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How To Motivate Your Team

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The success of any business depends on people, which is why good teamwork is essential for success. So let’s consider how a project manager can improve teamwork.

Projects, of course, involve people; those who have initiated the project, the end-users and, more importantly, those who will manage and carry out the work to make the project a reality. And the success of any project depends on these individuals, which is why good teamwork is essential for successful project delivery. So let’s consider how a project manager can improve teamwork.

It is never enough to have a good project plan, a well-defined risk management process and effective communication even though plenty of project managers would be glad of those right now. The key to successful project management is to ensure the project team is motivated and works well together. One way of encouraging and motivating a team is to identify their strengths and any opportunities that might be presented by the project.

How To Write a Basic Business Plan

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Many business owners find the thought of writing a business plan very daunting, so much so, that many of them never write one at all. But recent research suggests that SMEs could make more profit if they had a plan in place so no matter how difficult it might seem, now is the time to write a business plan if you haven’t done so already. And, actually, it is not as difficult as you might think.

A business plan is intended to clarify what the aims and objectives of the business are and how they will be achieved. It is, of course, also essential if you need to find a loan or other type of financing.

Here are the fundamental steps involved in writing a basic business plan…

3 Analytics You Need to Keep Track of to Sustain Your Online Business

In business there are many metrics that you can keep track of. A lot of organizations like to track metrics that simply make them look good and they showcase these to the public to leave a better impression on people…. Continue Reading →

All Set to Apptimize Project Management? 5 Factors You Need to Consider

Project management software is an indispensable solution that saves every business from getting overwhelmed in handling a portfolio of several projects simultaneously. Although there is no substitute for the skills that a project manager can have, simple project management software… Continue Reading →

Small Businesses: Storage = Good Business Sense

Small businesses have particular needs when it comes to storage. Self storage provides cheap, secure space that is flexible for businesses to use. Here we look at the benefits of self storage for a small business.

Within the last year, self storage as an industry has near enough exploded with activity. The rise is thought to be because of lots of different factors, the main one being that digital retailers are using cheap self storage commercially because of the huge increase in online consumer sales. Basically everyone wants to buy goods online and online retailers need somewhere flexible and cost effective to keep those goods.

Apprenticeships are not what they used to be

If you have a vision of a successful career; working in a range of industries, companies and even countries. If you dream of working on the most exciting projects and enjoying every minute of it then you probably think you will have to have a good university degree to enable you to do this – even to have the possibility of doing this. But think again – careers are no longer as traditional as they once were – there are opportunities in jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago and even in traditional roles the way we view a career has changed.

Take apprenticeships for example – they used to be viewed as a way to train tradespeople – a slightly less academic choice of career. Yet now we have Higher apprenticeships such as the project management apprenticeships that results in a degree level qualification. Even in more traditional professions such as accountancy and engineering it is necessary to continue to take training courses and develop your skills and expertise throughout your career.

Jobs You Can Do From Home To Boost Your Income

If you have spare time, you have spare capacity to earn. Here we offer examples of jobs you can do from home to boost your income whether you are a stay-at-home parent, supplementing your main income or looking to pay off your student debt, or looking for a rewarding career in later life. Earning a little bit more can help you become more financially independent.

Working from home is the way forward for men and women. If you are at home you have the capacity to boost your income, all you usually need is an internet connection. Why wouldn’t you want to earn extra cash in your PJ’s and get a boost managing the household budget? But the opportunities aren’t just hobbies – they can also develop into rewarding careers.

There are even opportunities in the caring profession that don’t involve working in a large care home or other institution but actually in someone’s home. You can become a Live-in Carer for the increasing numbers of senior people who want to remain in their own homes when they become less able to cope – a massive, perhaps not surprising, majority would prefer this to going into a residential home and giving up the comforts of their own home. There has, therefore, been a surge in need for carers to go into elderly people’s homes to help them with everyday tasks such as bathing and dressing. This can be for a few hours a day or even on a full-time basis when live-in care is an alternative to a residential care home.

