No matter what type of business you own, security should be a top concern. This includes cybersecurity and protecting your brick-and-mortar store from break-ins. It is critical to put security measures in place before any problems occur. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can defend your business.   Software Security While government and large corporation data breaches tend to grab the headlines, the overwhelming majority of businesses that are hacked are small. This is because most small businesses do...

For local businesses and companies, the online reviews that are posted often determine how many other consumers choose to purchase the goods and services. Studies show that 90 percent of people trust online reviews just as much as the recommendations of their closest family members and friends, which makes the reviews a significant factor in how much business the establishment attracts. Although it may be challenging to manage reviews, there are ways to make them work to your benefit. Include Them...

Many people are turning to selling their goods online as a way to reach more consumers and increase sales. As fewer people shop at brick and mortar stores, it's left many companies to rely on the internet to attract customers and boost their business. Although it may seem easy to set up an online store, there are still a few challenges to be aware of before getting started. Managing Inventory Managing your inventory for an online store can be challenging if you're...

When you are engaged in operating your own business, you soon realize that marketing is one of the critical keys to success. Becoming an efficient business owner means always being on the lookout for ways to make your marketing even more effective. One of the best and most straightforward strategies is simply investing in good marketing materials. Even though you may not want to spend a lot of money on this aspect of your business, here's why good marketing materials...

People are buying more things online now, but bricks-and-mortar retail is still earning profits. You can better position yourself to take a piece of the online pie by leveraging certain online shopping trends. Check out these three things to keep in mind for your business. It's Not Just Computers Today, 93% of online shopping experiences start in a search engine. That means the most recent purchase on your website probably started there. As many as 60% of searches were conducted on a...

How you package your products will go a long way toward your branding efforts. There are a lot of packaging trends for 2019 for you to embrace. Changing up the packaging may be just what you need to take your sales goals to the next level. If it helps to get your product off of the shelves faster than your competition, it’s worth exploring. Flat Illustration You’ll find that there are more flat illustrations on packaging designs these days, from soda...

With a little forethought and planning, young businesses don’t always have to go through growing pains. What can an enterprise do to prevent the roadblocks of scaling too quickly? If problems do arise, how can a business minimize the damage to their momentum? Demand Outpacing Supply For small business owners, the thought of being too successful too quickly is probably never a concern. More business means more revenue, which is always a good thing, right? The short answer may be yes, but...

It doesn’t matter whether your business is brick-and-mortar or entirely virtual, you are definitely in a better position if you keep it as organized as possible. An organized business is more likely to stay successful because they are better able to account for discrepancies and hidden expenses. Moreover, they are more likely to attract more customers simply because they are often more willing to strategize. Now, an individual business owner might think that an online business would be a bit...

Having a stellar social media presence is essential for contemporary businesses that are looking to do well. If you want your business to shine, then you need to put a lot of time into Facebook. Fortunately for you, establishing a Facebook business page that's strong and powerful isn't difficult. It can actually be pretty straightforward when you use these seven smart strategies. Post During Peak Times Peak-time posting can work out well for businesses who want their Facebook communication efforts to go...

You pour countless hours into your home-based business. Yet, you may not be generating profits as effectively as possible because of poor management techniques. Here are some lean management techniques that you will want to consider. Create an Online Storefront Even if you are generating most of your sales through eBay or Etsy, you still need an online storefront. You need your own domain that is easy to remember so that you can direct customers there to see more of the...