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Valuable Tools That Will Help You Run Successful Crowdfunding Campaign #5

Startupist, June 23, 2015

Recently we talked about the top 7 crowdfunding websites and, hopefully, you have already explored these great platforms. But knowing which platform to use is not even close to creating a successful crowdfunding campaign. This is not an easy task and requires a lot of time and effort. But there is no need to give up before you even start.

In this series, every Tuesday you will be able to find three great tools, which will help you create awesome and successful crowdfunding campaign.

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5 Reasons why outsourcing is better then employing staff

cplicious – Chris Peters’ Blog, May 31, 2015

Ask anyone who runs a company or start up what’s the hardest part of business and nine times out of ten you will get the answer “people“. Employing people is time consuming, expensive, difficult and can create serious problems, especially if you employ the wrong person. People are human and here in lies the complexities of dealing with them. Emotions, health, personal issues, opinions, beliefs, the list goes on.

By employing people, managing all these human traits is your responsibility and can have a big impact on the day to day dealings of your business. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe that good people are what make a great team, and great teams achieve amazing things but in any business there are tasks that no one likes doing. These are the task that if you can, you need to out source.

Here are my top 5 reasons for out sourcing:

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The race to get products under the Christmas tree from Kickstarter-backed projects

StartupSmart, December 5, 2014

The challenges for Kickstarter-backed hardware startups don’t end once you’ve raised the money.

Microbrics’ managing director Brenton O’Brien, who is beginning to ship his LEGO-compatible Edison robots after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, has the extra pressure of getting his product out in time for Christmas.

“We’ve been dealing with the issues of getting products out to customers and stock into the distribution centre,” O’Brien says. “We’re a little behind where we’d like to be, but because a lot of people ordered these as Christmas presents and we don’t want to disappoint anyone, we’re working really hard to get these out before Christmas.”

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Shipwire Gives Mom-and-Pops the Fulfillment Services of Big Retailers

Xconomy, February 25, 2013

Shipwire CEO Damon Schechter started his company with a simple goal: “To help small businesses take on the efficiencies that big businesses have.”

He cofounded the Palo Alto-based order fulfillment services operation with chief technology officer Evan Robinson at the end of 2006, but to get there, he had to wait until the timing was right.

Schechter had been in the tech and shipping world since the 90s, but took a break after the dotcom crash of the early 2000s to write a book on logistics. An interview with Costco’s head of logistic helped him figure out what he should do next: Find a way to give smaller companies the same logistical efficiencies.

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How Small Shops Can Compete With Big Box Retailers for Holiday Sales

Forbes, November 21, 2012

It’s tough enough for small businesses to compete with big box retailers’ deep discounts and extensive product offerings. But now that Thanksgiving Day is no longer off limits at major players such as Target and Sears, Main Street retailers may be wondering if its time to close up shop for good.

Thanks to Shift Your Shopping and a number of other national and local initiatives aimed at raising consumer awareness to shop at independent retailers, those surveyed by national nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) outperformed the industry, reporting an average increase in holiday sales of 6.7% in 2011. Overall holiday retail sales rose 4.1% in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Beyond raising awareness, there are other ways independent retailers can boost their bottom line during the holiday selling season.

Diversify sales channels

“Create and update your portfolio of e-commerce channels so that your products reach the broadest audience possible. If you’re selling through your own online store, consider adding social selling on Facebook, or flash sales to your channels,” suggests Nate Gilmore, vice president of Shipwire Order Fulfillment.

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