Top tips to run a remote team

Remote working is a growing trend within UK businesses, with more companies allowing employees the option to work away from the traditional office environment. This can bring many benefits to both the employer and employee, which can increase overall productivity within the business. To run a successful remote team, a lot of planning and skill is required, from hiring the right team, using the best tools available and creating good processes within your company.

Find the right candidates

When looking to hire an employee for your remote team, you are no longer restricted to finding someone local to the area and you can search globally for the right person for the job. The ideal candidate will need to be self-motivated and disciplined to ensure that work is completed and deadlines are met. Conduct a range of interviews by email, phone and Skype and set the candidate a small task that will reflect the work they would be doing if they were hired.

Use effective management processes

Remote workers need to know what exactly is required of them, for example, if they’re expected to be online at certain times of the day or if they have to reply to emails promptly. By establishing clear guidelines and giving your employees instructions, this will ensure the productivity levels are kept high. Access to training opportunities is vital and you can provide relevant eLearning courses through places like EssentialSkillz, in order to ensure employees are able to perform their roles in a safe and effective manner.

Provide workers with the best tools

Having the best tools available is vital to ensure your employees can be as productive as possible. Google Hangouts is a great way to communicate with colleagues and clients as you can message and video call anyone in your contact list who is online. A great tool for project planning is Pivotal Tracker as you can easily manage team projects and stick to deadlines. Another tool that is useful is Google Drive, as this allows colleagues to share and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets at the same time.

The benefits of remote working

Remote working is beneficial to the employer and employee. Without having to commute to an office every day, the employee has more free time meaning they can spend time with family and friends, go to the gym or take on a side project. This leads to improvement in their health, wellbeing and stress levels.

A company can save a significant amount in costs by operating from a smaller office, saving in heating, maintenance and electricity bills. Productivity would increase as remote workers are generally more productive than employees who work in an office and are less likely to take sick days. Remote workers are proven to be hard working and loyal to their employer.

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7 Essential Tools for Business Success Today

Starting a business is one thing. Growing the business is another, while keeping operations from becoming unwieldy is a different ballgame.

Business owners must build systems and explore how to operate them more efficiently. There are tools to help budding businesses focus on what matters most. We look at a few here, which we use in our own operations at HomeBusinessWiz.

  1. Organisation

A business can easily become overwhelmed with meetings and deadlines. Google Calendar makes it easy to schedule meetings and share events. It is excellent for internal and external appointments. It also provides a way to monitor your people, so booking team meetings doesn’t get to be a hassle.

  1. A comprehensive business plan

Doing business without a plan is akin to going to war without a strategy. You need to pull away from the competition. Your business plan sets the focus and tone of your operations.

It is self-defeating to toy with your operations even if your business is a hobby. Many home-based business owners show this inclination. It is a path to frustration and failure. Get a business plan right away.

  1. Education

You do not need a PhD to run a successful business, but you must be thoroughly versed in your chosen niche. There are numerous online courses available online. You can audit (take for free) many of these.

The insight will help you rethink many aspects of your business and inject ideas that customers will yearn for. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s top universities are available. The most popular MOOC sites are Coursera, edX, and Udacity. You won’t get a certificate but the content is priceless.

Other avenues for continuous learning include video outlets, Youtube and Vimeo.

  1. Project Management

As a budding business, reliability should be your watchword. Do this enough times and the word goes around. But, how do you manage all the madness in the face of changing project requirements? Use Trello, the famed project management tool.

Trello is adaptable to teams and one-man operations. You can keep track of marketing or promotions using this nifty tool. Everyone on our team, for instance, can log in and check our blog’s progress. They can also tag other staff for their opinion.

Trello does not cost you a penny–it is free with premium pricing plans for teams, but you’ll likely do great with the free option. Find Trello here.

  1. Networking with Social Media

You probably have an account on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. These social media platforms have tools and features to cater to business needs. You can chat with and pitch old acquaintances, join common-interest groups and engage industry thought leaders. If you are active enough, you will grow a large following.

An up-to-date profile is important on social media. Regular post updates or tweets tells your audience what you are up to and has been effective for product launches and press releases.

Social media is also an excellent outlet for repurposed content. The fun aspect of social media remains attractive to millennials, who are likely your target audience.

  1. External and Internal Communication

You typically want to explore every avenue that makes it easy for clients to stay in touch with you. You also want to have robust internal communication systems.

Zoom can be used to engage clients and prospects and has seen plenty of adoption in enterprise and small businesses. It has greater utility than phone calls and email because you are face-to-face with the client or associate. With Zoom, you can share schematics with them without the risk of ambiguity.

Internal communications can also use Zoom, but since many things are on-the-fly, rather than resort to email, the workspace tool, Slack, excels at offering an instant messaging service for teams. File sharing in Slack is a breeze, and there’s room for plenty of fun while at it.

  1. Payment Systems

Doing business online has become the new normal. But how do you receive payments? There are services you can incorporate on your website for low fees per transaction to ensure you get paid even before you deliver the service. Two of the most popular ones are Stripe and PayPal. Many existing banks have their own financial apps to make the payment process easier as well.

