A well-designed website is vital for a small business. A polished and professional website can help boost the credibility and reputation of your business. Building a website sounds overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the technology. However, there are several options to make it less scary.
Advanced technology, changing corporate policies, and the COVID-19 pandemic have made working remotely more common. As a result, remote work appeals to many employees, with more than 97 percent of employees choosing to work remotely, at least part of the time. In addition, a recent study found that working remotely increased business productivity by 13 percent when comparing a company’s profits to previous years.
Remote work isn’t possible for all types of businesses, but if your business offers opportunities for remote work or a hybrid option, here are tips to help you successfully manage remote employees.
In difficult times, it’s not difficult to see how collaborations between companies have the potential to offer mutual support and even bring a community together, be it geographical or categorical. For example, craft breweries sometimes join forces in raising funds for emergency-based or nonprofit causes by offering “benefit beers.”
However, the importance of collaboration in business can’t be overstated in good times, either: it creates the potential for multiple companies to benefit from physical, human, or intellectual capital as well as financial advantages.
More and more, social media marketing is becoming essential for business owners. As of April 2021, reports indicated that 72% of the American public use some type of social media, and the average time spent on social media each day is just over two hours.
As such, for the business owners who can do it successfully, there’s so much to be gained from social media marketing. A successful social media campaign can help businesses increase their customer base, spread awareness, build their brand, and strengthen relationships with existing customers—all of which are essential for profit and growth. Best of all, aside from services such as paid ads, social media is free.
You’ve decided to open a business, and you even have the perfect name for it. Now what? From the very beginning, you’ll need to start building your business credit. Having good credit will help you get approved for a business loan and get better terms on that loan, which can save you a considerable sum of money in the long run. But, for now, you’ll need to know how to build your business credit. Taking advantage of tips for building credit can be a significant factor in your success.
As a small business owner, you know that you might need extra hands-on deck during the winter holiday season, the summer months, or whenever you have your “peak” season.” But the seasonal hiring process can be daunting.
This blog can help! Check out our tips for hiring seasonal employees.
Maximize your brand outreach by creating a unique logo for your small business. Your logo can set your business apart from competitors and represent your brand. See this guide for tips to consider when creating a logo for your business.
Many small businesses borrow money to grow, helping them develop products and services while expanding into new marketplaces. This initial cash injection will really help you get up and running, but it’s also important to think about the ongoing cost of your loan repayments.
One of the ways lenders determine how likely you are to repay is by looking at your small business track record, demonstrated best through your financial reports. We’ll dig into the main information that lenders are looking for, and how to use those reports to maximize your chances of getting a loan.
The racial inequality wealth gap and chronic under-funding left Black businesses unprepared for COVID-19. Coronavirus closures and social distancing had an enormous impact on local businesses that relied on face-to-face interactions—traditional mainstays for Black entrepreneurs.
Since 1866, Juneteenth has been an important and powerful day of celebration in the U.S., marking the emancipation of slaves and the right to freedom. Originating in Texas, Juneteenth is now recognized throughout the country and is celebrated in most major cities across the nation.
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