Management Tips for Your Start-Up Business

Management Tips for Your Start-Up Business

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Let's start by stating that managing a start-up is no mean feat. First of all, this is an ever-changing type of company. At the very beginning, it's hard to predict how the business will develop, and you need to help your venture grow in every way possible. In addition, all the big and small decisions seem to depend on you, and it's hard to escape the feeling you're the only responsible for (un)likely demise (but not the good results, though). However, there are some practical start-up management solutions, so let's see how you can install order into business "chaos" called a start-up.

Make a sound plan

Having undertaken market research and analyzed your potential, it's time you defined your short and long term goals. You should especially focus on the short term ones, as achieving them (or failing to do so) will give you excellent pointers about your general business and your staff. Employees should also be informed about the expected achievements for the certain time period.

Hire a good team

If the core of a start-up is no good, then there are slim chances of it advancing. This especially applies to the professionals you are going to hire. Not only is it important to hire experts, but you must also pay attention to their personalities, as the clashes mostly result in bad communication, and no one needs that at the very beginning. Try using the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to see if your employees are a match, and you'll create a reliable team.

Be absolutely clear

Your employees have to be aware of their duties and responsibilities at all times. This may sound too obvious, but it must not be taken for granted. In a small environment it's only too easy to end up surrounded with different pieces of information and various demands. Hence, employees may feel overwhelmed and demotivated. It is your mission to explain each and every one what their exact job is. Printing the instructions is perfectly recommendable.

Provide resources

Every start-up is a bit controversial: great things are expected from you, but you are just beginning. Still, this mustn't be an excuse for not buying the necessary tools or providing much needed funds. For example, for clear and fast communication, you could get the latest business software, as this will set you apart from the competition. The best way to stand out is to become famous for your swift delivery of services or products.

Don't be afraid to expand

If you're doing everything well, there could be another challenge lurking, and that is rapid growth. As much as it is deeply desirable, it also calls for swift action and hiring more people. You HR department could be in over their heads, so it's important they know how to choose the right HRIS system. This system will speed up the hiring process without losing on the quality, minimize potential payroll errors and offer a much better schedule.

Review and control

This is a bit challenging, but it has to be done, and it has to be done by you! You have to monitor what is going on and check progress reports every week in order to react promptly should you notice anything alarming. Hopefully, if you have made short term plans clear and the workers are doing specifically what they were assigned to, you will only be reading about making progress.

Finally, don't worry if it all seems a bit overwhelming right now. There is always risk involved, and a close working environment only seems be easy to manage and control. Still, the above tips should help you create a well-organized, reliable system and you'll be reaping benefits much sooner than expected.

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8 Reasons Florida Is Actually Great And Not The Crazy Citrus Farm You Probably Think It Is

Yes, I may be a native, but Florida really is the best!

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Growing up, I never understood why my parents decided to move to Florida. Everywhere else seemed to have cooler things like... well... snow. But since I've moved away, I have grown to love my home state and all it has to offer — aside from those crazy news headlines.

Sure, we might not have seasons and mosquitoes make up the majority of our population, but I'm here to tell you that the "Sunshine State" is a great place to be!

1. Sunshine!

Sunset on Captiva Island, FL

Bridget MacPherson

It isn't called the Sunshine State for nothing. The tropical air really is the selling point for most everyone living on the peninsula. When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than a white snowy winter, but now that I have lived through one, I can safely say I prefer the warmth to the tundra of winter.

2. Beaches

Sunset on Captiva Island, FL

Bridget MacPherson

Going hand in hand with sunshine are the beaches of Florida. Now, I am partial to the gulf coast, but truthfully, both coasts offer some incredible beaches with shells and surf galore.

Although I love a day in the sand, I would have to say that my favorite beach activity is watching the sunset. I don't know if it's just me and my own Floridian bias, but I have never seen sunsets quite like the ones back home. Every night it's different, and regardless of the weather, the sun always seems to find a way to peak past the clouds in the most beautiful way.

3. Outdoor Activities

My best bud Tanner and I kayaking down the Estero River.

Bridget MacPherson

We might not have mountains, but have you ever walked through a cypress slough?

Although FL is deemed as the pancake state because of its lack of mountain ranges, I still find great joy in being outdoors and connecting with nature.

Florida truly is a tropical wonderland with birds and plants that you just can't find elsewhere. When I moved to North Carolina, I was so surprised by the lack of birds. Then silly me remembered that birds migrate south for winter, meaning Florida really is just a sanctuary for birds year round!

Whether it be walking through a marsh or kayaking down a river, I love experiencing the unique flora and fauna that Florida has to offer.

4. Disney!

Steven, Caitlin, and I at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

Bridget MacPherson

This article would not be complete if I did not mention my favorite place... Disney World!

Yes, I am the Floridian who is obsessed with Disney, and I am PROUD! Growing up, my family's annual trip to Disney was the most exciting time of the year for my sister and I. As we have grown older, we still love going and have learned to enjoy it in a whole new way!

I truly feel that there is something at Disney for everyone. They are not just theme parks for children. There are so many amazing things to do between the four theme parks (Epcot being the best one), Disney Springs, mini golf, water-parks, and more. Disney World is truly the happiest place on earth in my eyes, and Florida just wouldn't be the same without it!

