Working from a Home Office

Posted under Office Management by Ariel on Wednesday 25 February 2009 at 4:52 pm

Who wouldn’t like to sleep a little late, commute from their bedroom to their home office and save money on gas?  Sounds enticing…where do I sign up?  Some people call it laziness, I call it pure genius.  If your type of work allows, you may want to consider working from home especially in this economic climate, where cash is king.  If you can combine your office rent with your home mortgage you can save some serious money for other important expenses, such as marketing your business or paying a consultant. (more…)

Picking the Proper Office Locale

Posted under Office Management by Ariel on Tuesday 24 February 2009 at 11:12 pm

Just as important as the name of your business is the location of your office.  If the prosperity of your company depends on walk-in traffic then a storefront in a heavily traveled part of town is key.  If clients/customers rarely have reason to be in your office, a space in a high-rise office building will work, and rent will be significantly more affordable.  Whatever your business does, ask yourself the following questions when deciding where to set up shop. (more…)

USB Jump Drives — Promoting your Business Right

Posted under Promotional Products by Ariel on Thursday 19 February 2009 at 5:20 pm

With the failing economy it is more important than ever to strategically pick the products you use to promote your business.  You don’t want to exceed your promotions budget, but you do need items that consumers will actually use and appreciate.  A product that fits both categories is a USB jump drive.  

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Employee Training Programs

Posted under Office Management by Ariel on Friday 30 January 2009 at 6:58 pm

Employee training programs are more valuable than you might think.  Take a real-life situation that probably happens thousands of times every month.  You own a business and hire a new employee, someone without much work experience.  Whether that person is flipping burgers at McDonalds or reviewing government files for the CIA, chances are techniques exist that will benefit both the new employee and the company.  (more…)

Performance Reviews

Posted under Office Management by Ariel on Thursday 29 January 2009 at 8:00 am

Performance reviews: the dreaded yet anticipated annual or biannual meeting with your superiors to discuss your progress, goals, and possible raise.  Not only is it your boss’s chance to review you, but it is your opportunity to review your boss, your position and your experience at your job.  Don’t let this pass by as just another assignment or meeting — Prepare for it as you would a client meeting. (more…)

Efficiency in the workplace: Communication

Posted under Office Management by Ariel on Wednesday 28 January 2009 at 9:55 pm

When trying to improve efficiency at work, many people often overlook the easiest thing to fix: communication.  This is especially important when a team of employees works on the same project; if one member finishes a task and doesn’t tell the rest of the team, time is wasted when others start the same task.  Efficient communication can come in many ways, including face to face, over the phone, through email or instant message.  It’s important to keep it short and concise, as too much communication over a small issue can also be a waste of time. (more…)

Ask a question

Posted under Home Page,Promotional Products by Scott on Wednesday 28 January 2009 at 4:59 pm

Do you have marketing questions you need answered?  Do you need more customers but don’t know how to get them?  Do you need a marketing plan?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are in luck.  We are here to help you with all of your marketing questions.  All for free!.  You can ask a question in the comments below or you can email scott@freshbusinessinc.com. So what are you waiting for, Ask us a question!

Employee Management Software

Posted under Uncategorized by Scott on Wednesday 28 January 2009 at 3:02 pm

Do you have trouble keeping track of all your employees and how well they are doing?  Do you spend hours trying to figure out who was your best performer this month?  Are you curious who is the most productive and who wastes company time surfing the internet?  Then you need Employee management software.  This software can streamline your employee performance and time tracking.  With a couple clicks of the mouse you can know who is doing what, how many sales they have made so far this month or year, and who is wasting time.  There are a variety of software programs that can do track your employees work for you and you can find a review of some of the more popular employee management software programs at employeemanagementsoftware.net

Wendy’s 3conomics campaign jumping on the bandwagon

Posted under Home Page,Marketing by Scott on Monday 19 January 2009 at 3:43 am

The Wendy’s 3conomics commerical campaign is really trying to milk the whole economic spin a little to much for me.  It was ok when the Freakonomics book came out since it was new and was the first play on words that I remember with the word economics.  Then there was Wikinomics, another book playing on the word economics.  I was fine with this one too, but now with Wendy’s doing a major nation wide advertising campaign with a bandwagon idea is pretty disappointing.   I don’t know what advertising agency they paid to come up with the Wendy’s 3conomics campaign but I am pretty sure a 1st year college student could come up with something much better.  Maybe some of you like the ads, but you have to agree that it is not creative or original.

5 tips for survival while American’s shrink their debt

Posted under Uncategorized by Ariel on Monday 22 December 2008 at 11:06 pm

1.     Offer discounts, not freebies.  The goal is to increase sales not lose sales, and if you start handing things out you won’t even make a penny.  However, it may be smart to offer your goods and services at discounted prices, especially to your loyal repeat customers.  This shows them that you understand times are tough and want to help them get through the struggle. (more…)

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