Saturday, December 7, 2013
1. Find The Right Bank AccountThere are a lot of differences in business bank accounts and it is a good idea to spend some time finding the right one.
Even if you have a really good personal account in a certain branch it doesn’t meant that the same branch could offer the best deal on a business account. So keep your options open.
A good guide to finding the right bank account can be found on the Money Saving Expert website. Read this information through and get a bank account that works well for your business needs.
2. Think Small And Think HomeWhen you are starting out it is always a good idea to start small. There is no point in spending a lot of money in hiring lots of people and renting a huge office space right from the get-go. You need to expand and grow your business only when you have the customers and the finances to do it.
For a small business the right thing to do at the start is think about working from home. Even if you need to employ other people it is still a good idea to think about the option of working from home.
There are a lot of great benefits of working from home and your business should seriously look into this option.
3. Online MarketingMarketing is often a really big cost but it is also an essential thing to do for a small business. Small businesses don’t have the same resources for marketing as larger companies do but going online can really help you cut down on costs.
So make sure that you build a strong online presence for your business and make use of online marketing. Strategies such as search engine optimisation (SEO) can really help you boost your business.
4. Find The Right InsuranceGetting your business insured appropriately is really important. You might think that the insurance premiums are too much to take but the consequences of not insuring your business are going to be much more devastating.
The key to finding the right insurance is to do enough research into what sort of policy your business needs. You then need to contact insurance companies directly in order to get the best quotes. For instance, if you are looking for motor trade insurance you can get better deal by getting direct quotes for motor trade insurance from many different companies.
5. Learn About TaxationYou should also spend some time in learning more about the taxation process. There are a lot of great tax benefits and discounts available for small business owners if you just know how to claim for them.
Get a good accountant that can help you out with taxation issues. This can really help you save a lot of money and can boost your business prospects a lot.
Liza likes to find tips online to help out small business owners manage during these tough economic times. She is also passionate about solving puzzles and loves to find online puzzles that she can solve together with her kids.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Doba has established wholesale agreements with many top-name brands, and serves as an intermediary between manufacturers and its members. Its catalogue of more than 2 million items includes electronics, clothing, health and wellness items, automobile accessories, outdoor gear and items geared for children. As a Doba member, you choose one or more products from the Doba catalogue that you would like to sell.
Establishing Your Online Storefront
Once you have chosen your item(s), you can set the price and offer the item for sale. You can conduct your business through your own web page. Doba can also be incorporated into websites constructed by website builders like Web.com. You can also set up an online storefront through online auction services like eBay or social networking platforms like Facebook also support Doba and eBay and process payments with online payment companies like PayPal (which is affiliated with eBay).
Doba integrates seamlessly with Facebook by allowing you to seamlessly populate photos and product descriptions onto your My Deals storefront without cutting and pasting. Doba was also a founding member of the Certified Service Provider Program established by online auction seller eBay and includes a custom eBay Listing Tool to make presentation of your products on your eBay storefront. Make sure to like Doba on Facebook and follow Doba on Google+.
You Sell, Doba Ships, You Profit
One of the most significant challenges faced by conventional online retailers is the need for warehouse space to store their inventory. A second major challenge is making the initial investment to purchase inventory to sell. As a drop shipping enterprise, Doba eliminates both of these necessities. Instead, you only pay Doba the wholesale price for your merchandise after you make sales and receive payment from customers. Your profit per item depends on the selling price that you choose to set – you keep the difference between the wholesale price and the retail price that you set.
Doba provides a free seven-day trial for new users. If you do not wish to continue, simply cancel your membership and you will pay nothing. After the seven-day trial, if you wish to continue, the monthly membership fee is applied. Doba has three levels of membership: basic, advanced and pro, with monthly and annual billing available. Still undecided? Check out a 2014 review of Doba from TopTenReviews.com.
|Doba||Supplier Access, 1K My Inventory||$59.95|
|Doba Advanced||Supplier Access, 10K My Inventory, Pre-Pay, Elite Seller Report||$69.95|
|Doba Pro||Supplier Access, 25K My Inventory, Pre-Pay, Elite Seller Report||$89.95|
|Doba||Supplier Access, 1K My Inventory||$599.50||Save $119.90 US|
|Doba Advanced||Supplier Access, 10K My Inventory, Pre-Pay, Elite Seller Report||$699.50||Save $139.90 US|
|Doba Pro||Supplier Access, 25K My Inventory, Pre-Pay, Elite Seller Report||$899.50||Save $179.90 US|
Doba provides telephone support for its members to handle issues that arise with payment and shipping. Depending on your level of membership, you also have access to a virtual inventory of items that are guaranteed to be available for immediate shipment to customers. Doba also publishes periodic Elite Seller Reports and other market research tools that it makes available exclusively for its members.
