New Year Plans

The only legit time for people in the office to party has arrived. The end of a year marks the celebration of Christmas, followed quickly by the countdown for New Year. Christmas gifts are exchanged among friends and good food is shared together. With all the mingling and celebration going on, it is no surprise that the people’s spirits are high.

Ultimately, what make a good organization are the people. This is why the holidays are a good way for employees and the boss to take a breather from a long year and relax. It is a time for people to remind themselves about all the achievements made and to reflect upon past mistakes. Old grudges should be forgotten so that people can strive for a better and less-conflicted ridden future.

building a team

Even though we love a good party, but all things come to an end. While some might be itching to get started on their new year’s resolution, not everyone might be as keen. Suffering from what we refer to as a “party withdrawal syndrome”, it is easy to experience a sudden dip in happiness after a slew of back-to-back parties.

What better way than to kick start 2014 this year with some team building exercises? Not only does it help to motivate the eagers employees, it also helps to keep the momentum going for the rest after a good New Year’s Day celebration.

One good example to boost the employee’s morale is the Deadline activity. The game works the same as it sounds – to complete a challenging task under the pressure of a deadline! Teams are first required to plan important aspects of a business such as transportation, production and so on. We will then present teams with real life obstacles such as financial crisis or a worker’s strike along the way to make things more interesting. Teams with the best solution wins!

Team-Building

With that in mind, why not introduce some holiday spirit in the game? Players can be called upon to complete a deadline where the festive season causes delay for the shipping of products! Add a little more extra time after office hours to have a bonding session with team building exercises.

For more information about team building activities or programmes, look up Jambar Team Building at www.jambarteambuilding.com. They organize customized and innovative Team Building and/ or Team Development activities for corporate and private clients. The programmes they have are designed with fun and cooperation which are key elements to opening doors leading to positive creativity in any organisation. Your company can easily learn and practise working together more effectively by learning to play team building games.

Thinking Of Starting An Online Business? Here Are Some Realities Of Business Online

For years I wanted to setup my own business. Then the recession hit and I really didn’t have a choice. I have learned a lot in the last few years and setting up an online store was harder than I ever imagined. Well I lie, setting up the store is the easy part but getting the sales you need to survive is where it becomes challenging.

After spending countless hours researching on various forums about what system to use for a website, how to rank in Google, how to market your business I decided that starting an online store was not going to be easy. Needless to say it was still one of my goals and something I thought that would compliment my skills. Being a lot more tech savvy than the average joe I decided to start an online store selling cheap ink cartridges.

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As with most start-ups I didn’t have a lot of cash and ended up doing most of the things myself. I setup various social media accounts, built the website with the help of a professional coder, added the products, done my own search engine optimisation and setup an adwords account.

Running the social media accounts is nearly a full time job in itself and something I am constantly tweaking. I find that google adwords can work but it is very expensive and the bills can rack up pretty quickly if you are not sure what you are doing.

The one thing I love about ecommerce is the relatively low cost of setup and the high potential. I hope this post encourages people who are thinking of starting their own online business to take the leap but to be realistic and realise it’s not as simple as putting up a site and sitting back!

12 Traits Every Successful Entrepreneur Has

Every entrepreneur has unique traits but successful entrepreneurs have 12 traits that make them different from all others. While some of these 12 characteristics may seem obvious, do not think they are not valuable. Now, lets start reviewin these, one by one. They are not set in any particular order, considering you actually need all these to be an extraodrinary business owner.

Confidence

This is a trait you learn, you are not born with it. By acting confidently, even when you are not so confident, is what makes you different from others. High self-esteem will help every leader to have faith in what he is doing and solve problems as they come. Confidence makes you see positive things and urges you to grow your business.

Sense of Ownership

When you have a sense of ownership, you won’t blame someone else for the problem you may created. A business owner feels that it’s his mistake for not implementing the system that will not allow for problems to happen. These challenges will then be an opportunity to learn from mistakes and grow. When you have responsibility, you can rise above the problem, see the positive side and grow your business togother with your employees.

Communication

Without this trait, it would be impossible to lead any organization. Ability to be aware of your surroundings, to listen and take action is what makes you able to solve problems and implement new ideas.

Learning Passionately

Do you read, find information on your own, ask questions and do research? You probably do, if not all of those, then at least some of them. Every successful business owner surrounds himselves with knowledgeable people and is able to learn from mistakes.

