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Cybercrime: 5 Ways to Protect Your Small Busine

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Cyberattacks are reportedly costing small businesses approximately £3,000 over a two-year period. Companies are not only having to contend with common cyberthreats, but many are also struggling to keep up the level of new threats emerging each year.

While you might not like to imagine a time when your company falls vulnerable to attack, it can happen, and your business will be forced to pay the price if it’s unsecured. Don’t become another cybercrime victim and read the following five steps to take to protect your small business.


  • Employee Training


Employee training could be your company’s first line of defence when it comes to cybersecurity. Yet many small companies are failing to do this properly. Whenever a member of staff joins the business, employees must learn basic cybersecurity training and get to grips with the company’s security policies, so they don’t make a big mistake that could welcome a hacker onto a network.


  • Vet Your Employees


While a business should be able to trust its employees, they also shouldn’t be too trusting when hiring a member of staff. Unfortunately, there could be an unscrupulous candidate who would happily steal or destroy your data. Do your homework on a member of staff before you offer him or her the job. For example, you would be wise to follow up with a reference’s email or phone number independently to confirm a candidate’s background, rather than using the information they provide you, which could be fraudulent. However, it’s imperative your business remains mindful of data protection laws when vetting employees to avoid infringement.


  • Secure Your Cloud Solution


Many people make the mistake of believing a cloud solution is not as secure as a traditional IT deployment. However, most cloud software providers, such as Microsoft’s Office 365, endeavour to provide a platform that’s free from any vulnerabilities, which can avoid data loss. Yet it’s also up to the customer to ensure they comply with the software’s internal policies and regulations for improved security. So, protect your company’s critical data in the cloud by learning more about the different Office 365 DLP security scenarios.


  • Eliminate Excessive Permissions


Sensitive data should remain as private as possible both internally and externally, which is why it’s important for companies of all sizes to aim to eliminate excessive permissions. For instance, if a long-term employee has changed departments or positions, he or she may have more access to data than they do not need for their current role. So, stay on top of which employee has access to specific data, and restrict permissions when required to safeguard your files.


  • Update All Software Regularly


Every member of staff will have software on their office computers, tablets, and smartphones, which will need to be updated regularly. Unfortunately, there is often a few members of staff who believe they are too busy to make an important update, but they could be leaving your network vulnerable to a cyberattack. You must reiterate the importance of updating out-of-date software to ensure every employee has the latest software on their device.

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Tips for Maximizing Efficiency in Your Home Office

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Working from home might sound like a dream for some. There are so many factors that allure people into leaving their office jobs and starting either a home-based business or simply starting remote jobs. While there are many young adults who work as freelancers, there are even stay-at-home parents who need to work so that they can contribute to the family budget. Although working from home sounds like a movie scenario for some: having a flexible schedule, no having to dress up, being able to take care of other commitments or even going to a cafe to complete a few jobs, there are quite a few downsides to working from home. Loneliness, lack of constant routine and sometimes too much work can cause people to have a breakdown. As you don’t want that to happen to you, it might be clever to check out the following tips.

Claim a Space

One of the first steps is claiming a home office. Although it might sound tempting, working from your bed is not good for different reasons. Not only is it bad for your posture, but it can be very distracting. Instead of keeping you alert, it makes you feel comfortable, and it can even make you take a few naps during the day, which is not productive at all. Try to establish a corner in your home where you can work anytime. Even a small desk that has been converted from a closet can offer you enough privacy and ability to concentrate.

Clean Out Distractions

Distractions! They are everywhere when you work from home. The most common distractions are televisions, radios, books and any other elements that might give you ideas about why you should procrastinate for a while. When setting up your desk, make sure it is situated in a corner where there are no temptations. However, if you happen to have too many business documents and you can’t find a space for them, you might want to recycle them. Contact Baling Wire Direct and purchase bale ties to recycle your old papers. Also, baling wire is good for small jobs around the house such as mending or fixing broken items. Read More→

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How to Create a Happy Customer

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As the owner of a business, you know that keeping your customers happy can make or break your bottom line. The importance of customer satisfaction cannot be overstated, especially when recent surveys suggest that by the year 2020 customer experience will surpass price and product as the main element that sets your brand apart from competitors.

While we know customer experience is vital in growing a successful business – what steps do businesses need to take to ensure customers stay satisfied? Here are a few key ways you can nurture your customer relations and keep a smile on their faces:

Listen to What Your Target Market Wants

We’ve all heard the adage, “talk less, listen more.” There’s a reason this phrase continues to be used in everything from sales training to customer relations because it’s true and it’s the first key to keeping your audience happy. Customer feedback can come in many forms such as social media comments, observation, surveys or email and web forms. Make sure you are having a two-way dialogue, not just spouting off about how great your product or company is. Really listen to what customers are asking for and make the necessary changes. Taking the time to listen to your customers and following through on their requests is a great way to build brand loyalty.

