How To Organize The Best Office Christmas Party Ever

How To Organize The Best Office Christmas Party EverA great office party is the place where office romances are born and people who normally do nothing but argue over the water cooler form a truce. But in order for an office party to be successful, you need to lay the groundwork correctly. There is little point in sending a memo around two days before the event and expecting anyone to show up, particularly if the event is right before Christmas.

So what do you need to do if you have been tasked with organizing this year’s party? Continue reading How To Organize The Best Office Christmas Party Ever

Getting A Business Loan To Improve Your Brand

Getting A Business Loan To Improve Your Brand Getting A Business Loan To Improve Your Brand

When running a small business, there are a large variety of things you might want to take out a loan for. One of these is improving your brand in order to help your business grow. Building a strong brand is a very important part of running a successful business as it can help to set you apart from your competitors.

However, branding can be an expensive process which is why you will most likely need to apply for a loan to cover the costs. Continue reading Getting A Business Loan To Improve Your Brand

Five Steps to a Professional Office Space

When a business first opens an office space, office decor is probably not the first thing that pops into the office manager’s head. However, the way an office looks can play a big part in leaving an impression on clients and in shaping the culture of the company. Of course, maintaining costs will also be an important factor when designing the work space.

For those concerned about making a professional space on a limited budget, here are some tips to remember.
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How to Squeeze More Productivity From Your Day

Each day comes with 86,400 seconds, a tremendous amount of time to get things done. Those seconds are made up of 1,440 minutes or 24 hours in one day, but the reality is that you’re only going to use a portion of that time to get your work done; but can you have more productivity?

Most of us spend eight hours at work each day with managers and small business owners putting in 10 to 12 hours if not more. Increasing your productivity can help you become more profitable and allow you to squeeze more from your day. With more productivity you will find that you increase your earnings and happiness; so here are ways to have more productivity:
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Five Green Business Trends For 2010

Five Green Business Trends For 2010Small businesses are no longer cutting edge by calling themselves ‘green.’ Big corporations like Wal-Mart and Nike down to the corner café are cultivating a greener image as consumer demand for environmentally responsible products and operations quickly goes mainstream.

What this means:  Businesses genuinely trying to limit their environmental toll must now work harder to authenticate their green practices and convince consumers they’re for real – not just throwing around green lingo.

The next phase of green business evolution will focus on businesses being more earnest an all-encompassing about their environmental sustainability practices and marketing. Here, then, are some green trends to pay attention to in 2010. Continue reading Five Green Business Trends For 2010

10 Predictions, Forecasts and Trends That Will Shape Our Global Small Business World In 2010

Predictions That Will Shape Gobal Small Business in 2010The Best Is Yet To Come

Wake up, world, to today’s way of doing business. This is no time to hide behind a rock and think you have every good reason not to produce results in 2010. Guess again. All vital signs on globalization indicate that the best is yet to come.

How so? For one, longevity. Globalization has been around since well before I started my business in 1985. Even back then I was tooting the ‘go global’ horn loud and clear, but in a very different manner — through Telexes, faxes, expensive overseas telephone calls, in person visits with customers 12,000 miles away and, eventually, e-mails. Continue reading 10 Predictions, Forecasts and Trends That Will Shape Our Global Small Business World In 2010

7 Green Business Resolutions for 2010

7 Green Business Resolutions for 2010Being an eco-conscious business is no longer just something that’s the right thing to do – it makes financial sense. Environmental policy and energy efficiency are priorities of the Obama administration, so businesses that don’t take voluntary steps to reduce their carbon footprints may face regulations later on. What’s more, consumers are demanding more sustainable practices from the companies they patronize.

New Year’s is perfect time to hone a game plan for the year ahead. Here are seven steps to get your business greener in 2010: Continue reading 7 Green Business Resolutions for 2010

10 Ways to Green Your Home Office

ways to green your home office

If you’re a freelancer who works at home full time or most of the time, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re doing the planet a great service. By working at home you’re reducing the use of fuels and limiting the amount of pollution generated by modern means of transportation. However, there is still a lot more you can do to help protect the environment. In this post, we’ll show you ten ways to green your home office more environmentally friendly and an even better place to work. Let’s start by reviewing the three Rs of eco-friendliness. Continue reading 10 Ways to Green Your Home Office

100 Green Small Business Tips

100 green small business tipsBack in September, we asked our readers to contribute their best green business tips.  We wanted you to share your ideas for going green in your small business.

As usual, the Small Business Trends readers came through. We were able to collect 100 awesome green small business tips.  We listed all 100 tips below which have been divided into 4 categories; Conserve, Recycle, Go Paperless and Adopt Green Practices. Please click through all of the pages (above or below the post) to see all 100 of the green small business tips.

If you prefer, you can also download all 100 green small business tips as a PDF document: 100 Green Small Business Tips.

Without further delay, here are 100 green small business tips for your small business with the contributor’s name, website and Twitter handle included. Continue reading 100 Green Small Business Tips