Being A Team Player

If you do not have this skill, you will have to carry the entire burden yourself. In a way, you then become a slave to your own business, never being able to advance and grow. By learning how to be a team player and build a good team, you can be a successful entrepreneur.

Creating Systems

By being able to implement an effective system, a business owner can create better results with less effort. While it is important to rely on people, it is more important to rely on a system. When an effective system is created, the people wil be able to work efficiently. And then, if a ny problems occur, they become system problems that need to be solved, and not people problems.

Being Dedicated

Mission statements and visions are helping your team to stay on track and keep following you.

Being Grateful

Gratitude is an important trait as it makes it possible to focus more on the accomplishments than to focus on material things.

Staying Optimistic

With setbacks coming their way, successful entrepreneurs accept them with faith and courage, knowing that they can learn from them. Taking a step or two backwards is a part of life, and it needs to be treated as such.

Being Enthusiastic

Staying enthusiastic about the ideas you have is important for you and your entire team. Excitement spreads quickly and your team will love to work on incoming problems and creating new ideas and opportunities.

Leading By Doing The Work

Exceptional leader knows his strengths and weaknesses. He also accepts his team has them too and then he is able to implement encouragement, support and improve themselves and the team.

Leaving The Comfort Zone

Risk is a part of the business and every successful entrepreneur knows this. Pushing forward despite the risk is the quality that is necessary for the business owner and his team to move up.If you find yourself in every trait described here, you can become the business you dream about. Appreciate the traits you have and put them to good use.

How Public Warehousing Can Help Your Business

If you own a company that sells a product, you will need a space to store those items. With so many storage options available, it is important to understand which one will work best for you. Public warehousing has many advantages for both small and big businesses.

One of the biggest reasons to use a public facility is that they offer a great deal of flexibility. As a growing and changing business, you may find that your needs in terms of space or equipment changes over time. You may need more space during a busy season and less space during down time. Instead of paying a flat rate, many facilities can scale your costs based on your needs.

The ability to scale what you pay for space is just one way warehousing is cost-effective. Public warehousing is a great alternative to owning and operating a distribution center, which requires expensive technology and labor to maintain your chain supply. The money you save can be redirected toward other areas like research and marketing, or you can pass the cost savings on to your customers.

Another advantage to utilizing public warehouses is that they are regionally based. That means you can rent spaces that are close to your customers, which can reduce delivery times. You can utilize multiple storage spaces to accommodate the diverse requirements your customer groups have. This is a big part of quality customer service, and a satisfied customer may translate to a loyal customer.

Lastly, the business of public warehousing is based on providing those logistical services your company relies on to operate. Therefore, all the resources in the warehouse are dedicated to providing the best possible service to your business and, thus, your customers. Many of these facilities are constantly changing as they keep up with the latest technology and training available. If you are considering utilizing a storage space for your business, a public warehouse can increase your bottom line and boost your customer service.

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Setting A Long Term Goal Environment

1.   You need to be prepared to accept setbacks

Sometimes your business isn’t going as fast as you would like. Without changing things within the company and trying to repair damage, think about what really matters. Your long term goals are more important and if your business is moving in the right direction, that means you don’t have to make a change every time you hit a bump on a business highway.

2.   Customers are your priority

Without your customers, you don’t have a business. It’s as simple as that and you need to make this your priority compared to everything else.

3.     Time and work force

These are limited resources so you need to stay focused and use these to attract more customers.

4.     Evaluate your efforts

Discover how much your daily tasks and efforts actually contribute your long term goals. You should also do this with the people who work for you.

3 Simple Steps To Boost Your Income

There are many things you can do to improve your business, but it’s usually those 20% things you do that bring the most income. I’ll show you 3 simple steps you can do to improve your sales and increase your profits. Some of you might already know this, but it is good to be reminded about the basics and keep improving your business.

Use Testimonials To Build Trust

Trust is very important when building relationships with your clients. And if word of mouth hasn’t reached your potential client yet, he is likely to walk away from your offer. If you put some testimonials on your website, you will be able to increase trust and close more deals.

Selling Similar Items

I bet you sometimes enter a store with the intent of buying a certain item and coming out of the store with an item you didn’t plan to buy at all. It is hard to get that initial sale, but once you manage to do that, it is easier to sell a complementary item. Use your website to offer simialr services of products and you will see how much will this benefit your business.

Send Updates To Your Subscribers

First, you need to create a list of your subscribers. They may not be your clients yet, but if you keep offering them value via useful information, they might end up buying products and services from you.