How To Apply Your Money Saving Sense To Your Business

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Just as with your personal finances, you must also manage the finances of your business. In both instances, to be successful you must control your money management, costs and try to run as much of a surplus as you can. The following contributed post is therefore entitled, How To Apply Your Money Saving Sense To Your Business.

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You may have mastered the fine art of balancing your personal finances, but when it comes to starting up a business, it’s a whole different ball game. If you’ve launched a start-up it may well be your first time having to manage business finance, and although the opportunities are good, it can also be a tough, global marketplace to compete in. No matter how great your product or service, if you don’t get the money side right, your business doesn’t have a good chance at being successful and expanding. Many a promising venture has ended up on the rocks due to fiscal naivety or mismanagement. Your best bet is to apply the same money-saving sense to your business as you do your personal financial affairs.

Focus On Low Cost Advertising

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your business can succeed without a marketing strategy. You do need to allocate some budget towards attracting customers to get those profits rolling in, but the good news is that there are plenty of very low cost digital options available. If your brand is a visual one, investing in polished, professional Instagram content is a great way to catch the eye. If your business is more technical, you could chose to focus on public relations work and positioning yourself as a source of industry expertise, through hosting Q&A sessions on Twitter, participating in LinkedIn groups and publishing white papers. There’s also a lot you can do with targeted AdWords campaigns without a huge budget. Search out the low-cost marketing activities that most align with your brand.

Find Great Suppliers

A lot of the costs you will be encountering as a start-up business come from your suppliers, so it’s basic sense to shop around for the best deals. Whether you’re looking for office supplies or something specialist like crane hire on a construction project, don’t be afraid to use your negotiation skills to improve on the first price you’re offered. Find ways to become a preferred customer – ordering in bulk, trading services or recommending to other customers. Depending on your industry and the growth potential of what you do, you may be able to set up exclusive trading relationships with some suppliers including a fixed unit price which will help to cushion your company from the effects of inflationary cost rises.

Head In The Clouds

Small business owners are almost always better off using cloud based systems solutions. Most of these work on a annual user basis and they free you from the need to constantly maintain and upgrade your own systems. They also extend productivity by allowing you to access data and work from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection, plus they usually have hefty security methods like encryption and secure servers that you may otherwise be paying for separately. Your CRM and word processing systems are better off in the cloud, and some programmes, such as Trello project management software or Canva for graphic design, are even free up to a certain point, or offer special enterprise licences for small business.

What Do New Entrepreneurs Usually Forget About

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. When starting businesses, there are often aspects that entrepreneurs overlook. Issues pertaining to these details can sometimes emerge later and be can be costly. The following contributed post is therefore entitled, What Do New Entrepreneurs Usually Forget About.

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There is certainly a lot that needs doing when you are in the process of setting up a new company. You will have to consider a lot of different decisions and choices to ensure that you get things up and running as smoothly as possible. However, as there is so much to do in the runup to the launch, there is no wonder that some entrepreneurs end up forgetting a few important tasks and responsibilities. Some of these won’t prevent them setting up the business, but they could make things a lot difficult to get going and it could, later down the line, result in the company being far less productive than what it should be.

So, if you are planning on becoming a business owner in the near future, make sure that you don’t forget any of the following.

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The Legal Side Of Setting Up A Business

Many new business owners get their company up and running without giving the legal side of running a business a second thought. However, it’s important that you think carefully about all the legalities of running your own company, otherwise you might end up in some big trouble. For example, you might end up trading illegally without even realizing it. If you get in touch with someone like Kelly Bagla, Esq. when you have decided to set up your own company, they will be able to take you through some very important steps to ensure that it is all legal and above board. Make sure that you don’t skip this before you start operating!

Asking For Help

Some entrepreneurs can be very proud, which puts them off ever asking anyone else for help. This is a bad move as there is no way you will be able to create a business from scratch without the help of others. For instance, if you have a family that you are trying to juggle alongside your new business, it could be worth asking friends and family if they can take the kids at times when you are super busy at work. You should also have some professional contacts who you can reach out to whenever you need any corporate help.

