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You may physically be young, or you may simply be young in the world of business management. Either way, there’s a sharp learning curve when you’re the one in charge. Managing an office is one thing, but managing the whole business is another.
Your job description expands quite a bit when you’re the head honcho of the whole operation. Check out this brief look at some business management tips for the young leader, and take a few notes along the way. Equip yourself to take on the world.
Know-how is not enough
Knowing all the technical knowledge about your career is excellent, but you can’t succeed on knowledge alone. Expertise in your field may give you a heads up on the competition, but consumers can’t invest in what they know nothing about.
Delve into the various aspects of good marketing and administration skills. These two perks will give you a good foundation to succeed in your new role as a leader.
Be particular when hiring
Pay close attention to the professionals you choose to hire for your business. Don’t hire family members, unless it’s a family-run business. Working with family is a challenge all on its own. Consider hiring remote professionals, as they require less overhead and maintenance.
Use the tools the internet provides to sift through qualified applicants. Platforms like Indeed and LinkedIn are a good place to start vetting the best professionals for your successful team.
Financial management is always a priority
Proper handling and management of the company’s finances is essential. Make sure you always have the best team of professionals handling the money for your business, and keep a close eye on every dime that moves in and out of your operation. A monthly budget template is a valuable tool for managing finances.
With some taglines, you only have to see or
hear them to instantly recall the brand that conceived it. For example, you
probably don’t need us to spell out which companies coined the slogans
“Just do it”, “I’m lovin’ it” and “Exceedingly good
cakes”, such is the power of the well-crafted tagline.
Today, even if you run a small company with
scarce economic resources, you still have a wide range of good-value marketing
means at your ready disposal. For example, any business can, for free, register
accounts on various social media sites and start posting to these accounts
However, as many of the world’s best-known
taglines significantly predated the social media age, it’s clear that the likes
of Facebook and Twitter haven’t spurred the proliferation of taglines. In
essence and any age, a tagline should take no more than a few words to
encapsulate your brand’s nature.
That doesn’t give you a huge amount of
leeway for creating something memorable – and, indeed, it’s no wonder that
taglines can too easily slide into trite or unpredictable territory. Just think
of KFC’s “So Good” slogan, which has been derided
as “hollow-sounding”, as Inc.
works in a tagline and what doesn’t?
Such is the variety of taglines that it can
be difficult to tease out definite dos and don’ts when it comes to creating
one. However, we can probably all recall various examples of slogans which have
long endured in the memory, perhaps even after the brands in question have stopped
taglines have been highlighted by Econsultancy,
with HSBC’s “The world’s local bank” showing the financial services
institution’s down-to-earth approach despite its clearly multinational reach.
Similarly, Tesco’s “Every little helps” reaffirms the retail giant’s
ultimate focus on the customer – though, of course, value for money comes into
the equation here, too.
What, then, should you actually avoid
doing? In general, puns don’t tend to work well, at least if they aren’t
genuinely clever, though the “Shave time, shave money” slogan used by
Dollar Shave Club does faithfully reflect the company’s witty and
self-deprecating approach to advertising.
could you find a tagline for your company?
The fact that certain slogans have stood
the test of time for decades shows that the essentials of a good tagline remain
much as they were generations ago. Nonetheless, in 2019, you could focus on
coming up with a tagline easy to imagine looking good not just on print
materials but also on digital platforms including websites, social media and
Hence, you could benefit from tasking
copywriters with coining your tagline in tandem with other digital marketing
services helping you to spread the word far and wide online.
Mac owners will tell you that they are a loyal crew. Most people who work with Apple products, stay with Apple products their whole life. Contrary to the simplicity offered by Windows machines, Apple still continues to remain relevant in popular culture.
Whether you’re losing your Apple virginity, or you’re simply purchasing a more updated machine, there are always new tips and tricks to learn about your product. Read through a brief look into some specifics, and take the chance of having an “ah-ha” moment.
How to free up some memory
You know you’re going to run into a time when there’s simply not enough free RAM to keep all of your stuff running smoothly at once. All devices need a simple cleanup from time to time to keep them running at an optimal speed.
Deleting the majority of your desktop icons is a great strategy for getting a grasp on the reduction of your memory usage. There are other ways to make it simple to access your favorite programs.
