Category: Startup News

Top 5 Web Marketing Tips for New Business Startups and SME’s

1. Twitter Marketing

Set up a Twitter Account and Follow up to 5,000 of your target audience.

A large proportion will follow you back and those that don’t can be unfollowed so that you can follow some more.

This could be a particular niche or businesses / consumers in a certain geographical location. Whilst you are building followers and when you have thousands of followers, send out information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience.

2. Facebook Marketing, Facebook Pages and Facebook Group Marketing

Use your personal Facebook account to connect with potential customers and partners, also create a Facebook Page and get your friends, potential partners and target audience (clients etc) to like and share your page. Whilst you are building likers & followers and when you have thousands of followers, send out information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience.

You can also set up groups for your target audiences and get some of those to join your group where you can also share information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience.

3. LinkedIn Marketing and LinkedIn Company Pages

Make sure you have a good LinkedIn profile page that covers everything that you do including all of your skills and which links to your company website, blog and Facebook page etc. Also add links to any video that you might have etc.

Also create a Company page on LinkedIn (you need an email address on a registered domain to do this) and regularly post information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience via your LinkedIn company page and your regular posts facility on LinkedIn.

Finally on LinkedIn regularly connect with lots of people in your target audience on LinkedIn (but not to many all at once though as LinkedIn can block you). Also join lots of groups full of your target audience and connect with them via the group (Something linkedin allows you to do more aggressively than just connecting with people).

4. Blogging

Create a blog or ideally add a blog to your existing website or get a new website with a blog already included and start blogging regularly about your business, products and services etc.

This can help to improve the Seo of your website and get it associated with more keywords to help you get indexed more regularly the search engines and helping you to appear higher up and more often in the internet page ranks.

5. Keyword Content Marketing via content pages on your website

You should have an existing website or get a new website and create great keyword written landing pages for your business, as well as every single product and service and geographical area covered etc.
This will help to improve the Seo of your website and get it associated with more keywords to help you appear higher up and more often in the internet search engine page ranks helping you to get more enquiries.

If you need any help with any of the above please call: 07517 024979 or email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

About Keynote Speaker, our own Tracey Smolinski

Networking Specialist and Introbiz Founder, Tracey Smolinski will once again be speaking at the Introbiz Expo 2016. Tracey Smolinski Tracey Smolinski is the founder and managing director of Wales’ leading independent business network, Introbiz. Since the company’s birth back in 2009, Tracey has become a highly successful businesswoman. Today, the network boasts over 300 members from a wide range […]

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About our Keynote Speaker John Lee

International Motivational Speaker John Lee will once again be speaking at the Introbiz Expo 2016. About John Lee John Lee started investing in property in his early 20’s and by the time he was 27, John had achieved his goal of becoming a self-made millionaire. Today, he is the co-founder and CEO of Wealth Dragons. His […]

http://passionateaboutnetworking.com/2016/08/19/about-our-keynote-speaker-john-lee/

Introducing a New Keynote Speaker for Introbiz 2016, Bernardo Moya

About Bernardo Moya For years, Bernardo Moya has been driven by one powerful idea: “How can I provide the best ideas in personal development and self – help to as many people as possible, to help transform their lives?” Bernardo Moya is an entrepreneur, author, publisher, TV producer and seminar promoter to some of […]

http://passionateaboutnetworking.com/2016/08/18/introducing-a-new-keynote-speaker-for-introbiz-2016-bernardo-moya/

Introducing the Pub Hub – Stocktaking, Accountancy and HR for Pubs, Clubs, Rugby Clubs, Football Clubs and other Licenced Venues …

“We would be more than happy to support you in bringing 25 years of licensed trade experience to your business.”

We’ve made the accounts process extremely simple! 

As a Pub Hub client you will be given online access to your accounts, enabling you to print reports, estimate your VAT liabilities and upload your purchase invoices and receipts direct to the system. 

This is cutting edge accounting providing you with real-time accounts information. 

To this end, I am pleased to provide an outline of our monthly support services:

Stocktaking Services for the Licensed Trade

• Monthly stock takes including report and onsite guidance

Accountancy Services for the Licensed Trade

• Monthly profit and loss statements – split by sales category (wet, dry, machine, etc.)
• Quarterly VAT returns
• Monthly payslips and employer summary
• Yearly accounts
• Corporation tax returns (if Limited Co)
• Annual Self-Assessment returns
 

HR Services for the Licensed Trade

• Employment contracts and offer letters
• TUPE advice and guidance
• Regular employment legislation updates and guidance on compliance
• Staff handbook containing up to date policies and procedures
• On-going advice and guidance in managing employee-related issues
 

For new business ventures, we can also assist in the start-up process:

 
• Company registration
• Incorporation
• VAT registration
• HMRC Online Filing set up
• PAYE registration
 

Our monthly fee is just £225+VAT per month (quoting MA Consultancy).
 

Payroll: 

From employment templates to payroll, we can assist you in every step of the lifecycle of an employee. Ask us to do your payroll and we will provide you with everything you need to get you started. Alternatively, if you already use a payroll provider, we will liaise with them to ensure a seamless handover.
 
We will send you a template with your staff records on, meaning that you simply update just before sending to us to produce weekly or monthly payslips, an employer payroll analysis and a P32 (showing how much you will need to pay the HMRC).
 
Our software is fully RTI compliant and therefore provides regular updates to the HMRC. We will also complete your year-end process at the end of each tax year.
 
We charge £2.50 per pay slip. Nothing more. That’s it. All included.
 