5. Day Trips!

My sister and I at the famous Colombia Restaurant in Ybor City, FL! They have THE BEST Cuban sandwiches in the world, hands down.

Bridget MacPherson

Branching off from Disney, traveling around Florida, in general, is so easy and fun! For such a big state, there are so many places to visit within mere hours of each other.

Some of my favorite cities to visit are Tampa (which is 2 hours away from my hometown of Fort Myers) and Jacksonville (which is the exact midpoint between Fort Myers and Chapel Hill!) There is so much history and culture embedded in the cities of Florida, and the accessibility makes it that much more fun to explore!

6. Diversity

One of the many historical sites in my hometown that pay homage to our history and cultural diversity.

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As I mentioned above, Florida's culture is rich and diverse. The population is made up many different groups, including a strong Latinx population, temporary retired residents (snowbirds as we call them), and tourists from around the world. The nature of our state makes it a melting pot of diversity and culture.

I feel as though my upbringing in Florida inspired my love for global culture and influenced my choice in major and career path here at UNC.

7. Oranges

Sun Harvest Citrus in Fort Myers FL! It's got the best ice orange juice and ice cream around.

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Changing gears a bit, Florida has some of the best food offerings in the country. Due to our location, we are able to provide the country with produce throughout the year, and you guessed it, oranges are our most popular export!

One of the best touristy spots in Fort Myers is a place called Sun Harvest Citrus. Pictured above, they sell the freshest Florida oranges around and sell varieties of juice and (the best) ice cream. If you have never had fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice, I am so sorry and will send you some immediately.

8. Fam!

My mom, sister, and I at sunset at Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL.

Bridget MacPherson

This may sound cheesy, but the best part about Florida by far is that it's home to my family!

My family is my lifeline, and without them, I would not be the woman I am today.

All perks aside, Florida will always be the most special place to me because of the childhood it gave me and the loved ones I have there.

There it is folks! A full list of why Florida rocks, and why it should not be deemed the crazy state down south.

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Serviced Apartments: Fast-Growing Field in Business

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Hotel industry is going through some tough times, since other accommodation options seem to be gaining on popularity. Indeed, the demand for them is so high that it outweighs the offer of this niche industry. That's why serviced apartments by VISIONAPARTMENTS and the like are so quickly booked nowadays. Given the benefits of serviced apartments, it's little wonder more and more people are choosing to stay in one of them. Here are just some of the reasons for the incredible success of serviced apartments industry.

Business benefits

It's not just the fact that all hotels are pretty much the same after some time and that corporate travelers get tired of similar spaces. The main advantage of an apartment is that a person can actually do some work in them. There's usually a proper desk, while in a hotel room the process of final touches on the presentation is done uncomfortably sitting on the bed, with a laptop in your lap. That's not the most convenient way of doing business, is it?

Also, hotels can be crowded at times, which roughly translates as not having a proper Wi-Fi connection in your room. On the other hand, there are no such issues in a serviced apartment.

More spacious

This is especially important if you are staying somewhere for several days. An apartment has separate rooms and areas, which basically gives you a greater feeling of ease. It's more practical and enjoyable. The feature is especially appreciated by people who often travel on business. They tend to feel quite nostalgic, so they find an apartment accommodation much more suitable and relaxing.

Flexibility is the key

When you're staying in an apartment, you don't have to pay attention to when you eat, or when the cleaning service is going to knock on your door. There is no pressure to have your meals or leave your room at certain times.

Guests and privacy

Compared to a hotel, a serviced apartment definitely gives you more privacy concerning who you invite over. They are also more convenient for entertaining your guests, whoever they are. It feels better to invite clients over to a room without a bed, doesn't it? As well as that, you can use the apartment's facilities to cook a meal and invite friends living in the town you're visiting. You needn't rely on of pressure them to organize a gathering. You can do it, too.

Money matters

This is one battle that hotels can never win. A serviced apartment is always more affordable than a hotel room. Let's take a look at what you get for a lower price.While in a hotel there is only a one room, an apartment has several. A hotel charges per person, while an apartment is rented per day, no matter how many people are going to stay. You don't pay extra for the internet or the air conditioning either. Food and laundry are much cheaper as well.

Food options

Not all hotels offer lunch and dinner, or even if they do, they're not included in the price and are quite expensive. Most hotel guests are lured into spending on hotel meals due to restaurant proximity. Eventually, they end up with quite a bill.
In contrast, you are more encouraged to either cook a simple meal on your own, or eat out in a place whose prices are below the hotel ones, and the service is the same or even better. One can always opt for an apartment in an area filled with restaurants or fast food places.

Laundry

Another benefit of serviced apartments is the flexibility regarding laundry. You can do it on your own, and you needn't pay for a simple act such as removing the stain off your shirt, for instance. In case you're planning on staying for a longer period, doing the laundry can be quite a hassle at a hotel. In serviced apartments, though, it's a whole different story.
Bearing in mind the above mentioned advantages, we can only expect for this business field to grow even more in the times to come. The price and service quality ratio is pretty amazing.

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