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How hard is it to start an import #stock #market #news #today

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If you wish YOU CAN WIN

So you want to sell to the world? Thanks to the Internet, setting up an import/export business can be ridiculously simple and very profitable.

• Pick a product to import or export.

When it comes to importing and exporting, you cannot be all things to all customers. Decide on something and stick with it.

You have two viable reasons for choosing a product to import or export: you know it will sell or you like it. Hopefully, you can meet both criteria.

• Find the right market.

You’ve selected a product, now you must look for someplace to sell it! Do the homework and research the market beforehand to locate the best potential foreign market for your product or service. Use import export data to check market trends. These resources are helpful for determining where in the world products and services are moving to and from, and why and how to get in on the action.

• Source a supplier. Check here

  • Finalize the relationship and seal the deal

If you are an importer, you must seal the deal before your goods will be shipped to you. If you are an exporter, you must agree with the buyer and provide the goods upon receiving the money.

After signing an agreement with the supplier or manufacturer (as drawn by your attorney ), you will be granted the right to import the goods into your country or export from your country; as one of their designated import / export partners. The manufacturer will pay you the specific commission quoted to the distributors on top of the price of the goods. And you will be given catalogs and samples for your use in distribution.





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What is business acumen and how do you get it? Practically Perfect PA #best #business #loans

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What is business acumen and how do you get it?

September 9, 2013 December 29, 2015

Over the last few weeks I have been developing a twitter strategy for one of my company s clients. They are an online events business and we are helping them with their marketing so I have been learning about hybrid and online events. I already know how to market via social media, I understand the world of events and I can create content fairly easily but prior to. oh I don t know a few weeks ago I knew very little about hybrid events. I would be able to tell you what a hybrid event was but very little else, now I have online event information seeping out of every pore (it isn t very pleasant!)

The reason I can bring myself up to speed so quickly is because I have spent 10 years working as an assistant and I have become very good at developing business acumen! I also hopped from one industry to another so I had to constantly learn how these business were run, the jargon that was used and the different codes of conduct each industry sector had. I had to understand all of this to support my boss effectively.

I think it is so very important for assistants to have good business acumen because without it I don t see how we can support our managers or move up the career ladder.

So what is business acumen?

I really like this definition of business acumen, it is from the Financial Times Lexicon :

In practice, people with business acumen are thought of as having business sense or business smarts . They are able to obtain essential information about a situation, focus on the key objectives, recognise the relevant options available for a solution, select an appropriate course of action and set in motion an implementation plan to get the job done.

So that sounds easy to achieve right? Erm no, I didn t think so either! Developing business acumen takes time, it has to be achieved through learning and training and ultimately it has to be part of your ongoing development plan. Expanding your business acumen has to be constant.

Having strong business sense isn t easy to develop but it is incredibly important for an assistant to have. We support people that have very strong business acumen, they wouldn t be in the position they are in without it! How can we support them if we do not have an understanding of their business, their strategic objectives and the pressures they face on a daily basis? The difficulty is that a lot of organisations don t understand this need and do not offer assistants the opportunity to attend training courses or take time out of their day to build their business acumen. Many bosses do not see the potential in their assistants or the added bonus of having an assistant with a good knowledge of the business and what that means in terms of the extra support they would receive.

So how do we develop business acumen?

There are of course ways around this problem but it does mean that assistants will have to be particularly proactive in developing their own business acumen. Trust me though it is totally worth the effort!

Firstly, is your manager supportive of your training needs? If so, well done! Ask that you attend training courses on the areas that you could improve, for example business finance or process management. If your manager is supportive then build business acumen improvement into your overall development plan and ensure you have an objective based on the wider business such as working on a cross departmental project.

Does your organisation have a graduate programme? If it does then ask to attend their initial training sessions on the industry. I did this when I first started working in insurance. There was so much jargon and codes of conduct, especially when working with Lloyd s of London that I asked to attend an Introduction to Insurance course which was in-house and specifically for the new graduates. I was the only EA on the course but it was so helpful and didn t cost my company a penny.

Does your manager subscribe to business magazines? If they do, this is great because you open their post and can read the magazines before giving it to them! Don t worry I don t think they will be offended that you are reading their magazine they will probably be in total shock that you are taking an interest! Not only does this help with your business knowledge it also gives you something to talk to your boss about, which is great when you don t have a lot in common.

