Successful Startups Turn Their Size To Their Advantage

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. Many large companies were once small ‘startup’ businesses. While these companies are smaller initially and have challenges, they do have some advantages over their larger counterparts. The following contributed post is thus entitled; Successful Startups Turn Their Size To Their Advantage.

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The first thing that comes to mind when you consider startups is their size. Startups are tiny businesses run on a tight budget. When it comes to tackling entrepreneurship dreams, however, startups have become an attractive and even profitable alternative to mid-size companies. Indeed, allowing your size to affect your impact on the market is a mistake that no successful startup is guilty of committing. On the contrary, using their small size as an advantage to navigate the complexity of their market, startups can build a positive company reputation, develop highly productive strategies and build profitable relationships with business partners and interlocutors.

Personal interactions matter

Too small for an office? Go remote
When every expense matters, startups need to be creative about creating an engaging work environment that doesn’t go over budget. The preferred solution is to offer more flexibility to their staff by introducing non-traditional working options. Flexibility can allow large teams to work in a small space by creating early and late schedules throughout the day. When there is no budget available to rent an office space, home-based offices and remote locations – such as for staff who prefer to work from their favorite coffee shops, for instance — can keep costs down while boosting staff satisfaction and productivity.

If you don’t have the right skills, someone else will
Mid-size and large companies cultivate an in-house pool of skills, which can be associated with high recruitment and training costs. Startups keep their in-house skills on the minimalist side, ensuring that project outsourcing with dedicated experts fills up the blanks. With startup teams focusing on core activities, agencies such as Zentech I.T Solutions for IT consultancy or even digital accounting companies take over the everyday administrative tasks. Aside from keeping recruitment and team management costs low, the policy of leaving it to an expert allows startups to spend their time doing what they do best.

They’re the perfect human size
In a small team, every co-worker is known and trusted. As a result, startups are more likely to naturally develop a camaraderie culture that places the human element at the center of the attention. Their personal interactions keep the emotional engagement close to the business activities, which ultimately affects the team’s morale and productivity positively. Indeed, while startups cultivate a digital environment for work, they also tend to leave more room for individual interactions. In a large-scale company, emails, hierarchic structure, and internal politics can interrupt the natural use of interpersonal skills.

Investors invest in an individual dream, not corporate figures
As a result of building their personality within a small team, startups are more likely to win over an investor in face-to-face interaction. While most investors want to see the calculations behind your strategic pitch, they also make a decision that relies on their emotional engagement with an individual dream. The fast pace and reactivity of the startup environment ensure that you will be more relaxed and open during a stressful pitch, which ultimately creates a better first impression on an investor.

Success comes in all sizes. For startups, being small is a crucial factor to their success if they embrace the advantages of their human structure.

Helping Hands That Could Make Your Business Workflow More Efficient

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. In the Rich Dad Poor Dad series, Robery T. Kiyosaki often refers businesses as a ‘team sports’. Likewise a key to growing your business is recruiting the right professional talent to help you with the important tasks. The following contributed post is thus entitled; Helping Hands That Could Make Your Business Workflow More Efficient.

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You try your best to keep your business running smoothly on a day to day basis, but recently you have noticed a strange spike in you workload and it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep up. Your business needs that extra push to keep it going above and beyond your expectations, but how are you going to achieve this? Accepting help when you’re an entrepreneur can be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s actually a great sign of growth. Widening your horizons and getting more people on board with your business will not only set your business up for greater success, but it will also give you the opportunity to relax a little more. It’s time to lighten your load and finally make your business workflow more efficient.

Bookkeeping Assistance

When it comes to calculating your taxes, you are certainly no expert. You spend days and weeks of your life every year trying to decipher various receipts and payments. You will never enjoy doing your taxes, so why continue to suffer? You can visit and they will help you by producing detailed reports about your business. Understand where your money is being spent and how you could be small changes here and there. If financial data is baffling to you, then you won’t have to worry any longer if you seek assistance from reputable bookkeepers.


Marketing Help

You spend a lot of time working on the advertising and marketing methods for your company. Although you do have a creative eye and you enjoy getting stuck into the process of building campaigns, you need to spend more time on the actual business itself. This is why you should definitely consider hiring a professional marketing manager, who can take charge of your businesses advertisements. You will always be able to have the final say, but you will have more free time to finish the jobs that are urgently waiting on your to-do list.