Have you received your pension staging date? Our system will provide your employees with compliance letters, processing and reporting meaning you need not worry. 
 

New client procedure:

 
Call us to discuss and we will email you out our sign up forms to assist us in setting up your business on to our systems and to register for services such as Payroll and VAT where required.

  • Then a professional courtesy request is forwarded to any previous/existing accountant in order to obtain year to date figures (for businesses already trading).
  • We will complete a Money Laundering check which is a legal requirement in order to communicate with the HMRC on your behalf, we will need to send them an authorising your agent form. 
  • They will send you a code which you will need to forward to us
  • We will set up a direct debit for you to enable our payments to operate as efficiently as the service you will receive
  • A new client welcome pack will be sent to you which includes mailing bags to send your paperwork to us

Areas covered for the Stocktaking, Accountancy and HR services:

We cover all of South Wales from Carmarthen, Swansea and Lanelli and Neath in South West Wales to Chepstow, Monmouth, Torfaen and Abergavenny in the South East Wales and everything in between including RCT, Vale of Glamorgan, Portalbot, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Merthyr etc.

We also cover the South West of England including Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Avon, Bristol, Somerset etc.

If you want to get set up or you have any questions please contact the Pub Hub (mentioning MA Consultancy).

Contact:

Marsha Ward, Managing Director, The Pub Hub on:

p: 0330 122 4972 e: marsha@thepubhub.co

a: Britannia House, Caerphilly Business Park, Van Road, Caerphilly CF83 3GG

Page posted “by Mike Armstrong” from Cardiff Marketing Company MA Consultancy – If you have something to promote please call: 07517 024979.

Twitter Follower Build Up Service – just £50 to £200 per month

Targeted Twitter Follower Build up Service

Are you looking for more genuine targeted twitter followers in a niche or target industry sector or geographical area?

Here at MA Consultancy in Cardiff, we can provide a manual targeted twitter follower build up service for prices from just £50 to £200 per month.

How it Works?

Choose from the building up of followers in a specific target industry or niche sector (say you like to market and sell to Accountants, Architects, Retailers, Restaurants, or Solicitors etc.) or choose a specific Geographical location (such as all consumer or all businesses in Cardiff, just the Bay or South Wales etc.) and we will follow 200 accounts a week for you (for 4 weeks – For just £50 a month), 400 accounts a week for you (for 4 weeks – For just £99 a month) or 800 accounts a week for you (for 4 week – For just £200 a month).

What results can you expect?

If you have a good product or services for the target audience you’re after, and you make yourself look good and sound relevant to the audience, then you should get a decent percentage (between 20% to 80% of the followers), follow you back.

These followers will then remain with you for ever (as long as the don’t unsubscribe down the line – a good content marketing strategy can help with this), meaning that you then have a new database for communicating for FREE with, allowing you to inform them about your products, services, offers and events etc.

Is there a contract?

There is no contract for our service, its just a month by month rolling agreement.  You set up a monthly DD for your chosen amount and can choose to cancel this at any time should you wish to stop the service.

What to do if you want to subscribe to one of our Twitter follower build up packages?

  • Pick your preferred option.
  • Sign up to the Monthly DD.
  • Email us your @name (Twitter Username and password) and niche target audience or geographical area and we will get going with your service.
  1. Twitter Follower Build Up Service Option 1 – £50 per month

  2. Twitter Follower Build Up Service Option 2 – £99 per month

  3. Twitter Follower Build Up Service Option 3 – £200 per month

Any questions?

Please feel free to complete our contact form on the contact page or get in touch: Call: 07517 024979 or Email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

The Twitter Follower Build Up Service page was written “By Mike Armstrong”

Link Building Services Cardiff, South Wales & Wales

Link Building Services Cardiff, South Wales, Wales

Here at MA Consultancy we offer three different types of Link Building Services to help increase the ranking of your website:

These Link Building Services are:

  • Citations
  • Blogger Outreach Programme
  • & Relevant Website Standard Links or Content on relevant sites with a Keyword Link

Costs for the Link Building Services Cardiff, South Wales, Wales:

You can get some of our Link Building Services Cardiff, South Wales, Wales for prices from just £200.

For more about the Link Building Services Cardiff, South Wales, Wales including the various different packages available, please follow the link or contact us on: 07517 024979 or email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

Link Building Cardiff, South Wales, Wales

This page was written and posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Web Marketing inc SEO & Social Media Marketing

Web Design Wales

Affordable Web Design Wales

Affordable Web Design Wales The affordable web design service from 333 Websites will produce a professional WordPress business website for your business for just £333 and £33 per month. Their affordable web design Wales service is extremely cost effective so can also be referred to as a cheap web design services (and they offer affordable […]

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Please buy your new website in Wales online now or feel free to get in touch if you have any further queries.

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New FREE Social Media / Online Business Networking Platform for Businesses in Wales

Business Network Wales has launched a new online business networking and business support platform for the Welsh Business Community.

 New Online Social Networking Platform
The new Business Network Wales Business Networking and Business Support platform has being launched to the welsh business community in February 2016 and this platform will change the way that businesses in the Welsh business community, and beyond Wales, will do business with each other.

Business Networking / Social Networking Platform for Businesses in Wales

The new innovative Business Network Wales platform will offer it’s members the ability to network with each other in an open networking forum as well as to market, advertise and do business with each other.

Business Support Community Platform for Businesses in Wales

Members will also be able to learn from one another as well as use the various business support and business growth documents and integrated business support services in order to help improve their own businesses.