How to Setup a Limited Company and Become Your Own Boss

There are many countries across the globe that have great opportunities and wonderful locations to start a business. There is always scope for a bigger market and success there. In some countries, the laws of the state will consider your… Continue Reading →

Reasons to set up a limited company

Setting up a limited company will mean more administration and more paperwork than if you are a sole trader but there are many advantages to being a limited company, not least eliminating and personal financial liability. When a sole trading… Continue Reading →

Ideas For a Home-Based Business That Work

Are you tired of working for someone else, of having to implement someone else’s ideas and getting embroiled in office politics? Are you tired of working a full-time job and still barely being able to make ends meet? Having to rely on borrowing doorstep loans or secured loans when you have an unexpected expense? Have you dreamt of the financial freedom of becoming your own boss but don’t know where to start; haven’t got that “great idea” you think you need?

Believe it or not successful businesses don’t have to be based on a unique idea – they simply have to do what they do very well and better than the competitors. There are literally thousands of options to choose from when starting your own home-based business and it has never been easier to become your own boss so, if not now, when?

How to Manage Meetings Effectively

In order to be effective, all meetings should have a clear objective stated in advance and a detailed agenda distributed to all attendees prior to the meeting. Whatever type of meeting it is, a sales progress meeting, a project status update meeting or a planning meeting every successful meeting needs at least a stated purpose and a well thought out agenda.

If, for instance, it is a sales meeting and you plan to discuss implementing commitment based selling and possibly sales training courses for your sales team remember that everyone has a finite concentration span and any meeting longer than an hour should be well-justified. Anything expected to be longer than two hours should be cut down to two or more separate meetings at least a day apart in order to be effective.

Being Flexible When Managing Projects

Did someone say flexibility? You’re in a meeting about a new system development project, in response to a change in legislation. Stakeholders, Project Manager, Director of Innovations department – everyone is there. The project isn’t going completely as planned; it’s… Continue Reading →

Scaling Your Document Archiving Needs to the Size of your Business

Sooner or later, every startup or small business will need to upgrade its document archiving system. Scaling up will come sooner than you think, especially when you consider the vast amount of information, documents, data and so on you create in any given month. Understanding how and why the capacity of your document archiving needs to be addressed sooner rather than later is important for every business.

We live in a data hungry world where, for the smallest of purchases online, companies seem to gather a large amount of information. And there are other threats to archiving and storage; cyber-attacks impact on how and why some information is kept.

Thus, you may find the statutory and legal obligations placed on your business when it comes to archiving documents is growing;

My Business Is Not Failing, It’s Not

Maybe we are all reluctant to accept that our business might be failing but with high failure rates of businesses in many sectors we should make sure we are able to spot the warning signs and the act on them… Continue Reading →

Running an e-Commerce Business from Home

So you’ve decided to work from home – you’ve had enough of that long commute and all the office politics, and you’re going to follow your dream of building a retail empire. All you need is a PC, a phone and a fast broadband connection right? Well……

Strictly speaking that is true but unless you have a huge house with plenty of space for storage you will find it difficult to buy and store wholesale quantities of your products – and without wholesale quantities you will find it difficult to make a decent profit.

You might be one of the lucky few with an abundance of storage but, more likely, you are like the rest of us and need somewhere to store your products before you even start thinking about how and where to sell them. Well the easiest, quickest and cheapest solution is simply to rent a self storage unit. It can effectively act as your warehouse until your business grows and you are ready to invest in your own dedicated warehouse space.

So that’s the storage sorted what next?

Completing A Project Successfully When The Budget Has Been Slashed

It is not news that the global economic outlook remains gloomy but the knock-on effect in many major projects is that budgets are still being seriously impacted. Project managers are being expected to achieve similar end results on lower budgets,… Continue Reading →

First Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business is exciting but involves hard work. You will have to do, or at least be aware of, every aspect of running a small business to comply with regulations, handle finances and deal with staff. And that’s… Continue Reading →

Gold Plating Your Projects – A Simple Guide

Gold plating in development is a well known term seen as a negative thing. In project management it can however be a good thing, here’s how.

Project management training covers all areas of project management, with specialist areas of project management being covered by specific certifications, it also covers the many new and established terms within the field. Gold plating is a common term that you may have covered during your project management courses. It is most often used in terms of development, but it can also apply to project management as well.

Email Marketing for Small Businesses

As a small business just getting started, there are tons of decisions that you’re already making: your products, your business model, which technology or e-commerce platform you’re going to be using.   There are also a lot of different options… Continue Reading →

Tips For Protecting Your Data On iCloud

Recent major security breaches have involved celebrities having pictures and other sensitive data being stolen from their Apple devices. This led a lot of people to question the security of iCloud. Whilst you may not be an A-lister, this does… Continue Reading →

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