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How to Boost Small Business Profit Through the Web

30 Aug

If you’re like many other businesses across the globe, you still feel like you’re treading water as the pandemic ends. And one thing we’ve learned from the closings and restrictions is that using the web is critical for small business success.

Fortunately, technological advancement has made it easier than ever to boost efficiency and profit; you just have to use the right tools and strategies! Check out these tips from Bangs Media for making your business more profitable via the web:

Take care of payroll.

These days, it makes sense to do everything you can in the cloud. It’s easier, more efficient, and more secure. For example, look for a cloud-based payroll system that will help you keep track of your team and ensure that everyone is paid on time, consistently. Your platform should also simplify the calculation and filing of your payroll taxes. Many software platforms also offer time tracking, real-time reporting, software integration, and a companion mobile app to manage payroll on the go.

That said, if you want to stick to Excel spreadsheet timesheets to track employee’s work time, you’ll want to include a few key components in the timesheet template so that you have all the information in one place. For example, be sure to include the date, job or shift, times clocked in and out, total number of hours worked, and any overtime or PTO time.

Pay attention to your website.

Regardless of what type of business you run, having a professional website that is up to date is essential. And if you run an eCommerce store, that entire element of your business hinges on the quality of your website.

Assess your current site to see what kind of improvements you can make. If you don’t have a website, then that should be the first step you take toward making your business more profitable.

A professional site will be attractive and effectively represent your brand. It will be easy for users to navigate, the pages will load quickly, and it will provide informative, engaging content. Hiring a professional graphic design agency could be a strong step toward improving your site and overall brand!

Moreover, your online store deserves a lot of attention. Make sure you have up-to-date, high-quality product photos and descriptions, and ensure that the checkout process is as seamless as possible for your customers.

Make it easy for customers to pay.

Speaking of the checkout process, part of creating a seamless experience will be to use the right payment processing system. These days, customers expect a plethora of options when it comes to how they pay for their products. Research the market for a payment processing software that will meet the needs of your customers. Ideally, you’ll accept credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal, among other methods.

Build your reputation and presence.  

Your reputation will in many ways determine the long-term success of your company. Providing exceptional customer service and high-quality products or services will go a long way in developing your reputation via word of mouth.

But you also need to use the web tools at your disposal for promoting your brand. Look into software and apps that can boost your marketing efforts via social media, email, SEO, and other methods. Employing a variety of strategies will ultimately help you build the online presence your company needs to have.

Become mobile-friendly.

Your website and online store must also be mobile-friendly if you are to achieve success in today’s business landscape. Make sure they load quickly on mobile devices and that they are compatible in terms of the size, layout, and overall design of each web page. More than half of consumers use their smartphones and tablets for making purchases. That’s a big chunk of the market worth capitalizing on.

Make smart off-the-web decisions.

You’ll need to accompany the above moves by making smart off-the-web decisions for your business. For example, you might consider moving to a location where you have more of an opportunity to attract local customers. If you want to test an area out, look for an affordable apartment to rent. You can use the filter by price feature on Rent.com to find an option that works for your budget. You might also consider opening a brick and mortar location for your business or occasionally doing a pop up. This is yet another way to help you attract new customers.

Making the most of all the web offers small businesses has never been more important. Ensure you are using a reliable and efficient payroll system. Make any necessary updates to your website so that it is attractive, engaging, and easy to use. Lastly, focus on developing your reputation and online presence, and make sure that your website and online store are mobile-friendly.

By Derek Goodman

Inbizability.com

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Headshots and MOHR

24 Apr

SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR BRAND and IMAGE?!

Be Sure to Connect with #cedricmohr

for a WOW’d Experience!

https://www.cedricmohr.com/

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Skip the Financial Struggle: 5 Tips to Launch Your Dream Business

16 Apr

Finances might be the single most difficult part of business ownership. From startup costs to seasonal slumps to attracting new customers (and their wallets), it’s tough to keep your company in the black. Especially if you’ve already experienced financial setbacks before, success may feel far away. If your business plan is on the line and you’re not sure how to fix up your finances, try these helpful tips from Sunn Legacy Group LLC.

Check Your Niche

Finding the cash to support your dream business can sound daunting, not completely overwhelming. However, tons of financial programs offer resources to would-be business owners in all niches. The trick is tracking down the programs that will work for you.