How to Join Business Network Wales?

To join the Business Network Wales business community system there are three different levels of subscription membership with the first level being FREE (with some restricted access) for business startups and those thinking about getting in to business.  The second level is an Enterprise level for just £150 per year and the third level is a Business level (with unrestricted access) for just £250 per year (to see what you get in each level please follow the link to the Business Network Wales plan comparison page).

More info…

As already mentioned the two main purposes of the Business Network Wales platform is to provide open business networking online as well as to provide online business support to businesses at any level including startups and SME’s as well as large companies and group corporate companies:

Online Business Networking 

The Business Network Wales platform has been specifically designed with business networking and online business networking in mind so it does not come with the usual contact restrictions and limitations of rival social media and contact/connection building platform systems such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Some of these other platforms restrict the building up of contacts and connections beyond the people that you already know or have met in the “Real World” however the Business Network Wales platform actively encourages you to connect and more importantly do business with new people that you meet within the new business social networking system.  The only restriction on our business networking system is that you can only contact and connect with businesses at the same level of access to the system and below.

Online Business Support including Business Support Documentation

The Business Network Wales platform has again specifically been built and design with business support in mind so it has many elements inbuilt which can help with supporting your business.  The main areas of business support are the many business support documents contained within the cutting edge document vault (including business startup support  documents, business growth support documents and business improvement documents) as well as the many negotiated business support services and the many business advertising opportunities.

Business Support Document Vaults

Free Online Business Support Documents inc. Startup guides

The business support document vaults contains over 5,000 Crown produced “Business Support Documents”.  These documents are Free to download and save on the standard PDF document system.  Access to the documents is restricted to the level of access you have to the system.  If you have the top “Business Level” that you can access all 5,000 business support documents, with the “Enterprise level access members being restricted to just over 2,000 of the documents, whilst entry level “FREE” members have access to 500 of the business support documents.  The majority of the documents at all levels are aimed at business growth and business support whilst a large proportion of the 500 documents aimed at the entry level “FREE” membership level are business startup documents ideal for business startups, new businesses and people thinking about starting a business.

Business Support Services

The owners of the Business Network Wales system, Private Social Platforms, have negotiated a number of business support services aimed at helping all levels of businesses to improve their business.

These business support services offer excellent opportunities to help and support all types of businesses in many different areas from Business Marketing and Business Cost Reduction Services to Raising Business Funds and Business Financing.

Example Business Support Service

Business Cost Reduction Services

Members of the Business Network Wales community platform can benefit from the support services already negotiated and available as well as the opportunity to put forward your business as a potential partner to the system if you feel that you may have a business support service suitable to be considered.

Business Advertising Opportunities

The purpose built system has a number of built in business advertising opportunities including the ability to “offer business services” and “reply to people requesting business services” via the “Business Exchange” section as well as “Banner Advertising” via every page on the system.

Web Design Wales

Other Business Support Services

In addition to the business support document vaults and the business support services and business advertising services the Business Network Wales platform also allows business to raise funds via a “Crowd Funding” feature, sell tickets and market events via the “Event” feature and set up and join (open or closed) groups to allow better interaction and communication via the “Group” feature.

If you are part of the Welsh business community or you are someone looking for online business support or online business networking then this new Business Network Wales “Welsh business community platform” is for you.

So what are you waiting for.  Sign up today and start benefiting from the many features and benefits available to you from within the system and whilst your at it, invite all your friends, colleagues, partners, customers and suppliers to join you on the system for the benefit of being able to connect with them online as well as to help reduce your own subscription fee, via the inbuilt discount referral scheme.

Happy Networking and Business Running,
The Business Network Wales Team
“Business Network Wales” is one of the many Private Social Media Platforms run by “Private Social Platforms” and “FioFro” software.
Branded Social Media Platforms for UK Business & Organisations

In addition to Launching  the Business Network Wales Platform for 2016 they have also partnered with Wales’ Leading Professional Business Network, Introbiz, to offer the Introbiz.Wales online business community platform.

This page has been written and posted “By Mike Armstrong” from MA Consultancy | WelshBiz | 333 Websites.

Work from home business opportunities in Cardiff, South Wales selling New Christiano Ronaldo CR7 Drive Sports Drink.

 Find out more about this additional revenue generating work from home opportunity backed by one of the Worlds Most recognisable and marketable sports stars, via a 30 minute online presentation at 9pm tonight. 

 
For more about this earning opportunity or additional revenue generating opportunity see: http://www.24sports.tv/CR7Drive_WelshBiz

Website Reseller Opportunity for Cardiff & South Wales…

About our Website Reseller Business Opportunity for Cardiff & South Wales:

Do you or anyone you know need a self employed job or a secondary income?

Cardiff Web Design & Development Company 333 websites is currently looking for Self Employed / Entrepreneurial Website Resellers.

You could build your own business reselling websites completely from scratch or add an additional revenue stream to an existing business and gain an initial revenue from the sale of the new WordPress website as well as regular income from the hosting, support & management of that WordPress website, whilst you can also build up a portfolio of clients (with good stickability that web customers offer), in order to provide yourself with great up-sell opportunities for synergy services such as Graphic Design, Content Writing, SEO, Marketing, Photography etc.

How the website reseller opportunity in Cardiff & South Wales works?

We would build you a white labelled WordPress website for you to sell your new websites from (branded as your own and similar to our website; www.333websites.co.uk), and we will make this fully automated for taking payments and providing us with the creative specification that we require etc.  We can also provide you with branded business cards and brochures etc. to help you with the sales and marketing of the websites.

