How to Start a Business on A Budget

Dumb Little Man

And with most startups not having enough budget, making it big in the industry can take a lot of work. Here’s our guide on how to start your business on a budget. Sell your skills. Set your business up around your own skill set. If you’re in the service sector and can sell your skills (e.g. accountancy, marketing), rather than having to invest in stock, premises and equipment to run your business, you’ll be off to a flying start on your own.

2017 184

15 Budget Worthy Smart Home Improvements

Dumb Little Man

According to Coldwell Banker and CNET, a smart home is a home “equipped with network-connected products for controlling, automating, and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety, or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.” But there are so many other things you can do to make a smart and safe home renovation even while on a budget. Show off DIY skills.

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How to negotiate when planning an event

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Try and get a fixed percentage off of the overall cost and remember you should be working with the catering team to design a menu that works well for your budget. Pin It.

How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Try and get a fixed percentage off of the overall cost and remember you should be working with the catering team to design a menu that works well for your budget. Pin It.

A venue finding agency is an assistant’s best friend!

Practically Perfect PA

Alongside sourcing a venue, we have to think about the catering, any overnight guests, travel logistics, dietary requirements, speakers, training materials, seating plans, AV equipment… the list is endless. It can be pretty soul destroying contacting loads of hotels and venues only to find out on the site visit that they don’t have availability for the day you need, that don’t have the space or they cost over your budget. Picture the scene.

10 Questions To Find The Perfect Venue

Office Dynamics

What is your budget? Usually a venue takes about 40% of your overall budget, if not more. Note that if there isn’t a fully equipped kitchen you might be building one from scratch in a tent in the adjacent parking lot? Administrative Professionals Week Communication Skills Cost Effective Organizational Skills Workplace Tools checklist for events event planning finding the perfect venueSo, you’re doing an event? Great! Where?

2016 106

Conference for Administrative Assistants – How to Get Your Executive’s Approval

Office Dynamics

Most of the time assistants tell me they can’t attend our conference for administrative assistants or training because of budget cuts or not getting financial support. Sometimes it really is a budget issue. In today’s competitive marketplace and at the pace this profession is changing, if you do not continually enhance your skills, build new ones, and have a strategy for your career, you will get left in the dust.

2019 190

Planning the perfect business meeting

Practically Perfect PA

From booking trains or flights, to finding a hotel that suits both the budget and the boss, you’ve probably honed your skills. With a trusted company, you can also guarantee that you’ll have all the equipment you might need for your meeting. As conference and technical event production experts Perception have advised, an ill-equipped meeting room may leave your team unable to perform certain functions and could even undermine the meeting.

2015 130

SURROUND yourself with a team of experts to make you and your organization SHINE!

Office Dynamics

I believe meeting planners and administrative professionals possess similar skills/traits that enable them to be good at what they do. However, planning meetings also requires one to know and understand the hospitality industry and how it works, how to determine which venue and what destinations will work best for the types of meetings you’re asked to plan, the ins and outs of contracts and contract negotiations, budget prep and oh so much more.

2019 173

Travel Planning for Others – Putting Yourself in Your Traveler’s Shoes

Practically Perfect PA

And each hat requires a different set of skills and a different set of tools. Every time your manager is heading out of town, it’s time for you to don your travel planner hat, slip into your traveler’s shoes, and equip yourself with your suite of travel planning tools. Administrative Professionals are often limited by corporate budgets and are therefore forced to use tools that don’t necessarily fit their needs.

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Give Your Business a Boost with Continuing Education

Tips From T. Marie

So why is it that many of us are more than willing to spend money on software, computer equipment and all the physical trappings of business, but balk at spending anything on learning? I’m saying that continuing to learn new things, new skills and being exposed to new ideas is just as important. When planning your business budget, make sure you include the cost of continuing education. There are many careers that require continuing education.

2011 116

Tap Your Knowledge to Tap Into Income

Step It Up VA Coaching

Consulting is simply selling your knowledge and information about your area of expertise, whether that’s a particular program or a specific skill you possess. All the knowledge and problem solving skills you’ve developed in running a successful business translate into great consulting possibilities. Have you negotiated some tricky issues with difficult clients or team members, financial snafus, or equipment/technology failures? by Donna Toothaker.

2011 109

Coaching vs. Consulting vs. Training vs. Freelancing: Which One Is Best For You?

The Solopreneur Life

Clifo solopreneurs leverage their skills to make money—be it through Web site design, copyrighting, blogging, business-plan writing, photography, accounting, etc.—and Consultants are better equipped with analytical versus counseling skills. Let’s look at how a Web developer, Wanda, would use her skills in each role. Wanda will be given a budget, images and content, and the basic design concept. But they all stem from one skill.

2010 219

DIY Home Renovations: Tips to Renovate by Yourself and Save

Productivity Bits

Ask your construction company what they do to help the environment and how they reduce their emissions, for example controlling emissions from their equipment, disposing of their waste and recycling parts – none of which should cost you any extra in their fees. Put on a BBQ and make sure you have plenty of drinks, and invite your hardest working, most skilled friends to help you with digging, sanding, painting or pulling up turf. Copyright © 2011 Guest Author.

2011 152

Thinking Outside the Job Description Box

Laughing all the Way to Work

Administrative assistants are highly skilled in many areas and sometimes we take it for granted, not recognizing where we could go with our skills. Event Planning: Event planning is a big industry that looks for people who are skilled in planning big events without a hitch. Those who are skilled at regularly thinking on their feet as they come up with solutions and ideas both on the computer and on the job might be able to step into this role.

2008 138

Creating a Win/Win for Admin and Executive

Office Dynamics

Leverage your administrative team's capabilities by offering a greater variety of challenging tasks that allow them to utilize and expand their unique skill set. They are able to work faster, make fewer mistakes and better utilize their skills to meet the demands of the job. Ultimately, they are positioned for success and better equipped to support you. With regular training and education your administrative partner will hone their skills and network.

2012 100

Thinking Outside the Job Description Box

Professional Assistant Blog

Administrative assistants are highly skilled in many areas and sometimes we take it for granted, not recognizing where we could go with our skills. Event Planning: Event planning is a big industry that looks for people who are skilled in planning big events without a hitch. Those who are skilled at regularly thinking on their feet as they come up with solutions and ideas both on the computer and on the job might be able to step into this role.

2008 100

Why Your Small Business Needs A SWOT

The Small Business Blog

If an area such as accounting is your weakness, rather than wasting time learning the skill it may be more cost-effective and time efficient to outsource the service. By recognising these opportunities and threats you will be better equipped to deal with them: forewarned is forearmed! I have a book coming out this summer, Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget that addresses this and more. E-Mail me or follow me.

2010 136

Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

John Tasher Don Said on July 29th, 2008 at 4:43 am I totally agree that bootstraping is a must, but I can also see how small business would require additional funding for equipment, supplies, ect., Sigang McGough Said on March 23rd, 2010 at 2:25 pm A convincing argument for starting a business even when on a budget. The ability to do a lot yourself, pick up aspects of skills you need to complete a task and then get back into selling/making/building/consulting, ie.

2007 160

The Kind of Consultants That Really Help Freelancers | Men With Pens

Men With Pens

She seems like she really knows her stuff, and she has the right skills/experience to help me get where I want to go. After we buy the necessary software and equipment, many of us don’t even consider getting help because it’s “too expensive.&# As freelancers, we need to move away from that penny-pinching mentality and start budgeting EVERY YEAR for business-improvement materials and coaching/consulting.

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