Provide a Secure Platform

If you’re working in an e-commerce business, data security is critical to building customers’ trust. You must provide your clients with a secure website and payment platforms or risk a data breach and the possibility of irreparable damage to your business relationships.

Using an identity theft protection service as part of your employee benefits plan is a great place to start. Employees are often targeted by hackers to access proprietary information about your company’s systems which can lead to corporate identity theft. Read More→

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Six Ways to Make Your Marketing Count

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jill-new14According to the National Center for Policy Analysis there are nearly 17 million home-based businesses in the U.S. today. As the number of business rise, it becomes increasingly more difficult to effectively market a small business. And when the small business is run by mom with a minuscule advertising the budget, the challenge becomes even tougher. As moms trying to make our way in this billion dollar industry, how do we best focus our marketing efforts?

Do Your Homework
The best way to get good results from your marketing efforts is to research the sites you’re considering. Look for websites that are aimed at your target market, that have premium ad placements and that are willing to share their traffic statistics, number of subscribers, etc.

Be Bold
Statistics show that the bigger the ad, the higher the response. Double Click, a digital marketing firm, did a study in 2006 that showed a “strong correlation between the size of ads and their clickthrough performance.” So, whenever possible, choose a banner size larger than the standard 468 x 60. It may be pricier, but the results should be worth the extra expense.

Think Fresh
Try to find innovative ways to reach your market. Consider trying a rich media campaign that includes a video advertisement, banners formatted in Flash, and other interactive ads. By finding new ways to present your business or product, you’ll catch the eye of viewers who might not normally have noticed your advertisement.

Be Personal
The potential customers who view your ads want you to connect with them. They want to know how your product or service will make a difference in their lives. Write your ad copy in such a way that it brings the viewers need for your product to their attention.

Another way to make your advertising more personal is to use images – especially real-life photographs. You can find royalty free photos online on various websites.

Be Unique
Make your ad stand out by creating something different and unique – something that represents your company well. Diana Ennen, a publicist and president of states, “With so much competition out there today, it’s important to make your ad stand out and speak directly to your target audience. No one knows your business and clients better than you, so create the an ad that tells everyone why they should buy from you.”

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Review: Born To Wander

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I loved this book. I have always felt a restlessness in my soul, and Born To Wander addresses the topic in a straightforward and authentic way.

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Why are we so restless?

All of us have a little wanderlust—a desire for that next thing, that new place, but this competes with our longings for security, control, and safety. We don’t like how it feels to be unsettled and uprooted. Whether we’re navigating a season of transition, dealing with the fallout of broken relationships, or wrestling with a deep sense of restlessness, we are all experiencing some form of exile. And most of us do whatever we can to numb the feelings of unbelonging, powerlessness, and unsettledness that come with it. But the truth is that exile has a profound purpose if we can just learn to lean in.

Over and over again Scripture tells us that the people of God are exiles and wanderers. And this is good news because exile is what transforms us into pilgrims. In Christ, we are no longer directionless wanderers, but pilgrim followers who have a clear purpose and a secure identity. In Born to Wander, Michelle Van Loon weaves together personal stories and keen insights on the biblical themes of pilgrimage and exile.  She will help you embrace your own pilgrim identity and reorient your heart toward the God who leads you home. Engaging and thoughtful, enhanced with practical suggestions, prayers, and questions, Born to Wander will teach how to trust God even when you don’t understand what’s happening around you and follow Him even when it hurts.

If you keep chasing security, you’ll never find it. Embrace the purpose behind the wandering and discover the freedom and safety of resting in God alone.

“Every one of us carries a restlessness that runs as deep as the marrow of our born-again bones. Our relationships shift like tectonic plates. We change jobs. We switch churches. And our culture tells us the cure for our restlessness is to buy a new mattress, a new car, or a new tube of toothpaste.”

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What To Think About Before Starting Your Own Business

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coffee and computerIt’s more important than ever in this unsure economic climate that those who want to start their own business and make something of themselves are able to do it. However, simply having the idea and being excited to begin isn’t enough; you need to work out exactly how it is going to start and go on to success before you take the plunge. Without a plan and finances, starting your own business is going to be tough. So here is a short checklist of things you need to think about before you start your own business.


Are You Ready?