Our experienced web design & development team then works with the design specification and the customer to build the required website.
You just have to account manage the client and provide great customer service (we can help you with that).

Who this Website Reseller opportunity in Cardiff & South Wales would be ideal for?

The website reseller opportunity in the Cardiff & South Wales area would be ideally suited to:

  • People looking for “Work from home opportunities in Wales”
  • Self Employed Sales Agents
  • Unemployed Sales Agents
  • Unemployed Telesales Staff
  • Self Employed Telesales Staff
  • Unemployed Marketers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Photographers
  • SEO People
  • Marketers
  • Content Writers
  • Social Media Managers

If you are interested in discussing this Website Reseller opportunity in Cardiff & South Wales further please call: 07517 024979 or email: info@333websites.co.uk .

Regards,

Mike Armstrong 

MD – 333 Websites

  
 

The website reseller opportunity in Cardiff & South Wales page is written “By Mike Armstrong”

Business Services from trusted & reliable providers offering great value for money…

   

 As well as providing many business Services Online and Offline themselves, MA Consultancy also works with many trusted & reliable business service providers, who offer a wide range of business to business products or services.

If you would like to have a meeting with a professional to request a quote or for a free consultation, with some advice and knowledge about the business products or services that you require, please complete the contact form on the relevant business services page you are interested in, by clicking the link and seeing what service providers we work with.

Business Services included are:

  • A wide range of Marketing Services
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Business Exhibition Opportunities
  • Business Apps or Web Development
  • Graphic Fesign and/or Printing
  • Car Sales, Fleet provision or Car Leasing
  • Business Financial & Professional Services (Accountancy, Cost Reduction, Auto Enrolment, Legal Services, Debt Collection, Business Lasting Powers of Attorney)
  • Business Training
  • Office Cleaning etc.

Want your Business Service added to our offering?

Email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

Business Services page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

The Startup Journey: My Lessons

New post on Online Marketing Hub

The Startup Journey: My Lessons
by christopherjanb

This time of year brings with it a lot of introspection; emotions are heightened and people become much more sensitized to their environment and the people that surround them.

Everyday my newsfeed contains at least two posts about inspiration and motivation. In many ways it’s helping me validate the road that I’ve chosen to take.

As someone who decided to make the leap into entrepreneurship a few years ago, the journey has been wrought with mixed experiences and emotions. Lately, I’ve taken the time to pause and reflect on..

where I’ve been,
where I’m going,
and why the heck I am going to make it.
Where I’ve been
Many of my close friends know this about me. I work…. a lot. I’m a workaholic. There, I’ve admitted it. In the past, I have denied it, and have tried to justify why I pour my mind, time and energy into my work. My husband can pinpoint the exact day that I changed; it was the day I started talking more about possibilities and how things could work if conceived of differently. I knew the advent of social media would fundamentally change how we observe, measure and predict human behaviour. It was the day I became enamored with figuring things out vs. remaining complacent and unsatisfied with the way they were. I was agitated and clearly frustrated as I internalized this struggle. I was hell bent on trying to fix what was clearly broken.

From that day forward I was different. It impacted my personal life – both as a wife and mother. Balancing the deliverables of my career with the needs of my family has always been a challenge. I continue to struggle with this daily; I am thankful I have a partner who gently reminds me and keeps me honest.

Conceptualizing is Exciting
We’ve all been down this road; the world is our oyster. “Imagine the day when… I am sure there is a way to…. If we could combine this with that, you could….”

I started theorizing and playing with possibilities. My thoughts were all-consuming and sometimes they overwhelmed me to a point where it seemed I’d lost my bearings. It’s an amazing feeling when what you conceive seems nearly within reach. The only thing you think about is making it happen.

Amy Tobin, my partner at ArCompany, has ventured down this path with me many a late night. We dreamt up new ways of doing things… carving out a path for ourselves that made us different and better than what was currently out there. Dreaming is exciting; implementing is twice the work… and twice the charm.

The Hard Lessons
The whirlwind of the last two years has not been without its challenges. Trying to realize your dream means you have to voluntarily go to some pretty dark places.

Getting up in the morning can be tough. There was a time when I had a purpose. A full-time job dictated that for me. I had a place to go. I had a paycheck to earn. That was my external motivator. While the excitement of a new business makes me jump out of bed most mornings, human emotion fluctuates in rhythm with the ebbs and flows of the business momentum. There are days I just want to crawl under a rock and hide from the disappointment. That’s when I muster up the energy to make it through the day and try to find a glimmer of hope. I have friends who have gone through similar experiences; their counsel gives me comfort.
Making mistakes is a good thing. Agility is imperative. This is the only way I’ve learned to be better. When we first conceived of ArCompany we knew that social would inevitably weave its way into the operations of business. As people who’ve lived and thrived in this environment both personally and professionally, we knew that positioning our brand to assist in the transformation would be easy. We were wrong. The market wasn’t ready for us or this social business concept. All of the work we had done to build our value proposition was not taking root. We had to go back to the drawing board and appeal to current market demand. We spent another few months conceptualizing the revised positioning. We decided to focus on the immediate impact of business intelligence and its direct influence on how a company could make better decisions. This seemed to resonate.
Sell your value no matter what. As a new company coming into a market doing something no one else did, our prospective clients expected us to prove our worth. Unless our solutions have been proven, prospects would be reticent to buy…. they wanted a less risky option. If it meant a sale… if it meant building a business case then ‘why not’? We realized that by acquiescing to a lower price we were, in essence, devaluing our service. Once it became clear that what we provided was indeed a valued service, we started fighting to keep the price associated with that value. In many respects, that meant we would need to be willing to walk away from potential clients who didn’t ‘get’ or value what we do.
The customer is not always right. I wrote about this earlier this year. It became clear that it was our job to force our customer to allow us to do our jobs properly so that they could be successful.
When things go wrong, someone needs to be blamed. The client will never take responsibility because they don’t have to. When a deliverable is late to market or when things go awry, this knee-jerk reaction to find the culprit always points the client in one direction: the onus is always on the agency to explain what has happened.

