Ready to Incorporate? Choosing Between an LLC, S-Corp, and C-Corp
July 15, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
As your business grows, you will get to a point where you have to choose your path to incorporation. LLCs, S-Corps, C-Corps- the legal jargon can get confusing, so we took the time to break it down for you.
How to Enhance the Credibility of Your Small Business
July 8, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
When you are looking for new investors, partners, or clients, having credibility is key. You want people to be able to trust you. Otherwise, they will not take you seriously. Since most startups do not have years of experience, you will have to find another way to show people that you are trustworthy and serious about whatever you are trying to do. Here are some tips to help your business build the credibility it deserves.
Remote Working: The Best Medicine for Burned Out Employees
June 4, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Lack of engagement and interest, higher levels of stress, and increased procrastination all lead to a significant reduction in productivity which can severely harm your business' ability to operate. While there are some common ways to help alleviate employee burnout, such as encouraging employees to take regular breaks or increasing benefits, one of the best ways is for employers to adopt the remote work model.
When you first start out, you may feel like you can do it all. It is the blessing and the burden of a startup. At some point, things pick up, hopefully, and you start getting pulled in a thousand different directions at all hours of the day. At the end of the day, none of us can be experts in everything. One of the most effective ways to combat this is to take advantage of outsourcing.
More and more, there seems to be a lacking of top skills across the board. Where are these skilled workers and how can you find them? Here're some tips on how to turn the tables in your favor and get top talent into your company.
How to Handle Reputation Assaults in the World of Social Media
May 13, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Reacting to attacks on social media is somewhere between science and art. You have to be creative and approach it with the right mindset to not make it worse that is already is or could be. Here are a few tips to approach reputation assaults in the world of social media.
Defining the Modern Concept of a Business Professional
April 13, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
When you think of a business professional, you might imagine a well-dressed person working out of an office between the hours of 9 and 5. For decades, this has been the standard. In the last few years, however, this concept of a business professional has changed dramatically.
Does Your Business Need a Professional Answering Service?
March 10, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
When you cannot be around a phone 24/7, but you also don't want to miss an important call from a client, how can you find a happy medium? No customer wants to hear a machine pick up their call and ask them to leave a message. With an answering service, your clients can talk to a human who is ready to help them at any time of the day. So what can a professional answering service do for you?
For decades, the majority of startup culture seemed to focus on the activities of businesses based in Silicon Valley. From Listia to Evernote, Silicon Valley is a hotbed for some of the today's most popular tech companies. While Silicon Valley is filled to the brim with resources, it is also very expensive and over-saturated. If you want to provide your startup with a strong foundation without having to move to Northern California, consider the following cities. From Austin to Seattle, you are sure to find the perfect space to launch your small business.
Those who run a small business often wear multiple hats: from handling customer complaints to monitoring expenses, there is little that goes on without their oversight. This makes successful organization, communication, and time management all the more necessary. Luckily, with some technological assistance, an entrepreneur's life can be made a little easier with these top apps for small business owners.
Although a startup company can be an exciting place to work, there's always a constant pressure to perform. Whether you're the head of your own startup, a stakeholder or even a low-level employee, networking will be crucial to meeting the business's initial goals. Common sense tells us that the bigger and diverse your professional network, the more opportunity you'll have for funding, winning new clients and gaining advice.
Negative reviews are a fact of online retail and your response, or lack thereof, will not go unnoticed. Rather than viewing negative reviews as a threat, you should instead look at them as an opportunity. Think about it - this is your chance to win the customer back, to prove that their poor experience is out of the norm and that you're prepared to make it right. Even if you believe the review to be unprovoked or irrational, giving a thoughtful and compassionate response will communicate the class and care of your business to whoever is reading.
For most people, a point will come in their career where presentations are expected of them. To some, this will be an opportunity to show off their elocutionary skills, whereas for others it will be a nervous nightmare. The truth is, even if public speaking and presentation skills don't come natural to you, you can still make a strong impression by avoiding the five most common pitfalls of presentation delivery.
Although plenty of entrepreneurs have succeeded without mentors, it's always easier having a helping hand. With a little time and effort, a few mentors can be lined up and, soon enough, they can change your business life for the better.
Top Incentives for Starting Your Own Home Business
January 14, 2015 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Although working at home requires self-discipline, determination and comes with an element of risk, the benefits of ditching your corporate job for a home-based business can be substantial. Here are the top incentives for taking the plunge and starting your own home business.
Four Influential Review Sites for Small Businesses
January 6, 2015 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Whether an online search of your company's name reveals several hundred five-star reviews, a handful of negative bashings, or something in between, the fact of the matter is that online reviews greatly affect the public's purchasing behavior. Here are the top most influential online review sites for small businesses.
As a small business owner, you've invested a lot into your ideas - so much so that having new employees sign a non-compete agreement seems almost second nature. Here's five questions to ask yoruself before brining non-compete agreements into your company.
If you've noticed your employees are more irritable than usual, are calling in sick more often,k and aren't as productive, they could be suffering from employee burnout. Here are some tips for combating and preventing employee burnout in the workplace.
As a business owner, it's important to create an office space that reflects the core values of your company. In doing so, you'll be able to attract top candidates and motivate employees. Think you need one desk per team member? Think renting a full-time office space is mandatory for a start-up? Think again.