Yes … it’s a hashtag. The term is now an entrenched part of our vocabulary (defined in the Oxford English Dictionary), and used internationally in social media, particularly on Twitter and Instagram. Continue reading
Many small business owners never consider the export market. It’s often viewed as something only large enterprises can afford – and have the capacity – to get involved in. Going international, though, could bring benefits way beyond just an increase in sales and profits. Continue reading
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!