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How to Be the Boss that Employees Love

Employee EngagementHappy, motivated and engaged employees are at the heart of any successful business. When an employee is fully engaged with their job and enjoys the work that they do, they will be much more likely to care about the success of the business as a whole, and this will reflect in their work. On the other hand, unhappy, demotivated and disengaged employees are a recipe for disaster, causing serious problems for companies and restricting business growth. In order to help your business succeed and grow, motivating and building good relationships with your employees should be a top priority. Here are just some of the things that you can do in order to become a boss that your employees look up to, respect and admire. Read more »

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4 Ways to Strengthen Brand Awareness at Trade Show Events

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Attending a trade show is an excellent way to network with consumers, other entrepreneurs, suppliers, manufacturers, and other influencers in your industry. After setting up your booth, you'll have the opportunity to display your brand and products/services to anyone passing by, and depending on the event, you might even get the opportunity to give a presentation to everyone in attendance. Of course, with great opportunity comes great responsibility and the burden of making sure everything goes as planned. Perhaps the biggest objective you should be working towards is increasing brand awareness. Ideally, you'll want your brand to be more well-known coming out of the event than it was going in. To achieve that, try heeding the following four tips:

1. Make Your Displays and Signage the Easiest to Spot

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How Equipment Rental or Plant Hire Services can Benefit Your Start-Up Enterprise

BackhoeContributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Once an entrepreneur gets into the construction business, they soon find out that the business is not the easiest one to survive. It’s an exciting business to be sure, and there are lots of ways to make big money, but there are also lots of important decisions to make. One of those essential decisions is about whether to rent or buy the equipment needed to do the job or not. The fact is that it’s an easy decision; once you’ve looked at all the possibilities, it’s easy to see why hiring equipment makes so much financial sense. The advantages are simply too numerous. Here’s a short round-up of how equipment rental or plant hire services can benefit your start-up enterprise.

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3 Critical Steps for Leading Your Business into New Markets

leadershipContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

With the recession now said to be safely behind us, many businesses are venturing out into new markets. Some are expanding locally while others are spreading their wings farther afield to foreign lands where there is virgin territory for their products and services. If you are a company director charged with leading your business into new markets, the following three steps are critical.

1. Give Your Team a More Localised Insight

When branching out into a whole new market, some people on your team may not understand the differences in language and culture. Read more »

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Four Costs to Think About When Launching a Startup

currency-global-4_3_rx404_c534x401Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Starting your own business is often a dream come true for many people. However, launching your own company often doesn’t come cheap, and there are a range of costs that you’ll need to take into consideration. Of course the type of costs that you can expect to pay will vary between industries, however there are some basic costs that businesses of almost every industry will need to consider when starting out. We’ve listed just a few of the costs that you will almost definitely find yourself paying. Read more »

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The Challenges Involved with Property Management for Small Businesses

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Small businesses that want to manage property can find themselves dealing with a variety of big challenges. How can you combat these challenges as a small business owner and maintain your property with greater ease? Here are a few tips. Read more »

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Digital Nomads & The Remote Work Revolution (Infographic)

Contributed article in our business series. (Originally posted here.) Enjoy! – Kimberly

Back in 1990 barely anyone classed themselves as a freelancer or telecommuter. Sure there were independent contractors, but computers and the internet were almost exclusively an office based phenomenon, and those that did have cell phones could literally only make phone calls.

When AOL made home internet connections more viable, when email took off, and laptops and computers became faster and more versatile, the first remote office workers emerged. 15% of the working US population fit this mold by the early 2000s, and in 2015 this number is around 30%. This directly correlates with faster internet speeds, the use of software and apps, and the rise of mobile technology. Some experts likePieter Levels predict 14% of the entire world population will adopt some kind of digital nomad lifestyle by 2035!

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Should You Quit Your Day Job and Become an Entrepreneur?

dreamstime_xs_57497446Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you're absolutely tired of your day job and it's no longer fulfilling you, you may be tempted to quit and start on a brand new track towards entrepreneurship. But is this really a wise decision? Should you really quit your job to become your own boss and run your own company? Continue reading for a few helpful insights that will steer you in the right direction.

Are You Ready to Lead a Company?

Being an entrepreneur means more than just having a good idea; it also means actually putting that idea into action and making decisions as a leader of an organisation.

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Tips to Cultivate Willpower to Manage Finances & Build Wealth

WealthContributed article in our personal wealth series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In football, the best coaches and coordinators with the sharpest playbook and most advanced plays won't win games if their team can't execute the plays. Taking care of your finances and building wealth are similar. A plethora of free knowledge is available from the experts regarding building wealth and achieving success, but few have the willpower and discipline to do what it takes.

But the good news is that willpower is a skill, not some genetic trait. There are ways to train your mind and learn from the best to climb your way to the top.

Finance is a Mental Game

Whether you're building your first savings account, paying off credit cards or building a successful business, finances are almost always a mental game. Think of financial success in relation to diet and exercise — you can read every blog, hire every trainer and take every supplement — but unless you can actually execute, there won't be any results. Read more »

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5 Sure-fire Ways to Advance in Your Career

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Whether you are seeking to climb the corporate ladder within your industry or looking for a new position with another company, there are ways in which you can advance quickly with just a little effort. Becoming proactive in your goals lets you take the reins, and before you know it that coveted position can be yours. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to advance in your career.

1. Networking for Meaningful Connections

There are so many ways in which to network that surely you can find one in which to make the connections you are looking for. From social media to volunteering in a cause that is meaningful to you, there are ways to meet new connections who are able to help you advance within your career. These may be executives of companies within your industry or peers who know of open positions. Besides making an impact on your community, society today is oriented towards ‘doing good’, and your volunteer hours logged will surely impress your boss! Read more »

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