Amanda Krill https://amandakrill.com Intuitive Alchemist Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:38:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://amandakrill.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/cropped-akfav-32x32.png Amanda Krill https://amandakrill.com 32 32 171411553 How To Deal With Chatty Employees https://amandakrill.com/how-to-deal-with-chatty-employees/ https://amandakrill.com/how-to-deal-with-chatty-employees/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:38:21 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8319 If your employees spend a lot of time chatting to one another, it could be a positive thing – it could be a sign of a warm and friendly workplace and sign that you have a close-knit team. That said, too much chatter can harm productivity. Colleagues could be getting distracted from tasks and not […]

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If your employees spend a lot of time chatting to one another, it could be a positive thing – it could be a sign of a warm and friendly workplace and sign that you have a close-knit team.

That said, too much chatter can harm productivity. Colleagues could be getting distracted from tasks and not giving their work the full concentration it deserves.

While you can simply confront employees about their chatty behaviour, you don’t want to come across like a grouchy schoolteacher constantly telling people to stop talking. By exploring other ways of reducing chatter, you can do it in a more subtle and constructive way. Here are just a few ways to deal with chatty employees.

Determine whether chattiness is truly affecting productivity

Some people are able to chat away all day while still getting tasks done and meeting targets. While it may seem like your employees are spending a lot of time chatting and not working, you may want to monitor their work first to see what they’re achieving.

There is software out there such as this call center workforce management software that can monitor when employees are being idle, sending automated prompts when necessary to get people back to work. In other cases, you may be able to track progress of projects by getting colleagues to share work in a collaborative space that everyone can access.  

Put social employees in social roles

Certain employees may be more talkative than others and may be the ones behind the constant chatter. If you’re able to easily pinpoint these employees, consider whether you’d be able to place them in a role that plays better to their gregarious nature.

They may not be engaged in their current work if it doesn’t require a lot of socializing but may get more out of roles like training other employees or handling meetings with clients.

Offer allocated times for socializing

If the whole team is chatting and this is getting in the way of work, consider setting allocated breaks for socializing throughout the day. Disallow employees from visiting other employees’ desks out of these socialization hours unless it’s for work purposes.

Rethink the open-plan office layout

Most modern offices have open-plan layouts because they’re cheap and they encourage collaboration, however they can also encourage idle chatter. Determine whether there are ways in which you can change the layout to limit conversation. You could even create an area for collaboration and an area for work that require concentration with cubicles – employees may be able to switch between the two depending on the work they’re doing.

Allow the option to work from home

Employees can’t be distracted by colleagues as easily when they’re working from home. Make remote work an option – you may find that many chatty employees still prefer to come into the office each day, however more introverted employees who are easily distracted may choose to work from home more regularly and it could benefit them. 

 

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What are the Best Career Moves for You to Make This Year? https://amandakrill.com/what-are-the-best-career-moves-for-you-to-make-this-year/ https://amandakrill.com/what-are-the-best-career-moves-for-you-to-make-this-year/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 15:08:19 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8315 Trying to determine the ideal career is something that requires a lot of time, effort, and careful planning. There are so many different factors that you need to think about when it comes to improving the job prospects you might have for the future. There are a lot of things to keep in mind, and […]

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Trying to determine the ideal career is something that requires a lot of time, effort, and careful planning. There are so many different factors that you need to think about when it comes to improving the job prospects you might have for the future. There are a lot of things to keep in mind, and you should always be looking for the best career moves for you that will help you to improve your life. 

Make sure you focus on what it takes to come up with some of the best possible elements that are playing a role in this. You have to make sure you think hard about the right approach to take, and how you can find the perfect career moving forward. So, these are some of the best things you can do to find the right outcome that will take your business prospects to the next level today.

Create Opportunities for Yourself

One of the best ways to make positive career decisions these days is to try to create more opportunities for yourself. This is something that you need to make sure you get right as much as possible, and there are a lot of things that play a part in helping with this. There are a lot of ways you can create opportunities, such as creating a personal website and marketing yourself more effectively. This is something that can make a massive difference to the future, and it will help you make a massive difference to your opportunities. 

