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March 16, 2017

How to Start a Home Staging Business in 5 Easy Steps

Home stagers prepare homes for sale and their value to their clients is in improving the appearance of a home so that it sells more quickly. Home staging is far more work than cleaning a home and putting flowers on the kitchen counter, though those are commonly done by home stagers. Here are the five steps necessary to become a home stager.

Pick a Company Name

Your company name can be your name or a business name. Select a business name that isn’t used by anyone else in your jurisdiction and that clearly indicates what you do.

Develop Relationships with Service Providers

You need a list of reputable service providers to do the work you can’t do yourself. For example, [...]

 
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February 28, 2017

3 Ways Start-ups Can Ensure Stability

It’s not easy starting a business. Nine out of 10 businesses fail in the first year, with a further 95% failing within five years. The statistics are sobering, but there are many benefits to starting a business. You can be your own boss and if the business is a success, the financial rewards are immense.

The entrepreneurial landscape has never been better. There has been a sustained shift towards entrepreneurialism in the last few years. In 2015, 608,110 new businesses were started, which was a 4.6% increase on the previous year. It’s become easier for people to start a business. Despite the economic upheaval in the last few months, there is every indication that [...]

 
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January 26, 2017

Web Design Features Your Business Shouldn’t Ignore

When it comes to keeping your customers happy, any business owner knows that the website should be one of the main focus points. Today, more and more customers are browsing for brands and shopping online, meaning that the design and layout of your website has never been so important when it comes to standing out from the competition and encouraging customers to spend more time on your site, or even purchase a product or service. But, which design elements are the most important for business owners to consider when it comes to their website?

Responsive Design

Anybody who has undergone online MBA tuition or another type of academic business program will tell you that when it [...]

 
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January 9, 2017

Cost Benefits of Investing in Online HR Software

If you have made the decision to invest in an HR Software platform as a small business owner, you have undoubtedly made a very big decision for your business. If you own a small business and you are ready to integrate and streamline all your HR related processes and workflows you may already be feeling as if you have had a weight lifted off your shoulders. You may still however, be grappling with the price tag that comes along with all of this. Whatever software platform you choose there are going to be costs for your business. There will be monetary and time based costs, but having said this, the cost benefits of installing the software and utilizing it over time for outweigh the [...]

 
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January 9, 2017

E-commerce Marketing Set to Change in 2017

As technology and the internet evolve and develop, so do marketing strategies. Digital marketing has grown massively over the last few years, especially with the emergence of social media and blog marketing, and influencers are playing a bigger role in marketing than ever. The way we use the internet is changing, and e-commerce marketing looks set to change in 2017 to keep up.

Video

It’s thought that by the year 2019, 80% of internet usage will be video. It’s strange to think that thanks to Sky+, TiVo and the like, we often fast forward through television advertising, but video online continues to grow. Internet users have very short attention spans, however, and nothing puts [...]

 
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January 9, 2017

How to Boost Your Company’s Productivity

Improving productivity can improve your profits, so it is essential for any business to look for ways to boost the performance of their employees, business operations and technology systems.

Cut Back on Meetings

Whilst meetings can sometimes increase productivity, they can also slow things down. Aim to identify how many meetings each department has per week. For example, productivity on your marketing campaign could be delayed because your marketing manager is stuck in too many meetings with other department heads or clients.

Track Tasks

Do you know how long it takes for a sales person to complete a phone call with a potential client or customer? Or how [...]

 
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December 22, 2016

[re]CodeCommerce & #InclusionSV: time to team up

As we near the end of this god-forsaken year entitled 2016, there is certainly a lot to reflect on (or retract from depending on your disposition). This month has felt pretty surreal if not 100% in-conflict coming off last. I mean how is one supposed to feel merry with cheer given the defacement that is now set to be in control of America, not to mention all the other horrible developments around the globe? Santa is 100% happy he lives in the non-nationalized North Pole, except of course all his polar bear friends are dying from starvation due to climate change. There is that. Nonetheless (or perhaps despite the lessening), the two events in about as many weeks that caught my [...]

 
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December 13, 2016

Entrepreneurs receive early Christmas present from John Lewis

Christmas came early for two British entrepreneurs after securing a lucrative partnership with retail giant John Lewis.

Two years ago 20-year-old Louis Porter, and Tom Coleman, 27, used a £3,000 credit card loan to found The Handmade Christmas Co, which makes and sells hand-printed personalised Christmas gift sacks.

The pair impressed John Lewis so much that as well as the sacks being made available in stores and online they also managed to secure two pop-up shops at the company’s flagship Oxford Street and Sloane Square stores. The sacks are also available to buy at the firm’s online store, HandmadeChristmasCo

The partnership comes two years after the [...]

 
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November 10, 2016

Oh [#LeanStartup], Where Art Thou?

TAKE NOTICE: build-test-learn

So once upon a time a guy named Eric started a movement. Truth be told, like most of us he was probably trying to start something that would decrease his probability of financial hardship in the future, and in the process possibly make a bit of a name for himself. It would appear it worked and his insights have been well received, by BOTH startups starting out AND mega-corporations interested in a given decade’s operational ‘botox’. But whatever the path that leads you to Lean, it can be an incredible learning experience. So yea, build-[test+]measure-learn is EXACTLY it, and the take-home is that [...]

 
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November 4, 2016

Tech Inclusion: the Diversity of an Open Mind

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was born out of an Exhibition intent on demonstrating that San Francisco had rebuilt itself. So the fact this year’s Tech Inclusion conference was held in the neighboring Innovation Hangar (previously the Exploratorium) is quite appropriate. In a sense, the goal here is to rebuild SF’s crown jewel: Tech. Young and not so young white guys hold a majority stake at present, but in the years to come, it seems to me that the tech sector is going to incur some well-deserved growing pains of a different variety. We’re not talking 4-5x the national GDP growth rate, no, this is something more like [...]

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