Ever since I started spending time on the Internet, I noticed that the Internet allows me the possibility to download software. I do not mind paying for some kind of software as long as I find it helpful. Have you ever tried any security software like I did recently? If yes, did it help you in your job or in your personal life? I have some software installed on my PC, but I am always on the lookout for even better software. I do not have a lot of experience when it comes to choosing the right type of software. This is probably why I always ask for help when it comes to my choices.

5 Cheap Yet Effective Ways to Promote Your New Business

Starting a business is, for many entrepreneurs, the easy part. Once you have gotten your business registered and ready to start trading, the hard work begins with promoting it via a range of marketing methods, gaining brand exposure and encouraging customers to spend their money on trying the products and/or services that you have to offer them.

For many small business owners who are operating on a tight start-up budget, making significant investments in marketing their new brand could seem impossible. Thankfully, there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on marketing your new company – there are many routes to take to keep spending to a minimum whilst still enjoying maximum results. We’ve listed some of the best ways to save money on marketing and promoting your new business.

Tip #1. DIY Offline Marketing Materials:

One of the best things about marketing your new business today is that most of it is expected to be done online. This means that, for a small fee, you can use your business website for marketing purposes, along with a huge range of other online marketing methods that we will discuss in more detail further on. However, many business owners don’t want to forgo the idea of using offline marketing methods, such as billboards and flyers, since these can still be hugely effective methods of creating brand exposure and encouraging more traffic to your website or footfall through the doors. But, the cost of hiring a professional graphics designer and printing offline marketing materials could be out of reach for many small business budgets. But, there’s no need to worry – online tools such as this flyer maker allow you to create professional, appealing flyers at a fraction of the price.

Tip #2. Use Social Media Marketing:

Although there are many premium paid features available for businesses on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, for the most part, setting up a business profile and using it to engage with your customers is free of charge. Because of this, it’s hugely important that new business owners get their brand set up on social networks as soon as possible. For the best results, it’s a good idea to have a presence across all the popular networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn to name a few. However, bear in mind that simply being on social media won’t be enough to effectively market your brand and drive increasing traffic to your site. Social media engagement is absolutely vital; this means being active on social media and responding to followers, posting great content, and encouraging your followers to get involved and share their views through social media polls and more.

Tip #3. Utilize Word of Mouth Marketing:

Never underestimate the power of conversations when it comes to marketing your business! No matter how professional your flyers look or how active you are on social media, there’s always going to be a problem if your reputation isn’t the best. If your customers leave with only bad things to say about your brand, then you can expect this to influence the amount of business that you receive. On the other hand, making sure that you provide each customer with an awesome experience that they’ll want to share the details of with friends and family will help you to gain more customers.

Today, one of the most popular methods of word of mouth marketing is leaving online reviews; this is very convenient for customers and puts the information out there where it can be easily reached by just about anyone who’s interested in finding out more about your brand. Encourage your customers to leave glowing reviews by providing them with a fantastic experience. In addition, you should always be up to date on what people are saying about your brand, so that you can respond accordingly. Even if a customer leaves a bad review, if others see that you have responded by apologizing and offering to rectify the situation, this could help save your reputation.

Tip #4. Use Loyalty Schemes:

When you start a new business, it’s not only important to market to your new customers, but also to encourage loyalty once you begin to build a customer base. One of the best ways of doing this is via loyalty schemes; for example, you can give customers a special card that is marked each time they make a purchase. Once they have made a specified number of purchases from your business, they will be able to claim a free gift or money-off voucher as a thank you for their loyalty to your brand. This is one of the best ways to keep your customers coming back for more when coupled with great customer service and a friendly, hassle-free experience – after all, who doesn’t love a good deal! You could even take it further by rewarding your customers for inviting their friends. For example, you could offer a special deal or voucher to anyone who refers a new customer who then makes a purchase.

Tip #5. Get in the News:

Doing something newsworthy is sure to get your new business out there, especially in your local area. There are plenty of things that you can do to get your business in the news; this doesn’t even have to involve the company as a whole – often, entrepreneurs do things individually, but still have their business name printed when it makes the press. For example, you could do a charity skydive, and get your local newspaper to cover it. A few examples of things that your business could consider doing include charity work, improving the local community, or sponsoring a sports team or similar. Or, your business could provide great opportunities; for example, some companies have schemes that allow ex-offenders to land a job upon their release from jail, helping them to lead a fulfilling life and re-integrate into the community whilst lowering their risk of returning to crime.

