Thursday, October 13, 2016

Getting Your Small Business Off The Ground - What Not To Do

If your fancy yourself as an entrepreneur then it's important to realize that businesses don't just start themselves. They need decisive leadership and sound strategies to survive, let alone become successful. Read on for some big mistakes that as a small business owner you should avoid.

Don't be naive

While all the movies may tell you to never give up and follow your dreams, in business it pays to have your head out of the clouds and your feet on the ground. Just because you think you have a good idea for a product or service does not mean that other people will think so too. So, make sure you do your research before you jump headlong into your next project, to save wasting your time and money.


Don't be stubborn

It is important to be flexible when you are in the beginning stages of your business. For example, your original idea may not be received well, but can you tweak it to make it more appealing to a greater market?

Or, if you take your business plan to the bank, but if they won't grant you a loan? Why not see if you can get a merchant cash advance instead to get your project up and running? Approaching your problems with flexibility can mean you don't stop before you've even started.

Don't be disorganized

Clear organization and leadership are essential in any small business. Whether you are working alone or with employees.

Being organized gives others the impression that you are on top of things and that you have an overview of everything that is occurring.

It is essential to have a well laid out plan to work to when beginning a small business venture. You need to know what service or product you will be offering. What the cost of this will be, and how you will fulfill these orders. In addition, you will need to know how many you expect to sell in the first 12 months and what profit you expect from these sales. This can really help you secure your funding and check that you are on target to build a successful and profitable company.

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Do not be easily discouraged When starting up your own small business venture, you have to be tenacious. You have to hang in there when things get tough. You need to be able to answer the tough question and demonstrate that you won't throw in the towel when the going gets rough. Starting your own business is never an easy option, make sure you have fortified yourself for the bad days before you even decide to go down this route.

Don't be a Luddite

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Of course in today's ecommerce economy, being a small business owner means making the best use of the technology that is available. If you are not tech savvy then your business is going to miss out, as you can market, retail and ship your product from home with the use of the internet.


Happy Birthday October Celebrants!

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All this time I am thinking that month of March is the most celebrated month in the family because of birthdays. I figure that I am wrong after I noticed that some of my nieces, nephews and cousins even my brother are burn in October. With this I come up with an idea of celebrating everybodys birthday with a blast for a day. Imagine my maternal side of the family gathering all together to celebrate and have fun. No doubt its a blast! Hopefully, I can materialize this plan the soonest. If not this year since October is almost half way finish then perhaps next year. :-D keeping my fingers cross.

Talking about birthday. My little big boy is turning 12 in three months. And as early as now he shared one on his request. That is to have a chocolate fountain in his birthday. Honestly, I am surprised when he told me about his wish. In his age I am not expecting it because I dont think he will enjoy it. But then, kids is kids. No matter how big and tall he maybe he is still my baby. And mama will try her best to make his wish come true.

Chocolate fountain in my niece 7th birthday celebration. 


Active Kids Need An Activity Garden - Here's How To Make Your Own

Children thrive when they’re given the space to run around outdoors. Not all of us have much of a garden, but you can turn your backyard into a fun space for the kids to enjoy. The most important part of it is being outdoors in the fresh air. Of course, you want your children to be safe while they’re out there. Try some of these ideas to help you develop your own fun garden for the kids:

Safety First

Make sure the garden is secure and fully enclosed. This will prevent little ones wandering off and stop intruders getting in. Some companies, like Smoothline Fences, offer very private fencing solutions. You should also rail or fence in the pool and the dog’s play area. This will reduce the hazards for your child while they play. Ideally, you want to be able to feel comfortable letting them explore and play without you having to watch them constantly.

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Remove all plants that may be dangerous or harmful. Thorns and spikes can prove quite painful for a little one. It could be a good idea to control the plants in your garden by using raised bedding. Why not plant a little flower bed together? This teaches valuable skills and your children will love tending to the flowers with water. Older children might relish the opportunity to grow some fruit and vegetables. Don’t worry if you don’t have much space. Many plants and veggies can be grown in containers and raised beds.