This brings me to a really important point! Read everything. I love Julie Perrin s blog on business acumen for administrative professionals because it really goes into detail on what assistants should be reading and how to actually create the time to read. This is well worth the read, once you ve finished reading my blog obviously! Reading business material does not cost your company anything and I honestly think it helps enormously.

Do you take minutes at meetings? Again this is another fantastic way to increase your business acumen. In a previous role I managed 12 Committees all of which had a special interest in different areas of accountancy. I attended all of the Committee meetings and took all of the minutes. During the meetings I would really listen to what everyone was saying and take notes on anything I didn t understand so that I could research it later. I would also talk to the members during refreshment breaks and read all of the supporting documents along with their regular newsletters. Oh my goodness, by the end of the 4 years I worked in that role my knowledge of accountancy was extraordinary! I once attended a networking event for one of the Committees and talked to a new member for half an hour before he realised I wasn t actually an accountant (thank God!)

Lastly do you attend meetings with your manager? This task will bring you into contact with the company’s decision makers and you will be privy to their conversations and how they come to make decisions. Ensure you listen to these people. If you know why decisions are made in the company then you can start to make choices about your everyday work following the same strategy as the executive team. This will massively increase your knowledge and keep you focussed on improving your business acumen. When it comes to your review you can demonstrate to your manager that not only do you understand the company’s strategy but you are also implementing it into your own work by thinking strategically. This depth of knowledge will be impressive because they might not think you consider the bigger picture.

Understanding the bigger picture, where your boss fits into it and in turn how you can help support their goals is a fundamental requirement of a great assistant. Developing your business acumen will also give you a fantastic foundation and allow you to move up the career ladder and gain a well deserved promotion.

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Entry Level Business Analyst, IT Salary #business #plan #outline

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Entry-Level Business Analyst, IT Salary

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level IT Business Analysts, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level IT Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Atlanta (1 percent less).

Business Analyst, IT Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Business Analyst, IT in Durham:

“Be Happy with Ambiguity & Leading from “Behind-the-Scenes””

People leverage a BA to help make things make sense. It’s still a very new role to many companies and firms and parts of it are very meta. Often while you are eliciting, defining, and documenting requirements and processes, you will be simultaneously demonstrating the process for doing so and standardizing it. Developers, Project Managers, Tech Leads, UX & Design and Business stakeholders are not always going to know where in the Venn diagram your contributions end that their’s begin and vice versa. Job postings will often ask to be a project manager, a coder, a designer, a financial analyst, a “savior” of all things project and business related and you will have figure out (much like practicing analysis on the job) “is what they say they want, what they really need?” It’s a rewarding job if you like solving problems, helping others, and serving something larger than yourself, but it’s a “behind-the-scenes” gig so the ability to be happy with your invisible leadership is paramount.





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How Hard Is It to Be a Small Business Owner? Small Business Blog #government #business #grants

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How Hard Is It to Be a Small Business Owner?

There are a lot of misconceptions about being a small business owner. Like…

People often think that being a small business owner is easy because you get to be your own boss and set your own hours.

The Reality : Most small business owners work harder than they used to work when they had a corporate job.

People think that being a small business owner is glamorous – you get to make big decisions, make big money, and have a carefree lifestyle.

The Reality . Most small business owners have to wear many hats – sometimes getting to be a strategic visionary, but other times having to serve as a front-line customer service person, amateur psychologist, or office janitor.

But one of the biggest misconceptions about being a small business owner is that it’s too “hard.” I recently read an article on the Naked Capitalism blog entitled Tech Titans Promoting Basic Income Guarantee as a Way to Shrink Government, Kill Social Programs , which suggested that being an entrepreneur is a raw deal for most people:

But who wants to be an entrepreneur? Seriously. If you can hold a job with any stability and you don’t mind the work and get on with your boss and co-workers, it’s a vastly better deal than running your own show…being in business for yourself is almost a roll-back for the whole rationale of advanced economies: that of specialization. In a larger organization, the really good sales guy can mainly do sales, plus the unavoidable internal politics and bureaucratic tasks. The accountant can mainly do accounting, and so on.

By contrast, starting a business requires lots of skills, including selling, negotiating, having common sense about priorities, being able to size up potential backers and employees, being able to budget and manage funds. It’s a drag if you are really good at one particular thing to have to do all that other stuff, even if you are capable of it.