More Employees

When you run a small business is can seem pretty odd to be thinking about hiring employees; you have always worked by yourself and you have always liked it that way. Putting your trust into other people to help you run your business is a little daunting, but this might just be the next step that your business need. Imagine having an office assistant who can answer calls or reply to emails. This would allow your workload to lighten so that you can actually enjoy the job you are doing. Consider the roles you might require in the company right now and start thinking about hiring a workforce soon.

You have always been a proud business owner who is able to handle anything that is thrown your way. As your company gets bigger and bigger you have realised that you can’t do everything by yourself, so it is definitely time to start thinking about hiring some extra helping hands. Take all of these ideas on board and consider where your business needs that extra lift. You will soon notice an improvement to your workflow as soon as you have made these changes.

Why Storytelling Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. A key to growing your business is growing your brand and telling a story that your customers can relate to. This in large part helps them to connect to your product and service. The following contributed post is thus entitled; Why Storytelling Is Your Most Valuable Asset.

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From the legendary John Lewis Christmas ad defining the season to iconic Pepsi promos with music superstars, to public safety announcements that drive real behaviour change and the cinematic elegance of Chanel’s fragrance campaigns, advertising can have a huge impact on our lives. But aside from recognisable brands, the thread that all of these advertising strategies have in common? A compelling story to tell.

From our very first years, humans are designed to be almost magnetically drawn to a well crafted story. Folk wisdom, life lessons and valuable knowledge have been passed down the generations since the dawn of time in this manner. Engaging, emotional, and holding the listener completely spellbound, the sheer magic of telling a story can shape our behaviour – and successful brands know this. But why is a good story so compelling that it should act as the key to every content marketing strategy?

A Universal Experience

Advertising has come a long way since the soap box days of listing the features and benefits of a product and hoping people listen. Basing marketing efforts on a great story is a far better approach, as it relates the product or service to emotions within the customer, and that can be far more powerful a connection than the fleeting drivers of price or even product innovation. When people see a glimpse of themselves in a brand, they become loyal, and customer loyalty is the marketing holy grail.

The Hallmark of A Brand

From titans of a auto world like Audi to the illustrious heritage of luxury brands like Valentino, storytelling is a huge differentiator in a crowded global marketplace. Getting your message across and the brand values that you stand for can be really hard with all the cognitive noise and rival brands, but crafting a great narrative is a shortcut to standing out and is something that has the power to stick with people and even shape culture- just look at Coca Cola and their impact on the colour of Santa’s clothes!

The Human Touch

When it comes to mega-brands like Starbucks or Apple, they operate on such a large scale that there is a very real danger of being perceived as completely out of touch and abstract to the person on the street. Storytelling is the magic that bridges this gap so effectively and allows their customers to buy into the brand ethos. All businesses are set up to solve a problem with their product or service offer. The human element that storytelling weavers into this allows customers that share the same problems to see how they could be solved with the solution the company is offering. The power of case studies, especially in the business to business world, never seems to wane. People want to see themselves reflected in the mirror of the story. They can then begin to associate themselves with the brand and it’s values and form a connection.

The Soft Approach

Today’s consumers are hyper aware of being sold to, so any campaign that comes across as too blatantly ‘salesy’ is likely not to go down so well. In fact, taking too pushy or aggressive or a tone can have an extremely negative effect. It’s a far better approach to simply share an experience or a set of values and leave the decision up to the judgement of the customer.

Save Your Business Ship From Sinking Into The Abyss

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. Starting any business venture is like setting off on a voyage across the ocean or the sea. As such it’s critical to understand what provisions to load onto your ship, and what protocols to use in various circumstances. The following contributed post is thus titled; Save Your Business Ship From Sinking Into The Abyss.

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Over ninety percent of startups will fail within their first year. This means that many business owners won’t even get out the gates with their company. You have to be prepared for this possibility. You have to know how to right a sinking ship. Luckily, there are a few possible courses you can take here, and we’re going to check a few out right now.

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Manage What You Owe

If your business is starting to sink there’s a good chance, it’s being submerged in debt. When you start a business, you may have to borrow a lot of money, and you probably won’t be able to pay it all back at once. That leaves debt to build up more and more in different areas. The fact it’s in different areas can make it seem smaller and less significant when in reality, it’s eating away at your company. How do you handle this?

