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Monday
Mar182019

Starting a Business Cheap Can Turn Out to Be Expensive

If you have been thinking about starting your own business from home for a while, you might have come across various posts telling you that you can get started for free, and you don’t need to invest anything. You have to be careful with these claims, as they will mislead you and make you believe that you can have something for nothing. This is not the case. Just like with home improvements, if you do it cheap, you will do it twice. Find out more about the most dangerous cost cutting mistakes you can make when setting up your business.

DIY Website

You can certainly create a website; in fact, anyone can. However, is it going to represent what you have to offer and communicate your value effectively? If you are on a low budget, you might be tempted to sign up for monthly website deals, but it will not be the best solution, if you want any control over the control and the design, and want to reduce your running costs long term.

Cheap Computing Solutions

You might also think that your old laptop will do to run your business from. In fact, it is not the best way to start. Instead, you should invest in a decent laptop that can deal with multitasking, and is reliable enough to keep you going no matter how many projects you are dealing with. In case you are a graphic designer, you will need additional graphic memory, and a simple lower end machine will simply not do.

Free Software

There are plenty of free software out there that will help you manage your accounts, your projects, and your calendar. Some of them will be just fine when you get started. However, if you need to create professional designs or websites, you will need to invest in software solutions and make sure that they deliver the results your clients are expecting of you for their money. You can talk to a professional and request more info about the different small business IT solutions available.

Lack of Branding

Starting with a DIy logo might be fine if you just have a blog, but paying a couple of hundred dollars for a branding kit is really not a huge investment, and you will be able to create a consistent message and image across the board from the beginning. If you are starting a business, you will have to think long term.

DIY Social Media Ads

Many startup business owners believe that social media marketing is easy, and they can schedule their posts themselves and keep on top of multiple accounts. You just have to ask yourself whether or not it is the best use of your time, or you should use software, such as Buffer or Hootsuite to save time and make your life easier.

If you would like to make the most out of your startup, you cannot avoid every investment. You will need to create a professional and consistent brand, and this is either hard work or expensive.

 

Wednesday
Mar062019

Create A Remote Working Community

Even though working remotely has become a business trend, it still fails to provide satisfying levels of belonging and social engagement to employed teams and self-employed professionals. Ultimately, the main issue lies in the popular understanding of remote working options. Most people tend to image a solitary home office setting in which they stay in complete isolation from the external world. In reality, working remotely doesn’t have to encourage loneliness. On the contrary, you can create for yourself, or for your team, a remote community to provide support, a sense of belonging, and human connection throughout their journey.

Remote doesn’t mean isolated

The first lesson you need to learn when it comes to establishing a remote business economy is that remote is not a synonym for ermite. On the contrary, being outside of an office environment doesn’t mean that you have to be on your own. Even though you’ll find plenty of popular home office decor tips and strategies, it’s crucial to understand that quality work needs an effective workplace. As a result, the coworking scene has been developing integrated and attractive solutions to provide a work environment to professionals who would, otherwise, be isolated. A coworking space offers not only contact to same-minded professionals, but it also ensures that you can get access to a selection of amenities that are essential for your job.

Remote means available at a click

As a rule of the thumb, remote professionals need to rely on effective cloud solutions that give them access to everything they need to perform their everyday tasks. Whether you’re working a report for a client or need to check the next project in the pipeline, making remote possible means that professionals only need a secured Internet connection to carry on with their work. If your business is considering the move towards an out-of-office environment, you need to start the journey with the installation of safe, intuitive and reliable cloud computing services for your team – or yourself if you’re self-employed.

Remote workers can be on friendly terms

The Internet has long proven that you don’t need to meet people physically to be able to interact and create relationships. Instagram is renowned for organising meetup events where people who have exchanged online can finally meet face-to-face, for instance. Consequently, there is no reason why remote workers couldn’t be part of the team, even if they don’t see their colleagues every day. Powerful collaborative tools such as video conferencing and professional team appreciation let employees connect, engage and interact throughout the day. You need to make room for virtual socialisation too!

Remote health team on call

Last, but not least, despite advanced measures to enhance the standards of the remote working life, it’s not uncommon for employees to experience loneliness, isolation and sadness when they are separated from a physical team. Consequently, your remote workers need to be registered with mental health services that can provide support on the go. You can find consultant services that are available remotely, via chat, call or even video conference for those who need help.  

While remote working arrangements are becoming popular, businesses fail to offer sufficient community-building solutions to help remote employees to ease into their position. Failure to make out-of-office staff feel part of the company doesn’t only affect their well-being, but it also decreases their performance and productivity.