Attending Networking Events

At the start of a business’s lifespan, it can be difficult to find a spare hour or two to get out of the office. However, it’s important that you prioritize networking events and make time to attend these. These are the perfect places to meet potential new business investors and other professionals who you could add to your corporate network. The more people you meet and get to know, then the more people you can reach out to when you need help and support.

Taking A Break

Remember that it’s important to take plenty of breaks away from the office so that you don’t end up over-stressed. If your stress levels are regularly too high, they could end up making you ill.

Make sure that you don’t forget any of the above, or else your business could suffer as a result!

The Big R Word: Recovery

The first principle of my blog is Creating Ecosystems of Success, and two of its key focuses are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Most businesses initially fail, which can permanently break the will of my individuals. For those with stronger resolve, how does one recover? The following contributed post is entitled, The Big R Word: Recovery.

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Recovery comes from the Anglo-French 12th-century word, recoverie, which literally means return to health. Originally, recovering is the act of experiencing improvement through a path of health troubles. In other words, you have to get bad first before you can finally get better.
In the business world, while you can metaphorically talk about the health of the company, recovery focuses on the processes in place to deal with dramatic and destructive issues that affect the normal workflow. Where the medical environment offers dedicated cure and treatment to start the recovery process, businesses don’t have any magical pill that can erase costly mishaps. As a result, recovering from a business crisis is a painful process that needs to consider matters of liability, compensation, reconstruction strategy.

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When it’s your fault
One of the most dreaded situations for business owners is to handle faults that have been caused as a result of malpractice, inattention, or even lack of safety on their end. Nobody likes to make mistakes, mainly because the consequences can be heavy. A car accident caused by a faulty engine, for instance, can affect the brand, the revenues, and market penetration. It’s important to approach the situation as quickly as possible to provide the best response. Additionally, you want to find partners to help you avoid further issues; such as a fleet management company that can service your trucks, or an IT security agency that keep your data secure. Acknowledging the fault is the first step towards your recovery, then you need to introduce preventive measures.

When it’s somebody else’s fault
With cyber crimes on the rise, and especially hacking and other unauthorized data access, it would be unfair to constantly put the blame on the company for a data breach situation. Despite extensive preventive measures, businesses can still be targeted by experienced hackers. As a result, it’s important to understand that your customers are more likely to be understanding if the company has a strict IT security policy. Nevertheless, the recovery process is going to affect your brand image. You need to tackle data loss and network breaches as quickly and effectively as possible. Furthermore, running regular security audits – even with a security solution in place – can avoid expensive issues.

When it’s nobody’s fault
Business owners can only control so much. A disaster that takes the company by surprise requires a dedicated disaster recovery protocol. Indeed, market analysis and reports can highlight the most common crisis situation in your industry sector and your area, from business fires to flooding. Using the information, you can take preventive measures to protect your company, such as dedicated insurance cover for instance. Your DRP can kick into action as soon as the business starts the recovery process, ensuring that you have access to the expertise and funding you need.

At the core of the recovery process, your company needs to focus on maintaining a transparent and open line of communication with members of the staff and customers. Indeed, the crisis is likely to affect both employees and buyers; consequently, it’s crucial to keep them informed as you bring your business back to health.

Could You Face Hosting A Big Business Event?

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. If you’re a business owner, at some point, you might want to host a ‘business event’. If you do it right, it could result in growth for your operations. The following contributed post is thus entitled, Could You Face Hosting A Big Business Event?

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Hosting a business event is taking your business to another level. It’s dipping your toes into the big side of the business world, but there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be doing it. Hosting a business event gets you the exposure you need within the business world, and your niche that you might be struggling to dominate at the minute. But that’s not to say that it isn’t super hard to do, and that you’re not going to have your troubles along the way that might stop you from being able to host something like this. But if you do pull it off, you will have a wealth of custom coming your way, and a status in the business world that you didn’t have before. But there are a few things that you need to iron out first, which luckily we’re on hand to help you out with. Here’s how you can face hosting a business event, and the things you should be looking out for!

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The Fundamentals

There are some fundamentals that you really need to get right if you’re going to pull something like this off, and one of them is the location. A prime location would be in a business orientated city at a place known for hosting business events. The location alone can attract certain people that you need there. You then need to think about the vibe of the event. If you want it to be successful, you’re going to have to throw a business event that’s modern and innovative. You should have interactive stations all around, as well of course as the option for other businesses to have their own stand. Tickets and businesses wanting stands are the main ways that you’re going to make your money back from this. You also need to try and secure sponsors. Sponsors equal publicity and funding, so definitely something that you want on your list.

