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Small Business Tips: Why Small Businesses Need To Embrace Cloud Technology

by Guest Author 13 August 2019 09:35

What images comes to your mind when you hear the term small business? Mom and pop stores with local flavor, perhaps? Quirky shops run by second or third generations of a family, or even a brand-new start-up fighting for its piece of the market share? All right, now what images come to your mind when you hear the term cloud technology? They probably aren't the same images, if you're like most people, but they really should be.

Why? Because cloud computing is something that small businesses need to embrace if they expect to keep up.

What Cloud Technology Does For Small Businesses

When you're a small business, you need to take every advantage you can get in order to make sure you find and keep a customer base. However, in addition to sales, marketing, good prices, and winning customer service (along with the right tools, the proper know-how, and can-do attitude) you need communication. Communication, and access to information.

That's where cloud technology comes in.

By keeping everything from your contacts to your contracts in the cloud, you have the ability to access the information your business needs when you need it, and where you need it. Whether it's the middle of the night at the office, or on-site when a question comes up, you can have the answer right at your fingertips. As Equipment World points out, that is a necessity in today's day and age; especially when one considers how fast business can move, and how unconstrained to a brick-and-mortar storefront it can be these days.

Adaptation is one of the most important keys to survival when you're a small business, and if you fall behind then you might find it getting harder and harder to find and keep the customer base you need in order to keep the doors open. That's why embracing tools like cloud technology is so important for helping your business succeed.

Topics About Helping Business Owners: The Benefits of Bespoke Training

by Guest Author 7 August 2019 07:08

There's no substitute for experience, but training can help ensure that employees make as few mistakes as possible. In that way training is just like any other form of education; the more tailored it is to the task at hand and to the employee in question, the better that training is going to prepare someone.

That is why bespoke training is so popular.

What Does "Bespoke" Mean?

The term bespoke comes from Savile Row in London. When a wealthy patron came into a tailor's shop and asked for a suit made from a given fabric the tailor would set that fabric aside. If someone else came in and requested an outfit using the same fabric the tailor would say that it had been spoken for. This led to the concept of the bespoke suit, and in time it grew into a term referring to anything that was tailor-made.

So What Is Bespoke Training?

In short bespoke training is when a company comes up with training that's specialized for a particular student. If a company needs IT personnel capable of setting up a given kind of network technology then bespoke training would tailor itself to fit not only the particular sort of network the client needed, but the skill set personnel needed to have. The training would also carefully evaluate the individuals who are going to be trained, where they stand as far as skills go, and come up with an education plan expressly for them.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of tailored training are the same as that of a tailored suit; good fit, confidence, and a job done well. Those with tailored training are more likely to have all the tools that they need at their disposal, and as such they're more likely to make fewer mistakes when they roll up their sleeves and get to work outside of the classroom. While bespoke training does cost more, it's also true that you get what you pay for when it comes to the training your personnel receive.

Focus on One Business, Because You Don't Have The Time To Become an Expert at Everything

by Guest Author 30 July 2019 07:14

We've all had those moments where we've watched someone who has mastered a skill or craft, and felt in awe of their abilities. Whether it's a guitarist shredding on stage, a painter completing a canvas, or an athlete at the top of their game in the Olympics, it is truly impressive what time and dedication allows someone to accomplish. However, too many of us forget that our own lives aren't a montage scene in a movie; you're not going to get good at something overnight. You probably aren't even going to get out of the novice stage until you've been working at it for at least a year or more.

That's why it's important to pick one business plan, and to get serious about it. Because you don't have the time, or the energy, to diversify when it comes to these interests.

The 10,000 Hour Rule

You've likely heard of the 10,000 hour rule. In short, it says that to go from a novice to a master, you generally need to dedicate roughly 10,000 hours worth of effort to mastering a particular skill. According to Eureka, the rule comes from author Malcolm Gladwell, who spoke about the lives of famous composers (in addition to citing other research). Generally speaking, it took musical composers roughly ten years from when they first began their craft, to when they were considered masters of it.

While there have been researchers who have disputed the 10,000 hours (or roughly ten years) that it takes to truly master a skill or craft, one thing that everyone agrees on is that it will take years of strenuous effort to become truly good at something.

The question you need to ask yourself is how much time do you have for your investment to pay off? Because if it takes you a decade to truly master your craft, do you really have time to run three or four different businesses like that?

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