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Your one-stop guide to mergers and acquisitions for small to medium businesses

It is a common misconception to think that mergers and acquisitions, popularly referred to as M&A is only for large-scale, multi million businesses. Even in the local or regional set-up, M&A arrangements can be a power move for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The concept of fast growth and value generation through M&A works just as much for SME, as it does for larger ones. When executed the right way and with the aid of the right financial advisors, the synergy of your b

Chooli

Chooli in Entrepreneur

Working from a cafe

Many people do their jobs from a cafe. Cafe as a working place is popular among freelancers as well as for office workers.  Freelancers often find it difficult to work at home and lose concentration Working at home, we often get distracted and lose motivation. Often we associate home as a place to relax. If you have to do your tasks at home, such as reading articles and researching materials for future work, we need to spend much more time than the job itself requires. Sometimes we can

Ashly

Ashly

Why are some coffee shops growing into successful chains, and some are hardly getting cash positive as single outlets?

One of my friends started a coffee shop as an individual business three years ago. Despite all his efforts, now this cafe is closed because it was cash negative and drove him a minus. Recently, I read about Romanian guys, who started their coffee shop business three years ago as well, with 10K euros and 12 sq.meters, and now they have over 150 coffee shops, have sold 35% of their company to venture investor, and have opened their franchise.  Quite impressive growth over the same three

Elias

Elias

What Makes a Coffee-shop Successful?

The motivation of any business is to bring joy to its customers. Therefore, when we talk about the purpose of a coffee-shop, we should consider the expectations of the consumers. Coffee is the second most popular drink to be consumed after water in the world and is preferred by millions of people due to its unique taste and its energizing effects. However, when it comes to choosing between one coffee shop or another, many factors make the difference. The idea behind a cafe Even though

Ashly

Ashly

What is the difference between an online marketplace and an e-commerce website?

If you are one of the many who find themselves caught in the jumble trying to figure out the difference between online marketplaces and e-commerce websites, then you have come to the right place! Here, we break down for you a thorough comparison of the two online platforms that are big in the e-market arena today, to help you decide which one is best for you and your business.  You are not alone. Most people assume that online marketplaces and e-commerce websites may be the same thing. Thes

Chooli

Chooli in Entrepreneur

What is the best email marketing tool for your business?

Whether your product is content in a blog or an item in a store, in the end, you want as many people to get to know your product and buy it. It is at this point when marketing begins to play a significant role. How, then, can your product reach your target audience? Some of you may think that social media websites- such as Facebook or Instagram- are great tools to advertise your product and reach many people. Although this may work for some time, you do not have much control over the proces

Ashly

Ashly

What is the best CRM software for your business?

CRM - these three letters contain useful power that can help you develop your business. Customers are the most significant component of running any type of business. That`s why it's essential to pay attention to customer relationship management. Nowadays, there is a lot of CRM software ready to help you optimize marketing, increase sales and improve customer service. Therefore, it's a solution to a data organization problem. Which CRM software should I choose? It's difficult to fi

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

What is a franchise business?

Launching a business, let alone running it is arduous and not for the faint of heart. The tedious process includes coming up with the idea, developing the business plan, finding and securing investors, products source, suppliers, finding a location, hiring employees and spreading the word through marketing, advertising, and social media. Despite going through all the hard work of all the steps, there’s always a lingering chance that a single lapse could cause the entire business to fail. Just li

Chooli

Chooli in Entrepreneur

Traditional POS vs Cloud-based POS

When it comes to choosing a good Point of Sale (POS) system, it can be great stress because it’s a one-time thing. You want to make sure you choose the right one since a good POS system is an essential tool for business owners to increase sales, manage inventory, and build a customer base. Not only are there many brands to choose from, but you must first decide between a traditional and cloud-based POS system. Not sure what the difference is and which is better? Let us help you! A traditiona

Andy

Andy

Top influencers in the small and medium business

Let us start with a short history of the influencer concept. Even though the word influencer was officially introduced in the English dictionary just last year in May 2019, the concept can be traced back to a much earlier time. One of the first records about a business collaboration with an influencer is back to 1760, when a potter, by the name of Wedgwood, made a tea set for the Queen of England. Since the monarchy were the influencers of their time, Wedgwood's decision to market his brand as g

Ashly

Ashly in Entrepreneurship

Top 21 Global Coffee Events

Growing up in England with South African connections, my first taste buds became distinctly acquainted with first roibos and then black tea. It was only as a late teenager that I decided I could overcome the bitter taste I had taught myself meticulously to avoid and finally learn to appreciate what has become the 2nd most traded commodity in the world- only bested by crude oil. It’s also only beaten by water as a popular beverage! Only water… Coffee is an undeniable phenomenon from the bottom

Rodrigo Díaz

Rodrigo Díaz

The best global online marketplaces for small and medium businesses

It is little question that the COVID-19 crisis has dramatically heightened the dynamics within the online business landscape across the globe as it significantly expanded the world of these types of businesses in terms of varieties of shops, products, services, and consumer groups. Furthermore, online shops in many countries have somewhat made a transition from luxury goods and services to everyday necessities like groceries and daily supplies, relevant to a large number of consumers. As ci

Chooli

Chooli in Entrepreneur

Now is the time, when is important to experiment with formats and embrace the shoppers

