You’ve decided to open a little shop! What fun, right? Be your own boss, set your own rules, make loads of money and become a recognisable face among your town’s successful independent traders.
Posted in Small Business
Tagged business, independent, indie, retail, sale, sell, shop, small business, start-up, stock, store, trader
“My mum calls her Dyson a Hoover,” remarked someone in the pub the other night, sparking off a round of laughter.
It led me to thinking about the power of brand names, and how many of them have become “genericized” as part of our everyday vocabulary.
There’s even a term for it – a brand name, formerly or even currently still trademarked, that has become a word used generically to designate an item is a “proprietary eponym”.
Formal periodic staff appraisals are obviously useful in a large organisation, but the managers of most small businesses employing only a few people usually don’t deem them necessary.
I have just emerged from a traumatic few days during which I realised that I am an addict – and all because my little grandson spilt bubble stuff on my iPhone.
Possibly the most difficult task for any employer to undertake – particularly the owner of a start-up or small business – is recruiting 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 is a daunting prospect.
Posted in Small Business, Start-ups, Uncategorized
Tagged candidate, employ, hire, interview, job, questions, recruit, recruitment, role
Happiness and work are, at first glance, mutually exclusive concepts that cannot co-exist! It’s a fact, though, that more and more companies (especially big corporations) are spending a great deal of time and money on projects to make their employees happy.