Three Simple Ways to Supplement Your Income

Keeping a small enterprise afloat with a limited income is an unenviable challenge, yet it’s one faced by many businessmen and CEOs. The current commercial climate is highly competitive, and keeping the wheels turning whilst make a tidy profit is incredibly hard work.

An entrepreneur works on additional income for her business

This is why many entrepreneurs are beginning to look outside of the box, beyond traditional methods of increasing turnover. They’re turning to the many skills that their experiences have endowed them with, and putting them to good use in order to increase their incomes. If you’re one of their number and you’re looking for inspiration, here are three ideas that you might like to consider…

#1: Sell Your Products Online

Whilst almost every modern business will have an online presence, not all of them are utilising the internet to its full advantage.…

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Staying Connected in Australia During your Business Travel

It sounds cliché, but we really are in an age of constant connection: video chatting on trains, emailing in cafés, watching YouTube in the bath (not advisable, but it can be done). Our smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices’ wifi and data capabilities let us access anything, anytime, anywhere. In fact, there is a growing number of business owners who work solely on their mobile devices.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Whether you’re scouting out the best free wifi or trying to find the fastest speeds, here’s your guide to staying connected in Australia during your business travel.

Better, faster, stronger

First of all, check your area’s connectivity.…

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What are The Benefits of Happy Employees? (Infographic)

All businesses are constantly seeking ways to improve their levels of productivity. After all, with higher levels of productivity come higher profit margins. Fortunately, one of the best ways to improve productivity is by making sure your employees are happy. In fact, with unhappy employees, you can take it to the bank that the entire success of your operation will be greatly hindered.

Happy employees

What unhappy employees can cost companies

Did you know that about 33 percent of business bankruptcies take place due to employee theft? If an employee were to get upset and steal from you, your business could face an unpleasant outcome.…

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Printing Made Simple for SMBs

Brought to you by Brother International Corporation

 
Simplicity overrides complexity when trying to get things done effectively. Brother™ wants to help ensure that small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have the right solutions in place for optimal productivity and cost saving. Replacing underused print devices with more effective printing solutions can result in an optimized printing infrastructure that delivers increased productivity and lower operating costs. Whether it’s replacing printers or finding compatible software and services to improve a business process, Brother is at your side to help find the perfect solution for your business printing needs. 
 
For more information visit Brother’s website

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5 Major Concerns of Small Businesses as They Grow

All businesses begin small. And it is these small businesses that are incubators for innovation in any economy. They foster new ideas and generate employment opportunities.

Coffee shop owner

While a business owner might control many things in his business, the larger aspects that drive or doom businesses are beyond an owner’s control. These factors include natural disasters, economy shift, change in government regulations and tax policies, healthcare policies, etc.

Here we will discuss some of the major concerns that torment small business owners in 2015.

Economic and Regulatory Changes

Market conditions and changing economy steer the companies from running into losses to progressive heights.…

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Grow Your Business in Ways your Customers Will Appreciate

In today’s competitive global business environment, pleasing customers is no longer just about providing quality products and services. Winning customers’ loyalty requires you to engage them and stand out from the sea of other businesses. This is the key to success, and it’s no secret – Nine out of ten American CEOs say they are are building stronger client engagement programs, according to PWC.

Hot dog truck and the happy customer

As you grow your business, it’s critical that you do so in a direction that your customers will appreciate. Here is a look at some of the ways you can expand your business and please your customers at the same time:

Humanize Your Brand

Branding is more than logos and flashy commercials — it’s a way of communicating your values and identity in a memorable way.…

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What Do You Really Need to Think About When Setting Up a ‘Work From Home’ Business?

There are lots of options these days if you want to make use of your skills and work for yourself. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of people out there hiring people with good skills in all kinds of sectors to work for them from home on a freelance basis. Whether you are a writer, a marketing expert, a designer, a programmer or an accountant, with the right approach you can make a living working as a self employed freelancer.

Work from home business

Setting up this kind of business is actually fairly simple, and requires very little capital. Here, we take a look at what the bare minimum things you will need to start your own freelancing small business are:

Technical Set Up

To be able to work online from home you do, at the very least, need a reliable internet connection, a computer that can do all of the things you need it to do consistently for the kind of jobs you want (a writer can, for example, work on a basic PC, but someone doing coding, data analysis or design may need a higher end computer), and a comfortable home office.

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Working from Home during Temporary Renovations at the Office

One of the best aspects of running a small business is when it begins to grow beyond your current capacity. It is at times like this that you see your bottom line rising but there just doesn’t seem to be a way to handle the extra work without making a few improvements to your physical location. If you find the need to move premises or undertake a business renovation, you may find the need to relocate office operations to your home. Here are some tips that might make the process easier whilst those renovations are underway.

Temporary office location

Planning Is a Priority

Planning is going to be your number one priority.…

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Tips to Ensure you are Getting the Most Out of your Employees

Most successful companies recognize two basic facts. Firstly, employees are the company’s most valuable resource, and secondly, for the company to be efficient, it needs to get the most out of all its employees. By and large, even the most successful companies struggle with achieving a balance. Lean one way and you have high turnover; lean the other way and you start down the road to inefficiency. The highly successful companies, though, have taken this balance to a whole new level by focusing on employee wellbeing.

Employee wellness

Case studies done on highly successful companies such as Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, and Google point to certain similarities.…

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The Many Benefits of Mobile Trading Platforms

For most forex traders, investing is something of a sideline. Many have existing businesses to deliver an income, and a multitude of commitments aside from those connected to their trades.

Mobile trading platforms

As a result, the advent of mobile trading – easy, straightforward, and perfect for investing on the go – has proved something of a revelation. It has opened the markets up to a whole new breed of investors, from entrepreneurs to housewives to overworked CEOs.

If you’re considering entering the world of forex yourself, here are three reasons why a mobile trading platform might prove the perfect choice for you.…

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