Your Business May Be Your Baby, But Are You Too Close To Give It What It Needs?

It’s easy to become blind when you’re too close to something. Parents experience this all the time. Their children grow, but they still seem them as babies. Writers experience this, too. Many have to set pieces aside for upwards of six months before the can spot errors. These are typical issues, and we all miss what’s in front of us from time to time.

The trouble is, this harmless habit can become an issue when it comes to business. As with a child, you’ve been with your business from day one. You’ve watched it grow, and you’ve probably spent every day with it since conception. That’s a lovely thing, but it can also lead to blindness where it matters. The needs of your company change as it grows just as much as the needs of a child do. If you don’t spot that, you could fast find yourself struggling.

This matter gets worse when you consider that most of us are blind to our blindness. If you recognized there was an issue, there wouldn’t be one. Hence why, in some cases, it can be best to bring an outside eye into proceedings. This may be a long-term outsourced service or a one-off helping hand. Either way, let’s consider the reasons this could help.

You won’t see what you need when you’re too close

A parent may miss the fact their child needs new clothes because they’re too close. And, a business owner may miss the fact they need to alter operations for the same reason. Either way, an outside eye could help. School teachers may point out the need for replacement shoes. And, an outside company could point out your need for a shift in business. If your current tech isn’t working, an IT consulting company could be the answer for finding workable alternatives. If your office decor isn’t promoting productivity, an interior decorating company could solve the problem. You get the idea. By letting outside companies in, you can iron issues you weren’t even aware of.

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You won’t want to kill your darlings

William Faulkner stated that a writer must kill their darlings. That advice stands when it comes to business. We all have team members who mean a lot, even if they don’t bring much to operations. We all have ways of working we take comfort from, even if they aren’t great for productivity. And, for obvious reasons, you’ll want to keep your employees and comfortable ways of working. But, when you come down to it, these are the darlings Faulkner meant. With these things in place, your company will fail to achieve greatness. The trouble is, if it’s left to you, you may never have the strength to kill them. Hence why it’s worth bringing in outside HR and IT departments who can kill darlings for you. Or, at least strongly advise you to let them do so. It’ll hurt, but your business will forever be better for it. And that’s what this whole thing is about.

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Pros & Cons of Starting a Construction Company

Before you think about starting up any business idea, it is a good idea to weigh up all the pros and cons which are involved. After all, without doing this, you could end up embarking down a path which is simply not right for you. In this blog post, we are going to be looking at the pluses and minuses involved in starting a construction company. Hopefully, by the end, you will have a much better idea of whether or not this is the type of venture which is right for you.

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Pro: Size of the Industry

Thanks to an ever-growing population in western countries and buildings which are ageing and crumbling, there is a big demand for construction companies to come along and build the structures which people are looking for. This means that the opportunities are out there if you are able to establish a strong brand and business model. Of course, with so much competition, this could prove to be a challenge. But we will look into this more later.

Con: Price of Startup

Unlike many web-based businesses which you can start for little or no cost, this is certainly not the case if you are hoping to launch a construction firm. Not only do you have to pay for the vast array of expensive equipment out there, you also have to pay for some specialist employees as well. Not only this, you also have the various insurance liabilities which you need to fulfil.

Pro: Different to the Community

One of the greatest things about starting up a construction business is that you can make a genuine difference to the community. Whether this is building homes for families or some much-needed infrastructure such as hospitals, schools etc. Not only this, it is also a high-energy and fast-moving field in which you can work closely with partner organisations such as the Freo Group. If you are interested in starting a business which makes a genuine difference to the world around you, look no further than construction.

Con: Sense of Risk

First of all, since you are investing so much money in the first place, there is bound to be a high level of risk involved in starting up your construction company. As well as this, your workers will be operating in a dangerous environment, and you need to make sure that you have put in place all of the proper safety measures. Even if you have, you could find yourself coming up against all sorts of legal issues. Ultimately, construction is a field in which you need to be willing to accept a high degree of risk.

Obviously, this article only gives you a very brief overview of the industry and its main pros and cons, but hopefully, you feel a little more confident to say whether or not it is the type of business which you may be interested in starting one day.

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It’s The Small Things You Do That Will Motivate Your Employees

 

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Your employees are not mindless drones, turning up to work each day to keep your company running like clockwork. They are not just the means to an end to build your companies profits. If you treat them as such, they are going to stop caring about what it is they do. They are going to stop caring about your business. And they are going to stop caring about you! In short, they are going to lose motivation, and possibly damage your business as a consequence, through shoddy work and idle gossip about your attitude towards them.

Therefore, you need to be a better boss. You need to care for them more. And by doing so, you will motivate them into being a better employee for you. Now, you could do this by offering a raise in their pay packet or taking them out for expensive meals using your business profits, but such grand gestures are not always needed. You see, it’s the small things you do that will motivate your employees.

