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5 Essentials for Your Virtual Office

5 Essentials for Your Virtual Office | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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The digital age has crept up slowly on many business owners and managers, but at this point, those that fail to embrace and take advantage of the digital world, are placing themselves at a distinct disadvantage.


One of the great things about the digital world, is that business people are no longer captives to their office, and can utilise readily available technology to stay connected and work where ever thay may be at any time of day or night.


This good article, suggests that mobility is now essential for almost every business, and it identifies and discussesfive essential services that all should be effectively utilising to become more efficient and productive when away from the office.

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Subhash Acharya's curator insight, June 14, 2013 5:45 AM

thanks for [posting}

Ana Tapia's curator insight, June 14, 2013 1:18 PM

The logic of the virtual office - some basics of the technology side. The critical factor of human side is...high self discipline and focus.

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Business Improvement - Intro

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The Business Improvement topic, is an ever growing collection of professionally filtered, quality business improvement advice, curated specifically for the owners and managers of small to medium sized business enterprises in the English speaking world.

 

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Simply click on the funnel symbol in the tool bar and enter your search term or phrase, or alternatively scroll down the extensive list of key words to find the closest match to your query.

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Ten Rules for Business Success

Ten Rules for Business Success | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Success in business involves a lot more than simply turning up and going through the motions, and as in most areas of life, there are rules that if followed increase the chances of success.


In rare instances, a new business will break all of the rules and be wildly successful,  however in most cases ignoring the rules for success in business will lead to failure.


This excellent article, identifies from the perspective of a business coach, ten key rules that business owners should follow to ensure that they achieve their business dreams.


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Birgit Plange's curator insight, July 8, 4:15 AM

Brilliant article.......a must for all who want a successfull  business!

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How To Avoid 20 Common Business Mistakes

How To Avoid 20 Common Business Mistakes | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Extensive experience in business, makes all the difference, especially when it comes to avoiding common mistakes made by less experienced business owners that generally stifle their progress.


Unfortunately, many business owners lack the years of experience in business that can reduce business mistakes, and these owners need to find better ways of discovering what to do to avoid making mistakes that can hurt their business.


This excellent article, suggests that self-auditing your business for these 20 common business mistakes is a great start to avoiding pitfalls and positioning solidly for future growth, and it provides a template to assist and then offers ways to avoid the common mistakes.

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Chuck Devers's curator insight, July 2, 8:25 AM

Continually reviewing your business plans is a must for continued firm growth... stop thinking about it and JUST DO IT!

 

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7 Small Business Marketing Tips

7 Small Business Marketing Tips | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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The biggest mistake that small business owners make, when they set out to market their businesses, is to try to emulate the marketing efforts of their big business counterparts.


Given the limitations of their budgets, small business owners need to take a different approach to marketing, one focused on generating immediate sales.


This excellent article explains why small business owners need to approach marketing in a different way to bigger businesses, and it offers seven tips to assist in running successful small business marketing campaigns.

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Progressive training's curator insight, June 27, 9:45 AM

7 Small Business Marketing Tips

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11 Tips for Calming Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

11 Tips for Calming Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Public speaking is not everyone's favourite pastime, yet business owners regularly need to make presentations, many of which are important to the overall success of the business.


Due to the stress associated with important presentations, it is not unusual for the presenter to become very nervous, especially as the time for delivery nears.


This excellent article, suggests that successful public speaking is more about managing nerves rather than trying to get rid of them, and it offers 11 tips that business owners can follow to ensure that nerves don't ruin their next important presentation.

