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7 Steps For Creating a Working Business Plan

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Contributed by Daniela McVicker

The difference between an entrepreneur who succeeds and one who doesn’t is often in the planning process. To get your startup off to a good start, you should create a step by step business plan. Think of a business plan as a road map. This road map will help you maintain your focus as you work as well as prove to investors that your business is a great idea.

There are plenty of templates which outline the most common business plan steps but, unfortunately, these don’t take your unique needs into consideration. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to preparing a great business plan. Use the following seven steps as the framework for your business plan.

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HR Resources and Tools for Small Businesses – Do It Yourself HR

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Contributed by Sophia Conti

Many small businesses run on the bare essentials. Often, those essentials do not include streamlined and well-planned human resources functions. Even larger businesses fail to establish HR protocols and standard operating procedures. Many believe that HR is too expensive to implement for the minimal purpose it will serve. This may be true for some of the more expensive HR solutions but many HR resources are inexpensive. It helps to understand what human resources can accomplish and how it can benefit the company.

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14 Confidence Boosters For Your Business

In addition to the undying topic of productivity, confidence in your business is being hotly discussed as we move into 2018.

A confident business is one that knows where it’s going, and is able to deal with change positively. A business with confidence is also more likely to survive the challenges of the commercial world and thrive under pressure.  The proven strategies below will help you build confidence in your business. Here’s to a year of positive business growth!

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7 Ways Your Staff Can Help Your Marketing

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Employees are so much more than paid workers – they are ambassadors for your brand and everything that your business stands for. As members of your company, they are closely acquainted with the products or services that you offer, as well as being keenly aware of your customers’ needs. And this second part is particularly important, because as every good marketer knows, effective content and social media marketing ultimately comes down to providing value for the customer. So who better to get involved in this process than your own staff? Here are seven ways to involve your employees in your marketing efforts, for better results.

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