Well, you can think about consolidating your debt. Debt consolidation lenders are brilliant because they will provide you with the tools to put all the your debt into one sum that’s easier to pay off. You can start to treat it like another monthly bill. Be aware though, this is a loan, and you have to make sure that you understand the conditions before taking it on.

Alternatively, consider getting the help of an accountant. They’ll be able to make sure that you find out where the money is leaking out and whether you have unpaid invoices from clients. This can help shift some of the weight.

Cut The Costs Right Back

You might find that your company is struggling because it’s just too darn expensive. If that’s the case, it’s time to think about cutting the cost, bringing them in line with the level of demand you’re getting rather than what you hoped to claim when you entered on the market.

There are many ways to cut costs, but if you’re running your business from an office, that is definitely the place to start. Consider whether you can instead move towards a home business model with mobile workers who can come in and help when the needs arise. Or, just move to a smaller office and move most of your workers back to their own homes. This is possible with most company models thanks to the latest tech available on the market.

Go For Broke
Or, go in a completely different direction and push your costs right up, throwing most of the weight into new marketing campaigns. By doing this, you can give one last hit and try and get your audience to grow to the point you need it to be. Yes, this is definitely going to drive up the debt that you might already be facing. But if it’s successful, this could be the risk you had to take to save your company from doom. Make no mistake though, this is a seriously risky move, and it’s one that a lot of businesses won’t survive.

We hope this helps provide you with some choices of how to stop your business from sinking completely.

Managing Your Debt More Effectively

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money. From experience, losing control of debt or misusing it can adversely affect your financial and even personal health. It’s thus important not to get involved with it in the first place, or to get rid of it as quickly as possible if you have. The following contributed post is thus titled; Managing Your Debt More Effectively.

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If you have a great deal of debt, it is no doubt affecting your life in a number of ways. Anyone who has ever experienced being in debt will testify to the fact that it can be incredibly worrying and damaging, an it’s one of those situations that you wouldn’t wish on even your worst enemy. However, the truth is that even the worst debt in the world can be improved by being managed more effectively, and that effective management begins with a proper understanding of debt, how it works, and what you can do to try and improve or fix it. In this post, we will take a look at some of the things you can do to manage your debt much more effectively and fully in the future.

Understand Your Options

Something that can really help with the psychological part of debt is understanding what options you have, so that you are much less likely to feel as though all is lost. As it turns out, this is something which you will be able to do pretty easily, and it will mean that you will immediately feel a lot better about your debt in the process too. One of the options always available is consolidation, which can be a hugely helpful way of lumping all your debt into one. This then gets the other creditors off your back, and ensures you can start paying it all back in manageable portions. Sometimes a company will also allow you to call debt forgiveness, which can be the best option if you are able to get it. And other times, there is the bankruptcy route, which can help you to get back on track.

Take It Slow

Once you know what the route is that you are likely to take, you need to start taking it – but somewhat slowly. If you rush into anything, it is likely that you will only cause yourself further and further stress, so it’s something that you definitely want to avoid doing if you can help it. By taking it slow, you make it that much easier to keep on to of things and not let yourself get too stressed, and it means that you will be in a much better position at the end of it too. Remember this important advice if you are wondering what you can do to make it all seem a little easier, as this ensure that psychological side of it is considerably less stressful and worrisome.

Get Help

Sometimes all it takes is to have a little help from those around you, so this is an option which you should absolutely consider too. You need to make sure that you are aware of what options you have in terms of who can help you, as knowing that is central to being able to get to a better financial position faster. Bear that in mind, and it will make a huge difference in the long run.

Reflections on the classroom from a veteran of the school system revisited

The first principal of my blog is Creating Ecosystems of Success, and a key focus is Education. Dad was a critical piece of my journey towards my earning my STEM degree and starting my career. I originally published this piece in the Examiner back in 2012, shortly after he retired from education. I lived with him for almost three years prior to starting my federal science career, and learned some things about his career in education simply through watching, observing and talking to him.

Dad taught in one of the ‘lower’ two districts in New York State’s “Capital Region”, and this account captures what it’s like for some teachers who work in ‘lower income’ communities. While Dad agreed to let me publish this piece, there was some deliberation over its content as he wanted to be truthful while not offending anyone. This piece raises several key questions. Do parents have a role in their child’s education? Is it the school’s job to do everything? Lastly, what are the ramifications for kids getting passed through the system without doing the work, and what ultimately happens to them?

