7 Reasons For Using A Project Planning Template

7 Reasons For Using A Project Planning Template

Doing a big project always keeps you under pressure, and quite often the priority is given to thinking about the tasks at hand, which means planning can fly out of the window. What’s worse, projects that are not planned, monitored or documented always end up going wrong.

Using a well developed project planning template can help you remove some of the pressure by collecting and storing all of your necessary information in a single place, which increases your chances of finishing the project on time and, more importantly, within budget.

So, what are some of the main benefits that you get […] Read more

Negotiating On Factors Other Than Price – Adding Value

Negotiating On Factors Other Than Price – Adding Value

Rule No 1

Perhaps the first rule in business is the following. Regardless of what you’re trying to sell, the entire focus should be on catering to client need and enhancing the value of your product or service. That should always be the bottom line. Lowering the price on just a whim when negotiating is the worst thing that you can do. It lowers the standards that you’ve set for yourself and ultimately it pinches where it hurts most — your business.

 

Value your Work

So why isn’t price negotiable? Well, for one — since you know […] Read more

Before You Export, Get On-the-ground Help

Before You Export, Get On-the-ground Help

Every year during the third week of May, the President of the United States announces World Trade Week. During this week trade organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders work together both nationally and locally to promote international trade in the U.S. economy.

So what are the international trade and exporting topics you should consider in your small business?  For starters, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States.  Think about that for a moment.  Even more surprising?  Only one percent of U.S. based small businesses are selling to those customers.  Exporting is a huge opportunity to extend the reach of made-in-America goods […] Read more

12 Apps / Services that Literally Saved My Life

12 Apps / Services that Literally Saved My Life

No way!

OK, I know what you’re thinking. “Come on! Apps that saved your life”. But they did. And they regularly do on an almost daily basis. If you want to find out how and why, then you must read on.

But before we start, I’d like to clarify one thing. Many of the apps / services mentioned in this articles may well be substituted for others that are just as good, if not better, depending on your own needs and preferences, of course. I am not trying to rank them in any way or suggest that they are better than those of […] Read more

2014 Looking Bright for Small Business

2014 Looking Bright for Small Business

It’s time to grow!

After years of scraping along during the recession and in the sluggish growth years that followed it, small businesses will enjoy improved sales and profits this year and the best pace of growth since 2007, according to a new projection from Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts.

Gillian White, associate editor for the Kiplinger Letter, said sales and profits for small businesses will rise with the tide of the improving economy. “Americans are feeling more optimistic about their finances and will spend more this year since they’ll see an increase in personal income,” White told Business […] Read more

3 Tips for Expanding Your Business

3 Tips for Expanding Your Business

Going Global

With the ever-growing number of online programs and communications tools available today, it’s no surprise that businesses of all sizes are choosing to start expanding their business and sell to international consumers. One such company is national wireless accessories retailer Cellairis, which recently opened locations in Jamaica, Mexico, Chile, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

The story

“Cellairis has rapidly expanded domestically since 2000,” said Taki Skouras, the company’s CEO and co-founder. “But because we stand behind our brand, products and proven concept, we wanted to be able to bring that growth to locations globally. We have devoted countless […] Read more

Digital cinema makes subtitling cheaper in Asia

Digital cinema makes subtitling cheaper in Asia

Why subtitle?

In the 2011 Oscar-award winning French film ‘The Artist’, the protagonist George Valentin—a silent era movie actor and box-office favourite— loses his market and superstardom after the coming of talkies just before the Great Depression. The talkies that brought down Valentin were instrumental in the birth of another industry—subtitling, which today is multi-billion dollar market globally and has seen sharp growth in India.

Technological changes that reduced costs and an expanding audience base willing to look beyond language barriers were vital to the mushrooming of subtitling studios in the country over the past decade. “Digital cinema […] Read more