Month: March 2020

Business Awards

8 Tips For Entrepreneurs To Win Business Prizes

Without a doubt, if we have done something well here, it is to win prizes. There have even been people who joked that this really was our business model. As it has been one of the things that have helped us the most, we wanted to share some tips that have helped us win them:

  1. The first thing to be clear if you need prizes or not. The reason is clear; we have to reach the general public; a cheap way to do it is through the communication that is achieved by winning. We also needed a lot of credibilities, as it was a very young company that competed with large companies, and having the backing of prestigious awards had helped us. If we hadn’t needed those two things, we wouldn’t have introduced ourselves to either. Of course, for the pure ego, it would not because it is very time-consuming.
  2. Second, introduce yourself. Yes, it is obvious, but I am surprised by the number of people who complain that they are not awarded prizes, and when you ask them, it turns out that they never participate. It is true that for some award, it is not necessary to present yourself, but you must also make merits to get it, which is an indirect way of presenting yourself.
  3. Have a good story to tell. This is also essential; sometimes it does not just have a good project but how to tell it. We usually make the mistake of talking about technology and product, when people are interested in knowing more about what it solves, how it helps make a better world.
  4. Spend time preparing. Major business awards often require a lot of documentation (which is why a lot of people don’t show up). Be clear that you are going to have to dedicate efforts and resources to that part. For the most important we have needed about two weeks of work. Communicate your project a lot beforehand, the more it may sound to them, it is much better because you save time in explaining it, and you will be able to transmit its contributions, which are often the most important.
  5. If it is an award where there is a public vote, do not hesitate; mobilize your friends and acquaintances. You don’t win just with them, but they add up. Today, thanks to social networks, it is easy to do this, make sure you are on all of them.
  6. Submit to many contests. We have won or been finalists in seven, but we have lost many more. If, after a few, you do not get a result, it is better to check if you are doing something wrong.
  7. Trust luck. There is always something that does not depend on you. You can make all the above points perfect and not win.
  8. And a general key that is valid for this, business and life in general: perseverance.

So cheer up and good luck.…

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Things That Self-Taught Entrepreneurs Bother Us

We are going with those things that self-taught entrepreneurs bother us with:

The frustration of not being able to understand something you are studying on your own.

It is not understood how the self-taught are sometimes belittled if they should rather be admired because they have to learn things without the help of anyone. When you are in the University, any doubt will be answered by the specialist professor in the chair, but when you are learning only by your own means from your home through the internet or books, having doubts becomes something really desperate.

When you say that you are self-taught, they think you are doing something related to an art.

Although in the arts it is an area in which it is common to be self-taught, as well as some of its creative ramifications, such as design or content writing, for the self-taught entrepreneur it is continuous learning of all kinds of disciplines, such as marketing, finance, leadership, social networks, negotiation, sales, logistics, psychology.

In reality, learning never stops, so the self-taught entrepreneur, although perhaps he did not study a traditional career, possibly throughout his life he ends up studying and learning much more than who only graduated and went to work from there.

That they tell you, “but you know a lot not to have studied.”

The term “study” implies acquiring knowledge, not only a university student can be considered, because anyone who decides to learn something new already is, regardless of whether they learn it from home or from a position in a classroom. This statement is not only offensive, but it can also be quite wrong because a self-taught person who researches every day can know much more about his area than someone who has a couple of diplomas hanging on his wall, and also applies in the opposite way so that it is not correct to generalize since everything is relative.

You don’t know what it is to sleep peacefully

When you start a business, you are like your “baby,” and you need care and love 24 hours a day, every day of the year. One of the most important and difficult lessons is learning to delegate and lead appropriately. Meanwhile, we think that like us, and no one will be able to do those 1,200 tasks that we have pending, so finally, sleeping peacefully for 8 hours ends up being a utopia.

We will be so tired sometimes that we will even think that we should have finished our studies and obtained that Administrator diploma, in total, we would have health insurance and guaranteed retirement without having to kill our backs a lot, but then we remember all the greatness that we can achieve by creating our own business, and we realize that we could not have made a better decision. The more it costs you, the closer you are to succeed.…

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3 Essential For Entrepreneurs To Keep Their Businesses Relevant In 2020

We live in hurried times, much more than it has been in years, so we must stop for a moment to analyze how the world is developing today, and of course, we also begin to vibrate at its own pace. 2020 is full of new challenges for us as entrepreneurs in a highly competitive world, but it is also exciting to prepare to surf that great wave of changes that are coming, right?

