Posts tagged Small Business

Corporate retreats can be fun and a good use of money, if you do it right, OPEN Forum contributor Darren Dahl reports. Take the San Francisco-based company ZenPayroll—their 35-person team goes on a “workcation” twice a year. The team takes time for fun by incorporating hiking, cooking, dinners and wine tastings to the travel itinerary, along with working on big projects, says the company’s CEO and co-founder Joshua Reeves:

“The reason we go on a workation as a team is to give everyone a chance to collaborate in a different environment. Not only does the time away allow us to build a strong community, we also get an opportunity to work on cross-functional projects that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to complete.”

Learn about the four types of work retreats and how to incorporate them for your team on OPEN Forum.

Corporate retreats can be fun and a good use of money, if you do it right, OPEN Forum contributor Darren Dahl reports. Take the San Francisco-based company ZenPayroll—their 35-person team goes on a “workcation” twice a year. The team takes time for fun by incorporating hiking, cooking, dinners and wine tastings to the travel itinerary, along with working on big projects, says the company’s CEO and co-founder Joshua Reeves:

“The reason we go on a workation as a team is to give everyone a chance to collaborate in a different environment. Not only does the time away allow us to build a strong community, we also get an opportunity to work on cross-functional projects that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to complete.”

Learn about the four types of work retreats and how to incorporate them for your team on OPEN Forum.

Small business owners share the 6 apps they love using on the job, including ProPrompter, an ingenious teleprompter app that’s great if you’re creating scripted videos for your marketing efforts.

Work-life balance is hard for everyone to master, but perhaps much harder for business owners. For Marianne O’Connor, CEO of Sterling Communications, it took an unfortunate family emergency for her to learn how to put her personal life first:

"When you have a child who suddenly becomes very ill, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced … the sheer number of doctor appointments and emergency room visits. It was really the first time that I had to sort of reach out to my colleagues and ask them to fill in.”

O’Connor’s daughter is better now, but it made her realize she needed to take control of her schedule. She uses her weekends to spend quality time with herself and her loved ones instead of working. Learn how other entrepreneurs found work-life balance while growing their business on OPEN Forum.

Work-life balance is hard for everyone to master, but perhaps much harder for business owners. For Marianne O’Connor, CEO of Sterling Communications, it took an unfortunate family emergency for her to learn how to put her personal life first:

"When you have a child who suddenly becomes very ill, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced … the sheer number of doctor appointments and emergency room visits. It was really the first time that I had to sort of reach out to my colleagues and ask them to fill in.”

O’Connor’s daughter is better now, but it made her realize she needed to take control of her schedule. She uses her weekends to spend quality time with herself and her loved ones instead of working. Learn how other entrepreneurs found work-life balance while growing their business on OPEN Forum.

New SBA administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet just announced a change that could affect which businesses can be considered small.

New SBA administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet just announced a change that could affect which businesses can be considered small.

"Three economists went on a road trip…"

What sounds like the beginning of a joke, is actually the premise of ROADSIDE MBA: Backroad Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business OwnersIn it Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer, former colleagues from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, went all around the country to find out what small businesses on Main Street could teach big businesses on Wall Street.

For 12 of the lessons they found on their travels, visit OPEN Forum.

9 Tips for Working With Bloggers

Like everything else, word-of-mouth, the way business owners traditionally get new customers, has gone digital with online reviews. Getting reviews of your products from bloggers is a great way to get word about your product out to the masses. But before you start reaching out, keep these nine things in mind:

  1. Do your homework to locate influential bloggers and reviewers in your product category.
  2. Decide on your goals for the review
  3. Provide all necessary information
  4. Be cooperative and accommodating
  5. Be generous with product samples
  6. Ensure that the product is a good match with the blog.
  7. Know that bloggers occasionally request payment in exchange for reviews.
  8. Remember to thank reviewers for their reviews.
  9. If you get a bad review, don’t defend yourself and your product. 
10 Untraditional Ways to Raise Cash Fast
There are any number of reasons why a business owner may find themselves strapped for cash, but there are just as many ways to find the funds necessary to keep you going:
Business cash advances
Deferred card payments
Loans from online loan sites
Crowdfunding
Microloans
Factor invoices
Credit from vendors
Sales and annual discounts
Home equity loans
ROBS programs on your 401(k)
Small Business Trend’s Anita Campbell explains the pros and cons of these fundraising options on OPEN Forum.

10 Untraditional Ways to Raise Cash Fast

There are any number of reasons why a business owner may find themselves strapped for cash, but there are just as many ways to find the funds necessary to keep you going:

  1. Business cash advances
  2. Deferred card payments
  3. Loans from online loan sites
  4. Crowdfunding
  5. Microloans
  6. Factor invoices
  7. Credit from vendors
  8. Sales and annual discounts
  9. Home equity loans
  10. ROBS programs on your 401(k)

Small Business Trend’s Anita Campbell explains the pros and cons of these fundraising options on OPEN Forum.

These four American cities are supporting small-business owners with some pretty innovative programs.

After losing all his money, this entrepreneur created a simple business management tool that has kept in the green ever since.

After losing all his money, this entrepreneur created a simple business management tool that has kept in the green ever since.

Even some of the world’s most famous companies started off small. The Washington Post spoke with the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, about how they took their company from an abandoned gas station in Vermont in 1978 to more than 600 stores worldwide and $500 million in revenue.

Even some of the world’s most famous companies started off small. The Washington Post spoke with the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice creamBen Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, about how they took their company from an abandoned gas station in Vermont in 1978 to more than 600 stores worldwide and $500 million in revenue.