Published By Janet Gershen-Siegel at February 15th, 2019
Our research ninjas at Credit Suite smuggled out ten amazing business tips for you! Be fierce and score in business with the best tips around the web. You can use them today and see fast results. You can take that to the bank – these are foolproof! So walk down the aisle for a work marriage.
Stop making stupid decisions and start powering up your business. Demolish your business nightmares and start celebrating as your business fulfills its promise.
And these brilliant business tips are all here for free! So settle in and scoop up these tantalizing goodies before your competition does! You’ll love (see what we did there?) this week’s take on business tips which should get your heart all a-flutter.
Our first tip is all about VoIP. Score provided great information on this sometimes misunderstood service. And the truth is, new business owners in particular should be looking at getting into VoIP.
It stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and the short answer is that it allows you to make phone calls over the internet. Because the calls don’t go through traditional telephone lines, it doesn’t really matter where you make them (or receive them). And they cost less, and move faster, than traditional phone lines.
Not to mention how much easier it is to get another line for your business if you get a partner or an employee and they need their own phone all of a sudden.
Ever lose phone service? Then you know exactly how frustrating and expensive it can be when you’re in business. With VoIP, you aren’t at the mercy of phone company or even electrical outages, as these calls can be rerouted seamlessly.
Plus VoIP supports our favorite thing – working from home! Consider what you need to spin up a new company. VoIP is exceptional because it gets the phone company out of the equation, making your starting up go a little bit faster and a little more smoothly.
The next tip is about growing your blog traffic. Green Geeks laid out nine great blog posts which will increase interest and traffic.
We always love a numbered list. Hey, maybe that’s why the brilliant business tips post is a list of ten…? Lists are fantastic because the reader knows what they are getting themselves into. And the higher the number, the more substantial it feels the blog post is.
Another form which we really love (and we use all the time in webinars here at Credit Suite) is tutorials and how-to’s. These are particularly popular on YouTube, so why not combine your how-to blog with a how-to video, also created by you? Learning how to frost a cake or change the oil in a ’57 Chevy are both valuable pieces of information which your readers might really love.
But the best piece of advice, we felt, concerned keeping customer and reader preferences in mind. Understanding who your article will benefit, and how it will do just that, are two bits of data which can keep you from spinning your wheels and pumping out junk content.
Be efficient with your content creation and you’ll get more and better conversions from your blog.
Our following tip concerns visuals in a blog. The good folks at Blog 2 Social put together a strong case for adding visuals. With everything from increased engagement to faster reader mental processing, images rule the day. They enhance any post and make your readers far more likely to click at all.
The stats are truly impressive. We particularly loved this one:
“Tweets with images generate 313% more engagement than text tweets. GIFs in tweets generate 6x more interactions. Video tweets even generate 9x more interactions than plain text updates.”
This was an incredible stat!
Twitter wasn’t the only place where the addition of images made for impressive increases in engagement. Facebook and LinkedIn posts also scored fantastic engagement boosts. And it was all from images.
For our next tip, we looked at spreading your message via public speaking opportunities. And Moo showed us just where to find them.
But Moo did more than that. They also put together some valuable tips on constructing and managing your speeches. And this is where the article truly shined.
Starting from scratch is for baking. When it comes to public speaking, consider how your speech is constructed, and break it down. You might have an introductory section. In fact, you probably should. But does every single audience need it? Maybe you can cut the intro in half. Or maybe you can take it out entirely.
Same thing with proof. Gather as much as you can. You may need 20 pieces of proof if you’re going to be speaking for two hours. But you may be able to get away with just four or so if you just have a half-hour time slot.
The other tip we thought was truly stellar was all about anticipating audience questions.
It’s the corollary to an old lawyers’ trick – never ask a question you don’t know the answer to. And the corollary here is – think up the most common questions and have the answers ready, so you won’t stumble.
Public speaking is a skill which is valuable throughout your life and career. Getting good at it is key.
