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Holiday Sales - How to Keep Up

Holiday Sales - How to Keep Up

 

If November and December are crucial months for your business you will need a strategy for the holiday sales. But where should you start? What discounts should you offer? How are you going to tell people? And how are you going to make sure your offering is heard above the noise? Here are some tips on how to keep up in the mad dash for customers that is the holiday sales.

 

Think of it like preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 unexpected guests. They won’t get a gourmet meal with unique twists and exotic dishes. But they will get a good meal and good company if you focus on things that are:

 

a)      Within your control

Holiday Preparedness Guide

Holiday Preparedness guide

 

For many businesses this is the busiest time of the year. You should spend some time making sure your website is ready if this applies to you. This holiday preparedness guide will help.

 

It will help primarily because it gets its inspiration from one of the most efficient operations on earth: Santa’s present delivery system. So in order to get your business ready for the online rush, think about what Santa is doing right now.

 

Are the Elves Motivated and the Production Lines Working?

 

Nothing will damage your business more than letting a customer down at Christmas. So make sure you have access to the right amount of stock and ensure you have the processes and the people to deliver your orders.

10 Technologies and Companies that We Left Behind

10 Technologies and Companies that We Left Behind

 

The wheel is one of humanity’s first technological advances. It is also one of the most unique because it is still in use today. Most technologies that don’t keep up eventually wither and die. The same applies to companies that don’t innovate. So, here are 10 technologies and companies that we left behind.

 

1.      Typewriters

 

The typewriter was invented in its current form in the 1860s. There is some dispute as to who first developed it, so it is difficult to pin down the exact date. What is not in dispute, though, is how important the invention became.

 

Seven Unique and Innovative Online Businesses

Seven Unique and Innovative Online Businesses

 

Are you looking for business inspiration? Are you trying to find a niche or an idea that you can turn into something real and successful? Here are seven unique and innovative online businesses that should help get your entrepreneurial brain ticking.

 

You never know, you might become the next Gary Dahl. His story starts way before the internet as we know it today, but it is proof that almost anything is possible. Dahl became a millionaire in 1975 with one of the most unusual business ideas ever imagined - he sold Pet Rocks.

 

No, let's rephrase that – he convinced people to buy rocks.

 

Selling on Etsy and Amazon

Selling on Etsy and Amazon

 

Selling on Etsy and selling on Amazon is an option that is lucrative for many businesses. It also presents opportunities if you’re thinking of starting a new business. But how do you do it right and become successful?

 

First, remember that lots of people before you have failed. You’re probably thinking right now: hey, hang on a minute – I came here for advice and inspiration – what’s all this talk about failure? But the fact that lots of people have failed on Amazon or Etsy is something your business can learn from. Here are the two most common mistakes:

 

Marketing Your New Website

Marketing Your New Website

 

If you ask anyone involved in online marketing they will tell you that your work only begins once you finish building your new website. This is because the real challenge is getting people to visit your site. The internet is a busy place. And your competitors have deep pockets. But if you work hard, successfully marketing your new website is possible.

Small Business Website Design Elements

Small Business Website Design Elements

 

When you’re setting out to build a small business website it’s often hard to know where to start. There are so many possibilities exist plus a huge range of designs to choose from. And it feels like everyone is offering a different piece of advice, from what platform to build the site in to the type of website hosting you need, to the best domain name. Then there is the question of what and how to place the content on the site.

 

Think of these things as the basic building blocks of your website – not technical building blocks but rather business building blocks. These are the things that will make your website work for your business.

 

20 Low budget businesses you can start online

20 Low budget businesses you can start online

 

Starting a business without much money is possible. Starting a business and expecting immediate success is not. Nor is starting a business and expecting an easy ride. So, here are 20 low-budget businesses you can start online. All of them require dedication and hard work. As long as you are prepared for that you can start them all today and you don’t need much money. In fact for some of them you don’t need any money.

 

What is an LLC, S Corp C Corp LLP and why would a small biz incorporate?

What is an LLC, S Corp C Corp LLP and why would a small biz incorporate?

 

If you are self-employed or run a small business you might think it’s crazy to incorporate. You might think your profits are not high enough, or you don’t have enough staff, or that it costs too much. And for some people and businesses, you might be right – incorporating is not the best approach. But for others there are benefits, regardless of the size of the business.

 

Before going any further, it’s important to point out that this article is not legal advice. We are experts in website hosting, domain registration and everything else that helps small businesses get a presence online. We are not attorneys but you should speak to one before making any decision on changing the legal formation of your business.

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