One thing I’ve learned, especially in this nascent space, is that our clients have come to us because we do something no one else does. It is extremely frustrating when our strategy is questioned before we get out of the gate. It is even more frustrating when the client changes things midstream. But once I began having transparent discussions about the client’s anxieties: investor expectations, and management pressures, I began to have full context into their world. And this changed things. The relationship became symbiotic as we worked together to manage those business anxieties and make the client look like a rock star in the process.

You don’t know everything. I had no trouble admitting to this. Becoming a freelancer was a piece of cake, but starting a company was an entirely different beast. It meant looking at the business longer-term and planning for it. Where was the market going? What resources would we require? What specific talents would we need to hire for? How would we scale the business? I’ve been fortunate to lean on a few advisors and a business coach. At least a few times a week, I turn to these trusted sources to provide some sage advice and be brutally honest in the process.
Not knowing everything also means hiring people who are smarter than you. I relish in my conversations with Susan Silver, who continues to impress me with her knowledge of human behaviour and data.

Joe Cardillo is also wise beyond his years. As we grow this company, his steadfast hand to make this company more streamlined, efficient and grown-up has not only changed the way we operate, it’s also made us much more productive.

Plan for scalability or else. Bob Jones, my partner, has used this crazy line that makes me smile every time I hear it:
At some point, the dog is going to catch the bumper of a cement truck

This is a good problem to have, however when the sh** hits the fan and there is no plan in place to resource properly, this will fail… and fail fast. At ArCompany, we’ve always been focused on the one thing that we do best. We’ve also realized there are aspects of our business that are extremely time-consuming and would not allow us to put the necessary resources into our prime offering. We’ve had to forsake revenue to ensure we deliver to client expectations, and it has been an internal struggle at times.

At the end of the day, growth means creating a system that delivers a properly executed end to end solution. Relying on partners who have succeeded in their respective arenas is important. It lends more credibility to the business and creates an engine that will able to accommodate more volume as required.

The things I’m thankful for:
I regrouped with my team last summer. It had been an exhausting and difficult road until that point, but we were able to move the business and gain positive momentum in just over a year. When I think about the successes we’ve had to date: the clients who we’ve had an impact on, and new clients that are coming our way because our approach to solutions is refreshing and different, I am reminded how we got here: Amy Tobin wrote this great post about team chemistry being “absolutely everything” in building a superb team:

We discussed how blessed we are to have a team that has inherent chemistry, but we also created it this way with intent. What’s more, we safeguard this chemistry when we bring on new hires. It is important to us that our team is positive, forward looking and able to be honest with each other. It’s essential that we have a ‘safe place’ to brainstorm and work through ideas. I believe this is the most overlooked element of any team, but we all know: if you love your job, you’ll work harder and longer at it. Loving your team is an essential part of that.

I couldn’t do this all myself. Having the vision is one thing, but executing on that vision means having partners who have bought into the same dream. I am blessed that both partners, Amy and Bob, have shared in that vision and have poured their hearts and souls into making this company great.

Many times, it’s these connections that solidify the team when the going gets tough. Today we are less fearful of what’s around the corner. Today, we are more confident about the value we bring to customers.

We look at new challenges and smile because doing something new and different is what drives us. I don’t fear the statement, “it’s never been done before” because, in reality, that should be a motivator not a stumbling block.

What I promise myself:
Perhaps this is an early New Years Resolution. In reality, these are promises I should make regardless of season.

First and foremost, family comes first. I do work hard but a wise man told me that if I can’t give my kids the same time I give my work, then I have to make sure every second I give to my family counts–quality over quantity.

I will be mindful. One day, Daniel Newman posted about the strength of mindfulness. He said it was something that he ascribed to each and every day. It reminded me of a time when I used to meditate: being present and being aware of everything. There are so many things racing through our minds simultaneously at any given moment. Unless I am truly present – that means not allowing myself to get distracted – I’m unable to neither focus, nor truly understand what the situation calls for. I recently took up this pursuit again to deal with stress, but to allow myself to really be in the moment and give the necessary attention to everything I needed to do. So far, so good.

I will be kind. I admit that my temper has a tendency to fall prey to teenage misdemeanors and I will react with occasional outbursts. This can crossover to my work. But I have to be relentless in nurturing an environment that allows everyone to thrive for the sake the company.

Last, but not least, I will sleep at least 8 hours a night. My friend Ryan Pannell, tells me this,

…it’s the difference between starting out every day with a sizeable lead over everyone else, and starting out jockeying for position with everyone else… Every massively successful person I know is an early riser. Biochemically your brain does not fire as well late at night (that’s a fact).

As I write this, I realize it’s 12:05 AM. Yes, I’m still awake. My mind is churning with a deluge of ideas and things to do this day. But this I know: tomorrow … er in 6 hours (sorry Ryan) I will awake with a view that this day will be better than the last.

