Project Management Strategies

Project management is integral for any manager to understand and work on to develop. There are multiple stages which affect the outcome of a project in terms of success or failure, and understanding these nuances are critical for managers. Each stage in the life cycle of a project has its own set of challenges and models for managing them, which is why, project management is increasingly being recognised as a technical area where knowledge transcends for many related disciplines. This is an interesting infographic that provides insights for practitioners and students of project management strategies.

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4 Legal Issues that Business Lawyers Can Handle For You

There are so many areas of practice in law. The most popular ones have to be personal injury, criminal and traffic law. This is because they are the ones that make it to TV shows and films most frequently. There is also corporate law, which involves the relationship between a business and other entities including individuals, the government, other businesses, and the society in general. How should your business be relating to these entities? This is what corporate law is all about. Hiring a business law firm will help greatly to keep your business performing at its best especially in ensuring compliance to regulations. (more…)

Is your organization ready for agile marketing?

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Some Advantages to Considering Offshore Investment

Consider the Possibilities

When making the decision to invest your hard-earned pension and retirement money, don’t sign your name blindly.  Consider the following points in your decision-making, and see why choosing to invest offshore can have definite advantages for your bottom line.

Offshore banking for expats has definite advantages that wise retirees are quick to see. As you make your decision of how to move forward with your investment, consider the position of the shareholders, the marketplace, and charitable causes, as outlined below.  (more…)

4 Ways Business Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

Whether your business was spawned by the digital age or is merely benefitting from it, technology likely plays a huge role in the success of your company. Businesses that fail to utilize all that technology has to offer could be paying a huge price: straight out of their bottom line. Whether you work in the medical field or you simply sell homemade products online, software can have a lot to do with your success. Business intelligence software has recently made its appearance and is working wonders for companies everywhere.

Business intelligence software works by analyzing the raw data your company has collected through doing business. This can include a clarified understanding of your business’ strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to boost productivity and revenue. Included here are a few ways business intelligence software can improve your bottom line. (more…)

Making The Most Of Your Content Marketing

Marketing your content is just as important as having content available to begin with. When you post a blog post, but you don’t bother to share it anywhere and you don’t use keywords and link building, do people ever see it? It’s kind of like a tree falling in the forest.

Just like you can stroll through the forest and see that trees have fallen, you can use analytics to see who has viewed your blog, or how many people anyway, but that doesn’t guarantee that people are really understanding what you have to say and sharing that information with others. (more…)

How You Should Be Marketing Your Business Online

When it comes to businesses, in order to make a name for yourself you need to market. Marketing is important on a local level, but with the internet it’s easier to market more on a global level as well. The internet allows you to reach your business out to the maximum amount of people with the minimal amount of effort.

Are you marketing your business online? And, if so, are you using all of the things available to you to reach the most people? You may be missing out on some great free marketing if you aren’t using things like social media. (more…)

3 Things to Think About When Offering Your Employees Access to A Company Car

Depending on the type of work your business does and the amount of travel you or your employees must take on, you may be considering getting a company car. While this can be a great choice for some business owners, it could also be a financial and cultural detriment to your company if this venture isn’t taken on with the right amount of forethought and preparation. So to help those business owners contemplating obtaining a company car or cars for employee use, here are three things to think about before making your final decision. (more…)

CFD Trading or Margin Lending – What Are the Key Differences

Understanding CFDs

This is known as a tradable instrument, which simulates the fluctuations of the asset underlying it. Whenever you make use of such an opportunity, there may be gains or losses according to the fluctuations of the underlying asset even if the investor never actually owes that asset. In most cases, such an investment would be a partnership or an agreement between a broker and the investor. This kind of trading is effecting significant changes in the financial instruments industry and it is well known that CFD is one of the fastest growing investment products available, although it may not be available in some countries. (more…)

Choosing an Accountant: What to Look for and what to Avoid

Picking the right accountant is one of the most important decisions a small business can make. In fact, according to the ICAEW, hiring an accountant can be even more important than taking on a new member of staff. Why? Because whilst a good one can save you time and help your business to grow, a bad one could end up costing you a lot of much-needed money. But with so many accountancy practices out there, selecting the right one for you, isn’t so straightforward.

In this guide I want to look at four of the most important factors you should be considering when hiring an accountant.

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A Charity’s Guide to Gift Aid

If you have recently set up or are thinking of setting up a charity or not for profit organisation then it’s likely that you’ll rely on every penny of funding you get, whether that be from government grants, donations or through other channels. One of the ways charities and not-for-profits do this is through Gift Aid. But what is Gift Aid and how does it work.

