One of the best things you can do to grow your business is to form a network online with other business women. I’m part of one, and it’s probably helped to grow my business more than anything else. On top of that, having peers to talk to about your fears, hopes and dreams is something that is invaluable during moments in your business where things do seem difficult or challenging.
If you are currently writing a budget for your startup and wondering how much a website will cost you, here is some data for you. I have broken it down into the three most common options available to new startups.
It’s worth noting: this is based on my own previous experience working in agencies and drafting quotes for new clients.. Hopefully, a behind-the-scenes glance into how these things are calculated will arm you with a bit of knowledge before you approach your own shortlisted suppliers.
SEO seems pretty technical and overwhelming sometimes, doesn’t it? Have you every browsed around SEO blogs and videos and thought: wow, this is pretty complicated. I’m really going to have to pay someone to do that for me.
I decided I wanted to recruit a specialist SEO company, and I was ready to sign the contract when a little voice in my head told me not do. I just thought to myself: you know, it can’t be that difficult. Other people have figured it out. Let’s try a few things and see what happens.
Excellent pre-sales is an important thing to master for your business, and here’s why:
Most service businesses do it badly
So think of pre-sales this way. If you can master customer excellence, you immediately have a competitive advantage.
But what makes a great customer experience during the pre-sales phase? Here’s a guide to the most important factors you need to consider:
In the first of my series talking to women who have started their own business, I interviewed Lisa from http://www.sparkleandcharm.co.uk. Sparkle and Charm was established in February 2013. Lisa designs and handcrafts her own jewellery and accessories for adults and children. All items are made to order and can be adapted and personalised for each customer.
I wanted to find out a little bit more about what inspired Lisa and what advice she would give to other women planning to start their own business. Here is what she said:
Starting your own business is tremendously exciting. It’s your chance to avoid the mistakes that you’ve seen others make, to do things your way, to make something for yourself and your family and to work hours and times to suit you. For many, it’s a dream come true, and it’s thought that up to 82% of young people would like to avoid traditional employment and start their own business.
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