The emergences of the web and email have smoothed the path for international entrepreneurs since the 90s. As technology made instant international communication child’s play and the web developed to become a global marketplace, opportunities have multiplied further. Now there are several ways organisations of all sizes can connect with foreign markets and employ international teams — and advanced technology is also facilitating the development of products that have worldwide applications. Here are just three ways tech makes international business easy.Continue reading
Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
For many would-be entrepreneurs, the notion of success appears as a mythical plateau in the distance as opposed to an achievable concept. However, there are many others who have possessed the confidence and the acumen in order to realise their loftiest visions. It often helps to highlight these stories so that the rest of us are able to find the motivation to follow our very own visions. Let us look at some of the most amazing business success stories of 2017.
The Mobile Recycling Community
One of the most surprising leaps forward in terms of success involves what is known as the market for refurbished mobile devices such as the iPhone. Continue reading
When you want to start a home design business, especially when setting up by yourself with very little cash, you have to become a bit more creative about sourcing your new customers. One very clever way of finding potential new customers locally is to look around for properties who are having double glazing windows installed.
When people are replacing windows and doors, they are usually in the process of sprucing up their homes, but many homeowners lack the time to do their own decorating. This is where you can spot an opportunity for your services to be in demand.Continue reading
Start-ups or emerging companies are businesses in the construction phase and generally related to technology but there are also many from the travel sector and food industry. Given their potential for revaluation, they are usually supported by venture capital funds. Europe is the home of some of the most important and prominent start-up nurseries on the planet. Cities such as Berlin, Stockholm or London are the ideal ecosystem for this type of companies.
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But more and more in all corners of the continent show up these types of companies. Ireland, with Future Finance, or Denmark, with Trustpilot, are examples of countries with a technological start-up that has exceeded 100 million dollars of valuation to date.Continue reading
There are now five million UK self-employed workers and recent rises in their numbers account for more than half of the nation’s growth in employment. Some of these workers operate in the ‘gig economy’ where they perform services like food delivery. But the new wave of British self-employment also includes entrepreneurs in sectors as different as traditional trades, education and advertising. So if you’re thinking of being your own boss, take a look at these three UK startup hacks from diverse sectors.
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Most Brits call carpenters joiners — and if you’re time-served in this trade, creating your own company is a natural next step. Continue reading
Life can get a bit chaotic — between holding down jobs and caring for families there’s scant time to decode complex marketing messages. So clear and concise marketing is the most effective way to let customers know exactly what your business does — fast. Research proves that 62 per cent of customers are prepared to pay more for a simple experience and 61 per cent will recommend a brand if it has a clear proposition that saves them time. And big hitters like Aldi, Ikea and Amazon have built powerful reputations based on a core ethos of simplicity that informs their customer service, products and services. But smaller businesses also punch above their weight when it comes to clear offerings that solve everyday problems perfectly.
Here are four small businesses with simple propositions that customer love.Continue reading
Doing business in the digital age requires software solutions that are fast, flexible and user-friendly. But there’s so much choice that it’s difficult to decipher which system is the ideal match for your requirements. Some packages are perfect for niche industries, while others can increase efficiency for any firm. With that in mind, here are five useful software solutions for diverse businesses.Continue reading
Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
When you’re in charge of your own work life, it can be difficult to stay focused. With no one to pay attention to your activities, it’s tempting to talk yourself out of doing work. In the short term, this might provide you with a pleasant break. However, in the long term, a lack of productivity will be disastrous for your personal finances and the development of your career. That is why you need to take control of the situation. It’s vital that you’re doing everything in your power to work efficiently. Luckily, there are plenty of easy steps for you to take. Below are four tips for staying motivated when you’re self-employed.
Schedule Your Day
Make sure that you have a clear plan for your day ahead. You should even try to plan your entire week in advance. This allows you to have a clear idea of everything that you need to get done. When you’re formulating your plan, it’s important that you strike the right balance between being optimistic and being realistic. You should always be pushing yourself to achieve more. However, you should avoid setting yourself unrealistic deadlines. Ideally, at the end of each day, you want to feel satisfied instead of deflated.Continue reading
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.
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
Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
The United States is seen as the land of opportunity to start a business and achieve the American dream. While the U.S. economy faced a devastating crash during the 2007-2009 Great Recession, entrepreneurship remained strong in the United States. Millennials, however, were raised during the Great Recession and therefore may hold on to those financial concerns while they get ready to become the majority of the working population. The question is whether they will put those worries aside and begin their entrepreneurial journeys towards starting their own business.
To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Master of Business Administration degree program.