Have you taken a close look at your office lately? Chances are, you’ll find stacks of paper everywhere. Documentation, Invoices, Orders, Service requests… the list could go on forever.
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Small businesses sometimes make the mistake of following an informal arrangement for employing people without any formal employment contract or written proof of compensation or remuneration.
Starting a business can be a scary thing. You give up the stability of a steady income with benefits. You put your career on hold. You sacrifice significant time and energy for the first several years just to get up to your former corporate salary.
I was recently honoured to have been asked to be Best Man at a friend’s wedding. Actually I was really the Assistant Best Man as his two young sons were the real ones, and a great job they did too with me providing support where needed.
Tonight, 13th October sees the second episode of this years series of The Apprentice on BBC1 at 9pm. I am sure most (all) of you will know the format by now, Lord Alan Sugar “interviews” a number of the UK’s “leading business brains” with the winner taking a job on his staff.
When I was working for an $8 billion publicly traded company as a Director of Information Systems (IS) years ago, I reported to a Vice President of the IS. He was a great guy to work for, but I felt like I wasn’t learning much from him
Innings – There are 9 innings in each game of baseball where the teams have a chance to clench the win. Each inning is crucial to win the game whether you’re batting or playing the field.
The idea of expecting excellence isn’t new, nor is the premise that every leader should expect excellence from his or her team.
A business plan is a broad framework laid out for a new business or a future course of action for an existing one. A sound business plan shows the direction in which a small business is headed.
In all walks of life we have targets. Many of us have a target weight, some of us have a target of that dream house or a fantasy holiday next year or we have financial targets such as how much we would like in our savings fund or how much we would like to earn.
Staff management for all businesses big or small, requires skill, restraint and patience, to keep them happy, motivated and away from conflict.
In a down economy, small businesses can’t afford to waste money on unproductive advertising. Keyword advertising can boast a hefty price tag, and cannot guarantee a worthwhile ROI.
A small business typically has less than a hundred employees, and maintaining a personal rapport and warm relationship with each or at least, most of them, is not such a difficult task.
Articles often discuss how software is able to benefit your small business operations, but hardware plays just of an integral part.
Small business owners often dedicated the majority of their time in ensuring that their business succeeds. They nurture their business carefully with each step but unfortunately very few start up businesses make it beyond their 3rd year.