Business Process Management

Business Process ManagementThe term Business Process Management (or BPM) refers to activities performed by businesses to optimize and adapt their processes. The activities which constitute business process management can be grouped into three categories: design, execution and monitoring.

Process design

This covers either the design or capture of existing processes. In addition the processes may be replicated in order to test them. The software support for these activities consists of graphical editors to document the processes and repositories to store the process models.

An emphasis on getting the design of the process right will logically lead to better results as the flow on effect of problems at the design stage logically affects a large number of parts in an integrated system.

Evolution of business processes requires a change to the process design to flow on into the live system. Integrating business process is also a current research area. Integration of software for process design to be used both for creating graphical representations of workflows and implementing and maintaining these workflows makes evolution of business processes less stressful, given that requirements are not as static as information systems.

Small Business Ideas

Small Business IdeasAs a business mentor with over 10 years experience assisting people to start their own business I thought I would put pen to paper and make a list of some of the small business ideas I have seen over the years, some I am sure you will have seen before and others may be more interesting and unusual.

If I tell you that I have spent two days a week for 4 years, with the Governments New Enterprise Allowance scheme mentoring the unemployed into self-employment and it has been a joy to behold, every week brings with it new faces, new ideas and plenty of enthusiasm to get started and become independent of the man.

Some business ideas are weak and ill thought through, others are a sound principle with good solid practical human skills behind them and they are destined to succeed.

My top 10 frequent flyers small business ideas in no particular oder are as follows:

  1. Cleaner
  2. Gardener
  3. Joiner
  4. Plumber
  5. Handyman
  6. Web Designer
  7. Painter and Decorator
  8. Crafter
  9. eBay seller
  10. Motor Mechanic

Fairly routine you may say and yes I would agree,

Think Differently in Business

Think Differently in BusinessTo hit gold in business, you have to think gold. What is your business all about? How do you intend to maximize profits? Here are tips on how to think different in business:

Think back to the future

Don’t wait till the harsh business storm hits your business; rather, always think of what to do better or next. For example, what are the things you need to put in place to ensure business growth? What stage is your business on the business chart, that is, in areas of development, growth or decline? Is your business vision realistic? What is your current profit margin? What is your intended profit margin? How do you intend to speed up your productivity? Evaluating your business, keeps you prepared for the future.

Believe your ideas are valuable

Always think your glass is half full. Think about possibilities not only about likely constraints. As a business owner, you have to nurture a positive mental attitude; believe things will work out fine. If there are possible risks, device means to avoid or

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7 Important Tips To Treat Your Blog as a Business

Do you want to succeed as a blogger? Then treat your blog as a business and not as a hobby. To that effect bellow I’ll show you 7 Important Secrets To Treat Your Blog As A Business.

Tip 1. Set Your Goals

In the real world, I mean not the virtual one that uses the Internet, for a business to succeed, the usually set goals for a specific time period and honor their engagements. Blogging, in order to succed, must be treated in the same manner. While setting goals, remember that they must be time sensitive,measurable,achievable

If you as a blogger you fail to do this, you will not be capable to reach the success you deeply desire.

Tip 2. Accountability

Once you’ve decided to set goals, make sure you respect them and behave like a company employee who is bound to respect his company goals and who failing to do this must incure some penalties. But what do most bloggers do? You guessed it! They set goals and then forget about them not holding themselves accountable. Sure you can’t fire yourself but you won’t see any success either.

Tip 3.

Home Based Business Tips For Success

Seven tried and true tips to help you start a successful home based business.

1) Any business, home based or brick and mortar, is a lot of work. Be prepared, at least at first, to work longer and harder in your own business than you do in your job. Once you are established, you can set the hours you choose to work.

2) Plan for success, but don’t expect it immediately. Depending on what type of business you are starting, success may take months or even a few years. As has been said, “Don’t quit your day job” until you can support yourself reliably with your home business.

3) Do *not* look for a product or service you think will sell, and then try to convince everybody how wonderful it is. Look for a perceived or real need, or a want, and fill it.

4) Know your likes and dislikes. Know what your abilities are and what they are not. If you find tattoos offensive and you have absolutely no artistic ability whatsoever, don’t even think of starting a mobile tattoo business!