You can start with conventional financing options like small business loans and support. Then, look into special programs for companies in your niche. For example, the National Association for the Self-Employed offers specific grants of up to $4,000 for eligible businesses.

Other organizations provide grants and loans with varying terms. See what’s out there for your intended industry and start applying as soon as possible.

Seek Social Support

There’s a reason so many startups turn to crowdfunding for money: it works! Some crowdfunded businesses with humble beginnings even became million-dollar companies thanks to their customers’ initial buy-in.

You may not reach millionaire status with crowdfunding, but a well-planned campaign could help you get a jump on your business goals. Popular crowdfunding sites that are also trustworthy, says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, include:

  • Kickstarter
  • Indiegogo
  • GoFundMe
  • Patreon
  • Fundable

Check out each platform and its options before signing up. Consider the fees required and how transparent your campaign will be to potential buyers.

Get Legit on a Budget

A legitimate business model and structure is likely a top priority for your startup. Having a recognizable business name and branding is great, but you’ll want to check all the legal boxes before you can take off. Fortunately, you can DIY much of the business setup process for less cash than you might expect. Searching for existing business names on your state’s filing site is a good place to start. After all, you don’t want to run into any trademark or copyright issues.

Your next step is to define your organization with a solid business structure. You might go for an LLC setup for tax advantages and flexibility. By filing using a formation service web site, you can save money that you would otherwise spend on a lawyer. For an affordable cost, you can have your business documents in order before your doors (online or in-person) open.

Pick Projects That Count

You likely have a long to-do list of things you want to accomplish before starting your own small business. However, tallying up the expenses for each item may leave you wondering whether business ownership is really your jam.

The good news is that hiring help for business setup tasks might be cheaper than you think. Outsourcing freelance help project-by-project means you can get your logo designed, have your website set up, and source branded product packaging for less than you think.

Think about the essentials and pick projects that count the most. For example, your organizational branding is vital for helping customers discover you online and in print materials, so that may be a must-have service you decide to shell out for.

Prioritize your to-do list project by project and decide whether outsourcing a bit at a time is a better use of your time and energy. It may be preferable to spending hours flip-flopping on design ideas or learning new tools. There’s plenty of time for that later, as your business grows!

Take It One Step at a Time

Business growth doesn’t happen overnight, and neither will success (or your first sales). Having a cushion in your savings account to fall back on is ideal. But if you’re operating on a shoestring budget, it’s still possible to operate on very little cash flow while growing your company.

Of course, if you need help attracting audiences, think about new ways you can engage audiences with Bangs Media.

By Derek Goodman

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FLAMES: a Poetic Tale……by Marcus T Kelley

5 Mar
Where I’m from is no fairytale. And the story I’m about to share with you is Everything but Fiction!

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world- he didn’t exist.

I’m from a small town called College Station, located in Arkansas- but outside of Little Rock. There
are many families and churches that we were taught to protect and we did- at ALL cost!


My hood has love but some hate too. And like many neighborhoods, we also have our share of secrets.

I wrote my 1st poem when I was 6 years old. God said it was MY duty to finish the mission.
He said to make every word BURN like FIRE.
This is my story.


This is the Book of FLAMES!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093JHZKCT

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“Sunny Speaks” …….Voyage ATL

19 Jun

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sunny Kelley.

Sunny, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
BACKGROUND: At an early age, I knew I was a WHOLE hustler. From painting & selling pebbles for 5 cents to being a kitchen beautician, I was FEARLESS when it came to earning my own money!

Take a Look:

Voyage Atl

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Breakout Actress, Patience Adia’s…Timing is PERFECT!

27 Mar

Patience Adia Rozier is a budding American entertainer with emphasis in Acting in TV/Film and Theater. Being born and raised in metro Atlanta, GA. it would be a mere assumption that talent grows on trees, however Patience learned that she had a Special gift, 5 years ago. Her gift to interpret feelings and emotions on cue is what set her apart from other young artists. Where many would spend years of training, Patience would naturally evoke. In addition to acting, she had an ear for music and would often mimic notable legends, soulfully belting songs from Broadway to Pop.