Look into Working Remotely

Something else you need to make the most of right now is looking at what you can do to improve things and work remotely. This is something that has become much more commonplace since the global pandemic, and there are plenty of things that play a part in helping with this right now. Remote working gives you more flexibility, and if you are a freelancer, this is something you need to focus on as much as you can right now. Try to do as much as possible to find opportunities that will allow you to work remotely. 

Think About the Career That Suits You

It is really important to think about the career that suits you, and this might not always be what you think it is. Try to come up with ideas that will allow you to sample different types of careers, or even to figure out an unusual career path that might benefit you. There are a lot of things that you need to think about when you are trying to do this, and whether you need to prepare to own a funeral home, or get ready to launch your startup, you have a lot of different elements to keep in mind. 

Choosing the career path you want to take is something that you need to make sure you focus on right now. Sometimes it is not always obvious which career is best for you, and you need to try different things or consider unusual options. But, it is important to make sure you are focused on doing what you can to make the best choices for your future right now. 

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Why Are Computers So Confusing? https://amandakrill.com/why-are-computers-so-confusing/ https://amandakrill.com/why-are-computers-so-confusing/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 20:39:44 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8309 Computers are part of everyday life now. Over the last thirty years, they have developed, and technology has grown more complex. The idea of developing the tech we have has always been to make it simpler, so the average person can use it in their home without needing a whole IT department. Unfortunately, what the […]

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Computers are part of everyday life now. Over the last thirty years, they have developed, and technology has grown more complex. The idea of developing the tech we have has always been to make it simpler, so the average person can use it in their home without needing a whole IT department. Unfortunately, what the people behind this technology don’t realise is – understanding how your computer works and what it means when it tells you something is wrong, is not easy at all! 

Computer and software designers probably sit down with coders and brainstorm all the ways they can make our life with computers nice and straightforward. However, have you ever tried to explain something you are really passionate about to one of your friends? Let’s take maths. For some mathematics is a simple process, working out equations is easy. They can see patterns and work out problems in minutes. Trying to explain a maths problem to a creative that doesn’t logically see issues can be almost impossible. Taking even the most simple equation and explaining it step by step, still leaves the creative confused and bewildered. To some people, maths is one of the dark arts, and they will never be able to master it. Computers are the same. It might seem simple, but in reality, when something goes wrong, no matter how hard we try, we can’t get our head around it. This leaves us frustrated, unproductive and pretty helpless! 

Error pages are incredibly confusing. You’re sitting at home trying to access a website or upload something onto your personal blog. You’ve done it a million times before, but this time a warning box comes up with an error code. You try the process again, the same issue. This time you pay more attention to what the error code is trying to tell you. Your computer is telling you something is wrong and wants you to fix it.

In some cases, web designers have got creative with their error codes. The people who model these 404 pages are a great example. While they may bring a smile to our day, they don’t help us to understand what has gone wrong. In most cases with an error 404 code, you have made a small error in the web address. It is as simple as that. 

Another frustrating part of working with computers is when they freeze. The infamous rainbow of doom on Apple computers is a well-known antagonist to anyone trying to be productive. When your computer freezes, there are several issues you could be having; however, you might feel like you need a degree to work out what it is. 

Dealing with all the frustrations can bring you to tears, but you need to start thinking of your computer as a highly intelligent baby. Babies can’t tell you what is wrong with them using words. So they have other ways of alerting you to an issue. If you are a parent and your baby starts to cry, then you run through a checklist. Are they hungry? Could they need a diaper change? Maybe they are tired. You stay calm and run through your list until you find the issue. Then you solve it, often it is straightforward, and before you know it – baby is functioning the correct way again. Of course, sometimes, you might need to call your mum for advice. That’sThat’s ok, nothing wrong with asking an expert! 