Author: Brett Harper
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Some of the most popular gifts for Christmas are items like diaries, calendars, bottles of wine or food hampers. But in our struggling economy, is hard to justify a gift that disappears in a few hours and leaves only a brief memory about it. Calendars and diaries have a greater value, as they tend to stick around for a longer period of time. But let’s be honest, who uses them anymore, when we all have smartphones, tablets, notebooks or laptops and desktops that do the same thing with higher functionality.
Branded USB flash drivesBranded USB flash drives are a more interesting alternative for today’s highly technological society that we live in. They can imprinted or engraved with your company logo, brand name or a particular message, a Christmas theme can be included in their design, can be purchased with attractive gift boxes and preloaded with your digital data before they are sent away.
Preloaded dataYour preloaded data can contain Christmas greetings or other Christmas message you want to send. Your branded USB memory drives can act just like an electronic Christmas card. You can even add a short movie, a recorded audio message or simply put descriptions or information about your products or services. Your Christmas USB stick will be a “Thank you” sent to your loyal customers or will act like an incentive to potential new ones. Either way, it will be product that will remind the receiver about your business for a very long time and every time it is used.
Branded USB sticks are a more budget efficient incentive than any box of chocolates, case of wine or food basket. They last much longer, they will not disappoint the receiver in any way, plus, they are extremely useful items for any computer user. They are popular giveaways, efficient gifts in any advertising and marketing campaign, not matter the time of the year.
If you decide to use promotional USB flash drives for this Christmas, take their lead times into consideration. From the time you make the order, until they are delivered, it usually takes around 10-14 working days. So make sure not to issue your order too late.If you are interested in buying branded USB sticks you should definetely check USB Company products.
For this time of the year, you might want a more generous printing space for your promotional USB memory drives, which allows you to send a more detailed message. USB Credit Card can be a good choice. But if you want your gift to stand out from the crowd, you can opt for a more customised product like the USB Bespoke or USB People, which can be designed to better suit your needs.
Monday, December 2, 2013
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
What are those innovative companies we should be thanking? Take a look at 7 of the very best.
1. SproxilSproxil is making a change in the pharmaceutical world, helping put an end to fraudulent pharmacies. Every year these fake drugs that are created and sold are responsible for deaths of more than 700,000 individuals from around the world. With Sproxil, patients can easily determine the drug is authentic by simply scratching the label for a code. This code is sent to Sproxil via SMS messaging and the validity of the medication of validated for you. More than 2- million people have used the Sproxil service since it began.
2. Proteus Digital HealthProteus Digital health brought the world an ingestible sensor. What is this and why would it be beneficial? The sensor allows doctors to see inside of the human body. This makes diagnosing your health condition far easier. The sensor is small and uses the stomach acid to power up. The information is then sent to your smartphone, determining how a specific medication is affecting you. The product earned FDA approval in 2012.
3. SynCardia SystemsWe can’t survive without a heart, and thanks to SynCardia Systems, those who have the need for a transplant can do so. SynCardia Systems is the creator of the one and only artificial heart. The heart is used while patients wait on the transplant to take place. Success rates are outstanding, with a 79% ranking.
4. SafePointSafePoint is an innovative company that produced a safe way to dispose of used syringes. A major health concern in countries like Africa and India, reusing syringes is responsible for a number of illnesses each year. It is becoming a concern inside of the United States as well, though still not as common as in the other countries. The container offered from SafePoint allows disposal of the syringe in a lockable, one-time-use container.
5. Envoy MedicalEnvoy Medical created the first surgically implanted hearing system that is FDA-approved. The system helps those with age related hearing loss, as well as that caused by infections and noises.
6. D-RevD-Rev makes the top 7 list because it provided something so desperately needed by millions –affordable healthcare. In third-world countries, access to healthcare is difficult to find, and oftentimes expensive. Although improved from long ago, it is still expensive to find quality care. D-Rev came in and designed affordable and quality products and instruments that third-world countries could afford to purchase and still provide reasonably priced care.
7. GEThe GE name is one that you are certainly familiar with. They have brought to us many innovative products, including the VScan. The Vscan device is a pocket-size ultrasound that makes it possible to reach a patient who may be unable to get inside of a medical facility and for a variety of other situations. Doctors also appreciate the ease of use of the device. The ultrasound is connected to a iPod and works just like the larger ultrasounds found inside of hospitals and clinics.
