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5 Best Tools that Make Organization at Work a Breeze

5 Best Tools that Make Organization at Work a Breeze
Organizing your workday can be very tricky. Whether you belong to a big or small enterprise, getting through the gamut of workday tasks will always have its challenges. With the popularity of remote work gaining a strong foothold in today’s “new normal,” managing your workload while making sure that everyone stays connected and on top of things has become twice as hard.  It can be a bear trying to get everyone on the same page. Too many tasks, meetings and collaboration, new information coming in daily, new employees joining, old ones leaving, trying to preserve and update knowledge within the company — how do you not get lost in the chaos? Luckily, there are tools out there geared towards organizing your work and helping you run your workday more efficiently. There are hundreds of them floating around the interwebs and you can get lost in the chaotic list of organizational tools, ironically enough. So how do you choose the right one for you? Choosing the right tool First, you will need to take stock of what you have and what you need. What kind of service are you looking for? Are the tools you found equipped with the features you need in your organization? Compile a list of possible apps that might be useful for you.  Second, once you’ve compiled a list of possible organizational tools that you might use, consider their ability to address all the things that you need them to do for you. If you can find just one tool to do all the organizational tasks you need to be done, then why get two or three separate tools to do what one platform can do? Third, read up on the reviews. You’ll need to hear what actual clients have to say about the tools you are considering. Feedback is a key component to an informed decision; and once you’ve picked the tool/s you need, return the favor and write an honest and constructive review.  Fourth, test them out. You really won’t know if the tool will work the way you envisioned it if you don’t try it out. Go through your picklist and take the tools for a test drive. Put them through the tasks you need them to run and see how well they hold up or how fast and efficiently they can accomplish those tasks for you.  So now that you have the initial steps in choosing the perfect organizational tool for you, let’s delve into our list of tools (our absolute top favorites!) that we think might just be what you need. The Best Organizational Tools for Work Trello Let’s start our list with Trello. This is a project management and organizational tool that uses task cards and project boards. This tool allows you to write down your daily tasks into virtual cards, assign due dates, and add attachments. You can invite your team and assign tasks to them, as well.  Their project boards allow you to put your visualizations into an organized platform where you can monitor your project’s progress. You can collaborate with your team regardless of where each of you is based. It is very easy to use, and best of all, Trello syncs across all your devices.  Slab As their headline says, Slab is a “knowledge base that democratizes knowledge.” It’s a nifty tool that lets you create, store, and organize your data. It also integrates well with your existing tools, so there would be no need to replace your stack and relay new instructions to team members. Its Unified Search feature allows you to pull any needed data from any of your existing tools. Sweet, right? This...
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9 Simple Instagram Strategies For More Sales Generation