5) Do you enjoy kids or are you uncomfortable and

Start Up Tips to Become Succesfull

I decided that it was time to, hopefully, PREVENT A LOT OF NEWCOMERS in the online business (marketing, sales, ebooks etc.) FROM MAKING the same MISTAKES I made. Don’t get freightend now!! Keep in mind that when you are persistent.


What you will discover in this article, are TIPS which will help you to stay away from spending an awful lot of time and money with zero results.It will also put you on the right track to personal satisfaction in whichever field online. The first thing you should always keep in mind when you start,


Sounds strange I know, it will get clear to you when you continue reading. Included in this thinking process should be the amount of time you would like to invest. To create a descent income you will need time and patience. When you would invest let’s say 10 hours a week, it will certainly take you a few years before real success comes your way. Obviously this depends on how you measure real succes. This remark has probably scared off the easy money seekers

Start A Cell Phone Business In A Few Simple Steps

Cell phone business is lucrative and profitable which could be the reason as to why more and more people are getting into the business. It is also not that hard to start making it possible for anyone to get up and selling within no time. But just like starting any other kind of business, you need to be strategic when opening a cell phone store. When you have proper planning then you will start on a high and move swiftly all the way.

Step 1 Get all information on the business. Nothing can be worse than trying something you have no idea about especially in terms of management. To run your cell phone business properly, you at least need to know the basics of the basis so you are sure that you are up for the management task ahead of you. You can get help from someone who already has a store or you can do a simple research to help you know what you need to know before you begin. Remember, there are business registration and tax requirements and such things.

Step 2 Decide how you will be attaining products. You can choose to

Small Business Marketing From Finish to Start

Normally whenever we think of taking on a project, we lay out the plan and define the tasks necessary to accomplish the goal. Consider something as basic as building a house. The builder and the buyer agree on the basics – number and size of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen layout – the eventual “footprint” of the house. It then becomes the responsibility of the architect to develop blueprints which will be submitted to the town or local authority for approval. Once approved, the builder will assign a project manager to move through the steps to completion.

Here’s where small business marketing works best, when the parties work in reverse order. The client (the internal marketing manager or the external business decision maker) needs to embrace the idea of where they want to end up. And unlike the house building example, there are many different choices to define success.

For example, success could simply be defined as a growth in revenue from an existing run-rate to a run-rate with a higher number. For example, lets say the business has been growing 10% a year for the last 5 years, and the goal and purpose of marketing is

Tips for Finding the Right Small Business IT Support

Every business nowadays relies in some way or another on IT to get the job done, whether it is a small business accountancy firm or a self-employed consultant in a specific profession. The use of technology can be restricted to the basics of communication – such as sending emails and documents to clients or associates – or can be far more complex.

Regardless of what IT is needed for, every small business needs some kind of IT support in place in order to fix problems when things go wrong. This is considered especially important for small businesses, as they can struggle to find the budget for an in-house provider of this kind of technical help.

With this in mind, it is important to do thorough research before looking for small business IT support, as this will ensure that each company finds a good match for them. Here are several pieces of advice to follow when on this search for the ideal service provider.

The first thing to remember when looking for an IT support provider for a small business is that it is best to look for one that specialises online in small or medium

Can IT Managers Be Too Sensitive

As IT managers who are responsible for managing a team of diverse professions, we have been charged with finding ways to connect with our team. If you attend any IT manager training you will undoubtedly be told that you need to become more sensitive and do a better job of connecting with the members of your team. This is all good advice, but is it possible to be too sensitive?

Are You A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?

I’d like to think that all of us have some sensitivity. There are things that we encounter during an average day that we need to have feelings about in order to connect with the people on our team. However, it turns out that there are roughly 20% of us that are considered to be Highly Sensitive People (HSP). Note that HSP does not play any gender games: an equal number of both men and women are considered to be HSP.

A highly sensitive person is a person who when they have an experience, will respond more intensely to it than an average person will. What this means is that as a highly sensitive person receives both positive

Why Do Soft Skills Triumph Over Technical Skills

There is a reason why ‘underdog’ movies are often successful and inspiring. There seems something counter-intuitive about the least expected player, team or individual, rising up against all odds to reach or acquire the coveted goal, amidst the presence of better skilled or talented individuals. It seems that if a person has, what the world considers, the ‘right stuff’ in terms of talents, charisma and an impressive array of accomplishments, then that person is bound to be successful.