This tip is so sweet, and it works! Success provided a lucky list of 13 traits of strong professional relationships.
But there was one which stood out for us above all others.
With apologies to the late, great Aretha Franklin, your intrepid blog writer has a story to tell.
Way back in the 90s, I worked as an auditor, going all over the country. I created spreadsheets pretty constantly. I was away a lot. And that was no fun at all.
So I looked around to try to figure out how to make my life easier. In particular, I wanted to figure out how to be home more. Hence, I developed a set of spreadsheet templates for auditing. It was everything from selecting a good font to figuring out how to input advance materials while in the office so I wouldn’t have to do so while on the road.
My time away started to decrease. I shared this with my counterpart in Pittsburgh, who loved it. All seemed terrific, right?
My counterpart even shared my work with our mutual boss, telling her he thought it was a great time and money saver.
Our boss said (and it’s been over 20 years, but you don’t forget something like this), “Oh, that doesn’t matter. Anyone can learn Excel.”
Anndddddddddddd, I don’t work there anymore.
Respect your coworkers’ contributions, or you’ll find they get out as soon as they can. Just like I did.
Grab this tip while it’s hot!
Got a work marriage? It’s not always a so-called ‘work wife’ or ‘work husband’ situation. Instead, a work marriage is kind of what it sounds like. You know, where your real-life spouse works with you? Entrepreneurs’ Organization covered how to handle being married to your business partner.
Of course, being in a work marriage with your business partner isn’t for everyone.
This was the piece of advice which we thought truly excelled. It is, quite simply, a lot like the romantic relationship between spouses. If your spouse is a great cook, then you don’t have them washing dishes most of the time. That is, if you want the relationship to work optimally. Of course, chores must be done and everyone must pitch in, but the better cook should be the one who’s doing the cooking, yes?
Same thing in a work marriage.
If your business partner is the better negotiator, then it only makes sense for him or her to handle negotiations. Otherwise, not only are the parties unhappy, but they are also not working as well and efficiently as they can be. And they are, potentially, losing money.
You don’t want to do that.
Check out this tip, all about digital strategies for companies which have fallen behind. The Harvard Business Review noted there are a few ways for the bottom 20% or so of businesses to get up to speed digitally.
One interesting idea they had was to leverage mergers and acquisitions. That is, rather than add technology, the article suggested maybe it would be easier to just buy a more fully digitized company. That way, the digital sales channels would be baked right in.
A fascinating concept, and we urge you to check out the article but please note it is a rather more technical one than what we normally read for our Friday posts.
It’s not your imagination: this tip can keep you from killing your employees’ motivation. Business Achievers put together a list of great ways to keep from tanking employee motivation.
We particularly loved the idea of showing employees that you value them. And we think it goes along rather nicely with tip #6, above.
Kindness, politeness, and respect get results – who knew?
Our second to last tip can give you a new perspective on getting more out life than simply being an entrepreneur. And Entrepreneur had the best people to tell us about that!
This article truly restored our faith in humanity. We have seen so many articles and posts about there about devoting your entire life to your startup. And that’s unsustainable at best, and it will kill you at the worst.
So, as the article says – take care of yourself physically. In particular, take time off. You will be better off and so will your business. So go relax – that’s an order!
We saved the best for last. For our favorite remarkable tip, we focused on the most important role for an entrepreneur. Noobpreneur laid it all out for us.
And what is the most important role? Why, it’s project management! And we can absolutely see that. Consider this: if you can’t keep your projects organized and on track, guess what happens? Oh yeah, you guessed it. You lose everything.
So keep at it when it comes to project management. Because it’s far more vital than you might think. And as the article notes:
“With better project management, you’ll be able to use your time more efficiently, set and achieve better goals, and ultimately put your business on a better track.”
That is so worthwhile, don’t you think?
So which one of our brilliant business tips was your favorite? And which one will you be implementing now?