Thrive As A Small Fish In A Big Pond

Running a small business, you might think that you’re not going to have to deal with the same major issues that large companies face. But actually, you will. You’ll still be facing high levels of competition, you could still be hit with lawsuits, and you might still encounter disasters that leave you dead on the market. You’re not immune to trouble like this because your business is small and feisty. If anything issues such as these could be worse because you might not be able to handle the financial costs. That’s why you need to take the time to prepare, following in the footsteps of larger companies.

 

So, what steps do big businesses take to protect themselves?

 

Seeking Legal Advice

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Most business owners hire at least one legal advisor for their company, and you should do the same. Now, we know what you’re thinking. There’s no way you can fit a legal support service into your business budget. That’s understandable because legal services are expensive. But you’ll find it a lot easier to deal with financially if you outsource. Through outsourcing, you can get the service you need without the typical heavy costs.

 

Don’t forget a legal advisor will only be useful when things go wrong. Thus, it makes very little sense to pay for a full service.

 

Getting A Helping Hand

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Big and small businesses all rely on technology, and your company will be no different. Large businesses spend a lot of money from their budget making sure that their tech is updated and working effectively. By doing this, they can avoid potential crashes that could lead to a long period of disaster recovery. With outsourced IT support, you can do exactly the same. Outsourced IT pros won’t just protect your computer network. They’ll set it up the right way, so you never run into issues.

 

One of the main dangers for businesses is a hack. Don’t think that small businesses escape the danger of hacking. A hacker might assume that a small company has less cyber security and therefore is an easier target. You can’t afford to prove them right.

 

Only The Best

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Finally, whether it’s marketing, accounting or management, you should be looking for the best company on the market to provide the service you need. You might think you’re saving money by choosing a cheaper service but in the long run, it’s going to cost you a lot more. Particularly, if their quality of service costs you more customers than it gains.

 

An example of this would be marketing. There are specialist marketers available that big businesses always use because they deliver a quality service like no other. Obviously, if the price is too high, you might not be able to afford the exact same type of promotional campaign. The important thing is that you don’t start trying to save money for the sake of it. It will come back to bite you when you realise that the marketing is too boring and mundane to attract any new customers.

 

Take this advice, and you will survive as a little fish in a big pond, even if there sharks in the water.

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Uh Oh, You’re In Tech Trouble

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Most people would agree that tech has benefited our lives in some ways. Whether it’s how easy we can communicate with people far away to how efficiently we can work tech is certainly making a difference. In the past, if someone moved halfway around the world, you would rarely ever speak to them. Now with video calling, social networks and instant messaging, it can feel like they never left. With faster processing speeds and highly advanced computer systems, large files can also be sent online in minutes.

 

However, for every issue that tech solves it seems to create another one. This is particularly true in the business world. Here are a few of the problems you can encounter with tech in your company and advice on how to handle them effectively.

 

It’s Crashed, Jim!

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This is the last thing that business owners want to have to deal with, but it’s actually more common than people think. Tech can be temperamental, and computer systems can collectively crash for a number of reasons. If you’re using a lot of heavy hardware, it might be that the systems simply overheated. Don’t forget that the more servers are used, the hotter they get. Large servers need fully operational cooling systems to keep them running effectively.

 

You might also find that the issue is related to a glitch in the software. If that’s the case, it’s probably been there since the computer network was set up. This is one of the reasons companies should use a professional computer support service to monitor and install their IT. That way any kinks can quickly be ironed out in the first few days of the business.

 

Horrible Hackers

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Hackers decide to break through computer security systems for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s about the challenge of seeing whether they can achieve it and these hackers are mostly harmless. Others will be looking to steal sensitive data files, and there are plenty more who just like causing havoc for business owners. A hack is never good news, and if one does occur, it might be due to an incredibly simple reason. You didn’t have any IT security.

 

Even something as simple and small as an antivirus software could do its part to keep your company safe from a hack. That’s often how hackers get in. They send a virus that weakens your system security and then access the files themselves to find valuable information.

 

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There a couple of reasons why your tech might be operating at slow speeds. It could be a sign of a virus, and if that’s the case, you should get your systems checked out immediately. It might be because you haven’t cleaned and sorted your systems in a while leaving it messy and inefficient. Or, it could be simply that your tech is out of date. Business owners resist upgrading their tech due to the cost involved. But you should consider putting the effort in here.

 

Even just updating your tech once every two years might ensure that you don’t have too many problems with slow hardware.

 

Take this advice on board, and you can stay out of tech trouble that tends to do serious damage to businesses, big and small.

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A Resume That’s All Killer No Filler

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Applying for jobs is a real test of your temperament. All those different job sites, and filters, and all that scrolling and reading and scrutinizing and hoping. It is can be a long and arduous process, especially for a Millennial that doesn’t just want to land in any job, but rather the job. But the hunt is only part of it; snaring a potential employer is where the real battle starts, which is where your resume comes in.

 

Your resume is your chance to intrigue an employer just enough to land yourself an interview, and we use the word intrigue very consciously. Your resume is going to be one of many, all printed black on white, all on A4 paper, all arriving around the same time. That is why you need to make it stand out from the crowd, and here is how:

 

Tailor Your Resume To The Job

When a hiring manager advertises a role they are doing so with an idea of what sort of candidate they want; skills, qualifications, personality, and experience. They want to know that the candidates they attract will be the right candidates for the job, which is why your resume should mirror what is said in the description. You need to tick boxes; out of the sea of mundane, you need to be that one that meets the requirements. If you are applying for a manager’s role at a manufacturing plant and have had injection molding training, then make a point of this early on. If, however, your recent experience has nothing of value, then get creative and tweak the angle of which you write; find that bridge.

 

Don’t Focus On Responsibilities

The thing with focussing on your responsibilities is that you end up telling your potential employer that you did what you were supposed to do, which isn’t actually going to impress them. Let’s say you worked for Deliveroo and you stated that you delivered food. Brilliant. But that was your role. What you need to show are your achievements, what made you the best at your job. So find some achievements that can take you from being a delivery rider to a superstar, find some ways that will clearly show how you excelled, that’s how to do it.

 

Cold Hard Facts, Nothing Else

If you’re wishy-washy with your resume and relying on fancy words to dress up your past experiences, your accomplishments and your qualifications then you’ll be placed into the ‘no’ pile then you can say, ‘I just need one chance’. So hit them with cold hard facts, figures if you can. If you were a cold caller then tell them how many calls you made a day and what your success rate was. If you were a salesperson then hit them with figures about your monthly sales. What size was the budget you managed, how much money did you save the company through your methods, why were you picked to meet with clients face to face? All of these things will make a potential employer intrigued by you. Not only that, it will also give your hiring manager a much clearer idea of what your skills and efforts.

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