How to Create the World’s Best Website

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A website is something that everyone, individual and business alike, should set time aside to create. It’s no longer difficult to do, as there are many resources available that will help you learn how to put it together properly. For starters, it’s all about choosing the right hosting and server to set it up on. Next, the visual and written content ideas must start to come together if you want to leave a lasting impression with it and thus properly market yourself.

In order to learn how to create one of the best websites around, you will have to do some research. For now, your first step is to listen to the advice below.

  1. Choosing the Right Server

To set up your website, you will need a hosting provider where you can share it from. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options available for you to choose from, with one example being VPS hosting. This one is known as a virtual private server. What’s more, they are also one of the most cost-effective ways of using a server, while it still allows you to create a complex site.Continue reading

How to Best Avoid Product Problems and Handle Them When They Occur

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Developing a line of successful products is no small task. There’s much that goes into the creation of physical goods and it’s a highly involved process. Many steps are required, which opens the possibility of something going wrong at any point along the line.

Here are some thoughts about how to avoid problems with products and what to do should they arise.

First, Research the Target Market

One of the biggest mistakes when creating a new product is not doing the market research first. Commonly, a triumphant decision is made that that “we can create this product” while making the erroneous assumption that the product is needed or wanted in the marketplace.Continue reading

Good Writing as an Essential Leadership Skill

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Our writing gives us away. It is an element of great importance in our image because it says everything about a person. Talk about your education, your values, your way of seeing life, etc. Everything we put together through words is indicative of our personality.

Today, with the influence of electronic media, the impact of our spelling and writing is imminent. From sending a text message, writing an email, writing a paper in college, writing on a person’s Facebook wall to chatting, it reflects everything about us.

These have become the most common and current means of communication used by millions of people. Unfortunately, with surprise, we realize that the writing of many is deficient. In schools and universities, jobs and exhibitions are saturated with spelling errors. We have lost this habit that is essential to maintain and encourage, not only to project a good image but to be able to understand each other.Continue reading

5 Pre-flight Tips for Chilled Corporate Travelers

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Unless you’re a seasoned business traveler, the thought of that sales trip to Tallahassee may fill you with dread.

From cramming yourself into the airport bus to pushing inedible airline food round a plastic plate while pining for your loved ones, the whole sorry scenario can be deeply unpleasant.

But what if there was a way to flip the script so completely that you embrace the corporate travel concept as robustly as a lost supermarket kid finally finding his mother?

There is a way to make this experience productive and pleasurable, but proper planning is essential — so here are five pre-flight tips that will keep you cool as a corporate cucumber.Continue reading

How to Train Every Employee on GDPR

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Data has been a key tool for organizations all over the world for years. Data is at the core of how businesses are built. Through data, we learn about consumers and generate profit. However, it has also left many online users feeling like their privacy has been invaded as data is misused in many ways.

The General Data Protection Regulation hopes to address many of these concerns by ensuring there is more protocol when it comes to data collection, use, and storage. This article will highlight some key factors to training every employee on GDPR.

Teach Them What GDPR is

Employees need to know what GDPR is in order to be effectively trained on the subject. Understanding the regulations and the implications these can have on your organization is imperative. One idea is to enroll them in short and affordable GDPR courses so that they understand the fundamentals. Once they have grasped a general idea, your employees can go on to understand how it applies in context to your organization.Continue reading

How to Create a Seamless Experience with Your Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Customer experience is always the number one focus for companies, and for good reason. Brands face global competition and an increasing pressure to cater to the unique identities of each and every one of their customers. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune in hiring individuals, and instead rely on algorithms. We have come very far in AI processes and machine learning, and, while we are nowhere near yet to artificial sentience, the AI that currently exists is perfect for improving customer experience.

How a machine handles your customers, however, isn’t enough. Customers need to be treated well online and in-store, and in order to accomplish this you need to provide them with a seamless experience:Continue reading

Can You Label Yourself an Expert?

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

Author:Ronan Leonard

One of the hardest things we can do in business is answer to or call ourselves an “expert.” The label has both positive and negative connotations. Whilst it’s nice to be known as an expert, its feels like bragging or self-promotion if you call yourself one. Most people don’t feel confident in their own expertise, until someone else tells them they should be. So how do you solve this internal conflict?

The simplest way is to remind yourself of the definition of an expert.

Expert

/ˈɛkspəːt/

noun: expert; plural noun: experts

A person who is very knowledgeable about or skillful in a particular area. E.g. “an expert in health care”

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The Importance of IT Security for Every Business

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Not only is it reckless to build a business without security precautions, but it can also be illegal. For instance, users in the EU must now agree to the cookies and data you take from them for whatever purpose (usually to offer a seamless and customized experience). As for your company, not investing in your IT security will put you in danger of having your entire company held hostage with what is known as ransomware. There are so many reasons why IT security is important for small, medium, and large businesses alike:

1.    Your Customers Expect Secure Transactions

Mobile purchases and online shopping is more popular than ever, but that doesn’t mean that every online store gets a piece of the proverbial pie. You need to have a great looking site that functions well and looks great. You also need to offer the right levels of security and encryptions in order to protect said transactions for both party’s sakes.

2.    Malware Can Ruin Your Company

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What Makes a Good Workshop Facilitator: Tips and Tricks You Must Learn

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Hosting workshops is a brilliant way to share new information, discuss concepts, and encourage social learning. Every workshop needs a brilliant facilitator who can ensure that every participant is on the same page. The facilitator also makes sure that the attendees pick up a new set of skills or learn more useful concepts after the workshop.

Anyone who has tried assuming the role of a workshop facilitator will say that it’s a hard job. If you are about to take on the responsibility of a workshop facilitator, you must learn essential tips and tricks such as defining the goals of the workshop and using the right type of visual.

Define the workshop’s goals

Every workshop needs to have smart and achievable goals. A lot of workshops fail because they do not have a clear set of goals. Before you start, you must determine what you want to achieve with the workshop. What do you want your audience to learn? How do you intend to meet your goals? By defining the goals and creating your execution plan, you can create a more concrete agenda, plus produce more helpful activities and workshop materials for the attendees.

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Factors to consider before purchasing a business in San Diego

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

There are several reasons why a person may sell his or her business. In most cases, the process of parting with your business is quite a challenge, especially when the business has been your lifetime investment and you have bonded with it. However, there comes a time when many people decide to sell their businesses for reasons such as continuous loss making, a desire to change the area of investment and other personal reasons. There are many individuals willing to sell their businesses because of one of the above reasons or for other reasons. Therefore this means that finding a business that is available for sale is quite easy. However, you must take precautions and not to get too excited and end up investing in the wrong field.

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When choosing a business to purchase from the available businesses for sale, there are several factors that you ought to put into consideration. These factors include the following:

  • Location of the business

The location of the business plays an important part when it comes to selecting a business from the huge list of businesses for sale. It is because, the location of any business determines the number of customers you get. Consequently, when looking for businesses in a large area, such as business for sale in San Diego , it is wise to pick the business that’s located in a place which is easy to access and also connected to a good transport system.Continue reading