Top 10 Issues Small Businesses Will Face in 2014 Business 2 Community Many small businesses have ignored print marketing based on a perception that digital marketing is cheaper.
Top 10 issues in 2014?? Really, hey stupid headline - the reason, because these things don't fade in and out with time. If you own a small business and DON'T focus on this shit then you are standing still and not moving forward. Hey, read through this timeless article, but really...try to get to it sometime in 2014.
Think About Training More Creatively About - News & Issues Received a note recently that asked whether we should continue training employees during tougher economic times. My immediate visceral reaction was, "Whaaaaat?
I watch the hits or visits I get on this site and a very small percentage visit business operations or the competition section. I don't find this interesting. I find it sad. If you are reading this congrats, you understand the importance that running a business has everything to do with learning HOW to do this. Not HOW to market. God this pisses my off.
Anyway, rant over. This article takes an approach to employee training that would work for any small business. Not only do you train employees to do their job but also to improve their careers. Hey what if they leave afterwards? They leave anyway. I would bet that when you show true interest in helping your employees they will do anything to be loyal to you. Read the article and I will give an extra 10 merits points.
Christianson Jewelry celebrates 150 years as family business in Kendallville Fort Wayne Journal Gazette What was your biggest mistake in operating this business: Taking the wrong approach on some antique repairs, which has wasted time and money.
In a nut shell, this company has been in business for 150 years. They have survived the trenches!
All the small business owners I interview say similar things. This man says he plans on 3 - 5% growth over the next few years.....WHAT? That's the same as going backwards.
All that says is they're going to fail very slowly. Jeez any business that can't grow by a minimum of 10% is not working on the business at all. So there. Does anybody read these?
Feeling Overwhelmed? 14 Time Management Tips That ACTUALLY Work Marie Claire.co.uk (blog) 'When you're busy, it's easy to lose any sense of priority, and panic because everything seems urgent,' says Claire Mitchell, founder of The Girls Mean...
I do many of these time management ideas myself. I know for me if I don't have a written list before the computer gets fired up, I am toast! I tend to sit and stare, think (day dream), and check my messages for those important Linkedin comments that bring in no cash.
By the end of the day of not working my unwritten list I kinda have lots of self loathing. Hey, what about you?
Each business I owned and ran I would start a group of small business owners. One was for the purpose of talking about common business issues and passing leads to each member.
Another was only for the purpose of discussing common issues. Regardless of the business you run problems are universal.
Dave Wellman has written about the benefits of getting involved in your local business assocation. This can serve the same purpose. Being in a leads group is fine but connecting with business owners you trust and can run problems by is like gold!
Baseline Cloud-Based Solution Enhances Employee Training Baseline Like many other local government entities around the country, the County of Champaign in Illinois trains its employees in a variety of areas related to their jobs.
Here is the perfect idea for the small business owner. Using online training services to train existing and new employees. The concept is not new. What is new is the amount of services and programs available online.
The only issue at this point is how do you know if the program you are purchasing is well done or a flop?
Get Marketing Ideas & Find JVs By Easily Searching Other Marketer’s Newsletter Emails Take a Sneak Peek! What if you could take a look at the newsletter emails of hundreds of marketers on any subject you wanted to see?
Great way to find posting ideas, research a topic, or find wonderful headlines that you may be able to "borrow" for that next article idea.
I found this on "Just Ask Kim", great site by the way. I can bet you have not seen this way of researching ideas. It is soooo easy and get's the heart of your subject fast!
Employee training is essential for small businesses. Learn what training options are available and how to choose one that best suits your needs.
Employees are the only way small business owners can free themselves up to do more important things, like sleep.
So many owners set the employee us for failure and disappointment because they haven't prepared the position properly. Once you have documented what the position is, who is responsible for what, and where the employee can locate instructions an owner can FINALLY train the employee.
Done correctly you, the owner, finally can focus in other areas of the business!
Using Customer Insights to Bolster Employee Training 1to1 Media But more savvy business leaders with sound data analytics practices understand that customers can uncover issues in individual employee performance that they can address and improve...