The payoff curve for entrepreneurship looks a lot like that of lines of employment that most parents would tell their kids to avoid: acting, playing sports, writing novels. Remember, 90% of all new businesses fail within three years. And like J.K. Rowling, A-list Hollywood stars, and football pros, the lure of the huge payoffs at the top end masks the steep falloff after that.

First of all, it’s not true that “90% of all new businesses fail within three years” – according to statistics from the Small Business Administration. about half of small businesses survive for five years or more, and one-third survive for 10 years or more. That’s a lot longer than I’ve lasted at any corporate job.

This article also makes it sound like entrepreneurship only offers rewards to the people at the top – as if most small business owners are a bunch of low-paid losers who would be better off trying to make it as actors in Hollywood. But even if we’re not going to be the next Bill Gates, most small business owners make a decent living – according to an American Express OPEN survey on the average entrepreneur’s salary. as of 2013, small business owners paid themselves an average annual salary of $68,000 – which is significantly more than the 2013 U.S. median household income of $52,250.

But more broadly, I disagree with the premise of the argument that it’s “too hard” to be a small business owner because you don’t get to specialize in what you do best.

It’s true that when you work for a big company, there are certain “economies of scale” that enable the big company to do things faster, cheaper, and perhaps better than a smaller company could. This is a basic principle of economics. However, for small business owners today, in the age of the Internet, there are so many great online small business tools and resources that can help you be more productive! You don’t have to be a big company to get big results in 2015 – you can use business-grade tools and resources to outsource, automate, and delegate various business tasks and daily operations, whether it’s basic back-office functions like simple accounting, invoicing, or payment processing, or more advanced skills like marketing, building customer relationships, and business inventory management .

As a small business owner today, you’re in business “for” yourself, but not “by” yourself. You can get help with almost any business topic imaginable online. You can connect with other entrepreneurs on LinkedIn for advice and ideas. You can get free business mentoring from SCORE, the Small Business Administration’s mentoring program. Even if you’re a solo entrepreneur or small business owner with only a few employees, there are many ways to make your business seem “bigger” without the bigger costs.

It’s simplistic (and wrong) to think that it’s too hard to be an entrepreneur, so no one should want to do it. I think it s actually the opposite – while it s never easy to run your own business – there are always financial risks and stresses, and lots of hard work – the Internet is making it easier than ever before to run a business. Not everyone has the right combination of ambition, hustle, vision, and sheer willpower that makes for a successful small business owner – but if you do, the rewards (and the daily sense of freedom) make it all worthwhile.

Ideally, as a small business owner, you should get to specialize more than ever before in doing what you do best every day. Use some of these cheap (or free) online business tools and mobile apps to outsource or automate the daily tasks that you don t like to do or aren t as good at. Being an entrepreneur helps you unleash your productive, creative potential like nothing else!





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Business Solutions – Growth Strategies For The IT Channel #start #up #business

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Bringing together hardware, software, and subject-matter expertise allows these two companies to win big in the manufacturing vertical.

Simplifying the critical restaurant application landscape on a single software platform is driving big gains for a new ISV.

At the time of this writing, I m fresh off of RSPA RetailNOW 2016. Coming back from an event like RetailNOW, my mind and notebook are overloaded with takeaways from the various education sessions, keynote speakers, and interactions with resellers and vendors. Indeed, over the four-plus days I was in Texas, I have more than 30 pages of notes.

  • EMV Integration Addresses Legacy POS
  • Tips From A Security Assessment Startup Turned Thriving Integrator
  • Address The Needs Of Small Restaurants

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PRODUCT REVIEWS

We compare 11 business continuity solutions. Which is right for you and your customers?

  • Product Comparison: Endpoint Security Solutions 2016
  • Product Comparison: RMM Software 2016
  • Product Comparison: Backup & Recovery Software, Part 2

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When you hear about a security breach, you probably think something like, The IT department must have missed something. But increasingly, breaches are caused by factors outside of IT s control. Today, a breach is just as likely to be the result of a devious email or an unwitting employee s error as a breakdown in IT.

As the world moves to browser-based applications (whether hosted on your own server or with a provider such as Amazon), it can mean that some of your applications might be on a local server in your office and others are hosted somewhere else. For example, you may have a hosted CRM ( Customer Relationship Management ) system, while your accounting or ERP software application stays behind closed doors where it is more difficult for a hacker to gain access.

Once a VAR or ISV makes a decision to pursue monthly recurring revenue opportunities in payment processing, the big question becomes how? Two Moneris subject matter experts offer guidance on the big decisions that must first be considered.

