Nearly every business, large or small, has a blog attached to its website. If you’re not blogging for your business (or perhaps you started with a blog post or two and then became too busy and/or lost interest!) – why not?
Team work is crucial to the success of most businesses. From the CEO down to the humblest in the ranks, everyone needs to pull together with a common goal: the good of the company.
Throw any group of people together though, and there is bound to be a clash of personalities, conflicting ideas, petty jealousies and other issues that stand as barriers to co-operation and/or communication.
One thing we tend to lose sight of is that meetings are expensive! They involve the valuable time of participants, perhaps a meeting room hire fee, the cost of audio-visual equipment, travel expenses, refreshments, etc. etc.
Since time is money in business, it’s vital to make sure meetings are effective, concise, well-managed and come to a useful conclusion.
Possibly the most difficult thing for any employer to undertake – particularly the owner of a start-up or small business – is hiring staff.
Finding the right candidate to fit a role and the business itself is crucial to the success of the business going forward, but the process of identifying that person can be a daunting prospect.
There are pros and cons to both approaches, but most experienced entrepreneurs will tell you that buying an established business will pay the greatest dividends – as long as you buy the right one.
Perhaps I shouldn’t give my age away quite so blatantly, but I remember a time when the greengrocer wore a collar and tie under his apron, and my Dad would never dream of going off to his office job without wearing a smart suit, crisp white shirt, tie and polished shoes.
Things are a bit different today. A survey of 1,000 professionals I found online revealed that 34 percent said they never wear a suit unless they are seeing clients or have an important conference.
It seems everyone is preoccupied with where they are going, when, how much of a bargain they have bagged, their bikini-ready diets and a myriad other pre-departure preparations!
In fact those small independent businesses should be giving close attention to their online security – not just on the PC, but also any tablet or mobile device which holds data – either personal or relating to the company.
There are, however, plenty of people out there with the confidence, drive and determination to start a business, but they are missing the key ingredient – a business idea.