 

PATIENCE was DESTINED for GREATNESS

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Patience’s name is symbolic for the sacrifice (to abstain) her parents made to each other, before they were wed. And Adia, means Gift from God. Since the very beginning, they knew Patience had divine purpose and was sure to labor, tirelessly in their assignment as her parents!

They exposed her at an early age to Fine Arts. Their passion inevitably rubbed off on her. Patience began dancing at 3 years old, in Modern and in Tap. She is an avid reader who also plays the ukulele and keyboard in her spare time. She attended several shows and movies, imagining what she’d do if she were the character. Patience even had the opportunity to see musicals at Aurora Theater. She enjoys and is inspired by watching other thespians perform Live.

As Patience is currently a Sophomore in High School, that doesn’t limit her from her dreams, at all! In fact, she portrayed Charlie Bucket in the Aurora Theater’s production of Willy Wonka Jr. This served as a very instrumental experience, not only because it was her 1st Lead role in a musical, but because she was reminded to never let the color of her skin or gender keep her from going after the roles she desired!

Patience, what is your Purpose?

“My purpose is to inspire other people by SHOWING them, as an actor, or anything that you’re in pursuit of; you must step out of your comfort zone to better yourself.”

Like her name (Patience), she has exuded much patience when it comes to preparing and honing her craft. She is a student of life and is constantly embracing the next segment of her Artistry.

Patience is a proven scholar of Hott Theater for Children (Lauren Keeton). She has served as a member on the production team, (technical area) at her high school with the 39 Steps and Ensemble in James and the Giant Peach.

In addition, she gave a striking performance as Carter in the short film, Selfless: True Happiness. Other roles, Seraph (TPN) of Temporary Darkness and Umara of the Award Winning, Noise (Damn Write Originals), would be the catalyst that subsequently caused her to surge through a growing catalog.

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Patience has modestly made a name for herself around the Atlanta entertainment community. She has been nominated and won Best Breakout Actress at the 2017 TPN Awards for her role as Charity in the CDs. As if that wasn’t enough to brag about! With no surprise, she also won 1st place (youth) at the REPYourAct 2018 Talent Competition.

Wisdom appears to be the guide for Patience as she meticulously makes strides towards her goals. She is very practical with alignment and timing. “Never let the internet rush you, No one is posting their failures”, says Patience as she echoes a quote from social media. This carries much weight and allows for clearer perspective.

Patience is a model of perseverance. She has completed the manuscript for her 1st teen novel, with hopes to see it on shelves in stores and other outlets, as well as beginning her 2nd.  She loves composing piano pieces. Her dreams of becoming a professional actor/entertainer in a Broadway Musical, whether the role is lead or behind the scenes, would be a major win, considering the impressions she has made with her emerging blueprint. You guessed right!

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Patience’s Timing is Perfect!

Be Sure to Follow and Subscribe to her Amazing Journey.

Instagram @patienceadia

Facebook @Patience Rozier

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TDH Talent Agency

 

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REP Your Act 2019

13 Mar

                                                          REP YOUR ACT

Rep Your Act is a Competition for all-age Demographics (projected to Grow Nationally) allowing Artist to Represent their Talent, whether it be song, dance, acting, performing monologues, comedy and etc. #RepYourAct2017 and #RepYourAct2018 were Huge Successes. Past winners and contenders are set to be the next generation of Talent to take TV/Film to Unseen Levels.

Approaching #RepYourAct2019, anticipation has grown! This exhibition is known to create more working relationships. Atlanta actors and Industry Professionals will have access to vetted Fresh Faces; trained by the Best acting coaches. And beginner filmmakers as well as public will have opportunity to network with Atlanta’s Who’s Who!

Take a Look: https://uspressassociation.com/news.php?extend.212

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http://www.repyouract.com/

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LIVING the Lifestyle

22 Feb

There’s a new me coming out
And I just had to live
And I want to give
I’m completely positive
I think this time around
I am gonna do it
Like you never do it
Like you never knew it
Oh, I’ll make it through

Lyrics coined by Legendary Diana Ross- served as the Mantra for the 4th Annual Bold Lifestyle Awards as creator, LyNita Mitchell- Blackwell took to the dance floor in complete Celebratory fashion!

 

SOME PEOPLE MAKE IT LOOK EASY

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 LyNita is Living the Lifestyle! 

