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
Everybody knows the challenges and risks of starting your own business. As tempting and promising as it may seem in our imagination, there is always a lingering hesitation we find at the back of our heads whether we would be able to succeed.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and many of the most successful entrepreneurs came from very humble beginnings. These entrepreneurs started small but grew their companies to worldwide brands. They started with nothing and still hit dizzying heights of
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
If you have started spreading the word that you want to dive right into the coffee shop business, you've most likely gotten some raised eyebrows from dubious friends and family. So if you need a little more push or encouragement, read on!
Opening a coffee shop can be highly profitable if you do it right. Come to think of it, most specialty coffee shops are likely to be full of customers any time of the day enjoying coffee, espresso, lattes, teas, desserts, and an exciting variety of pa
Food holds the power to change our mood, our feeling and attitude toward something. It has a healing power – a protective blanket that touches our soul- almost like a therapeutic session. A good hearty meal can influence our perspective.
But people sometimes tend to forget the fact that the food cooked in the home tastes different than the one cooked in the restaurant.
When we set off to cook a meal, be it for our family or a romantic evening for two, we would often start with a v
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
Affiliate marketing is a powerful marketing strategy by which a company taps into a network of affiliates to promote their products on their site. The affiliates are then paid a commission based on the amount of traffic, conversions, leads or sales generated by the promotion.
By partnering with affiliates, which mostly consists of influencers, bloggers, paid search focused microsites, email lists and large media websites to help you promote your business, you will significantly expand your
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
Despite, that analytics says that there is a start of the global economic crisis, there is a business that is on the rise:
Manufacturing of Masks.
For example URBAN AIR MASK 2.0
This manufacturer is out of stock. His fancy designed mask cost 69 USD. It is reusable, with filters.
The original cost of such a mask, I believe small. Margin-profit should be very big. Looks good for business i
Running a retail store requires an array of skills in administration, management, and marketing. From ensuring that your inventory is stocked up to putting together monthly sales reports and summaries, these skills are necessary for your store to run smoothly.
Having an efficient Point of Sale system can go a long way, so you can rest assured that all your operations are centralized and work simultaneously.
What is a POS And How Does It Work in Retail?
The Point of Sale (POS) refe
Between 2010 and 2013, mall visits decreased by 50%, and the trend continued until the present. Even more, when pandemic struck in 2020, driving all physical retail stores shut. This occurrence has been happening in Southeast Asia for several years, but very few realize that this is the retail apocalypse.
Despite growing optimism about the end of the pandemic, research has predicted that about 10,000 stores could close in the U.S. alone this year. This number will set a record high for a n
Nowadays, there is a rising trend of businesses going from the traditional brick-and-mortar store to online. When the pandemic broke off, urging people to make certain adjustments such as refraining from physical contact, we found ourselves doing more and more things online. Instead of going to the office, we start to work remotely. Even businesses were no exceptions to the transition by switching from running their physical shops to e-commerce. Analysis from UNCTAD has found global e-commerce s
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
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
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
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
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