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Treating them as individuals, remembering their names, and recognising their achievements. It’s about smiling at them and saying hello when they pass you in the corridor. It’s about saying ‘well done’ when they have done something worthwhile. It’s about saying ‘thank you’ to show you are happy with their service to your company. And it’s about letting them know that you see them, not as an ID number, but as a human being who is worthy of praise and recognition.

Inspiring them through your example, passing down your knowledge to your coworkers through the ethos presented by Steve Trautman. It’s about rolling up your sleeves to let your staff know that you aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty. It’s about showing respect and kindness in the way you respond to your employees and with others. It’s about doing anything that will convince your employees that you are a good and worthy boss, with the respect they gain for you giving them the impetus to be better people themselves, in all aspects of their lives.

Having a sense of fun in the workplace, finding ways make your employees enjoy their day, rather than see it as a 9 to 5 grind. It’s about making time for banter around the drinks fountain. It’s about sending your staff the occasional funny email. It’s about improving their break room to help them let off steam. And it’s about showing your staff that you’re not always Mr. Serious Business, as you have a human (and funny) side too.

Showing you care for them, on a day-to-day basis. It’s about having conversations with them that go beyond work duties. It’s about knowing areas in which they are struggling and trying to help them. It’s about listening to them when they come to you with a problem or a suggestion. It’s about having an holistic approach to your employee’s wellbeing. It’s about being a good and kindly boss who has a heart of compassion, and not a heart of stone.

It’s the small things you do that will motivate your employees, and we have given you a snapshot of what you could be doing today. Let us know if you have any further ideas, through your experience as an employer or an employee. Take care, and thanks for reading!

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Giving Your Side Hustle The Professional Touch

In a digital age, more and more people are choosing to work from home, or run a side hustle or business from their house, so the daily stresses of a commute, office meetings, and dealing with rush hour traffic can be reduced. Whether it’s to make your time more flexible, to spend time with your kids and family, or you just wanted to become your own boss as you make a living; your home-based income can bring you comfort financially and the freedom to do other activities. If you’ve just started running a business from your home environment; it can be a challenge to adjust to your new way of life, and to make the decisions regarding your small company. Therefore, you’ll need to know where, when, and what to invest in so that you get off to a positive start. The following are some ideas and advice for at-home entrepreneurs that are ready for hard work and the success that comes with it.

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A Professional Setup

With a business of any size; it’s vital to get off to a positive start with potential supplier, buyers, and manufacturers if you need to utilize their services and outsource their help. Whatever it is that you’re creating, making, or doing; having strong and trustworthy relationships with companies will help boost your business, and it’ll run smoothly as a result. You might have built upon your contacts with your suppliers or stockists, and now is the time to invest in the marketing side of things or rebranding for an online boost.

Do your research and check out the credentials and reputation on the help you like the look of. You may need to invest time and effort in the areas of your business that are most visible to others. Therefore, you may need to learn how to build WordPress landing pages so that you can create a professional exterior for your side hustle, and attract and retain your fresh visitors. It’s also worth investing some time in your social media; make sure your handles are all the same, and each platform reflects who you are and what you do.

The Right Environment

You’ll need to ensure that you can grow your business from home. Make sure that your office and workspace feel separate from the rest of the house. It’s impossible to concentrate with the hustle and bustle of home life happening in the background. Therefore, you’ll want a space where you can shut the door and work in peace. An outbuilding in the garden is a great way to feel like you’re off to work and remove yourself from the rest of the house. You’ll have a space to fill with only work related items and won’t feel the temptation to do tasks in and around the house. Take a look online for some home office inspiration and get off to a positive start. Invest in equipment, furniture, and software that will ensure the quality of your work is high, and you can produce it efficiently.

If a specific computer, desk space, or software package is going to make you money in the long run; it’s worth the financial investment from the get-go. Start as you mean to go on, and you’ll be successful and happy in the professionalism of your side hustle.

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Make a Living by Writing About What You Know

When you think of writers you probably imagine an author typing away at their latest and greatest novel about a teenage wizard, or maybe you think of a journalist releasing a breaking story. But what you might not know is that the vast majority of writers are creating articles on topics which they are incredibly knowledgeable about, and most people will never read them. These could be manuals for products, content for a travel website or sales copy for an infomercial or a celebrity who needs to talk about the latest movie that they starred in.

What do You Know?

Writing is as important as it’s always been, and we are consuming a huge amount of content every single day, all of which is written by somebody. While it wasn’t possible two decades ago, now you can make a good living writing about any topic that you can imagine, regardless of how niche it is. As long as there are tens of thousands of people who care about that topic, there is an opportunity for you to monetize your knowledge.

The first step is to figure out what you know better than anybody else. For many of us, this will be a hobby or a pastime that we have dedicated many years of our lives to, like paintball or fishing. Writing about a hobby is fantastic because it doesn’t feel like a job and there are also thousands of opportunities because hobbies tend to have a huge following.