In this short guide, I want to give an overview of what how Gift Aid works and the rules that govern how it is claimed. (more…)

A business lawyer should be part of your team

Most businesses do not think they need a lawyer unless they meet a particular legal challenge. But did you know the services of a business lawyer from the onset help younot meet some of these challenges in the first place? In most cases, business experts consider it too late to call a lawyer whenlegal problems have already set in.

Tothat end, it is highly advisable to take on the services of a lawyer conversant with business law. This can set the difference between you making it in your business or failing miserably. The help the business lawyer offers you will go a long way in helping you save on time and money. Here are reasons why you should engage these services: (more…)

What are Corporate Financial Statements?

Why Do Companies Need Accounting?

The owners and managers of any business need records of monetary transactions. These records are useful to measure the amount of money invested or spent during a given period of time. Also these records inform the readers about the profit or loss resulting from the operations during a given period of time. Accounting helps in summarizing vital details that are used in planning and strategizing future course of actions for a business organization. (more…)

How Can Main Street Retailers Fend Off Online Stores Opening Physical Stores?

You’ve heard and seen it time and again — main street retail apocalypse is here.  More people are shopping online than ever and thus, mainstream retailers are left counting their losses as foot traffic dwindles.

In 2016 alone in the UK, BHS and Austin Reed have been in the headlines for weeks following their slide into administration. There are fears that many more will follow as the online stores that have expedited the demise of these big names are now going a step further to open physical stores. Having shop and retail insurance may not be enough to counter the impending doom when it hits. The big question today is how can Main Street retailers counter the main stream retail apocalypse? (more…)

#IncomeKaTopUp – Plan for a better future with Exide Life Income Advantage Plan

With rising inflation every day, the annual increments which we receive are not sufficient to ensure a better future. We need to plan every day for a better tomorrow through plans which will pay a better return on our investments. That being said, understanding investments is not a cup of tea for professionals who are not from the domain of banking and financial services. Further lightening and thunders in life strike without warnings in various forms and stages. So how should we plan to move ahead in our life and ensure a stable financial future? (more…)

Coalescence’16: Going Zero to One

BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus announces Coalescence’16: Going Zero to One, in order to hunt for the country’s finest entrepreneurs who are looking for a platform for their skill set.  Scheduled on 4th Sept-5th Sept, Coalescence’16 is all set to be one of India’s finest e-summit. As rightly said by Stephen Richards, “When an idea takes hold, nothing can stop it.” Coalescence is here to accelerate the ideas that are unstoppable, and are sure to change the world. Coalescence’16 will hold a wide variety of events for the budding entrepreneurs, who, in turn will get to present their ideas in front of experts from various industries. The participants will also get the opportunity to be funded by the partner incubators. (more…)

3 Tips To Keep Your Business Functioning During Maintenance or Repairs

Although no one wants to have to plan for unexpected maintenance or repairs at their place of business, the reality is that things break, malfunction or need updating even at work. The difference between having maintenance or repairs done at home and having them done at work is that what would just be an inconvenience at home is now costing your company money at work due to lost business. However, there are some things you can do to help minimize the effects maintenance or repairs can have on your business’s functionality. To find out how, here are three tips to keep your business running as close to normally as possible in the midst of maintenance or repairs. (more…)

Making Money and Keeping It: Using Experts To Help

It can be hard enough doing what you do for a living without having to worry about figuring out how to keep the money that you make. In the modern world, saving, investing, using retirement plans – it’s all pretty complicated, and if you’re already concentrating on just doing your own job, then the financial aspect of life can get pretty hairy. So if you want to make money and keep it, then as soon as you can, you should head to the experts for help. And these experts will come in many forms. Some are available as professionals that you can speak to in person or via digital means. Some are the authors of business books. Some financial trendsetters have blogs, podcasts, or messages that they put out in the form of advice and observation columns.

However, as your look to these experts, you do have to have your own personal definitions of risk, and you do have to watch out for popular vs. informed opinions. One positive is that the earlier you start gathering this information, the sooner you’ll get your money in order, but it does take a little bit of focus to get started on the right path. (more…)

Surefire Ways to Make Your Business Run More Efficiently

It is commonly known that time is money. When you waste time, you’re wasting money because you have to pay for all of the other things that are being used in that slot. This includes employees, energy, rent for any space or equipment you’re using, and a host of other expenses. If your business is not running inefficiently, it just might cause your business to go under.