Little Things You Don’t Want To Forget

There are some finer details of a business event that we feel some hosts miss, yet could make all the difference to the view of the event. Things like having an ATM machine ready for the people attending to use, so that they don’t have to walk out of the event to find a cash point. You’ll often find ATM rentals for the day are not too expensive either! Good food sources and drinks is also essential. There’s nothing worse than a room full of people who are thirsty and hungry. Guest speaks are also essential. You need to have something informative and not based on selling, because there will be smaller companies attending the trade show who are just looking to gather as much information as possible.

Things You Need To Be Looking Out For

The main thing we think you need to be looking out for, is financial troubles. People put on business and trade events in the hope that they’re going to boost their finances in the end, and end up getting into debt to try and put on an event. You should always make sure you’re going to make a profit out of this, not a loss!

The Benefits Of Adding Manufacturing Elements to Your Business

Three of the key focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. When you start your business, you may not be ready early on to start a manufacturing component. Once it gets further along, the time may come to do it. It’s important to understand the manufacturing element. The following contributed post is therefore entitled, The Benefits Of Adding Manufacturing Elements to Your Business.

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Manufacturing is one element of your business that at first you may prefer to outsource. When you start out, you look to simplify processes, and manufacturing your own products may have just been a step too far. Not just with the initial set up costs, but the outlay of the production line etc. However, once your business becomes established, there could come a time when you could consider the added benefits of manufacturing in your business. Here are some of the things to think about.

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You have complete control

One of the major benefits of adding a manufacturing element to your business is that you have complete control. Not only in the process of actually making the products, but it is also a chance to have control when it comes to the quality aspect. You have to think about the fact that when this is outsourced, you have no control over what is produced and how it is produced. But doing it yourself means you can learn how to ensure that the processes are followed correctly.

Invest in technology

You may not realise what you have available to you when it comes to outsourcing the manufacturing side of things, so you might want to think about the fact that you can invest in different technology. Things such as RNA Automation and other advancements in different technology could help you increase the speed of the manufacturing process, or even increase the level in terms of logistics.

The chance to change things

If you are in control of the manufacturing side of things, you can then control the chance to make changes as and when you want to do. If you do decide to leave your manufacturing outside of your control, then changing things can take much longer to implement. Whereas if you do have the control, then you can make the changes as and when you want to. Sometimes as a business, you may want to make tweaks and changes, or even offer custom designs if your business can do that. So this ends up being a great asset to your business.

Reduction of costs in the long term

It may take some investment when it comes to costs. But in actual fact you may be able to reduce the costs overall in the future. Not just in terms of taking the control, but also the reduction of things such as logistics. You save on the transportation costs, from the dispatch between the factory and you for delivery, so making that saving could work in your favour in the future.

As a marketing tool

Finally, a big benefit to you as a business would be as a marketing tool. You can ensure that people realise that not only is the product good, and that the dispatch might be quick or timely,but it is also produced by you, in the country that you reside in. This can be a big marketing and advertising benefit as people tend to want to purchase things that are authentic to you as a brand. You can use this detail in your social media promotion, as well as in other advertising methods.

Let’s hope this has encouraged you to consider some of the benefits manufacturing could add to your business venture.

Taking Care of Contamination Inside The Medical Factory

A key focus of my blog is STEM. While we tend to focus most of our attention on the practitioners, a major part of the Healthcare Industry is the manufacturing. With the products being intended for use on patients, it’s critical that they have no contamination and be as sterile as a possible. The following contributed post is therefore entitled, Taking Care of Contamination Inside The Medical Factory.

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When it comes to healthcare, most of us think about family doctors or hospital staff. Some may even spare a brief thought for those in research labs. Either way; we always tend to reach for obvious choices. That’s because they’re the positions which have most impact on the experiences we have when we go to our local health facilities. Many people forget that there’s also manufacturing involved in every aspect of health care. From the machines used to treat us to the medicine we take; someone has to make it in the first place. And, it’s this neglected manufacturing process which we’re going to focus on today.