Did these tips help you with marketing your new business? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

The Popularity of WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms in the world. There are thousands of WordPress themes available on the Internet and most of them are free. New themes come out on a daily basis. Even though there are so many themes, people might often prefer to use a popular, well documented one. For example, my blog uses a quite popular theme, for which there are a lot of guides, even though not that often I see a blog with an identical theme to mine. I decided to use it, because I like the way it looks, but I also knew that I will not need to worry about potential problems. That is because this theme stood the test of time. On the other hand, I decided to make my theme look a little different by personalizing it. This way I have a high quality theme, a well documented one, and additionally one that looks original. I made some changes to the style sheet file and rearranged a couple of things. It is not that hard to make such changes, so feel free to try it out yourself. You do not have to start by making any drastic changes, as even changing the style and size of font is some kind of change that will make your blog look more original.
Naturally, WordPress themes are not the only themes that can be modified. You can modify any theme you wish provided that you know some basic html and php.

Qualities a Graphic Design Company Should Have

You might have the need for the skills of a talented graphic designer at some point in the future. Graphic designers are artistic people who can create advertising, signs and various other artwork that can be used for many different purposes. It is important for you to realize that not all graphic designers are not alike. Their level of talent will vary greatly. This is why you should avoid hiring the first one that you discover online. Take the time needed to compare many of the graphic designers that are out there. Your patience will pay off in a big way. Here are some of the key qualities the graphic designer you hire should possess.

1. A graphic designer should be able to produce artwork in a wide variety of styles.

The amount of styles that a graphic designer can produce is one of the things that separates the best people in this profession from all of the rest. You may want to hire a graphic designer to do several different pieces of artwork for you. You do not want them all to look the same. Therefore, it is critical that the person you hire to do your artwork is skilled enough to create pieces that have a completely different look and feel to them. This is why you need to take a close look at the previous artwork of a graphic designer before you decide to hire that person. Looking at his or her previous work will let you know if the person is capable of providing you with the quality of artwork you are looking for.

2. A graphic design company should offer a variety of services.

You might need other services besides graphic design work. If this is the case, you will need to find a graphic design company that is also able to provide you with the specific services that you require. For example, you might need the graphic design work you are ordering to be reproduced on a massive scale. This means you will need to have these piece professionally printed. This would obviously be much easier for you if the graphic design company is also capable of performing the printing that you require. However, not all graphic design companies offer printing services. You should never assume this is the case. You might also need to have a Memorial card designed for a funeral. There is also the chance that you need some old photos to be restored. Whatever the case may be, you should check with the graphic design company to find out exactly what services they offer.

3. What is the usual turnaround time for the graphic designer?

You might have a very strict deadline that you need all of your graphic design work to be completed by. It is therefore critical that you find a graphic design company that is capable of meeting your deadline. Companies in the graphic design industry work at different speeds. This is why you need to ask the company what their usual turnaround time is for the amount of work you need to have done. You should consult with many companies to find out which one will be able to finish their work the fastest. Never assume a graphic designer will meet your deadline.

Starting on the Internet

I guess I will never forget those very few days or rather weeks straight after decided to become an online entrepreneur. My decision to become one wasn’t definitely an easy one. It took me some time to come to the conclusion that this is what I wanted to do in my spare time after work instead of dedicating my precious time to many other tasks that were available to me like hanging out with my friends. I knew that all I wanted to do was to spend my time trying to be a successful online entrepreneur.

It didn’t take me that long to realize that an entrepreneur that is interested in opening an online business is in for a rude awakening. I know that it can be difficult to start an online business once you have no idea even what to do. Did I know what to do when I was starting with my first business? Not really, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Little did I know that I was in for a rude awakening after I discovered that the world of the Internet was full of spammers lurking at every corner and wanting to rip me off at a first opportunity.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Many people often ask themselves and others: How can I make money online? I often asked that question myself. It is a known fact that the internet offers possibilities that can generate rags to riches stories over night. Just think of all the online-made billionaires.

However, to achieve something like that, you must really be able to come up with a brilliant idea. Well, my lucky star is not so high in the sky – yet… Nonetheless, there are other ways for you to generate an income online, and affiliate marketing is one of the best things you can do to achieve that.

