How to Build Trust and Transparency in Business

 How-to-Build-Trust-and-Transparency-in-BusinessIf you have your very own small, family business, you might think that honesty goes without saying. You work with a small group of trusted people, you already know each other’s strengths and shortcomings, so you naturally assume that you’re on the same page. Soon enough, every small business owner learns that even small, family businesses can suffer from a lack of transparency in their ranks.

This is when those unpleasant misunderstandings occur, when people don’t feel accountable for their portion of the work, or they fail to share how they really feel about a certain process. To build trust and transparency in your own business, you need to start with setting up the right communication procedures as well as tools.

Here’s how you can take care of your company and build more trust with everyone working along your side!

Meetings with a purpose Meetings-with-a-purpose-plan-out-topics-of-meeting

Too many smaller businesses waste hours of their precious time on meetings that don’t have a designated agenda. To make the most of that time you spend in your meetings, make sure that you, first of all, help people prepare for the meeting by letting them know what they will be expected to talk about – if they should provide a financial report, suggest ideas, summarize their daily work, etc.

Share the agenda beforehand so that everyone can prepare, and take your efforts a step further: make sure that you set a time frame for each subject you want to cover. That way, you won’t spend two hours in a call that should have, realistically, lasted no more than 45 minutes.

Communication and scheduling tools  Weave-feedback-into-your-regular-communication.

Time management is vital for setting company standards, but it’s also a crucial component for helping employees build healthy, transparent communication on a daily basis. Every business, no matter how big or small, needs to use effective scheduling software that helps you set up your daily routine and ensure fair workload allocation.

Everyone should have access to your software, so that they know when they can reach out to other team members, text them, and set up automatic notifications that will help everyone stay on track with all the meetings and tasks. When you simplify scheduling and rostering, your employees will have an easier time asking for help if they have too much on their plate, or they can step in and help a coworker when they have a little bit of extra time.

Feedback is a must Weave-feedback-into-your-regular-communication.

There is no way to improve your business or your output if you don’t know what troubles your employees. Then again, you cannot expect them to share any of their worries or issues if the atmosphere in your company doesn’t allow for such interactions.

Make sure to weave feedback into your regular communication, be it via email, polls and surveys, or if you want to set up one-on-one chats with your team. Asking for constructive feedback and acting upon it means that they will feel more comfortable sharing their ideas in the future – and that inevitably leads to growth and prosperity!

Master the art of goal-setting Master-of-Goal-Setting-and-Transparency-starts-with-setting-the-right-kinds-of-goals

Do your employees know what it takes to finish their tasks? What about the purpose of those tasks as they relate to your grander goals as a company? Transparency starts with setting the right kinds of goals, both for individual employees and for your entire company.

From time to time, even if it’s every quarter, you can organize team meetings to talk about goals and help everyone set their goals as well as weekly and monthly milestones. That will set the right expectations and standards for every employee, and allow you to tailor-make your business plans based on what your employees can deliver.

Keep everyone in the loop

Even smaller companies have different sectors and departments, taking care of different, seemingly unconnected tasks. Your marketing specialist might be tackling the newsletter, ads, and social media, while your sales guru could be processing customers while you’re coming up with more ways to offer original, authentic products or services.

Whether you’re running a local salon business, or you have a digital learning platform to offer classes, you should make sure that every employee knows your business inside out. Keeping people in the loop, sharing your ups and downs, letting them know when changes are coming up before they do, and the like will help sustain the morale in your company and boost trust.

As wonderful as it may be to have a family-owned company or to run a small business with a handful of people sharing the workload with you – trust is always essential. Building trust and loyalty starts with how you organize and manage your business.

Make sure to leverage the listed ideas and help your business thrive, so that everyone working with you will feel valued, happy, engaged, and above all, productive!

Starting Strong – 5 Indispensable Tips for a Successful Startup Business

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If you’ve decided to venture out on your own, then congratulations. You’ve now taken the first step to become a successful business owner. However, starting a business doesn’t mean you triumph right away. It takes hard work, dedication, and a whole lot of decision-making. Even then, it doesn’t always work in your favor.

If you want the best chance of success, then you need helpful information at your fingertips. Here’s a list of tips to follow when starting your own business:

Be FrugalVirtual-office

During your first few years of business, or even longer, you probably won’t have endless amounts of money. Therefore, you can’t act as if you do. If you want your venture to be a success, you have to spend your money wisely.

