Choosing The Right Courier for your Business: 4 Things to Consider

Whether deliveries are a primary function of your business, or you are expanding to include home delivery services, choosing the right courier that offers an appropriate delivery service is vital. Sending every parcel individually, relying on standard delivery services, and only offering basic delivery means that your potential customers could look elsewhere for a more convenient and more beneficial alternative.

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Finding a reliable courier

Finding the right courier shouldn’t be hard: Just choose the one that offer the most delivery options, as well as features that are specifically developed for a B2B relationship.  So, what a reliable courier should be offering to its partner (read: you)?…

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Pay Attention to The Little Things that Motivate your Team

Have you seen the movie The Internship? It stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as basically failed salesmen of an older generation that apply for an internship at Google. Along with a younger generation they learn the ropes of the internet world, but what stands out is the treatment of the interns and employees by the company itself.

The internship

Imagine a workplace where employees are happy, love to work, have fun on the job, and actually get the job done. This supposedly somewhat based on the truth movie shows a company that gives all of that to their employees, and they do it in the simplest ways.…

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5 Small Business Essentials Every New Business Owner should Know

There are a few things that are essential to just about every small business. If you are just starting out your company, or even if you have been in business for a while, it is a good idea to check and make sure that your business has everything that it needs.

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Below is a quick list of some essential things that all small businesses should be trying to have. Check it out, and see which ones your business may be missing.

1. Goals

First of all, you need to know where your business is heading. This means not only where you would like it to be in five years, but also in a year, a few months, and next week.…

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3 Key Considerations when Hosting a Rural Event

Back in 2013, it was revealed that the events industry in the UK was worth a staggering £58.4 billion. In addition to this, it contributed in excess of £21.1 billion in taxes and was also recognised as the UK’s 16th biggest employer.

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These numbers have risen further since this time, with the result that the events industry represents huge business nationwide. Not all events are created equal, however, and this can create challenges for firms amid increasingly diverse and high demand for services.

What to keep in Mind when planning a Rural event

Let’s say that you are looking to host a corporate event in a rural location, for example, which may take the form of a military boot camp or orienteering experience.…

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5 Reasons to Have an Office Space for Your Small Business

Growing a small business can be an incredibly difficult and rewarding process. One thing necessary for this process is an effective workspace. Now, even though you may have started your business in your basement, you will need a more professional looking space to facilitate further growth. Knowing what you need and finding it is an entirely new process of itself. Included here are a few reasons you should upgrade your small business to your own office space.

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Benefit from a Central Location

Many people prefer to live in the outskirts, or suburbs, of a town. This is perfect for raising a family, but may not be the ideal location to grow a business.…

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4 Tips for Partnering With a Bigger Brand

Approaching a bigger brand can be tricky. You feel like you aren’t at the same caliber, so you really want to prove yourself and your company’s worth. Closing the partnership with a bigger brand will take a combination of the right time and approach to ensure a prosperous relationship. But with the proper tools, landing a partnership with a bigger brand can mean fast growth for your company.

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Take Advantage of Connections

The first step you will want to take is to understand how you and your employees are connected to the other company. You could ask around, but the most efficient way to do so is through social media.…

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Does Working From Home Negatively Impact Your Health?

Working from home is the dream, isn’t it? The flexibility, comfort of your own surroundings and ability to alter your hours as you please is a big temptation for many of us. Why wouldn’t you want to work from home? You won’t need to face that dreaded 6am alarm, ghastly commute and having to stand for an hour on a train which costs you £500 per month. The advantages are never-ending. Well, so it seems at first glance.

Work from home

A study by Timothy Golden revealed a different perspective on the matter. The findings highlighted that working from home can have a negative effect on both your physical and mental health.…

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Customer Acquisition: 3 Ways to Track your Leads

The truth about market nowadays is that you are left alone on this battlefield. If you think that you are competing with businesses providing similar goods or services, you are completely wrong. The real nemesis is informational noise; the rival to knock out.

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The customer acquisition looks exactly like an auction – business has to be ready to pay more to catch intending purchaser’s attention. In other words, your flower shop is competing not only with other flower shops but with restaurants, financial institutions, and insurance companies, as well.

The acquisition cost is usually reaching breakeven, while the real revenue appears with only second, third or even fourth purchase.…

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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.

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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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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Professional Office Etiquette (Hopefully you’re Not a Number 5!)

Though most of us are adults, it’s sometimes easy to forget the basics of establishing and maintaining good relationships with the people we work with.

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Following are 5 do’s and don’ts of inter-office etiquette that everyone should know already, but which are often neglected:

1. Do: Show appreciation to coworkers and management.

Naturally, when someone does something kind for you, you need to say thank you. Failure to do so will result in you looking unappreciative, arrogant, narcissistic, or all the above!

For instance, if someone drops some documents you printed off on their way by your desk, make sure to thank them.…

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