So, what is affiliate marketing? Let’s say you have a website, a blog for instance. Regardless of the niche you are addressing in your posts, someone else will have a product that your niche requires. If you choose to promote that person’s or business’ product or service, so that your targeted audience buys it, you will be financially rewarded. In other words, whenever someone follows a link on your website to another one and buys something you will earn a commission – a percentage from the selling price of the product that your referral bought. Such products can be either physical (a perfume or a weight loss supplement, for instance) or digital (some kind of software, an eBook, etc.)

Personally, I prefer promoting digital products or services, because, in comparison to physical products, commissions tend to be higher. However, you must adapt your affiliate marketing efforts to the niche you are addressing. Why? Well, think about it – let’s say that you own a travel blog. It wouldn’t make any sense to promote some kind of cosmetic product or photo editor. The people who visit your site do that, because they are interested in tourism and places where they can spend their vacations. As a following, none of them will ever buy a face cream or a new software release. On the other hand, if you are promoting a hotel in Barcelona, a guest house in Vienna and an airline that offers cheap flights to the Bahamas, you have every chance to earn quite a decent amount of money. I’ve done this for quite some time now and it works just fine, because there are literally thousands of hotels around the globe that offer affiliate programs. In addition to that, you can refer people to take surveys or sign up for something. This is another type of affiliate marketing that works just fine. You won’t earn as much as you would if you were to apply the above-mentioned example, but it is money that you receive, so it counts.

Why does affiliate marketing work so well? You just have to think about advertising. Businesses prefer this type of marketing as an efficient way to promote their products and/or services, because they will have to pay for advertising only when there is a sale. Furthermore, publishers (website owners) like affiliate marketing, because they can choose to promote products that are relevant for their targeted audiences. Earnings from affiliate sales can generate higher revenues than any pay-per-click/impression advertising program out there. To sum up, affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. I can’t promise you that it will make you rich, but I can assure you that it can help you make more money than you could earn as a 9 to 5 employee – well, as long as you’re not the CEO of a billion Dollar corporation, that is.


One thing I have been fighting recently was overspending. Overspending can happen when I decide to spend my money on something I normally do not spend it on. Overspending is more likely to happen during summer months when I am more likely to want to go somewhere on vacation. It is not rare for my friends to encourage me to go somewhere with them. For me, this means overspending. I usually do not include my vacation expenses in my budget. Since I do not go on vacation every month, I do not see a reason to include it in my budget.

Data – The Key Component in Any Manufacturing Initiative

Much has been written about the transformation the manufacturing sector is currently undergoing. A wave of new technologies like IoT, automation, and machine learning are coming onboard at the same time that every conceivable product is becoming more complex and high-tech. The priorities of manufacturers remain the same, but the process of manufacturing is in the midst of a sea change.

With all that is going on, it can be easy to lose sight of what is really driving these changes. Even though the factories and supply chains of the new future will be much more high-tech than the ones of the recent past, advanced machines are not what characterizes trends that are variously known as the 4th Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing 4.0.

The key component in any manufacturing initiative from now moving forward is data. All of the technologies that are being rushed into implementation are designed to either harvest more data or to leverage the value of that data in new ways. For instance, automation and machine learning are less about getting robots to build the products of the future and more about standardizing best practices and spotting opportunities for process improvements. These process are not bigger, faster, or stronger because they are driven by machines. They are smarter because they are driven by data.

The role of data in the present and future of manufacturing is important to understand, because reaping the rewards of future manufacturing will take targeted investments and careful strategies. And the manufacturers who commit too heavily to the wrong initiatives could waste a lot of money, cause a lot of disruption, and introduce a distinct competitive disadvantage.

In the rush to update and upgrade factories, the benefits and hazards of data must be a primary concern. Data can lead to many substantial rewards, but the challenge of capturing, storing, analyzing, and utilizing it is a hurdle even for the largest enterprises. Without a robust data management strategy in place along with data management tools like a manufacturing ERP system, the potential of next-generation industry is largely lost.