If you’re interested in health care without the patients, this could be the ideal career solution for you. Even better, the fact that this side of the business so often gets forgotten means that you could soon become a forerunner in the industry. At least, you could if you remember one important factor.

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Let’s face it; factories are usually pretty messy places. We’re talking oily hands and overalls which haven’t seen the wash in weeks. On a medical manufacturing line, though, hygiene is everything. If you approach your factory with a mess in mind, you’ll soon find yourself shut down with lawsuits on your hands.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent that happening. First, let go of that messy mechanic idea you have of how your factory should be. Then, consider the following ways to make sure your health care factory is as clean as a doctor’s surgery would be.

Are you working to FDA standards?

The biggest thing you need to bear in mind is that the FDA have strict regulations for anyone manufacturing medicines of any kind. The Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMPs) should be the first port of call for anyone looking to break into this industry. You need to know the rules inside out to ensure that your factory and processes are as clean as they can be. In many ways, you may also find that this guideline helps you to get going in the first place. In short, CGMPs ensure that every process and method you have in place works towards a safe and reliable product. These guidelines are essential when you consider that you as the manufacturer can’t necessarily ensure product quality any other way. While testing is also essential, it’s not a sure-fire way to ensure quality across the board. But, CGMPs are. Once you’ve done your homework and built a safe space for production, it’s essential that you get an FDA member to approve what you’re doing. They’ll be able to pick out both what you’re doing right, and what you’re getting wrong. That alone can be a huge help in your battle against contamination.

The equipment you use

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It is also worth bearing in mind the equipment you choose. This can both help you to keep everything sterile and pose a risk of its own. First, consider whether production equipment meets with the standards mentioned above. Machinery which makes life easy is crucial in any factory, but it’s even more critical in yours. That’s because fast and machine-focused processes are your best chance at keeping things clean. You want regular sanitation along your production line, with air blowers which can dry products fast after they’ve been disinfected. You also want machines which package your products for you without risk of contamination along the line. More than being useful additions, machines like these are essential for a safe production line. You also want to make sure that you’re sanitising your machines themselves. That means cleaning them regularly, and even keeping certain devices covered when not in use. If your team also rely on one-use items along the way, you should keep these in sterile packaging until your team come to need them each day. You need to think, too, about the equipment required for your products themselves. These are at the worst risk of contamination because they come into your factory from outside. It’s worth ordering separately packaged items in coatings which you remove the moment they arrive. You can then carry all products into your warehouse, safe in the knowledge that they’re sanitary. All the better to ensure you aren’t bringing contaminants into your space.

The staff involved

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Speaking of bringing contaminants into your space, you also need to think about your staff. They are, after all, the only outside factor aside from your production materials. The first thing you need to do is make sure that they’re well trained in the health and safety aspects of what you do. You may find it beneficial to hire those who have worked in similar fields before. That way, you guarantee that they already understand at least some of your processes. It’s also worth putting every team member through intensive FDA-approved training before letting them into your factory space. On top of all those precautions, you also need to consider the uniforms you provide. As we mentioned at the start of this post, the majority of warehouses involve scruffy overalls and hi-vis jackets. Whatever happens, you need to make sure you aren’t making that mistake. The clothes your staff members wear in this space need to be as sanitary as everything else. That means newly washed items every single working day. You should also consider sterile covering for everything from hair to shoes. Your staff may end up looking like they’re dressed for surgery, but these are necessary precautions. Think how much harm even one misplaced hair could do. It could see your factory shut down, that’s for sure, and isn’t a risk worth taking.

As you can see, a lot goes into keeping a factory like yours safe and sanitary. As much as they sound like hard work, these processes will soon become second nature to you and your team. Then, you can enjoy what you do without having to worry all the time that it’s about to blow up at you.

Protecting Your Employees

The first principle of my blog is Create Ecosystems of Success, and two of its key focuses are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. When running any organization or business, it’s critical to protect your employees. Doing so will not only help assure their loyalty, but it will also help improve their productivity. The following contributed post is thus entitled, Protecting Your Employees.