This article is contributed by Pritam Nagrale who is an internet marketer & blogger from Mumbai. He blogs at Top Companies India where he writes about the business & other important details of Indian companies.
Saturday, November 30, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, November 29, 2013
What can an App do for Your Company?A successful company app should really just be an extension of your existing online presence, specifically constructed for smartphones and tablet devices. Having said that, there is a difference between an app, which when it comes to companies is essentially a marketing tool, and a mobile version of your website, which allows it to function effectively on mobile devices. An app can be as simple as allowing a customer to easily locate your physical location, or directing them to your online retail division, enabling them to make a purchase while on the go.
Apps and Brand AwarenessSometimes an app becomes a necessity for a certain type of industry, and it’s often a case of if your competitors are doing it, then you should too. An app increases brand awareness, and since customer’s use of companies’ apps shows no signs of abating, it can be necessary to have one- without it you can run the risk of being left behind when it comes to this specific and increasingly important medium.
What are Your Goals with an App?While successful customer interaction is the ultimate goal with an app, you need to think about what kind of experience you want your customers to have with the app. Some apps are designed for a very specialized purpose; Huggies Diapers have developed an app that requires a receiver to be attached to your baby’s diaper and then sends a message to your phone when the diaper becomes wet. A skilled software developer will look at your needs and intentions and can construct an app that offers features you may not have even considered.
Apps and ConversionsParticularly for those who operate in the retail sector, a digital experience comparable to the app is now part of the in-store experience, and a number of retail outlets now offer interactive information screens or iPad kiosks that allow customers to browse the product range and find out specific information about a particular product or device. These screens should ideally encourage more mobile interaction by inviting customers to download your app. It’s important to gauge the success of your app by seeing how many queries it converts to actual sales- perhaps special offers can be offered exclusively via app.
There are so many variables in the corporate world that it really can be perplexing to determine the worthiness of an app for your operations. Don’t think about it too long though, since your competitors are likely to be mulling over the exact same question.
This guest-post was written by David Kovacs who is an online marketing enthusiast from Hungary and loves to share his thoughts and articles on various channels in topics related to tech, business and SEO. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.
Friday, November 29, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
But plain text is unlikely to grab the attention of your audience, unless of course they are looking at your e-mail for that information, something a little more visually appealing might help, particularly if your business has many departments.
Tailoring your e-mails using e-mail stationary gives you the chance to make your e-mails look more appealing and also to give your customers an option to check out your company and it’s services.
Company-wide e-mail stationary allows you to apply branding to your external e-mails, advertising services and links such as click-to-call and social media links. This can be particularly useful for attracting customers and potential clients to promotions and informative social media accounts.
If you’ve larger departments which are further split into sections – including sales, marketing and IT – then with e-mail stationary you can customize each employee’s e-mail footer to include individual details including job title, department and contact information. By taking this a step further, you could personalise messages from specific sections of your company to tailor these images accordingly. For example, if you owned an estate agents, you could have all of the members of your 'letting' team have banners within their emails promoting houses that are available to let, along with all of the staff members who sell houses having banners related to that. This ensures that the banners are targeted to the people receiving them so that the content is relevant.
This element of customization allows you to keep a professional design throughout the main company e-mails while allowing personalization for departments and employees, helping to add a more personal touch to their outgoing e-mails. Another example would be if you worked in the website development and design industry. Designers could have images targeting design work and promotional services, your search engine optimisation team could have banners relating to improving your conversions and return on investments and your website development team could have information on new plugins and modules available for your new website. The possibilities are endless!
Many of these customizable e-mail stationary designs are also compatible across mobile platforms, making it easier to reach potential customers who may prefer checking their e-mails on the move.
E-mail marketing signatures also come with tracking tools to help you calculate the effectiveness of your current campaigns, giving you an idea of how many people have clicked on particular links what sort of anchor text works for that campaign. This can be a useful tool for business who specialize in seasonal promotions.
If you're not already using images within your email signature, it's something that I would strongly suggest you try out. It's a very cheap way to test cross selling within your company and a fairly low barrier to entry.
This article has been written by Stephen Philips from GrowthMail. GrowthMail provide email signature software to hundreds of businesses around the UK to help improve their conversions and sales. If you'd like to find out more, please visit the GrowthMail website at http://www.growthmail.co.uk.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Your internal project manager
It’s easy to forget that the primary project manager in your office refurbishment comes from within. You should appoint a single person to control all aspects of the project internally: from communication progress and changes to the management, to liaising between departments and the teams of contractors you have employed. Don’t give in to the temptation to have multiple internal project managers: you won’t gain anything by bringing too many cooks to the broth.