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CEO at ArCompany, and a seasoned digital strategist having held management positions for top Ad Agencies including Ogilvy, Rapp Collins, and Isobar Digital. She also has extensive start-up experience with launch successes like Yahoo! Answers. Hessie is also an active blogger/writer for ArCompany, Huffington Post, Digital Journal and WhatsYourTech.ca
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Professional Business Networking in Cardiff for 2015

Are you looking for Professional Business Networking in 2015?

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Would you like to meet up to 250 of Wales’ best businesses in weekly professional networking events throughout Cardiff & South Wales, at some of the regions finest 4* & 5* Venues throughout 2015?

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Would you like to do sports networking at Cardiff City, Cardiff Devils, The FA Wales & The Gwent Dragons during 2015?

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Would you like to Exhibit to 5,000 delegates alongside 250 Exhibitors at Wales’ Biggest Business Expo in November 2015?

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And would you like to go professional networking Internationally in Paris, France and southern Spain during 2015?

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If you answered YES to all of the above and you want to join Wales’ leading professional networking club, please call 02920 291002 using code WelshBiz1 or email: info@introbiz.co.uk CC’ing MAConsultancy1@gmail.com!

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10 Best Tools To Run A Successful Startup

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10 Best Tools To Run A Successful Startup
by christopherjanb

If you just started a business, you should be aware of the advantages of the Digital Age. There are limitless opportunities, tools, apps and services that you can use to make significant progress and attract more customers. Business models are being revolutionized with the application of apps and tools that help them grow faster and more effectively. In the continuation, you will find the best tools that will help you get through just about any challenging phase on your way to success.

1. Optimizely

The success of your business is founded upon testing. Optimizely is a priceless tool that enables online business owners to test and compare web pages and get insight into important data about the visits and clicks you get, as well as the number of conversions within a given period of time. You can easily integrate Optimizely with Google Analytics or other similar programs.

2. NinjaEssays

If you have ever been to a workshop focused on business startups, then you must be aware of the importance of content marketing. The online content related to your business can make or break its success. If you cannot write successful content, then you can hire writers and editors at custom writing service NinjaEssays.com. This website offers custom-tailored writing assistance that will make your business more attractive for your target audience.

3. MailChimp

There are plenty of reasons why you should focus on building an email marketing list. With the help of MailChimp – all-inclusive email marketing platform, you will be able to start sending better emails and manage multiple lists. The other key features of this platform include: mobile-friendly opt-in forms, revenue reporting, social integration, autoresponders, and list segmentation.

4. Google Apps for Work

This is an incredibly useful set of programs that enable cloud-based storage for easy access. With the help of Google Apps for Work, you will get an opportunity to create shared calendars, professional email, video meetings, and much more. The automatic syncing feature provides you with freedom to work from anywhere. The enhanced security and control features of the apps will help you control and safely manage the company’s devices and data.

5. Prezi

The easiest way to explain the key aspects of your business is by making a captivating presentation that conveys its essence. Although the tool is very easy to use, it still results with a sophisticated, complex 3D story that includes plans, concepts, sketches and other content. You can use Prezi offline or in the cloud, and you can also download it as a mobile app for your iOS device.

6. Xero

Since you just started the business, saving money is an important part of your plan. Instead of paying an actual accountant to take care of the finances, you can easily keep track of the expenses and revenues with the help of Xero. You can work together with other users and manage your finances through teamwork, get mobile access at any time, calculate the payroll and pay staff through the effective features of this software.

7. Enloop

You still don’t have a detailed business plan? Then it’s about time to create it. Although it seems like a challenging task, writing a business plan can be made easy if you use the right tool. Enloop enables its users to write customized business plans, prove their ideas and forecast the success of their startups through efficient automated software. You can also use this tool for industry comparison and scoring, as well as for automated projections.

8. Highrise HQ

The success of every business startup is dependent upon following up with leads. Highrise is a simple and effective tool that gives you insight into the interests of your customers and enables you to track contacts, notes and tasks in one place. This tool enables you to keep track of all conversations and categorize each contact in the appropriate group.

9. SlideShare

Besides being a great place for promoting your business materials and exposing your brand to a relevant target group, SlideShare is also a great source of inspiration. You can find useful information on how to market your new business and manage it effectively. SlideShare can be used for locating and sharing content in different formats, such as PDF files, videos, webinars, slides and more.

10. GoToMeeting

Business meetings are already an important part of your life, so you need to find a way to make them more effective. GoToMeeting allows you to organize and attend an unlimited number of online meetings for up to 3, 25 or 100 attendees, depending on the plan you choose. This is one of the most efficient video conferencing tools currently available online.

Time to make your startup more successful! Use the right tools!
Having the right ideas is only part of the journey. When you find your business goals, the matter of implementing them into practice will complicate your life in ways you never thought possible. With the help of the right tools and commitment to succeed, every obstacle you face can be surpassed.

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Robert is a professional content writer from NYC.
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Estimated Costs for Starting a New Business!!!

Here’s some information about starting Businesses!

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?
by christopherjanb

How much money do you need to start a business?

Of course, there is no easy answer. It depends.

While the average cost for starting a business is $30,000, some businesses may require more money or less.

Your startup costs will depend on many factors, including the type of business you want to start, whether you plan to work from your home or rent office space, etc. Your startup costs will also depend on how much you can feasibly handle on your own.

But one thing is for sure — a common mistake many entrepreneurs make is underestimating how much it costs to start a business and keep it going. Insufficient capital is one of the major reasons for small business failure. So it’s important to nail down that figure so you can start out strong.

