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Starting a Business Checklist

Do you know what is in a starting a business checklist?

You may be considering starting a business and want to know how, or maybe you already have your own business and want to know how to operate your existing business better.

Your Staring a Business Checklist

  • Choose a Business Venture
  • Choose a Business Name
  • Write a Busines Plan
  • Get Advice
  • Legalise your Business
  • Finance your Business
  • Get Started
  • Market your Business

Running or starting a business can be a daunting task, and all you need to know about your business and what you need to complete a starting a business checklist can be found on this site and more.

You can download our checklist here  Business Plan Structure and Content Checklist

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Unsure where to start you need a starting a business checklist

Reason

If you have been thinking about starting or have started a business your reasons, could be 

  • Earn more money
  • Use a skill to create more success
  • Have more free time
  • Be your own boss

Questions Asked

Whatever the reason, you may ask:

  • Where do I start
  • What do I need before starting
  • What type of business do I start
  • Do I need any skills to run a business if so what are they
  • What are the Pro’s & Con’s of having my own business
  • What do I want to get out of having my own business
  • How do I name my business
  • How much income will my business need to make
  • Who is my market
  • How do I reach my market

We are passionate about management, whether it is a Project a Business Unit/Department or a small office from home, and we want to help and see you Build Your Business Plan and Grow Your Business.

Management principles are the same no matter what your business.

Whatever your reason we’re here to answer your questions and assist you on the road to starting and running a successful business?

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5 Hot Tips to Hire the Best Freelance Writer

5 Hot Tips to Hire the Best Freelance Writer

Any prosperous company understands that a good freelance writer is hard to find I have for you 5 Hot Tips to Hire the Best Freelance Writer.

Freelance gives plenty of possibilities for young writers: you get a chance to combine obtaining an academic degree with work. Moreover, it is a great experience in organizing personal working routine. Being a boss, you control the process and implementation of tasks by yourself. Many young people showed interest in this type of occupation. And here the question arises: “How can an employer choose the best freelance author if there are many of them and they possess similar skills? It is a tricky challenge because finding a reliable and responsible writer is a tiresome experience. Thus, here you have 5 expert advice on how to hire skilled and experienced freelance author.

  1. Start with resumes examination

This is the first and the most important step in hiring a freelance writer. Resumes are your chance to know a personality, without making an acquaintance as itself. A profound resume must contain details about education, job experiences and personal characteristic of a candidate. Pay attention to the philological education of the potential author. Revise his/her composing skills. You can do it simply by overviewing the resume’s composition: grammar rules have to be followed. Primarily, test the ability to create simple, but subtle phrases. The applicant has to be very erudite and show it in the personal resume. Mind previous workplaces and recommendations. If a person worked for the mediocre company for too long, don’t expect a thorough understanding of the matter and extraordinary skills. Recommendations should also be organized and include specific information about the project of work performed by the applicant in the past. Don’t fall for pompous characteristics and puffy phrases: remember to be sensible and prudent in your choice.

  1. Send a test-task

Test tasks are frequently used by employers today. They help determine essential skills and abilities of the applicant. Sending a test task to the contestant, you have to take notice of following things:

  • Implementation in time. Every content author has to consider deadlines and follow them. Make sure you set a date for the task. Once it is delayed, mind this fact. Of course, there can be circumstances for the delay. Regardless of them, the future freelance writer should finish projects in time. Are you looking for an author who detains writings? Obviously not. So, be attentive to the deadlines.
  • Mind compliance with the demands. If your test task includes some points to be outlined, revise if it’s done Be attentive to the details, but not so severe: everyone can make a mistake.
  • Check structure. Any type of writing task has its specific Revise whether the applicant adheres one or not. The text has to give a rough idea of the point and contain well-defined structural parts.

 

Minding those points will help you to evaluate the participant’s knowledge and writing expertness.

5 Hot Tips to Hire the Best Freelance Writer

  1. Set probationary

If you have a large company, probation is the only possible way to maintain the company’s working capacity, while adding new people to the process. Even the most reliable and skilled writer can missuit your corporation or dislike working for you. The only possible way to prevent such cases is to set a probationary period for new authors. A month or two is enough to make sure if the writer copes with tasks and projects, submits orders timely. Feel free to monitor the writer’s progress and achievements. Apply project management templates to observe the accomplishments of a freelancer at work. Control enables your awareness of the situation and helps you to avoid a crisis at the company.

Also, try not to involve an author on probation in long-term projects. In case the writer did not pass probation, long-term tasks won’t suffer, and the short-term ones will be quickly finished.