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Dad retired from education after 20 years of teaching Life Science in junior high in one of New York State’s eastern central school districts. When asked about being an educator and the daily issues he faced, he focused mainly on the attitudes and preparedness of his students and their parents. He also focused on an administration that highly emphasized passing its students, probably due to outside pressure which eventually trickled down the to its faculty. The issues he discussed were not unique to his district, and were common in lower income communities across the nation.

“One of the hardest parts of the job was getting the students to believe that I knew what I was talking about,” he said. The adolescent years are known to be the start of a rebellious period in the lives of young people. It’s not only challenging for parents, but also for educators. He further added, “Many of my students came to school hungry and without having breakfast. It’s hard to learn that way!”

Dad spent a lot of time discussing parenting saying, “Somewhere there was a disconnection between the parents and what the students should’ve been doing at home, particularly their homework. The parents should’ve been helping to reinforce our program at home. If we could’ve just gotten the parents on board, things would’ve gone more smoothly.”

“Parents aren’t what they used to be. They seem to act as though they can just make babies and it’s the school’s job to raise them,” he lamented about parents who weren’t proactive and vigilant about their children’s education.

“When I came home, I frequently saw my father reading,” he continued. “In some families, kids come home and see Mom and Dad watching TV and not reading, and will do the same thing. For African American and Latino kids, reading is very, very important,” he said passionately.

Whether it’s a low income district or a high income district as described in the writings of Dr. Ralph G. Perrino of the former Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, strong parental involvement seems to be a key ingredient in the success of students.

When he visited the University of Michigan when I was in graduate school, the famous (and now maligned) neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, originally from inner-city Detroit, openly acknowledged that he wasn’t a strong student early on in his life. He further acknowledges that it was his mother’s insistence that he read and continually expand his mind that set the stage for his successes.

Dad finally voiced his frustrations with the school system itself saying, “In many districts there is a lot of pressure on teachers to pass students who may not be measuring up to the teacher’s expectations and what’s outlined in the curriculum.” In short, whether intended or not, the expectations for his students were being lowered. He further encountered quite a few students and parents who expected passing grades without the work being done.

“The school district was phasing out effort, good behavior, homework, and classroom participation. My students’ grades were eventually based mostly on tests and quizzes,” he said. He closed by saying (with conviction), “The problem is that when these students go out into the real world, they’ll be in trouble in job settings.”

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I want to close by acknowledging all the educators who go to work every day preparing our future generations. It’s a very important and sometimes underappreciated career/job. I’ll always remember seeing Dad go away to school every day, grading papers on the weekends, and enjoying his summer vacations. His experiences weren’t unique, and they applied to many schools in other cities across the country.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you enjoyed this story, you might also enjoy:

The story of how I earned my STEM degree as a minority
Challenging misconceptions and stereotypes in academic achievement
The benefits and challenges of using articulate speech
Challenging misconceptions and stereotypes in class, household income, wealth and privilege
Who will benefit from Apple’s $350 billion investment?
Father’s Day 2018: Dad’s doctor and his lawyer, and a discussion on careers
Father’s Day 2017: Reflections on some of Dad’s money and life lessons

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How To Grow Your One-Person Business

Two of the key focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. Many people have business ideas and eventually become motivated to pursue their entrepreneurial idea. Some people create businesses that thrive while others eventually fold. What are the keys to success? The following contributed post is entitled; How To Grow Your One-Person Business.

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Anyone who has tried to get a business underway knows just how difficult it can be. There are a million and one tasks to take care, and new ones are being added to the list all the time. But in most cases, there’s a team of people around the CEO who are helping to lighten the load and make growing the business more manageable. When you’re running things completely by yourself, then it’s extra difficult. Below, we take a look at some tips that’ll make it easier to grow your company – even if you’re the only employee.


Start Small

You might have grand plans for your business, but you’re not going to reach the end game of your empire overnight, or at least not with bags of luck. In any case, what’s the rush? Everything will run much smoother if you start small. You’ll feel more control if things aren’t moving beyond your reach. In time, you might want to step up, but you’ll know that when you do, you’re able to handle things yourself. If you take on too much work before you’re ready, you’ll just find that you’re drowning under the pressure. Swim easy!

