New beginnings can be invigorating as we evaluate what is working and what isn’t and craft a plan to make things better. It’s the season for making resolutions and January 6–12 is also Home Office Safety and Security Week. It is an ideal time to resolve to improve the security and efficiency of your computer system and home office.
The big London transit authority, Transport for London, officially announced the launch of the first phase of its open-loop payment service. Open-loop payment systems allow customers to spend value deposited into them at multiple merchants, transfer it to someone else, and/or withdraw it as cash later. Mobile money, pre-paid debit, and other e-money-based systems fall into this category.
A smart business owner believes “the customer is king” and as such always deserves the royal treatment. January 17th is Customer Service Day — a time to reflect on the importance of what customer service means to your business.
Small businesses are vital to stimulating the economy and to supporting local communities — so it’s no wonder that in 2012, national conversations were primarily about small business finances. Funding startups and new businesses has become less of a challenge than it once was. The following trending topics that dominated discussions over the course of this election year should continue well into 2013.
January is Financial Wellness Month — a great time for you to improve the financial health of your business whether it is a start-up that has barely broken ground, or a well-established business that’s put down roots. This is the time to set some goals and determine the solutions that can help you meet your financial objectives.