Using Technology To Benefit Your Business

Using Technology To Benefit Your Business

***Contributing Post***   Running a company is starting to become more digital nowadays, so it’s only natural for many of us to be using technology throughout the business. Technology has advanced a lot, and there’s now plenty that it can do to benefit a business. Here are just a few ways it can benefit yours. Security With so many hackers, scammers and cyber attacks targeting small and big businesses across the globe, it’s only right that security systems are getting tougher to crack and companies are keen to get their own security in top form to avoid confidential data being leaked, especially when it includes members of the public. It’s important always to keep tabs on how the security is performing, especially as your business grows. There are also a lot of security providers out there, so do your research to get a good understanding of what your business will need specifically.  Productivity There’s now so much software in the technology industry, that there’s pretty much something for everything. Work productivity can often sometimes be a hit or miss for staff members, so it’s good to have a software program or two in place, that just makes everything a little easier to manage. Scientific reports and math documents are made easier with setapp.com/apps/mathkey and task managers are great for maintaining productivity and crossing off the to-do list.  Promotion Promoting the company is important to most businesses. Whether you’re selling a business or service, it’s useful to get the word out there, and until the internet and social media platforms came along, it was traditional print that sold everything. However,...
Tech Tools for Freelancers

Tech Tools for Freelancers

***Contributed Post*** It will come as no surprise that to make it in the freelance world, you have to rely on yourself. However, there are a few pieces of tech that can help you on your way. Running a small business isn’t an easy feat by any means. You are responsible for finding work in the early days, invoicing, taxes, websites, and many other facets of running a successful business. There is somewhere in the region of 54 million freelancers in America at any one time, in a few key areas. Writing, consulting, photography and design tend to be the top choices.  It doesn’t matter if you are just dipping your toe into the freelance pool, or you’ve been at it for years. Here are some tech tools that will help you manage your business that much better. Money Matters  When it comes to managing your money, you have to be smart. Having a card swiper handy when you go to meetings, or you are wrapping things up with the client is always a good idea. Not everyone wants to pay the fees for online transfers like PayPal. There are also a couple of very popular choices if you are doing your own accounting (and you probably are for the most part).  Wave. This is a free service that helps you generate a dashboard configured to the needs of your business. You can put in information like transactions, receipts, invoices, and other information. It will help you keep everything in order without much fuss. This is suited to smaller businesses or freelancers who aren’t planning on huge growth.  FreshBooks....
Can More Breaks Really Mean Increased Productivity?

Can More Breaks Really Mean Increased Productivity?

***Contributed Post*** Breaks are a touchy subject in the business world. Every company owner approaches this issue differently. Some are more than willing to let staff take an hour for lunch. Others are reluctant to give much longer than 15 minutes at any one time. Employees, too, have differing opinions on this. Some members of staff would much prefer to work through than lose an hour’s money each day. That’s no surprise when you consider lunch breaks could cost upwards of five hours wages each week.  Whatever your stance on the subject, though, it’s clear to see the importance of taking a break every once in a while. If staff work without stopping, their productivity will take more of a hit than you may realize. That’s not good for your business or the staff in question. Hence why, if you haven’t done so already, you should consider incorporating a break space. This will ensure that everyone takes at least short breaks throughout the day. That, in turn, could see the quality of work soaring. If you want to take the benefits even further, consider the following ways you could make that break space productive. Free snacks Providing free snacks for staff could boost productivity in a few significant ways. For one, it saves them having to go off-site and thus take more time during meal breaks. Providing the right kinds of foods could also physically aid productivity. Berries, nuts, and even dark chocolate can increase brain power and reduce stress. They also provide a longer-lasting boost of energy than alternatives such as cakes. The right smell In most workplaces,...
Common Reasons Your Business Isn’t As Productive As It Could Be

Common Reasons Your Business Isn’t As Productive As It Could Be

Any business owner will tell you that they want their business to be as productive and successful as possible. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that the majority of businesses fail these days. This can be down to a few things. One of the most common reasons businesses fail is because they just aren’t productive - and this means they aren’t moving forward and growing the way that they should be. If you feel like this could be the reason your business is lagging, read on to find out why your business may not be as productive as it could be. 1. You Haven’t Got A Business Plan A business plan isn’t compulsory, and there are businesses out there who have found success without one. However, it’s a rare occurrence. If you really want your business to succeed and remain productive, a business plan is vital. Creating a business plan can help you to secure funding if you need it, and it can help to keep you focused. In your plan you’ll lay out back up plans for when an approach doesn’t work, your projected profits and other numbers, and where you’d like your business to be in a few years. It’s not only beneficial if you want to get funding, but if you tend to lose sight of why you’re doing something.  Use a template to create your business plan ASAP, and take your time!  2. The Workplace Is Unsuitable Working in a suitable environment is key for you and any employees you may have. It should be clean and tidy, and you should have enough space and the...
How to Be More Effective and Super Boost Productivity In Your Business

How to Be More Effective and Super Boost Productivity In Your Business

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love to plan, and those who don’t. Which one are you?? The thing I’ve learned about people who hate to plan is that most of them don’t actually hate planning…they just never learned how to plan effectively! Once you figure out how to plan in a way that works for you and that improves your business (and your life), it will completely change the way you run the day-to-day operations of your business. Not only that…but it will seriously increase your productivity (and your profit!!), and you’ll be able to work LESS and get MORE done! Isn’t that why most of us wanted to be entrepreneurs in the first place? So, what’s the secret to effective planning in life and business? I’m going to drop 6 of my top tips for becoming more effective below, as well as offer you a spot in my exclusive 12-Month Marketing Plan Training! If you’re serious about scaling up your business and improving both profit and productivity, this is for you. Without further delay…6 Tips On How to be More Effective & Super-boost Your Productivity! Build effective routines to help you get working. i.e., when you wake up, exercise, and then have a filling breakfast and your favorite coffee at your desk. Take regular breaks throughout the day when focus wanes. Stay hydrated. Personally it’s easier for me to focus when I’m drinking water as opposed to any other beverage. Measure your day’s productivity by results, not time. Every night, write your to-do list for the following day. Decide ONE thing that absolutely must get done tomorrow. Then choose...