In this article, you will find out:

The difference between expenses and assets.
How your wants and needs factor into the equation.
How to realistically calculate your startup costs.
Categorize your startup costs.
According to the Small Business Administration, you should first categorize your startup costs in terms of expenses and assets. What’s the difference between the two?

Startup expenses can include legal expenses, permits, paying someone to design your logo or website, initial advertising costs, and office supplies.

You may also have assets that you purchase for your new business. These tangible items include inventory, equipment, tools, or a company vehicle, plus some cash until the customers start rolling in.

You also need to factor in the business costs that will recur on a regular basis: rent and utilities, payroll expenses, business insurance, ongoing advertising and marketing costs, and more inventory.

Are they wants or needs?
Once you figure out the possible expenses and assets and assign ballpark figures (be realistic!) , organize them in terms of wants and needs. You will need to purchase some items right away for your business. Other items may be nice to have eventually.

For example, can you get by without a dedicated office space for your startup? You can save money on rent and office furniture by working right at the kitchen table. Or you may envision a shiny new truck with your business logo on the side. But for the time being, you might have to hang onto your respectable-looking old truck.

Do the maths.
After you define your wants and needs, it’s time to get serious and crunch the actual numbers. Using a tool like the Wall Street Journal’s Startup Calculator can give you a ballpark idea of how much you need to start a business.

Once you add up your startup expenses, assets, and recurring costs, be prepared for that sobering moment when you see your estimated startup cost in black and white. But armed with this information, you will know how much to scrape together before you officially launch your business.

Keep track of everything…
Once you start spending, keep track of where your money is going. Learn the basics of accounting so that you can track your expenses — and eventually your income — on your own. It’s crucial to make sure your books are in good order!

But be ready for anything.
With proper business planning, you can improve your chance for success. But forget about doing everything perfectly — you will make mistakes somewhere along the line. Trust me.

Someday, you will look back on your list of wants and needs and probably laugh. If you don’t believe me, let’s ask the other business owners out there:

What was the first expense for your new business?

Can you think of a business item that you splurged on and then later regretted? I’ll start: in one of my startups, I purchased a brand new printing press that turned out to be a real lemon! I was much better off later on, when I found a dependable secondhand printing press at a fraction of the cost of the new one.

For more see;

http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/how-much-does-it-cost-to-start-a-business/

The Estimated Costs for Starting a New Business page was Posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Estimated costs for New Business Startups!

Here’s some information about starting Businesses!

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?
by christopherjanb

How much money do you need to start a business?

Of course, there is no easy answer. It depends.

While the average cost for starting a business is $30,000, some businesses may require more money or less.

Your startup costs will depend on many factors, including the type of business you want to start, whether you plan to work from your home or rent office space, etc. Your startup costs will also depend on how much you can feasibly handle on your own.

But one thing is for sure — a common mistake many entrepreneurs make is underestimating how much it costs to start a business and keep it going. Insufficient capital is one of the major reasons for small business failure. So it’s important to nail down that figure so you can start out strong.

In this article, you will find out:

The difference between expenses and assets.
How your wants and needs factor into the equation.
How to realistically calculate your startup costs.
Categorize your startup costs.
According to the Small Business Administration, you should first categorize your startup costs in terms of expenses and assets. What’s the difference between the two?

Startup expenses can include legal expenses, permits, paying someone to design your logo or website, initial advertising costs, and office supplies.

You may also have assets that you purchase for your new business. These tangible items include inventory, equipment, tools, or a company vehicle, plus some cash until the customers start rolling in.

You also need to factor in the business costs that will recur on a regular basis: rent and utilities, payroll expenses, business insurance, ongoing advertising and marketing costs, and more inventory.

Are they wants or needs?
Once you figure out the possible expenses and assets and assign ballpark figures (be realistic!) , organize them in terms of wants and needs. You will need to purchase some items right away for your business. Other items may be nice to have eventually.

For example, can you get by without a dedicated office space for your startup? You can save money on rent and office furniture by working right at the kitchen table. Or you may envision a shiny new truck with your business logo on the side. But for the time being, you might have to hang onto your respectable-looking old truck.

Do the maths.
After you define your wants and needs, it’s time to get serious and crunch the actual numbers. Using a tool like the Wall Street Journal’s Startup Calculator can give you a ballpark idea of how much you need to start a business.

Once you add up your startup expenses, assets, and recurring costs, be prepared for that sobering moment when you see your estimated startup cost in black and white. But armed with this information, you will know how much to scrape together before you officially launch your business.

Keep track of everything…
Once you start spending, keep track of where your money is going. Learn the basics of accounting so that you can track your expenses — and eventually your income — on your own. It’s crucial to make sure your books are in good order!

But be ready for anything.
With proper business planning, you can improve your chance for success. But forget about doing everything perfectly — you will make mistakes somewhere along the line. Trust me.

Someday, you will look back on your list of wants and needs and probably laugh. If you don’t believe me, let’s ask the other business owners out there:

What was the first expense for your new business?

Can you think of a business item that you splurged on and then later regretted? I’ll start: in one of my startups, I purchased a brand new printing press that turned out to be a real lemon! I was much better off later on, when I found a dependable secondhand printing press at a fraction of the cost of the new one.

For more see;

http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/how-much-does-it-cost-to-start-a-business/

Posted “By Mike Armstrong”

How much does it cost to start a Business?

Here’s some information about starting Businesses!

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?
by christopherjanb

How much money do you need to start a business?

Of course, there is no easy answer. It depends.