Every child loves a little play house. You may not have much space, or even the budget to buy one. But any den will do. Kids have a great imagination and can turn a hanging sheet into the best clubhouse ever. It gives them a chance to practice acting like grownups, as well as a little privacy and independence. If you have space for active toys like swingsets and slides, your kids will love them. Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters can all be ideal for the backyard too. Have a little area of hard standing for wheeled toys.

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Ball games can be problematic in a backyard. The ball might hit the fence or go over. This can annoy the neighbors. Choose something like a basketball with a hoop attached to the side of the house. There is less chance this will end up somewhere it shouldn’t if the kids are just shooting hoops. Foam balls can be quite handy for keeping the noise down too. Do you have space for a ball pool? This is loads of fun for the children to dive in and wallow.

Some of the best activities for children involve you. Your garden is the ideal space to get involved with your kids’ favorite games and hobbies. Plant some flowers, kick a ball, or even enjoy a water squirter challenge. It will help keep all of you active, and it’s great fun for you all too. Try some of these ideas to make the most of your outdoor space, however big it is.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Very In-Depth, Sustainable Approach to Pest Control

Pests, rodents, and a multitude of other unwanted creatures are a plague on homeowners everywhere. This can be a more significant problem in southwest Florida, where warm temperatures year-round foster a greater number of these pests. In the north, residents are relieved of much of this problem, particularly with insects, as the colder temperatures eliminate flies, mosquitoes, bees, and other annoying flying and crawling things until the spring. Not so much in Florida, where warm, moist temperatures promote breeding on a year-round basis.

Homeowners and businesses in the Naples area have to concern themselves with pest and rodent problems daily, with ants, spiders, termites, fleas, roaches, silverfish, and rodents, among many others, causing continued problems and aggravation.

For residents in this area that may try resources to deal with these pests on their own, and are losing the battle, it would be in their best interests to call for some help. Professional extermination services will be necessary, and a call to a Naples exterminator is in order.

There are a number of exterminator companies out there, big multi-national firms that make claims they are the "do-all" solution. But really, how much do they know about your specific region in particular if their major focus is in trying to 'corner the market' in every county and state across the country?

Local residents would best be served by a company with longstanding local ties, who takes a very in-depth, sustainable approach to pest control while implementing processes that are environmentally safe, particularly around children and pets. Arrow Environmental Services is one terrific example of the right company that fits all this criteria.

The company the resident should look for will serve over 100 communities in west central and southwest Florida, having done so for several decades, thereby knowing precisely what pest problems are prevalent in the area, and how to best eradicate all pest and rodent problems.

This company will have highly trained and educated personnel, who, through ongoing training, stay on the cutting edge of systems and solutions that work best in any given pest or rodent situation.

Working from outside, where the pests come from, to the home's interior, they will diagnose what concerns the homeowner has in each situation, and get right on to taking care of business, making the residence pest and rodent free once again.

Guest post: All information is not mine.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When Boredom Hit!

What do you usually do when you get bored? Of course, there are lots of ways to get rid of boredom. Listening to your favorite music is one of the best way. It is proven and tested by yourams trully. Hehehe..

There are times that I wish I can play a guitar. Does taylor 614ce ring a bell? It's an acoustic guitar that I wish we have. I will definately love hearing the sounds of it.


Of Being Forgetful!

I almost forgot that I still have undone tasks to do. Good thing I remember about it before I lost them in my dashboard. Now that I seldom get blessings online I should grab whatever comes my way, more so that I need to renew two of my domain before the year ends.

Apart from not doing the task I also need to login to my self hosted blogs for updates. I always forget updating my two other blogs. Well, its not that I always forget about my other blogs. It is also because I am slacking and procrastinating.