That should be troubling for all manufacturers, because data promises to enhance every aspect of the supply chain and lead directly to capabilities that have never been possible before:

  • Increase the accuracy, quality, and overall yield of complex manufacturing processes in industries like biotech production.
  • Create integrated factories that monitor every aspect of production for more consistent results throughout facilities and supply chains.
  • Use metrics to better forecast demand, analyze performance, and improve service and support.
  • Form better, more predictable relationships with suppliers.
  • Stay compliant with expanding regulations for workplace safety and product quality.
  • Track the performance of individual machines and granulated processes.
  • Introduce more customization and specialization into production processes.
  • Integrate manufacturing with the efforts of other departments like sales and accounting.
  • Accurately tie manufacturing performance metrics to financial indicators.

The good news for manufacturers is that a focus on data is one of the more modest and measured improvements that can be made to a production facility/process. It requires a relatively small investment in new technologies in order to begin turning data into assets. In many cases, manufacturers are already producing valuable data, they simply lack a way to give it form and function.

It is time that we stop picturing the factories of the future as high-tech Rube Goldberg machines and start picturing them realistically – as smarter versions of what we already have. The way to seize the potential of the future is to simply embrace the value of the data that is already there.

Internet Applications

Within the last few years the accessibility of online applications has grown a lot. Traditionally, you had to install a program from a CD, or download it from the Internet in order to use it. However, currently there are many web applications that do not require any downloads at all. All of this is possible because of the Internet. The number of online applications is growing steadily, and analysts predict that this trend is going to continue. Probably the biggest advantage of these applications is that you do not need a high-end computer to run them. Actually, there are computers and notebooks being sold for only a few hundred dollars that can run them without problems. Such computers use very little power so they are very economical as well. Overall, this is a great solution for those who want to save some money. It is also a good idea for those who want to use a specific program only once or twice, as this way they will not have to purchase the whole software. I believe that in the future the Internet applications will be used by a lot more computer users. That is because the Internet is becoming more reliable and more and more accessible. For Internet applications to work properly a reliable Internet connection is definitely a requirement. Older dial-up connections may be too slow for some of the newer programs.

How to Start a Business with No Money

So you’ve found a terrific idea for a new business, yet you have no resources. Is it feasible to start a business without any money? Examine this checklist of how you could indeed start a new business with practically no money.

Keep your day job

Don’t stop your permanent job, which is your main income resource for you and also your household right now. There is a great deal that you could do to construct your brand-new company while you are still gainfully employed. Also, having required expenditures such as rent, food, and also transport covered by your task will certainly permit you to concentrate your creative powers on constructing your new organization.

Research Your Company Idea

Getting a great idea for a brand-new venture is just the start. Currently, you will certainly desire to meticulously evaluate this concept and also develop it into an entire undertaking. Ask yourself these sorts of inquiries to obtain better clarification of exactly how this company would take part in the real world market.

  • Is it a genuinely brand-new as well as a unique concept?
  • What advantage worth are you marketing to your consumers?
  • Do they desire this product or service now?
  • Do similar business that is existing in the marketplace?

Market Evaluation

Currently, it is time to take your brand-new advertising and marketing idea and research ways to safeguard your copyright. Is it patentable, trademarkable or copyright protectable? If so, go after these federal government defenses with a skilled attorney that concentrates on legal copyright rights.

Challengers Competitors

What firms are presently open that will compete with your brand-new endeavor? A fundamental part of the evaluation is to contrast your recommended brand-new company against ongoing companies.

Specialized Understanding

What, if any, knowledge you or your employee need to execute your sales plan? Exist federal or state laws that call for licensing or qualifications? If so, this is the moment begin the sometimes lengthy process of applying and also checking for granting of licenses.

Calculate funding demands of loan

All sector startups call for money to purchase materials, lease workplaces and work with staff members. Precisely what does it cost? The money will you should bring your service concept to fulfillment? You will certainly have done these computations appropriately before you start the process of trying to find start-up resources climate in the standard loan provider for different financing techniques.

Other People’s Money OPM

You bring a business idea, and your labor, as well as investors, will certainly pay cash. Their objective is to boost their funding by investing your brand-new company suggestion.

Crowd sourcing for money

Now you have listened to all the fantastic success tales from crowd funding websites such as kick starter. These internet sites permit people to spend small amounts of money into your business for items or supply

Alternative Funding Options for Business

Kabbage puts money in your PayPal account in much less than ten mins. Kabbage has progressed over $1,000,000,000 in small company finances to assist firms to expand. Kabbage is the # 1 service provider of functioning funding. In mins, Kabbage could offer operating capital to businesses to help them grow. Winner of the Forbes top 100 appealing companies and also Red Herring 100, Kabbage is an ingenious firm focused on helping companies expand and grow in today’s economic climate.

