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Overcoming Small Business Challenges

Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs – but maintaining one is sometimes an even larger challenge. Some of the challenges faced by small business owners are actually ones that every business has to face, but they can be easily solved. But there are other challenges that are faced continuously by small businesses and entrepreneurs. Business owner fatigue is often a cause for concern. With a small staff, many business owners simply work too many hours and do not take the time to rest and recharge. Even small businesses with a competent and dedicated staff will often prevent an owner from taking time off – because the owner feels that the business will encounter problems in his or her absence. It is common that when fatigue sets in, the weariness of the long hours ca...

Bring in the Experts to Save you Time and Money

One of the best lessons that any college or university business instructor ever told me was to surround myself with experts. Nobody can be an expert at everything. Any business owner who thinks he or she can be an expert in everything in their business is setting themselves up for problems. Sometimes “do-it-yourself” solutions can be more costly than hiring a real expert that is focused on just that one job. Hiring the right experts to do the right job is key to the success of a small business. When small businesses need legal or financial help, they hire lawyers and accountants because they know these professionals have studied in their respect fields extensively. Similarly, small business owners want to become the known experts in their field of business. When small businesse...

Know What you are Looking for in an Office Rental

Renting office space is considered one of the highest expenses that a small business will incur, so making the right choice and getting the right deal is very important. A small start-up cannot afford to make the wrong choice and sign up for a long-term agreement in the wrong space, with possible “hidden” costs involved. Don’t make an impulse decision when choosing office space; make it rational and choose the right space that works best for you and your company. Far too often this major financial decision is made with emotions without considering the long-term implications. Many small business owners forget that the space they are considering is going to be a place they will spend half, if not more, of their waking hours in. What looks great today may not suit your needs...

Changing Your Corporate Colours and Logo Without Changing Your Address

As many companies and professional sports teams are jumping on the re-branding bandwagon and updating their look, notice they are not changing their address or contact info. Your business address is important for current and future customers to know and remember. Having a prestigious address is important to any business, especially if you have had it for a long time. An established address shows stability to customers and to vendors. People want to know that a business is not constantly moving and changing where it is located – they want to see that a business is stable. If a customer looks for a contact address for a business, they give more attention to a business that has an address in an important building or at a prestigious location. When a potential customer sees that the business a...

Tips and Advice for flu Prevention at the Office

It is that time of year again to start thinking about flu prevention, and one of the best places to start is in your workplace. Unlike big business that can afford one or two people off sick, entrepreneurs and small business owners will tell you that they cannot afford to be sick with the flu and need to be well enough to run their business. We have compiled a list of measures that small business owners and entrepreneurs should seriously consider when trying to prevent catching the flu. Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent catching the flu. You should get into the habit of washing your hands with soap and water several times a day, especially if you come into contact with things like elevator buttons, doors, photocopy machines and other surfaces that many other people a...

Tips for Entrepreneurs on Finding new Customers

One question that is on the mind of entrepreneurs is often “where do I find new customers?” To some small business owners, this question keeps them awake at night. They may feel that they had a great business idea, but where are the clients who are supposed to be flocking to their doors? Some entrepreneurs forget that the old saying of “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, did not mention that if nobody knows you built it, how do they know where to come knocking at your door? As an entrepreneur or new small business owner, to get the attention for your product or service, it is important for you to find new ways of getting that attention. Many forget that they need to be proactive and need to get out there an...

Don’t Just Learn Effective Communication Skills – Practise Them!

Communication is something that most of we do instinctively just like breathing, but that does not mean we always do it effectively. While it may seem easy and we believe that we are doing it correctly, some small business owners forget that communicating effectively actually takes quite a bit of finesse.

Working From Home Sounds Great in Theory, but is it Easy?

How many people dream about being able to work at home? How many imagine themselves in their immaculate home office zipping through tasks while sipping a homemade espresso or blended natural drink? Some believe that compared to the standard office, a home office is a virtual oasis of a working environment where they do not have to work surrounded with constant interruptions. Well, it’s wake up time in the home office nursery! Working from home has its own unique challenges. Having a fully equipped home office is not always the answer to the success of a business. Let’s not forget about the constant distractions and ‘invaders.’ Is your home office necessarily a suitable place for small children and pets to play? You may not think so, but what do they think? Working from ho...

Organizing Your Office Space Also Includes Time Management

This past week we discussed organizing your small business and organizing your office space. Now we want to talk about getting you organized with some time management tips and strategies. For small business owners who find themselves wearing many different hats and performing various jobs and tasks within a single business day, time management skills and techniques are very important to staying productive and organized. ‘Unlearning’ bad time management habits can be harder than leaning new productive ways of managing the time you have in your office space. Forget about how you spend your day in a frenzy of activity and then wonder why you haven’t accomplished much. Realize that time is not the problem, you likely are! Small business owners and entrepreneurs often talk abo...

Keeping Your Office Organized is More About Mental Organization

It seems everyone wants to get organized, but no one knows quite how to do it. There are plenty of articles about ‘de-cluttering’ your home or home office, but very few about organizing your office space. So we decide to gather some of the best ideas. Of course, we found plenty of practical suggestions about filing, eliminating junk mail, paper, time-management etc., but few that actually addressed changing your way of thinking and feeling about clutter. Computers have a great deal to offer organization in terms of paperless storage, but their power is often underutilized and misapplied. Even when we get bigger hard drives, better searches and even better organizing software programs, we still get computer clutter. Clutter-proofing your business is about changing people, not th...