Outsource Some Tasks

You might be technically a one-person business, but that doesn’t mean you have to do all of the tasks yourself. And you don’t have to hire an employee, either. Instead, look at working with other companies. There are companies who offer outsourced IT support, marketing, accounting, and much more. These can be time-consuming, complicated tasks, and by passing the responsibility onto someone else, you’ll be able to focus on your skills, and grow your business knowing that the important duties are being taken care of by professionals.

Be Committed

It’s possible to cut corners in certain areas of your business, but alas, there’s no substitute for hard work. If you want your business to be a success, you need to put the hours in! And that means being committed. There’ll be times when you have the choice between working on your business or, say, joining friends for a drink at the bar. Here’s where a little bit of discipline will go a long way. If you’re able to reject socializing and stay in to get some work done, you’ll be much more likely to have a successful business. It’s all about selecting deferred gratification over instant gratification. You might miss out on some fun now, but it’ll come back to you in good ways if you get down to work.

Set Monthly Targets

But of course, it’s all good and well sitting in front of a laptop, trying to grow your business, but the proof is in the pudding. To make sure you’re making progress from your efforts, have monthly targets in your sights. It’s much easier to work an extra hour in the evening if you know you have a target to reach.

Stay committed, work hard, and good things will come – for everything else, maybe you can draft in free labor from your friends and family

Everything a Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Tax

Two of the key focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. No matter what your business idea is, navigating the tax laws is critical to give your enterprise every chance to thrive. Likewise not understanding this component of your business plan can make things harder. The following contributed post is thus entitled; Everything a Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Tax.

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Chances are that when you first set up your small business, you’ve never had to deal with taxes yourself before. The majority of people spend most of their lives in employed positions and their employer automatically deducts taxes from their pay and pays them to the government on their behalf. But when you are running a business and become self-employed, working for yourself, you gain a whole lot more responsibility. Now, as long as your business is making money, you’re going to have to pay a whole host of taxes – there’s’ no choice in the matter, as it is a legal requirement of you. So, it’s something that you’re going to have to get to grips with relatively quickly. Here are just a few sage pieces of advice to help you along the way!

What Are Your Taxes Used For?

Seeing as you’re paying taxes, you’re going to want to know exactly where they are going. Generally speaking, governments take taxes as a percentage out of all of their citizens’ pay. Most countries use a graded scale, so the more money you earn, the larger the percentage of tax that you pay. The money taken is then put towards improving the country, its services (such as healthcare systems, emergency services, and educational systems), its transport, its infrastructure, and its defence.

What Happens If You Don’t Pay?

As we have mentioned, paying taxes is a legal requirement. If you do not declare how much you are earning, and / or do not pay the percentage of tax required of you, you could be in for a whole lot of trouble. If you file your return late, you may be charged an extra five percent of your overall owed amount for every month that your return remains unsubmitted. If you fail to pay your taxes, you can face a failure to pay penalty, which amounts to an extra 0.5 percent of the money that you owe being added to your bill on a monthly basis until you have forked out the full figure.

In terms of corporation tax, you may also find yourself incurring:

● Delinquency fines
● Accuracy related penalties
● Information reporting fines
Protestor, preparer, or promoter penalties

Paying Your Taxes

Using a Professional Accountant

Perhaps the easiest way to file your taxes correctly is to work hand in hand with professional accountants like Brown Smith & Wallace. Accountants have received extended educations and have trained for years specialising in all things related to tax. They know the system inside out, so will be certain of what you need to pay, what you don’t need to pay, and when you need to pay. This helps to minimise chances of errors and mistakes on your yearly fiscal report and prevents problems from developing down the line. This is generally recommended for any small business owner, as not only does filing the wrong sum of money, filing the wrong return, or filing the wrong receipts and other papers pose the potential of lumping you with fines or even jail time, but tax scandal can have an extremely detrimental effect on your business’ image to the public.

Doing It Yourself

While you will generally find yourself having a much easier time using professional services such as accountancy, you don’t necessarily have to engage with accountants and can complete and file your tax return yourself. If you have only just started out in business and are looking for an area to save money, cutting accountancy fees can be a good area to save. However, you do need to ensure that you know what you’re doing and that you follow the process properly.

