Strategizing

Small Business Strategy and Planning

The most successful business owners are always thinking ahead. If you are a new business owner, strategizing about mission statements, corporate culture and business plans are things you would be smart to address early on. More seasoned business owners can benefit from articles on everything from setting client expectations to creating a niche for your small business

4 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About Relocation

Moving your small business is challenging, regardless of if you are staying in-town or relocating your company to another state. However, with the proper plan in place, you can move without all the hassle or significant setbacks. There are many things you can do to ensure a smooth relocation process and several strategies that help reduce stress on you and your employees. Here … [Read more...]

The Role of Etiquette in Business First Impressions

In business, as in private life, first impressions matter. We make assessments about people when we first see them. We let our eyes roam about their clothes, face, physique, and we also use their words and body movements to form our initial opinion about them. Naturally, some of these first impressions get a second chance to be revised, but a large percentage of them … [Read more...]

How Self-Storage Works and Why You Should Consider Renting It

If you have never used a self storage unit, you might be wondering how it all works. In a nutshell, self-storage serves the same purpose that a shed or garage at your home would. It’s a dry, clean, and secure space in a storage unit where you can store some of your belongings in order to declutter your home or keep items out of the way while you move. Here are a few other … [Read more...]

How to Prepare Your Rental House for Occupation

Getting an occupant into your rental home or apartment can be a real struggle. Even if you do get a person to rent your house, the amount they might be willing to pay may not be what you had envisioned. There are many factors that make a house less attractive to tenants, ranging from its condition to the neighborhood, so we have compiled a few things you can do to make your … [Read more...]

FMLA Leave: An Overview for Small and Mid-Size Employers

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. A private-sector employer is “covered,” and therefore subject to the FMLA, if it has, “50 or more employees within 75 miles for each working day during each of twenty or more calendar … [Read more...]

5 Factors to Consider When Crafting a Return Policy for Ecommerce

Between the many things an ecommerce business owner must keep in mind, a good return policy is something that should not be overlooked. Research shows that customers have very strong opinions about what makes a good return policy, and many people will not hesitate to take their money elsewhere if they find yours lacking. In the competitive online market that is growing larger … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Environmentally Friendly

The environment is a topic on everyone’s minds these days. From climate change to reducing single use plastics and air pollution, we all know that it is important to live responsibly and protect the environment. If you’re like most people, you are probably are trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by recycling, using reusable shopping bags, and so on. But what about your … [Read more...]

5 Business Fails That Will Lose You Customers

Does it feel like your business is stuck? You spend a lot of time and effort gaining new customers and your hope is that you can grow over time. However, if you lose just as many customers as you gain, it can feel like you are spinning your wheels and not creating any momentum. Fortunately, by correcting a few failures on your business’ end, you can increase the number of … [Read more...]

5 Ways Manufacturers Must Meet Changing Customer Demands

A company is nothing without customers. Even if you have great products or services, you’re not going to last if you don’t give clients what they want. While it might not be possible to meet the most extreme demands, most customers are going to expect certain things when they make a purchase. Those expectations are continually shifting over time, which means companies need … [Read more...]

Things to Consider when Setting Up your Own Retail Business

If you’re looking to set up your own business, the idea of selling goods to a waiting public might hold some appeal. This is especially true if you already have an expertise or interest in a certain kind of product. Before you boldly give up your day job and set up shop, however, you’ll want to think about some of the obstacles you’ll face along the way, and some of the … [Read more...]