An industry is not truly an “industry” unless it has a clear definition and useful purpose that involves multiple users and providers. Anything short of those parameters renders the activity or entity as simply being a company or a service — perhaps a useful one on its way to being an industry – and does not raise to the level of a full-fledged industry. Furthermore, a key underpinning of the industry, and how it will progress, succeed and be regarded, is how it regulates itself, plus the value and ‘values’ it brings to the marketplace and/or to the greater platform of a consumerist society. Integrity as an integral component of industry, just cannot be undervalued.
So you’ve set revenue goals for your business. Congratulations! You are well on your way to hitting your target just by taking the time to write down your goals.
Of course, now you have to execute a plan that carries you to the finish line—and staying motivated on down weeks can be a struggle.
“You never know what is going to happen. Just the other day I had a one call close. It can happen,” says Alison Powell, a sales rep at the inbound marketing firm HubSpot. “Don’t slow down because you never know if you are going to get that prospect on the phone who can buy right then and there because the timing is perfect.”
Dean Robinson, CEO of Redmans, a family business advisory firm based in Sydney, Australia, says setting goals for revenue and growth in any small to medium business is much like trying to lose weight. He suggests three rules:
Running a small business can be a lot of work. Many small business owners have not trained specifically to run a business, and for many it is also the first business that they’ve owned. Without past experience running a business, even the smallest details like creating your business cards can become sticking points and threaten to trip you up and disrupt the flow of your business.
That’s where consultants come in: consultants can allow a small and inexperienced business owner to make strategic and prudent decisions. However, hiring the wrong consultant can be an expensive and time consuming mistake. We’ve outlined the steps that you need to consider before you hire that business consultant in order to minimize the chances of losses and mistakes.
Step one: do your research
Well, we all know about ‘trickle-down economics’ – the theory that if the system favors the wealthy and higher-ups, that those lower down the ladder in society and the job ranks would benefit from a cascading or ‘trickling down’ effect. As the well-heeled loosen their purse strings thanks to their financial wherewithal to spend and reload, comfortable knowing that their piggy banks would keep refilling at a relatively consistent pace, the process restarts yet again. Unless you’re at the top of that totem pole, you’re probably not a big fan or defender of the wisdom and results of that business and economics model – especially if you’re a Walmart cashier or stockperson, or are a comparable station-mate in life.
Personalized customer experience is something that companies of virtually all shapes and sizes must provide. Once thought to be a highly complex undertaking & only accessible to large companies, personalization is now something buyers and customers—B2C and B2B—expect from virtually all vendor interactions. This new world of personalized customer experience means every interaction with a brand—whether email, text, online, or in-person—must reflect personal and business preferences and requirements.
Why Personalization Is Important
The business case for personalization is patently obvious. The ability to create unique, personalized experiences translates into more loyal and engaged customers and increased sales. Office space was one area that was mostly unchanged, until Davinci Meeting Rooms changed the industry by letting our customers personalize their office needs by offering hourly rentals. Indeed, a recent study by Gartner finds that brands offering personalization will outperform competitive brands by 15 percent by 2018.
Whether you are a hard core Apple fan, a loyal Android junkie or a Microsoft Windows Phone user, there is a world of mobile apps on the market that promise to help you work smarter. Davinci Virtual has compiled a list of eight of these apps for road warriors, time management-minded professionals and mobile entrepreneurs who refuse to sacrifice productivity no matter where you are.
Ideal for anyone who bills by the hour or project, OfficeTime makes recording and tracking time and expenses simple with a clean, user-friendly interface. The iPhone and iPad versions focus on ease-of-use, recognizing that if time tracking is simple to do, users will be more likely to take the time to do it. OfficeTime takes great care to minimize how many finger taps it takes to do something. If you are a time management or need to track billable hours, this is a great app for you.