Benefits of ERP Solutions for Small Business Owners

Just a few years ago, small businesses were known for resisting new technologies and changes to the traditional business model. Today, small businesses are leading in innovation and embracing new technologies as quickly as they appear. One of the most popular trends among small business owners is the adoption of cloud computing technologies. Gartner predicts that cloud computing will be a $150 billion industry by the end of 2013. From large-scale data storage and order processing to ERP suites and online accounting, the selection of cloud-based services and platforms is vast.…

Women in Business: A Working Guide

Forbes reports that the number of women CEOs is on the rise, adding six more to the ranks of the Fortune 500 companies for a grand total of 18 in 2012. When you’re a woman fresh out of college and ready to pursue a professional career, you dream of climbing up the ladder and making your way into that coveted position. While it’s still dominated by men, more women every year are inspired by the ladies at the top spots into pursuing their business dreams. Before you jump at the first job offer remotely related to your career, take some time to consider how to get into the business world without getting in over your head.…

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Recognises Small Businesses

Businesses from around the United Kingdom attended a prestigious event held by Her Royal Majesty the Queen on 23rd July in honour of their success in the previous years. This year’s event saw one of the most highly coveted awards granted to those businesses which started small and blossomed into hugely successful enterprises. Some of the businesses honoured at the event were so humble in their beginnings, they attribute their success to work at the kitchen table! Filling a hole Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc.,…

Make These E-Commerce Updates to Boost Your Site’s Revenue

Whether you’re a new e-commerce business or have been operating for several years, it’s time to re-evaluate your website. Internet Retailer reports that e-commerce sales in 2012 reached $225.5 billion, a 15.8 percent increase from 2011. Get your share of this revenue stream by making your website a place where consumers want to spend their money. Start by Selling Socks (Figuratively Speaking) If you are a new business, Venture Beat suggests you specialize in a few items and build a reputation before you expand.…

How Advertising Uses The 7 Basic Plots of Storytelling

There are seven basic plots used in storytelling. Here we look at how they are used in the world of advertising. Overcoming the Monster One of the all time classic story telling genres, dating as far back as Ancient Greece (if not even further). The premise is simple. Companies use their all-conquering brands to overcome something, either literally or metaphorically, monstrous. You will often see cleaning companies using this storyline – this Domestos advert being a great example – where pesky germs are vanquished once and for all by the all powerful, all dominating antibacterial cleaner. Rebirth Many of the most popular stories throughout the centuries have contained elements of rebirth or resurrection.…

3 Tips to Be Smashingly Successful like These Business Gurus

Some believe success is a matter of luck or good fortune. Not so says DLA Piper’s Bob Bratt, COO and former Executive Officer of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. Bratt says incorporating key practices of other successful business leaders can be the catapult of growth for any business entrepreneur. Here are a few tips for others like Mr. Bratt. Sheryl Sandberg: Hire Big Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook says one piece of good advice is when starting or growing your business not only should you think big, but hire big.…

5 Infographics Showing You the Roadmap to Startup Success

Infographics visualize data; but a series of infographics can tell you a story. In this blog post, I will share 5 infographics on startup which can help guiding you to start right and grow right in your pursuit for success. Are you a startup material? Okay, let’s start with an infographic from TopManagementDegrees.com. Here’s a question for you: Do you have what it takes to start a business? Your passion can help you start a business, but understanding what you are going to go through on daily basis can make a big difference.…

Words of the Wise: Expert Advice for a Road to Success

“There are no secrets to success,” says Colin Powell, because “it’s the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” No matter which path you take or where it leads, certain key components are shared by successful people. You don’t need a trust fund, prodigious talent or a massive IQ to reach your dreams, you just need to follow the wise words of those who have reached theirs. Bob Parsons: Kiss Your Comfort Zone Goodbye In his article “16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General,” Bob Parsons, GoDaddy CEO, outlines his route to the top.…

5 Reasons Why You Should Join Bloomberg Current

Bloomberg Current is one of the latest business social networking sites which I think deserve more buzz than it has right now. What is it and why you should join it? I am a long time user of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Business Exchange (BX.) It’s a news sharing site in which we can either post news pieces or blog posts and discover the latest updates on any business topics you want. I use BX for 2 reasons: Promoting my content and finding stories to blog about and/or share to my social network.…

Tips for Getting Started on Your Startup

Budding entrepreneurs beware: advice is everywhere and it’s easy to fall down a rabbit hole of research rather than getting anything accomplished. If you want to be successful you need to stay organized, prioritize and keep on moving forward. Keep these tips in mind as you perform the juggling act that is entrepreneurship. 1. Collect & Organize You don’t have to have to be a day away from signing your business lease before you begin to think like a business owner.…