Home / Month /

October

October 2017 / 76 posts found

Is Technology Helping or Hurting Your Business?

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
Here’s a lesson for small business owners: More technology is not necessarily better…if you leave some customers behind. Ordering a pizza is something we’ve all done dozens, if not hundreds, of times. You pick up the phone, call your nearest pizza place and order delivery. Easy — or is it? Not for a friend of mine who recently had a frustrating experience when he tried to order a pizza. My friend is a musician and was in the middle of a recording session that began to run long. The guys were getting hungry, but not wanting to totally interrupt the [...]

Learn About Social Media Algorithms, Augmented Reality and More Changing Business Trends

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
The tools, platforms and methods you use to grow your business are constantly changing. So you need to keep up with all the latest updates and trends. Members of the online small business community have some great insights about these changing tools and trends, ranging from social media algorithms to augmented reality. Read on for some helpful tips. Don’t Let Social Media Algorithms Hurt Your Digital Marketing Social media is an easy and free way to promote your business. But algorithms on certain sites can make it more difficult for your content to reach relevant audiences. To combat that, check [...]

8 Proven Time Management Tips From 12 Top Business Execs

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
By Georgi Todorov Time management is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Countless books and gurus are advising you what to do. And there are even apps to push and prod you in the right direction. But which methods really work? These eight tips are tried and tested by some of the nation’s top business execs. 1. Plan your work the night before Brian Tracy, Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, is a renowned speaker and best-selling author on self-development, leadership, and time management. One of Tracy’s top tips to having a productive day is to plan your work the night before. “By writing [...]

50 Small Business Ideas for Those Who Love the Outdoors

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
There’s a common misconception that business owners are constantly glued to a computer screen and cooped up in an indoor office. But you shouldn’t let this notion hold you back from starting a business. In fact, even if you love spending all your time in the great outdoors, there are plenty of outdoor businesses you can start that let you enjoy entrepreneurship and fresh air at the same time. Here are 50 different outdoor business ideas for people who love being outside. Outdoor Business Ideas Lawn Mowing Service Any home or business with a yard full of grass needs a [...]

Do you have an idea for a service, project, application, business

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
A winning business idea could win you thousands of dollars to help with start-up costs.  The first 'Starting Line' competition is designed to attract anyone who wants to bring solutions to the community's problems.   The competition will be three rounds, a 90-second online pitch, an executive online summary, and a live pitch in the final round.  The Idea Fund and Ben Franklin Technology partnering to create this competition offering a total of $30,000 to the winners. This competition is for new and innovative ideas and is meant for those without a financial track record, which they call, "the purest form of a start-up". [...]

The Many Benefits of a Home-Based Business

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
The world is filled with entrepreneurs looking to get their ideas or companies off the ground. Some of these people are lucky to be backed by investors that allow them to have all the programs, tools, and locations they need to thrive. Others, though, need to scrape together change and build from the ground up. Usually, these people opt for a home-based business, and that’s a great idea. After all, home-based businesses come with plenty of benefits. See for yourself below. Lower start-up costs. When you start a business out of your home, you’ll have less start-up expenses. This is [...]

Best ways to start a side business with no money

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
Dreaming about starting your own business? Don't let your hopes sink just because you're low on financial resources.There are many businesses you can start inexpensively, according to the Balance, a personal finance website. "Some can be started for nothing if you already have the equipment."Such businesses can offer a good living and the satisfaction of being your own boss. These types of businesses are not suitable for anyone looking for a “get rich quick” plan or a way to become an instant millionaire,” according to finance site. RELATED: 7 steps to transition from a 9-to-5 to a full-fledged entrepreneur These are [...]

10 Weird Franchises to Stand Out From The Crowd

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
Everyone knows the names of some of the bigger franchises like Burger King and McDonald’s. However, there are lots of other weird franchise ideas if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd. Here’s 10 examples. Weird Franchises to Consider Cereality This weird franchise caters to those busy always on the go people everyone knows and most of us have become. They let you combine two brand name cereals and then add a topping.  It’s like taking your kitchen with you on the road. One menu choice offers Cherrios and Special K with dried cranberries and walnuts. Not weird enough? [...]

Does Your Startup Feel Like a Helpless Baby?

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
In his book, The Emyth Revisited, Michael Gerber explains that most entrepreneurs are merely technicians in their business and not “business people.” For instance, a person may be a highly trained auto mechanic, but decides that he doesn’t not want a job any longer -- he wants to run his own business. He opens a shop. He may start with a customer following but really doesn’t know much about payroll, marketing or customer and employee retention. So, one of two outcomes are bound to happen. One, the business will plateau. The mechanic essentially bought himself a job. Or secondly, the [...]

How to Know When a Business Idea Is Worth Pursuing

by Manuela
Comments are off for this post.
There's a stat that every entrepreneur has heard at least once -- nine out of 10 business ideas will fail. Entrepreneurship is a gamble. And with the chips stacked against you, it's difficult to know whether an idea has possibilities. I've taken the leap four times, each time just as much of a roller coaster as the last. These experiences have taught me a valuable lesson: It's not just about finding a good idea; it's finding an idea worth pursuing. Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money But, finding that idea, and building a company with that idea [...]