This seductive but powerful ideology works its charm even in the business world. Companies are constantly looking for the best and the brightest minds that have graduated from the most honored ‘Ivy League’ institutions, with the confidence that they must be equipped with all the skill sets necessary to be successful in the business world. But time and again, history has shown us that it is often the meek, unexpected and often unsuspecting individual that makes a difference and turns the tide of success. Academic qualifications and professional accomplishments are the ‘holy grails’ of corporate potential.

But regardless of the industry one works in, there is one simple fact that is the most empirically verifiable but at the same time

3 Steps of Anger Management

There are a lot of anger management tips to help people manage their anger. More often than not, the tips backfire on the person who tried it. Funny isn’t it? If the tips end up making people feeling angrier, we would start questioning ourselves whether we should even bother managing the anger that we feel. Yes, it still needs to be managed, but in the correct ways. So, how do we choose anger management tips that would best suit ourselves?

Know yourself. This is the first step in using any tips that you might want to try. If you know for sure that you hate dancing, do not get angry and blame the world when you try anger management tips that require you to dance. It is not about conquering your hatred; it is about conquering your anger. It takes great determination and a lot of self control for you to start trying to manage your anger; doing something that you hate would not work under such circumstances. Start with something simple, things that you like. If you feel that the tips are working on you, continue using it. There is no use in challenging yourself

Tips Managing Stress by Cultivating Good Habits

Vicki Baum, an Austrian-USA novelist once stated, “You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what’s eating you.” Stress is a part of life. There is no way around it, over it or under it. Feelings of stress can be a motivating force. If we are under pressure from a particular problem, situation or event, we will focus our attention in that direction to come up with solutions to relieve the stress and return to a sense of balance and equilibrium. However, stressful situations often come at us from many different directions. We have a limited reserve of physical and psychological energy to cope with so many stressors. Without an arsenal at our to disposal for managing stress, stress overload can lead to various physical and psychological problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, ulcers and depression. In order to fill your stress relief arsenal, you need to not only be knowledgeable regarding stress management tips, but cultivate good habits to help minimize stress as well.

Physical Relaxation Techniques and Imagery: Stress Management Tips that Can Help You Deal with Stress

Managing stress is possible by using physical relaxation and

Best Tips for Business Development

When looking to run a successful business, it’s important to know where to start, how to proceed and where one can get their breaks. When doing this, it’s easy to have a successful company in the short and long-term. While true, one should not just follow the basics, even though they are important. With that being said, here is a short guide on how to develop a business.

Simple plan: When starting out, one should write a business plan for their company. Think about it, with a plan, it’s easy to go back to it if there are any issues. For starters, one should list their overall money-making plan, assets, corporate layout and long-term plans. Furthermore, one should have a marketing plan, and the marketing plan should be pretty long as it’s the most important part of a lot of businesses. Remember, with a well-written business plan, one can do everything to get their business in order and under control. This is, simply put, the wisest start and an important step in the strategic planning for business.

Really go deep into the marketing plan: While one should write their marketing plan into their business plan,

3 Blogging Tips For Business

More and more business establishments are using blog sites to advertise their business, which is why they want to learn more about the secret blogging tips for business. However, one must realize that in any advertising campaign, one’s creativity and knowledge of the market are the most important things. But if you are still just planning to create a blog to promote your business then it is necessary that you know a few tricks so that more people will find your blog a joy to read.

Tip #1 – The success of a blog is highly dependent on the choice of keywords that is why most of the blogging tips for business are focused on the keywords. Firstly, you must create a post using the keywords that you think people will type on the different search engines if they want to search on something. This will increase the chances that your blog post will be viewed more often. It is important that you know your niche so that you will have an idea as what your market will most likely search on. Furthermore, you should never create your own words because the chances that your blog

Business Is Simple Man Is Complicated

Business is simple, so simple! However, when Man brings his complication into business operation and practice, failure becomes commonplace! There’s a misleading theory widespread in the secular world, the consequence of a theory established by so-called business experts deluded by satanic insight in the marketplace of the world.

