The Dos And Don’ts Of Business Financing

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Financing a business can be costly and challenging, particularly as you have many ongoing costs throughout the life of your organization.

From growth through to diversification, there’s a range of reasons why your company will need to explore financing options throughout its lifecycle.

When seeking business finance, there’s a range of techniques you should use, and many that you definitely shouldn’t. It can be tough for new business owners to navigate the competitive world of business finance, so to help, we’ve put together a list of the dos and don’ts of business finance.

Don’t: Choose The First Provider You See

Do: Review All The Options Before You Choose A Provider

Choosing a financing option can be challenging, with so many companies out there offering financial products and trying to entice you with fancy advertising campaigns.Continue reading

Managing your Career: A 3-Step Guide

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There are over 130 million full-time employees in the United States. The main thing you need to do to keep yourself motivated as a full-time worker is to seek out advancement opportunities. Choosing the right career and adequately managing it is one of the most challenging tasks on the planet. If your career journey is leading out into the job-seeking world, you need to adequately prepare for this experience.

If you are about to start applying for new jobs in your industry, ResumeBuild suggests looking over your existing resume. The ResumeBuild website offers a number of appealing resume templates you can use. With the right template, you can make your resume more appealing to a hiring manager.

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Why women in Tech Industry Still Experiencing Inequality?

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As well as we think we are standing right now in regard to our equality rights and performance, subgroups of minorities still exist where some individuals are better regarded than others. According to Pr News Wire (2019), 46% of women surveyed in an Ivanti Women Tech Survey 2019 stated that the marketing industry has not been able to completely close the gender gap to encourage more women to take part in the tech industry. Most of the women interviewed argued that stereotypes will determine men and women to be viewed as having separate roles within one company, with males being valued at a higher demand rate and thus women being disadvantaged.

Here are some of the main reasons women in tech industry are still experiencing inequality. Check them out to find more. You are welcome to add solutions and comments!

Highest paying jobs: predominantly male

The first reason why women in tech can sometimes show lower salaries than men are that, unfortunately, until now, most of the highest paying jobs in the technological world are predominantly male – and guess what? According to the Business Insider, women earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar that a man makes in the United States. One of the main issues is that women are being underrepresented in various leadership roles and positions, which is why this wage gap is bound to happen.Continue reading

9 Leadership Skills of Successful Women to Make Them Stand Out

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Gender equality in the workplace is gaining momentum, offering many opportunities to women leaders. This is good news for women who have been plagued by harassment, salary inequality and feelings of insignificance for years. Katrina Lake, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, and the youngest CEO to lead a public offering, believes that decision-makers are starting to realize that being more inclusive of women is simply good business. 

Cultural transformations are taking place but they need to be translated into actions, whether it’s acing a job interview, successfully re-entering the workplace after a period of staying at home with children or developing leadership skills. Here are some of the skills successful women leaders need to stand out. 

  • Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our own emotions, and those of others around us. It involves empathy, self-awareness and social skills. Emotions should never get in the way when making decisions. The more a woman is able to relate to and work well with others, the more success she will have. Continue reading

How Boomers & Millennials Should Communicate Infographic

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Today’s workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, as members of Generation Z join Millennials, Gen X’ers, and Baby Boomers as the major age groups represented in the workplace. Though these different perspectives and backgrounds can create a great creative environment and lively discourse, it can also spark workplace conflict and disagreements and members of each generation struggle to understand one another. In order to promote workplace harmony and communication, it’s important to understand where your coworkers are coming from. Take a look at the visual below for a summary of the core values and work ethic for each generation, along with general communication tips to keep in mind for the workplace.

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How to Find the Training Provider That’s Right for Your Business

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Training your staff is a vital part of running any business, but it can be hard to find the training providers that will work best for you. Here’s my guide to finding training providers that’ll work for you and give your team the skills they need to do the best job possible.

Look For Providers With Certifications

When you first start searching for a training provider, look for one that is accredited by a governing body in its chosen field or sector so that you know your team will be given up to date training that is of the highest possible standard. Training providers have to work hard to earn accreditation, so they won’t jeopardize that by offering substandard services.

Find A Company With Flexible Services

It can be hard for your team to fit their training in around their busy lives and hectic roles, so find a training provider that offers multiple options, as this will allow them to choose the best way to learn that suits them and fits in with their schedule. For example, there’s The BCF Group that provides its manual handling training online, in classrooms or through bespoke packages, so you can tailor your training to suit your team.Continue reading

10 Commandments of Good Coworking Spaces, Mistakes and Problems Solving

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Whether it’s the one dude beside you always trying to get a glance at your screen like he’s trying to catch you doing shady stuff, or the lady on the phone apologizing to a client for failing to meet a deadline, a coworking space has a certain ambiance that distinguishes it from a regular workspace. A coworking space is basically a workspace used by different people with different jobs or from different companies. 

This arrangement provides for shared office utilities like kitchens, coffee booths and many more. So, if you are going to sign up for coworking spaces, you might as well get used to the idea of not having a personal space because while you’re in the kitchen trying to make a private call, you could find out someone is just by the corner possibly listening in on your conversation the whole time. 

Coworking spaces are usually booked by individuals who were hitherto, working from home, freelancers, telecommuters and sometimes startups who want to take advantage of relatively cheap workspaces. As of 2019, there are close to 19,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Therefore, as every day passes, more coworking spaces are springing up to cater to the needs of a growing number of digital nomads and young entrepreneurs.Continue reading

How to Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace

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In honor of the recent National Women’s Equality Day, we’re taking a look at how to promote gender equality in the workplace. 

Women have made so many strides in business over the past 50 years: they make up 47% of the workforce and are more likely than their male counterparts to have earned a bachelor’s degree by 29. Companies who invest in gender diversity see big economic returns, as companies who rank high in gender diversity categories are 15% more likely to outperform economic output averages. 

Despite these accomplishments, the global wage gap will still take 108 years to close at the current rate and women in the US earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

In order for women to be achieve workplace equality, they must be granted equal opportunity, access to top decision-making positions, and equal pay. A recent study revealed that this is closer to reality than ever before: the number of female CEOS of Fortune 500 companies reached an all time high in 2019. Yet this high sees only 33 women leading top companies in the US – that’s just 6.6%. 

For an organization to achieve gender equality, it needs to come from the top. Creating and cultivating an environment where women can work and thrive is a win-win for everyone. Discover 6 lessons from lady bosses and more tips for how your business can achieve gender equality with this visual created by Fundera.

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How to Ensure Your Company-Based Video Content is Reaching a Broad Audience

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When you take the time and energy, not to mention investing money in creating video marketing and advertising content for your company, you want to be sure it is reaching as broad an audience as possible. To do that, you need to find the appropriate channels to distribute your video, paying close attention to who the audience is, making sure it fits your key demographics.

So, what happens if you aren’t quite satisfied with your reach, and you’re questioning if you are in fact doing all you can to get your content out there? Here are some tips and advice that will help ensure your video content is reaching the broad audience you hoped for.

Understand It’s Not a One-Size Fits All Approach

One of the biggest mistakes companies can make is to assume video marketing is a one-size-fits-all approach. Continue reading