9 Simple Instagram Strategies For More Sales Generation
As of January 2020, Instagram has reached 1 billion active users per month. The most important news about Instagram is-it is growing faster rather than Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. Almost 25 million active business profiles are on Instagram. With 200 million Instagram users, at least following one business account on Instagram. One-third of the most viewed stories are related to the business. Here are 9 Simple Instagram Strategies that can help boost your sales using Instagram. Without delay, we will start!  1. Use Lead Generation Ads on Instagram If you want to run the lead Generation ads, you will need to create an Instagram business profile and create a Facebook page. In both social media, you can see the Ads Manager for creating the ad campaign.  You will start by selecting a lead generation ad for your marketing, set an objective, and naming your campaign. Facebook builds the process for creating an ad with simple steps: Select your marketing objectiveTarget your audienceChoose your placementGive your bid (based on your opinion)Select the ad formatMake your lead form Picture Info Courtesy: @sociallyng 2. Optimize Your Instagram Bio Most marketer’s questions are, “where can I place the clickable links in Instagram posts?”. The answer is that you can’t add any links to your posts. It’s a drawback of Instagram, but you can add the link in the bio. Some pretty tremendous things can be done with only a single clickable link. A great and unique optimized Instagram bio is crafted with your target audience in mind. For example, one of the Instagram profiles, “ASOS” has millions of followers. They always encourage their audience to share the user-generated content with the hashtags #AsSeenOnMe to get featured on the ASOS Instagram feed.  If you want to boost your sales on Instagram, you must optimize these three elements: Profile imageContentLink 3. Use Instagram Stories Almost more than 500 million Instagram users use the stories section daily. 70% of Instagram users view the story on their account. Over 25% of Gen Z and Millennials use Instagram stories to find services and products. Based upon these statistics, you now know the importance of the Instagram story views. If you want to increase your Instagram story views to engage the audience with your content, you need to create engaging stories! You know that you can make an organic story for your followers, and Instagram story views will disappear after 24 hours. Unless you have, not less than 10K followers to your account, you can’t add links, which means the link to bio approach is only a primary option!  4. Go Instagram Live: Instagram has an in-built sense of urgency to make live videos. When you go live on Instagram, your followers can get the notification, and the video shows on your Instagram stories. In this way, you can directly interact with your loyal fans and followers. But, once the Instagram live is gone, it’s gone. There’s no more option to get back and watch it later. Doing live sessions on Instagram will help you to promote your brand or product to the users. Hereby, you both are creating the conversions at the moment.   You can do some concepts on Instagram live: New product teasersProduct LaunchLive Q&ASocial contestsFriendly convo  5. Share User-Generated Content (UGC) Instagram is an excellent platform for sharing user-generated content to take advantage of the engagement and the social proof that brings the valuable content.  User-generated content (UGC) is content text, videos, images, or product reviews, etc., which is created by the viewers rather than the brands. Many brands will share the UGC on their own social media accounts and other marketing channels to increase the...
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How to Keep on Top of Your Company’s Stock

How to Keep on Top of Your Company’s Stock
One of the most important features of your business is your stock. Without any stock, you can’t fulfill any sales and therefore you won’t be able to make any money. That’s why it’s always good to keep on top of your company’s stock, to make sure you have enough to sell but not too much that you might end up throwing away. With this in mind, here are some ways in which you can achieve optimum stock levels in your business. Keep the room tidy One of the best ways in which to keep on top of your company’s stock is being able to make sure you can access any product you need at all times. To start with, you should install lots of shelving to make the most out of any space you have. Try and group your products into different categories; for example, if you sell clothes these could be grouped into different garment types such as tops, skirts, or shoes. Once you’ve organized your stock room, it’s important to keep it organized at all times. When you restock the shelves or add new lines of stock, it’s important that you keep to the same system. It’s also important that you keep this room clean and tidy, so there are no obstacles getting in the way of you and your stock. One of the major problems that could obstruct your ability to do this is all the cardboard and plastic packaging that all of your stock will be delivered in. Once these boxes are opened to gain access to your stock, it’s important that the packaging is disposed of in an equally organized manor. The best way to do this is with recycling baler machines, which not only reduce the size of the waste but compact it into one manageable bale. Without this, you could either end up with a large recycling bin in your stock room, or even worse—lots of unwanted cardboard left on the floor or the shelves.  Try to predict trends When you’re trying to predict how much stock you’ll need in order to get through a certain sales period, it’s important to recognize any trends you’ve previously had throughout your years of selling. For example, if you’re a garden center you’ll probably sell lots of outdoor furniture in the summer months but less in the winter months. The opposite would be true for Christmas trees. Some trends will be a lot less obvious than these examples, so make sure you review all of the information to make sure you’re increasing your stock levels at the right times. That way, you’ll know you won’t run out of a particular product at the specific time that everyone wants to buy it. Check the real stock levels against the calculated ones It’s highly likely that you’ll keep track of your stock by updating a spreadsheet when you buy new products and when you sell them. Whilst this is an efficient way of keeping track of your stock, it might not always be entirely accurate. It’s important to regularly check your stock numbers manually and correct any incorrect data on the spreadsheet. Issues such as stock getting damaged or lost, or even a typo on the document could all result in incorrect calculations compared to your actual stock, which could lead to confusion when you go looking for stock that might not actually...
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Business Ethics: Disposing of Your Business Waste