The once sluggish area of payments has quickly become anything but in the past few years. In fact, payments have become one of the most dynamic aspects of retailing. Retailers have often incorporated payment changes only as necessary. However, with continuous changes in industry requirements, consumer expectations and consumer access to new payment methods, retailers have had to adjust to become more nimble and flexible.

NAB Velocity, based in Denver CO, provides software developers and businesses with secure and customizable payment solutions, including credit and debit card processing, ACH processing, and gift/loyalty card programs from an ecosystem of payment service providers. As a division of North American Bancard Holdings, LLC (NAB), an industry partner with over 20 years of experience and knowledge servicing merchants, enabling agents, and supporting partners, NAB Velocity is the omnichannel platform to an integrated system of payment and merchant services.

The transition to managed services from a break-fix business model can be challenging for MSPs. There is much to consider in terms of setting expectations, documenting the deliverables, and defining how the MSP s relationships with its clients will be governed under this new model.

eMarketer predicts 37.5 million Americans will use proximity mobile payments this year a 61.8 percent increase over 2015 and total value of mobile payment transactions in the U.S. alone will grow 210 percent in the same period.

An IT solution provider discusses a major data center growth trend that every channel IT company should be taking advantage of right now.

SPECIAL REPORTS

If you want to know more about EMV and how to maximize your payments-related revenue, this guide is for you. After surveying both small and large retailers on their top technology needs (and where they plan to spend), surveying our own readers, and studying analysts data on the market, we came up with a list of the four most important topics of today and the near future: payment processing (special focus on security/EMV and mobility), mobile POS, POS-as-a-Service, and customer experience/ engagement.

Many IT solutions providers, both VARs and software developers, rank dealing with payment security slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. It s not something people want to spend time on. To most, payment security is not a money-making profit center. Additionally, the rules seem to be ever-changing and nearly impossible to get ahead of. To top it off, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead.

Are your vendor partners merely providers of product for you to sell, or true partners that are walking with you hand-in-hand and working to help you succeed? If you didn t answer true partners, it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

Here are 2016 s Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

2016 is just a few holiday parties away and will be here before we know it. This month prior is a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past year. What has your company done well? Are there wins you should be celebrating? What will your company look like in the years to come? What have you struggled with? Are you taking steps to ensure that those same struggles don t occur in 2016?

Healthcare IT continues to evolve and change, and IT solutions providers in this vertical need to address the challenges their clients face as they try to keep up with standards, regulations, and trends.

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At MAXfocus we provide over 12,000 MSPs and IT support companies globally with the integrated Remote Monitoring, Mail Security, Backup and ServiceDesk capability you need to make your clients lives easier. We also provide free training, sales and marketing materials to help build your business.

For more than 30 years, APG Cash Drawer has been designing and delivering cash drawers with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options. An APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no service required, and no headaches. Our cash drawers are so well constructed and so reliable that our customers install them and forget them – even in the most demanding environments.

We ve spent more than 40 years helping lead the electronic payment revolution, and we remain at the industry s forefront. Providing merchants and partners with seamless, secure solutions and the latest industry intelligence, Moneris helps the businesses we serve unlock new possibilities and take advantage of new avenues for growth.

ConnectWise is the leading business management solution designed exclusively for technology organizations, such as IT solution providers, MSPs, software companies, hardware/software resellers, and System Integrators.

Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the as a service model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented free POS program that allows the company s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.

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E-Business (e Business) – Definitions and Ways to Create it Better #find #business

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e-Business

There are many definitions of e-business, for example we can defines e-business as any net business activity that transforms internal and external relationships to create value and exploit market opportunities driven by new rules of the connected economy. actually the word e means electronic so it means business via electronic channels as website, social networks and emails. Therefore e-commerce is result of e business.

e-Business Definition

First of all, look at the word e-business, it includes from two words 1- e 2- business so we can define it electronic business however, it is more than an absolute state of a company and it targets the market opportunities of conducting business under new electronic channels. which revolve around the Internet.

e-business communications in markets

e Business Range

This is an acknowledgement that e business comes in many forms and can be implemented to a very small or a large degree. It is also an acknowledgement that the Internet is an essential component of an e-business strategy. Laudon and Laudon s (2002) definition of e-business, as the use of the Internet and other digital technology for organizational communication, coordination and the management of the firm, encompasses these different adaptations. In the broadest possible terms, however, e-business is an electronic way of doing business. The fact that the value proposition of e-business includes the creation of new market opportunities through electronic channels, should not be ignored as these electronically channeled market opportunities enable companies to lower transaction costs, reduce delivery times, improve customer services, and add convenience.