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BrianBurnett's curator insight, June 25, 11:35 AM

Preview of some of those tips:

  • 7P's = Proper Preparation & Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance. (some call it 6 without the ... you know which)
  • Know Your Venue
  • Visualize Success
  • Know Your Audience 
  • Claim the three “audience truths.” One: They believe you’re the expert, so don’t tell them otherwise. Two: They want you to succeed, so they’re on your side. Three: They won’t know when you make a mistake, so don’t announce it
  • Realize you don’t look as nervous as you feel
  • Memorize your opening
  • Get psyched up before you go "on" - See Amy Cuddy  http://on.ted.com/Cuddy 
Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 25, 1:36 PM

It's always good to rehearse how to checklist the main elements for your really earned success on the podium...:-)))

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, June 25, 1:40 PM

"Pitching" is an art that can make or break your young startup. Those 11 tips are great ways to make sure the messenger will deliver the message the right way. Now...look out for tips on making your message a clear one ;-)

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How To Use Events To Grow Your Business

How To Use Events To Grow Your Business | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Running an event, is a great way for any business looking to grow, to get exposure, educate its market, expand its influence and generate leads.


Like any marketing endeavour, if it is done properly and for the right reasons, running an event can be a great experience and can deliver wonderful outcomes.


This excellent article, identifies the five most common reasons that businesses put on events, and it then provides tips on how to run events for each of these different objectives.

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Caroline Rampton's curator insight, June 23, 3:35 AM

Up Time is teaming up with Polarity Consulting for a Business Breakfast this Wednesday.  Action packed agenda with a list of key new and existing clients. 

One Marketeer's curator insight, June 26, 1:50 PM

Are you planning any event for your local business? do you think that is just for BIg players?... Have a read!

#smallbusinesses #events #london #w4 

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6 Tips for Boosting Your Leadership Capacity

6 Tips for Boosting Your Leadership Capacity | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Business owners should always be striving to be better leaders to their business and its employees, and most owners have within them the capacity to be far better leaders, yet few tap into that capacity.


It may not be a conscious decision, but business owners tend to place many barriers in front of themselves, and these barriers act to limit their capacity to become great leaders.


This excellent article, suggests that business owners utilise only a portion of their capacity to lead others, and it offers six tips that if followed should boost anyone's leadership capacity.

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Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, June 18, 9:34 PM

PDGLead

Christel Binnie's curator insight, June 19, 3:22 PM

Really identify with #5:

 

Develop the squeezed middle: Once a business grows and a middle management tier emerges, these are the people who can make or break growth. They are submerged by the instructions from above and the demands from below and unless their skills are developed, the culture is collaborative and the direction clear, they will drown. Identifying the skill and personal development needs of these individuals to help them become future leaders can catapult your capacity to a new level.

Alice Wang's curator insight, June 20, 3:11 AM

There is a breath of autumn in the air.

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Do It Yourself Public Relations

Do It Yourself Public Relations | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Business owners are often short of the funds needed to engage PR specialists, but still need to get the word out to the wider world, that they are open for business and have a product or service that customers need.


Certainly there are traps galore for novices, but with some guidance and a few smart rules to follow, most business owners can make a good fist of promoting their business to the media.


This excellent article, is aimed at the small business owner wanting to have a go at promoting their own business, and it offers good advice on how to proceed without making too many mistakes when doing so.

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James Cracknell's curator insight, June 14, 3:47 AM

An interesting flow of ideas - the DIY approach to PR - but we must first cultivate the news

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12 Shortcuts to Becoming a Better Boss

12 Shortcuts to Becoming a Better Boss | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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You own the business and rightfully regard yourself as the boss, therefore from the day you hire your first employee,  you need to be continually working at becoming a better boss.


Being a boss means many things, yet to employees, their prime consideration is that you are a great boss to work for and be rewarded by for contributing to the success of your business.


This exellent article, suggests that there are shortcuts a business owner can take to learn how to become a better boss, and it outlines 12 of these for starters.

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Progressive training's curator insight, June 11, 10:20 AM

12 Shortcuts to Becoming a Better Boss

Andy Britnell's curator insight, June 12, 7:20 AM

Great post and a great excuse for sharing the lovely cat picture on Scoop.it post :-)

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7 Ways to Handle Constant Interruptions

7 Ways to Handle Constant Interruptions | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Constant interruptions seem to be part and parcel of the daily life of a business owner, but  as every interruption plays havoc with productivity and overall performance, a business owner needs to work to limit the number of interruptions that impact on their day.