Computers behave very much in this way. There are usually only a few things that could be wrong, and they are very simple to solve if you know where to start. For example, if the rainbow of doom shows up, then it’s a sign that you have asked your computer to process far too much at the same time. It needs time to think. So, look at what programs you have open, sometimes there is too much going on in the background, and that causes issues with simple tasks. If you can’t close the programs down, then look at performing a controlled force quit. This will make your computer stop what it is doing there and then. So it can refocus and work on the task in hand. 

It’s essential to remember that our computers are far more intelligent than we will ever be. They are also adept multitaskers. So if you get an error code, more often than not, the issue is with something you have done. As said, if you are receiving an Error 404, then it is likely that you have put in the wrong information and you need to step back, look for typos and start again. If you get really stuck, just use Google and your computer will tell you how to fix it! If only everything were so simple! 

 

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Security: How Do You Do Yours? https://amandakrill.com/security-how-do-you-do-yours/ https://amandakrill.com/security-how-do-you-do-yours/#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 15:45:55 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8304 Every single business out there needs to put their security at the top of their priority list. It’s not just the security of the data in your IT, but your office premises, too. Physical security is just as important as anything else, and the safety of your staff and of yourself really does matter if […]

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Every single business out there needs to put their security at the top of their priority list. It’s not just the security of the data in your IT, but your office premises, too. Physical security is just as important as anything else, and the safety of your staff and of yourself really does matter if you want your business to be successful. 

Offices are often stuffed full of important and expensive equipment, and it’s this equipment that needs to be protected. Sure, you can take out insurance, but there has to be something in place to keep your business property as secure as possible. So, let’s take a look at how you can do your security and do it better than ever.

Start With Alarms

It’s the first thing that you need if you’re thinking about physical security is an alarm for the building. You need to be aware if someone comes in when they’re not supposed to, and you would be better off with a smart alarm system that will let you know that someone breaks in even when you’re not there. You can even get alarm systems that will directly contact the police, which will help you if you don’t get there in time.

ID Everyone

Sometimes, security is breached by outsiders. It could be people looking to poach your clients, or it could be employees who aren’t loyal to you. Knowing that you have the right ID badges on display in lanyards like the ones you can find here, will really help you to keep an open mind about your security. You can ensure that you know who comes in and out of your business, which will help you if something does go wrong.

Light It Up

Often, the assumption of security features in an office is enough to put off potential intruders. So, think about adding security lighting on the exterior of your office building and make sure that it shines brightly. Effective lighting on your office building is going to put off intruders – there’s no cloak of darkness to cover them!

Don’t Be Camera Shy

If you haven’t already, you would be better off choosing a good CCTV company to install the best cameras for your business. There’s nothing wrong with keeping a 24/7 eye on the place, and you can have the peace of mind knowing that your business is well cared for.

Invest In Lockable Cabinets

You don’t want your business intelligence stolen anymore than you want the pot plants pinched. So, invest in cabinets that can be locked. You can then keep important documents in these and keep them as safe as you can. Locked cabinets are harder to open and therefore can put off potential intruders. 

 

Security is paramount for any office building, and it’s important that you choose the right elements for your business. You can ensure that your staff and your clients are as safe as the data and buildings you’re protecting.

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Small Things That Make a Big Difference to Employee Happiness https://amandakrill.com/small-things-that-make-a-big-difference-to-employee-happiness/ https://amandakrill.com/small-things-that-make-a-big-difference-to-employee-happiness/#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 13:10:44 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8299 If you’re a business owner, then your biggest concern will be that your company is developing in all the right areas, and that you continue to be profitable. However, it’s not as if that should be your only concern. A business that focuses exclusively on the bottom line will be considered pretty cold, and it’d […]

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If you’re a business owner, then your biggest concern will be that your company is developing in all the right areas, and that you continue to be profitable. However, it’s not as if that should be your only concern. A business that focuses exclusively on the bottom line will be considered pretty cold, and it’d be no surprise if employee turnover was high. Indeed, one of the best ways to develop your business is to give employee happiness a nudge in the right direction. This will bring plenty of benefits, including improving productivity! And it’s not as if improving employee happiness is all that difficult. We take a look at a few simple things you can do below.

