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5 Reasons to Hire Employees with an Entrepreneurial Spirit

reasons-to-hire-blogContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Innovative. Dynamic. Agile. These are the qualities that many business leaders want their companies to embody. But the larger a business grows, the more its employee culture tends to weaken into a complacent group of passengers waiting for someone else to take the driver’s seat. Shake off that stereotype by attracting and retaining employees with an entrepreneurial spark. Here’s how to recognize these talented workers and why they are so valuable.

1. Think Outside the Cubicle

The 2015 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report indicates entrepreneurs love to learn, take calculated risks and tend to have a non-traditional way of thinking. Employees who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo may seem risky, but they can often give a company the edge over the competition. Read more »

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5 Essential Tips for Startups to Grow Big

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Contributed article in our entrepreneurial business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

“Nothing is as great as succeeding at an early age.”

Never welcome your early success as if you’ve achieved your goals, instead take it as just the beginning of the uphill struggle that you need to continue doing. Settings up your own business might have been in your mind for years; however, you didn’t spend much of your time realizing the true meaning of the a famous quote by Bill Cosby, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

Perhaps you’re not sure about your success or you have no idea whether it’s what you can call “Success”. Let me finally ask you, “Did you achieve “The Milestone” on your path that eventually turned out to make you proud of yourself?” Read more »

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Online Trading as Interest Rates Cut

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Contributed article in our global business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Savers in the UK face challenging times ahead with the Bank of England cutting its base rate. Long-term investments such as pension funds have been devastated by the change in rates. In fact, pension fund deficits have increased to about £26,000 per household in the UK. There are a few options available to those who wish to consider alternatives to returns on their investments, and one of them is online trading.

Online trading is becoming increasingly popular. One reason for the rise in its popularity is the virtual trading platforms that some broker houses provide. These virtual platforms simulate the real market and offers the man on the street a chance to become familiar with trading. The user is then exposed to real-life practices without real-life risk and thus begins the user’s path in online trading. Read more »

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10 Tips and Tricks for Making Yourself More Likeable

HeartContributed article in our professional development series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Getting along with others is an important skill.

While it is not always easy to make yourself more likeable, there are certain techniques you can try that may help. Using such techniques can assist you in making friends and may even help your career as well. Why not read this article to get the top tips, apply them and then try a short likeability test such as this to gauge your progress?

Be a Good Listener

Listening well is just as crucial as speaking well. When someone speaks to you, give them your full attention. Be an active listener. Make it clear that they mean something to you.  Read more »

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VPS vs Dedicated Hosting: Which is Best for You?

VPSContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are many options for you in the world of web hosting, and sometimes when you have lots of options, it’s hard to figure out which one is going to suit you best. Hosting services can be put into four categories:VPS (virtual private servers), dedicated hosting, shared hosting and managed hosting. With all that choice, which type of hosting should you be using? Here’s a look at the two most popular methods of web hosting; VPS and dedicated hosting, to help you decide which one is best for you.

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Leadership Training Every Startup Should Consider

A help button on a rusty old bear trap. Credit risk concept. Very high resolution 3D render.Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every day there are literally tens of thousands of companies starting up around the world and many of them do well while many fail. Part of the reason for this is because some entrepreneurs have had thorough leadership training while others have a great idea but don’t have the skills to start and run a company. Those entrepreneurs who have no experience leading a team should seriously consider leadership training that will help them get their company off the ground and on the road to success.

Join Professional Associations within Your Industry

Many times joining a professional association will provide leadership training in the form of a mentor. Read more »

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How to Be the Boss that Employees Love

Employee EngagementContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Happy, 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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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

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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