SMB’s: Breaking Silos to Drive Growth

Early on in my career I spent six weeks in an ad agency creative department. I was a junior account executive, and I’d been sent downstairs to the creative floor to learn about what they did. It would be generous to say that I didn’t set the world on fire as a creative. In fact, in my entire time there, I came up with precisely one decent ad idea. So, you can imagine how gutted I was when the creative team I was working with shot it down in flames. Sure, my idea wasn’t going to win a Cannes Lion, but it fit the client’s brief perfectly and deserved to be put forward.…

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Time-saving Techniques for Restaurant Owners

For people who appreciate great food served in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, owning a restaurant means living the dream.

Restaurant owner

But owning and running an eating-and-drinking establishment takes more than just a love of all things culinary. Owning a restaurant, dedicated as it may be to providing memorable experiences, is as much about the business side of the equation, and increasing productivity while maintaining quality is the goal.

And the best way to achieve this goal is by introducing time-saving techniques into your daily strategy. The following can help you streamline your processes and boost your bottom line while growing customer satisfaction:

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How to Cope with the Growth of Your SME

The ‘SME’ category can actually cover quite a broad spectrum of business sizes, from those with just a few employees at one location to medium sized companies with perhaps 100 staff and a handful of sites. Your business can expand quite a lot while still very much having the needs and qualities that signify an SME.

Old small business

Of course, business growth is something we aspire to, and work hard for. It is what we base most of our strategies around achieving, and what we set our goals at. However, when it actually arrives, rapid business growth can be quite overwhelming, and can put strains on both your business and yourself if you aren’t prepped for it.…

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Improving the Image of Your Business Through Charity

Cultivating the right appearance of your business requires a bit of insight. In order for you to see continued success in all that you set out to do, it is very important to consider how your company interacts with the public. While there are plenty of organizations out there that offer assistance in regards to public relations, you also might want to think about what you can do on your own to improve the image of your business.

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Business experts like Eugene Chrinian stress the importance of charity work for businesses of all sizes. By involving yourself and your company with various charities, you are giving yourself the opportunity to make a difference for your business and for the community that exists all around you.…

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3 Financial Tools To Help You Get Your Start Up Off The Ground

Do you have an idea for a business? Reckon your product or service could fill a gap in the market? Always dreamed of being your own boss?

If you’ve answered yes to these three questions, then congratulations – you clearly have an entrepreneurial spirit! Now comes the hard part. More than half a million businesses launch across the country every month and you need all the help you can get if you’re going to stand out from the crowd and succeed – regardless of how good your idea is.

Business planning

The biggest thing to be aware of is money. If you don’t stay in control of this, then you’re never going to get anywhere.…

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Reputation Management: Major Mistakes Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them

Online reputation management (ORM) refers to the process of monitoring reviews and comments about a person or their company mainly through social media watching. For example, monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. When it comes to ORM, many business managers make mistakes.

Online Reputation Management (ORM)

Here is a review of some of the most common ones and how you can avoid them.

Not being aware that you have an online reputation

If you don’t know you have one – and you do – how are you going to be able to do anything to influence it? If you really don’t have the time to keep up with your online reputation, use a review checker service.…

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Top Workflow Tips for Effective Document Management

Document Management System (DMS)

Effective document management has become an essential component to maximizing productivity for just about any organization and this includes small businesses too. There are many small businesses that are part of paper-intensive industries. These include healthcare practices, financial services companies, firms that work with government agencies, and more. As the paperwork mounts, so does the case for effective document management.

To maximize productivity, many businesses are turning to document management applications. But, employing a document management application alone will not help. In fact, doing this alone may doom it to failure from the start. There are critical best practices that users must embrace to ensure ROI from any document management application.…

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Growing a Business from Nothing: 5 Practical Tips

In today’s digital age, there are more opportunities than ever for budding entrepreneurs looking to set up and grow a business from nothing. The Internet makes the world a smaller place and opens global markets to everyone, and barriers to entry and startup costs for web-based companies are lower than ever.

However, this has encouraged a fiercer competitive market across all industries, where only the strongest can survive. According to some oft-quoted research by Bloomberg, an astonishing 80 percent of new businesses fail within the first 18 months.

Nurturing business growth

What are the essential steps to ensuring that your new business stays in the top 20 percent for a successful and thriving future?…

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Detrimental Desk Design: How the Office Environment is Affecting the Human Body

Are you someone that works in an office job?

Chances are you do, or you have at some point. While it’s been found through various studies that working in an office makes you miserable and unproductive, there’s also evidence to suggest that working in an office may be bad for your health. It’s not all doom and gloom, of course, and with the right kind of input from you it’s possible to transform your working experience into a healthy and efficient one.

Business team working at office desk

However, it does come down to making sure that you have the right kind of chairs and desks and posture.…

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6 Simple Ideas on How to Build Strong and Long-Lasting Business Relationships

When you start a business, you have the hope that customers will buy your products and services. But besides that, you hope that they will come back for more. However, establishing strong and long-lasting business relationships with your clients is easier said than done. This is because most people are not ready to put in the effort and commitment required to establish such. In the end, you might be selling a good product, but you still wonder why the clients never come back.

Business relationships

Here is a clear guide to help you build strong and long-lasting business relationships:

1. Never promise what you can’t deliver

The reason why most clients are reluctant to shop (especially online) is that most of the things are so overrated.…

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