Use Online Travel And Expense Reporting To Save Time And Money

 

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Printer ink price vs. other liquids. (via http://reflectionof.me/relative-prices-of-different-liquids-1)

If you’re a small or medium-sized business owner, you know just how much of a hassle it can be to keep up with paper and ink expenses. Gratuitous paper use hurts the environment and can be very costly. And speaking of that, I’ll just refer you to this internet-famous graph to the right to tell you what you already know: printer ink is incredibly expensive.

But never fear, 21st century technology, as it often does, has provided a solution to cut down on paper and ink expenses: mobile and online time and expense reporting. Besides the financial boost, your company will experience a host of benefits by investing in automated time and expense solutions: (more…)

How To Motivate Your Team: Lessons From Daniel H. Pink’s “Drive”

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Business books are a dime a dozen, but every once in awhile, I come across one that gets me thinking, stays with me and makes me want to share. That’s how I felt after listening to Daniel H. Pink’s “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”.

Part science and management theory, part down-to-earth management strategies, Pink’s premise is based on four decades of solid scientific research on human motivation. The book is full of businesses across the country who are putting this motivation theory to work with great results.

The 20th Century Motivation Model

The practice of scientific management was born in the early 1900s. At that time, most work consisted of simple, uninteresting tasks, and the only viable method to motivate people to do them was to incentivize them properly and monitor them closely. This is the carrot-and-stick approach. Reward the behavior you want and punish the behavior you don’t want. (more…)

5 Expert Tips For Taking Your Startup To The Next Level

The Next LevelIn today’s business world, startups need all the help they can get. If you’re a startup owner, there are plenty of things outside your control that could have an impact your business’ ultimate success or failure. So it’s important to make sure the things you do have control of are optimized for success, especially when even the most conservative estimates peg the startup failure rate at 30-40%.

But never fear, the folks over at IdeaMensch put together a list of advice quotes targeted at startups pulled from interviews with folks who own a business that was once a startup and made it big. We’ve pulled some of the best ones and added some commentary below (more…)

7 Tips for Raising a Seed Round

Raising a Seed RoundRaising startup funding is anything but simple. However, the proper preparation can make a huge difference in making the process as successful and painless as possible.

Mashable’s “Behind the Launch” video series features Zain Jaffer, co-founder and CEO of Vungle, who notes:

“There are many stories of hot startups raising killer seed rounds, and it can feel like money is flowing everywhere.  Times might be good right now, but raising external capital is a complicated process, and it’s something every entrepreneur needs to think about carefully.”

Jaffer lays out seven tips to help startup companies achieve their funding goals as quickly and pain-free as possible: (more…)