If you’re in a spot where you’re looking for ways to run your business more efficiently so that you can save not only time, but money and valuable resources as well, here are some things that you can do: (more…)

Best Places to Use Pop Up Stands to Promote Your Business

Pop up stands are among the oldest but still most effective means of advertising. They are advertising materials that you can open and close easily. You can also transfer them from one place to another. When opened, the stand showcases the content that you want other people to know about your business. If the day is over, you can close the pop up stand and use it again next time. You may even edit the content and update it to accommodate the changes in your business. There are certain places where you can maximize the use of this advertising tool. (more…)

5 Ways Managed IT Services Can Benefit Your Business

It’s undeniable; all businesses need IT. You know that your business needs IT. Do you think of the money you spend on IT as an expense or an investment? When used to its full potential, your IT can help your end users become more efficient, giving your business the potential to produce more profit than it does today. If you’re not already convinced – or even if you are – we’ve put together 5 ways that managed IT services can benefit your business. (more…)

The Top Benefits of Getting a Security Guard with an SIA Licence – What You can Expect

Getting the right security guard is not always easy. Choosing the right one will ensure your property or business is safe and well taken care of; choosing the wrong one can either be a waste of time, or worse, could invite bad luck and a great deal of headache. Those wanting to employ the services of a security agency should be strict with their requirements and insist only on the best. But how do you ensure that your security guard is truly qualified? What should you look for? There’s a simple solution. Here are the top benefits of getting a security guard with an SIA licence – what you can expect. (more…)

Why we Love Recharge Apps So Much

Our smartphones get smarter by the day as they manage our lives efficiently and effortlessly. Recharge apps are a big component of this activity.

If somebody told you five years ago that your mobile phone would become the facilitator for everything you could possibly wish to do, you would have thought the statement an exaggeration. But look at your mobile phone usage today – there is scarcely any activity you do that does not involve using your phone. (more…)

Cultivating Assertiveness to Counter Workplace Passiveness

Though it may seem like the safest option, a passive approach to workplace communication can have negative implications. Keeping your head down can indeed make you less vulnerable to office backlash. However, it also closes off many opportunities to move up the career ladder.

Staying passive will make you seem uncertain, unconfident, and indecisive. But by speaking up and making yourself heard, you can effectively express yourself while also getting what you want. Simply put, you have to learn to be assertive. (more…)

Five Tips for Finding the Right Removal Company

It’s often said that moving home is one of the most stressful events people will go through in their life. Of course a lot of this comes down to the hoops and horse trading of the housing market, but with a bit of planning and a good removal company the big day itself really needn’t be. Having a moving home checklist is just one way to avoid those ‘last minute’ stresses. Perhaps number one on this list has got to be finding and securing a good removal company.

In this short guide we’re going to look at five essential tips for finding and booking a good removal company. (more…)

Four of 2016’s Most Popular Web Design Trends

Every year brings new trends and evolutions in the art of website design, and 2016 has been no different. Some of these evolutions are holdovers from trends that have defined the web design field for the past year or two. Others are newer, really gaining a foothold for the first time this year. All of them are important to know about if you want your business’s web presence to be as cutting edge as possible. Here are four particularly popular web design trends to familiarize yourself with this year.

 

  1. Responsive Web Design

Neither the concept of responsive web design nor the popularity of it is explicitly new in 2016. However, there can be little doubt that having a responsive website is more important than ever before, and only becoming more so as we continue to surge into the future. Responsive websites are essentially just sites that have been built to minimize tinkering (resizing, scrolling, panning, etc.) on all manner of different devices. In short, a responsive website can tell the difference between a laptop and a smartphone and adjust accordingly to simplify navigation and usability.

Mobile has steadily been becoming a more important market for web managers for years now—probably about since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007. However, in mid-2015, Google reported that mobile searches had overtaken desktop queries for the first time. With arguably more people doing their web browsing on mobile phones or tablets, responsive web design in 2016 is a do-or-die component—not an optional one. (more…)

The Importance of Location When Renting Commercial Property

When starting a new business or expanding your start-up company out of your home, it is important you find the best commercial property. There will be a lot of different factors that determine the most ideal property for your business, depending on its size, aims and needs.

The first place many business people will look to find a new commercial property for rent will be online, with places like London & Cambridge Properties offering many options. It is important you think about what you want from the property before browsing and making a decision, with location one of the most important elements. (more…)

Creative Benefit Ideas to Offer Your Employees

With a large number of companies all offering much the same types of benefits to their employees, it’s no wonder that many business managers are searching for new and exciting incentives in order to attract new applications to their company. Rather than simply providing the generally expected benefits such as health benefits and childcare, many companies are offering exclusive benefits that are rarely found anywhere else. If you run a company and want to do something different for your employees, here are some interesting ideas that you might want to consider running with. (more…)

How to plan for your future home?

As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is”. While professionals progress in their career endeavours, often the focus on family needs take a step back. Often, with the routine of day to day fire fighting while meeting business requirements, planning for the long term becomes difficult. Many start planning for a car immediately after joining a good job, because it helps in facilitating the travel from home to work and vice versa. However planning for a residential investment takes time due to reasons like large value of the potential investment, availability of alternative (rental, old homes, etc.) and nature of job where one needs to be mobile globally. This video really captures it beautifully. (more…)