The first thing to consider is whether you are ready to start your own business. Doing so is going to involve a lot of hard work, and you may have to work incredibly long hours at the start. Plus you could come under a lot of stress; it’s a far different prospect than working for someone else who can deal with issues for you if necessary.


It’s also important to remember that starting your own business is not going to make you rich overnight. You will need to put a lot of time and effort into growing the business, as well as money from a variety of different sources. How much money and where it comes from will depend on the business itself and what you are planning for it.


You need to ensure that you are ready for this big lifestyle change. If all goes well, then it will certainly be worth it, but you need to be prepared for the new way of doing things that come with being successful. Once the money starts to come in, you can give yourself more free time, but until then you will be busy!


Not only do you need to be ready to begin, but so does your business. Everything needs to be in place before you start. If you’re starting a business as a tax accountant, you will need software from If you’re going to be a contractor, you will need tools. If you’re planning to teach computing skills, you will need a computer, and perhaps even more than one.

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When managing a business, you learn a lot about different people, departments and how they function. It is critical that you understand each department, especially if you happen to be in a managerial role. This is because a great deal of your business’s success is dependent on how well each department works independently as well as together. As a manager, there are many things that you can do to ensure each department is working to their maximum potential. To give you a few ideas that could ensure you have a head start, this article is going to list different departments and suggest ways to support them in your business.

Find Out Their Needs

To begin with, when trying to support teams in your business, finding out what each team needs is fundamental. As opposed to using a one-size-fits-all approach, you should find out each team’s individual needs instead. You can do this by getting individuals to fill out a survey or hold team meetings to discuss what their unique needs are. By doing this, you’ll be in a better position to find out first-hand what they need and how you can help meet those needs as a result. However, some fundamental things that every team need are kindness, faith, confidence, patience, respect, guidance, time, and compassion.


Aside from moral support, another way of supporting teams in your business is by offering the right technology. In HR, you could do this by exploring which technologies would be best suited for their unique needs. If for instance, they needed software that could help keep their data in one place, minimize the time spent on administration tasks, and decrease the likelihood of errors, have suitable software where you have one-click reporting, real-time and automated workflows. The idea should be to find ways to make their tasks easier by eliminating the need to do the mundane ones repeatedly. In addition to this, you can also try non-financial rewards programs as well as help them improve their current HR strategy.

Content Marketing

In the content marketing department, there are several ways that you can offer valuable support. One of them includes offering tools to help them organize and time their social media posts, so that they don’t have to remember to post every day. Some tools that you can suggest for social media include Hootsuite, Buffer, SocialDrift, Unsplash as well as Canva. Each tool can help with different phases of the content marketing process so that they’re far more productive.


Another department that could do with your support is the finance department. Some ways that you can offer support include offering training and development, encouraging regular reviews, as well as rewarding their success. You could also try establishing process metrics that help measure that departments productivity.


Supporting each department in your business can go a long way toward making employees feel valued, appreciated and productive. For this reason, doing all that you can to help them excel should be a priority. Doing so could help ensure that your business sees exponential growth sooner than later.

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Four Tips To Help You Become A More Productive Business Owner

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As a small business owner, you should know how precious your time is. You probably have a whole list of things that you need to get done each day, and another list of things you want to do but simply don’t have the time for. Because of this, it’s important that you find ways to make the most of the time you have and use it more productively. If you do this, you’ll get more done quicker, which means you’ll have some time free to work on the other list. If you want to be more productive running your small business, then here are four things you can try.


Cut Out Unproductive Meetings

Staff meetings can go one of two ways; They can either be incredibly productive and useful for keeping your team on track, or they can be a complete and utter waste of time. If you want to avoid wasting your time in these unproductive meetings, then you need to make sure that every one you run or attend has a purpose and a schedule. The ones that don’t will rarely accomplish anything, making them pointless for everyone who attends.


Stick To Important Tasks

Despite what some people claim, you shouldn’t be doing every little task for your business. In fact, you should even be doing most of them. Your job is to complete the most important tasks, and all of the others can be delegated to your team or outsourced to agencies. For example, you could hire one of the best SEO companies from Ignite Digital to handle your SEO. When you’ve cut down your to-do list, make sure that you start with the most urgent tasks first.


Try Not To Multitask

Multitasking generally seems like a great way to get more things done, as it suggests that you’re doing two tasks at the same time. However, in truth, trying to do two things at once slows you down massively, and makes it more likely that you make mistakes along the way. It makes a lot more sense to focus on one task at a time, put all of your efforts into that, finish it, take a short break, and then move onto a different one when you’re done.


