Most employees rank work flexibility as their top benefit yet company executives tend to underestimate its value for employee satisfaction and productivity.
Work flexibility can take many forms, ranging from formal teleworking arrangements to schedules with modified start and end times, and occasional time off programs. While some arrangements may be formal, others are temporary or customized for particular employees. Continue reading
While tips on winning a first time customer gets a lot of press, turning one-time customers into repeat customers is equally as important and should not be neglected. Delivering good service once is not enough to ensure repeat business in today’s competitive, global marketplace. Instead you need to have a strategy in place to ensure repeat customers. Continue reading
The rapid evolution of technology – from mobile devices to business apps and digital marketing – has moved beyond internal process improvements to a source for innovation and new business opportunities.
But some small businesses owners can feel overwhelmed by the technological advances that seem to be moving at the speed of light. Continue reading
Let’s face it. Sometimes we all need a break. But for the solo entrepreneur or small family businesses, getting away can be tricky. You need to take a break but you don’t want to leave your customers in the lurch or miss out on sales at the same time. Luckily there are some ways you can vacation proof your business before you take your next break. Continue reading
Contemplating starting your own business? There are a variety of tools out there that can make things much easier and less costly for the startup entrepreneur. Three of the best are coworking, cloud based phone services, and outsourcing. Learn how they can save you money and time, while ensuring a professional image for your business. Continue reading
Long known as one of the nation’s top energy capitals, Tulsa is also making a name for itself by attracting new business in aerospace, biotech and information technology.
That and its low cost of living make the city in northeast Oklahoma the second best place in the country to start a business, according to Time Magazine. Continue reading
Many businesses give a lot of thought to the visual components of their brand, but spend very little time considering their audio branding needs. Audio branding has numerous benefits that will only strengthen your visual efforts. Audio branding can help clarify your organization’s vision as well as encourage employees and customers make deeper connections with your brand. For example, imagine a MGM film without the lion’s roar or an Intel commercial without the short, electronic tune. Both of these audio components help make the brand memorable. Continue reading
With its music industry origins and a serious commitment to nurturing startups, it’s fair to say that Memphis has the edge for innovators and entrepreneurs.
Memphis isn’t just the resting place of Elvis Presley, it’s one of the top 10 cities to begin a startup, according to CNN Money and WalletHub. Continue reading
Known for its location in the center of the country, well-educated workforce and interconnected system of railroads, ports and highways, Dallas is ranked among the country’s best places to start a new business.
That explains why Toyota, State Farm and Liberty Mutual are all in the process of moving their headquarters to the Dallas Fort-Worth region. Continue reading
June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. Many states throughout the country are at risk of bearing the brunt of a hurricane. If you are in this path or at risk of any extreme weather, taking precautions to prepare your business is a must. Continue reading