Month: November 2019

How to Get Customers to Post Positive Online Reviews

  • The best way to get your customers to post positive online reviews about your company is to require your employees to ask for them. 

An online review is when a company allows customers to post user-generated reviews of their products and customer service right on the company’s web page, or in some cases the company’s social media pages, such as Facebook. There are dedicated review sites like the popular Yelp and Angie’s List, who are not affiliated with a specific company and invite posters to evaluate their purchases and experiences with a wide variety of businesses. Those sites help potential customers decide which companies to hire aren’t the only benefit your business will reap once your employees start asking for them. Those same employees are going to step up their service.

Require employees to ask for online reviews of your services

Consider this story about a cable technician who arrived an hour and a half late to the home of a customer to hook up a couple of new, wide-screen TVs. The tech did not call the homeowner with a heads-up about his schedule, and when he finally arrived, he acted like he was doing the man a favor. He was unfriendly and barely spoke to the man. He didn’t have all of the tools he needed for the job. And his work was so unacceptable that the customer actually called the cable company to request that a different tech be sent to his home to finish the job.

Fast-forward two years and the homeowner had moved to a different house. Again, he had two big TVs to hook up, so he called the cable company. And the very same tech showed up; on-time, with a smile on his face. This time he was friendly, talkative and efficient. He

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A Small Business Guide to Open Enrollment

  • Open enrollment is a few week period at the end of the year when employees can choose, drop or change their employer-sponsored health care coverage.
  • Small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees aren’t necessarily required to pay into group health insurance premiums.
  • Small businesses that do offer plans through the Small Business Health Options Program enjoy the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

As far as fall rituals go, the health insurance “open enrollment” period is right up there with raking wet leaves and paying property taxes. If this isn’t your first time around the block as a business, you already know that earlier is better when it’s time to get the word out and meet what always turns out to be a rocket speed-approaching deadline.

Here are the basics for 2019 and what small business owner’s need to know.

Do small businesses have to offer health coverage?

Not always. If you’re a business with fewer than 50 full-time employees, you aren’t required to pay a percentage of group health insurance premiums – but many small organizations opt to do it to stay competitive.

Things have changed with the Affordable Care Act: A mandate fining individuals without health insurance was removed in 2019. But the ACA still requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health insurance coverage. Regardless, it’s still a good idea to offer a plan given the tough climate for finding and retaining good workers.

An added bonus to offering coverage is that small companies who sign up for plans through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), can take advantage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. If all criteria are met, this tax credit is worth up to 50% of the costs a company pays for employee premiums, according

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5 Data Trends for Entrepreneurs in 2020

One of the most amazing things I’ve experienced over the last few years is the ever-increasing rise in how much we as entrepreneurs depend on data. It seems that I can now track almost every metric imaginable, which helps me get a better pulse on how things are going for my business.

But while this offers many opportunities for me and other entrepreneurs, getting the most out of our data isn’t always easy. After all, if you have too much data and don’t know how to use it, you’re really not much better off than if you didn’t have any data at all.

The good news is that new technologies and opportunities continue to spring up in the realm of data. These trends can make a meaningful difference for all entrepreneurs, regardless of industry. By taking advantage of some of the data trends on the horizon, you’ll be able to set your business up for success in 2020 and beyond.

1. Automation and AI become even more commonplace.

AI already plays a key role in many industries by helping businesses cut costs associated with mundane tasks. The collection and analysis of data is no different.

Because I work with e-commerce, I’ve seen firsthand just how time-consuming manual data entry can become. It’s also all too easy to type in the wrong numbers when inputting data yourself. A minor typo may not seem like a big deal, but for e-commerce brands, it could mean not ordering enough stock and missing out on sales opportunities because you miscalculated demand for a particular product.

More and more businesses are linking their systems to software programs that automatically upload, record and organize data from various sources, such as website sales or warehouse information.

Automated data capture ultimately allows businesses to become more efficient by

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How Mind Mapping Can Help Entrepreneurs

Everyone’s attended a class where their primary responsibility was to memorize and learn facts. As long as you remembered all the facts and you could prove it – for example, during a test – you passed the class, but you may not have fully understood what you memorized. You most likely failed to retain most of the new information.

Mind mapping, however, is a better way of absorbing knowledge. You can use it for anything from creating a plan for developing a healthy habit to fleshing out a pivotal business idea. It involves building on ideas that you already know and comprehend so that you can absorb new concepts with a real understanding and better retention.

What is mind mapping?

A mind map can help you learn a large, unfamiliar body of concepts. It’s a technique that involves using both the left and right sides of your brain to absorb new ideas. The visual aid created during a mind-mapping exercise can help you to organize new information as it correlates to a new central concept. Once you establish a new central concept, you can build out your mind map with branches of related sub-concepts.

Eventually, you’ll create a hierarchy that shows the relationship between a concept that you already understand and the new one. Mind mapping works because it takes advantage of the natural cortical skills used to process and absorb new information.

Mind mapping can help with retention and learning

Mind mapping enables meaningful learning, which occurs when you retain new knowledge by connecting it to existing knowledge. Mind mapping forces your brain to make the connections between what you know and what you’ve just learned. Learners make this connection by mapping discrete pieces of information around a central theme. 

Historically, the Romans used the loci visualization technique to

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Dos And Don’ts From 12 Small Business Finance Gurus

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