This is merely a small round-up of tools you need to get your business running until other tools become essential.

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The Big Brand’s Top Secrets to Building Customer Loyalty

There’s a reason big brands have attained success–they know how to keep their customers happy. Is your business losing customers to competitors? If yes, learn how to keep your customers loyal to you by taking advantage of how big brands build customer loyalty.

1.       Avoid Disappointing Customers

If you’ve set a bar on the quality of your service, never let it drop. This is because your customers will come to expect nothing short of quality. Inconsistency in quality or performance will lead to disappointment and your customers would rather patronise a business they trust.

2.       Be Transparent

Always tell your customers the truth. Customers are never more disappointed than when they find out from elsewhere that a brand they trust has made a mistake and tried to cover it up at the expense of its customers or other stakeholders.

3.       Be Responsible and Noble

The nobler your brand is, the more loyal your customers. This is because people want to be associated with a brand that stands for something “good”. So take advantage of the Noble Edge Effect, by running a more socially responsible business and engaging in philanthropy.

4.       Build Your Brand on Customer Service

Customers love a brand that not only listens but also acts on what they have to say. If a single customer says there’s something wrong with your product or service, don’t brush it aside. Communicate with the customer and remedy the issue. You can even capitalise on this by sharing with other customers how you improved the brand experience of the complainant. It shows that you care.

5.       Provide Value

Offer your customers products and service quality they can’t get elsewhere. This is a key aspect of building loyalty in the long term. If you offer a level of service to your customers that can’t be matched by your competitors, you can be sure to enjoy their custom over the course of a good many years, as you build a valuable level of loyalty.

6.       Incentives

You might have loyal customers but make them excited about patronising you by offering incentives such as discounts and promotional offers. The more incentives you have and the more frequently you offer them, the more buzz you will generate about your brand among your actual and potential customers.

7.       Personalise Your Marketing

Customers appreciate it when they are given the personal touch treatment when communicating with a brand they patronise. If you want your marketing campaigns to be successful, you have to personalise your marketing communication to each target customer. Addressing a recipient by name yields more results than a general address such as “Dear Recipient” or “Dear Shopper”. You can get the data you need to personalise communications through data that your customers have already shared with you and use it to create customised offers.

8.       Anticipate

The needs and wants of your customers will always evolve. To keep your loyal customers, it is important that you can expect what your customers require of you and offer it. This will make you a proactive brand that is in tune with its customers rather than a reactive one that acts too late.

Apply the above tips and you can expect the loyalty of your customers to grow.

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Why Many Entrepreneurs Start Their Own Businesses

If you’ve been working for someone for long period of time, chances are during that time you thought about starting your own business. The idea of having to spend all of your days working hard so that someone else can benefit greatly from your efforts, can be pretty depressing. One way to change this dynamic is to start your own business so that the efforts of others and you can go towards your benefit.

This is one reason, however there are several reasons why entrepreneur start their own businesses.  Here are a few of the most popular reason.

You Want a New Career

Perhaps you have a career that simply does not satisfy you anymore. Maybe it is the amount of money you make what type of job, the conditions you working, or even the people you work with. Any of these reasons and many others can cause someone to want to start their own company. When someone is not satisfied with their current career, it can cause them to rethink their present and future. This can sometimes allow creating your own future and your own company like successful entrepreneur Louis Gonzalez Jr. as a viable option. It is important to keep in mind however that when you decide to become an entrepreneur you have to do many things that do not fit the description of CEO. So you should be prepared and understand is fully if you plan to go out on your own.

You Have Outgrown Your Profession

Many people are content to do their jobs and only their jobs for their entire careers. An architect for example might be a fantastic architect only wants to design homes. Somehow Architects however might find that they also want to run an architectural firm where they oversee other architects. This new position will also include managing aspects of a business and building that business in the marketplace. If you have aspirations in addition to being a great architect, you might be outgrowing the profession and becoming an entrepreneur. To be sure, you should write a business plan about your idea for an architectural firm. When you review this plan, does the idea of executing it make you excited? If so, this is further indication that you are a budding entrepreneur.

You Focus on the Entire Industry

If you find yourself working at a job yet spend a large part of your time focusing on an entire industry, you are thinking like an entrepreneur. When you spend your time focusing on industry, you are thinking like a business owner and someone who should be concerned about what is going on any industry instead of just at your desk. If you find yourself doing this regularly oh, it is an indication that perhaps you might want to set up your own business.

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Motivation: 4 myths that you shouldn’t buy into

Once upon a time it was unheard of; motivation wasn’t really talked about by business leaders. Now, it’s one of the first words off the tip of their tongue and for a business to be successful in the modern-day world, they generally need to have a team whose motivation levels are up there with the best.

It is one of the reasons why online MBA degree programs have evolved and changed so much in content over the years. Previously, they may have focused on so-called “traditional” elements of leadership, with autocratic business styles historically preferred. Now, we have almost changed to an employee-first situation, where the views and opinions of workers are held in very high regard.