Keep Healthy Snacks Close

Whether you realise it or not, you’re using a lot of energy at work, even if you stay sitting at a desk all day. If you want to avoid getting sick or tired, then you need to keep your energy levels up by eating when you’re hungry. This means that you should keep healthy snacks somewhere in your office so that you don’t have to stop working to go and find some food. You should also make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day.

Running a small business takes up a lot of time, so it’s vital that you’re using yours as productively as you possibly can. Hopefully, with the tips above, you’ll be able to do just that, so that you have a bit more free time each day.


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Unfair Perceptions

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An excerpt from Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm, by Cara Whitney:

Unfair Perceptions

“But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:57–58

Giving your trust to a horse after it has hurt you can be a hard obstacle to overcome. Even after a “naughty” horse has spent a good thirty days with a trainer, you are still left to wonder if he has changed his ways. The horse’s behavior may have changed, but how we see him is still the same.

Horses aren’t the only ones who suffer from unfair perceptions. Sometimes people’s perceptions of us are hard to overcome. Even Jesus experienced this. When He traveled to His hometown of Nazareth, the people there still saw Him as a carpenter’s son. Because they let pride blind their eyes, they missed out on the miracles the Messiah was willing to offer.

We also fall prey to people’s old perceptions of us. After you become a new creation in Christ, it’s the people you are closest to who have the hardest time recognizing and accepting the changed you. Don’t get discouraged if you are labeled by the things you’ve done in your past. We all have a past we are not proud of, but Jesus took those sins of ours on Himself when He died on the cross. They no longer have any power over us.

“To follow Christ” means we apply the truths we learn from His Word (the Bible) and live as if Jesus were walking beside us in person. Don’t make the mistake of seeking your validation and self-worth from the opinions of other people. Instead, know that the Father sees you as a new creation, which you are in Christ. Find your self-worth in knowing that you are God’s beloved.

Lord, help me to see myself as You see me instead of finding my value in the opinions of others. Thank You that I am Your beloved, amen.



Cara Whitney grew up on a cattle farm in Northern Wisconsin. After spending a decade as a radio personality in markets that included Las Vegas, she found herself in a search of that simpler life everyone
talks about. She soon discovered that there is no such thing as a simple life, but instead your best lived life is one that includes a relationship with Jesus Christ. Cara lives with her husband and two kids on a horse farm in Nebraska.

Cara, wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy), has written a beautiful horse devotional – Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm, Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2018).

“I never really set out to write a book. I grew deeper in my faith by talking to God while I also spent time with my horses. I see a lot of myself through the personalities of my horses, and through them, Jesus challenges me to fix the broken parts of myself. This journey became ‘Unbridled Faith’,” Cara shared.

Unbridled Faith is a daily devotional for horse lovers that brings 100 devotions straight from Cara’s horse farm. Each devotional, along with stunning photography, provide lessons from scripture sprinkled with winsome stories of horses that Dan and Cara know and love. The devotionals teach readers how to overcome temptation, discover why they should be glad God doesn’t answer yes to all prayers, and provide a reminder that each person is priceless to God. “I first used horses to try and fill the God shaped hole that I had in my heart. As big as my horses are, not one of them could accomplish such a task. I made the decision to put Jesus Christ there instead, and I am so happy to be saved. I now use my
horses to help communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others,” said Cara.

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How to Get Yourself Organized While Working from Home

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Nowadays, work from home has become a very common option for many and we see a huge number of people who prefer to work from home due to several reasons. First of all, the work productivity is increased since the time of commuting to office is eliminated which can be utilized for the purpose of work. In addition to this, the physical tiredness is reduced to a great extent which helps in increasing the productivity. However, a proper organization of both your home and work life is quite a critical task particularly for the individuals who work from home. Working from home requires facing some tough challenges in terms of keeping the work obligations and family demands at the proper places. Thus, it is extremely important that you get yourself properly organized at the time of working from home.

Time Organization
The most important aspect of working from home is the proper management of time. While you are working from home, you save the time required for commuting but you need to make sure that the time which you save should not be wasted at any cost. This is the main reason why you should be taking proper control of your time by organizing everything efficiently to produce the desired results.

Setting Proper Expectations
When you are working from home, you need to create some of the basic rules for yourself along with setting proper expectations. One of the most important rules in this regard would be to set your hours of working which will result in the prevention of both excessive work and very less work. This is very helpful in maintaining a better family balance because all the members know exactly what to expect.

Distractions Should be Minimized
It is of immense importance that you should eliminate all elements that create distractions at the time when you are working from home. Irrespective of how sincere and committed you are to work, distractions would be there when you are doing your work from your home. This will eat up your working hours and make you less productive and hence you should try your level best to eliminate all sorts of distractions at the time when you are working. Read More→

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