December, 2014

Business Forecast 2020, How Digital Risk is the Way Forward, An Infographic

In this infographic, Needa, a place to go for buying business related products, have covered the top 10 strategic technology trends predicted for 2015, the advancements in digital since 2013 to date ( for example did you know that 650 million physical objects have come online since 2013), predictions for the future of digital business and a forecast for 2020 of what is predicted and how business will respond.

Doing Whatever it Takes can be a Bad Thing

Business failure is not the direct result of a few behemoth mistakes made without warning or insight but rather the culmination of mismanaged business practices and bad decisions made overtime. That is not to say that all successful companies made every decision correctly. In fact, often they made many wrong decisions along the way, costing them valuable time and money. However, in the end they eventually made the right decisions, which led them to the success they enjoy today.

What Small Business Need to Know About Apple Pay

If you’re a small business owner, you’ve likely heard recent buzz about Apple Pay. In fact, over 35,000 stores have already integrated Apple Pay capabilities into their POS systems, according to the Smart Card Alliance.

Thus, you may be feeling pressure to follow suit of bigger corporations and offer the new payment option in your store. Here’s what you need to know about integrating to Apple Pay into a small business:

Cutting Back Business Costs

For every business the most important of the goals is that they reduce costs and increase profit. However, it is easier said than done, and it will require quite a strategy to reduce expenses to a minimum. There are a few steps every business should take in order to cut back on expenditures so that employees and management will be happy in the end.

Is Your Business Facing Insurance Headaches?

Health insurance can take a sizable chunk out of your budget, and is a major concern for many business owners, especially going into 2015.

As a business owner, cutting down your insurance costs is risky.

5 Reasons Your Business Needs to Invest in Unified Communication

Businesses need technology to thrive, but many business owners aren't sure what types of technology to invest in. If your goal is to have a much more efficient office where you can communicate with business executives, staff, and customers through a single platform, it is important to consider the advantages of unified communications systems.

Essential Business Insurance for Freelancers

Freelancing has risen in popularity over the past few years, with more and more people opting to manage their own skills, and earn a living independently. What a lot of freelancers don’t realise, however, is that they could be vulnerable to many of the same risks as a more traditional business is – and that these risks can be protected against by having the proper business insurance in place. Some of the more common polices that a freelancer may consider are listed below, but remember, this is in no way an exhaustive list, and each freelancer should seek their own advice from an insurance professional before purchasing policies.

Four Ways Every Entrepreneur Can (and should) Protect Their Intellectual Property

Let’s face it, intellectual property is not a mouthwatering topic when compared to white hot discussions about profit margins, ROI and the financial benefits of near-sourcing. Yet, neglecting to protect your intellectual property can lead your company straight into the rocks. For entrepreneurs, who usually lack the resources for protracted legal battles, protecting IP proves even more important. So what can you do to protect your valuable intellectual property?

4 Secrets of Running a Successful Specialty Food Business

Starting any type of small business is a difficult task. The idea can be especially daunting when your dreams rest upon a specialty-food establishment. Given that nearly half of all restaurants fail in the first couple of years after opening, hopeful chefs must take advantage of every resource that is available to them. The following advice from the experts will allow you to start off on the best possible foot.

Holiday Business Tips For Success

The holiday shopping season signals a busy time for merchants and it’s important that businesses know how to prepare for the biggest holiday shopping season. Read on to see how to attain sales goals, develop pricing strategies and launching a successful marketing campaign.