This site is concerned with the implementation of e-business in the construction industry. In this context, e-business is defined broadly as the conduct of construction business by electronic means.

This fits with broad definitions of the term e-commerce exemplified by the definitions below:

  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): The electronic exchange of information that support and govern commercial activities including organizational management, commercial management, commercial negotiations and contracts, legal and regulatory frameworks, financial settlement arrangements and taxation (OECD,1999).
  • Learnthat. e-Commerce is not just about buying and selling online, but also includes all forms of business activities that are conducted over the Internet (e.g. the business-to-business flow of information between companies or within a company, communication between businesses, online advertising, etc.).
  • Kalakota and Whinston: e-Commerce at its grass root level can be described as an electronic method of doing business, typically over the Internet. Broadly defined, however, eCommerce is a modern business methodology that addresses the needs of organizations, merchants and consumers to cut costs while improving the quality of goods and services, and increasing the speed of service delivery .

Thus, the term, e-business, as used in this site should not be considered synonymous with narrow definitions of e-commerce as the process of buying and selling goods and services online.

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It #small #business #loans

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It

This post includes affiliate links.

If you want to work from home and make money blogging, then you need to have the right tools, resources, and information to guide your way.

With an overwhelming amount of information on the web it’s often confusing figuring it all out. Listed below are some of the resources that I use, recommend, or that I’ve found helpful on my blogging journey.

These tools will not only help get you started but they’ll make the process easier so you can start making money faster.

First, grab my FREE Blogging e-book. it will teach you how to write great content, get tons of traffic to your blog and most importantly, how to make money from it!

To start the process you ll need to choose a blogging platform; or in technical terms a content management system (CMS). There are many different CMS platforms to choose between, but I highly recommend WordPress. It s ideal for beginners as it s easy to use and modify, it has tons of functionality, and it s free to use all you need to do is purchase your hosting and domain name.

WordPress is what I use for this site.

A lot of people ask me about Blogger, Google’s blogging platform. I’ve heard it’s easy to use. But I also know a lot of people who started out on Blogger, but then had to make the switch to WordPress later on. Do yourself a favor and use WordPress from the beginning, you ll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Once you decided on a blogging platform you ll need to purchase a domain name and hosting. When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable, affordable, and that has excellent customer service. Right now I m using a virtual private server (VPS) through, Liquid Web. They have a wide variety of hosting plans, which makes it easy to upgrade your service as your site grows. If I weren t using them, I would probably use Bluehost or Synthesis. as they were created with WordPress users in mind. Over the years, I ve had to switch hosting companies three times which is no fun.

Need help installing WordPress to your host? Here s an EASY way to be up and running in 30 minutes or less!

When I first launched my blog, I had a graphic designer create a custom design for me. And while I loved my design it was very expensive! If I were just starting out again, I would use Bluehost with their 1-2-3 easy upload and a template from StudioPress (which is what I m using now). Not only are these templates affordable (like $99), but they look great and they re super easy to modify. To help make your site stand out, I do suggest getting a custom logo designed. If you re launching your blog on a shoestring budget, try Fiverr where freelancers only charge $5 for their services. I haven t used Fiverr for logo design, but I have used them for other sorts of images, and I ve been happy with the results.

To get traffic to your blog you’ll want to utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google Plus. Seem overwhelming? To help manage all of these social media platforms, I use HootSuite. I’ve tried other applications, but this one has the most functionality, and it is the easiest to use. You can schedule updates and manage all of your accounts in one place, and best of all it s FREE!

The one network that you can’t manage from HootSuite is Pinterest. For Pinterest, I use BoardBooster to manage my pins. It s only $5 a month and so worth it! You can schedule pins and re-loop your pins so that they receive maximum exposure.

For tips on how to maximize your Pinterest efforts, check out these resources:

To create pin-friendly images for your blog posts, I recommend PicMonkey or Canva. I started out using PicMonkey, which is easy to use, and it gives you professional looking images in a flash. But now I mostly use Canva. It has premade templates and font combos which help me create professional looking images quicker. Each platform is free for basic usage with permeium features costing just a bit more.

