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Solopreneurs: Tools to Help You Make it in the Business

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 13, 2018 8:29:55 AM

It’s not easy being a solo entrepreneur. But that's showbiz baby. 

Since you’re ridin' solo, you are forced to wear many hats which can be both exhilarating and exhausting, depending on the day. Thankfully, technology and the era of internet has made working alone easier than ever. 

There are tools and apps and goodies galore to help you make the most of your day, get “all the things” done, and even do them on a budget. Keep reading for some our best “gotta have ‘em” tools to help make your solo venture successful.

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Topics: Start Up, Business Consulting

How a Subscription Model Keeps Customers Coming Back

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 7, 2018 7:37:00 AM

Savvy consumers are moving away from single-use products - and so are savvy businesses. After all, the easiest way to ensure customer retention is to build it into your business model. So how are they doing it? With the subscription model.

Gone are the days when subscriptions were only associated with newspapers and magazines. In 2018, 29% of the value of the top 100 brands is in subscriptions - up from 18% in 2009.  If you shop via Amazon Prime, watch TV through Netflix, cook using Blue Apron and pay for an annual Microsoft Office license, you're buying into the subscription economy

So why are subscriptions so great, and why should you build them into your business?

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Topics: Management, Operations, Management Consulting

The Small Business Owners Manual: Operations 101

Posted by StellaPop on Nov 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The vision many people have when they dream about running a business is often a far cry from the day-to-day reality. The freedom, flexibility and fine dining lunches don't necessarily materialize. In their place, many small business owners struggle with long days, stress and cash flow.

Though common, those issues don't need to be part of the experience. Often, they arise when small business owners need a stronger grounding in the basics of business operations and process.

Here's what you need to know to ensure that your business ticks along like a dream.

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Topics: C-Suite, Business Consulting, Management Consulting, Operations

Did You Draw the Short Straw? 7 Tips to Make Your Office Move Super Smooth

Posted by StellaPop on Oct 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Planning an office move is one of the most stressful tasks there is. Studies show that 80% of people who have the responsibility of moving a company leave their job within three years after the move is complete.  That’s a pretty startling statement, but it’s not surprising. So, if you're assigned the role of the chief mover, this one goes out to you. 

No matter how far the move or how big the organization, planning is critical. To help you get the most out of your move, here are six tips to help keep you calm, cool, and collected. That way, you can move your entire business without having to break a sweat.

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Topics: Move Management, Workplace Services

Building A Business Collaboration Machine: Use Teamwork to Make the Dream Work

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Oct 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Businesses today have to move and think fast to keep up with the ever-changing landscapes of their industry. Without the agile mindset, staying competitive is almost impossible. By encouraging and developing a culture of creative collaboration, you give your business a competitive advantage. A huge leg up on your competition!

Cross-functional (leadership, accounting, marketing, production, development, customer service, etc.) teams can meet in a collaborative environment and bring different skill sets, perspectives, and functional expertise to the table to solve a common problem or achieve a common goal. It can be easy for cross-functional teams to fall into competition with each other, but thoughtful cooperation and guidance is the name of the game. Remember, you’re all supposed to be working toward the same goal - success!

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

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