Budgeting Mistakes Your Business Cannot Afford to Make

If there is one thing that all businesses need to get right, it is budgeting. However, this is an area where a lot of business owners tend to go wrong. This can cause cash flow issues, which can result in you missing out on opportunities that present themselves. With that being said, read on to discover the common budgeting mistakes that your business cannot afford to make.

Failing to account for all costs – This is where a lot of business owners go wrong. They leave out certain expenses because they seem insignificant, or they simply use rough estimates to base their budget on. You can find some great advice on forming better estimates here: https://thedigitalprojectmanager.com/project-budget-cost-estimation-guide/. If you do this, you are setting yourself up for failure. Small costs will quickly amount over time, and so it is critical that you include all of your expenses. Continue reading

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Five Perfect Businesses for Introverts

Being a people person can help you get on with your business and career, but this doesn’t mean that you have limited options if you prefer working on your own. Below you can find a few ideas for setting up your own business and getting the most satisfaction out of your work, if you are an introvert, and would prefer not dealing with the public.

Working With Animals

If you are an introvert, chances are that you like being around animals more than people. You can start your own farm, or create a pet sitting service. Alternatively, if your skills are on the creative side, you might want to become a pet outfit designer, and create gorgeous outfits for family favorites.

You might not want to focus on pets only, though. Set up your organic honey operations from home, and develop a great relationship with these smart animals. All you need is some beekeeping equipment and loads of patience.

Computer Security Expert

If you would rather talk to your laptop than people, becoming a computer security analyst might be your calling. Your job will be to remotely access clients’ systems and analyzing security details, protecting them from potential threats. You can also become a researcher who uses advanced software to spot new trends in computer security and develop innovative solutions. Continue reading

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Don’t Let These Enemies Of Productivity Hobble Your Small Business

Entrepreneurship is a long, often rocky, usually challenging road that sometimes climbs to dizzying peaks but just as often peters out into worrying valleys. Running your own business is, for most, a dream come true and despite the ever-present obstacles and challenges entrepreneurs near unilaterally agree that they’d never look back.

When you’re just starting out in a small to medium-sized enterprise it can seem like you’re best on all sides by challenges. Motivating your staff, keeping your cash flow healthy, managing overhead costs, maintaining great relations with customers and clients. It can all get a bit much even for a stalwart entrepreneur.

Yet, all of these challenges are so much more manageable when you harness the power of productivity. Maximizing your business’ productivity is the Holy Grail for entrepreneurs and if there were a single, set way of doing it… everyone would be running their own business.

What you can do, however, is nip these common enemies of productivity in the bud before they become a drain on your time, energy and resources that could hobble your business. Continue reading

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Expansion In Business Is Easier Than You Think

If you’re a business owner, you’re probably going to be constantly on the lookout for ways to take your business higher and higher. And expanding your business can happen in multiple ways! So if you want to try making a business more profitable by giving it more exposure or take to networking events to find investors, it’s completely up to you.

However, sometimes expansion is something we want to do, and sometimes it’s a plan we absolutely have to follow through on. Saving a business might require looking for outside help, and when it’s crucial, we can’t afford to fail.

If you’ve found yourself in this kind of position, here’s some advice to help you through it.

Use a Middleman for Your Finances

When you’re seeking out finance, there’s a lot of places to locate sources and find the best deals within them. You probably have sought loans before to get your startup properly established, and thus going back to the bank or the credit union isn’t going to be too much of a hardship. However, it’s not the only place to turn when you desperately need some cash behind you to continue making cash for the benefit of everyone involved. Continue reading

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3 Simple Ways To Expand A Home Business

If you’re running a successful business from home, the logical next step is expanding outside of the house and finding some office space and a few staff members.

But that’s not the best option for some people, particularly if you started a home business so you could fit it around other responsibilities, like raising a family. You can leave things as they are, but you aren’t likely to increase sales and even if you do, you won’t be able to cope with the extra demand.

Fortunately, you can expand a home based business without having to move into a larger premises, here’s how to do it.

Outsource Marketing

If you want to take your business to the next level, you’ll need to increase your marketing output. Doing it yourself through social media is fine for now but it won’t be enough if you’re going to expand.

You don’t need to hire an office and a dedicated marketing team for yourself if you just outsource it instead. It can be pretty expensive so you might have to take out quick personal loans to cover the initial costs but you’ll be able to pay them back fairly quickly once you see a return on that investment in the form of increased sales.

Having a professional marketing team handle your advertising is the easiest way to reach more customers and improve sales. Continue reading

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An inforgraphic to help you mange yourself

The following is a guest post supplied to our site by Fundera.

Who doesn’t love getting to work from home? Most people see working remotely as an amazing benefit.

Though working from home can be a great benefit, once working remotely becomes a part of your regular routine, it can be hard to avoid the inevitable interruptions of this perk.

Managing yourself can definitely be a challenge, but the sooner you can start to successfully self-manage, the more effective you will be at your job.

Understanding both the benefits and potential roadblocks you might encounter while working at home will help you learn to successfully self-manage and will help you establish a work from home routine that works.

Fundera created a guide on self-management tips to keep in mind when working from home. Read on to maximize your productivity if you are working by yourself day in and day out. Continue reading

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Struggling to Find a Job? Why Not Start your Own Business?

If you are one of the many people who are struggling to find a job or if you are worried that the time will come when you just can’t find any work at all then why not consider starting up your own business?

When you start your own business you will quickly find that there are so many resources available to help you and there are even so many career paths for you to go down as well. If you are ready to take that next step while also taking control of your life, then take a look below.

Research Everything

If you have already found a business idea, it’s time to try to balance it out with how things work in the real world. For example, do you know if your idea has any potential to succeed? You will ultimately need to run the idea that you have through some sort of validation process. Think about it, does your business fulfill a need? Does it fill a gap that is in the market? Are you able to run it efficiently? All of these questions are ones that you need to ask yourself when the time does come for you to get started.

Develop a Plan

Your business idea is the blueprint for your success in the future. There are so many things that you need to plan out at this stage, including whether or not you are going to need an office and whether or not it is possible for you to fund your idea.

If you know that you need an office then it helps to make sure that you have a secure location. When hiring staff, you also need to make sure that they have access to the building and NFC is a brilliant way for you to do this. Continue reading

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