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Playing Sports as Part of a Business Outing

Playing sports with business clients or business associates comes with business-specific sport-playing etiquette rules. Keep these business-outing sports tips in mind while you enjoy yourself: [more…]

How to Recognize Employee and Client Life Events

All employees and clients experience significant life events, and you should recognize those life events respectfully. Acknowledge these special times with employees and clients, taking into account each [more…]

How to Prepare for a Business Trip

Your business may take you all over the city, country, or world. If you travel for business on a regular basis, you eventually learn what all good travelers learn: On the road, being self-reliant and having [more…]

Etiquette Concerns for European Business Trips

Behaving on a business trip in Europe depends on the part of Europe to which you travel. Some codes of business-trip behavior are shared across Europe: [more…]

Etiquette Concerns for African Business Trips

Parts of Africa have seen tremendous business growth, so you may have an African business trip in your future. Africa is so huge, so diverse, so complicated, and so rich that almost nothing can be said [more…]

How to Make a South African Business Trip Successful

South Africa is the economic hub of Africa, so Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, or Bloemfontein might be one of your business travel destinations. Going on a South African business trip means you need [more…]

How to Conduct Yourself on a Business Trip to the Middle East

In the Middle East, religion plays a significant role, which can have a great impact on your business-trip conduct. Middle East business-trip behavior depends on the country you visit, but here are some [more…]

How to Make a Good Impression on a Business Trip to India

When you take a business trip to such a complex, diverse country as India, consider certain important factors in Indian culture when you’re doing business — among them regionalism, religion, language, [more…]

Watching Your Manners on a Business Trip to China

On a business trip to China, you must deal with language, cultural, and political differences. For a successful Chinese business trip, try to understand and respect Chinese culture while building a relationship [more…]

How to Act with Dignity on a Business Trip to Japan

In Japan, the customs are so strict that a simple mistake on a Japanese business trip can cost you not only the deal, but also your dignity. Japan's major religion is Shinto [more…]

Understanding Business Etiquette in Australia and New Zealand

A business trip to Australia or New Zealand means you need to realize that Australia and New Zealand are distinct countries. An Australian business trip will be casual, like the country. New Zealand, on [more…]

How to Behave on a Business Trip to Latin America

On a business trip to Latin America, remember that Latin American men are in business, and women stay home with the family. A business trip in many locations in Latin America can be jarring, especially [more…]

Your Business's Public Relations Components

The public relations (PR) umbrella at your business covers a number of related activities. All these public relations activities are concerned with communicating specific messages to specific target audiences [more…]

How to Create a Public Relations Plan

When you’re putting together a PR Plan, before you get too broad, you have to be specific. There are some really important things to establish to make sure you’re dealing with reality. First is the budget [more…]

How to Design Creative Public Relations Promotions

You need to promote your public relations plan, which requires some creativity. Make your public-relations promotion tactics as creative, sharp, original, and engaging as possible with these tips: [more…]

Choosing a Public Relations Firm for Your Business

Turn to public relations agencies when you want to get coverage of your business in the media. Public relations firms are public relations specialists. Use a public relations agency if [more…]

How to Create a Profitable Public Relations Program for Your Business

When creating a public relations (PR) program for your business, make that public relations (PR) program as profitable as you can. This PR-program path can get you on your way: [more…]

How to Track and Measure Buzz about Your Business

The impact of buzz marketing is very hard to measure. Agencies that specialize in generating buzz create ads just for viral marketing. These viral-marketing experts start the process and track it wherever [more…]

How to Plan a Promotional Event for Your Business

Promotional events can help elevate your business above your competition. Your promotional event's creative theme and the fact that you’re holding an event set your business apart from your competitors [more…]

Setting a Budget for Your Business

Budgeting for a business requires you to set specific goals and develop a plan to achieve them. A business budget is an integrated plan of action for your business — not simply slap-dashing together a [more…]

How to Analyze Your Business's Profit

Analyzing your business's profit is not rocket science: Basically, you just need to determine how and why your business is (or isn't) making a profit. To figure out your business's profit history over [more…]

The Different Kinds of Business Costs

Business cost distinctions help you better appreciate the cost figures for the things that your business produces or sells. Correct product costs (for businesses that sell products, of course) are extremely [more…]

The Purpose of Financial Reporting

Financial reports are the documents and records you put together to track and review how much money your business is making (or not). The purpose of financial reporting is to deliver this information to [more…]

Including Adequate Disclosures in Your Financial Report

A financial report needs to include disclosures of important financial information about the business, as well as financial statements. The term disclosures [more…]

How to Decide Whether Your Business Needs an Audit

Audits provide the opportunity for a second set of eyes (usually those of a certified professional accountant) looking over your business’s accounts. An annual audit of your business may be a requirement [more…]

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