5 Ways to Streamline Your Small Business Operation

From cottage industry enterprise to semi-successful chains, the world of small business covers a wide array of shapes and sizes. One small business owner might be running an operation entirely online, whereas another does everything through a brick-and-mortar establishment. With that said, virtually every small business operation relies on efficiency and competitive advantage. More times than not, both are one and the same.

Small business operations

With this in mind, let’s take a look at five effective ways for small business owners to streamline their operation going forward:

Invest in technology

Few if any small business operations benefit from lagging behind on the latest technology.…

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The Smooth Day-to-day Operations of an eCommerce Business

No business is easy because it takes hard work and determination to even get it to take off from the ground. Just because you chose to stray off the corporate path and decided to become an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you no longer have to put in your blood, sweat, and tears.

Day-to-day eCommerce business operationsphoto credit: Kampus Productions / Pexels

In fact, those are more vital now that you’re setting off on your own and making your own mark in the world. You can’t depend on others to take you to greater heights; that responsibility will fall on your shoulders as the business owner.…

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Tried And Tested Tricks to Run Your Business While Still In School   

Almost 50 percent of millennials plan to launch their own business within the next three years, a report claims.

Starting a business at school

Based on the report, students are aware that an entrepreneurial mindset can allow them to have resilient careers in the future. It also lets them earn extra money for different purposes like Christmas shopping. This is why there is a noticeable rise in undergraduate enrolment at entrepreneurial centers in various universities in the country. For example, the University of Michigan’s Centre for Entrepreneurship saw a 65 percent increase in the number of undergraduate enrollees over the last five years.

But running a business can take up a lot of time.…

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Steps to Organize Your Small Business

When you operate a small business, there’s a lot that you’re juggling at any given time. You may feel like you have your hand in a little bit of everything, even if you have employees.

It can quickly get overwhelming and be tough to keep up with everything unless you have a system for organization in place.

Tidy and clean office

An organized business is important for several key reasons. First, when your business is organized you’re going to be operating at a peak level of efficiency, which will improve productivity. You’re also likely to see higher revenue because you’ll be better equipped to build long-term relationships with your clients when you’re organized.…

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3 Ways To Make Your Business More Environmentally Friendly

In today’s world, it’s of the utmost importance that everyone concern themselves with what impact they’re having on the world around them. Ideally, people would have a positive impact on the people they come in contact with and no impact at all on the environment they’re surrounded with. However, this simply isn’t the case in most situations.

Eco-friendly business practices

Especially for businesses, your impact on the environment can be even more pronounced than that of individual people. So to help you turn your impact into something that’s less noticeable and more positive, here are three ways you can make your business more environmentally friendly.…

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Bryan REO CarGuard Announces Strategic Changes To Business Operations

CarGuard Elijah Norton is making strategic changes to the auto protection firm’s operations to boost efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Corporate strategic change

CarGuard has been offering great extended warranty plans to vehicle owners for many years. The car protection firm employs dedicated professionals that share the same vision as the CEO, Bryan REO Elijah Norton.

Elijah adopts a proactive approach when it comes to communicating with employees about any major changes. Employees need to know that they are valued and that someone takes care of them.

Corporate culture influences the personnel and directs them to behaviors that contribute to effective strategy implementation. Consistency with cultural norms makes it easier to eliminate inadequate practices.…

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3 Ways to Improve Your Business’ Online Flexibility

Around 67% of businesses now offering a flexible working arrangement, allowing their staff to work remotely, set their own working hours, and compress their working weeks into fewer days. Flexible working schedules can hugely benefit staff. One survey showing that 73% of staff saw increased work satisfaction while 78% agreed that the system made them more productive. Other studies suggest that it can also reduce stress and improve mental health.

Remote employee working

But in order to successfully implement a flexible working strategy, employees must have the tools to work efficiently outside of the office. Staff will need access to data and be able to perform their tasks, as well as communicating remotely.…

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4 Time-Sucking Activities That Take Away From Your Business

Companies have lots on their plates, and small business owners, in particular, wear many hats. However, not all of those hats are equally important, though it can be hard to know which responsibilities are worth your time and which are major drains.

Time-consuming business activities

Watch for these four ways that businesses — especially small operations — waste money, resources, and time without realizing it.

Constantly Checking Emails

Answering emails is a surprisingly time-consuming task. Far too often, people waste time answering unnecessary emails or lack the discipline to refrain from checking emails and answering messages constantly throughout the day.

Of course, it’s important — even vital, in some cases — to answer certain emails.…

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Why Your business Should Really Consider Operating Internationally

You have worked tremendously hard to start-up your business and elevate it to a level where you have built up a loyal consumer base as well as gained enough capital to make your next substantial investment. Before you distribute this capital on operations domestically, consider your current position. Can you gain more consumers? Are there more competitors than ever before? Are your products and services consistently selling well? Are your business costs going to be sustainable enough for the near future?

International business team meeting

If the answers are unfavourable to more than three of these questions, then you should really consider expanding to an international market – here are the top reasons for doing so:

New Customers

By entering a new market abroad, you open your business up to new customers.…

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CEOs: Here’s How to Run Your Business Virtually

The stigma behind running a business entirely in a virtual environment has now mostly disappeared, with so many large tech startups over the last ten years showing just how easily it can be done. Running a virtual business is certainly different from a brick-and-mortar model. However, with all the resources now available, anyone can do it.

CEO running her business virtually

Running a virtual business can offer significant benefits over a traditional offline setup:

  • Freedom: No worries about having to stay in the same place for too long. A virtual business can offer you the freedom to work from anywhere at anytime.
  • Minimal investment: No offices to rent or furniture to buy (when going the virtual office route.)
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