For stock images I use StockFresh and DepositPhotos not only do they have high-quality photos, but they re affordable.

Part of getting traffic is writing awesome content. To make sure your content is excellent you ll need to edit your posts for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Now you can do this manually, but I ve found that even when I go back and proofread two or three times I often miss typos. Of course, you can hire an editor to proof your content, but that can get expensive. A more affordable option is to use an editing software or program. I ve tried a few different platforms out and by far my favorite is, Grammarly. It s easy to use and catches errors that word processing programs miss. It also tightens up your copy so you re using an active voice.

From the first day, you launch your blog you need to make sure that you’re building an email list. SEO rules and social media platforms are constantly changing. But with an email list, it is something that you own, and that can always be used to reach your audience. Personally, I use Constant Contact I love them! They have lots of professional looking templates to choose from, it’s super easy to use, and they have added features like auto-responders. They even offer a FREE 60 trial so you can test them out without any obligation.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

The majority of my traffic comes from Google, and this is because certain keyword phrases on my site have ranked well with the search engines. Search engine traffic is free, and you’ll want to take advantage of it. I used to recommend Holly Klaassen’s e-book, 50 SEO Secrets for Mom Entrepreneurs, but she s no longer selling it.

So to get familiarized with SEO here are some useful articles on the basics.

I have read a ton of blogging books over the years, and these are the ones that have SERIOUSLY helped me on my journey!

There are so many ways to earn money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and digital earning so make sure to check out these must-read articles.

As a career blogger, you ll need to keep meticulous records of your income and expenses. The first year I started out, I made the mistake of keeping all of these transactions in a spreadsheet which made tax time a nightmare. Since then I ve been using GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly, Outright) which has simplified the whole process because it automatically updates your transactions from your PayPal and checking account. The online platform is super easy to use, and I highly recommend it for all monetized bloggers.

Hope you found this roadmap helpful. Good luck on your blogging journey!

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What is business acumen and how do you get it? Practically Perfect PA #business #link

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What is business acumen and how do you get it?

September 9, 2013 December 29, 2015

Over the last few weeks I have been developing a twitter strategy for one of my company s clients. They are an online events business and we are helping them with their marketing so I have been learning about hybrid and online events. I already know how to market via social media, I understand the world of events and I can create content fairly easily but prior to. oh I don t know a few weeks ago I knew very little about hybrid events. I would be able to tell you what a hybrid event was but very little else, now I have online event information seeping out of every pore (it isn t very pleasant!)

The reason I can bring myself up to speed so quickly is because I have spent 10 years working as an assistant and I have become very good at developing business acumen! I also hopped from one industry to another so I had to constantly learn how these business were run, the jargon that was used and the different codes of conduct each industry sector had. I had to understand all of this to support my boss effectively.

I think it is so very important for assistants to have good business acumen because without it I don t see how we can support our managers or move up the career ladder.

So what is business acumen?

I really like this definition of business acumen, it is from the Financial Times Lexicon :

In practice, people with business acumen are thought of as having business sense or business smarts . They are able to obtain essential information about a situation, focus on the key objectives, recognise the relevant options available for a solution, select an appropriate course of action and set in motion an implementation plan to get the job done.

So that sounds easy to achieve right? Erm no, I didn t think so either! Developing business acumen takes time, it has to be achieved through learning and training and ultimately it has to be part of your ongoing development plan. Expanding your business acumen has to be constant.

Having strong business sense isn t easy to develop but it is incredibly important for an assistant to have. We support people that have very strong business acumen, they wouldn t be in the position they are in without it! How can we support them if we do not have an understanding of their business, their strategic objectives and the pressures they face on a daily basis? The difficulty is that a lot of organisations don t understand this need and do not offer assistants the opportunity to attend training courses or take time out of their day to build their business acumen. Many bosses do not see the potential in their assistants or the added bonus of having an assistant with a good knowledge of the business and what that means in terms of the extra support they would receive.

So how do we develop business acumen?

There are of course ways around this problem but it does mean that assistants will have to be particularly proactive in developing their own business acumen. Trust me though it is totally worth the effort!

Firstly, is your manager supportive of your training needs? If so, well done! Ask that you attend training courses on the areas that you could improve, for example business finance or process management. If your manager is supportive then build business acumen improvement into your overall development plan and ensure you have an objective based on the wider business such as working on a cross departmental project.

