Before investing time and money into manufacturing a product you'll need to make sure you have a working and viable product to produce. Creating a working product prototype is a hugely important step in that process.
For busy entrepreneurs and small business owners, healthy habits are vital to long-term success. Starting a small business often goes hand-in-hand with long hours and enormous amounts of stress that can negatively impact your health.
Ask any entrepreneur what they want most and the odds are they'll say more time. Whether it's time to plan for the future, or simply time to sit back and relax, the daily pressures of running a business don't leave free time for anything. But what if there were a way to get some time back in your day? The answer may be found in the newest productivity trend sweeping the nation: Bullet Journals.
Everyday routines are developed out of habits formed over time. Forming new habits can seem daunting, but understanding the nature of how habits work and tracking your progress can make all the difference.
Being a solopreneur or small business owner isn't easy...or cheap. While you could hire a professional for your product photography, it may be more cost effective to start with some simple shots on your own. Here are a few tips for getting a good photo using just your phone and some simple product staging ideas.
On any commercial photo shoot the art director is equally as important (if not more important) than the photographer. Sure, there'd be no photo at all if the photographer didn't point the camera in the right direction and light everything properly, but how the products are laid out and color coordinated can have a huge impact on the effectiveness of the final image.
Even if you are still running your small business from your basement, you might want to think about incorporating. There are distinct business, personal and even tax advantages to keeping your personal and professional selves separate. Here's a checklist to help you learn how to incorporate.
Starting your own business is an intensely personal process. You're pouring a lot of your time, effort and money into achieving something you've long dreamed of doing. This can make it difficult to trust other people to be part of the process. When things take off, though, you'll need to hire one (or two or three) people so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If you're just starting out or looking for additional funding, small business grants are a great resource for capital. While grants are the best option—no interest rates, no repayments—it can be difficult to find applicable grants for your small business, and even more difficult to apply for and receive them.
If your thriving solo business has you juggling tasks and struggling to catch up, or you can't grow as fast as you'd like because there's too much to do, you probably need help. Before taking the big step of hiring another regular employee, you might consider another option: hiring a virtual assistant.
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