Business Card

Although more and more businesses are opting for paperless marketing and advertising, the classicality of the  business card still holds a place in the hearts of many business owners.

Without a business card, you (and your business) are missing out on tons of great marketing opportunities.

Traditionally, business cards are all the same size and color. In today’s world, however, they can be customized which means there’s no reason to hand out a bad business card.

Here are a few tips to keep your business cards looking great and doing their job.

Get creative with functionality.

By this we mean that a business card, despite its importance to your business, has less of an importance to your potential customer.

Your business card will most likely end up crumpled in a pocket or purse eventually.

To ensure the longevity and exposure of your card, make it functional. Give out a card that doubles as a hair clip holder or that can be folded and used a stand for phones and small mobile devices.

Choose your typography carefully.

There’s nothing worse than a hard to read business card. One of the most important aspects of the card is its readability, which can be controlled by the careful selection of typography.

You want to opt for a font that isn’t too hard to read – no curls, swirls, or cursive, and a text size that is at least 8 pts.

Consider making the most important information such as your name a bit larger.

Use your space wisely.

White space, as boring as it seems, serves as a wonderful canvas for business cards.

There’s nothing wrong with a white background, but keep in mind that too much blank white space could be considered an “eye sore”.

Don’t be afraid to use background colors, small graphics, and designs that aren’t too overwhelming. This being said, don’t overcrowd, either.

Include social media handles.

If you use social media to connect with your clients, fans, and potential partners, you should always be searching for ways to direct people to your social media pages.

Business cards are a great way to do this without too much obvious self promotion.

When designing your business cards, use the back of the cards for your social media handles. You can also include any major hashtags that you follow.

Experiment with texture.

To give your business card a fun finish or to make it easier to find when your client is rummaging through a dark purse or briefcase,  consider using a fun texture somewhere on the card.

This doesn’t mean that you have to decorate the entire card with braille-like textures, but it does mean adding a hint of soft, bumpy, or super smooth and silky.

A few great areas to texturize include lettering and the edges of the card.

This will help your card stand out and, as mentioned, will make your card easier to find in a hurry.

Some small businesses may only last a year or two so make sure to be organised with your finances to make sure your business becomes a success.

Below are some tips to help you organise your business:

Compare different bank rates

Finding the right financial institution is very important for your business. You can use websites that compare information on different financial institutions. However banks are always evolving so talking to a banker might be better than using this type of tool. Online banks may offer higher savings as there overhead costs are not as high but they still will encourage you to call in with any queries that they may have.

Try and increase payment options

Anybody can have a credit card reader. Most of them are free but they still have fees that may vary. Try and use a credit card reader that is part of a small business accounting suite that integrates with an accounting system. This gadget is tiny and attaches to your mobile devices. It gives you the option of next-day payment or you can choose to pay as you go or a monthly plan.

Streamline finances

Today there are numerous accounting software to help streamline your finances and to keep them all in the one place. You can easily access this software to see what is in your accounts while checking your savings and investments. This software can also set up a budget or financial goal based on your account information. You can easily view all your information while keeping it in one place, so you don’t have to struggle with your finances anymore.

Accounting

Gone are the days of sorting stack and stacks of paper, receipts and preparing taxes as there is now new accounting software available today; which is like having your bookkeeper in the office. This software can prepare financial reports, track wages, expenses etc. Some also have a mobile app so you can track cash flow and expenses while also doing invoicing on the go.

Receipts

You can use an app on you’re smart phone that allows you to scan or take a screenshot of your receipts. This will help you be more organised than stashing all your receipts in a drawer. The app organises your information onto a report with payee, itemised date etc. You can also import this information to a bank account or credit card while exporting reports for tax applications.

Preparing your tax

The reason of using the above tools is to help you streamline your expenses and to keep your finances organised. Organizing all that information prepares you for tax day. Once a year small businesses are required to file a tax return. However other business owners have to pay taxes quarterly. There are accounting programs available for this, but it advised that you work with a tax professional for the first few years that you are in business. There is a program designed for small businesses that provides a tax preparation checklist for when you are organizing your forms for your qualified tax professional.

Many people may not realize this, but the yard is a significant part of a property. Aside from the fact that your outdoor space can shape the impression of visitors and neighbours, there are other environmental and health benefits of a well-maintained lawn.

While a DIY approach may also work, homeowners find hiring a professional for this task much more effective and practical. However, the main challenge here is how to determine which company provides the best landscape services.

There are plenty of certified experts on landscaping in henderson nv or even across the country for that matter, but you should be careful in selecting because there are many which provide mediocre quality of services. To help you decide, below are some factors to consider:

Certifications and Qualifications

If you decide to pay someone to make your outdoor space presentable and functional, you should of course choose the professional with the credentials and certifications. Although landscapers with certifications and licenses cost more compared to those who don’t have the qualifications, the quality of the services that they deliver are far better.

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Fully Insured

When making a list of potential companies to hire, it is recommended to ask the service provider right away if they are fully insured and ask for proof before kick starting the project. This will serve as a protection for you and your property in the event of unfortunate circumstances such as property damage and injury. Without insurance, you will be held liable if a landscaper gets injured during the course of the project.