 

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A Relaxed Atmosphere

Your worksite is a place of business, sure, so things should be serious. But it’s not as if it needs to have a “machine-like” atmosphere. Workers don’t work better when they’re in an office that’s grim, and where people are afraid to talk. All that does is ensure that they’ll look for another job as soon as possible. So look at ways to lighten the mood somewhat. Adding more light, plants, and colorful additions to your office can all improve things considerably. You may also want to consider adding a “relaxing zone” in your office — studies have shown that they can make a big difference to staff wellbeing.

Team Spirit

You’re not managing a group of individuals; you’re managing a team. Or at least you should be. If no-one knows each other, then there won’t be much in terms of team spirit. This is one of those things that’s well worth cultivating, however. Studies have shown that people always feel much better about their work when they view their coworkers as friends. You can’t expect this to just happen on its own, though: people won’t become friends if they’re only talking about professional matters at the office. So look at providing a time and space for your employees to get to know one another. Could you end the workday an hour early on a Friday and have after work drinks, for example?

Feeling Valued

The salary that you’re paying your employees should only be the beginning point when it comes to making your staff feel valued. They’ll feel much better about working for your company if you’re giving them bonuses and other rewards from time to time. At the very least, you should get them a Christmas present to thank them for all their hard work. There are bulk christmas gifts for employees found here, so take a look at what’s available, and make a purchase. It’ll be much appreciated by your staff.

An Understanding Boss

Finally, your employees will be much happier if they know that they have an understanding and kind boss, rather than one that just treats them as if they were a robot. Work on improving your communication, and have an open-door policy, so that your team can always come to you if they have a problem.

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How To Boost Your Marketing Prowess Swiftly And Smoothly https://amandakrill.com/how-to-boost-your-marketing-prowess-swiftly-and-smoothly/ https://amandakrill.com/how-to-boost-your-marketing-prowess-swiftly-and-smoothly/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 17:15:59 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8295 When looking to evolve from a budding entrepreneur into an experience and legendary business mogul, one has to have many different skills in his or her repertoire. One of those skills is marketing. Now, you don’t have to be an absolute wizard in order to get to the very top, but you do need to […]

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When looking to evolve from a budding entrepreneur into an experience and legendary business mogul, one has to have many different skills in his or her repertoire. One of those skills is marketing. Now, you don’t have to be an absolute wizard in order to get to the very top, but you do need to know a thing or two. The fundamentals are key as they’ll give you what you need in order to grow continually. 

Learning about marketing and becoming much better at it is a skill like pretty much every other. You’re not going to know much about it, to begin with, but with constant work and effort, you’ll be able to grasp things a lot quicker as time moves on. Here are a few ways to boost your prowess in this area pretty darn smoothly:

Get Stuck Into The Social Media Game

Social media is a crazy way of boosting one’s profile or business – or both! While it’s a basic way of marketing, it can still teach someone the fundamentals of how it all happens. The whole idea is to promote and build relationships with potential customers/clients. Right now, there are few better ways of doing so than the likes of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! If you’re already hooked on some of these apps, then you already have a head start over others looking to do the same as you!

Watch And Listen To Great Content

There will always be people out there that have a few gems and nuggets for you to learn about. Even when you feel as though you have all the tricks up your sleeve, there will be more little ones evading you. Podcasts, YouTube videos, and other similar methods of learning can be easily accessed online, so it’s wise to take advantage of the services than many gurus provide. The beauty of podcasts, etc. is that you can carry on working while passively, unconsciously taking in new info. 