The simplest way to free up memory on your Mac device is to clean up your desktop. A dirty desk means that your work moves along slower. The same concept applies to your Mac desktop. Every icon you have on the desktop is treated as a small active window.
What to do when there’s no Ctrl-Alt-Delete
If you’re switching from a Windows OS, you may find yourself stumped at a crucial moment. When your machine freezes, sometimes it needs a reboot. Sometimes you just need to close one program to get things moving again.
The problem is that there is no Ctrl-Alt-Delete function on a Mac device. The simple solution is to press Command-Option-Escape. It’s the combination which allows the user to do a hard shutdown of individual programs or the whole system.
Capturing a screenshot on your Mac
It’s cleaner and easier to capture a screenshot on a Mac device. The simple description of the process is to press Command-Shift-3. This command captures a picture of the whole screen. When you press Command-Shift-4, the device will give you the ability to craft a screenshot of only a portion of what you’re seeing.
Customizing your startup programs/features
It’s always good to know how to customize the startup features on your computer. Running a MacOS is a lot different from Windows, and it could be difficult to figure this one out on your own.
The easiest way to choose the programs that startup when you turn your computer on is to go to Systems>Preferences>Users & Groups>Login Items. Then, you can check and uncheck the programs you need to startup when you turn on your device.
There’s no argument that superheroes have
some of the most amazing and spectacular outfits. From brightly coloured latex
to complex armour, a superhero’s costume is hugely important to the design
process of the overall character. But are these stylish comic-book characters
as put together off-duty as they are when fighting in the name of justice? And
if so, who’s really got a superpower for sensing style?
Matthew Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, has a
rugged charm that sets him apart from some of his more slick-styled fellow
superheroes. Similar to superhero style icons Batman and Iron Man, he’s a fan
of a three-piece suit when he’s not out fighting the bad guys.
His suits are smart, but his colour and
pattern choices are often quite minimalistic. Costume designer Stephanie
Maslansky explained that this is because since he cannot see his clothes, he
needs to know that whatever he pulls out of the wardrobe will pair well
together. She also revealed that the majority of his suits came from designer
Paul Smith, as these had the best fit for Daredevil.
He does have an array of stylish shirts in
his arsenal though. He sports textured Oxford cloth button down shirts, which
gives him a more ruffled look compared to those billionaire superheroes such as
Tony Stark. His oval sunglasses finish off every look with a touch of style
To be fair, if Bruce Wayne wasn’t able to
be fashionable with all that money at his disposal, there’d be something wrong.
He adopts more of a reserved style and he isn’t one for flashy suits or garish
outfits. But there’s no denying that he knows how to dress.
The films are a good example of this. He
lets his rich playboy persona show when he dons a Giorgio Armani suit in the
2008 film, The Dark Knight. The suit designer reveals
that by wearing a made-to-measure suit like this, Wayne can demonstrate his
status as a “discriminating and sophisticated connoisseur of fine fashion,
while also showing he has individual taste.”
Wayne seems most at ease when his attire
reflects his vigilante persona, with black suits to match the
Dark Knight. These keep him looking suave and stylish when he’s off-duty. Similar
to Murdock, Wayne is partial to a pair of mysterious sunglasses. He opts for
wayfarer sunglasses instead, which match well with his conservative image.
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
Natasha Romanoff is one of Marvel’s top
Avengers, and she has the wardrobe to back it up. When she’s not head-to-toe in
low-cut latex, she’s channelling 1950s vibes with feminine frills and
Her off-duty look is just as sharp as her
Black Widow attire. In 2014’s Captain America sequel, Romanoff opts for a sleek
leather blazer to run her day-to-day errands. Paired with black pants and
knee-high boots she still brings a powerful demeanour even without carrying out
any of her complex manoeuvres.
She rocks a number of different looks
throughout the movieverse, of course. In other scenes she’s been spotted in
pencil skirts, tall stiletto pumps and buttoned blouses, all of which are
well-fitted and match her style. She knows how to colour co-ordinate too. Take
her meeting with Captain American and Pepper Potts in Monaco in Iron Man 2.
