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Growing Your Business with a Virtual Assistant with Carole Copeland Thomas » Succeed As Your Own Boss
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Growing Your Business with a Virtual Assistant with Carole Copeland Thomas » Succeed As Your Own Boss

Carole Copeland Thomas is an esteemed speaker, trainer, executive coach, and global thought leader specializing in issues impacting the ever-changing global marketplace, as well as topics such as multiculturalism and empowerment. A business owner for over thirty years, Carole has shared her expertise with companies like Verizon, SHRM, and the Federal Highway Administration, and she has spoken in several countries, including the United States, England, Canada, India, El Salvador, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya. Among her many accomplishments, Carole is a non-profit co-founder and humanitarian, founder of the Multicultural Symposium Series, and host of a weekly issues-oriented radio show called Focus on Empowerment. Carole joins me today to discuss her experience of working with a vir...
Turning Your Hobby into a Business? Here is What You Need to Know
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Turning Your Hobby into a Business? Here is What You Need to Know

Do you dream of one day quitting your job and following your passion in life? You can do it! Many successful entrepreneurs turned their hobbies into profitable businesses. Do you have a hobby? Doing the things you love keeps you engaged with life, gives your mind a focus, and helps you enhance your concentration. Investing time in your hobby also provides you with a great way to relax, unwind, and relieve daily stress. photo credit: Giulia Bertelli / Unsplash You shouldn’t be ashamed of your hobby even if your friends and family don’t share it. Only because they find interest in something else doesn’t mean that no one in the world shares the same interests that you do. In fact, millions of people engage in the same hobby as you do daily. So if you thought that no one shared your enthus...
5 Reasons a Virtual Business Address Makes Financial Sense
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5 Reasons a Virtual Business Address Makes Financial Sense

A virtual business address refers to an address that you use for your business that is not your physical address. There are organizations that have a physical office with a physical address. They share the address with others permitting them to use it as their address. By doing so they are allowing other businesses to have a business address without being physically present at the address. This is a convenient option for a home business that needs an address for the records. We look at five reasons why it makes sense for to get a virtual business address for your business. After going through these reasons, you will understand why you should consider booking a virtual business address. photo credit: Pixabay 5 Reasons to Get a Virtual Business Address Finding the right virtual business ...
Outsourcing Makes Sense During COVID Restrictions
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Outsourcing Makes Sense During COVID Restrictions

The COVID pandemic has resulted in one of the worst economic crises the world has faced. Many small businesses closed down while others went through huge losses. With the pandemic dying down, normalcy is slowly returning but will still take a lot of time. One of the trends that became popular during the pandemic period was outsourcing. photo credit: Karolina Grabowska / Pexels Outsourcing refers to a business practice where a company outsources or transfers some of its work to another company. For example, the recruitment of employees is a process that could be outsourced to another company that specializes in recruitment. Another example would be phone answering, which can be outsourced to a phone answering service provider. It is not just those two processes but many other processes ...
How to Resolve Customer Complaints in Your Small Business » Succeed As Your Own Boss
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How to Resolve Customer Complaints in Your Small Business » Succeed As Your Own Boss

Research shows that when you answer a customer’s complaint, that customer’s advocacy for the business increases by up to 30%. And if you can actually solve their problem, they remain a customer 70% of the time. Conversely, if you do not answer a customer complaint, the decrease in advocacy is as much as 50%. Not acknowledging dissatisfied customers makes a bad situation worse, every time. So, answer every complaint, in any channel where it is shared, every time. Managing unhappy customers is an unfortunate aspect of running any small business. No matter what you do, every small business owner will eventually face complaints, whether it’s because of product, service, price, delivery, or something else. Because it’s inevitable, learning how to resolve customer complaints early on in you...
Why a Virtual Address Makes Sense in The Post COVID World?
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Why a Virtual Address Makes Sense in The Post COVID World?

While the COVID pandemic resulted in severe problems, the one benefit it had was for home businesses. The trend of work from home increased as did home based businesses. However, that brings a different kind of issue to the work life. People somehow need a separate space for their office. Indeed, most people wouldn’t like to share their home address with their clients. This is where the concept of a virtual address is very helpful. photo credit: Yelena Odintsova / Pexels In the past, people would use a post box number as their mailing address. This is not a very convenient method since it necessitates visits to the post office and is very impersonal. A virtual address is the best option in the post COVID world for businesses that work from home. What is a Virtual Address? As the name i...
Barcodes in Unexpected Places
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Barcodes in Unexpected Places

The first one-dimensional barcode was scanned in 1974 in a Marsh Supermarket in Ohio, America, placed on the very first barcoded retail product. Since then, barcode technology and the use of barcodes has moved far beyond the first scan. Now, more complicated types of barcodes have been created. These days, two-dimensional codes have become very popular in our modern society. Codes have spread to every sector of business and they are appearing in places where they are not expected at all. We are now able to use codes in many different, innovative ways in order to make our lives easier and more efficient. Types of Barcodes There are two main types of barcodes. Barcodes started out as very simple one dimensional codes. These consisted of a rectangular image with black lines against a whi...
Which is Right for You
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Which is Right for You

Have your entrepreneurial inspirations motivated you to run a business? If so, you are likely trying to decide if you want to incorporate or operate as a self-employed individual. But, believe it or not, these two are not the same. Instead, their business models work differently in several important ways, dramatically impacting how you run your company. If you’re stuck trying to determine the best option when starting up, this guide is for you! What Does it Mean to Be Self-Employed or a Business Owner? In business, two of the most common interchanged terms are “self-employed” and “business owner.” The difference between these concepts relies on the application more than the meaning. Technically, if you’re a business owner, you are also self-employed. But, not everyone who is self-e...
Here’s What You Need to Know When the Time Comes to Move Your Business from Your Garage to an Office
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Here’s What You Need to Know When the Time Comes to Move Your Business from Your Garage to an Office

Just because you start a business in a garage doesn’t mean you should remain there forever. Many great businesses had humble beginnings. It’s said that Jeff Bezos dreamed up Amazon in the garage of a home he rented in 1994. And in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented out a garage from homeowners in Menlo Park, California. Page and Brin, who were doctoral students at Stanford University at the time, went on to build the Google juggernaut. And who can forget Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who started Microsoft in a garage? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. photo credit: Pinterest / 9GAG While these and other companies started in garages, they eventually moved to offices. When your business grows to the point where a garage won’t do, what factors should you consider before moving? Keep r...
Marketing Dos and Don’ts for Airports and Planes
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Marketing Dos and Don’ts for Airports and Planes

After two devastating years for the air travel industry, we are finally seeing a rebound. Many airports around the world almost completely shut down, and instead of thousands of flights a day, many cities only saw a handful of planes take off and land. The scope of the rebound has been amazing, and in only a few short weeks, airplanes that have been in mothballs were suddenly filled to capacity with passengers. Although McKinsey says that air travel will not hit pre-COVID levels for another few years, things are looking up for an industry that was in dire straits. photo credit: Gustafo Fring / Pexels Along with this increase in travel, there are expanding marketing opportunities for companies in just about every industry. That’s because airports are some of the most heavily trafficked ...