Thursday
Feb212019

Tips that will Help you to Start your First Business

Starting a business is easy, but making it succeed isn’t. If you want your business to be everything you need it to be, then there are a few steps that you can take to try and make this happen.

Always Know Yourself

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you know yourself on a motivational level. Think about it, do you procrastinate? Do you give up easily? By taking your own personal qualities into account, you can then begin to know how much money you can risk. Sure, you might want to make millions eventually, but you have to know what you are willing to give up to achieve this goal. You might need to work weekends, you might need to give up on those yearly family holidays and go beyond your comfort zone. By doing this, you can then begin to help yourself and you can also make sure that your family’s goals are in-line with your own. This step is crucial because it helps you to set the foundation for your business and it also gives you an understanding of the things that you might have to sacrifice.

Choosing the Right Business

With business, you need to find a need and then fill it. The key to success is to find a niche where you can produce enough income to fund your lifestyle. You also need to make sure that you find a business idea that you are actually interested in. So many people make the mistake of investing in something that they have no passion for just because they believe it will make them money. This is the last thing that you should be doing because eventually you will lose motivation and you may even find that you just can’t put in the hours. If you want to stop this then you first need to find a project that you are passionate about. You then need to work out if that project can fill a need in the market, before you work out the risk vs reward. By doing this, you can give yourself a higher chance of success and you can also greatly increase your chances of having everything go smoothly.

Plan for Success

If you are not actively seeking out investment or if you are not planning on having a huge sum of money to start your company then you probably won’t need to have an elaborate business plan. The plan will change as you progress and as you begin to learn more about your competition, but it helps to have a starting point. You can find business plan templates online and they are all super easy to use. When you download them, all you have to do is fill them out and use them as your model. It’s super easy but it can help to provide you with some piece of mind when it comes to your business operation and the decisions you have to make.

Organise your Money

Are you financially stable? Even if your business idea is relatively small, you should know that it will require some level of investment. You have to make sure that you are ready for this, and that you can actually afford it. It also helps to try and set some money to one side in case any business disasters come up. If you are unable to do this for any reason at all then you can easily look into Snappy Payday Loans.

Don’t Procrastinate

So many people advise that businesses should not move ahead with their idea until they have finalised every single last detail. This should never be the case because you may end up procrastinating and you may even end up losing out on a ton of opportunities as a result. This is the last thing that you need when you are already working so hard to give yourself a high chance of success. At the end of the day, as long as you have the foundation set for your company and you have your business plan, there is no reason for you not to start and the sooner you accept this, the better you will be.

Of course, there are so many ways that you can prepare yourself for starting a business and when you are able to understand the foundation, you can then begin to expand and enhance your idea so that it appeals to not only your customers but also other business owners and even investors as well.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb192019

For No Reason – A Picture Book about Bullying  

Written by Kathleen Gauer, illustrated by Sari Richter 

Jamie Higgins has a problem.  The new boy in her class, Brad Lugsley keeps picking on her…FOR NO REASON!

Can Jamie solve this problem without getting into trouble?  And will she make a new friend in the process?

In this animated, heart-warming story, Jamie Higgins comes up with a clever way to deal with a classroom bully without being mean. Included at the back of the book is a What Do You Think? page with educational activities to engage young readers.  A great resource for discussions on classroom bullying and choosing kindness!  

Ask for For No Reason (or Kathleen’s first book, High in the Sky) at your local library or order your own signed copies from Amazon.ca or https://www.skippingstonepress.net where you can download free colouring pages and easy instructions to make a Kindness poster.

Visit Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKYbKgJ8ZM4 to watch the book’s trailer!  Retail price:   $13.95 CAN.  #classroombullying #choosekindness #picturebook  #fornoreason

Tuesday
Feb192019

High in the Sky - Adventures on a Tire Swing

Written by Kathleen Gauer, illustrated by Sari Richter 

With its upbeat, rhythmic text and charming watercolours, High in the Sky follows a child’s energetic and wildly imaginative adventures – all while riding on a tire swing.  This book will delight young and old alike!  And at the end of the book, there are fun and creative educational activities that children, parents and educators will enjoy.

“All of a sudden, I’m in control.  The harder I pump, the higher I soar.  I bend my knees and off I go to places I’ve never been before…”

Ask for High in the Sky (or Kathleen’s second book, For No Reason) at your local library or order your own signed copies from Amazon.ca or https://www.skippingstonepress.net where you can download free colouring pages and easy instructions to make a paper plate tire swing.

Visit Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_t8udJ-jGU to watch the book’s trailer!  Retail price:   $13.95 CAN.  #tireswing #imagination #picturebook  #highinthesky