Better Together: How to Improve Cross Collaboration Across Your Business

When it comes to business, you’re only as powerful as your people. And if you want to get the best out of them, it’s important to create a working environment that makes it easier for staff to pitch in and work together effectively – here’s how to get started.

Provide the Right Tools

For maximum cohesion, you need to make sure that you’re providing your employees with the right tools. The good news is that there’s a wealth of innovative software designed to help teams share files, communicate freely and better organize projects. It’s crucial that you utilize these options and encourage your team to connect to each other digitally.

As a supervisor, process mapping is an ideal aid for you and your team to keep track of each other’s progress on a particular project, helping you all to stay organized and improve efficiency. These tools are a key part of helping you to identify problem areas and ensure progress on an assignment.

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How to Start a Business for Under $10,000

Think you can’t afford to start a business? Let these tips from Oasis Consulting Group change your mind.

More than half of small businesses launched during the pandemic started with less than $10,000 in funding. These entrepreneurs didn’t apply for bank loans or woo investors to fund their startups. Instead, the vast majority relied on personal funds and family and friends to get their businesses up and running.

How can so many businesses launch with such small budgets?

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Critical Tips for Starting an Ecommerce Business That Stands the Test of Time

Starting an ecommerce business is an excellent way to take your entrepreneurship to the next level. Among other advantages, it’s cheaper than opening a brick-and-mortar store, and it provides you with more flexibility and opportunities for faster growth. But in order to be successful in the long term, you must dedicate plenty of time and energy to your venture. Below are some fundamental tips from Oasis Consulting Group for planning, launching, and growing your first online store.

Planning Your Business

Let’s start with some simple ways you can lay a firm foundation for your online store:

  • Conduct market research to identify unmet needs and see how you can make your online store stand out from the competition.
  • Develop a detailed business plan that outlines your mission, core values, target audience, product descriptions, funding needs, financial projections, and more.
  • Settle on a name for your business, and design a logo that reflects what you are offering customers.
  • Form a legal structure (i.e., LLC, corporation, partnership, etc.) that will determine your level of liability, how you pay taxes, and other critical factors.
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How to Put Together a Remote Team That Slays

There are plenty of benefits to employing a remote workforce. No matter what type or size of business you run, you can land top-notch talent from across the globe, save money, and make your operations more efficient, among other things.

But the success of your remote team will largely depend on recruiting the right people and employing effective management strategies. If you’re a female business owner on the verge of putting together a team of remote workers, check out these practical tips.

Evaluate Your Business Structure

One of the most fundamental steps of starting a business is choosing what type of business structure to set up. Even if you have an established business, it’s best practice to revisit your structure from time to time to ensure it is suiting the needs of your company.

If you’re planning to put together a remote team, consider forming an LLC. Doing so can result in various tax benefits, limited liability, and many other perks. Also, think about setting up a “doing business as” for your business. This will allow you to sell products or services under a different name, among other things.

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Small Business Management Tips for Growth-Minded Entrepreneurs

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Maintaining a growth mindset is essential for transforming your one-person startup into a thriving business. Focusing on the growth of your business will help you land more customers, expand your market, and optimize your business model to better align with your audience. But finding the time to grow your business can be challenging. There’s just so much to get done every day! Keep reading to learn how you can free up your time and save yourself from a few headaches as you scale your business.

First, make sure you understand the legal implications of making changes to your business. If you change your business address, name, or structure, you will need to report this in your annual report. Don’t neglect this step! Failing to file your annual report could leave you open to state fees or penalties.

Get Comfortable Outsourcing and Delegating

Knowing when to outsource and delegate work is one of the most important business skills you can have. By handing some of your responsibilities off to someone else, you will have more time for business projects that set that stage for growth. Delegation doesn’t have to be expensive. Zapier recommends delegating within your team before you outsource to freelancers. Using automation software can also help you save time without hiring new employees or paying experts to take on your work.

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5 Tips for Using Social Media

The various social media platforms have steadily gained popularity amongst consumers from all industries.  Using social media successfully is a challenge for some businesses, causing them to experience a decline in sales and customer satisfaction.  Below are a few tips on how to create a successful and effective social media campaign.

Tip #1: It is essential to make sure that the social media campaign associated with the company is innovative, creative, and able to capture and maintain the audience’s attention.  If the consumers grow bored with the content provided to them, or worse offended, the company will experience a variety of negative consequences up to and even including, going out of business.

Tip #2: Concentrate on providing customers with quality content.  Most times business owners forget that it is not always quantity that is important, but rather quality is what will drive and keep their readers.  By providing a comprehensive plan for each of the social media platforms companies will be able to ensure that they develop respect amongst their consumers.

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5 Creative Digital Marketing Ideas for Any Industry

With 2016 just starting there are a lot of companies looking to step out from behind their competitor’s shadows in order to be at the forefront in the marketing game.  However, when coming up with a killer marketing campaign it can be very hard to design something creative, innovative, and effective.  Below are five creative digital marketing ideas that can be used in any industry.

Idea #1: Ensure the company has credibility – Before starting any type of digital marketing campaign it is important that the business focuses at least 30 – 60 days of their campaign gaining credibility online.  Whether they sign up for one of the popular social media sites, or build a website, the point is that not too many people are going to trust someone who has no online presence.

Idea #2: Get employees involved – Allowing employees to have access to the company’s social media account is a great way to show customers non bias opinions of the product or service.  However, it is imperative that there are standard, strict, clear, concise guidelines, as the wrong post can destroy a business’s reputation.

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3 Must Have Items for Your Consultant Tool Kit

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Being a consultant of any kind can be an extremely rewarding career, especially if you have the right tools.  Below are 3 must have items that every consultant should have in their tool kit (or briefcase).

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Item #1: Sturdy Bag – This is most important because obviously a sturdy bag is needed to carry all of the other items on this list.  When choosing a bag for the kit, it is a great idea to make sure the item is stain and water resistant, has plenty of room with multiple pockets and a big zippered section, is light weight and comfortable to carry, has multiple straps for easier carrying, and a section to put a laptop or netbook.

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A New Day, A New Month, A New Year

A Letter From The Owner

I would like to first off thank everyone who has supported me and my company.  Last year was a long and bumpy ride, but it was all worth it in the end.  As I spent the last couple of months preparing myself and my employees for the upcoming year, I realized that the biggest goal I have is to make 2016 not only a great year for me and my employees, but a wonderful year for all of our loyal and wonderful customers, and for the great customers that we have coming to us.

So for this year, our resolution is to make sure that we continue to provide the best customer service possible and to make the results for our clients better than ever.

Here’s to you and your family, Happy New Year!!!!