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

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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7 Ways To Transform Your Business From Good To Great

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

It’s nice when business is good, but even better when it’s great, and you find your company flourishing and moving forward seamlessly. Unfortunately, this type of transformation doesn’t happen overnight, which means you need to remain patient throughout the process.

You have to be dedicated and committed to consistently improving how your business functions and making sure you’re putting your customers first. Going from simply good to great isn’t easy, but it is possible with the right approach and mindset in place. Now is the time to stop wishing your situation was different and start taking action that will make a real difference in how you operate.

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Startups: 3 Business Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Starting a new business is an exciting but busy time. Your to-do list is as long as your arm, and unfortunately, you only have a limited number of hours each day to achieve them. It can be overwhelming, but you need to have the discipline and resilience to carry on and make an impact.

New entrepreneurs are vulnerable to making the same mistakes time over, and so you need to be vigilant that you don’t fall into the same trap. Here are three mistakes that you need to avoid.

  1. Not Understanding the Value of Money

Startups invariably have limited cash flow, and that means that money is at the forefront of every decision being made. New entrepreneurs typically fall into one of two camps: those that spend money freely to make more money and those that spend the bare minimum. You must understand the value of your money.Continue reading

How to Improve B2B Customer Relationships

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Business-to-business relationships can be filled with many challenges including multi-channel sales conflicts, delivery difficulties, and configuration issues, but they remain the key to the success of many enterprises. Solid B2B relationships can ward off advances from competitors and provide a firm foundation for you company to continue to thrive.

Here are a few tactics your company can use to nurture and develop your B2B customer relationships.

Constantly re-imagine and refine your B2B relationships

The world of business doesn’t stand still, and neither should you. No matter how good your B2B relationships are, the key to continued success is to be constantly thinking about ways you can improve the situation. The first step in achieving this goal is to develop a clear understanding of exactly what your brand represents to your B2B partners. If you are known primarily for an area such as high quality or customer support, this then points to other areas in which you can introduce improvements.Continue reading

5 Things That Will Destroy Your Small Business in a Flash

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According to many entrepreneurs, running a successful business can be challenging and very exciting at the same time. When due diligence is observed, financial gains from the startup are almost guaranteed.

Unfortunately, some business owners end up choking the business unconsciously by doing some things that are unsuitable for the organization. In most cases, this is as a result of insufficient experience which is a conspicuous characteristic of new entrepreneurs. Making slight mistakes in management can be corrected if they are discovered early enough and you can recover in a short time.Continue reading

Top Tips to Keeping Your Clients Happy

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

As a business owner, you’ll have a lot of people to keep happy. Not just your customers, but also your employees and your clients. Your clients in particular are the companies and individuals that will help you to supply your products to your customers. It’s important that you develop a good relationship with your suppliers so that you can work together to grow your business. Understanding your client’s needs and how to communicate with them effectively is the key to keeping them happy, so read the top tips to keeping your clients happy.

Communication

Understanding your client’s needs is vital to the long-term success of your working relationship. To understand their needs, you need to maintain good communication with them. One way you can do this is to have a set way to communicate by email or phone that makes it easy to get in touch. It should be a two-way system so that they can also get in touch with you if there are any problems. After a while, you’ll know what your client needs to get the orders completed. You can then try to predict this by giving them the information as soon as you have it to make it easier for them.Continue reading

Tips To Help You Sell More Efficiently

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Sales is a tough, yet, rewarding profession. There are tips, tricks and tactics that sales professionals must use to get ahead.

However, it’s important to brush up on your game once in a while and learn new techniques – even if you’re a sales professional and been in the industry for years. See tips to help you sell more efficiently and close the deal faster.

Prepare

You must prepare to become a success. Make sure you have the background and confidence to approach a situation before diving into it. Learn everything you can about selling and practice every chance you get. The more prepared you are, the better chance you have at making a sale. It’s really easy for a customer to know when someone isn’t organized, and they’ll be turning away very quickly.Continue reading