Best Apps to Efficiently Organize Your Every Day & Get the Most Out of Your Week

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

It goes without saying we all lead busy lives. And that’s good because it means we’re doing something and pushing forward. Nevertheless, it can easily become overwhelming to do everything you simply have to do and this results in stress.

We decided to check if there are any apps that can help with productivity and after some research, we stumbled upon a website with a list of the best to-do apps that caught our attention. The list is pretty straightforward so we dug into some of the apps and decided to pick out the top 3. Here’s the list in case you want to check it later.

List of the Top To-Do Apps

But no need to check it as we filtered and tested 3 of them that we think might be helpful to you.

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Supplier Collaboration: How To Do It Right

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A relationship with a supplier should not be viewed as an “us and them” scenario. It is much more productive for all parties to see your relationship as a collaborative one as you both want the supply chain process to be as smooth as possible and the best way to achieve this is to work closely alongside one another. So, how do you go about establishing a collaborative relationship with a supplier? There are a few effective methods for doing this, but it can take some time and effort to get on the same page and to optimize the process.

Joint Strategy

First, it is helpful to come together with your supplier to develop a joint strategy. All businesses have different outlooks and approaches to working which can make integration a challenge, but if you sit down together, you can outline a vision and strategy for success which is beneficial for both parties.Continue reading

6 Must-Have Pages Every Ecommerce Site Needs

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When it comes to ecommerce, your website is your most important tool. When your site has been designed and planned well, it should provide a seamless experience for customers and site visitors all day, every day.

For every minor fault on your site, you limit its effectiveness and ability to work for you. Many ecommerce businesses make the simple mistake of not ensuring that they have the basic essentials of an ecommerce store, but this can be easily rectified.Continue reading

7 Pieces Of Advice Small Business Owners Should Live By

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

As a small business owner, you have a big job with a lot of responsibility and pressure riding on your shoulders. It only makes sense you’d want to take the time to review a few pieces of valuable advice that will help you get along better and succeed.

Be proud of how far you’ve come but be aware that you also have a lot of challenges ahead of you to tackle. You’re going to need to not only work hard to get ahead, but also do more of what’s going to help move the needle for you in a positive direction and commit fewer mistakes as you gain more experience.

1.   Document Specific Goals

You’re going to have a lot to keep track of, and be pulled in several different directions as a small business owner. It’s a wise idea to document specific goals for what you want to focus on and achieve early on. Continue reading

Easy Tips For Keeping A Productive Office

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In the working world, making sure you run a productive office is essential if you want to garner results and turn your business into a profitable, hardworking enterprise. Below are some easy tips to keep your office both a productive and welcoming work environment.

  • Consider the layout

The layout of an office can have an impact on the overall workflow. With correctly positioned desks, you can encourage collaborative discussion, or singular work when necessary. Maximizing on the space you have to ensure a comfortable flow in the office will help employees feel relaxed. Plus, in an environment where they can feel comfortable, employees are less likely to get distracted and can get on with the tasks in hand.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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5 Tips for Running an Efficient Legal Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The first thing to do, whatever type of business venture you have your heart set on, is to have a plan in place. It can be long and detailed or concise and to the point. The important things it will need to cover will include how you’re going to start and then run it. It should include a profit-loss forecast, a cash-flow analysis, and a break-even analysis. Once you’re up and running, there is a variety of things you can do to make it more efficient. Running a legal business is not the easiest of ventures to choose. The hours are long, and you’ll have the problem of juggling several responsibilities. However, with these five tips in mind, you will be the proud owner of an efficient, successful legal business.

Automate Your Processes Where Possible

There’s a large amount of paperwork constantly floating around in a legal firm. A great way to save time and speed up some of your processes will be to use software that can be used for merging data into document templates. Using cloud storage for client and court documents, bookkeeping and internal processes will mean everything is available whenever and whoever needs it, whether they are in the office or not. Continue reading

3 Ways Tech Makes International Business Easy

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

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

4 Weird and Wonderful Ways Tech Will Transform Work

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you’ve noticed the ratio of automated cashpoints to human workers increasing each time you shop for groceries, you’ll already be aware of the impact of workplace automation. Improved customer experience is often offset by replacement of human roles. But there are others ways that technological advances might actually make work more pleasant. Here are four weird and wonderful ways tech will transform work.Continue reading