How to Be an Inspiring Leader

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Being a boss or a manager and looking after staff is a role that often comes through your achievements in a profession or trade, rather than your skills as a leader. Many managers and small business owners have little or no experience of managing a team, and that inevitably brings problems to the working relationship. If you’re leading people without having a background in human resources, how do you become not just a good manager, but an inspiring leader?

Why inspiring leadership is so important

  • Leaders are directly responsible for motivating their staff, so the more effective you are as a manager, the more likely your employees are to work hard, increase productivity, and produce their best work.
  • Inspiring leaders can coax extraordinary accomplishments out of their staff, whereas inefficient, poorly equipped managers with few people skills are more likely to alienate their team.

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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

Investing in an Idea You Like Will Always have Good Results

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

Everybody is aware that they need to invest in something that will become sustainable and profitable in the long-term. But not many people have wondered what does this exactly mean. The world is full of ideas, but not all of them provide good results. The greatest ‛wisdom’ you’ll hear is that you shouldn’t invest in an idea, but in the person behind it. This also has numerous misinterpretations – people tend to think that that person needs to be wealthy and equipped with lots of influence and connections, but that’s not entirely the point. The indicator for your investment should be your relationship to an idea – do you like it or not. Although it sounds suspiciously subjective, if an idea feels right and you’re attracted to it, you should go for it.

The funding landscape of startups is not what it was fifteen years ago. Many new funding options are under development, providing more ways than ever to get the ideas off the ground. That means almost everyone is able to invest in the next unicorn if they play it right. People always talk about the important questions of investing in an idea – does it address particular problems, do target consumers need it, and are they able to afford it. While the perfected pitch that answers all these questions is desirable, it is not the only indicator. Your personal hunch can sometimes provide you with better results than any analysisContinue reading

How to Go Self-Employed and Work From Home

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Many people like the idea of working for themselves but don’t want to or are unable to make the investment into setting up a business with all the overheads of renting premises and employing staff. Fortunately, the Internet has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for you to work from home, an approach that requires only modest investment and is full of opportunities for self-employed work.

If you have the desire and the drive to be successfully self-employed, it can be a highly rewarding lifestyle, and once you’re established, you can quickly expand into running a more extensive business if you so wish. In order to make a decent living from your self-employed work, you just need to make sure there is a market for your offer, and that you have the skills to manage to be your own boss.

Identifying Your Skills

Everyone has a skill set they’ve built up, but not all of them are adaptable to working from home. There are two key factors to consider before you decide what kind of work to take 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

How to Save Money as a Startup

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

Startups are notorious for running into financial difficulties before they reach the maturing point at which they’re stable and secure enough to be considered successful small businesses. It’s imperative that startups are tight with their money, ensuring that their cash flow is as efficient and well-attuned as possible. Hemorrhaging cash when at the startup phase is an absolute path to failure. It’s in this sense that this article aims to provide money-saving advice to startups. The tips provided below are designed to reduce losses to an absolute minimum, which will mean your young startup will be best-placed to succeed.

Consider Your Tax

Small companies benefit from a series of tax breaks and incentives that you should school yourself on before you make specific financial commitments. Continue reading

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

3 Improvements to Make your Garden Wildlife-Friendly

Contributed article in our lifestyle series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As more of our natural wildlife habitat is destroyed by increased construction and urbanization, creating wildlife-friendly gardens to protect biodiversity is a form of damage limitation.

So if you’ve got green fingers and fancy playing your part in saving the planet, here are three simple improvements to make your garden wonderfully wildlife-friendly.

Habitats

Creating a wildlife-friendly environment doesn’t mean that it should transform into an untamed jungle that the neighbors will scoff at.  It should actually be accessible to everyone that frequents it and minor adaptations can make major differences without causing inconvenience.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