New Year’s resolutions aren’t just helpful for personal growth, they are helpful when trying to improve your business as well. As you begin to strategize your business plan for 2015, it is imperative that you establish achievable goals to make the next year more successful than the last.
While it is good to aim high, New Year’s resolutions—both personal and professional—must be attainable. There are many small things you can do as a business owner that yield perceptible results to ensure your business’s success throughout the year.
Here are just five simple business resolutions you can set in the new year to help grow your business:
1. Go virtual
One of the easiest ways to save money in the new year is to go virtual. This is not limited to simply moving to web-based programs like Google Drive and Dropbox. All business tasks, such as customer care, order processing, and schedule management, can be handled digitally. And with virtual office solutions, such as live virtual receptionists and virtual office spaces, you can affordably create the professional appearance of a successful corporation even if you are based in the home. Read more...
There is much to be said about business leadership and the virtual office industry, and whether you own a small business, firm, or growing corporation, it is important to learn what makes a leader great. So, we interviewed Martin Senn, Co-founder and COO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, to gain better understanding of his entrepreneurial success and the passion for his work.
Senn entered the virtual office industry in 2005 with his business partner, Bill Grodnik. Bill had spent much of his careers as a serial entrepreneur in the Office Business Center industry, during which time he collected a huge amount knowledge. Martin had a long history of involvement with an array of companies in the call center and travel reservation market segments. Add Senn’s experience serving on the industry’s association Board of Directors, and you have a unique set of tools for their venture—and it is this professional background to which they owe much of their success. Read more...
As an entrepreneur in today’s Web-based world, you have an endless reach of resources and insights to stay progressive. The only trick is, the Web is so big it’s tough to differentiate the good, reliable entrepreneur websites from the bad.
We want to share with you a list of the top entrepreneur websites—full of both tools and advice on topics such as legal, software, marketing, and more. All of these sites are focused on helping your business reach the level of successful you desire.
The Forbes site has a section specifically dedicated to small business strategies—sharing insights from industry experts about strategies targeted for smaller businesses. They’ll keep you informed on industry trends as well as share tips for overcoming timely obstacles current small businesses face. Read more...
As a small business owner, you have probably begun to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. As you anticipate a peak in sales as well as operating costs, it is crucial to formulate a strategy to ensure that your business performance is at its peak, too.
The holiday rush can open many doors of opportunity, including expanding your business’s reach by introducing yourself to new customers. To earn their loyalty long after the season ends, it is important to provide the best customer service possible—even when you are at your busiest.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the holiday workload, but if you anticipate the challenges and properly prepare yourself, you can save a lot of time, money, and headaches. Read more...
Today’s always connected digital experience enables consumers to search online for anything, at anytime, and access millions of results—then instantly make a transaction. This is where the brand challenges (as well as the opportunities) begin.
Being part of the digital ecosystem requires businesses to play by a variety of customer-driven rules of engagement. One of the most important rules of engagement is hiring and growing a team of talented chat agents. These employees are charged with personally nurturing customer relationships and providing a best-in-class customer experience. The benefits of an all-star agent team truly impact bottom-line business results.
Position your team for success
While the right technology enables success,your brand’s results will be only as good as your chat agents’ best efforts—this is where the human factor comes in! Chat agents are your frontline and can either make or break your customers’ experience. Read more...
Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, or you are currently a business owner, there are several things you need to know about becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Planning is key when starting a business; achieving your business goals requires a detailed roadmap for everything from budgets and time management to business strategy and marketing. Successful entrepreneurs often have a toolkit of resources that they use in their business planning to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and generate more revenue.
As you build your own toolkit, here are four things to consider:
Plan how you will effectively manage your time
While it may be tempting to try to do everything yourself when you start a business, you may find that your performance will suffer as a result. By limiting yourself to fewer tasks, you increase productivity, quality of work, and overall satisfaction in your work, driving you to continue to succeed. Read more...
More and more individuals are and taking the plunge and starting a home-based business. We’ll help you map out some of the advantages and disadvantages to starting a business from home. Not to mention, we’ll share valuable tools every home-based business should utilize. Read more...
Pros to starting a business from home:
You’re your own boss. Finally, you don’t have to report to anyone but yourself. No more feeling micromanaged, undervalued, and unappreciated.
Spend more time with your family. Since you’ll be working from home, your commute time will be lowered to a total of 15 seconds. The walk down the hall is so short you might be tempted to stay in your pajamas! Not to mention, you determine your schedule—100% of the time.
Enjoy greater tax benefits. You’ll begin to enjoy a list of tax deductions only available to those running a home-based business. For example, if you have an area in your home dedicated to your business operations, you can take a home office deduction.
Not everybody is willing to take the leap to starting up a one-person business. Running a single-person shop means playing all roles—accountant, sales, customer service, receptionist, etc. And though it seems tough, it also has its major benefits. You’re free to schedule your own hours and have more flexibility in making time for other opportunities, such as vacations or personal appointments.
As your business demands that you play so many roles, you will need to become an expert time manager to ensure that all the needs of your business are satisfied. And just because you’re the only official employee, it doesn’t mean you can’t have help. There are several must-have tips and tools every small business and entrepreneurship should know about: Read more...
In today’s evolving business landscape running a company has become more challenging than ever before, especially if you’re in the healthcare industry. With so many rules and regulations, it’s nearly impossible to stay up-to-date with all the changes and requirements. And on top of that, you still have to ensure that the day-to-day operations of your business are running smoothly. As an owner, you know the importance of growing your business by meeting client objectives and closing new deals. If you’re everything by yourself, you simply might not have the time to focus on the big picture for your business. In the age of mobility, there are cost-effective solutions, such as meeting room rentals and virtual healthcare receptionists that your business can take advantage of to grow successfully. Read more...