● Take a short course – there are many short courses out there surrounding accountancy for small business owners. They are not as thorough as degree programmes which qualify you to become a fully chartered accountant, but they are extremely effective in endowing you with an understanding of the basics. They are also a lot cheaper and less time consuming than a full time degree. Consider enrolling on a course in your local area to get to grips with everything that you have to do in order to correctly file a tax return.

● Research deadlines – information regarding the deadlines for returns that you need to file are generally available through government help websites. Make sure to put these dates in your calendar and make sure to start filling in your return well in advance of the deadline. There will probably be too much work to do to get away with leaving filling things in until the day before the deadline.

● Follow instructions – most tax return forms come with a full list of instructions. So make use of them. Follow each step through and complete the return in the order that it is presented to you. This will help to simplify the process for you. If possible, complete the return online. This tends to make things easier, as you can generally click for further information if you feel that the questions asked of you are unclear.

● Use helplines – most governments also provide helplines that you can contact to speak to someone about any issues you are having with filing your return. If you feel confused, do not hesitate to call and ask for a little help.

● Consider expenses – if you have forked out for any tax deductible expenses, seek out receipts and add them to your return. This can help to minimise the amount of money that you owe, saving you a little extra money as you go along.

As you can see, there’s a whole to learn and bear in mind when it comes to completing your taxes at the end of each fiscal year. Sure, it’s a little dull. It may well be complex. Chances are there are a thousand other things you’d rather spend your time doing. But, it is a legal requirement of you and your business, so you might as well make the inevitable process as simple as possible for yourself. Hopefully, the above pieces of advice will help you to achieve this!

Finding The Financial Wiggle Room Your Business Needs

Two of the key focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy and Money, and Business and Entrepreneurship. No matter what your business idea is, figuring out how run a surplus is critical. Likewise many new businesses don’t last due to the poor management of costs. The following contributed post is thus entitled; Finding The Financial Wiggle Room Your Business Needs.

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Are you feeling the costs starting to bite at your business? Are you risking your profits by letting your expenses go unchecked? Success in business isn’t just about creating the product and service the market needs and selling it to them effectively. You have to make the best use of the resources available to you, money most of all. To help give you more to make use of, we’re going to take a look at ways that you can cut the costs in your business.

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Consider relocating
Where does your business do its work? If you’re renting out office space, could it be more economical to downsize? Many teams are moving away from the traditional office space, entirely. For instance, a small team might be able to work just as effectively from home, connecting to one another via the internet in a remote working agreement. Otherwise, you might want to consider sharing your space to cut down in costs, too. Either you can look at the possibility of leasing out existing office space or moving your team into coworking spaces shared with other businesses, as well.

Be economic about your equipment
Every business has to invest in the right equipment to some degree. But you don’t always have to buy it at market value. When it comes to equipment like computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, speakers, and the like, you should look at the potential to lease that equipment. Buying might be more cost-effective in the long-term, but leasing can help you make immediate savings. If you want the best of both worlds, consider buying refurbished office equipment, as well. Second-hand has a bad reputation to some people but refurbished digital equipment is rigorously tested to ensure that it’s fit for purpose before purchase and often comes with a warranty. Otherwise, consider looking at second-hand office furniture, as well, to cut some of those costs.

Switch up your suppliers
Besides the one-time purchases you have to try and get a good deal on, like digital equipment and furniture, there is also the supply of goods that any office needs to keep running smoothly. In most cases, we’re talking about office materials like paper, stationery, printer supplies and the like. Your supplies may differ, but the strategy remains the same: don’t buy them at retail. Instead, getting cost-effective resources like cheap ink cartridges is all about finding the right supplier. You local printing store might be willing to negotiate a deal for a business account but if they’re not, you’re better at looking online and buying in bulk from industry suppliers.

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Rethink your hiring
One of the easiest ways to see your costs climbing way too high is to hire a new member to the team without the necessary consideration. Besides their pay, every employee comes with a lot of added cost. If you get over fifteen employees, for instance, you will find that providing some benefits becomes mandatory. What’s more, too many business owners employ people without really having enough work to justify creating that role. Instead, look at the possibility of outsourcing some of your workload. You get the benefits of hiring a professional, without all the hassle of going through recruitment, and the added pressure on your HR system. What’s more, you can consider making existing roles more streamlined by systemizing processes using things like automating software so that you and your team can get more productive, eliminating the need for another hire in the first place.

