Over the years, I’ve used various tools to help manage my business. I’ve used Quickbooks, MYOB, SAGE, Wave Accounting and ZOHO Books extensively. But I’ve never really been happy. One reason is the ‘add-ons’. Want to run a payroll? Pay extra. HR? Pay extra. Inventory management? Pay extra. And when you can’t ‘add on’, it’s […]
A toxic workplace is a crushing environment in which to spend 8 to 10 (or more) hours a day. You can avoid them by watching out for these warning signs.
Times are always tough somewhere. Countries, regions and industries all have economic cycles. Right now almost everyone is hurting due to COVID-19. Economists and governments are expecting many job losses to be permanent. Unemployment is forecast to remain high for some years to come. That’s encouraging (or forcing) many of us to rethink our future […]
Are you working from home now? Are you hearing lots of sounds and noises that are alien to your workplace… kids playing, neighbors arguing, dogs barking? These and similar noises can kill productivity. As an antidote, many of us like to crank up the music as ‘white noise’. But is it? Or is it just […]
Are you one of the countless small business owners wondering how you can survive the COVID-19 crisis? Will your staff return? What about your customers? If you’re in retail, the following article by Jane Cohen, a Partner at KPMG Strategy, is a five minute read that may help you to navigate the next few months. […]
Six tips for beating distractions and procrastination! My working career spans 50 years. For at least 30 of those, I’ve worked from a home office. For the last 20 years, I’ve lead a team of focused writers, social media specialists and coders… all from my home office. And they all work from home too! It […]
From facial recognition payments to super fast delivery and even in-store childcare services, there is a lot that Western countries could learn from the ‘new retail’ concept in China. ‘New Retail’ The term ‘new retail’, coined in 2016 by Jack Ma, Alibaba founder, describes the future of retail in China. It’s a future focused on […]
Working from home can be a big benefit to employees, offering them flexibility and freedom to take charge of their own time.
But there are challenges that perhaps don’t seem obvious at first glance.
Chengwei Liu, Associate Professor of Strategy and Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick Bestselling business books promise to teach you the winning formula and reveal the secrets of success. But the inconvenient truth is that exceptional successes in business are largely based on luck. No rule exists for achieving exceptional performance because it usually […]
Everyone loves a helpful, cheerful worker… their manager, the owner and the customers. After all, enthusiastic optimists are wonderful colleagues. Reliable, pretty much trouble and conflict free, they can always be counted on. But are they great for your business? Are they really the asset you think they are? According to organizational psychologist and Wharton […]