The year ends with bumpy conditions: an aging bull market, slowing economies, political dysfunction, trade uncertainty and tightening financial conditions, to name a few. These can be distracting or give you reason to pause. However, the New Year offers new beginnings and promise.
Is the Internet the lifeblood of your business? Increasingly, the answer to that question is “uh, yeah.” Let’s lay out a broadband selection process and take a look at our options.
At this time of year many of us make resolutions for the New Year. If you are a small business owner, a resolution you should consider making is to prepare a budget for the upcoming year. Some small business owners tend to believe only large corporations and businesses need budgeting. Not only is budgeting is critical for your business’s success, it represents your business’s financial goal.
Donors and grant administrators are often faced with difficult decisions when selecting the local and/or smaller nonprofit(s) to which they’ll donate; they all seem to have worthwhile causes. One helpful selection criterion is to find out how well the nonprofit is managed and if the board and staff are “running it like a business.” While nonprofits ARE different from traditional for-profit businesses, the good news is that many of them have adopted some or all of the following tools that help businesses succeed.
I’ve been around enough to have worked the spectrum from the quintessential training organization where they “over-trained you,” to the other side in companies where training’s labeled “a waste of money.” Let’s be realistic: Training budgets are often the first things to go when times get tough. Some companies do not even have a training budget (big mistake). When things are good overall like today, you can choose to battle that urge to limit the training line item. Instead, make it affordable and recognize the value.