Cyber Security Threats and Your IT Team: Are They Ready to Protect Your Business?

Cyber criminal

Cybercrime is a serious problem that costs billions of dollars every year. Not only is it continuing to increase, cyber attacks are becoming more customized and sophisticated. Not only that, the list of computer crimes is growing. It currently includes:

  • Intellectual property theft: this includes theft of any copyrighted material, trademark violations and theft of trade secrets.
  • Phishing scams: hacking a computer and sending multiple emails with the intent to deceive recipients, often into sending money or giving out personal information.
  • Circumvention of security systems: interference with security cameras and alarm systems in order to gain illegal entry.
  • Spreading viruses: worms and viruses can have a devastating effect on your business’s continuity and cost you monetarily and in lost data.
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How to Buy a Franchise Restaurant

The restaurant industry has attracted entrepreneurs from all walks of life to try their hand at restaurant management and ownership. While this business endeavor can be attractive, it’s also a challenging venture that has a variety of hidden obstacles.

McDonalds

Research shows that one in every three restaurants closes its doors for good within the first three years of business. Because crafting a successful restaurant from the ground up can be an extremely difficult endeavor, many would-be restaurateurs are turning to franchise purchases.

Purchasing an already successful business can alleviate the stress and some of the responsibility inherent to a restaurant venture.…

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How Modern Tech Innovations Reduce Operational Time Losses

Increasing Your Research Palette

Oftentimes it can be difficult to find information about a given organization or corporation. You do a Google search, but everything you find is sanitized. When you need information from an unbiased source on a corporation, finding that data will usually take a lot of time and energy. That time represents a diminished opportunity cost.

Time

When you’ve got to spend hours getting the measure of an organization, those hours can’t be devoted to more fruitful, productive activities. When it comes to business, curtailing opportunity cost wherever possible is a very wise strategy. So if you can consolidate your research parameters such that they deliver more information at less time expense, it’s like making money.…

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Choosing The Right Outsourcing Partner

As businesses look to scale their efficiency the global market for nearshore and offshore outsourcing continues to grow. While many people link India and Asia as the main outsourcing hubs there is a real momentum shift happening in Central America particularly in Nicaragua as a new outsourcing marketplace that offers many benefits.

However, choosing the right outsourcing partner is always the same process – whether it’s China, Nicaragua or India as the main labor target.

Outsourcing office

Today, we are talking with Matt Reeser, a thought leader in the outsourcing industry in Nicaragua – who is helping us pinpoint the main qualities of a great outsourcing partner.…

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Business Blogging: Why Should You Narrow Your Blog Niche

In business niche, most people when starting a blog write about lots of stuff. And it’s normal for this to happen if you have a great imagination and are inspired by many things around you. Moreover, it’s not bad to vary your business-related topics and to read about various things, but at the same time, it would be a very good idea to narrow your business blog niche. Here is a couple of reasons why.

Business blogger

It’s Easier to Write

Having a particular niche in mind makes it easier for you to focus and to gather information. Ideally, you should choose a topic you are really passionate about, so the articles will just flow.…

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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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Local SEO: Does Where You Host Your Website Really Matter?

While it’s still open to debate on any given day, up to a third of Google searches are for local businesses. The search engine provider has also stated that local searches on mobile devices are growing fifty-percent faster than other types of queries.

Local SEO

If you own a local small or medium size business, you could be losing hundreds, even thousands of potential customers if your web hosting isn’t up-to-par. Considering we’re in the middle of yet another online boom period (ie., local search), you need to make sure your SEO plan is leaving nothing to chance.

What’s up-to-par mean when considering hosting providers?

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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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Why Your Business Should Excel at Customer Convenience

We live in a world of instant gratification and ultimate convenience. Delivery services are faster than ever before, with some being able to deliver groceries and other items within the hour. Transportation services are available with the click of a virtual button. And with apps like Tinder, even dating has become mostly about instant attraction.

Customer convenience

We can order so much from our smartphones, and that means there’s less to wait on. It also means that your business needs to excel at customer convenience in order to compete with the other companies that are out there.

The Age of the Smartphone

More and more people own smartphones.…

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