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How to Start Off 2017 with a Bang!

While most businesses are focused on capturing as many holiday sales as possible, it’s also important to keep an eye on the year ahead. Before you know it, the holiday season will be over and you will have a fresh new year ahead of you – 12 full months to improve upon what you accomplished this year.

 

To get the most out of the new calendar year, here are some tips for how to start off 2017 with a bang:

Three Simple Tips to Keep Your Business Vehicle Organized

Being a small business owner can be hectic, especially if you spend a large portion of your day on the road meeting with clients, answering service calls, and providing service onsite. Here are some great tips for keeping your business and business vehicle organized while on the go. 

 

How to Hit the Ground Running This September

Labour Day is many people’s last chance to enjoy the summer weather before the kids go back to school. It’s also the time of year where business starts to pick up again, and for small businesses that rely on the increased traffic, it’s vital that you are ready to hit the ground running and finish up the calendar year strong.

 

Do the Work Up Front

 

Naturally, you will need to do the bulk of the work up front – and hopefully you have taken some time during the summer to plan and get your business ready for this busy time of the year. If you didn’t do it this summer, that’s okay – there is still plenty of time to get ramped up – you just may need to put in some extra time during the fall.

 

Treat September 1st as the Start of the New Business Year

 

Since September is the time of year where people are arguably most business-focused...

Why Consultants Need Consultants

Consultants need consultants, too. This may sound like a strange statement, but when you break it down it is actually great business advice. As a consultant, you are hired by business and individuals because you possess knowledge, experience, and skills in a specific area that can help them.

 

Therefore, you should hire people for the same reason they are hiring you – because they offer a specialized skill-set that can help you with your consulting business.

 

You Can’t Be a Jack-of-All-Trades – Play to Your Strengths

 

As a freelance consultant, especially when first starting out and money is tight, many fall into the habit of being a jack-of-all-trades. The problem with this is that some professionals stay this way, even when they can afford to hire additional help. Trying to do everything yourself will wear you down eventually...

Making the Most of Lulls in Business

If your business doesn’t specialize in a warm weather product or service offering, the odds are that you experience a downward trend during the summer.

 

Business Lulls Are an Opportunity to Recharge

 

For small business owners this is an opportunity to take time to recover and recharge from busier periods during the year. It’s the perfect time to take a vacation, reduce working hours during the day, or cut out early on Fridays when the weather is nice and the beach is calling your name.

 

Read: The Working Vacation – A Realistic Option for Small Business Owners

 

They Are Also an Opportunity to Get Ahead

 

However, when business is quiet, it’s also an opportunity to catch up on things you don’t have time for when you are busy with clients. You know, the blog posts you have been meaning to get around to eventually...

 

5 Tips for Mastering the Coffee Shop Client Meeting

When you run a business out of your home, freelance, or are in the process of developing a start-up, coffee shops seem to be a place you frequent. Whether it’s your need for coffee to put in the long hours necessary to get your business off the ground, a place to get some work done outside of your home, or simply somewhere to relax, regardless of whether it’s Timmy’s, Starbucks or a local spot, coffee shops are frequented by small business owners.

People also visit them on a regular basis because they are an ideal meeting spot, especially if your home office is not set up to host clients or you prefer to meet clients in a public space. Even though you may be meeting in a coffee shop, business is still your top priority, which is why you need to become a master of coffee shop client meetings.

When Is the Time Right to Quit Your Full Time Job?

Making the transition from a full time employee to a small business owner is something that many people dream about all the time. Some people have great ideas, others have business plans, and many operate a business on the side in their spare time, hoping to one day make the leap from part time projects to full time business.

Working on a business part time is one thing, but actually making the leap to running a business full time without the safety net of your full time job is a HUGE step to take. It’s not a decision you should make lightly, and there are a number of important considerations you need to take into account.

Before you up and quit your job to focus on running your business, you need to consider the benefits and potential drawbacks of taking the leap of faith.