Does your organisation have a graduate programme? If it does then ask to attend their initial training sessions on the industry. I did this when I first started working in insurance. There was so much jargon and codes of conduct, especially when working with Lloyd s of London that I asked to attend an Introduction to Insurance course which was in-house and specifically for the new graduates. I was the only EA on the course but it was so helpful and didn t cost my company a penny.

Does your manager subscribe to business magazines? If they do, this is great because you open their post and can read the magazines before giving it to them! Don t worry I don t think they will be offended that you are reading their magazine they will probably be in total shock that you are taking an interest! Not only does this help with your business knowledge it also gives you something to talk to your boss about, which is great when you don t have a lot in common.

This brings me to a really important point! Read everything. I love Julie Perrin s blog on business acumen for administrative professionals because it really goes into detail on what assistants should be reading and how to actually create the time to read. This is well worth the read, once you ve finished reading my blog obviously! Reading business material does not cost your company anything and I honestly think it helps enormously.

Do you take minutes at meetings? Again this is another fantastic way to increase your business acumen. In a previous role I managed 12 Committees all of which had a special interest in different areas of accountancy. I attended all of the Committee meetings and took all of the minutes. During the meetings I would really listen to what everyone was saying and take notes on anything I didn t understand so that I could research it later. I would also talk to the members during refreshment breaks and read all of the supporting documents along with their regular newsletters. Oh my goodness, by the end of the 4 years I worked in that role my knowledge of accountancy was extraordinary! I once attended a networking event for one of the Committees and talked to a new member for half an hour before he realised I wasn t actually an accountant (thank God!)

Lastly do you attend meetings with your manager? This task will bring you into contact with the company’s decision makers and you will be privy to their conversations and how they come to make decisions. Ensure you listen to these people. If you know why decisions are made in the company then you can start to make choices about your everyday work following the same strategy as the executive team. This will massively increase your knowledge and keep you focussed on improving your business acumen. When it comes to your review you can demonstrate to your manager that not only do you understand the company’s strategy but you are also implementing it into your own work by thinking strategically. This depth of knowledge will be impressive because they might not think you consider the bigger picture.

Understanding the bigger picture, where your boss fits into it and in turn how you can help support their goals is a fundamental requirement of a great assistant. Developing your business acumen will also give you a fantastic foundation and allow you to move up the career ladder and gain a well deserved promotion.

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makes your being in-house less of a need. Audit-ready books
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Business Analyst, IT Salary

Job Description for Business Analyst, IT

A business analyst, IT, focuses on improving operations that involve information technology within a company. The business analyst offers consultation to management in an effort to help the company become more effective. The IT business analyst will analyze the hardware, software, and IT services that are being employed in a company. Analyses will have to be carried out in order to determine areas that need improvement. It is also important to have strong research skills in order to determine the latest trends and solutions.

The analyst will then peruse the results and make suggestions as to what should be changed regarding company IT policies, IT structure, and IT operations. When problems are detected, the analyst should carry out problem-solving techniques in order to come up with a solution. When solutions are implemented, the analyst should continue to monitor these solutions to analyze their efficiency and to make continuous improvements. Knowledge of SQL is important, in order to be able to analyze data from databases. The business analyst should be able to carry out analyses, such as cost benefit analyses. Therefore, strong mathematical skills are essential. Presentation and report-making skills are important in order to present the findings to upper management.

Many positions require a master’s degree in information technology or a related field. Other positions prefer proven experience in IT business analyses over the educational requirements. Many positions offered are full-time. Some positions require that a business analyst works directly for a company, while others work for an agency that provides analyses services to various companies.

Business Analyst, IT Tasks

  • Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
  • Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
  • Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
  • Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.

Common Career Paths for Business Analyst, IT

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IT Business Analysts’ salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an IT Program Manager. The average IT Program Manager brings home $112K per year. IT Business Analysts most often move into positions as Information Technology Project Managers or Senior Business Analysts; those groups report median salaries that are $17K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Business Analyst, IT Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Analyst, IT

IT Business Analysts fill the offices of leading firms J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Accenture, Hewlett-Packard Company, Wipro Technologies Ltd. and CGI Group Inc. For IT Business Analysts, comfortable salaries can be found at Citibank; in fact, average earnings are around $89K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company’s lowest and highest employee paychecks ($49K versus $177K) is great. IT Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries at Bank of America Corp. (BOFA) (+$88K), Cognizant (+$82K), and Wipro Technologies Ltd. (+$76K).

