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To take on a senior employee in your own biz – or not.

There is a better way of building your business than taking on a senior employee. Unfortunately, this better way is risky and certainly is not possible for all types of micro-business. My preferred options/alternatives to taking on a senior employee are: Option 1. using independent contractors/freelancers/other micro-businesses Option 2. taking on partners or if you’re…

Small Business Maxim: Have a Passion.

I got up today at 4:00 am, because I have a great meeting set up today, with some people I wanted to meet for some time, and I can't wait to tell them my ideas about the future of our business, so I'm going over my presentation again.I'm sitting here at 5:00 am writing my daily postings to you all, you may think I'm nuts. Or you may think I'm driven by the idea to make small and micro businesses more successful, but whatever you think, it is not "my god is this guy greedy!"Greed is NOT the same as passion!

New Small Business Startup Idea: Coworking Space

It may be that you have some spare space in your house, out-building, or you even a whole house, you can't or don't want to sell or rent out, then you could generate income by setting it up as a coworking space, a coworking wiki-site explains it like this:Coworking is cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents.Or, it's like this: start with a shared office and add cafe culture.... Have a look at the website for coworking to get some more ideas.It will be a great place for working, socializing, and getting ideas and help from others.

New Small Business Idea: Local News Portal

Local news is still harder to come by, but you could change that with this little business start-up idea.You could get some pre-designed portal software, blogging software or a forum to set up your portal and then write about local events, with things like this: Live events - like Live Jazz in the local pub,New Business launch - write about the company, people and products;Evening Classes - anything from cooking to phontography;Club News - what time they meet, run a prifile.For Sale Section - from paperclips to houses and carsYou get the idea, there are many more events you could report about.... Have a look at your local paper that will give you some idea, what people want.It will get you involved in many areas of your community you didn't even know existed, get you out of the house, make new friends and earn you some money - what else can you want.

Social Isolation for Home Worker and Home Business.

Think global - do local!So, now to my solution for your "isolation problem", I guess you already know what is coming: Go and meet people, customer people.Go to networking events in your local area.Go and join business clubs or start one.Run an event from your home.Take a business class at your local college.All these and other events will get you out of the house, open your local paper, call your local camber of commerce, they all can help you to find events and contacts, and start your "isolation-opportunity" marketing and sales drive.Turning "customer people" into "customer friends" could be the smartest thing you will do this year.... You know your "isolation-problem" has turned into an "isolation-business-advantage", when your customers come around your house to discuss the next business deal and/or for a cup of coffee.Always think, where is the opportunity in this problem?

Disaster Planning for Small Business

So after the problem was fixed Skype's service today is better then it was before the crisis.It really is that simple sometimes, crises are another form of progress if you learn to accept that crises are part of our everyday life, be it in business or in our private lives. It is needless to say that not all crises fall in this category, losing a loved one, having an accident, falling ill are quite different and as such also part of our lives, but they never improve things, ever.I think we need to understand that things will go wrong, before they actually go wrong - remember Murphy's Law - so assume the worst and do your best.The lesson we can learn here is also one about staying focused, stick to the simple stuff, less will go wrong and you will have to deal with less crises.

Social Impact of Working From Home

I would like to list here some challenges I believe our society is facing currently: Child care - in our work dominated society we often outsource most of our child-care, in kindergarten, boarding schools, and other institutions, here our children will not receive the same level of care and love they deserve and need;Care for the Elderly - our lifestyles often separate us from our loved ones and in times of need we are often not able to care for our relatives or friends, because we live in different cities or even countries for example;Environment - many of use spend hours every day alone in cars or on trains - not alone, but still isolated - and contribute to the carbon emissions that change our climate.There are many more examples.... After all, this technology we at WinWeb and others supply makes it possible to work from anywhere, gives you a tremendous amount of freedom to live the life you want, where you want.Let's hope in hundred years from now people will see this era not only as the "Information Age", but also the age when we learned to live a better work/life balance, in tune with our emotional and social needs as individuals, families and society as a whole.

Been saying it for years……

It seems finally people are waking up to the fact that small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses wants to stay small.... Question is why nobody ( apart from WinWeb) is really catering for these types of small business and personal business, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants.

Small Business Infrastructure For Business Start-Up.