Test Your Products without a  Loan

Before you invest cash and time right into your brand-new firm, do a test run first. Beginning in a little range, or hand out some of the item or a service and obtain client comments. This useful info might lead you to a better product than you had planned.

Another method to evaluate the market is to take examples of your product to an industry profession program for your designated target market. That understands, if your suggestion is right as well as you get lucky, you can meet a capitalist or future client of your brand-new business right there at the exhibition.

Customer Financing

Some ventures have been established by obtaining the first customers to prepay for their orders and also utilizing that money to build the product. Your job will certainly be to encourage people to pay upfront for a product that will certainly take extra time to ship. Inspiration elements might be discount rates, exclusivity, as well as secured geographic sales territories.

Credit lines from Vendors

When you begin your very own firm, you are helping various other problems, your suppliers, to grow their companies. Thus, they want your business to begin up as well as do well. You might have the ability to negotiate the order of supplies and also products on a lengthy lead timeframe with little to no down payment. Your firm to make the product and also sell it to clients and collect repayments before you are due to pay your vendors.

Use Your Credit Cards

Yes, you could utilize your individual bank card to begin your brand-new endeavor. BUT take care there are particular regulations in position that you have to understand before you begin billing your startup material purchases– review more concerning using bank card to open your business below


Discover a partner who has the cash you need and produces a legal partnership to launch the business with each other. Be sure to very carefully prepare each of your job summaries and commitments to the brand-new company before you start as a companion. Numerous miserable friends skipped this crucial step as well as learned a lot later to their dissatisfaction and disappointment. Develop a small task with each other that incorporates both partners skills. You will certainly discover a lot concerning each various other, their functioning style (or lack thereof) and also life values.

Collaborations function best when the companions add to each other’s capability. Likewise, equivalent personalities are optimal, such as joining a detailed individual with a bigger picture calculated thinker.

Your Enthusiasm is Your Profit

A lot of the most successful organizations developed out of the business owner’s love of a product or reason as well as expanded to become lucrative. It virtually never works when you presume the job of beginning a business in an unknown area to you. Focus currently on what you do understand and just how it could end up being a market and make you money.

You Could Work all  Jobs

One method to start on a limited budget is to do ALL the job on your saving fees from employing employees as well as allow you to reinvest earnings back into the business for maximum growth. Yes, this is hard– yet without expendable cash, you will need to make it work somehow.

Assistance from My Friends

Connect to your friends, family, and associates for assistance both monetarily as well as educationally. Ask your Uncle to show you ways to fix an auto properly, since you have been aiding him to polish his antique automobile with each other since you were a child.

Buddies that are business owners are a riches of great recommendations available for the asking– do not be reluctant– usually, your passion will certainly match them. Relative could have some added office or storehouse space you can utilize for your startup headquarters saving you substantial rent prices.

Barter for Services and Products

You have money it is simply not in money kind! Your skills, equipment, devices as well as time all could be made use of as a form of financial exchange with others for things you need to start your service.

Bartering is a valuable tool for company owners that desire to make their budget stretch much. Our editorial group has traded copywriting abilities for website layouts, and I recognize a man who exchanged some old steel desks (currently they are trendy vintage retro) for a gently utilized notebook computer– a win-win for both sides.

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About Me:

Marsha Kelly Business Blogger – Serial entrepreneur, after doing Time in corporate America, who has learned about what products and services really work well in business today. You can learn from my experience and my associates as we shop from the internet for tools, supplies and information to build our businesses and improve the lives of our family and ourselves on our site

My strongest belief is that the safest, most secure and most lucrative job you can have is owning your own business.   I learned this valuable lesson the hard way by investing time, energy and emotion into a corporate career only to be fired unceremoniously –when I dared think creatively outside the box. My entrepreneurial journey to starting my own business was first by necessity but then turned into a great blessing of prosperity and freedom. Graduating from the school of business hard knocks and learning how to start, manage, and then sell my business for over $1,000,000.  Learned more about real life business this way that I learned in my four years at the NYU School of Business.