Romanoff shows up wearing a fitted red dress and red lips — both of which
complement her glossy red hair.
Iron Man/Tony Stark
Tony Stark is Marvel’s very own Bruce Wayne
in so far as he has the cash to splash. Also similar to Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark likes
to wear the colour of his costume — red. He’s been spotted creating a bold
contrast with dark suit jackets and red dress shirt, showing that he’s
confident in what he wears and conveying power with the bold tone.
Stark is a man who is quite happy to
accessorise too. From expensive watches and smart inventions to loud sunglasses
he likes to spend his cash on items other than clothing. His sunglasses of
choice seem to be low tinted aviators, and he’s been seen wearing red, brown,
and violet coloured lenses — not your traditional wayfarer styles!
He always looks suave in pinstripes
alongside his well-groomed goatee. Take his grey pinstripe suit that he wears
before a Senate hearing in Iron Man 2 for example. Of course, Stark pairs it
with a chunky yellow tie — he’s not one to be plain! If he’s not rocking a suit
though, he’s kicking back in a vintage tee — of course, he still looks the
T’Challa’s wardrobe is a perfect blend of
trendy, traditional, and completely unique, which is why he’s the top of our
list. All of the outfits were designed by Ruth E. Carter. She
said that she based T’Challa’s look on 18th century designs,
complete with embroidered panels which resemble a Nigerian style.
The superhero takes on a number of outfits
during his titular film, all of which embrace his role as king and military
leader. Take the first time he is spotted on the throne for example, his black
and grey embroidered jacket stands out from the rest of his look and sets the
tone for his fashion sense throughout the rest of the film. In another scene,
he wears a white embroidered tunic, crafted with patterns that represent
cultures from around the world — something truly unique!
In the parting shots of Black Panther, T’Challa
wears a black-on-black suit with a bold printed scarf. This scarf was designed
by Wale Oyéjidé who named the piece “From Wakanda, With Love’.
Of course, everyone has haters: his sister
Shuri mocks his sandals in the film, but in reality, they were modified
Alexander McQueen shoes!
Superheroes certainly know how to keep
their wardrobes looking as sharp as their crime-fighting costumes. Which do you
think has truly mastered the fickle fashion-sense power?
While setting up a social media presence –
or strengthening an existing presence – is an obvious move for your business to
make, you could easily stumble when it comes to choosing where exactly to be
active on social, with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all
A thriving social media strategy would not
depend on you using every single available channel. In fact, your attention
could be spread overly thinly if you fail to follow the tips below…
are your target customers?
One reason why you should adopt a
selective, rather than exhaustive, approach to choosing social media channels
is that, otherwise, too much of your time and money could be wasted on channels
where your target customers are not even particularly active.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be too
difficult to refer back to your existing customer personas as you assess the
demographic profiles of different social media portals. For example, if you are
pursuing a female audience, Pinterest
is evidently a good place to be, Forbes shows.
channels are especially suited to your brand?
The female-heavy user base of Pinterest can
also make it an especially convenient site for use in promoting fashion
products. Also counting in Pinterest’s favour here is its highly visual
interface, a strength which the site has in common with Instagram.
This is a particularly useful question to
ask yourself, because you could effectively learn from those competitors’
mistakes – and, of course, successes – on their chosen social channels.
Once you have determined which of those channels the companies are using, analyse how well the brands are performing on those channels. If certain channels are not delivering the right returns – in terms of engagement or followers – for those brands, consider avoiding those social media sites.
In assessing the different companies and
channels, think about how often the former are posting and whether their
followers are quite the type of audience that you had expected.
exactly do you want to achieve on social media?
Once you have determined where exactly you
should be active on social media, you should turn your attention to deciding on
the specific goals to work towards. This is important because it can assist you
in settling on what type of content you ought to develop for sharing on the
Whether you aim to improve your customer
service, foster a steady stream of traffic to your site, convert leads, build a
community or simply spread brand awareness, your content – and calls to action
– should be geared towards helping to make all of this possible.
Xbox One is one of the most wildly popular gaming consoles in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It has amazing games, great graphics, and a responsiveness that gamers can’t get enough of. But if you’re a serious gamer, you know that you need a great Xbox One headset to take your playing experience to the next level. Continue reading