LyNita Mitchell- Blackwell is for sure leading in many facets. Her extensive catalog of work- ranges from Corporate to Entertainment to Entrepreneurship as well as spiritual advocacy. LyNita’s education and Life Coaching skills afforded her the ability to hone her natural gifts; Loving People.

Take a LOOK: https://uspressassociation.com/news.php?extend.211

 

BOLD FAVOR

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N. CHUCK BROWN on PAFF 2019 and Other Entertainment Gems!

4 Feb

C. Nathaniel Brown is a multi-award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, author and publisher. He is a bestselling author of 12 books, including the Shift Happens Then You Live series. He has won numerous awards for his movies and screenplays, including Best Screenplay for Miracle’s Baby; Signs; and Tying Up Loose Ends. His feature film, Chi Nu Legacy, features popular actors Dorien Wilson and Cocoa Brown and addresses the topic of campus sexual assault. His company, Expected End Entertainment, prides itself on producing content that impacts the world under the theme Entertaining, Educating and Empowering.

 

BANGS Media: CHUCK, Congratulations on Your Major Wins and Recognition at the Notable Film Festivals; Pan African Film Festival and Charlotte Black Film Festival and Many Others I Have Left Out. Seeing as How You are a Wealth of Wisdom, I Have a Few Questions From My Readers that are Interested in Your Expertise…Care to Share?

Chuck: I like talking about this stuff so… lol….Lets Go!

BANGS Media: okay :>)

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When Did You First Discover Your Passion for Directing? (Age, Era)

I began writing poems and short stories when I was about 4 or 5 years old and told my mother I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. So, storytelling has always been a part of my DNA. But it wasn’t until much later in my professional career as a newspaper reporter that I discovered directing. When I thought back on all of the notes and ideas I scribbled on napkins, paper bags on loose leaf paper, I could hear myself saying, “One day, I’m going to put this in a movie” or “One day, I’m going to put this on television”. I knew that I wanted to tell my own stories and the stories of others.

What Notable Directors/Producers Did You Look to As a Barometer or Standard? If Any. 

Wow! My list of writers, directors and producers whose work I admire is quite extensive but I grew up loving legal and crime dramas so Steven Bochco, producer of shows like L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, and Columbo, would be the first producer that comes to mind. Later, I began to study the works of directors Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese and Ridley Scott. And now, that list includes writer/director Aaron Sorkin, Ava Duvernay and Barry Jenkins.

What Advice Can You Offer to Creatives who desire to Be (Produce or Direct)? in the Film/TV Industry, but Struggle with the Decision of Leaving Their Traditional 9 to 5?

There are three nuggets of advice I would give creatives who want to write, direct and/or produce for film or television. 1. Know what it is you want to do. 2. Study what you want to do. 3. Do what you want to do. There are not many overnight success stories, so it’s probably going to take a lot of work to get to the point you desire. But if you determine to make is happen, quitting is the only thing that can stop you. Commit to the process, overcome the hurdles that will come, and continue to work toward your goals. You probably will need to start the process while you have a 9-5 until your passion becomes your 9-5 and beyond.

Do You Anticipate Directing any TV Series to Add to Your Catalog of Films and Movies? 

I am excited about the opportunities on the horizon for myself and my company, Expected End Entertainment, to write, produce and direct my projects and the projects of other creatives. I have three films currently on the 2019 film festival circuit. We are also in post production on my second feature film, Same Spot, and have two other features scheduled for production and two television series we are pitching to networks and streaming services. The future is bright and I am excited to be creating it.

BANGS Media: NOICE! (In My Bernie Mac Voice lol)…

As Much As I Would Love to Interrogate Our Dear Friend, Chuck Brown…You Will Have to See for Yourself!

Be Sure to Follow Him TODAY and Stay in the Know of His Entire Catalog, as I am certain of his Astronomical Range!

FB: https://www.facebook.com/chuckbrownphotography

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And Then…. THIS Happens!😀

 

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Elated to Announce That I Have
Joined The BOLD Movement in
Celebrating Industry & Community
Philanthropist on a Job Well Done!

JOIN Us @ The 4th Annual
BOLD Lifestyle AWARDS!!

December 1, 2018
10am- 1pm

SECURE Your Tickets TODAY!

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