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As an employer, whether of one person or a thousand, you have responsibilities. You are responsible for creating safe and trustworthy products. For taking care of your customers and providing a service. You’re often responsible for dealing with complaints, for coming up with new ideas and motivating your staff, on top of your everyday jobs and tasks. One of your key responsibilities is to your team. Looking after them, keeping them safe, ensuring that they are happy at work, and fairly treated.

Many employers neglect this particular responsibility. They are too worried about the growth of their company. They invest time in products and services and assume that their team will look after themselves, especially if there aren’t many of them. This is a mistake. Protecting your staff and looking after their interests isn’t just good for them; it can also help to boost your business. Well cared for staff are often loyal. They are hard working and creative. If you give your team your time, they’ll be more likely to go the extra mile and give their all. It can be great for business while reducing turnover and cutting recruitment and training costs.

How you protect your staff will, of course, depend on the nature of your business and their specific roles and needs. But, here are some more general tips to help you.

Take Care of Your Equipment

If your business is office based and doesn’t use any special equipment for machinery, this isn’t something that you need to worry about. But, if it does, these items can cause injury or even illness. The risks are increased if the equipment is damaged, dirty or otherwise unable to work at its best. Take the time to have any equipment or machinery regularly serviced and get any issues dealt with as quickly as possible. If you use hot ovens or kilns in your business, invest in a high temperature camera so that you can complete safety checks yourself. Sometimes this can mean not using something until it’s fixed, but it’s worth it if everyone is safe.

Risk Assessments

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Even if you are office based, risk assessments are an essential part of keeping everyone safe and protected. Even an office with a few chairs, computers and shelves has risks. You just need to find them. Print off some risk assessment sheets and walk around your workplace, as well as any secondary work sites or vehicles, and identify risks. Even smaller ones like heavy lifting, trips and slips and reaching high shelves. Assess the risk and think of ways to minimise it. For smaller risks, it might merely be a case of using wet floor signs when cleaning and teaching team members how to lift correctly. Make sure you complete separate assessments for pregnant or injured employees who might face greater risks or need changes to their job.

Train Them

Staff training is the best way to keep your team safe. They should be thoroughly trained to do their jobs well, with detailed instruction on anything that could cause them harm. Many businesses make the mistake of training staff once and then leaving it. Offer regular refresher training, and extra team sessions when something changes.

How To Make Your Online Store a Success

Three of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. Setting up an online store is much different than setting up a traditional bricks and mortar store. For an online store, you must become savvy in terms of technology in addition to marketing. The following contributed post is thus entitled, How To Make Your Online Store a Success.

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If you love retail and decided to create an online store instead of investing in a brick-and-mortar shop, you are up against a huge competition. It is important that you are able to make the most out of your reach, engagement, and productivity, and automate processes that would take you too long to complete. There are several things to pay attention to before you launch your store, such as market positioning, competition, and customer behavior. Find out more below.

Market Research

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It is important that you pay attention to your market research and get to know your target market. This doesn’t only apply to your potential clients, but also your competition. It is crucial that you find out about the best methods to penetrate the market and find the gap you can fill. Look for profitable underserved markets and position yourself in a smart way in the marketplace. There are so many free market research tools you can utilize, such as Google Surveys or downloadable industry reports.

Name

Your business name has to be memorable and catchy, also give out the right message about what you stand for. It might be a good idea to create a mission, vision, and values statement before you would create a logo and brand name, so you can fully align it with your target market’s. After you have created your market research file, you will be able to identify your ideal client, and choose your brand name based on their characteristics. Be careful when choosing a brand name, as it can lower the value of your brand.

Brand Image

Once you have your brand name, you can start working on your brand image, too. You should be consistent when it comes to your social media accounts, your logo, and your website, but most importantly – develop your unique brand voice. Listen to your audience and their feedback, find out what they are looking for when searching for similar products and how they choose who to buy from.

Website

Of course, if you want to launch an online store, you will need to pay attention to your web development and design. You have to make it user friendly and engaging. You need to communicate the benefits of your products, not only the features. This is where many startup online store owners make a mistake. You need to gain people’s trust as well before you can convince them to give your products a try.

Shopping Cart Software

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While the design and functionality of your website is important, you will need to ensure that your infrastructure is easy to use and tailored to your customers’ needs. If you don’t know where to start, you will need to talk to seo agencies that optimize Shopify stores so you can get enough traffic and conversion. You want your visitors to quickly find what they are looking for, add them to their basket, but you might even design a system that recommends similar or complementary products so you can maximize your sales opportunities.