One way to do that is with a virtual office. While you can work from the comfort of your home and save a fortune in office lease agreements, your customers don’t have to know that.

You can have an official business address, mail forwarding service, and even a receptionist. A virtual office offers the perception of a successful business which can sometimes be all you need to get them through the door and make that the reality.

Form RelationshipsWorking-together-for-success.

Word of mouth is going to be one of your most significant advertising avenues. However, the only way to make it work for you is by making sure people know who you are and are likely to say the right things. Attend business functions, make yourself known in the community, and rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Before long, your name will be on the lips of those who require your services. Once you get a few people through your doors and make the right impression, word-of-mouth advertising will be ready to do its thing.

Do Your Research Do-research-visit-a-library

A common mistake that people make is getting so caught up in their passion that they forget to find out if anyone else shares it. Before you get too invested in your business idea, do the groundwork. Use research companies to conduct market research and get to know your audience.

It also helps if you know who else already offers the products and services you are thinking of offering. It’s better to find out if your business idea is a flop before it gets off the ground than to find out once you’ve already sunk a fortune into making it work.

Look After YouBalance-between-optimal-health-and-business-growth.

Many successful entrepreneurs have seen the value in working long hours to achieve their goals, but such dedication can take its toll. Stress and sleeplessness can have an adverse effect on your health and can also end up impacting your business. Make sure you strike a rewarding balance between optimal health and business growth. There is room for both in your life.

Don’t Undercharge

When you’re the new kid on the business block, it can be tempting to undercut your competitors to get customers through the door. When you do this, you’re both annoying company owners you may need to form beneficial relationships with, and causing your business a world of hurt. If you charge too little, you’ll overwork yourself and potentially deliver poor results. You’ll then get a reputation as not an affordable business, but one that provides sub-par results.

As a new business owner, you’re probably going to make many mistakes. No one is an expert on their first day. However, these tips above may help you to make fewer of them. Be frugal, research thoroughly, know your worth, and form relationships. You can be a successful business owner in no time.

5 Tips To Incorporate Mid-Century Furniture Into Your Home

Everyone is jumping on the Mid-century modern bandwagon. As an interior designer I find that incorporating furniture that was designed in the 50s can be quite the challenge especially considering the ultra-modern approach that most homeowners use nowadays. However, there are a couple of tips that you can use that would make it easier for you to bring in mid-century furniture without entirely overhauling your home. Make-Small-Changes-for-a-Mid-Century Decorating

Go for white walls

One of the most essential parts of a mid-century modern design is having white walls. If you dread such a bright color, you can also go for any other neutral solid color. White walls are usually preferred because other items like furniture and decorations can also draw attention to themselves. The white walls also allow you to keep a clean and uncluttered atmosphere which is quite relaxing. One-of-the-most-essential-parts-of-a-mid-century-modern-design-is-having-white-walls

Invest in light fixtures

Mid-century modern design is all about simplicity and it should be unassuming. The only time that you can deviate from this is when you are buying lighting.  Mid-century modern lightings are the only ones that failed to get the simplicity to stick. They are complex and attention grabbing and they are very unique. At times, they might even look at little strange but that is what makes them the perfect addition to your modern home to give it that mid-century look.  If you are going for the contemporary design, the pendant lights might be the better option. For mid-century lighting, we usually head over to online mid century furniture stores like EMFURN to pick up some great options for our clients.

Wood, Wood and more Wood

Even though compressed wood materials are more affordable, they are rarely favored by mid-century modern designs. You need to start investing in more furniture that is made from real and actual wood to help you tie everything together.

If for one reason or another getting real wood is out of the question, then you can try to get pieces that mimic the finish of wood. This is an inexpensive approach but could work really well for you if only you take the time to pick the items carefully.

Leave the windows uncovered

Not all mid-century incorporation tips will leave your pockets screaming. Some of them are quite affordable and might not even require you to spend a penny. You need to bring your outdoors indoors. One way you can do that is by bringing down all the covers on your windows like drapes and blinds. The flow of air gives a more open feeling of your living space and it brings in more light into your home.

Have fun with the colors

Don’t get too fixated on the white walls. Instead, you want to have a little fun but, you should know that with mid-century modern, your scope of fun will be somewhat limited.  The goal is to bring in neutral and bold colors into the same room. If you have white walls, you can try going for bolder furniture.

With these tips, you can finally join the rest of the crew in picking the right furniture and design for your home without having to worry about the finances. With these tips, you can’t go wrong and most importantly, most of your ultra-modern home will be left in one piece.

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