Okay, in all honesty, this article is for "brands" and not small business. It's way to complicated in the way they suggest to capture customer feedback after having worked with a paticular employee. Too hard.
The idea on the other hand is a good. The question is how can a small business owner use customer experience to help better train employees and give the best customer experience possible?
Watch a listen when your employee is interacting with clients. If they do something good compliment them on it, if possible do it in front of the customer. Maybe ask the employee to share the idea with others during the weekly meeting.
If they do something not so good save the conversation for when the employee and you are alone. Don't just tell them "bad employee, bad", instead ask how the situation could have gone better. Whatever, nobody reads this crap anyway.
Five experts to have on speed dial StartupSmart After the Accelerator: Bugcrowd on learning how to speak American to investors and customers. by Rose Powell. Bugcrowd co-founder Casey ...
OMG, I didn't think I would find anything for operations today, jeez the articles written about actually operating a business are just crap!
Well, you don't want to hear my problems.
This is a list you need to cutout and paste by your phone with your people's names. Running a business is not about doing it alone. How do you know when to call them? If you ask that question it may be too late. HA!
The logistics of going local City Pulse There are about 230 food hubs in the country, with different sizes, shapes and business plans, according to food hub expert John Fisk, director of the nonprofit think tank Wallace Center at Winrock...
I found this article hard to read the print is kinda small for an old guy. But there is a pony in all the manure. The concept is for many individual growers to band together to make contact with direct store buyers instead of the middleman. The advantage equals 32% more return. If you ask me farmers need this more than a middleman.
Hey, what about you, is there a way you and others in your industry can band together?
Inexpensive software upgrades can have a dramatic impact on your profit. Yeah, it takes time to implement and learn but you will be more profitable.
Jim was pedaling as fast as he could, yet he couldn't keep up with demand. Too much time was being wasted on just keeping all the balls in the air. Software upgrades and some custome made excel spreadsheets gave this owner more time, a more efficient company, and more profit.
The two biggest challenges for companies in managing human resources are training employees to understand and realise their duties, and properly relaying the company's mission and values.
Oh, groan, a new hire means the pain of training.... As small business owners training new hires is a double pain. Let's face it, you probably don't have a developed set of instructions for each employee.
You don't want to hear this, but you need them. Without them each time the employee encounters something they don't know they come to you to ask. Who's fault is that? What if they stopped coming, oh just think of how many mistakes they could make!
This article talks about two types of training. Targeted and Common.
Each employee will have specific tasks, these would require targeted training.
Each employee will also have tasks that require all of your employees to be trained in.
Make it easy on yourself, develop the common training documentation first. As you bring on new employees slowly begin to develop the targeted documentation training.
Like my dad used to say, "Hell, Rome wasn't built in a day. Go get me a beer".
In today's article Obamacare Explained we discuss everything you need to know about Obamacare and The Affordable Care Act.
This is a pretty in depth article about the United Health Care act and what it means to small business. It gives good explanations and has actionable ideas. Plan on taking some time to read it through.
One important factor of pricing a business it the location the business is located. If the landlord won't allow a sub-lease, that hurts!
Nothing is more exciting than recieving an unsolicited offer to sell your business. It's a confirmation that what you have built has value. Finally your hard work has paid off.
Since you have a lease on the building you need to sub-let to the buyer of your business. Now the problems start. If you don't have a sublease clause and a release of obligation clause built into the original lease, the landlord can kill your sale.
How could they possibly do that? Well, if you haven't pre agreed to terms of a sublease the landlord could just simply refuse to allow you to sublease. My guess is the buyer of the business sees value in the goodwill you have built over a period of years and wants to stay in that location.
12 Things To Consider Before Starting A Business With Your Spouse Forbes That was a pretty low stress situation because we weren't running a business and if we failed at what we set out to do that would have been just as a fine an outcome as if we...
I prefer to publish articles written by those who may be "less published". This article is too good to not publish.
Ever considered going into business with a spouse? Just the idea gives me shivers! This article first tells the story of the authors and then break down the process they used to determine if it was right for them.