According to this theory, world’s leading business and investment organizations like Bloomberg theorize that 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months – a whopping 80% failure rate. According to CNBC, the number of small-business failures exceeded the number of start-ups for the first time in the year (2014). While 400,000 new businesses are being created annually, 470,000 are closing, leaving a deficit of 70,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the Small Business Association (SBA), 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years and 66% during the first 10. The SBA goes on to state that only 25% make it to 15 years or more.

However, what these pretenders failed to tell you – perhaps they don’t understand themselves – is that it is not the businesses

Hot Tips on How to Find the Ideal Accountant For Your Business

For many small business owners, it can be a very difficult and frustrating task to find a Colorado Springs Accounting firm that really understands the unique accounting needs that small businesses have; one who has hands-on experience and a thorough understanding of the specific accounting challenges you as a business owner face everyday. Ok, so you are not a company like, say, Kinko’s, Chili’s, Target (and you would probably never want to be!), but your need for an accountant, or bookkeeper who is thoroughly familiar with small business accounting and tax codes is just as vital to your success as those large corporations having an accountant that is familiar with corporate finance.

Unfortunately, most business owners (and the general public) tend to view accountants and bookkeepers as just “numbers crunchers” and to a certain extent, this is true. However, much like the medical and legal professions, accountants and bookkeepers can have varying degrees of specialties in areas such as: small business or corporate accounting, tax accounting, IRS resolution, and the like.

This oversight has caused many business owners to obtain the services of an accountant or bookkeeper not familiar with the specific accounting needs of

4 Reasons Why Outsourcing Accounting and Bookkeeping Operations Make Business Operations Smooth

Better control over F&A (finance and accounting) processes, reduced management costs and more importantly access to the best technology and accountant talent pool are some of the benefits that come to mind, but there are smaller ones too and they are as important as the big ones. We will take a look at a few reasons, 4 to be precise why CFOs around the world are outsourcing their F&A operations.

Leverage Vast Experience in Handling Latest Accounting Technology

Technology is one of those aspects of running a business that presents a universal challenge to the ageing managerial population worldwide. Instead of investing in younger workforce with knowledge of the latest software, CFOs prefer outsourcing accounting and bookkeeping services to companies that staff professionals with access to advanced accounting software and the acumen to handle accounts and transactional records. Doing that saves costs and leverages expert accounting knowledge without investing in creating the necessary talent pool in-house. An advanced knowledge-base, a well-versed workforce are some of the evident benefits you get by leveraging the knowledge of an expert team.

More Time to Concentrate on Pressing Issues

The day to day handling of business processes needs

The Benefits of Using Financial Analytics for Business

In today’s data-intensive market landscape, analytics plays a significant role in keeping a business agile and competitive. Financial analytics is one key area that enables organizations across industries to truly predict the future of their strategies and goals, and take mindful decisions that can foster their growth.

Better insights into financial efficiency measures, operational KPIs, product/service and customer profitability enable businesses to augment revenues and the value of shareholders. They also help in overcoming any correlated shortcomings and modify their approach to meet their customer’s needs and ensure superior end-user experience.

In this article, you will get to know about some of the key financial analytics that every organization, irrespective of its shape and size, should work with:

Predictive Sales Analytics (PSA): It goes without saying that sales revenue is the backbone of any organization. Thus, implementing strategies to know how much growth your business can expect in the current and following years can have a strategic impact on your business’s bottom-line. Here, predictive sales analytics applications come handy. It enables you to evaluate how effective your forecast is, and also, to augment your sales pipeline in approaching years. Organizations making use of PSA tend

Small Business Accounting

Accounting and Cash Flow Management

I will first encourage everyone to use some accounting software to record all money coming in and going out. This will be how you create invoices for your customers. You should always have contact information for your customers which includes an email address.

Once you have an email address you will then be able to email them an invoice. On the invoice should be a way for them to pay you by debit or credit card. There are fees involved with collecting money this way. You can shop around for the lowest rates and once you have a processor you can now accept these forms of payment. Your credit will affect the rate that some places will charge you to collect your money.

How does this help? Once your customer gets their invoice all they need to do is click the pay button and it will bring them to where they enter information and press pay. Once that is done you should see the money in your bank in about 5 to 7 business days. You will see your average collection time drop if you are still mailing bills and