Social Media

You might have already heard about Pinterest success for online stores, but you will have to make the most out of your social media reach and use different platforms. It might be challenging to keep on top of all your posts and monitor the performance of all your accounts, especially if you are busy running your own business. You might want to automate your social media so you can make the most out of your reach and get a snapshot of your statistics, to find out what type of content your audience engages with.

Review Sites

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If you want your website visitors to trust you, it is important that you get listed and featured in online directories and on review sites. People want to know that you are keeping your promises and they can get a good service. They are more likely to listen to other people’s recommendations and reviews than your own marketing messages, so it is crucial that you implement these features in your social media and your website, too. After all, your shop’s reputation is one of the most valuable assets in your business.

Starting an online store is hard work, and there is no guarantee of success. However, you can do your research and get to know the industry, your competition, and the available technology to scale up your operation and make continuous improvements that will improve your traffic, engagement, and sales conversions at the same time.

Productivity Fails That Are Eating Your Business’s Profits

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. When you start a business, it’s important to manage productivity as best you can so you can maximize profits. In order to do so, it’s important to think about where your productivity can be diminished. The following contributed post is thus entitled, Productivity Fails That Are Eating Your Business’s Profits.

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In the business world, time is money, and that means if your business is not spending your time in the right way, it ultimately impacts your overheads and so your profits. To that end, it is absolutely crucial that you avoid as many productivity fails as you possibly can. A topic you can read more about on the post below.

Emails

Emails are an excellent form of communication, in some cases. One of these cases is not between the employees that work in the same office or building. In fact, emails after a lousy way for people like that to communicate because they often cause more confusion and take up additional time in clarification that walking three desks over and actually asking the person would.

To that end, be sure to implement a no or minimum internal emails policy in your business. You may just be pleasantly surprised at the positive impact this can have on productivity.

IT fails

Few successful businesses work without IT these days, and in most cases, digital tech is integrated into every stage of a company’s process. This is fantastic for the most part because it speeds things up, allows users access to more information, and automates tasks, so they don’t have to be done by humans. Something that can actually improve productivity because it frees up staff to focus on critical responsibilities.

However, it also means that your entire business is dependent on your IT network being up and running effectively. Something that means when it does go down you can expect massive problems with productivity company-wide.

Happily, there is a way that you can prevent this from even becoming an issue, and it’s by ensuring that you proactively monitor your network.

In fact, network monitoring can pick up any issues before they become major ones and slow down your employee’s work. Something that can save you from having to deal with countless hours of downtime and increase your business productivity, and so your profits no end.

Workaholic culture

Believe it or not, working too hard and encouraging your employees to do the same is incredibly bad for productivity. This is because humans are only capable of focusing on a certain task for a short amount of time, and if you regularly encourage people to go beyond this, they will work slower and less productively.

To that end, encouraging regular breaks not only throughout the day but with vacations days as well is absolutely necessary.

Poor training and onboarding

When people don’t feel secure in their roles, they are unlikely to work most productively. What that means is that skimping on staff training and onboarding programs may seem financially viable in the short term, but over time you could actually be hurting your business’s profits.

In fact, staff training in both hard and soft skills doesn’t just affect productivity, but also customer service too. Something that makes it an essential aspect of running a business to get right, if you want to turn a decent profit.

Cultivating A Profitable Farm In The Long-Term

Three of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and STEM. The agricultural industry has been around for centuries, and there are many things you need to know to get into it and to be able to turn a profit. The following contributed post is entitled, Cultivating A Profitable Farm In The Long-Term.

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The agricultural industry is one of the oldest on the planet, so it’s no surprise that thousands of farming entrepreneurs try to find their spot in the marketplace. Of course, as stable as the industry is as a whole, individual businesses have to work hard to stand their ground in the long-term. As a farmer, you have to plan and carefully look after your land so that you have viable produce to sell to the market. It can be a difficult business model to figure out. What does it take to cultivate a profitable farm in the long-term? Let’s talk about that in this post.

