Business

Be bold, have courage and don’t think too much: Amy Fung on running a coaching business

Hi Amy! Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a Life and Executive Coach and I started my own Coaching business in 2016. Before that, I have over 20 years experience in corporate working as CFO for HK and Greater China for Advertising and PR companies.   What’s your business name? What products or services do you offer? My business name is: Amy Fung Coaching Company Limited. I offer Life and Executive Coaching, Career Coaching, Training and Facilitation.   How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? I have studied the Advanced Certified Coaching in Hong Kong University SPACE and I also have taken some ICF accredited courses for professional coaching training.   How has your business evolved since you started...

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3 passive income ideas for small business owners

I’m sure you have heard of and read about passive income many times before, as the concept is becoming ever more popular in the small business world. To start, what is passive income? It is that income you receive from something you created once and keep selling more or less on autopilot without the number of sales adding work time to your schedule. Even though passive income can be low maintenance, there is a variable amount of work involved in the creation of the product or service you are offering, depending on the nature of it. The advantage is, once it is created, you can continue getting income from it without necessarily an additional effort on your side. Here I’ve...

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Facts tell, stories sell: Neha Sonney on public speaking and storytelling

The second guest on this small business interview series is Neha Sonney, a relationship coach and public speaking trainer based in Hong Kong. Neha and I worked together on her branding and website design last year, and I was able to discover a great professional and business owner. In this interview, she discusses the importance of storytelling and public speaking and the ways she helps her clients achieve clarity through these skills.   Hi Neha! Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Neha Sonney is an amazing friend, proud mother of a teen, happy girlfriend to a life-editor, great cook, zouk and personal development enthusiast with a green thumb. Currently, she's working on her first book on the topic of self-love. She's...

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Start a dropshipping business with Etsy + Printful

  In recent years, dropshipping has become increasingly popular as a business model and Printful is one of the most popular print on demand dropshipping services available. The wide variety of products they offer and the growing number of fulfillment centers they have worldwide make them the ideal partner. Combine that with the super affordable startup cost of an Etsy shop and if you are an artist or have an eye for design, the Etsy + Printful combo can be the first step in your new small business. Let’s start from the beginning.   What is dropshipping? Dropshipping is a fulfillment method through which you buy products from a third-party supplier who is in charge of producing the items and shipping them directly to...

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Take risks and bet on yourself: Andrea Medaris from Dragonfly Psychological Services

  Andrea Medaris, the owner of Dragonfly Psychological Services, is the first guest on this new small business interview series I will be posting on the blog. Andrea and I have recently worked together on her business branding as well as her personal brand and I wanted to invite her to share some of her insights on being a business owner, the struggles she had to overcome, switching to online work during the pandemic, and much more. I hope you like it!   Hi Andrea! Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a clinical psychologist and relationship therapist. I grew up in Texas, then spent my 20s moving all over the world before I went back to school in my early 30s.  I...

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6 processes you should automate in your small business

The day-to-day of running a small business involves many tasks that we need to perform regularly, some of them crucial to our success. By automating these processes, even partially, you will be able not only to save time and money but also reduce errors and market your business more efficiently. Here you have some ideas on tasks you can start automating today.   Pre-written email responses This one is the perfect example of how an automated process can save you loads of time. Take a minute to write a list of emails you send over and over: answering information requests about your products or services, follow-up emails to people who have expressed interest in your business, client reminders about ongoing services, project wrap-ups…...

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How to open an Instagram shop step by step

If you are on Instagram, you have probably noticed the app layout has recently changed considerably. Along with regular posts and stories, there is a huge emphasis on Reels and Shopping now. They are not new elements but after this last update, they are gaining much more attention. That means if you are a small business owner selling products online and you were not using Instagram Shopping yet, this is a great moment to start. Here you have a step-by-step tutorial on how to start selling your products on Instagram for increased exposure and sales.   What do you need to start?   · A business Instagram account (not a personal profile). · A Facebook page for your business that you have connected to your...

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A guide to bullet journaling for small business owners

At the moment, the bullet journal method seems to be always present when talking about organization and productivity in any field you can imagine. But why is that? What makes this journaling concept so popular? If you are new to the bullet journal movement, you are about to find out. If you are a small business owner who already knows and uses a bullet journal, scroll down to the last section to download a super useful freebie.   What is a bullet journal?   As fancy as it may sound, a bullet journal is simply a planner that you can configure yourself on a blank notebook. Is that all? Yes and no. The creator of the method, Ryder Caroll, developed a simple structure and...

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How to set up Google Alerts and how you can use it for your business

Google Alerts is probably one of the simplest yet most powerful tools available for small business owners out there, and still many don't know about it or don't use it regularly. It is free and super easy to set up (quick tutorial at the end of this post). But what is Google Alerts? It is a bot that automatically sends you emails whenever new content is published (indexed by Google) including one or several key phrases of your choice. For each one of these search terms or phrases, you can configure email frequency, language, and region, as well as some other filters with only a few clicks. But again, how can I use this tool as a small business owner?...

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[UPDATED] What is the real cost of opening and running an Etsy shop?

When it comes to starting a small business, especially if it is related to the handmade world, Etsy is one of the first options for selling goods online people find out about. Many business owners start their adventures on this platform and a great number of them keep their shop open way after they have reached a good level of recognition and have their own standalone website. That’s my exact case: I started my graphic design shop 8 years ago and even though most of my sales come from my own website now, I still keep my presence on Etsy because it is where most of my new clients find out about me. Another reason why I like it and...

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