5 Tips to Earn Respect in the Workplace through Assertiveness

Not being assertive makes it easy for someone to be ignored, taken advantage of—even bullied. However, most people default to passive aggression instead of clear and concise communication. Simply put, being passive-aggressive means we say yes when we want to say no. But this can snowball into indirect expression of hostility toward your coworkers. If you’re after a higher position, antagonizing your peers is the last thing you want to do. Being Assertive When used properly, the right amount of assertiveness can positively impact your career.…

4 Common Owner-Operator Mistakes

If you’re making the transition to owner-operator trucking, it’s a great way to be in control of your own career and schedule. Unfortunately, new owner-operators often find themselves in uncharted waters and make rookie mistakes. Here’s a list of the most common first-time owner-operator mistakes and how to avoid them. 1. Failing to create and stick to a budget As an owner-operator, you are also an entrepreneur. In order to be successful, you must run your job like a business — because it is.…

10 Things to Consider Before Starting a Private Label E-Commerce Business

Thinking of diving into the private label pond? Here are 10 things to consider before taking the plunge. Start Small The e-commerce market is booming. Experts insist the industry is on track to grow by 20%, annually, over the next several years. Even more appealing? The cost of entry is low and the business modeld easily scalable. So, start small; get comfortable in the niche. You can always expand operations in the future. Protect Assets By Setting Up A Company One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is not setting up a proper business structure.…

5 Space-saving Tips for your Small Office

Okay. We know the reality of becoming your own boss. While the upsides are fancy and all – work as you like, set your own schedule, pursue your dream/passion/profits as you like, and so on, when we go down to (gasp) budget, things can become quite challenging. You need to dig deeper into your pocket – often your very own pocket (because you hate giving away the ownership of your business to VCs and investors in exchange for funding/financing.) In the process, you need to be watchful of what you’re spending.…

Why is Content Marketing Essential for your Startup?

All startups crave for growth and seek to climb up the business ladder. However, the bitter truth is that a majority of them never makes it through the first year. In such an unforgiving economic climate, you need every weapon you can get. Luckily enough, the meteoric rise of modern technologies has added some new tools to the business arsenal. A marketing field has been leveled, and yet the game is becoming more complex, as the Google raises the quality bar for content every now and then.…

An 8-step Guide to Becoming a Contractor

The prospect of ditching the corporate treadmill and going it alone as a contractor is an attractive one. With this model comes flexibility, the scope to work across multiple organisations instead of being tied to one firm – not to mention the financial rewards associated with being your own boss. In an ideal world, the switch from an in-house role to becoming a contractor should be planned carefully. With this in mind, here’s a blueprint for making a smooth transition… 1.…

7 Tips on Becoming Success in your Business

Success is your Best Revenge!! Do not let the negative comments of people effect your happiness and the goals you’ve made for yourself! Said by Paul Gravette, a serial entrepreneur carrying 20+ years of experience in start-ups, brand development, software development and many other business relationships. Entrepreneurship is not a child’s game. You need to be focused and ambitious enough to get along with the competition and stay ahead. No career guide or counsellors will help you in every step of entrepreneurship.…

3 Ways Your Business Can Reduce Costs

All businesses look to cut out unnecessary expenses. With growing competition from overseas, this often allows them to remain competitive in the marketplace. For SMBs working on strict budgets from the offset, though, reducing costs can be the difference between survival or closing their doors. Here are three ways you can save money without sacrificing on quality. Reducing the Price of Your Regular Bills Many business owners chalk off their monthly bills as simply one of the costs of operation. However, these fees can often be drastically reduced with little effort on your end.…

Getting Ahead of the Competition: 4 Tips for your Small Business

It’s fair to say that the world of business can be quite competitive, especially if you’re only just starting out. The chances are you’ll be running a small and relatively tight ship right now, but given that there’s an ever-increasing number of start-ups popping up around our country, you need to try your hardest to get ahead of the curve. If you’re looking for a few ideas to put some life into your operations and help improve your small business in the long run, what follows is just a few suggestions you might want to give a try.…

Top 10 Off-page SEO Factors for Your Business Website

Off-page optimization has been through a dynamic period in the last few years. While Google likes to keep webmaster in the dark about the specifics of algorithms, it does provide general guidelines and tips. Google Penguin has marked the end of one era, and propelled SEO to uncharted digital waters. The goal, however, remains the same: To directly influence the rankings and make it to the forefront of the SERPs. Social engagement Off-page SEO activities tend to lean towards reputation management.…