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I spend a great deal of my time attending various business seminars throughout the country and I must be honest, it can often be tough. Many of the speakers that are hired at these events offer the same, tired wisdom and similar speeches which are given through monotone voices. Every now and agin however, someone takes to the stage who instantly engages you and sparks a fire of inspiration inside you. The last time this happened to me was when some of the guys from financial services company Patriot Choice Inc. took to they stage to deliver a rousing speech.…

Running a business is tougher than most people realize. Unless you’re in a fortunate minority, there’s no nine till five, even if that’s your office hours. Weekends probably don’t exist, either. You do it because it’s what you do, and you believe that hard work pays. And that’s great if you look after yourself the way you take care of your empire. But do you? How are you feeling today? When your body tells you it needs help Managing the daily grind is inherently stressful, an occupational hazard. Some people thrive in those situations, but in time, the majority start…

The first promotional products date back to 1789, with buttons commemorating the election of President Washington. We’ve come a long way since then, and options for products to promote your organization have increased exponentially, and continue to grow. So when you’re looking for ways to grow your brand, there is a whole new generation of ideas. Clothing When it comes to apparel, consider these new fashion trends and designs: Don’t think of clothes only as polo shirts or things worn on casual Fridays. All the people making field trips to the gym each week need apparel to sweat in as…

Some people rudely refer to New Brunswick as the armpit of Canada. This is not only unfair; it is also plainly untrue. Between the booming cities of Saint John’s, Fredericton and Moncton, the small province that lies between Quebec and Nova Scotia (more traditional destinations for tourists) has plenty to offer by way of industry, education and tourism. In particular, it has been interesting over the past few years to watch the real estate climate in Moncton shift from a buyer’s market to a more balanced market. Investors who were able to catch this trend early are likely patting themselves…

You might think that you can get away with running your business and not hiring a tax professional, but the truth is that having one of these pros available will make your life a lot easier. Check out five reasons why below. A Tax Professional Knows the Laws Tax laws are always changing, so keeping up with them is definitely a challenge. But if you hire a tax professional, who is a master in taxation and who attended a school like Northeastern University for his or her online MST degree, you can rest assured that someone will be on top…

Small businesses in the U.K. are likely to see many changes over the coming years as Brexit is implemented. Here are some of the areas which will have the biggest impact on small firms and their employees. Value of Sterling The strength of the pound is closely linked to the Brexit decision. In the wake of the vote, the value of the currency dropped sharply. This has some serious implications for businesses involved in importing and exporting. Any business which imports raw materials or products will find that the price of these has risen sharply. This will drive up business…

Are you thinking about expanding your business operations into another country or continent? Before you do, it’s important to prepare properly and to be aware of all of the potential pitfalls that lie in wait for you. However, if you follow the tips below, you will put yourself in a much better position when you finally decide to expand into a new market abroad. Develop Your Skills and Knowledge Before you investigate the possibility of entering a new market, it’s crucial to understand how you go about this process. When you do decide to take this action, you have to…

Every entrepreneur has the dream of being a successful businessperson who gets to work for themselves and make their own rules. While there are many great perks associated with going into business for yourself, it’s not without its challenges. Everybody knows that you have to spend money to make money, but did you realize that the more money you make the more you’re going to have to spend? For example, as your enterprise grows, your insurance premiums will likely rise accordingly. How insurance premiums are calculated is largely based on a complex series of variables, but is mostly based on…

It is absolutely essential that you focus on your online reputation. So much so, in fact, that if you are a business, it is recommended that you work together with a reputation management firm to ensure it is maintained at the highest possible standard. Essentially, they will make sure that you have a positive brand image, which is essential for profitability. Why Online Reputations Matter Everything and everybody is online nowadays. All your customers have Facebook, your competition has a successful blog, and people are discussing you on forums, whether you’re online or not. Online communities have a huge amount…

Things that are said through email are not necessarily intellectual or even interesting, but they do represent what was in your brain, and that text is copyrighted to you. In fact, at some point, you may need it again. Thanks to the best email archiving solutions, you will be able to find it again, even years later. Through these solutions, you are also being email compliant, which is very important if you are a business. You can quickly search and retrieve any email that was sent or received. For businesses, this is vital because they have to meet discovery requests…