Your external project manager
There should be one external project manager, whose role is the mirror image of your internal project manager’s. The external project manager is usually employed by the overall contractor, and is responsible for liaising between the various trades and suppliers, and for communicating your vision to all the subcontractors. Again, it’s a mistake to get involved with multiple contract project managers: insist on one to keep information flowing smoothly.
Your refurbishment project has a number of auxiliary requirements, which must be in place in order for the building work to go ahead – but which may not have anything directly to do with the external project manager. These include planning permission, landlord permission and a number of licensing options. Your internal project manager needs to check whether your project requires a special waste disposal licence (for example), and whether there are any specific energy legislation requirements that dictate what kinds of systems can be put in place during the refurbishment.
Modern businesses are required by the government to pay a higher rate for energy consumption over preset levels. In order to ensure that businesses comply with current and future energy legislation, it may be necessary to do an energy audit of your proposed refurbishment at the planning stage. The audit will require that you install certain energy measures as part of your refit – these measures will be those currently dictated by the law as standard for new commercial and industrial builds. Some industries are exempt from energy legislation because of the nature of their business, so it’s vital that you find out exactly where your company stands before you commit to a specific set of development plans.
Energy saving measures
If you are required to put energy saving measures in place, it is likely that key building services will be examined to see how much power they use. Consider your heating and ventilation systems. By replacing the heat source in your building with a more energy efficient alternative, or zoning your heating system, you will be able to lower and control the level of energy you use: and by incorporating natural ventilation wherever possible, you reduce the need for powered air control. You can see more about controlled ventilation by following the link.
The Author is an energy efficiency consultant, who has worked on a number of large scale BREEAM projects. His online articles are published by a number of highly respected energy efficiency and construction web pages, and his blog posts attract an average daily audience of half a million unique hits.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Many small business owners are very involved in the day-to-day activity of their businesses. They see the potential that is available, but there may be times when a sale of the business is considered. It is possible to sell a small business, but some factors need to be kept in mind to ensure that the sale goes successfully.
Kathryn Hettlinger is a business broker with years of experience as a small business M&A Advisor. In the past, she has worked with and highly recommends the California business brokers of Sunbelt Bay Area
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Main Problem with (the old) DropboxOne of the biggest problems users of Dropbox had was that it wasn’t possible to make use of the service in a personal and professional capacity at the same time – instead being forced to switch between accounts. Writing for Tech Crunch, Jos Constine reports that the group originally thought to offer account switching as a solution, but realised that, “if that takes 15 seconds each time and it has 200 million users, it would waste 1,000 years of its users’ time every day”.
New FeaturesHouston explained the rationale behind Dropbox for Business stating;”To really do this right, you’d have to rebuild Dropbox. But then we thought we’ve hired all these great people, let’s let them rip on it. Now, I’m so excited to introduce the all-new Dropbox for Business. We’ve rebuilt everything.”
No mention has been made of a change in pricing, as yet, but a hefty list of new features has been announced:
One account holds it allUsers will now be able to view both their personal and business folders in the same account, using different tabs. Personal folders will be listed by the users name while business documentation will be labelled under the company name.
It’s certified and compliantStorage is SSAE16/SOC1, SOC2, ISO 27001 and ISAE 3402 certified.
It’s reliableStorage is virtually limitless (at a cost) and is built to be reliable – making Dropbox a safe option for important documents.
Wipe it remotelyWith Dropbox for Business an employee’s folder can be wiped remotely in the event of their resignation or of theft – ensuring that data remains private. Another feature called Account Transfer also enables employees to transfer their access to their replacements.
All it takes is two-step verificationAn additional layer of security can be added using a phone and a password
It’s privateThe system has been designed to keep companies’ data secure and setting also enable IT managers to ensure that documents can only be opened and shared by authorised persons within a specific task team.
Encryption is easyA secure tunnel space for data transfers is created by SSL encryption while files are stored using a 256-bit AES encryption.
Notes from a ReviewerInfo World’s Serdar Yegulalp specifically mentions the new activity auditing feature as a big improvement. The new Events page lists the history of all activity within the account, which can be filtered by folder or date.
His final verdict? “These are incremental upgrades to Dropbox, but they're useful. Dropbox for Business still has a way to go to catch up with the likes of Box, but it's certainly on the right path”.