  1. Use job boards advertising

It ‘s hard to come upon a freelance author if no one knows you seek one. Hopefully, there are many platforms on the Internet, where you can put your ‘writer wanted’ ad. Google best site to hire freelancers and browse job board. Design your ad to outline primary responsibilities of the freelance author and denote working conditions. Set the salary and bonuses (if you offer ones). As you expect the resume to be clear, the same way a future applicant expect the job description to be precise and contain a lot of details. Consider boards, which are aimed at freelancers and editors especially. You can subdivide your ad into categories, according to a branch of writing. For example, specify kind of texts potential author is going to deal with: freelance investment writer, freelance law writer and so on. This method of designing the ads will limit target audience and help you to hire the exact writer you are seeking. Make your needs and demands list understandable and straightforward.

Moreover, set decent and relevant pay for the freelance author. Freelancers aren’t usually overloaded with tasks: their salaries depend on the number of projects they can finish. Pay for the amount of characters or number of pages, but make it clear to the applicants: if they want to earn more, they should implement more projects.

  1. Read blogs

This advice seems very evident, though it needs some explanations. If you keep up with latest blog articles, it will be no effort for you to find an outstanding freelance author. The blog is a direct proof of writer’s skillfulness or mediocrity. It can tell a lot about blogger’s style of writing, erudition, and preferences. Observing popular blogs, you can find experienced blog writer for hire. Many of them earn a fortune as freelancers because they love writing. Their knowledge of target audience, its interests, and choices, are very valuable for a writing job on freelance. Bloggers are masters at creating original content fast and efficiently to avoid confusions with the task.

5 Hot Tips to Hire the Best Freelance Writer

Those tips are basics, but they are not obligatory to follow. We outlined the most efficient and quick ways to hire a freelance author. But, you may choose other paths. You can always ask other people to recommend you a writer. If you have a lot of acquaintances, they probably are familiar with writer or author, who desires to be occupied a freelancer. Or, you may use social networks to help with the search of a freelance author. Twitter is a great network for ads placement, and many people can retweet your post to ensure more potential employees see and reply it. LinkedIn will sort out your search results, according to the area of occupation.

As you see, there are a great variety of ways on how to hire the outstanding freelance writer. Your only task is to choose the one preferable for you. 


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Small Business Marketing and Advertising

Small Business Marketing and Advertising

As a business you need to be seen and be known, how can you do this? By using Small Business Marketing and Advertising

Spend the time looking at different advertising options available to you, do a Google search for marketing or advertising ideas and list the top 10 and develop an advertising strategy in your market plan from these

Here is the eighth video in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business; this video is looking at how to get started with Small Business Marketing and Advertising and answers simply how you can do this.

This video follows on from the seventh video https://arcos-creator.com/choose-business-location/  Small Business Marketing and Advertising can seem daunting, but by following the simple methods in this video will make it easy.

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

Choose a Business Location

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Choose a Business Location

Choose a Business Location

Every business requires an address, and as a business operator, you will need suitable premises to run your business from, the question is how do you Choose a Business Location

Maybe you need a store, a warehouse or an office you can even work from home; you will know what is best for your business type.  Choosing the right location is very important, especially if you require store frontage. 

How you secure your premises is something you will need to review and account for in your business plan do you Buy, Rent or Lease and the type of premises and location will often be driven by the finances you have available.

Time invested in research and questioning can save lots of time, money and stress avoidance later.

This is the seventh video in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business, this video is looking at how you Choose a Business Location and answers in simple terms how to go about doing this.

This video follows on from the sixth video https://arcos-creator.com/how-to-name-a-business/ Choosing a Business Location can at times seem daunting, but by following the guidance in this video, will help you avoid the pitfalls and mistakes many make.

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

Choose a Business Location

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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How to Name a Business

How to Name a Business

You are now wanting to give your Business a name, and are probably asking the question How to Name a Business.

This is the sixth video in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business, this video is looking at How to Name a Business and answers in simple terms how to go about doing this.

This video follows on from the fifth video Business Statutory Requirements  Naming a business can be frustrating at times often our name of choice is already taken, we look at ways to make it fun and how to get it registered.

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

How to Name a Business

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Business Statutory Requirements

Business Statutory Requirements

With your business, you are probably asking what are my legal obligations my Business Statutory Requirements?

This is the fifth video in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business, in this video, we are looking at Business Statutory Requirements your legal obligations as a business and following on from the fourth video Small Business Structures

In this Video, we look at where you can source the information required to meet your legal obligation.

Every country has laws and many laws are specifically for Business each country with is own legal system and laws effecting business. How do you know what your legal obligations are for your location? Where can you find that information? 

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

Small Business Structures

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Small Business Structures

Small Business Structures

With your business, you are probably asking what type of Small Business Structures are available to me?

This is the fourth video in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business and focusing on Small Business Structures and following on from the third video Small Business Market Research 

In this Video, we look at different types and the basics of Small Business Structures

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

Small Business Structures

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Small Business Market Research

Small Business Market Research

You are now getting the foundations of your business started, you have a product or service to market and now is time for some work and that, is Small Business Market Research

This is the third video in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business.  Following on from the second video Business Types Comparison and the first in the series Do You Have What It Takes

In this Video, we look at the basic fundamentals on how to do Small Business Market Research.

