3 Reasons Why You Should Make 2017 A Year for Business

If you’ve ever considered turning your hobby into a career, leaving your desk job to create your dream job, or earning some side-income through your own business – 2017 is the time to start! Here are 3 reasons why you should make 2017 a year for business.

Prime Time for Change

The rise of start-ups across the globe have sparked a culture of constant innovation and disruption. People more than ever are open to change and are constantly seeking new ways of doing and experiencing things. Nielson’s 2016 study showed that 63% of consumers like new product offerings, with 85% indicating they’d be willing to pay more for innovative products. One-size fit’s all products are now obsolete. People expect customisability, on-demand products and instant purchase opportunities, making the market prime for business this year. If you’ve ever considered entering the market now is the time to take the leap and do it while consumers are ripe for adopting new products and services.

Unlimited Cheap Resources

Thanks to innovation, there are now excessive amounts of new accessible resources making it easier and most cost efficient than ever to do business. With a predicted 50% of the US population becoming a freelancer by 2020, hiring external talent has never been more affordable. Want some creative work down? Hire a freelancer. Need 24/7 customer support? Outsource it to freelancer in a different time zone. Need some affordable marketing? Post on social media. Can’t afford a workspace? Do business online. With endless resources at your fingertips, costs have become less of a barrier for launching a business.

Globalisation Stronger Than Ever  

With the continued rise of globalisation has come greater connectedness between markets and openness to cross partnerships. Meetings are no longer restricted to boardrooms, working hours have grown beyond traditional 9-5 and companies are more open than ever to develop partnership with multiple businesses around the globe. This creates prime opportunities for you to seize! All it takes is stronger communication skills and perseverance in forming relationships to get your business off the ground and entering in different market places.

5 Courses to Make Self-Improvement A Reality This Year

It’s one thing to say you want to focus on self-improvement this year and another to commit to make it happen. Luckily, there are free online courses available giving you less time and money excuses to make self improvement a reality this year. Here are 5 free courses to get you started.  

Develop Business Networking Skills

We are constantly told to network, network, network, but that’s not always easy. Working on polishing up your business networking skills is a lifelong skill that helps you build strong professional relationships. The art of business and personal growth is always as strong as the networks we build. Learning some skills to make that an easier experience will give you the confidence you need to mingle and maybe even enjoy those business meet ups!

Deliver Powerful Presentations

Giving presentations is something you are bound to do at one point in your life and career. For people working in the business world, it is most definitely something you will need to do, especially as you grow into leadership and management positions. Whether you’re presenting to a classroom of children, a room full of suits, or on a stage to an audience, mastering the art of delivering powerful presentation is a must-have skill! Keeping people engaged has gotten harder with the rise of social media and shortening attention spans. Normal power points no longer cut it. Start learning basic principles of engagement, body language and the techniques involved in making your next presentation memorable.

Effective Communication for Strong Leadership

Great communication is at the key of most success and failure. Failure to communicate an idea, task or instruction can lead to unnecessary escalations or be the reason you missed out on an opportunity. All great leaders know have mastered the art of communication and constantly use it to drive both their team and personal success. Understanding the basic principles behind effective communication for strong leadership could give you the next step up in your career or help you mend a tarnished relationship.

Foster Team and Individual Growth

Not all self improvement needs to be self related. Maybe what you need to work on this year is learning how to better foster your team growth and their individual growth. Building a good team takes a special set of skills that can strengthen bonds between members as well as guide individuals to reach their full potential. Being able to foster this growth will not only do wonders for work productivity, but also satisfaction and motivation which equals a win for everyone involved.

Develop Project Management Skills

The ability to successfully manage a project from start to finish is becoming more and more valuable within any profession. Developing the skills involved to do so will give your CV the boost it needs to take on greater responsibility and bigger leaps in your career! Having project management skills not only benefits your work life, but also helps bring order and organisation to your personal life helping you create more downtown to enjoy.

5 Courses To Get You A Promotion in 2017

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and get a promotion this year? Developing new skills and being able to demonstrate these to an employer is the key to scoring that new job title. Here are 5 courses to get you a promotion in 2017. 

Develop Project Management Skills

With promotion comes greater responsibility and that means greater work and management required. Developing project management skills demonstrates your ability to handle the bigger tasks and effectively manage everything involved from teams to spreadsheets. Applying for your next promotion with this skill on your CV gives your employer greater confidence in your initiative as well as saves them the costs involved in training you to manage projects effectively. This creates a win-win for both parties!

Deliver Powerful Presentations

If you want that next promotion you may have to present a business case and most likely compete with other candidates going for the new title. Being able to deliver powerful presentations will give you the competitive edge needed to get your employer listening and engaged in your achievements and what you can offer in the new role. A lot of the time your employer may not be completely aware of what you do, or goals you might have achieved. Creating a presentation that can keep their attention and communicate your work and outcomes could be the missing piece holding you back from your next promotion.

Effective Communication for Successful Leadership

The ability to not only sell yourself on paper, but effectively communicate in person during an interview can make or break your chances at a promotion. Learning to communicate like a leader will showcase initiate and give your employer get a better understanding of how you will be in a management or leadership position.

Develop Business Networking Skills

Sometimes you need to create your own opportunities to take your career to the next level. The key to doing that? Networking. Developing business networking skills will teach you to meet, foster and grow not only rapport but relationships with people that are crucial in any working environment. The great thing about networks is if they’re properly fostered the relationships are not limited by time, making opportunities to grow endless.

Spark Innovation within a Team

Studies have found the number one thing employers are investing in is innovation. If you’re looking for a promotion into a management position being able to spark innovation within a team gives you a unique and invaluable skill to many companies. The world is ever changing and constantly emerging with new technologies and innovation, having the ability to create a culture of creativity and critical thinking carries enormous value. Being able to showcase that ability to an employer brings you one step closer to promotion.