Tips & How To’s

5 Critical Steps to Becoming a Competitive Startup

By | Jan 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

Have the perfect startup idea? If you’re planning on pulling the trigger on a business venture, then you should prepare for one of the most stressful times of your life. Sure, everything’s exciting at the beginning, but founding a startup involves a tremendous amount…

Tips & How To’s

5 Areas Where Bootstrapping Startups Should Never Cut Costs

By | Jan 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

There are many compelling reasons for early stage startups to pay close attention to their spending. After all, your ability to spend less money on certain things leaves more capital available for growth down the line. In addition to this, if you have plans…

Marketing

4 Customer Retention Strategies For SaaS Companies

By | Jan 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Losing great customers is painful. It’s even more painful when they’ve entrusted your business with their money first and then suddenly decided to leave. High churn rates negatively affect your business. But have you considered the exact numbers? A study conducted by CMO council suggests…

Tips & How To’s

8 Tips for Planning a Successful Company Retreat Without Breaking the Bank

By | Jan 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Company culture is important and retreats are the best way to foster a community atmosphere between hour employees. But whether you’re gathering your team at your home or piggybacking on a popular conference, don’t overspend on your retreat. We asked eight entrepreneurs how they plan…

Productivity

5 Benefits That Prove the Importance of Having a Work Best Friend

By | Jan 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Even if you love your job, the minutiae of your everyday tasks can get pretty boring over time. Whether it’s filling in data sheets or making sales calls, work life can be harder when you don’t have someone to share it with. Fortunately, in most…

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Data

The Dangers of Metrics for Small Business Owners

By | Jan 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

While metrics are an important tool for measuring results, small business owners should be wary of relying too heavily on certain ones. Metrics present business owners with a method of measuring results, but not all data is useful. When used or interpreted improperly, a…

HR and Recruiting

3 Out-of-the-Box Hiring Tips for Your Startup

By | Jan 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Hiring the right employee for your startup can be a challenging process. You want someone who is qualified, can get the job done, is a team player and fits in with your company’s culture. Here are a few hiring tips from three successful companies…

HR and Recruiting

This App Will Make Sure Your Social Media Presence Isn’t Embarrassing

By | Jan 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Looking for a job can be incredibly stressful. In addition to having to wear nice clothes, your personality, work history, and hobbies are being judged by between one and twenty different people. And to make matters worse, social media has made it easier than…

Inspiration

8 Things I Learned After Losing My Rented Office Space

By | Jan 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

I dropped my formal education after completing school in order to build my own startup. Sounds cool, right? It sure does, but for me, it’s sometimes quite daunting. There were thoughts like — what if this all just collapses and I am left with…

Tips & How To’s

How to Tackle Potential Outsourcing Challenges in 2017

By | Jan 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

Many businesses used to think outsourcing was one of the best ways to cut costs. However, it has proven on multiple occasions to be more challenging than they expected. In 2010, a number of companies reported problems with outsourcing to overseas companies. Opposition to…

Productivity

5 Strategies for Better Meeting Productivity

By | Jan 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

“Meeting” has become a dirty word. Diatribes against meetings exploded in recent years, on the grounds that they’re counterproductive and bad for business. Researchers estimate that unproductive in-house meetings cost U.S. businesses $37 billion in wasted resources. That’s enough to scare any leader off…

Tips & How To’s

5 Strategies for Engaging Influencers in Your Industry

By | Jan 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Twitter is by far one of the most popular platforms for influencers to connect with and grow their audience. A single tweet can be seen by millions of people. For brands looking to gain some marketing exposure in front of a new audience, this…

Blogging

5 Quality Sites for Inexpensive Stock Photography

By | Jan 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Finding that one photo that helps portray the sentiments in your startup’s most recent post can be a challenge and creating your own can be time consuming. Stock photography can be a great option for a minimal cost and help create a positive and professional first…

Culture

8 Things You Can Do Today to Grow Your Company Culture

By | Jan 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

Company culture is a vital part of any successful business model, because happy employees equal happy clients. In today’s competitive global marketplace, maintaining a thriving (and happy) office environment often gets pushed to the bottom of a CEO’s to-do list.   When I launched STRV,…

Culture

How One Founder Built A Company Culture With Compliments

By | Jan 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

For a founder, building a company culture takes time and effort away from the day-to-day operations. But in the long run, it can certainly make the day more enjoyable and productive for employees. And a happy employee makes for a happy startup. The Young Entrepreneurship…

Marketing

How to Build Your Instagram Account from Scratch

By | Jan 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

We all know the importance of social media today. Whether you are a business or a brand there are a multitude of reasons for you to keep up with your social media accounts. But if you are starting from scratch it can be a…

Entrepreneur

9 Podcasts To Get Your Entrepreneurial Juices Flowing

By | Jan 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

There are a lot of ways to stay on top of the latest trends, get the best growth hacks, or just generally occupy your free time as an entrepreneur. But in recent years, podcasts have emerged as one of the better options. Whether you…