It is the time for the shop owners, when it is necessary to breakthrough by focusing both on customers (shoppers) who are existing customers, and on a new customers as well. It is a good to experiment with a combinations - creating a hybrid of different formats: like combining a coffee shop, with delivery options and offering there as well necessary products for the nearby living people.  For the small outlets it is the time, of the unifying  hybrid formats of shops-cafes. Combining offline

Elias

Elias

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How to optimize the work of retail store in time of crisis

No one knows how long the economic crisis will last and how deep it will be. The marginality of stores is falling because people buy only the necessities, the level of service of suppliers is falling, non-food retail sales are falling, and some stores are closing due to quarantine. Grocery stores, on the contrary, experience a more significant influx of buyers. What to do in this situation? Just waiting out bad times will not work. Experts recommend retail to go online through exposing thei

Andy

Andy

How to manage a restaurant?

A restaurant owner has two choices in the management of the restaurant.  1) Manage by him/herself. When the founder of the restaurant starts the business from scratch and takes full responsibility for the running of the business. This is the case often seen in small businesses.  2) The owner may hire a manager. Someone who takes the role of managing the restaurant on behalf of the owner. Either way, for a successful operation of the restaurant it is important for the managers to know wh

Ashly

Ashly

How to improve restaurant management

To run a restaurant in our days, you need to know about marketing, accounting, economics and finance, people management, kitchen management, personality psychology, and other disciplines. It is impossible to describe all the details of this profession in one article, so we will give only a few rules that you should know and apply; otherwise, you could potentially lose your entire business.  When the entire business's fate that you have created or are currently running is at stake, you start

Ashly

Ashly in Entrepreneurship

How to Expand your Retail Business: 7 Retail Expansion Strategies to try Today

Did you know that 45% of new businesses fail during the first five years? Growing a retail business is both a challenging and exciting process. After going through all the challenges and successfully coming out with a profitable business, it is only normal to seek ways to expand your business. In reality, many retail business owners today find themselves in this kind of situation. There is no “one absolute way” to expand a small business. There are so many ways retail expansion can be done,

Edward

Edward

How to expand your business from one coffee shop to a chain store?

When we think of coffee, we think of it as a product that people consume either in their own homes, in the office, or at a coffee shop. Most of the time, however, coffee served in a coffee shop has a socialization component allowing people to receive more than a portion of caffeine. So let us discuss how we can develop a coffee shop business that can provide people with a thriving and joyful environment and eventually grow into a coffee-chain.  What are people expecting from a coffee shop?

Ashly

Ashly

How to develop a convenience store

Aggressive expansion of large retail chains leaves less and less market space for individual food stores. But they have undeniable competitive advantages. How to use them? In many cities all over the world, chain supermarkets grow rapidly, and they gradually lure customers from small stores. Their "baits" are low prices, a rich assortment of goods, and more comfortable shopping conditions. Of course, not everyone can resist the unequal struggle with the monsters of the market. Neverthe

Aldert

Aldert in Entrepreneurship

How to create a pleasant atmosphere to attract customers to the grocery store

Modern retail is working to create a positive emotional atmosphere in stores. We've collected a few tools to help your grocery shop or supermarket create a sales-boosting atmosphere. The buyer chooses a shopping place where he or she feels comfortable, pleasant, beautiful, convenient, joyful, fun, and also where he or she is appreciated, loved, and expected. All of these are about positive emotions. A good atmosphere will cause immediate sales growth and generally increase customers’ loyalt

Aldert

Aldert in Entrepreneurship

How to Choose POS Printer

The ability to print is an essential function that each POS system should have. Usually, retail businesses need to print receipts for customers; restaurants and cafes need to print bills, receipts, and kitchen orders. The ever-growing modern trends try to find alternatives for such printed documents to nonpaper variants, such as e-receipts or messages on the kitchen screens. However, despite that, many customers still prefer the paper version or receipts. What kind of printer will work best

Andy

Andy

How to attract customers into a grocery store?

Have you opened up a grocery store, but ended up not making enough profit to cover for rent and staff costs? If the problem is relevant to you, it's time to start promoting. Let's see how you can attract customers to the grocery store. Small grocery stores are finding it harder to survive among giant rivals, such as supermarket chains. But it is possible to compete with them with simple solutions. How to solve the most crucial mistakes in running a grocery store Let's start with mistak

Aldert

Aldert

How cafés and restaurants can survive and develop in the time of quarantine

Quarantine is now happening in many countries around the globe, and that is the reality now. There are different restrictions applied to the running of cafés and restaurants in the time of quarantine in different countries. Some countries have put restrictions by applying new rules to cafés and restaurants, such as limiting the number of people entering the premises or controlling the distance when people are within the premises. Whereas, some countries even forbid cafés and restaurants from ope

Ashly

Ashly

Grocerant - the trend leading the food market into the future

In an era in which people prioritize work and quality time with family members, food that's already prepared often comes as a solution, allowing people to save both time and effort for shopping and preparing meals. Such necessities used to be fulfilled by restaurants and cafes, but lately, supermarkets try to convince customers to visit their stores for lunch or dinner—not only for a grocery haul.  This fusion of food retail and foodservice gave birth to a new trend in the food market: the gro

Ashly

Ashly

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