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

Darren

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Business Types Comparison

Business Types Comparison

You have been working through to determine if you have what it takes to start and run a business, now it’s time to decide what business type is best for you. Time for Business Types Comparison.

This video is the follow on from Do You Have What It Takes first in our series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business.

In this Video, we look at and compare Business Types from Starting your own, Buying and Existing Established Business and Franchise Business options.

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start and run a successful business.


About Darren Wilkins

Darren

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Do you have what it takes

Do You Have What it Takes

Do you have what it takes to start and run a business?

I have put together a brief video introducing the first step to getting started in business. 

This video is the first in a series breaking down in simple terms the steps required to build your business.

I hope you benefit and continue learning how to start a successful business.

You can download the questionnaire here Do You Have What It Takes Questionaire


About Darren Wilkins

Darren

Darren is a semi-retired senior executive and serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline.

With 30+ years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size, Darren is using his time focusing on online opportunities and building better businesses.

With global experience managing and directing multimillion-dollar mega construction projects and businesses. Darren has a wealth of practical experience to share and wants to help you and your business.  


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Why Businesses Need Social Media

Why Businesses Need Social Media

Why Businesses Need Social Media this is a question you should be asking about your business, chances are, social media is affecting the way you operate right now.

Why Businesses Need Social Media

Social Media Effect

Currently, you may think that social media has no effect on your market niche.

However, if it is not happening now, it will happen sooner or later. Therefore, you should care about social media because it has already affected every field or industry you can think of; and by being aware of its use and influence, you can use it to your advantage.
The effects of social media are inevitable. People, in the real world, do not change instantly; perception and preference, takes time and effort to completely change. However, it is a different story online, where people’s decisions can be influenced easily, especially when they see something better. With the way social media works, this occurrence happens easily and frequently. The number of people involved combined with the rapid changes in technology make social media a force difficult to deal with.

Social Media and Entertainment

Look at how social media has changed the way we look at entertainment. In the movies and television, traditional advertising and promotional tactics rarely work. Instead, entertainment companies go online to promote their goods. Movie producers feed trailers and “exclusive” movie clips to social media users to generate interest. The producers do not even have to lift a finger; thanks to social media, information such as movie clips, pictures, and videos can easily be sent to the end-user through a variety of ways. Television producers use websites to promote their shows. They promote these “real” websites based on the show to generate buzz, as in the case of NBC Television’s Heroes and ABC’s Ugly Betty and Lost.

Traditional media outlets now have to compete with social media due to the existence of Google News and Digg and besides these they also have to compete indirectly with bloggers. Journalists have to contend with bloggers for scope and even though most professional journalists have the funds and the means to compete with bloggers, the blog authors still have the advantage. After all, bloggers simply need to write a story or create a video; and instantly post them online. Journalists, on the other hand, have their pieces edited with a fine-toothed comb – and then wait for their newscast to air or their newspapers to get published.

Hence, we see the rise of Internet celebrities such as Perez Hilton or the famous/infamous website TMZ (which, ironically, spawned a television show thanks to the popularity of its site). Even mainstream entertainment media has to adjust; powerhouse publications such as People, Entertainment Weekly, and even the News York Times have entertainment blogs now.

How to use Social Media in BusinessWhy Businesses Need Social Media

If you own a brand, you should be on the lookout. social media users, who are also customers and consumers of various products, constantly talk about various services and consumer items. And most likely, they are talking about your brand, defining how other people will perceive your organization or your business. You may have spent millions on brand imaging, but this effort is futile against the words of social media users, who redefine image through blogs and discussion forums. They talk to each other about their ideas regarding your brand, affirming their opinions and, ultimately, adhering or disagreeing to how you see your own brand.

As a retailer, you do not only have to contend with online vendors; social media users can now buy items from each other. Social media users can easily compare your prices with the prices of your competitors. They can easily see who provides the better service for a much reasonable price. Your shelf space, no matter how big it is, is no match against the infinite selection of online retailers.

Customers may see financial service companies as a useless luxury, since they can get free financial advice at Yahoo! Finance or Motley Fool. With PayPal, consumers do not need credit cards to order online. People are rating the services of businesses. Even the people inside your own organization are scrutinizing and comparing your every move through social networks.


As these examples show, social media has ultimately changed the balance of power in business. Now more than ever, it is truly the consumer who holds the power, who indirectly affects decisions and changes within various industries and fields. But it also works both ways. You can use social media to change the consumers. Specifically, you can change the way they perceive your brand. If you do not use social media, you will see the results sooner or later. Your brand will become less competitive. This, in turn, can eat your profits and diminish the source of your organization’s strength.


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Why Businesses Need Social Media

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