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business guide

Whether just starting out in business, contemplating setting up your own company, or already established, it is always pretty useful to have some tips and tricks to assist you in progressing with your aims. In this article, I hope to share some insights with you – some you may already know and some may just light a little fire under you, creativity wise. It can be tough enough out there in the big, bad business world, so if we can make things any little bit easier for ourselves, we should.

Cash – Make Sure You Have Enough of Funds:

This may seem very fundamental, but you would be surprised at the amount of times this one gets overlooked, or forgotten about entirely. Having plenty of cash in the bank, whether starting out or already up and running a local business, is very important. If you have forecasted that a cash flow problem is approaching on the horizon, address it as quick as you can. This way, there can be no nasty surprises.

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printers for your business

In an earlier article, I went through the benefits of signing up to a managed Print Service, and how this could be of use to your business. However, for whatever reason, this may not be suitable for you. Perhaps it is just the case that yours is a smaller business, and you may only require the one printer.

Below, we examine some of the printers that are available to businesses, enabling you to choose wisely when it comes to making the purchase of a new printer.

Monochrome, Inkjet – What’s the Best?

Let me tell ya, I totally understand how easy it is to get bogged down in technical terms when it comes to computing, and this is true also of printers. There is just so much choice available out there; it can be hard to settle on a definite choice. Really what you should be asking yourself is, what will you need the printer for? Do you need the tasks done fast? In colour? With a fine resolution? Weighing up if some or all of these features are essential to you, will help in narrowing down your search.

Most Expensive – It is Not Always Best!

It can be pretty easy to get caught up in the trap, thinking that the most expensive option is the best. While an expensive printer may be pretty feature packed, stop and think – “will I actually use all of these features?” Chances are, you will not require half the features offered on some of these crazy expensive devices.

Recommended Printers:

Enough of the chat then – what are the best printers available out there, that present good value for money, and have the lastability required, to ensure you are not having to fix the damn thing every 3 months? Below are some of the printers recommended by us, for your careful consideration. As always, shop about online for the best deal, and places like Amazon may through up some serious bargains.

  • Ricoh SP-213W – Cheap, double sided printing, but a little noisy
  • HP Pagewide Pro 477dw – Fast printing, handles paper well, but pretty heavy
  • Epson Ecotank ET-4550 – Comes with 2 years supply of ink, but is slow
  • HP Officejet 7110 – Fast printing at low cost, no double sided printing
  • Brother HL-S7000DN – Very fast, but pretty expensive also.

Hopefully this is of help to you when it comes to making that purchase of a new printer for your business.

hr department

If your business does not already have one, then starting up a HR department for your business is a pretty wise decision to make. Even if your company is relatively small, even assigning one staff member to this function is beneficial, for several reasons. (Obviously, it would be a staff member with the specific training to be able to perform in such a role, that would be assigned!)

Below, we take a look at some of the reasons why a HR Department is a great idea for your business.

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platforms

In todays world, it seem that everything is moving to an online forum. Everything seems to have an online representation, and it is for good reason. Almost everybody in the world has access to the internet, at any time they like, instantly, through their mobile devices. And more and more sales are being made online than ever before. Forecasts predict that this will only increase, and with the current generation of children being born, never knowing a time before the internet and online commerce, now is the best time to get your business online.

Creating A Website:

The first thing you should attempt to do is create a website for your business. Now, if you find the thoughts of doing this too much to bear, there are professionals out there that can do this on your behalf. For a price. You will find that having a website created for you is very expensive. But creating websites these days is far easier than it was in the past. There are no coding, formulas or any of that complicated malarkey that featured in the internet of the past. Websites like WordPress make it extremely simple for you to get up and running.

And YouTube is a great resource for tips and trick also, so make use of this if you run into trouble. And of course, the likelihood is, at first you might. But after you get used to using the various tools at your disposal, you will soon be a dab hand at content creation, and you’ll wonder why you ever considered hiring a website creation professional.

One interesting thing you’ll notice these days is that local business owners are finally seeing the value of being able to drive new leads and customers to their business by actually investing in a proper website design.

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tax software

We all know that tax is an inevitability, and can be incredibly frustrating, as it simply so complex and difficult to comprehend. Heck, even Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying that the most difficult thing in the world to understand is taxes. Tough and all as they are to understand though, it is of the upmost importance that this aspect of business is correct, and it is for this reason that many business owners simply hire a tax consultant or expert to look after this for them. Although an ideal solution, it can be extremely costly. And if you are just starting out in business, or maybe are finding additional funds hard to come by, then this is another expense that, if you could avoid, you would.

But maybe you can. There are several software solutions out there, that can assist you in keeping track of your tax affairs, simplifying the filing process for your tax return. Below, we examine some of these programs, to see how they may be of benefit to you and your business.

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excel tips

Whether you are a long time user, or relatively new to the application, Excel is a seriously powerful tool for businesses. The sheer level of functionality built in is mind boggling. And while the learning curve is a little steep, do not allow that to defer you from using it. Here, we take a look at some tips that may assist you in using Excel to its full potential.

Free Online Training:

You may not have been aware that it is possible to receive online training courses, entirely for free, for the Excel program. Many education centres the world over charge for this kind of training, but there are several websites out there that offer free training, giving you the very best foot forward. As always, Google is your friend here!

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