Business Ethics: Disposing of Your Business Waste
Gone are the days businesses could simply dispose of their waste without giving it much thought. Nowadays, with the focus firmly on the environmental impact waste is having, businesses have to consider what they can do to reduce the damage they are doing to the planet. So what can businesses do? Here are a few things to think about. Reduce The first thing a business can take a look at is if there are any ways to reduce the amount of waste created in the first place. One thing they can do is check out exactly what’s going in the trash and consider if there are reusable or waste-free solutions. If you have a water cooler for example, get rid of disposable cups and encourage employees to use reusable cups and water bottles. It’s small changes like this that can make a big difference. With advancements to modern technology and business software options, there’s never been a better time for switching to a paperless office. Digitizing documents and using cloud-based storage can not only help reduce your carbon footprint but it can also help reduce a business’s bottom line by reducing paper, printing, and storage costs. You can get more ideas for reducing your waste here. Reuse The next step towards a greener business is to reuse. Can you save packing boxes and use them for your own shipping? How about replacing single-use pens or printer cartridges with refillable alternatives? Again, the solutions which work for you will depend on your individual company and your current business practices, but moving to reusable could save your business money in the long run. Take a look around, and you might find lots of ways to go reusable at work. Recycle While recycling has numerous benefits both for business and the environment, in the US, there are no national laws making recycling of any kind of material mandatory. So to find out what your legal responsibilities are, you will need to check local and state government requirements when it comes to recycling. But don’t let that stop you from reducing your trash. There are many materials that can be recycled and many reasons to do it. If you still need persuading, it’s worth knowing that not only is it the right thing to do environmentally, but as recyclables become a more valuable commodity, the more opportunities arise to actually sell your waste. If your company produces a lot of recyclable waste, it might be worth investing in machinery which can help deal with the materials more cleanly and efficiently, such as balers, conveyors and shredders. Materials such as cardboard, textiles, foam, plastics, cans, and bottles can be compressed in balers and then baled for transport to a recycling facility. There’s lots of information at balingwiredirect.com about baling machines and the equipment needed to run them. You’ll also find some blogs about the types of material you can recycle. With innovation, smart thinking, and growing demand for eco-friendly products, the recycling industry is expanding and diversifying. Waste Advantage Magazine have reported on the top 15 recycling industries, but there are many more besides these. Perhaps you can use these industries and the examples above to transform your business into a greener...
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Why Hire A Virtual Assistant

Why Hire A Virtual Assistant
Why hire a professional virtual assistant? There are good many reasons for business professionals to hire virtual assistants to help with their office tasks. Must-Have Tools for Virtual Assistants First let me list down 10 tasks a VA can do Schedule meetings and appointmentsOrganize inboxes and keep up with emailsResearch and travel plans for work and leisureProofread and edit proposals, emails, presentations and moreOrganize speaking events and travel details for busy professionalsCreate and maintain a social media presenceWrite, publish and promote an eBook or digital productsBuild and maintain a newsletterEvent planningTranscription and much more… Things to Consider Before Hiring a VA Is the hire financially feasible? Do they have reliable references? Do they have a reasonable turnaround time? Are they trustworthy? Are they easy to communicate with? Blueprint to Launch your own VA business A Comparison in Cost of Hiring Between an Employee and Virtual Assitant Employee Vs Virtual Assistant Picture Courtesy: VAnetworking How you can make work easy for both sides when you hire Start with a trial projectBe clear in your explanation and expectationsDon’t expect them to come to your locationKnow your budget and be upfront about it Five benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant No need to provide an office or physical workspace– added costs are avoided.No need to provide expensive equipment- they are already equipped.Save your valuable time– that can be spent to develop or expand your business further and also to improve quality time with your family.More focus on critical issues – since the administrative tasks are handled by your VA.You enjoy peace of mind- knowing that your business tasks are being handled by an able...
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