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Always account for overhead costs.
If you want to create a profitable farm in the long-term then you need to think about the expenses of running your operations. Many part-time farmers who make money through a career or other business ventures don’t concern themselves too much with this aspect of operations. They might not see their labor as an expense, for example, because this is all a fun hobby to them. As a result, their business seems pretty profitable. But hobby farms aren’t always profitable enough to stand on their own two feet. If you want to create a farm that is sustainable in the long-term and profitable enough to provide for you and your family if you’re going full-time then you always need to account for overhead costs. Of course, the costliness of running a farm often incentivizes farmers to increase their prices. But as a small farm that’s trying to stand out in the industry and build a client base of local grocers or consumers, you might not want to increase your prices too much. You might want to reel in customers with fair and decent prices.

That’s why the goal is to focus on your overheads. How can you cut costs without cutting the quality of your products and services? This is the question that causes headaches for so many entrepreneurs in all manner of industries. The answer is to budget smartly and assess individual expenditures. For example, you could save money on the energy bill necessary for running your farmhouse (the base of operations) by getting solar panels. It’s an investment that’ll save you money in the long run because you won’t be relying on the grid. Sometimes, in order to reduce long-term costs, you have to make wise investments. People say you’ve got to spend money to make money, but the smartest piece of business advice to remember is that you’ve got to spend money to save money. For instance, you could buy in bulk from your supplier in order to save money; that’s why it’s important to form strong lasting relationships with local businesses and people in your community. We’ll talk more about that later. If you’re going to cultivate a profitable farm in the long-term then stay on top of your monthly budget, track your expenditures, and find ways to use your funds wisely so as to keep costs low but maintain quality control.

Do your consumer research.
If you want to cultivate a profitable farm in the long-term then you need to do your consumer research. Making money is all about giving the market what it needs. You can’t push products or services successfully if there’s no market for them. Run surveys or simply talk to people in your local area. Get an idea of what people want from farms such as yours or your farm specifically. This is how you get an advantage over the competition. You need to talk directly to existing and potential customers. In turn, you’ll be able to develop a business which stands out from the competition in the marketplace.

Your goal is to create a brand for your farm that resonates with people. You need to make a connection so that clients want to choose your business over the competition. You might be selling similar types of produce to your rivals, so how are you going to stand out? Perhaps you could run your business in an eco-friendly manner so as to prove to the market that you care about the planet and not simply making money. You might want to look into getting an ASC certification in sustainability if you farm salmon produce. That’s an example of taking a step towards creating a more ethical business that impresses consumers. Just make sure you do your research so that you can start to create a farm which your target audience wants to see.

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Build a local reputation.
If you want to cultivate a profitable farm in the long-term then you need a loyal client base. This is true of any company in any type of industry. But in the world of farming, it’s all about the local community. Unless you build an international farming empire, you’re probably not going to start connecting with corporations and consumers all over the world. That might be the dream for your business in the future, but you need to take things one step at a time. For starters, you need to build a local reputation. You need to target retailers and consumers in your area so as to build a name for yourself. Go to the local market and pitch your produce to sellers. Find your place in the local industry. Once you win over the hearts (or bellies, rather) of local businesses and people, you’ll start to build up a loyal following. That’s how you’ll get repeat sales and achieve stability through a regular client base. It’s also how your business will start to grow. Happy clients spread brand awareness through word of mouth. But your farm can’t expand until you start building a reputation in your local area. Start small.

Make money with your land in many ways.
You might want to focus on your particular niche in the agricultural marketplace, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore opportunities to utilize your land in other ways. If you want to cultivate a profitable farm in the long-term then you need to pursue every potential opportunity to monetize your land. You could offer riding lessons if you own horses, for example. You could even sell tickets to people who might want to look around your farm to admire the animals or simply learn how the entire process works. You own a business that’s fascinating to people in many ways, so make the most of that fact. Look for all potential sources of revenue so that you can make your farm as profitable as possible.

So many small farms fail before they even get started. It can take several years to start making a decent profit from the land, so it’s important to keep working at it. It’s a gradual process. You need to continuously grow your business, as entrepreneurs do in any industry. The key to cultivating a profitable farm in the long-term is to create a viable and sustainable business model. You need to learn to continuously budget, research, and develop your business so as to keep it relevant in an ever-changing and ever-competitive agricultural marketplace.