October, 2014

4 Building Blocks to a Pitch That Attracts Investors

You got a great idea for a start-up business, but you are struggling to find the funding? This sounds all too familiar to many start-ups right now, but you shouldn’t lose hope. There are investors out there willing to invest, but raising funds for your start-up will require you to put in the effort.

According to StartUp Britain, well over 447,000 new businesses have been established this year alone. When you are competing with all these businesses for funding, you must find ways to ensure investors pick your company. To help you do just that, these four building blocks will give you the pitch of a lifetime and help you attract investment to your start-up.

5 Things That Could Make or Break Your Small Business

The more than 29 million small businesses in America have created 64 percent of new job openings over the past 15 years and a full 50 percent of the national GDP. But what makes the difference between a successful, thriving small business and one that closes its doors within the first year and a half, like 80 percent of new businesses do?

Business 101: 7 Reasons to Have Commercial Insurance

Commercial insurance protects your business from unexpected loss. It may even save your business from a disaster. This type of insurance gives you the peace of mind to focus on your business instead of trying to anticipate possible mishaps (Source: Anthony Clark Insurance Ltd.). Here are 7 reasons why you should consider getting a commercial insurance policy:

Get Mobile with Baby Boomers

Is your business marketing to the increasingly mobile baby boomer generation?

If not, you could be missing out on a significant market segment who may just surprise you with how responsive they are to mobile marketing.

As a business owner, you likely know how switched on the younger generations are to all things mobile and smartphone related, but don't overlook the mobile power of the 50+ and 60+ crowds too.

Galaxy S5 or iPhone 6, Which Fits Your Business?

When choosing the latest smartphone, most people know that the better phone is the one that works best for you and your business. Most of the time it just comes down to personal preference or that one feature that you specifically need. If you are a meteorologist specializing in hurricane chasing, for example, then that 1970s model brick of a cell phone is still your best bet. However, for the average business person, one of the latest smartphones will be the most useful. So, should you go with the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 6? Here are just a few features to consider:

Mat Success with your Company Logo

When it comes to your business, you want to always present yourself in a professional manner with your best foot forward.

Every single detail matters and encompasses what your image is as a whole. Everything from the color of the walls to the types of desks and chairs you choose matters.

7 Big Ways to Make Small Businesses Stand Out

The online world is full of startups that launch every day, so staying ahead of the competition can be challenging. It's no longer enough to sell your product and expect repeat customers and continued growth in your business without taking extra steps. These days, you have to really think outside the box to set yourself apart and shine.

20 Things You Should Know About Your Client

If you think you already found out all you need to know about your clients, you had better read these questions carefully. Reconsider devoting some time to researching your clients more and ask them about some of the issues below straightforwardly once you have the opportunity to do so.

Rules of a Successful Business Lunch

There is nothing that important in business relations as being able to plan and organize successful business lunches. They are very important as they can be real deal breakers. People have reported that they have chosen whether to do or not to do business with somebody based on their impression from the business lunch. It is all about finding the perfect balance between making it a social event and a real business meeting.

How Does Your Company Break Workplace Stress?

When I worked a 9-5 job, taking breaks was critical to my performance. Unfortunately, this is not the norm for most Americans.

In fact, only 20 percent of employees actually leave their desk to eat lunch.

Not only could this be affecting your performance at work, it also could be making you view your job as less fun and more stressful.