5 Ways You Are Wasting Your Time – and How to Stop

If you are like many small-business owners, “busy” doesn’t even begin to describe your typical day. It seems like you are always on the go, with a never-ending to-do list and never enough time to do it all.

Bored staff in a boring meeting

But have you ever stopped to consider how you are actually spending your time? How much of each day do you spend actually doing things that help grow your business? How often do you climb into bed exhausted, lamenting the fact that you didn’t get nearly as much accomplished as you had hoped? If that sounds familiar, you aren’t alone. According to one survey, small-business owners cumulatively waste more than 4 billion hours every year on tasks that aren’t vital to business growth, such as administrative and supervisory tasks.…

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Tips For a Productive Working Environment

Your workspace environment can have a major impact on your overall productivity and motivation. Let’s face it, a drab and cold feeling office isn’t going to fill you with joy is it? Just a few simple changes can give your office an overhaul and create a warm and welcoming environment.

Tidy and clean office

If you’re a small business, then you want to make a solid first impression on potential clients and visitors, your space can tell a thousand words! You don’t need a huge budget to create a pleasing environment, just check out these top tips as a starting point:

1. A fresh lick of paint

Whether you’re moving into new offices or trying to jazz up your existing workspace then a fresh coat of paint is always number one on the list.…

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How to Deal with the Downsides of Working from Home

The advent of the internet has spawned a whole host of modern businesses, the demands of which are no longer restricted to the boundaries of the office. For tiny startups with only one or two employees, this makes perfect sense.

Work from home

With the introduction of flexitime, the development of communication tools such as Skype, and the understanding that digital business can effectively be conducted from anywhere in the world, more entrepreneurs are working from home than ever before: a home office drastically cuts down on the overheads of a bricks-and-mortar workspace, and allows for much more flexibility with hours and working habits than a traditional office workspace.…

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Motivation through Gamification: The Path to Productivity?

For years, GTD (get-things-done) advocates, efficiency experts and HR professionals have searched far and wide for the best way to enhance productivity in the workplace. For a small business, it may not be that simple, especially when people are wearing several hats at the same time.

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For any size enterprise, perhaps the best way to enhance productivity is to establish targets and find creative ways for people to reach these. Here is where gamification comes into play.

What is Gamification?

Gamification involves using games and psychology to encourage specific behaviors within the game’s target audience.…

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Creating a Productive Office Environment

How furniture and design choices can impact your bottom line

As a CEO or small business owner, it’s up to you to decide what kind of office environment you create – and the choices that you make matter. Office design impacts happiness in the workplace and overall productivity – no matter how seasoned your are or the size of your business.

office desk

So as if business owners didn’t have enough to consider when buying new office furniture and configuring the office space, they now have to consider how those choices will impact the company bottom line.

It doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds.…

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Four Ways of Taking The Loneliness Out of Working at Home

If you are a ‘mompreneur’, or entrepreneur mom, working from home is likely to be the best option for you. The allure and advantages of working remotely are evident: it provides all the flexibility you need, and also entails a huge saving of time and energy. Working from home means no more hours of commuting, and this is time that can be better spent with the kids.

Mompreneur

While this lifestyle sounds ideal, the other side of the coin is the lack of socialization, the overwhelming sense of solitude that anyone who works from home should be familiar with.

So how do you overcome the loneliness of being a mompreneur?…

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These 5 Amazing Tips Will Kill the Boredom of Running a Business

Starting a business is exciting! The thought of establishing new systems, achieving your short term goals, and seeing the baby steps that your business is taking towards growth is such a priceless experience!

But what happens when your business is all set-up? What happens when your business is already established to the point where you’re starting to feel that there’s not much left for you to do?

That’s right. You get BORED!

Bored business owner

The thing is, getting bored (although it’s normal) isn’t something that you should allow to happen. The moment you get bored, you lose the enthusiasm and the urge to improve.…

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8 Useful Computer Tools For Your Daily Office Tasks

8 Useful Computer Tools For Your Daily Office Tasks

In the modern world time appears to be the most valuable asset that’s why it is really important to manage it with maximum effectiveness. There are many tools that will help you organize your daily business activities with more or less functionality.

Here are my set of useful tools that may come in very handy for your business:

  1. Website Design –  Weebly is a powerful web design tool that offers   you different domains, hundreds of themes and complete statistics about your website performance. The free package is usually more than enough for a basic website, offering plenty of tools and personalization options.
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Enhancing Workforce Performance Through Reliable Mobility Usage

Enhancing Workforce Performance through Reliable Mobility Usage

Business structures today are more and more compelled to encourage their workers to communicate and collaborate any time, anywhere, through the use of any connected device. The rise of the telecommunications industry and its technological advancements are increasingly turning into a foundation to enable these capabilities.

Signal boosters/mobile repeaters for reliable mobility

Your business location and your choice of phone service provider can determine whether you have a reliable signal or are struggling to make coherent phone calls. The ability to go from one bar of service up to the optimal number of bars can be the signifier of whether or not your mobility usage is contributing reliably to your business.…

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Too Much On Your Plate? Here Are Some Tips To Clear Your Desk Of Tasks

We’ve all been there, in today’s world, it’s hard to keep everything going at once. You have tasks from your job, home, kids, personal life, medical appointments, and who knows what else. It can be difficult to manage these tasks, even if you employ an electronic organization system.

Tips To Clear Your Desk Of Tasks

One problem with trying to manage so much from one place, is that often you have different programs for each type of task. Your home stuff is under one place, your work stuff under another, and fun stuff under something else. This makes it difficult to manage, and you probably never feel like you have a moment alone anymore.…

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