While the average cost for starting a business is $30,000, some businesses may require more money or less.

Your startup costs will depend on many factors, including the type of business you want to start, whether you plan to work from your home or rent office space, etc. Your startup costs will also depend on how much you can feasibly handle on your own.

But one thing is for sure — a common mistake many entrepreneurs make is underestimating how much it costs to start a business and keep it going. Insufficient capital is one of the major reasons for small business failure. So it’s important to nail down that figure so you can start out strong.

In this article, you will find out:

The difference between expenses and assets.
How your wants and needs factor into the equation.
How to realistically calculate your startup costs.
Categorize your startup costs.
According to the Small Business Administration, you should first categorize your startup costs in terms of expenses and assets. What’s the difference between the two?

Startup expenses can include legal expenses, permits, paying someone to design your logo or website, initial advertising costs, and office supplies.

You may also have assets that you purchase for your new business. These tangible items include inventory, equipment, tools, or a company vehicle, plus some cash until the customers start rolling in.

You also need to factor in the business costs that will recur on a regular basis: rent and utilities, payroll expenses, business insurance, ongoing advertising and marketing costs, and more inventory.

Are they wants or needs?
Once you figure out the possible expenses and assets and assign ballpark figures (be realistic!) , organize them in terms of wants and needs. You will need to purchase some items right away for your business. Other items may be nice to have eventually.

For example, can you get by without a dedicated office space for your startup? You can save money on rent and office furniture by working right at the kitchen table. Or you may envision a shiny new truck with your business logo on the side. But for the time being, you might have to hang onto your respectable-looking old truck.

Do the maths.
After you define your wants and needs, it’s time to get serious and crunch the actual numbers. Using a tool like the Wall Street Journal’s Startup Calculator can give you a ballpark idea of how much you need to start a business.

Once you add up your startup expenses, assets, and recurring costs, be prepared for that sobering moment when you see your estimated startup cost in black and white. But armed with this information, you will know how much to scrape together before you officially launch your business.

Keep track of everything…
Once you start spending, keep track of where your money is going. Learn the basics of accounting so that you can track your expenses — and eventually your income — on your own. It’s crucial to make sure your books are in good order!

But be ready for anything.
With proper business planning, you can improve your chance for success. But forget about doing everything perfectly — you will make mistakes somewhere along the line. Trust me.

Someday, you will look back on your list of wants and needs and probably laugh. If you don’t believe me, let’s ask the other business owners out there:

What was the first expense for your new business?

Can you think of a business item that you splurged on and then later regretted? I’ll start: in one of my startups, I purchased a brand new printing press that turned out to be a real lemon! I was much better off later on, when I found a dependable secondhand printing press at a fraction of the cost of the new one.

For more see;

http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/how-much-does-it-cost-to-start-a-business/

Posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Business Help, Advice & Assistance for Welsh Startups in Wales

If you are a New Company in Wales, Startup Business in Wales or Small Business in Wales and you are looking for some Business Advice in Wales, Startups Advice in Wales or Help for Start-ups in Wales especially help or assistance in Sales & Marketing, then you have come to the right place!

MA Consultancy is a Sales & Marketing Agency & Business Consultancy based in Cardiff, South Wales run by former “National Premier Account Director” Mike Armstrong, who works with Businesses of all shapes and sizes including New Businesses in Wales and Welsh Startups.

We can help you with business advice, help & assistance and start-up advice help & assistance in all areas of running a business but especially in the most important area of running a business, the sales & marketing of the business!

Without a good sales & marketing plan and great cost effective & efficient sales & marketing activities, most businesses won’t make it very far!

Business Start-up / New Business Advice, Help & Assistance in Wales

Most people starting up in business do so because they have a good business proposition and the enterprise, experience and commitment to see it through.

However, they are usually not experts in the Sales & Marketing, Legal and Financial aspects of running a business and such matters often appear daunting.

Fortunately you do not always need to be an expert in these fields to succeed in business but you do need to try and understand as much as possible about these aspects of running a business or you need the support of people or a team of people of trained experts to help or advise you in these areas!

MA Consultancy can help you Startup

Bring us your business ideas and we will help you to make them a reality!

We will help you to:

Decide on a Name;
Build a business plan;
Design a Sales & Marketing Strategy;
Build a Brand;
Work on Logo;
Register a name;
Make a Website;
Register a Domain name;
Form a Company;
Get a Business Account;
Build an online Profile (Create a LinkedIn Profile, Create a company page on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter);
Get Followers;
Make a Blog;
Get a Video Produced;
Go Networking;
Find Suppliers;
Get Business Cards and so much more!

On the Legal, Financial & HR side we will;

Help you decide on the most suitable structure for your business – sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company;
Prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts;
Assess the finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance and draw up the necessary proposals;
Establish a good working relationship with your bank;
Complete any registration procedures with Companies House and HMRC;
deal with company secretarial issues;
Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements;
Decide on what computer hardware to buy and help with the installation of accountancy software;
Keep on top of bookkeeping, VAT, payroll and other accounting requirements;
Help with all aspects of business compliance and administration;
deal with all startup HR and Health & Safety,
Help you with Offices;
Help you with Recruitment;
Help you with Vehicle Leasing;
Help you with Credit Control & Credit Management Solutions including Debt Management Solutions;
and so much more!

Require more information?

If you would like more information or would like to ask us startup or new business questions then please email us today on maconsultancy1@gmail.com.

Posted “By Mike Armstrong” – MA Consultancy / @MAConsultancy1 @WelshBiz