How I wish I can turn back the time wherein blogging is an easy task to do. Those times when updating was easy as 1,2,3.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Essentials To Making A Website Work For You

If you are in the process of setting up a business, then one of the first things to consider is setting up a website. You will have seen elsewhere on this blog why it is that this is important. There are many distinct advantages to a business having a website, and it is difficult to list them all. If anything, we are now at a point where having a website is not just a good idea, but absolutely essential. No matter what your business operates in, having a website is what sets you apart from those who are just playing around. But how can you make sure that your website is doing everything that it should be doing? In this article, we will take a look at some of the key ways to make sure that your business’ website really does what it is meant to. Read on to find out what those might be.

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Design It Yourself

First of all, you need to design your website and design it well. To get this right, you should make sure that you know exactly what you want from your site, as well as how to achieve it. You might decide that you need some help designing your site. That’s fine. However, it is best ultimately if the final design is down to you personally. This will make it a much more simple process and it will means that you can be sure of its quality. If necessary, spend a decent amount of time perfecting the design before going any further. That way, you can be sure that it is exactly what you want.

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Outsource The Maintenance

We have seen that the initial design works best if it is completed alone. However, it is very unlikely that you will want to look after the website once it is set up. Doing so will take up a lot of time, so it is probably best to get some help here. This is where outsourcing comes into play. If you outsource your web maintenance, it means that you can free up a lot of time for yourself. That way, you can spend more time focusing on other areas of the business which need your attention. When you outsource, remember to take into consideration the TUPE guidelines. Also be sure to spend some time shopping around before you make a final decision.

Keep It Updated

One of the primary reasons that your business needs a website is to keep the brand going strong. A good website keeps people coming back for more, so this is what you should be aiming for. The best way to ensure that your site does have a good return rate is to keep it updated. Frequent updates are the hallmark of a website which is likely to succeed. Above all, make sure that these updates are interesting and likely to be shareable. That way, it is much more likely that even more people will come to your site. And that ultimately means more custom for your business.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Get Your Business Seen With These Effective Strategies

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If you’ve just started out with a new company, you may be wondering how you can get your business’s name and brand out there to a wider audience. Solving this problem is key. It can help you boost your sales and increase your customer base. Don’t do this successfully, and your company could spend its first few years out in the wilderness. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are a few super effective strategies to use.

Online Advertisements

One of the easiest and quickest ways to get your business noticed is to invest in online advertisements. Some websites will place your adverts on their site for a fee. You can also help to drive more traffic to your website with paid per click advertisements. There are many companies who specialize in pay per click management and can make sure that you get even more people to visit your website.

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Social Media

Many companies use social media to help them increase their sales. But not many companies are actually doing it right. You shouldn’t spam your followers and fans with constant information about your new products. Also, add some fun and informative posts that will prompt people to engage with you. The more engagements mean word about your company will spread like wildfire!

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Make Sure Content Is Shareable

Now that more and more people, it is important that you are getting your content out there to as many as possible. The best way to do this is with a blog. You should regularly post articles that are relevant to your industry or field. If the content is fresh and relevant, it will be very shareable. One of the best ways to create fantastic content is to take your inspiration from the news. This will help you create topical blog posts that are perfect for sharing!

Offer Freebies To Bloggers

Bloggers are some of the leading trendsetters on the Internet right now. So if you get a couple of the top ones to give your business a shout out, loads new people will hear about you! The best thing to do is to offer some bloggers some free products. Once they have used them, they might write a glowing review of your company. Even if they don’t right a whole post dedicated to your company, just a quick mention could do the trick!

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Sponsor Social Media Posts

Did you know that you can now pay to sponsor your tweets and Facebook status updates? If you do, they will be seen by loads of people. Not just those who already follow you! But there is another reason why you need to sponsor your posts. The organic reach on social media isn’t too high these days. Sponsoring can improve that and help you to reach people who you may not have done otherwise!

Hopefully, these points will help you to get your business seen far and wide. And with a wider audience comes a whole load more sales! So what are you waiting for?