Monitoring Online Mentions

  You’ve just launched online – a major undertaking – a new website, revamped social media, updated, content-driven platforms in a shiny and gloriously expensive package. Now you have to invest in monitoring what’s being said about it all? Why, you ask? It takes time, effort and an elaborate strategy to build a solid company reputation but everything you’ve worked …

7 Bookkeeping Resolutions for New Year

  Resolutions again? Yep! It’s that time of year; time to revamp, revise and revitalize your business processes to set yourself up for success in 2016. Bookkeeping to a small business owner likely incites little to no passion and chances are you would rather spend your time doing a million other things. Not an option! Make small changes to your …

Business Blind Spots

  As business owners, leadership (and the pressure to be good at it!) comes with the job. All leaders have blind spots – areas in which they typically neglect, yet have a big impact overall in the business. Business blind spots have been described as an area in the lives of people in which they continually do not see themselves …

How to Avoid Financial Pitfalls

    Creativity, determination and perseverance are some of the top qualities successful business owners possess. One they often lack is the ability to manage the financial side of the business. More often than not, failure due to financial hardship can be traced back to the very beginning of the process. A startup costs money – lots of money – …

Tips to Become a Better Negotiator

“Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent.” –Marvin Gaye We do it all day, every day at home, at work, in our heads – negotiating is an inherent part of our lives. So who wouldn’t want to become better at such an integral skill? First off, let’s be clear. Negotiation does not equal confrontation. Many people prefer to avoid …

Getting the Most Out Of Your Work Day

So much to do, so little time…sound familiar? If you own a small business, then of course it does! The constraints of time will always feel like a ball and chain, dragging even the most hardworking entrepreneur along with it. What to do? Start on a daily basis, attempting the (seemingly) daunting task of time management. First things first – …

Ideas to Boost Your Brand

For small business owners, creating an identifiable brand can be a challenge. But much like a fingerprint a brand is a unique, intricate identifier attached to your business only and therefore must be handled like a very valuable asset. Creating a logo and establishing a look is just the first step. Once the brand has been created, you must actively …

Things to Consider When Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Stuck in a rut, feeling burnt out, lacking motivation? These may be early signs that it’s time to take things up a notch. Accepting these symptoms as the norm can mean falling behind and is a risk most small business owners cannot afford to take in a saturated and hypercompetitive market. There are many strategies that have proven effective when …