In a small business, there’s always something to do. Here are six quick tips that can help you move in the right direction.
It is easy to reduce all expenses of a company with the economic uncertainty. In the long run though, these cuts could turn out to be more expensive. Your competitors may be spending less money on customer service. bit this generally is not a wise option at it will cost more to acquire new customers than trying to keep hold of your existing ones. So if you try to improve your customer service where you can, your company will stand out from the rest.
Some people don’t realize how big a marketing tool websites such as Twitter and Facebook have become. Most of your customers will already be on these networks, and furthermore they are free. That is why your company needs a presence within these networks to speak to customers inexpensively and directly. (But don’t abandon your blog in the process!
It is a good idea to find web directories to increase traffic to your business. Registration is often inexpensive or even free. (If you serve small business, make sure your blog is in the small business blog directory.)
Don’t mix things up. Instead of using your own name, apply for a credit card under the name of your business. A distinct credit history for your business will mean that it will be more likely to qualify for improved payment terms and loans.
Small businesses are finding that banks are more hesitant to provide capital in the current financial climate. The alternative to this is asking for longer payment terms where businesses can change their receivables into operating capital. (This can help your cash flow too.)
The benefit of outsourcing payroll is that it allows your employees to concentrate on more important matters. Instead of dedicating hours per week towards figuring out what employees worked, during which shifts. Outsourcing payroll is time and cost effective which in turn helps boost your companies’ profits.
This guest post is by Michael Turner, who is currently writing on behalf of Ceridian, a HR Outsourcing and Payroll Services company.
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