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

How to Qualify Prospective B2B Clients

As a business owner, your success depends on your ability to continually acquire new clientele. And if your business serves other businesses (B2B) such as consulting, accounting, or legal services, then taking the time to find the right clients can save you a lot of hassle down the road. After all, the last thing you need is to wind up with a client who can’t afford to pay your … [Read more...]

Why You Should Put Your Small Business Goals in Writing

I am a pretty fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of business person. While I have some general idea of which way I want to go professionally and I continue to take steps to get there, I largely follow the flow of what feels right at the moment. For instance, when I first went into writing, I thought I wanted to write about health, fitness, and personal development. However, … [Read more...]

3 Key Elements of a Help Wanted Ad That Attracts Top Applicants

As of June 30th, 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are 5.2 million jobs open in the United States. Therefore, if you’re trying to fill even one of them, you’re competing against a large number of other employers who also want the best new staff member they can get. That’s why you want an effective help wanted ad; so you can edge out your competitors and … [Read more...]

Creating a Win/Win Solution for Business Disputes

There is no way around it. If you’re going to be in business, you’re going to find yourself face-to-face with some type of dispute at some point in time. It may be a disagreement with a client, an employee, a supplier, or a business partner, but it will happen. And no matter who it’s with, the way you handle it may have a huge impact on your small business … [Read more...]

Gearing up Your Small Business for Fall

We tend to think of New Year’s Eve as the time to ring out the old and bring in the new, but fall can be a new beginning for your small business. Many of us tend to shift into a lower gear during the summer, and that’s a good thing. We all need time to slow down. With the kids going back to school and the holiday season quickly approaching after that, however, now is the … [Read more...]

3 Major 2015 Workplace Trends You Don’t Want to Ignore

Staying current on workplace trends is essential if you want to run a business that flows with the world around it. Essentially, these movements give you an idea not only about what is happening right this moment, but they also provide a sneak peek at what is likely to come. This allows you to plan and prepare in a way that leaves you smoothly going with the flow versus … [Read more...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Expanding Your Business

I have an aunt who owns a very successful bakery. In fact, her cookies, donuts, and other sugary treats are so sought after, she now supplies to more than 20 wholesale customers (and turns down many others on a regular basis) in addition to taking care of the retail side of her business. Because of this, many have prompted her to expand, almost pleading with her to open up … [Read more...]