Balance your marketing
Almost all businesses are marketing in the digital world these days. It’s undoubtedly the most effective way to reach the largest audience possible. However, it’s not always worth the money. In particular, digital advertising might not be the most cost-effective way to use your advertising budget. Look at the differences between inbound marketing and outbound marketing. Outbound marketing, like advertising, involves paying a lot of money for a lot of short-term gain. If you’re not running a special sale or a launch event, you shouldn’t spend on short-term gain. Rather, inbound marketing, such as content marketing and social media marketing, costs a lot less (it can be entirely free if you’re willing to put the time into it) and lasts a lot longer.

Spend your energy wisely
When is the last time you took a real good look at your utility bill? Besides switching up your internet or electricity suppliers, the most effective way to reduce those bills is to reduce how much energy and water you’re using in the business. If you can handle the short-term expense, consider hiring a team to perform an energy audit. It’s an immediate cost, but it can highlight all the ways that your business is wasting energy and the policies and practices you can put into place to reduce that waste. Besides hiring an energy audit, there’s plenty you can do to reduce energy use yourself, such as installing LED light bulbs, ensuring that all digital equipment is turned off, rather than on standby, at the end of the day and such.

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Take a chunk off your taxes
Most business owners don’t know the full range of tax deductions that they could be entitled to. You can deduct gross receipts tax, payroll tax, sales tax, gasoline tax, and much more. To be eligible for a deduction, expenses have to be solely for the business, however. For instance, a home business owner might not be able to deduct the full cost of a new PC if, for instance, they also use it to stream movies or have other personal uses for it. If you want to make the most deductions without getting the ire of the IRS, it’s recommended to work with a qualified accountant.

A careful balance has to be struck when it comes to cutting costs in the business. You want to free the money you need to reinvest and to grow the business, but if you end up cutting too much, it will impact your services and your customers could turn against you. Scale costs responsibly, starting by reducing instead of cutting and with the most unnecessary costs first.

The Importance Of Providing Your Staff With The Right Tools

The first principal of my blog is Creating Ecosystems of Success, and a key focus is Business and Entrepreneurship. A key to success in any business or organization is providing your staff with the proper tools. The following contributed post is thus entitled; The Importance Of Providing Your Staff With The Right Tools.

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You may have heard the phrase, ‘you are only as good as the tools you use’. It’s been around for some time and doesn’t just refer to the tools that YOU would use for a job, but also the tools that you provide your staff with. When you’re running a business, you need to be able to offer the right tools to your staff to enable them to perform to the best of their abilities. When it comes to staff motivation, you need to do what you can to help your people to feel equipped for the work. It doesn’t just help them to understand how to do their job efficiently, it allows your business to be as productive as possible.

Tools mean different things to different businesses. Sometimes, the word ‘tools’ refers to the physical tools that are required to complete a job, such as power drills and hammers. They can also mean the cranes and large vehicular tools such as the ones that you can find at as used by the construction industry. The tools to do the job right in an office would be the technology that is used to complete tasks on time – even the computers that are used every day. There are thousands of examples of tools out there and if you are running a successful business, then it’s up to you to ensure that you are providing the right ones so that your staff can work as effectively as possible.

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There are two kinds of tools: the physical ones that complete a project and then there are the tools that help your business to run its processes effectively. Having the tools for the job can enable your staff to work efficiently, giving them the chance to grab more opportunities at work. Tools that you provide your employees can make or break your business. Without the right ones, your people can’t get their job done, slowing down your business and minimising your level of profit that year. You can also inadvertently lower the morale of your employees when you don’t offer them that support and equipment that they need.

When you miss out on supplying the right equipment for your employees, you are shooting your business in the foot. There are many applications and services that you can implement into your workplace to keep tasks organised, make employees feel as if you are listening to them and help you to keep your internal business processes running smoothly. Without the right tools, inefficiency creeps into your business. A slowed workforce isn’t one that can make the right waves and can keep up with the changing times. Providing your employees with the right tools for the job is the only way to keep up with those changes. You should never allow the lack of correct tools to put your business behind; communicate effectively with your staff and you can work out what you need to provide.