Working from home has become a new reality for many people, and the business world has seen a huge rise in virtual home-based businesses. Now that people know that working from home isn’t just possible, but can make a great business model, it’s understandable that many people prefer to walk this path.
Setting up a business on your own is daunting, but certain principles can help you to succeed. Once you have your office set up and your business idea ironed out, then it’s time to start finding clients and making money. However, there is one aspect of setting up a home business that is easy to neglect. That is professionalism.
We imagine bright and cheery people coming into work eager to take on the day when we fantasise about starting our own business and having our workplace. Unfortunately, there are moments when you just want to drag yourself to your seat and get on with your day. As a result, you'll want to improve your employees' working conditions and keep them motivated. Having a happy and motivated workforce will boost productivity, the quality of work they produce, and their overall attitude toward work. No one wants disgruntled employees, so let's see what we can do to avoid it.
Whether you’re considering setting up a small side hustle for some extra income, or you plan on creating a business that will become your main source of income, becoming an entrepreneur requires ideas. Most people have a vague idea of what they can do, but you can only take the next step if you know exactly what you’re planning. If you’ve started on this path, then the following ideas will give you a boost to your entrepreneurial dreams.
The pandemic has made us evaluate many things in our daily lives, including the world of work. While many people have switched to remote working, others have considered whether their job is actually right for them. Does your job align with your core values? It can be difficult to make a career switch to a role that better aligns with your own moral code of ethics. Here’s how to find a job that aligns with your core values.
You’ve noticed that something is off, and you just can’t put your finger on it. Your excitement has dwindled, you can’t recall the last time you felt good about getting up and going to work, and you spend your days on the job clock-watching and dreaming about fleeing. These are signals that perhaps it’s time to be honest and question whether this particular role is genuinely right for you. Being in a job that is not fit for you is depressing your professional life and life outside of work. So, why stay?
If you’re umming and ahhing over whether to stay or go, here are a few signals that may help you decipher whether this role is for you.
Some people think that the time for business blogs is now over, but in actual fact, well-written, well-promoted blogs are still one of the best tools small businesses have at their disposal when it comes to marketing their companies and driving traffic. If you don’t already have a business blog, but you would like to change that, here are some of my top tips for building a successful business blog in 2022 and beyond!
Whether you are trying to reach out to new customers or find an investor for your business idea, making a positive first impression is vital. Yet first impressions are tricky to manage. It takes only a few milliseconds for people to decide whether they wish to trust you or not. According to experiments run by Princeton psychologists J. Willis and A. Todorov, people form a first impression in a tenth of a second. When they spend more time in your company, they don't necessarily alter their first impression.
Your business all begins with an idea. That idea could be anything, as long as it is something you are passionate about because, without passion, you won’t enjoy building your business. However, that idea also needs to be something that will be scalable and that people will want. Otherwise, no matter how much you love your products or services, you won’t be able to make any money.
Once that idea becomes a reality, and you have plans in place to launch and make it grow, you may want to recruit an angel investor. An angel investor is an individual or company that invests money into your business in return for a percentage of the equity. Over time, they will receive their money back with interest (how much depends on the size of their stake). We’ve put together some great tips to help you find an angel investor who will give you exactly what you need and want.
A workplace survey indicated that 85% of people had experienced some conflict in their working environments. The participants also admitted that these misunderstandings were often clear indications of error and confusion. Unfortunately, unresolved workplace issues can metamorphose into something that affects productivity and team cohesion. Therefore, you may want to take note of these pointers to avoid falling victim to them.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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