Offering Your Services

If you like the comfort and safety that a nine to five job can offer, taking a job writing for an online publication or company can be a great way for you to monetize your wisdom. If you are struggling to find a job with one of these companies, you might consider emailing them and asking them to consider you as a freelance writer. Alternatively, you can sign up to a writing agency like WordAgents or a platform such as Upwork where you can get paid to write.

Creating a Website

However, if you want to earn a better living and have full control over what you create, it might be the perfect time for you to create your website. Magazines are a dying breed that are likely to be gone within our lifetime, but the online magazine or content website is here to stay. By writing down everything that you know down, this can help others, entertain them and make money through selling products or including advertising on your site.

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Reasons why You need to Start Upgrading your Business Software

If you operate your own business then you will know more than anyone how important it is for you to rely on technology and even software. After all, if you aren’t using software then you are probably doing everything by hand and this can cost you tons of time and it also leaves a lot of room for error as well. If you are not upgrading or updating your software on a regular basis then there is a high chance that this is affecting your business as well, in more ways than you realise.

Multiple Software

If you find that you are using multiple software applications to try and handle your business activity then this is a clear sign that you need to upgrade. Some companies find themselves using one software for their billing, another for their shipping and then a third to manage their inventory. This is the last thing that you need, because believe it or not, you are still managing most of your business by hand. After all, you have to key in and update the data across all three applications and you don’t want this when you have so much going on in the day. When you upgrade your software however, you can easily use a single application to track everything with automatic updates.

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Analysing Data

Spreadsheets are ideal because they give you the chance to track data in a huge variety of ways. If you are keeping track of your sales reports, your inventory and even any other bits of information by using spreadsheets however then there is a chance that you are making your data analysis much harder than it needs to be. After all, new software is brought out every single year and if you don’t take the time to really invest in this then you will constantly be stuck in the past.

Scalability

When you run a business, you have to make sure that the resources you have are both scalable and flexible. If your software is not able to keep up with the needs of your business then it is absolutely not the right solution for you. After all, you may find that you have to continually change platforms and this is not good for you or your team. When you are able to upgrade your software to other versions however, you can then unlock more potential as you see fit. Your software can grow with your company and this is exactly what you need to ensure future success. If you are struggling to find a software that can keep up with the ever-changing needs of your business then check these guys out to see if you can get a custom software created.

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Professionalism

The more outdated your software is, the more mistakes you will make. This is the last thing that you need when you are trying to remain professional to your customers. Sure, you may feel a though the solution that you have now is working and you may feel as though it’s easier to stick with it than it is to change but this is never the case and sooner or later it will be the downfall of your company.

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How To Advance Your Career In The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry is one of the most prominent sectors on the planet. There are endless jobs available here, which is why so many people set off on their career path in this industry. You can find plenty of entry-level careers to get you going, but what if you want to advance your career and start earning more money?

If you currently work in the hospitality industry – or are considering working there – then take a look at this advice to help boost your hospitality career prospects:

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Get A Degree

A lot of people don’t know this, but you can get different hospitality degrees. It’s true, there are bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management that can help you get management careers within this industry. Then, if you want to take things even further, you can get a master of hospitality management degree to make yourself even more qualified to take on more advanced roles. Degrees aren’t essential to get jobs in this sector, but they can certainly help you take your career to the next level. Well worth considering if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been working in this industry for years and feel you’ve hit a dead end.

Work Overtime

This sector is known for its long working hours and flexible shift patterns. Most of the time, if you want to open yourself up for better jobs, you need to get on the good side of your managers/bosses. An easy way to do this is by working overtime or just taking on more work than required. If someone needs someone to cover their shift, you should be straight in offering your assistance. Stay on for an extra hour or so after your shift is over to keep lending a helping hand. This won’t go unnoticed, and you’ll put yourself in your bosses minds for a potential promotion. Always be willing to go above and beyond what’s expected of you. In such a busy industry, this level of work and commitment won’t go unnoticed.

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Develop Great Relationships With Customers

There would be no hospitality industry without any customers. Any hotel or restaurant depends on its customers to make money. As such, keeping them happy is the top priority of every worker. If you manage to develop great relationships with customers, then you’ll be doing an excellent job. This is how you encourage people to keep coming back or to leave positive reviews – which helps you gain more and more customers. Plus, it means the customers may speak highly of you to management staff, which only reflects positively on you. Therefore, you have a good chance of being considered for more prominent roles and moving up the ladder. Put the customer’s best interests first, work on improving your relationship with them, and the success should follow.

Few industries offer the same level of career development as the hospitality one. You can literally go from working in the laundry room of a hotel to running the entire company! It won’t happen overnight, but if you follow the advice above, you have a better chance of advancing your career.

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