Based on what is estimated to be the year 2020, we have prepared for you a list of 3 essential tips to take into account so that your business is not a newspaper from yesterday but constant news throughout the year:

  1. Stay connected to your business from anywhere

Well, we start with the obvious, and that is that we are talking about 2020! That “wait until I get home to check” excuse no longer works because we literally have connectivity at our fingertips everywhere. If it is not on our computer, it is on our laptops, but on our smartphone, but on our tablet, and if not even on our watch! There are endless options to stay connected to our business from anywhere, anytime, plus basically, any establishment has free Wi-Fi.

Being able to always be there allows us to be one step ahead of those who are not, so for this coming year, aim to be connected to your customers and all the needs of your business from the wide variety of devices it offers us.

  1. Be present on all payment platforms

And this is aimed at all the managers of a company, physical or online, since every day the cash becomes less important; actually, most of the payment transactions are being executed electronically, so it is estimated that in 2020, this fact will take greater meaning.

We don’t want to give our customers an excuse not to make a purchase, do we? So the most logical thing is that in this 2020 we have available to them as many alternatives as possible so that they can pay for their product or services: points of sale, Paypal, transfers to different international bank accounts, etc.

  1. Apps will be everything, so join the game!

As we said above, there really is no excuse to keep you disconnected, and at this point, we emphasize how important the phone is in these times. Smartphones have become an extension of the arm of most people; let’s be frank; we use it for absolutely everything. We can buy anything out there, pay bills, communicate with someone no matter where they are, and entertain ourselves, anyway! If we could choose a device that is really transcendental and very important, surely the smartphone would win the jackpot.

Thinking about this same fact is that one of our recommendations for 2020 is that your company if it is viable and significant has its own app. Why does it? Because the applications are very easy to use -as long as they are well designed-, in addition to being the perfect pretext to be very close to your customers at any time. Depending on the activity that your brand develops, you can create a very functional app that complements your website.

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The Best Marketing Tips For Home Service Companies

Currently, the competition in the market is fierce in all sectors, and this is why companies that know how to position themselves well in the market and carry out good marketing have undoubtedly a lot of livestock in order to improve their sales and keep themselves well above their sector.

It is important to work locally

Firstly, with this type of company, it is essential to do marketing locally. This means that it is important to work well in marketing to be able to position yourself well in the locality, obtaining the favor of other types of companies and entities at the local level.  It can be interesting to enter the chamber of commerce and different associations at the local level, make announcements in local media, and of course, also position the company online locally.

You have to analyze everything

It is certainly very important to analyze everything if we really want to position our home services company very well. It is important to keep a good track of all marketing actions, both those that we carry out externally as well as online and of course, you should always correct the things that are not working and maximize those that are serving something to continue positioning your home services company in a very efficient way and consolidating it in the market.

Customer service is the key

Another point that must be completely clear from the beginning is that taking care of customer service is key. For this, we recommend always using some assistance software or also online chats for the shopping cart to make your customers feel truly valued and to be able to retain them. It is also important to improve your website because this will improve the experience of your customers and will undoubtedly improve the positioning of your company.

He knows the market very well

It also seems especially important to us that you pay a lot of attention to the market, your competitors and all the companies in your sector in general to discover new ways to reach your customers, see what you don’t have to do, offer interesting things and generally find many Alternatives to improve your marketing in a much more efficient and intelligent way, because many times it is not about doing more things, but doing them better to really get there.

At this point, it is also very interesting that you follow the latest marketing trends, always checking web pages in the same sector to see what works and what does not work. If you know all the trends at a technological level and also the best techniques, without a doubt in a short time you will be able to take your business to the top, and also you will be able to share very interesting news and data with all your clients in your social media accounts.

Always define your goals

Finally, to succeed with your home services company, it seems essential to us that you bear in mind the importance of defining your goals very well. If you have a business that has surely been told that you should think big but focuses on the local and with the marketing plans, the same thing happens. You should not waste time or resources investing in advertising in places where you are not going to provide a service. The best things you can do are focus on your area and offer the best possible service.

You can use online and offline advertising,  create a quality website and take care of SEO positioning and in general also take great care of social networks to offer a great service for the home and attract many customers with your marketing campaigns only by focusing them well and focusing on what that really interests you.…

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