Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Is It Time to Scale Globally?

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Perhaps you have a small online business supplying homemade jelly and all your stock is stored in your basement. What will you do if you get an order for 10,000 jars of jelly from the UK or Argentina?

Make sure you assess whether your chosen systems -- how you make the product, ship it, and get paid --  can withstand increased orders.  Otherwise, you might need to start an overhaul. What will that cost you, in time and money, to implement?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Cater to National and International Tourists

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A cozy restaurant, bar and patio, Nomads Global Lounge, tucked into the Motel Du Beau, is bringing a taste of the world to Flagstaff, Arizona -- one plate at a time.
The idea for the name of the lounge came from the globe-shaped fire pit, which they first saw online. The name comes from a combined the idea of the nomadic world traveler and the image of a world globe. The globe theme can be seen in the porch lights, door and even the wrought iron railing enclosing the patio of the lounge.
That's how you cater to a national and international tourist audience.  You make a place warm and cozy with a world theme.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Best Place to See the Great American 8/21/17 Eclipse

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

America Was Built on Courage

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"America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." -- Harry S. Truman

Friday, August 18, 2017

Safest City in the World?

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What's the safest city in the world?  Oh that's simple:  Abu Dhabi. Who says so?  Numbeo.  Who's Numbeo?
Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution.
Abu Dhabi came in first, scoring the lowest crime index of 13.09 and the highest safety index of 86.91 in the past six months.

The UAE's capital was followed by Doha, Qatar, which came in second globally,  and Basel, Switzerland, which came in third.  Other cities that were ranked in the website's top 10 list include Munich, Germany, Osaka, Japan, Singapore, Singapore, Quebec City, Canada, Taipei, Taiwan, Boise, ID, U.S., and Bern, Switzerland.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Looking Beyond Borders for Business

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Making the decision to export as a small business can be a daunting one, but there is considerable help available to help you realise your goal.
There are valuable export opportunities for Australia’s small business sector not only in China but also in the United Kingdom, the United States and Malaysia (to name a few overseas partners). However, for some small businesses, the perception can be that the export market is difficult to access and full of obstacles. 
So here are a couple of things you need to do to overcome export challenges.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Staying Relevant

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Some global small businesses are very good at staying relevant. Some not so much.
Think about the well-documented stories of Sony Walkman failing to take advantage of the digital music era, the taxi industry doing little to effectively battle Uber and many, many more examples. This is all comes back to a loss of relevance with an audience and it is one of the biggest risks facing all of us in business today.
So how do you make sure you stay relevant?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: What Makes For a Successful Global Business Leader?

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What's Your Place in History? Mine Is Clouds

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"All of us have a place in history.  Mine is clouds." -- Richard Brautigan

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Golden Age for Small Business

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Since President Trump took office, small-business owners have grown more confident in the economy.
The businesses in the survey [The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Index of Small Business Optimism] reported increased confidence on nearly every front, saying they expected higher sales and planned to hire more workers, increase inventories and expand their business.
Corporations are currently taxed at a lower top rate than pass-through businesses, which account for 75 percent of small businesses. They pay the same tax rates as any other worker.

President Trump:  “America is on the verge of a golden age for small business,” he said at a recent White House event with more than 100 small business owners.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Develop an Insanely Natural Brand

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“Shane [Shane Wolf, Lead Farmhand at Seed Phytonutrients] came to me [Brad Farrell, vice president of global brand marketing at L'Oreal] and said, ‘I’ve always wanted to break the rules and have an insanely natural brand.’ I knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on something I believe in.”

Learn the story behind Seed Phytonutrients, a personal care brand that embraces organic farming both philosophically and practically, and how L’Oreal’s global chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Agon, embraced the creativity, sustainability, and especially the entrepreneurship of the project.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Put a Dent in the Universe

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As Chris Myers says, "We tend to think globally and then try to apply our ideas locally. While this makes for a catchy slogan, it’s often easier said than done."
After all, most entrepreneurs want to solve big problems, disrupt age-old processes, and as Steve Jobs put it, put a dent in the universe.
He goes on to say, "By thinking locally and then scaling globally, entrepreneurs can create a thriving business and still make a splash on the global stage."

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Chinese Women Must Liberate Themselves

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Professor Jin Jiang, who studies gender in modern China, told Axios, "once [revolution] happens, it's really difficult to go back … before, women were liberated by the state … but now women have to liberate themselves."

Women empowered by equal access to education and economic opportunity have the resources to upend the socio-cultural restrictions of traditional Chinese gender roles, Pieke [Professor Frank Pieke at Leiden University] says.  "They're saying, 'Why not allow [men] to live in an imaginary world in which they think they are the boss? When, really, we [women] are the ones calling the shots."

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Ways Outsourcing Can Save a Businesss

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, August 05, 2017

What Would Life Be Without Home Grown Tomatoes?

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"Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can't buy
That's true love and home grown tomatoes."
-   John Denver, Home Grown Tomatoes

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Best Summer Reading List to Learn How to Go Global

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There are so many good books on globalization -- some old, some new.  Summer is a great time to get caught up on them.  I had to think a long time here on which books to feature -- but I made my selection.  Kick back.  Relax.  Enjoy.  Ponder how you plan to take on the world before the start of a new year.

Get going.  Read these 10 books on globalization.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Digital Natives, Undefined

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Is Amazon a retailer?  E-commerce giant?  Cloud-computing service provider?  Logistics king?  Fulfillment behemoth?
Organizations such as these [see below]—digital natives that are not defined or constrained by any one industry—may seem like outliers.
Focusing on other companies such as Rakuten Ichiba (Japan) and Tencent (China), it becomes tough to categorize the industries these firms are operating in.  Why should we?

It's clear that digitization is shifting industry boundaries.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

How to Take a Business Global (WEGGinar™)

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Have you ever thought about selling your products via e-commerce?  Questioned whether a Kickstarter campaign might fuel and fund your idea?  Wondered how to handle the fulfillment and transport of your products?  Debated on which online e-commerce platform will handle your global transactions? Worried about how to collect online payments from customers worldwide?  Lost sleep over how to put all this into place in a cohesive, strategic and global fashion where the end results spells success?

Well then you better sign up for the next WEGGinar™ on 8/2 over at Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  It's free but you must register to participate.  Sign up here.  Oh, by the way, I'll be on the WEGGinar™ to moderate the Q&A.  And it's the co-founders of Beddys.com who will be talking about how they did it: took their bed business global.