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at CGI Group Inc. — the median salary comes to just $45K, just about half of the top paying company’s median. Other low-paying employers include Humana, Inc. at $55K and HP Enterprise Services at $55K, though some IT Business Analysts there earn up to $104K.

Popular Skills for Business Analyst, IT

This chart shows the most popular skills for this job and what effect each skill has on pay.

Survey results imply that IT Business Analysts deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HTML, Visual Basic, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Business Analysis also know Project Management and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Analyst, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For IT Business Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. IT Business Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $85K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn’t quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for IT Business Analysts, 25 percent above the national average. IT Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Austin and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Business Analyst, IT Reviews

What is it like working as a Business Analyst, IT?

Business Analyst, IT in Los Angeles:

Pros: I love the vast array of knowledge that I have gained just to be able to do my job. Bouncing from client to client, I need to learn (quickly, might I add) new skills and gain expertise in a new area so I can do my job well. It can be stressful at times, but I love the challenge, and feel I am a better all-around person now.

Cons: Sometimes my schedule is hectic, and it prevents me from being able to enjoy the things I like to do at home.

Business Analyst, IT in Vancouver:

Pros: Interesting software and analysis to learn. And a diverse team of developers and analysts to work with.

Cons: The pay and sometime mundane testing periods of the software.

Business Analyst, IT in Topeka:

“Work as middle man between developers and system users.”

Pros: I like testing new systems and trying to break them!

Cons: I dislike the politics that come from upper level management.

Business Analyst, IT in Auburn Hills:

Pros: I get to help people solve problems they have with our software everyday and work with developers to make it better.

Cons: Stressful timeline that is hard to predict.

Business Analyst, IT in Lubbock:

Pros: I most enjoy the changes that each day brings. Nothing stays the same in the healthcare industry, and you have to stay focused every day.

Cons: I least like the lack of accountability that people want to take. It is very difficult to get certain tasks and projects completed when people do not want to take responsibility for them.

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Skype for Business Server 2015

Summary: Explore these links to learn how to implement Skype for Business Server 2015.

Lync is now Skype for Business, a communications and collaboration platform that brings together a client experience inspired by Skype with the enterprise-grade security, compliance, and control of Lync. Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings. Skype for Business provides a new client experience, a new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. If users in your organization are already familiar with Skype, they’ll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. If users in your organization are coming to Skype for Business from Lync, they’ll recognize all of the features they already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and new additions. In addition to the new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions.

Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for your users. For example, you might want to deploy the Lync client experience until users in your organization are fully trained in the new Skype for Business experience, or until all users are upgraded to the new server.

The following table lists the topics in the Skype for Business Server documentation library, and provides links to other information resources, including downloadable content, blogs, videos, and a contact link that you can use to ask questions and provide feedback.

Writers update articles on a continuing basis as new information becomes available and as users provide feedback. This page will be updated frequently, so check back often.

To get started learning about Skype for Business, you’ll want to read the following articles about new features and functionality:

Before beginning your deployment, be sure to read the planning content: Plan for your Skype for Business Server 2015 deployment .

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Lync Server, be sure to read Plan to upgrade to Skype for Business Server 2015.

Prepare for the dual client experience

If you want to compare the features and capabilities of Skype for Business clients, and then learn more about the dual client experience, be sure to read the following:

Learn about Skype Meeting Broadcast

If you want to know more about Skype Meeting Broadcast, a new Office 365 online service for managing large meetings, see the following topics:

Readiness sessions on Infopedia

The following readiness sessions are available on Infopedia. Registration is required:

You can find training materials, including articles and Quick Start Guides, on the Learning Center .

The following articles describe how to plan for, deploy, and use all the features of Skype for Business Server.

Skype for Business Server 2015 content for IT Pros

You’ll find content for IT Pros on TechNet. The following articles are good places to start:

Skype for Business Online content for Office 365 admins

Information about Skype for Business Online is available at http://support.office.com. If you want to know more about the Office 365 service, and whether a hybrid solution is right for your organization, read the following:

Skype for Business clients

Information about the Skype for Business desktop clients is available at http://support.office.com. Here are some resources that can help you get your end users ready for Skype for Business:

Information for developers

Information for developers can be found on the

Skype Developer Platform includes links to Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA 5.0), Unified Communications Web API (UCWA 2.0), and Skype Web SDK.





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