Work With An Agency

There are trained and experienced professionals out there that will be able to help boost your skills, too. If you work together with an agency, you’ll not only benefit from their expertise, but you’ll pick up little slithers of information along the way. You can simply click here and see an example of a firm that provides help with the likes of social media marketing if you have more time to spare. That’s, of course, just one example, but there are heaps out there that will suit what you’re looking for.

Try And Fail!

Like with most business tasks (and most general life tasks, in all honesty), you’ll likely fail a few times before you get it all correct. Some failures may be small and tedious; others might be pretty catastrophic. Regardless of ferocity, you’ll learn from what you did wrong. So the best advice when it comes to learning about marketing theory and techniques is that you should go out and attempt all kinds of things. Experience is the best teacher, so try all types and let your creativity flow – for better or for worse. 

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Make the Most of Online Retail https://amandakrill.com/make-the-most-of-online-retail/ https://amandakrill.com/make-the-most-of-online-retail/#respond Mon, 18 May 2020 18:57:02 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8292 One of the best ways to stay productive and keep making money whilst stuck at home is by starting an online business. Many individuals are discovering this very fact and already capitalizing on an increasingly digital market by offering alternatives to in-person services and streamlining their business online. Of course, there are many different ways […]

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One of the best ways to stay productive and keep making money whilst stuck at home is by starting an online business. Many individuals are discovering this very fact and already capitalizing on an increasingly digital market by offering alternatives to in-person services and streamlining their business online. Of course, there are many different ways for an online business to function, from creative services such as website design, to consultancies, to accountancy and other digital offers. However, there is also the possibility to thrive as an online retail business, delivering products straight to your customer’s door. You can either sell products you have created yourself, source products from other locations, or a mixture of the two. But how can you make the most of this revenue stream and maximize the success of your online retail business?

Great Design

One of the most important elements of any website – and especially a retail website – is a great design. You want your products to be presented in a way that is attractive, stylish, and very easy to navigate. Ideally, there will be a minimal number of clicks between a customer discovering your product, and completing a purchase. Information should be clearly laid out, and your visitors should know instinctively how to navigate your online shop – exactly as you would pay attention to the ergonomic layout of a physical store. It is also important to consider your target consumer and tailor your website design to this audience, considering elements such as color (bright or dark) and font (whimsical or serious).

Clever Sourcing

If you are providing your own product, through manufacturing or as a craftsperson, your main concern might be in covering the cost of materials, and making sure you are able to work fast enough to meet demand! However, if your online retail shop is built on a model that sources products from other locations, you’ll have more elements to consider. Your business will be built on being able to buy products in bulk from cheaper sources, and then sell to individuals at a small profit. You want to be able to find the best prices whilst also trusting your sources to provide a quality product. It could be worth looking at the services of an agent to investigate sources such as 1688, alibaba, and more, and help you discover the best deals. The most important thing here is to do your research as thoroughly as possible!

Good Customer Service

One of the main areas where online business – particularly retail services – fall down, is in customer service. Now, hopefully you will never run into any issues or complaints, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It might seem overkill for a business you’re running from the comfort of your own home, but you’ll feel so much more secure if you have a customer service policy set up, and you know how you will respond to any problems. This will enable you to deal with any teething problems quickly, keep your clients happy, and ensure your business can endure and become successful!

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Essential Advice for Setting Up a Temporary Workplace https://amandakrill.com/essential-advice-for-setting-up-a-temporary-workplace/ https://amandakrill.com/essential-advice-for-setting-up-a-temporary-workplace/#respond Fri, 15 May 2020 18:11:02 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8287 Your business might need to set up a temporary workspace for a number of reasons. It could be for a temporary project, such as a construction project, or it could be that you need to expand your current premises for a short period of time. You might need an office, training room, or other spaces […]

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Your business might need to set up a temporary workspace for a number of reasons. It could be for a temporary project, such as a construction project, or it could be that you need to expand your current premises for a short period of time. You might need an office, training room, or other spaces that give you somewhere for your staff or contractors to work. When you need to set up a temporary workplace, there are various things that you need to think about to ensure you have everything that you need. Here are some of the things that you can do to plan your workspace.

