How to Know When to Go International?

Many companies will make the decision after a few years, that it is time to venture into international markets, whereas some dive in straight away after only a few weeks; but how can either of them know if they are ready to do so?

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Many smaller companies do not build an export plan into their original strategy and so it when it does come up, the subject is more as an afterthought. It is really important that companies don’t make the leap into foreign territory without having done the research and preparation needed to be sure that they are completely ready to make the move.…

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Don’t Let Your IT System Become Your Business’ Downfall

Technology is now an integral part of all businesses, no matter what the industry.

Without the right technology, your business is likely to fail, which is why many small business owners are keen to invest in the latest IT systems and electronic devices. This, they assume, will help increase staff productivity, business efficiency and the overall quality of their customers’ experience.

IT system breach

Despite the necessity of having a comprehensive IT system in place, there are problems and issues which your business’ IT presents. There have been many horror stories over the last few years about large companies becoming the victims of hackers; their customers’ private information and business’s sensitive data being accessed by third-parties.…

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Telecommuting: The New Green Business

Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular, with currently more than 29 million U.S. workers telecommuting at least one day per month. This is a growing trend too, as more companies see the positive impact telecommuting can have on the environment, while helping reduce operating costs and increase productivity for their businesses. This green strategy can also help to improve a company’s brand, and if done properly, can be a great sell to shareholders.

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Going Green with Telecommuting

An important benefit to telecommuting is in how it reduces gas usage and helps disseminate rush hour traffic. According to a recent whitepaper compiled by Kate Lister and Tom Harnish, the 29 million workers who are currently telecommuting have been able to save more than 390 million gallons of gas throughout the year.…

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Accounting Tips for New Small Business Owners

In a world driven by information technology, social media, and smartphones, business accounting is a topic that rarely gets much love anymore. Perhaps we all figure there’s a software or an app that’ll do it all for us. While there are plenty of software accounting programs and mobile apps out there, that isn’t what this post is about.

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This post is going to detail some really important things you need to know before you set out to start your small business. If you already have a business that’s making money, or you just got started in the last year or two, you can still benefit from the sage advice detailed on this page.…

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Small Business Marketing Success Story: Dr. Farrah Gray

For those of who aren’t familiar with Dr. Farrah Gray, buckle your seatbelt and get ready to go for a trip down his path to being the youngest (non-celebrity) millionaire in the history of the entire planet!

Dr. Farrah Gray

He learned how to market himself at a very young age, living among violence, drug abuse, and mayhem in the south-side Chicago projects, coming out of it with an inspirational story that truly defies the expectations that many of you out there would have for an impoverished black kid from urban America.

The author of the best-selling book “Reallionaire” got his start collecting “nearly” empty bottles of lotion, combining them together and then selling them door-to-door – at the age of 6!…

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Are You Ordering From A Legitimate Website?

In today’s society, anyone can create a website and sell products online. It’s turned into a fairly simple process – so much so, that more and more spammers find their way into the e-commerce world – and your computing device – every day. If you aren’t careful, you’ll really end up paying for it later.

Using security software – e.g. SearchLock – to protect your online activities and detect problem websites can help, but with so many misleading information (such as SearchLock that is accused as being malware) it’s not an easy task for you to decide.

Are You Ordering From A Legitimate Website?

Here are some tips for avoiding illegitimate online sellers:

Before you even consider pressing “Add To Cart” it’s important to look at the quality and design of the website.…

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Serviced Office Vs. Virtual Office – What’s Good For Your Business

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If you’re just starting out in the business world and are looking for office premises, you have two options in front of you: A Serviced Office, or a Virtual Office. You can choose either option, but it’s best to know which one is best suited for your business before you take the plunge.

A Serviced Office

A serviced office is an actual office that’s rented out to a tenant by a serviced office provider. The provider might have a bunch of such offices in the same building. Such an office gives you all the advantages of having your own office space, without actually having to own one.…

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8 Tips For Establishing The Most Productive Office Environment

8 Tips For Establishing The Most Productive Office Environment

The environment we work in has a considerable impact on both our level of wellbeing and our productivity. The design and layout of our office or, workspace, can have an effect on our work productivity, frame of mind, mood, interaction with our colleagues, and even has an influence on how much time we spend distracted from our work.

With the above in mind here are 8 practical tips to follow to establish a productive office environment;

Go Open Plan

Many businesses will use individual offices or cubicles for their employees to work from. Historically the thinking was that each employee needed their own private area to work from.…

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Why I Finally Said Goodbye To Organic Traffic

As a small business owner in the online niche, I have to make a confession: I’ve gamed Google for too long, often unintentionally – so long that, eventually, I reap what I sow.

You see, I own and run sites. Starting up 5-6 years ago, I didn’t really care about search engine ranking. At that time, I know a thing or two about SEO, but I have no interest in getting my ranking up.

Why I Finally Said Goodbye to Organic Traffic

I was initially not really into blogging. But I tried it anyway and started a blog, Noobpreneur.com, mainly to document my online entrepreneurship journey.

The first thing I tried to make my mark in online business was starting up an e-commerce site selling natural treatment products.…

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What SMBs Need To Know About CRM

CRM helps in establishing the most crucial link between the organization and its customers. In the evolving economic condition it has become most important for small businesses to implement customer management system to effectively manage their customer relations. The use of Salesforce’s CRM tools are just one example of how businesses can enhance their customer relations.

When a startup is small it is relatively easy to manage relationships with clients but as the volume of transaction increases it becomes difficult to manage all the links with customers at different levels. Customer relationship management software for small business targets the crucial relationship management aspect of SMBs.…

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