WinWeb On-Demand Software Solutions - Anywhere At Anytime.AccountsOffice and OnlineOffice are our two software offerings, which are based on the SaaS - Software as a Services model, to allow for the following key business benefits:• tight inclusion of business advisors from the start,• cultivating outsourcing techniques at the outset, i.e. virtual assistants,• no IT knowledge needed and hassle free operation,• real-time multi-user access from anywhere, increasing mobility.2.... WinWeb Live - Networking Community for Small Business Only.To foster collaboration and outsourcing we have expanded our WinWeb Live™ offering to allow for small business community networking - thus enabling the business owner to make decisions about his / her current needs, with the following benefits:• timeshare virtual assistants for professional results,• offer contracts of work to contractors on a case-by-case basis, • promote the business to a large audience or even locally,• find new work and contracts online4.

If You Work All Day, You Have No Time To Make Any Money!

His answer was:Remember always, if you work all day, then you have no time to make any money, you are too busy.As you can well imagine, here is was about 20 years old and this guy came out with a statement like this, I thought he was completely mad and insane.... He was talking about having time to have a vision and dream, think about your small business and not about your products, standing back and getting out of the proverbial forrest, so the trees are not in the way.So why not use this weekend, stop working and do some dreaming about what could be - nurture your vision for your small business and see where it takes you.

Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms

There are two ways to get better payment terms from your suppliers - make sure you know what the pricing is and negotiate the payment terms last, without warning. Most businesses do not expect small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses to negotiate payment terms, so you have the element of surprise on your side - and it makes you look more professional.Firstly there is the extended payment term, of 60, 90 and 180 days - see if your supplier will allow any of those terms.

Outsourcing Options For Small Business

The only other option is employing staff full time into your business.Virtual Assistants will enable you to outsource - what I call non core business processes, like bookkeeping, call handling, typing, etc. - to a professional person, well equipped to perform these tasks for you in a cost-effective manner and I do not mean cheap, I mean cost-effective.... If times are harder for your business and you need save cost it is often easier and faster to terminate a virtual assistant - but remember to explain your decision, so that when your small business is doing better again you can start working with your virtual assistant again.Employing people full time should only be considered for "essential, ongoing and full-time" work, this way you can provide a more secure workplace for your employee and look forward to a peaceful and unstressed work environment.Building a support network community for your small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses is essential to your survival.

Security Alert for Small Business and Start-Ups

Taking the seriousness of this matter into consideration the House of Lordsí science and technology committee published a proposal to protect people against cyber crime and hold start-up-, personal- and small business, and IT security vendors responsible.The proposal focuses on protecting customers data and personal information.... That includes the IT industry and the software vendors, the banks and internet traders, and the internet service providers," said Lord Broers, chairman of the committee.Small businesses, internet services, banks, software vendors and the IT industry need to start taking responsibility for e-crime and protect themselves and their customers against them.

Health Warning for Small Business and Start-Ups.

A chain is as strong as its weakest link, and this saying holds true for a small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal businesses also.... Peninsula Businesswise conducted a survey to study the health of office workers and 82% respondents said that their working hours and conditions did not allow them time to exercise and this was affecting their health and well being.

No believe in themselves.

Yesterday I wrote "What the hell, let's do it" and today there is a story about people in the United Kingdom not believing in themselves enough to start a business.Whether it is their natural tendency to stick to the time tested and traditional route research indicates that while the British have great business ideas they don't have enough faith or belief to make turn them into reality.... The Director of Inventva, David Thomas says that potential entrepreneurs need to ask themselves five basic question before they decide if they should do something about their business idea and these include:* Does the business idea fill a gap in the market or is there a need for it?* Is it worthwhile to try to make the business work?* Would you enjoy working on the start-up?* Is it viable from a business point of view?* Do you have the resources to make it possible?Budding entrepreneurs need to make the most of the technology that is available to them and should look for a business infrastructure and IT solutions for accounting, cash-flow, etc. They should also consider outsourcing certain business processes that would leave them free to focus on core business activities.As I wrote before if your fail, who cares(?)

Big business less flexible than SMALL BIZ

An interesting research study by Mitel indicates that small businesses are more open to adopting flexible working conditions not only for the employees but also for the business owners.... Since the internet can be accessed at any time it really doesnít matter where one is and can log on and make crucial business decisions.Working styles are changing globally and on-demand small business infrastructure is paving the way, not to forget it is more eco-friendly too.

Myth Buster: Health & Safety Executive

Here is an example of some good advice for small business, the Health & Safety Executive has a web-page called "Myth of the Month", you should have a look at it .... The law requires employers to assess risks and take appropriate action.HSE’s advice is that for most office electrical equipment, visual checks for obvious signs of damage and perhaps simple tests by a competent member of staff are quite sufficient.

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