Use Portable Buildings

An easy way to set up the space that you need is to use portable buildings. These can be sheds, storage units, offices, lunchrooms, and more. With access to cheap demountable buildings, you can quickly set up your workspace and remove it just as quickly when you no longer need it. They are ideal for places such as construction sites, but they can be useful for any other business that might need to expand their space temporarily. Perhaps your goal is to eventually extend your premises permanently, but you need a temporary solution until it’s possible.

Ensure Essential Utilities and Facilities

When you have people working in a temporary workspace on your site, you need to ensure they have the facilities and utilities necessary to do their jobs. This includes making sure that there is electricity and plumbing, as well as other necessities, such as an internet connection. You need to provide enough bathroom facilities for the number of employees you have working out of the space. You might also need to provide a lunchroom, cafeteria, or breakroom so that they have somewhere to go when they need to eat or rest.

Provide Equipment

As well as having the right spaces, you need to provide the necessary equipment for your temporary workspace. This might include office furniture and hardware or any other equipment that is needed for your employees to do their work. Consider not just what they might need but how you will set it all up and ensure it’s all ready to go. You don’t want to have any delays because you haven’t finished sourcing and installing equipment, or you don’t have the right tools. Make a list of everything that you need and talk to your employees about their requirements.

Keep the Site Secure

Security might also be an issue for your temporary worksite. If you want to keep it secure, there are a few solutions that you might use. An alarm system, security cameras, or even a security guard might be options that you want to consider. It can be even more important to secure temporary worksites as they might be easier to tamper with compared to permanent buildings, and they can be unsafe environments for the general public too.

When you set up a temporary workplace for your business, make sure you have all of the essentials to provide for your workers.

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Ten Top Benefits Of Working Remotely https://amandakrill.com/ten-top-benefits-of-working-remotely/ https://amandakrill.com/ten-top-benefits-of-working-remotely/#respond Fri, 15 May 2020 12:33:01 +0000 https://amandakrill.com/?p=8283 If you have ever considered working remotely, now would be the time to do it. We’re mostly working from home right now while we are in the middle of this pandemic, and it can be what you need to spark the desire to stay that way. Working from home isn’t easy, nor is working remotely […]

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If you have ever considered working remotely, now would be the time to do it. We’re mostly working from home right now while we are in the middle of this pandemic, and it can be what you need to spark the desire to stay that way. Working from home isn’t easy, nor is working remotely in general, but you can make it work! Remote working has been around for a long time, but it’s now that it’s more exciting than ever and more available to those in a range of industries. It’s common knowledge that most people think that they need an office to be able to work, but really, they don’t at all! 

Not only does giving up your office save you money, you have the chance to be far freer than you ever have been. Flexibility is going to change things for you, and it’s going to do wonders for your business, too. Despite the success of remote working, though, it’s important that people understand what it can mean. For example, if you currently have an office to work from and you decide to come away from that, you may need to consider using services like VHQ to make sure that you still maintain a professional image in your business. It can be so good to work on the go, but it’s not for everyone and you may want to look into local offices for rental for those times you really do need premises to work from. In the meantime, a virtual office can do amazing things for your business and help you to promote the image that you want. 

Are you still in need of convincing? Well, we’ve got ten of the top benefits to teach you why working remotely could be the best thing that you ever do. Let’s take a closer look!

  • You Can Be More Flexible

When you work remotely, you can be more flexible about where you are and with whom you work. Remote working can empower you to get out into the world without any geographical limits. You can work with others who are further away from you and those who you wouldn’t have considered before due to location. Your flexibility in remote working will facilitate a wider coverage for your business, and you’ll have a chance to execute business wherever you want it to be.

  • Do Better For Your Customers

If you are effectively managing your customers and their needs, you’re going to reach new levels of customer satisfaction. Happy customers buy into your business a lot more, and you have to be able to adapt your business to match the changing needs of your customers as a whole. You can do better and better for the people who want to buy from you.