Jani le Roux is a freelance journalist with a passion for all things tech. She's a big fan of online products and systems, like her hosted desktop, that makes writing on the run so much easier.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
‘Virtual Staff?’ I hear you say ‘Why would I ever need virtual staff? I am perfectly capable of managing my emails, booking appointments and answering enquiry calls myself, thank you.’
But the truth is that the world of virtual staff has grown-up. No longer does hiring a virtual employee mean getting someone in to take care of administration and/or secretarial tasks leaving the ‘real’ in-house talent to crack on with the proper jobs. There is a growing army of smart and experienced staff at your disposal, all looking to combine flexible working with great opportunities across a huge and growing range of disciplines including: social media management, graphic designers, technical project managers and web designers to name just a few!
This global pool of brilliance could offer your business the break it has been looking for; the chance to employ a highly experienced professional for just a few hours each week or month, without any of the risk and costs involved with hiring permanent employees.
But where do you start looking for virtual employees? Surely sourcing and managing these people is a job in itself? The great news is that there are several fantastic virtual services companies, such as Worldwide101 who have experienced team members they can deploy to help your business grow almost immediately. And, because these people have already been vetted they come with the right skills and a quality guarantee.
There are so many businesses that would benefit from this opportunity, but here are seven examples to get your imagination going and give you an idea of how a virtual member of staff could fit into your team:
1. The Solopreneur Accountant
You are so used to working alone, getting things done the right way (i.e. your way) that you couldn’t imagine handing over the reins to anyone else in a million years...or could you?
Did you realise the average person now spends over two and a half hours a day, every day, checking and responding to emails. That’s a lot of your time - and we all know that time equals money.
You are probably starting to think about employing someone to help you out with traditional administration tasks like this for a few hours each week, and that person should be someone you trust to get it right first time every time - after all, you alone are your brand and reputation means everything to you. However, you just don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours going through the recruitment process.
You started your business three years ago, and after a relatively slow start are now really starting to make waves and attract some big clients. You have employed six dedicated staff who help take care of day to day operations, but a new client has just asked whether you could manage their fledgling Facebook account, helping to build an engaged audience and extend their reach.
It’s not a huge amount of hours initially, but you know that once you have a good case study it’s something you could offer to other clients. However, you know you need someone great, with bags of experience to make the project work, but investing in a permanent employee to manage just this one account is ludicrous.
Setting up this business has been your lifelong ambition and you put every ounce of energy into starting it, along with your heart and soul into making it work. The really great news is that you are doing so well there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, but you know you will never find anyone that can help pick up the slack that is as passionate about your business as you are.
Your clients are bound to suffer as an assistant could never treat them with the love and care that you do on a daily basis, and working with someone that you immediately ‘click’ with is of vital importance to you...and where would you ever find someone like that?
You work for a well established, medium sized (but growing) insurance brokerage firm, which is looking to break into Europe, starting slowly but building momentum as the brand gains customers and recognition.
The board have asked you to investigate recruitment opportunities in a number of different locations within the next three months, and you know this means several weeks travelling, and hours of recruitment time ahead, just to find one or multilingual professionals who can help make this happen. You just don’t know where you are going to find the time in your agenda to do this.
Your agency has been working flat out for several months now. New commissions are coming in thick and fast and the majority with seriously challenging deadlines. You don’t want to turn any work away, and know you will need to need to recruit another member of the team soon, but there are going to be a couple of big challenges with this:
Firstly, you have pretty much exhausted the pool of web design and CRM talent in your local area - it took three rounds and four long months of interviews last time to find anyone suitable.
Secondly, the latest big order from a long-standing client needs to be completed within the next six weeks. Even if you could get someone new in the door in the next couple of weeks, you’ll never get them trained and up to speed on the project in time.
There are just so many jobs that need to be done, you would need a small army of people to stand a chance of ever finishing them.
Your site needs updating and moving to Wordpress, your meta tags are all wrong, your product descriptions need re-writing and your blog hasn’t been updated for over a year. You’re having enough trouble keeping on top of suppliers and managing customer orders that you’re just not sure you can continue to keep the ship afloat for very much longer. Whilst you have the budget, there would be no point in recruiting anyone, as the work would only be there for a couple of months.
These examples give you a flavour of the opportunities you are likely to be missing in your business right now. This digital age is opening up opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible five to 10 years ago and the most successful future businesses will be the ones who realise scaling doesn’t necessarily mean employing more people from your local area and expecting them to take your business to the next level.
There is a whole world out there - go and get it.