Whilst interaction with employees is a necessary part of being a leader, a business owner needs to also complete a daily list of tasks, and to be able to do so he/she must be protective of the time they have available each day.


This excellent article, suggests that constant interruptions are the greatest source of impaired productivity, and it offers seven ways for a business owner to deal with interruptions to their day.

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Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, June 8, 11:52 AM

I can definitely help !

 

Denise Gabbard's curator insight, June 9, 1:33 PM

Interruptions and distractions are an issue for most writers. 

Siegfried Holle's curator insight, June 13, 10:47 AM

Great productivity enhancer

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5 Ways to Hire Smart and Reduce Turnover

5 Ways to Hire Smart and Reduce Turnover | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Staff turnover can be very costly, and it is well known that businesses that can keep their staff, tend to do better than those who are constantly replacing employees.


Retaining employees in the longer term, should be a key objective for all business owners, and the secret to achieving this outcomes starts with the hiring process.


This excellent article, suggests that reducing staff turnover reduces costs and saves valuable time, and it offers five ways to become smarter in the hiring process.

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Welwoth Realty's curator insight, June 6, 6:40 AM

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Gary Stroud's curator insight, June 6, 10:19 AM

This is short but some good information. 

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6 Simple Tips to Grow a Large Email List

6 Simple Tips to Grow a Large Email List | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Email marketing, is still one of the most cost effective and efficient marketing tools in the hands of a small business owner, yet without a large e-mail list of happy subscribers it becomes an ineffective tool.


Most small businesses, rely on just a website sign up box and perhaps an invitation embedded in their e-mail signature block to attract new subscribers to their blog or newsletter, and as a consequence struggle to build a substantial e-mail list of quality prospects.


This excellent article, suggests that it is not that difficult to build a large email list, and it offers six simple tips to achieve this outcome.

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Antony McNdolo's curator insight, May 30, 11:55 AM

A large emailing list is a dream many organizations and individuals dream of. It is important to be aware of the tips that can be used to grow a mailing list.

BSN's curator insight, May 30, 4:19 PM

6 Simple Tips to Grow a Large Email List. #business #emailmarketing

Chuck Devers's curator insight, June 1, 9:43 AM

This is a topic whose value to your organization needs no further introduction!

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7 Tips to Help You to Say 'No' More Often

7 Tips to Help You to Say 'No' More Often | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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Successful business owners learn over time, that "No" is the best word in their vocabulary, and they use it as often as necessary to avoid being distracted from their business goals.


Those who don't learn the art of saying "No", condemn themselves to taking on customers they shouldn't and spending time on activities that don't advance their business objectives and cost them revenue generating opportunities.


This excellent article, suggests that "No" is the most important word a business owner can use, and it offers 7 tips on how to learn to say "No" and do it in a way that won't offend.

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Marilú Aranda Landa's curator insight, May 28, 9:27 AM

No! No y no :) Buen día y saludos amigos de la Riviera Maya!

Puerto Morelos los espera con los brazos abiertos!

www.puertomorelosspanishcenter.com

 

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, May 28, 9:29 AM

It is not only great to able to say no, it is sometimes the right thing to say.

Siegfried Holle's curator insight, June 13, 10:50 AM

Enhance your ability with simple power of saying No.

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5 Steps to Building Business Through Relationships

5 Steps to Building Business Through Relationships | Business Improvement | Scoop.it
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We have all heard the saying; It is not what you know but who you know. What it really means, is that great relationships in business will trump great knowlege every time.


Building a business, is very much linked to the levels of trust established between a business and all of those with who it deals, on a day in and day out basis.


This excellent article, suggests that strengthening a relationship and developing trust will always separate you from the competition, and it offers a five step process that can be followed to build great relationships.

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Progressive training's curator insight, Today, 6:27 AM

5 Steps to Building Business Through Relationships

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10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed

10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed | Business Improvement | Scoop.it