  • No Stress

Sure, you don’t have an office to work from, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be stressed out when you are working. You can stay productive, and make your working environment a friendly one – and all because you aren’t rushing too and from an office anymore. Zoom meetings, flexible working time and working via email allows people to have more of a life around their work. Your employees will feel more motivated to work better, too, and given that there is flexibility in your work, you’ll feel more empowered than ever before.

  • Excellent Marketing

Did you know that working from home can offer you a better marketing strategy? You can spend more time identifying different marketing systems and direct your products to the right audience. You have more of a chance to be in your audience’s eyeline when you are working from home, too, as you are not limited to working certain hours throughout the day.

  • Better Business Turnover

Most remote businesses can be empowered to offer their best products to the audience, and they’re able to do it much faster, too. Meeting customer requests is easier when working remotely, too.

  • Saving Money

Working remotely will save your expenses in a big way. You have no rent for an office, no office equipment to pay out for and fewer technology costs, too. With no main line phone system and no servers to pay for, you can ensure that you save your money. You don’t need to worry about an office space until you really need one, and paying for a virtual office reception will help you to maintain your image at a much lower cost!

  • Space Saving

You are never going to run out of room when you work remotely – your work goes wherever you go. You can connect to your business at any time from anywhere in the world. This allows you to accomplish your tasks and feel good for that, too.

  • Employee Loyalty

Most employees who like to work from home do so because they want flexibility and independence. They don’t want to use up valuable sick days – not when they can work around their hours and their free time. Your staff can get their tasks done on their own time and work better because they have more freedom. They will be more loyal to you when you offer them the right setting to work in.

  • No Dress Code

Working from home means that you don’t have to dress up and there’s no uniform to worry about. There’s no need to worry about buying suits for work or dressing for interviews. People work better when they are comfortable and that means that your staff can wear what they want when they want!

  • Better Focus

Working remotely allows you and your staff to concentrate on their work. They feel happy where they are in their location and they will work better when they feel more comfortable. As a remote worker, all the business benefits of a successful company become apparent and all because you chose to focus on working rather than get dragged into the office. Consider home working if you haven’t already, and you can witness the benefits for yourself.

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Your worst nightmare is running out of stock and goods. Without physical products and materials, it’s impossible to fulfill orders and turn a profit. The supply chain is what keeps the flow of goods and services steady so that your business is never in an awkward position. Of course, the supply chain is only efficient if it’s managed correctly. If you don’t put the right practices in place, it may break down and stunt everything from sales to the brand’s reputation.

The boss has to manage the flow of goods and services across the entire company. While you may not deal with every issue, you are the person your employees call if something goes wrong. Plus, workers make mistakes, or unforeseen circumstances cause problems, it’s your standing in the industry on the line. Dealing with inventory and delivery, coordinating with suppliers and manufacturers, and syncing in-store purchases with online orders is undoubtedly a challenge. 

Unfortunately, you can’t quit because the process is too hard. The leader must stand up and be counted, or else the business could go bust. Thankfully, supply chain management techniques will ensure goods and services are readily available while making your life easier.

Here are five every entrepreneur should know, regardless of the size of your company or its reputation.

Choose Suppliers In Line With Your Values

The first step is to pick the right suppliers. Thanks to the internet and advancements in technology, suppliers are more common than ever before. It’s not rare for big businesses to have tens of thousands partners they rely on to maintain their market share. Some sources have the figure in the hundreds of thousands, which presents another problem – sorting out the quality ones from the mediocre and substandard.

An excellent option, apart from checking references and their commercial goals and achievements, is to line up with suppliers that share your values. Not only is it important to you, but it’s an essential element for shoppers, too, as customers won’t accept items unless they tick all the boxes. 

Eco-friendly products and services are in the consumers’ sights at the moment. Helping the environment is a major issue, so hiring suppliers that provide paperboard food packaging instead of plastic packaging should prove that you’re a brand people can trust. Plus, going green reduces commercial expenses in the long-term.

