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5 useful resources to help you grow your small business

The internet doesn’t teach you everything, but it gives you access to a lot of things.  A lot of free things! However, it’s very easy to get carried away when there’s an abundance of resources. Staying focused and keeping things organized can be challenging.

Below are 5 useful resources to help you grow as a small business owner.

 

1. Wave Accounting

I must admit it’s quite challenging to keep your account up to date as a small business owner and this is one of the greatest impediment to business growth, especially for startups. One of the most difficult aspects of starting a business is keeping track of numbers in terms sales, purchases, income, expenditure etc. Hiring a professional accountant can also be very costly. Wave is a free online tool that helps you take care of your accounting needs. It’s simple, very intuitive and can be specifically customized to suit your business needs. One big plus is the fact that your data is backed up online and can be accessed from anywhere at anytime.

Wave Accounting

2. Edx, Udemy, and Udacity

Getting educated has gone beyond being physically present within the four walls of a university. With a good computer and access to the internet, you can get a quality education from any part of the world. What’s more interesting is that you have access to different lecturers and professionals from ivy league schools. The times are interesting.
edX, Udemy and Udacity are open online course providers. They host online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge.

 

 

3. Unsplash

The ultimate archive of free photos. Images play a big role in communication. Unsplash is a collection of beautiful photos curated by people around the world. The photos are free for commercial and personal projects.

 

 

 

4. Canva

The importance of good design in branding and marketing cannot be overemphasized. Canva makes design simple for everyone. From simple social media post designs to creating a brand identity style guide.

 

 

 

5. Google Keep and Google Drive

A lot of the tools we use these days are digitized. Flash drives and Hard disk drives are amazing options to back up and store your files, but they may get lost or damaged. The cloud is the new cool. Google Drive is a safe place for all your files (photos, videos, documents) and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet or computer. Google keep allows you to quickly capture what’s on your mind and get a reminder later at the right place or time. You can also speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed.

Working with artisans

5 Smart ways to handle business dealings with artisans

I’m quite certain you’ve been disappointed by an artisan at some point. From the tailor who promised heaven on earth, to the carpenter that used inferior materials to produce the furniture he swore your friends would envy. Dealing with people like this can be very frustrating.
 
You see, the problem here is not expertise; it’s attitude to work. Most artisans fail to pay attention to details, forgetting that it’s the little things that make the difference.
 
In this part of the world, many craftspersons aren’t enthusiastic about their jobs. They do not work for the passion. Rather, they do for basic survival and this is an issue. Here are a few guides to working seamlessly with artisans.

 

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Make your mark

Two books that shaped my perspective on business

Not everyone has the opportunity to attend a business school before starting out an enterprise. As such, books are a great resource for learning just about anything. Reading is like traveling around the world without a visa but through the eyes and minds of others.

Honestly, I’m not much of an avid reader because I’m very choosy about what I read. My design background has heavily influenced my collections; this is why I’m more interested in books that bother mostly on creativity and sometimes African literature.

As one of the plans to mark Hingees’ second READ MORE

Clock-Overcoming-Procrastination

A simple and easy way to overcome procrastination

No matter how driven or focused we are, it can be very difficult to find a way around taking the first step on herculean tasks which often leads to procrastination.

The bigger a project looks, the easier it becomes to put it aside for another time. Most times, the problem lies in overestimating what we can do in one go over what can be achieved over a long period. Think about one small action you can take to move your project forward and give it a shot. Soon enough, you’ll be on the path to completion.

Also, it’s very important to avoid being a perfectionist. Quality is vital, but trying to make everything perfect can get you discouraged.

Start small and grow big.

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Value-Bank-Money

Value Bank – It’s not always about money

Launching a business with little or no funds can be scary, but the truth is you don’t need so much money. Sometimes, the right set of people around you with something to offer in return for a service is the most valuable capital you can possess.

It’s important to note that you can’t get it right all at once. Big businesses may have lots of cash to throw around compared to SMEs, so they can afford to hire professional photographers for a product shoot for instance. But for small businesses, every penny is a big deal.READ MORE

The Spark Series

Deep down in our hearts we all have something we hope to achieve someday. Whether it’s a new skill, setting a new record or even launching a business idea that could solve a lot of problems.

Often times, there’s a kind of resistance that holds us back from making that leap. In truth, everyone who has achieved greatness in their field / life was scared at a point. It’s very natural to have that fear of uncertainty.

Like someone said, “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid, it means you don’t let fear stop you.”

It’s way better to burn out while trying than to fade away without giving it a shot. So, don’t just stand there. START doing something.

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Behind the scenes; Hingees lookbook shoot

Bringing people together to get stuff done is not one of the easiest things. However, when you are surrounded with amazing folks, a big task seems as easy as flipping through a book page.

I never really thought it would be as interesting as it turned out to be, though we had everything all planned. Earlier in the week, I sent a message to everyone involved – models, art director, photographers,READ MORE

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