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

5 Pre-flight Tips for Chilled Corporate Travelers

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Unless you’re a seasoned business traveler, the thought of that sales trip to Tallahassee may fill you with dread.

From cramming yourself into the airport bus to pushing inedible airline food round a plastic plate while pining for your loved ones, the whole sorry scenario can be deeply unpleasant.

But what if there was a way to flip the script so completely that you embrace the corporate travel concept as robustly as a lost supermarket kid finally finding his mother?

There is a way to make this experience productive and pleasurable, but proper planning is essential — so here are five pre-flight tips that will keep you cool as a corporate cucumber.Continue reading

How to Train Every Employee on GDPR

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Data has been a key tool for organizations all over the world for years. Data is at the core of how businesses are built. Through data, we learn about consumers and generate profit. However, it has also left many online users feeling like their privacy has been invaded as data is misused in many ways.

The General Data Protection Regulation hopes to address many of these concerns by ensuring there is more protocol when it comes to data collection, use, and storage. This article will highlight some key factors to training every employee on GDPR.

Teach Them What GDPR is

Employees need to know what GDPR is in order to be effectively trained on the subject. Understanding the regulations and the implications these can have on your organization is imperative. One idea is to enroll them in short and affordable GDPR courses so that they understand the fundamentals. Once they have grasped a general idea, your employees can go on to understand how it applies in context to your organization.Continue reading

How to Create a Seamless Experience with Your Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Customer experience is always the number one focus for companies, and for good reason. Brands face global competition and an increasing pressure to cater to the unique identities of each and every one of their customers. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune in hiring individuals, and instead rely on algorithms. We have come very far in AI processes and machine learning, and, while we are nowhere near yet to artificial sentience, the AI that currently exists is perfect for improving customer experience.

How a machine handles your customers, however, isn’t enough. Customers need to be treated well online and in-store, and in order to accomplish this you need to provide them with a seamless experience:Continue reading