When you choose the correct suppliers from the outset, you won’t waste time recruiting new ones.

Create A Supply Chain Team

Bosses have a fantastic tactic when they need help – they delegate to other people. From third-party outsourcers to in-house employees, delegating responsibility isn’t running from the problem. From an outsourcing perspective, it’s an incredibly useful way to plug the gaps in your knowledge while cutting back and maintaining a high level of standard. Regarding your employees, there’s nothing better than rewarding them with more authority to make decisions. The art of delegation is a weapon that you should wield regularly.

A sticking point with the supply chain is that there are hundreds of elements to control. As a result, it’s too much for a single person to manage. Delegating, then, isn’t about trusting one person but a team to avoid people from being overwhelmed. The chances are high that you don’t have a specific group to take care of supply chain management, yet you can create one. 

Getting members of each section of the company to collaborate should boost efficiency and productivity. Also, mistakes will be easier to spot and negate.

Of course, the key is to communicate openly. Without clear and concise conversations, issues big and small will fall through the cracks and result in a lack of stock.

And Train Them

Team members with responsibility will understand what they need to do and how to carry out their roles. One of the reasons you trust them is that they have shown over the years that they are capable of hitting high standards without holding your hand. However, the flip side is the people who work under them – the supply chain management staff. Assuming that these workers know what’s expected of them is a massive leap.

A favorite quote of employers is “I didn’t know.” If something goes wrong, they rarely hold up their hands and admit fault. Therefore, it’s vital to limit this excuse by training supply chain staff in the best supply chain management tactics. 

Videos and graphics will play a significant role in your training program because this content does contain useful information. However, the average person’s attention span is short, so you must make training as practical as possible. Show them a procedure and get them to try it out as a dry run. The more they physically perform the act, the better it will stick in their minds.

A quality training program should introduce people to everything from the flow of materials to the flow of information and money. 

Structure Tech Around Your Workflows

Structuring technology around your workflows sounds straightforward, yet lots of businesses do it the other way around. New gadgets and gizmos are too shiny and exciting to leave in the background, so bosses afford them more control than necessary. The logic is simple – tech is helpful, so it’s not going to make the processes worse. If you believe this to be true, you will experience supply chain management glitches.

Technology is a huge help, yet only when you choose the correct tools and equipment. Otherwise, it’s a waste of money. The trick is to review the effectiveness of the supply chain and highlight areas that require work. That way, you can match a piece of software or hardware with the problem. A prime example is inventory management. Businesses run out of stock and materials because they don’t know how much they have stockpiled. It’s shocking how easy it is to fall into this trap, especially when you have a big factory with plenty of storage.

The good news is that organizations can download apps that provide accurate data relating to stock levels. Top applications do this by keeping tabs on tons of information, from SKU numbers to descriptions and analytics reporting.

The latter is a powerful feature that you will want on your team. Stock reports not only show you when you need to buy more products but offer insights into cost-cutting and forecasting measures.

Involve The Suppliers

Cultivating a relationship with your suppliers is a critical part of the process. Similar to how you interact with your employees and customers, you’ve got to talk with clients regularly. As well as this, you should review and share objectives to ensure that you’re both on the same page. Among other things, this will help you to measure performance and add value.

What you may not see as integral to your relationship is including suppliers in making supply chain decisions. That’s solely down to your and your team, or at least that’s how you see it. But, if you think about it logically, you’ll realize that suppliers have access to data that may transform the supply chain. For instance, they will know what’s selling in stores compared to which items are moving from online shelves. 

This basic knowledge allows the business to tweak the supply chain to offer specific customer demographics what they want on the platform of their choosing. The results usually range from more streamlined operations to improved responsiveness.

Managing the supply chain is a massive job that you should not do on your own. With this advice, you don’t have to do it alone. Doesn’t that sound less stressful?

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