When it comes to small businesses, there are so many things that you need to consider, sometimes even more than you do for big businesses. For one thing, if a big business like Home Depot can get hacked and shopper’s info might get stolen, this can surely happen to a small business as well. Also, your small business may not have as much product or money behind it as a big corporation, meaning you have less far to fall when it comes to business failure.
The thing is, you don’t want your business to fail. If people went into business with the idea it would fail, they’d probably think twice about starting in the first place. You can do things to help protect your business from the potential of failure though. Here are some things that all small businesses should consider when it comes to starting a secure business with staying power.
Consider Your Funds And Assets
Starting a business isn’t cheap, and neither is keeping one going. You may need to consider getting a loan to keep your business afloat, at some point. There are many reasons a small business might need a loan, from getting started to upgrading to better equipment.
Yes, even your equipment, and other assets, are important when it comes to securing your business’s future. You need to make sure that the stuff you has works and is allowing you to put out the best possible products and services. This can mean having great office equipment or the right company vehicle.
Protect Your Clients
Securing your business also means making sure that your clients and customers are secure as well. That means using security measures when it comes to protecting their information, whether it’s credit card numbers or their home addresses. Make sure to invest in good internet security that you can trust.
Always Be Expanding
If your business gets stagnant, it could start to fail. Find ways to always be expanding, whether it’s new products and services, or new advertising and event planning. Have a clearance event, and then introduce a new and improved product line.
Invest In Your Future
Events, like open houses, are a great way to invest in the future of your business. So is investing in advertising. If you aren’t getting the name and intentions of your business out there to people, no one will be shopping with you. Advertise both online and off to reach the most potential customers.
Investing in the future of your business also means making sure that you are offering the best of products and services, If that means purchasing new equipment, then do it. Make sure that you have your businesses best in mind, as well as the best intentions when it comes to what you are offering to your customers.
Money doesn’t grow on trees. But that doesn’t mean that sometimes you wish it would, at least just long enough to make some ends meet. But where trees don’t work, a few different types of loans might.
Five to look at specifically if you find yourself in a pinch might include loans from private companies, payday loans to get you through the week, bank loans (for things like purchasing a home, for instance), school loans so you can get the education that you need, and one often-overlooked option – getting loans from friends of family. With money, though, it’s important that the places you have transactions with have strong IT security as part of the loan process. Read More
If you haven’t been a victim of fraud or identity theft, or if you’ve never had to get a new credit or debit card because you shopped somewhere that suffered a security breach, then you may still be of the mindset that your identity, and your wallet, are safe. But that isn’t the case, especially in this day and age of online shopping.
If someone steals your identity you might not even find out about it right away. At least when it comes to stealing your bank account information banks and stores are getting more on top of things these days. The new chip card credit cards are supposed to help prevent credit fraud. Read More
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Any device you have that runs through the internet, from your smartphone to your cash register at work, can be hacked and you can lose precious and important information to thieves. From identity theft to robbing your bank account blind, hackers know how to get in, so you need to do everything you can to keep them out. Read More
Whether you deal with selling items or services online or in a store, there are risks when it comes to your customer’s personal information. Even the POS cash register systems that many retail chains use are subject to hackers since they work over the internet, and without the proper protection these hackers can walk away with more than just people’s credit card numbers.
Everybody knows that internet hacking is a thing. The threats range from harmless to very malicious, and despite what you might think, nobody is safe from these thieves of the night. If you have ever left your social media account open on your computer or mobile device, you understand that having your friends post a funny, albeit embarrassing status is not the end of the world.
However-the threats get a lot darker than this, and they can even lead to identity theft if you’re not careful. Though many threats come quickly and you’re often unaware they’re there, there are certain things you might be in the habit of doing that could be increasing your chances of getting internet hacked. Here are some habits to make and break that will stop this from happening. Read More
Whether you are an artist or a crafter, or you are a published author or an inspired poet, if you are sharing your intellectual property online you may want to be doing a few things to protect it. Nothing could be more heartbreaking than having someone steal your work. You don’t have to hide your work in order to keep someone from stealing it though.
It’s about more than just making sure you let people know it’s your intellectual property though. Even files can get damaged and corrupted by hackers if your computer isn’t safe. Here are a few easy ways you can work harder to protect your artistic and creative endeavors. There’s no sense in letting someone else take credit for something you put your heart into! Read More
These days it seems like every one of your online accounts – whether it’s an ecommerce site like Amazon or a subscription to a newspaper like The New York Times – has different password requirements. Some require a certain password length, usually 8 characters or more. Many require you to use numeric or symbol keys, and many of these also require the use of capital letters.
Why do they do this? And, more importantly, how can you keep your information safe? Use the following password best practices. Read More
In the continued fight against drug abuse worldwide, authorities are getting additional help from technology. Thanks to computer programs and applications for cell phones and other mobile devices, the campaign on preventing and treating substance abuse is moving forward and gaining teeth.
The 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) noted that some 246 million people used an illicit drug in 2013 with 27 million considered to be problem drug users. It also found that men are three times more likely than women to use marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to misuse opioids and tranquilizers. Read More