Reasons to Have an Office Space for Your Small Business

Growing a small business can be an incredibly difficult and rewarding process. One thing necessary for this process is an effective workspace. Now, even though you may have started your business in your basement, you will need a more professional looking space to facilitate further growth. Knowing what you need and finding it is an entirely new process of itself. Included here are a few reasons you should upgrade your small business to your own office space.

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Benefit from a Central Location

Many people prefer to live in the outskirts, or suburbs, of a town. This is perfect for raising a family, but may not be the ideal location to grow a business.…

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