What it’s Like to Work in a Successful Non-Profit Organization

Contributed article in our career series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Receiving an MPA online or Master of Public Administration is a rewarding achievement that can lead to a career of tremendous public service. Many of us were taught to go to college to work for a business solely for the purpose of making money. While there is nothing wrong with the desire to make money, MPA’s, on the other hand, are pressed for the desire to make a difference in the community and the world. There are many myths and taboos around the idea of working for a successful Non-Profit Organization that we will cover in this article.

Yes, you get paid to work!

A common misconception is the belief that people show up to work every day, out of the joy of their hearts, but don’t make any actual money when working with a Non-Profit. Everyone needs to pay their bills and feed their families, which is a reality of life, and this is simply not the case. Continue reading

Taking the Risk out of OTC Markets

Contributed article in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Trying to make money in any market entails a certain amount of risk. That can come from buying a blue chip stock on the New York Stock Exchange or from trading on OTC markets. The difference always is the nature and size of the risk. So being able to manage risk is vitally important as a trader or as an investor. It is arguably the most vital skill to learn when you wade into the financial markets.

Being a trader and being an investor are two very different things. Traders, even though they are smart and focused and diligent, live for the moment. They are going to make money by pouncing on opportunity, never letting the trend get away. Investors, on the other hand, tend to be much more methodical. Which is a good way to make small profits over the long-term, setting you up for success in your golden years.Continue reading

5 Things That Will Destroy Your Small Business in a Flash

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

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

How To Get Motivated To Achieve

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Motivation is the reason you get out of bed in the morning. You’re motivated to go to work and earn money to enjoy living. Sometimes this motivation can suffer a setback and not always because of a perceivable reason. There isn’t always one clear reason why your levels of motivation dip, and it can be the culmination of a few factors. For the times when you can’t quite put your finger on the cause, you’re best off to implement a healthy lifestyle and to get out and enjoy your time more often. As the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a sad boy,” so endeavor to enjoy yourself as well as work hard. You need to maintain a balance if you’re going to stay motivated and determined to succeed.Continue reading

Take Your Website to the Next Level

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

No matter the content, the themes or even what you use it for, more and more people are making use of their own website these days. With tools and resources available for everyone from the most devout Luddite to the most tech-savvy coder, personal blogs and online stores are rife in the digital age. However, if the key to your personal branding is the appreciation of luxury, then you need to take a step back and have a look at what your website says about you. No matter if you’re an entrepreneur selling specialty chocolates for the connoisseur, or a blogger providing reviews of the latest fashion show offerings, it’s time to have a look at how you can increase your own level of professionalism to reflect your target demographic.Continue reading

Why Making a Good First Impression is Crucial in Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Despite all the hard work that comes after it, it can often be the firmness of a handshake and the straightness of a tie that forms alasting impression in business relationships. First impressions are vitally important in everyday life as well as business, but where there are custom and profits on the line, it is even more crucial to get it right when it comes to getting an idea of you and your brand in the minds of those you work with. Here are some reasons why a good first impression is vital in business.

It Communicates Professionalism

Being smartly dressed or immaculately turned out for a 9 am business meeting communicates confidence and a steady hand is navigating the ship, whereas flying into the meeting one minute late with hair askew and shirt hanging out communicates unreliability and a liability to let down customers. This fine line is the line between planning ahead and being caught off-guard; making sure you’re always looking and acting professional will encourage people to do business with you and will avoid any awkward first impressions in which you tar your professional image.Continue reading

How to Make Your Office More Fun

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As an employer, you are directly responsible for the level of productivity of your workers. You need to ensure that they are working in a safe and comfortable environment that promotes productivity and boosts their confidence. If workers don’t feel at ease at work, they are very likely to get bored or lose their interest. Therefore, no matter how many important responsibilities you might have, you need to find a way of generating a relaxed atmosphere in the office. Once you do that, your workers will not only become more productive, but they will also be happier while at work.

Luckily, there are a lot of great tips and tricks that can be easily implemented into any office environment. If back in the day people had to be focused on their tasks, things have changed nowadays. People can use technology to unwind and decorate the office space so that they feel inspired. The following tips might come in handy for any business owner who wants to make the office space a bit more fun.Continue reading

Taking Charge of Your Company – How to Stay Ahead of Your Competition

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Being complacent is equivalent to death in the business world. This is because trends, technologies and innovations are always changing, and while being consistent in some elements like customer service is a great thing, most of the time this lack of innovation can cause your downfall. To counter such complacency though, you need to research, you need to innovate, and you need to always strive to be better than you were yesterday:

  1. Know Your Demographic

Knowing your demographic means saving money through repeat customers. It means saving money because you won’t waste your marketing budget advertising blindly to people who don’t care or trying to acquire customers who aren’t interested. The average attention span of online users is only seconds long, and many scroll through their newsfeeds at blinding speeds. You want your advertisements to not only catch their attentions, you want to hold their attentions, and to do that you need to know your demographic. You need to know what medium they use, you need to know where they are, what language they speak, and what they value. Conducting online qualitative market research can help you be the company of the people, and be a success as a result.Continue reading

The 5 Secrets to Developing a User-Friendly App

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Many mobile users often take connectivity, functionality, and speed for granted, but they will certainly notice when an application isn’t working. The modern-day audience are also not shy when it comes to voicing their opinion, which can result in a decline in downloads. Read the five secrets to developing a user-friendly app.

1.  Guide Users with Icons

If you are developing an application with a minimalist design, icons can become a critical aspect of the user experience. Those handy symbols will not only add personality into your app, but they will provide a visual language to help guide users to key areas, so can support the navigation process.

  1. Review Device Compatibility

Apps can quickly lose value if a developer fails to consider software updates, which ultimately prevent application failures, crashes, and bugs. Regularly review an app’s compatibility across multiple devices to ensure you continue to present the best program to a user. Also, pay close attention to both positive and negative customer feedback to identify potential bugs, so you can make the appropriate alterations.Continue reading

4 Ways To Keep In Touch With Your Customers

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

It is said that around 80 percent of your business will come from just 20 percent of your customers – that means it’s easier, and more cost effective to keep your current customers happy, contented, and loyal than it is to try and find more customers. Keeping in touch with your customers is a great way to ensure loyalty and good feelings, but how can a business do that successfully? Here are some ideas.

Newsletters

Having a newsletter that your customers can sign up to (or one that they are automatically signed up to) is a fantastic way to keep your company and your products and services in the mind of the people who will hopefully spend money with you. Keep them in touch with what is going on with your business, run competitions, give them discount codes for loyalty and so on. As long as you send out your newsletter regularly (perhaps once a month), then your company will easily stick in their mind.Continue reading