Top Tips for Building Success

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Starting your own business is equal parts exciting and daunting. Not knowing whether the path you’ve chosen is the right one and if it will lead to success can be scary at times, but it’s important to stick with it and see where it takes you. There is no single trick to transforming a budding business into a successful one – it takes years of perseverance, patience and hard work to get closer to reaching your goals. However, here are a few useful tips on setting yourself and your business up for success.

Making Sales

Whatever it is you’re selling – whether it’s a product, a service, advice – you and your employees need to have the skills of a salesperson. Even the greatest product in the world won’t leave shelves if the company producing it doesn’t have a strong sense of salesmanship and convincing marketing. There are several key elements involved in making sales and here is a brief list to guide you:Continue reading

Key Benefits of Implementing a Remote Work Policy

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Remote work is on the rise as professionals increasingly demand more flexibility and choice in the workplace. The internet, laptops, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies have reduced the need for people to be tied to a location and time in order to work effectively. Professionals today can work from home, from a cafe, a virtual office, or from wherever they are as long as they have access to internet and a smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

Recent studies have shown that remote work policies offer various benefits to employers and employees alike. 

Top 5 Benefits of Remote Work Policies

1. Business Savings

You read that right. Remote working is cheaper than the alternative: it helps reduce commuting costs and overhead. 

For starters, if people aren’t commuting to the office, there’s no need for companies to offer commuting benefits; furthermore, individuals save on valuable time, gas, and parking costs. 

On the employer side, remote work helps reduce business overhead costs because companies won’t need to take up as much office space. This reduces leasing costs and electricity costs (fewer people means less energy: less heating or cooling, less lighting, less electronics to plug in or charge, etc.). But there’s more, remote work means less need for office supplies, furniture, coffee, tea, snacks, and maintenance services (less people means there’s less to clean up). Continue reading

Exploring Your Pension Options When Close to Retirement

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Everyone is going to get to the point of having to stop work and retire. However, many aren’t equipped for what that means in terms of the pensions pot they’ve been building over the years. Portafina has put together advice for individuals that are fifty-five and thinking about taking out pensions soon.

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Content marketing vs Copywriting. What’s the difference?

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The field of content creation and development includes a variety of concepts where some are easy to define while some remain an issue to many people. Two types of content that have proven a challenge for many to differentiate are content marketing and copywriting. Ideally, content marketing is used interchangeably with copywriting to mean one and the same thing, but it is important to note that they are different. This confusion is definitely due to their close relationship, but marketing professionals from PaperWritten can help demystify this scenario. Read on to understand the actual meaning of these two terms and the various forms in which they are presented…

Understanding Content Marketing and its Forms

In an effort to help you understand the difference between these two, it will be important to know what content marketing is. Well, this involves the creation of original and unique content for a business with the intention of attracting new customers both at the present time and in the long term. Content marketing is usually done in different forms, and this includes blog posts, white papers, eBooks, podcasts, articles, videos and email newsletters.Continue reading

How to Find New Clients as a Freelancer

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The gig economy is booming, and there’s no stopping it. As of 2018, there were over 57 million freelancers in America alone, which represents a whopping 36% of the entire workforce. Traditional workspaces are losing their appeal, as more and more millennials choose remote and location-independent arrangements that freelancing offers.

Of course, this new labor trend is not without its challenges, and freelancers know all too well how difficult it can be to have a constant stream of income when clients come and go. A lack of business can be especially frustrating for those who rely on their freelancing income to meet their daily needs. Thankfully, there are several ways to attract and find new clients for both old and new freelancers alike — we’ve listed some of the more effective methods below.Continue reading

Benefits That Come from Implementing A Smoke-Free Workplace Policy

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In the early days, smoking used to be commonplace in areas that it is strictly prohibited nowadays. Offices, hospitals and even airplanes. Were not spared of this common, everyday habit. Today, this has changed. People are getting increasingly knowledgeable and aware of the negative impacts tobacco products have on one’s health. More and more people are quitting smoking or are not committing to it at all. Same goes for office space and any other enclosed spaces. Employees are expressing their annoyance and dissatisfaction with tobacco emissions. Ones that never have, nor were going to smoke are particularly vocal about the negative effects of second-hand smoke. Which is understandable, since this group of people used to be forced to inhale someone else’s smoke. All of that has changed but the employers were faced with a dilemma. How does one promote a healthy working environment while offering a space for more passionate smokers? Here are some of the benefits a smoke-free working environment offers to our employee and the collective in general.Continue reading

Are You Thinking of Traveling the World and Working Online?

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Thanks to the internet, it’s now easier than ever to start your business without being tied down to one place. With an increasing number of jobs now possible remotely and the fact that it is easier than ever to start a business online without the need for an office or store, becoming a ‘digital nomad’ or somebody who travels the world while earning an income online is an increasingly popular career choice. It’s easy to see why; being your own boss and having the freedom to travel wherever you like is much more appealing than most standard 9-5 office jobs. So, what can you do to succeed with this lifestyle?

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#1. Gain Relevant Qualifications:

The good news is that you don’t always have to have qualifications in order to work successfully online. For example, if you are experienced with social media, have a good knack for writing, or can easily conduct tasks such as e-mail management and admin, you may want to consider offering your services as a freelance social media manager, writer, or virtual assistant. On the other hand, gaining relevant qualifications can lead to better, more lucrative remote working opportunities and give you the edge you need over your competition when setting up your online business. The best part is that there are several online programs you’ll be able to complete as you travel and work.

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Printer Repair Services in Melbourne

Contributed article in our Australia series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

These days, almost every household has a printing device of some sort. It has gone from being a luxury to becoming a necessity. Adults need to take printouts of the work they need to take to their office. Children need to print out the necessary information for their school projects or required course material. In daily life, we may need to print out an application or a birthday card for someone. There are a lot of versatile uses of a printer.Continue reading