In the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey, 42% of respondents considered business skills such as marketing one of their most important tools when it comes to entrepreneurship. In today’s competitive market, this means not only being familiar with traditional techniques but being able to think more abstractly and come up with new, exciting and innovative ways to market your company to an audience that is increasingly overwhelmed by choice. From digital events to customized communications, I’ve put together some innovative marketing ideas for small businesses to help you get started and inspire you to modernize your marketing for 2018.
Are you an entrepreneur who is struggling to startup a business with little to no extra funds? You are not alone. Many startup business owners find it difficult create a flourishing business without taking out loans or spending all of their personal money to make it happen. Instead of spiraling into debt and stressing over finances, you should learn how to bootstrap your business.
What does it mean to “bootstrap your business”? It is the process of funding your business from your own expenses without completely drying up your own personal cash flow. It is learning to balance your business income with expenses wisely and cutting costs where you can to create a greater business cash flow. Most importantly, it allows your business to grow without being burdened by the debt of your business startup in the future.
How do You Know You Have a Good Business Startup Idea?
It seems like the business world is heavily saturated with start-ups right now. The Small Business Agency estimates that around 543,000 new businesses get started each month – and every founder thinks they’re on to the next big thing.
So the big question is this: how do you know if your business or startup idea is any good? I’ve put together a quick guide to assessing your startup or business idea.
Starting up a company can sometimes feel overwhelming, not least because it means reading up on a host of new information. Becoming a founder means taking an interest in every aspect of your business, including those outside your comfort zone and indeed your previous experience.
From buzzwords to classic accounting terms, there’s always something new to learn, so I’ve put together this (by no means exhaustive) list of common business terms that start-up founders should know that you may or may not have come across before, with a brief explanation of their meanings.
It is predicted that, by the year 2020, about 78% of small businesses will be using cloud-based apps to help perform a variety of business functions. Why? It’s proven, in most cases, to make tasks easier and business operations cheaper.
Cloud-based technology is a type of technology that relies on the internet, rather than devices or local servers, to move information. Small and large businesses are moving their information and services to cloud computing technology to decrease technology risk and maximize team efficiency.
The lead up to your company IPO is an exciting time – but it’s also a busy one. There’s a lot to be considered when taking your company public, and your preparations should begin well in advance. Planning is key, and adjustments will need to be made across your entire organization to ensure that you’re ready for your public offering. While every company has different needs and requirements, there are some top tips that apply to everybody. These five essential steps should be deployed by any business about to hit the public market.
With inbound marketing fast taking favor over traditional outbound marketing, it’s important to understand the tools available to you to make your strategy as effective as possible. Before you start strategizing, you need to have a clear picture of who you’re selling to, what will make them buy and what they want from you. To do this, you should invest time in creating a detailed and well-researched buyer persona.
With trust in banks falling and interest in social entrepreneurship rising, crowdfunding has fast become a popular way of gaining financial backing without turning to traditional institutions. But with its rising popularity, there’s an increasing amount of competition on the platform. Getting noticed (and getting funded) can be tough, though these five tips will help you to market your crowd funding campaign more successfully.
It’s a brave new world this year, in more ways than one. As well as obvious shifts in social and political paradigms, there’s been constant evolution within the technology sector that could mean an entirely new way of doing business for small start-ups and corporate giants alike. While a number of trends have emerged over the course of recent years, I’ve highlighted four technology trends that look set to make headlines in 2017 as the changing face of technology in business.
When you’re planning for the future, you have to think outside the box. After all, yours won’t be the only company to expand over the coming years; there are technology companies around the world coming up with new, exciting ways to bring the internet to life and for businesses to reach their customers.
Ecommerce may still represent a considerable area of the market, and it’s growing rapidly. According to a 2016 Census Bureau report, e-commerce’s share of retail sales has doubled in the past five years. Of course, there’s a classic chicken-egg debate to be had about whether that growth has prompted the innovation that’s arisen in the market, or whether innovation is the reason behind the growth. Either way, there have been a number of interesting new ideas in user experience, product and logistics that are well worth checking out. I’ve compiled a list of some of the developments I think all founders should be thinking about: The Future of Ecommerce!