Posts By: Jessie Van Gundel

Jessie Van Gundel

Are you building the right growth strategy for your startup business?

Posted by in Leadership, Small Business

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Taking a business from an idea to a realization is a big accomplishment. Oftentimes business growth can catch a small business owner by surprise, they are so busy maintaining the business that they forget to make time to think about a business growth plan.

You might be wondering how you’ll know if and when your business is ready to grow. While every business is unique, there are some signs to look for. Take our quiz to see where you stand.

Take the Quiz: Is your business ready to grow up?

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Jessie Van Gundel

6 Great Resources for Entrepreneurial Veterans

Posted by in Small Business

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When some veterans get out of the military they decide to go back to school full time. This can be a great option when they are able to use their military benefits to pursue a degree. This may not be a viable or the right option for every veteran and it’s important to know that there are other paths available and supported by a number of organizations.

Many veterans dream of starting their own business but feel like they don’t have a network outside of the military and are unsure where to start. To help on you on your way, we’ve compiled a list of great veteran-resources for starting a business or gaining some new skills.

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Jessie Van Gundel

Build a Foundation of Recurring Revenue for Your Service-Based #SideHustle

Posted by in Leadership, Small Business

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur at heart or just want to make some extra cash on the side, the Gig Economy is infiltrating our work lives and with it, the way we think about and manage our careers is evolving too. If you want to be your own boss but aren’t ready to set off on your own, or you want the best of both worlds (working for an employer with your side business humming along in the background), the key to this kind of flexibility and opportunity is establishing recurring revenue.

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Jessie Van Gundel

A Quick 2-Step Guide to Growing Your Business

Posted by in Small Business

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You started your business, you did all the right things (business licenses, patents, bank accounts, built a website, etc). Things are going pretty well, but you know you need to grow your revenue in order to really grow your business.  It can seem daunting to many business owners to decide which steps to take next. To make this process more doable, try to focus on a couple of goals. In this case, let’s talk about growing your business by getting new customers and boosting revenue from your current/retained customers.

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Jessie Van Gundel

Three Tips for Selling Services Online

Posted by in Accepting Payments, Small Business

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Many business owners are aware of the opportunity that exists in selling online but are at a loss for where to start, especially when it comes to selling services as opposed to physical retail items online.

If you are like many of the service-based business owners we talk to you, you might be concerned about how you will manage your customers once you start selling online. The following tips will help you identify the right solution for your business, as well as what you can do to sell smarter online.

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Jessie Van Gundel

Does Your Business Need Video Marketing?

Posted by in Small Business

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I have an 11-year history as a video producer and video editor, working with small businesses, nonprofits, corporations, and creative agencies. Over the years, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. I hate to see anyone spend money and time because they think they “need a video” but then not have a plan for how to use it to help their business.

Here are some things to consider and some questions you should first ask yourself, before you ever call a video vendor:

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Jessie Van Gundel

Learn How This Couple Started and Grew Their Tutoring Services Business

Posted by in Leadership, Small Business

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Seaver Chan started a tutoring business with his wife, Natasha, at the end of 2011. After graduating from college, they realized that they shared a passion for helping others learn through tutoring. With that realization they decided to start a private tutoring company, catering to their student’s needs in a way that was completely personalized and based on the student’s goals. This dedication to individualized learning has differentiated their business and driven their growth. They started with one student that they taught at the local library and now they have more than 120 coming to their center. I had the opportunity to talk with Seaver and ask him how he got started, what has contributed to their success and what advice he has for others.

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Jessie Van Gundel

What does success look like for your business?

Posted by in Leadership, Small Business

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Through working with businesses owners that provide services since 2006, we have learned that these types of businesses have a unique set of concerns and goals—as unique as the reason they started their business in the first place. Their goals range from growing their local brand awareness to opening up a new location to taking a side hustle to and making it their full time gig. One thing is consistent among them, though, service-based businesses rely on building and strengthening relationships with their customers. They count on their customer relationships for word of mouth recommendations, for feedback on their services, and for repeat or recurring business opportunities that help them sustain their business. Knowing how important customer relationships are, how do you strategically and thoughtfully nurture this key component to success?

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Jessie Van Gundel

How often should you be blogging for your business?

Posted by in Marketing Tips, Small Business

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I was at a small business conference recently and heard the following question in a session:

“I’m an entrepreneur and an army of one. I see the value of content marketing but I don’t have time to blog once per day. How much do I really have to blog to make a difference for my business?”

My simple answer to that is:

Don’t start with the platform where you’ll publish, start with a challenge you can help your customer with.

Let’s cover some basics:

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Jessie Van Gundel

Mobile Credit Card Processing and PCI Compliance for Your Business

Posted by in Accepting Payments, Compliance and Security

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While PCI compliance might feel like one of the least exciting things to think about, it is one of the most important when it comes to accepting mobile payments for your business.

PCI compliance standards are in place to ensure the security of cardholder data. The processes you put in place are critical to ensuring your business is protected and you maintain trust with your customers.

Why is PCI Compliance Important for Your Business?

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