However, while there has been a change in culture when it comes to motivation in a lot of industries, there are still a lot of inaccuracies that are published about it. Through today’s post, we will hone in on some of these myths and tackle them for good.

“All employees are motivated primarily by money”

For a long time, this was the opinion held by a lot of business leaders. It was felt that the only way to motivate workers was to increase their salary.

However, over time, it was found that this only had short-term effects. Employees would be given a pay rise and might be motivated for a short period of time following this. As time progressed, these motivation levels relapsed, and they were back to square one. It might be regarded as an easy win for management, but it is not going to yield long-term results.

“All employees are motivated in the same way”

Hopefully, you already know that this is completely untrue. What works for one employee certainly isn’t guaranteed to do the same for another, and this is why a degree of personalization is required when dealing with your workers. One person might place a lot of emphasis on flexible working, while another might want a clear path to career riches. Finding out what makes your employees tick is crucial to your business.

“Employees aren’t bothered about recognition”

Next on the list is the recognition-factor. For a long time, it was speculated that employees didn’t really consider this a motivational factor. After all, they were enlisted to do a job, and that was the end of the matter.

However, various studies have concluded that being recognized by your employer is significant for a lot of workers. Whether this is simply verbally, or by a tangible reward, it can go a long way in making employees feel valued.

“Time wasting activities should be stamped out”

This final myth is still apparent in a lot of workplaces, with many businesses having a strict policy in relation to so-called timewasting activities such as surfing the internet during working hours.

From a motivational standpoint, it can work wonders though. It was found through studies at some high-profile institutes, including the University of Melbourne, that these sort of activities improve your workers’ concentration levels (and thus motivation).

Should it take up half of their day? Of course not. However, for say 20% of their working day, it can actually help out significantly.

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Leadership Development Academy: Why Every Company Needs One

No business market has ever remained static. As with everything in the world, markets constantly fluctuate because of many external reasons, and they often shift on a month to month basis. As it’s the case with every market, the talent market works in cycles too. It too constantly switches from the market being focused on employers to a market focused on employees, and that switch sometimes happens very quickly.

According to the latest statistics, the unemployment rate of the US has dropped to 3.7% in September of 2018, which is vastly different than to the 9.6% of September of 2009 when the Recession was still in effect.

Even though having a low unemployment rate is generally seen as a good thing, it can cause harmful effects to many employers, namely because there is a much smaller pool of potential candidates to choose from. There is a much smaller number of skilled candidates to pick from, and the number of candidates that lack the required skills is increased.

Considering the case and continuing trend of low unemployment rates, it’s becoming very necessary for companies to foster and develop talent internally. This means that businesses need to invest in their employees so that they have an increased chance of retaining them.

Kyle Porter, who is a CEO of SalesLoft, recently said that whenever a company loses an employee, it’s rarely the individual’s fault. Per his words, a company has to create an environment that the employees would prefer to work in, one that would allow them to grow and improve.

When the unemployment rates are higher and the market shifts its focus to employers, paychecks are the biggest driving force behind employee retention. But in today’s talent market, most businesses have to poach talent from other companies, simply because the talent pool has significantly dried up.

What can companies do?

Most business can do good to learn from the financial market. The best and most efficient investors usually get creative with how they play defense and offense on the market. Their goal becomes to lose less than the average or get the maximum possible return. This can be the best lesson companies can utilize to keep their talent pool steady.

If the market becomes increasingly defensive, as it’s currently doing, possibly the best move would be to play aggressively. Companies like Lippert Components, and their CEO Jason Lippert, have devised a very effective strategy to reduce the number of employee turnover and increase their talent pool. They focused on honing the leadership capabilities of their employees in a very direct and straightforward manner, and to create a company culture that would benefit every individual within its ranks.

With the creation of their leadership academy over a four year period, where they trained employees to become much better leaders, they reached excellent results. The employee turnover rate reduced to 30%, which is well below the industry standard, and they saw an increase in work application. All of this because the company realized that in order to be as efficient as possible they needed to create a culture that would nurture its employees.

Achim Neumann, President of A Neumann & Associates LLC, an M&A Advisory Firm in New Jersey says, “One of the core responsibilities of an employer is to develop and nurture the skills of their employees. It’s something that many employees have come to expect and for a good reason. That always leads to a much more efficient business or company.”

Every business and company can implement the same idea of a leadership academy. A budget like the one of Lippert Components isn’t required, because all it takes is the drive to improve. The business that strives to be as good as possible needs business leaders who will drive the company to gradual success over time. True success doesn’t come overnight, and there are three things that every business should be aware of:

  • Feedback is crucial – one of the worst offenses a leader can make is think they’re doing a fine job without any feedback. Employee feedback is something no business should skip out on, as it can create tons of potential situations for improvement.
  • Modernization – many businesses the world-over don’t modernize at the appropriate rate. This means to create valuable content with modern principles, instead of being stuck in a position where the content doesn’t feel relevant and fresh.
  • Learning and improvement – leadership is a skill that is learned by doing. Simply by focusing on learning as much as possible, a leader can create many opportunities for improvement for every individual in the business.
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Winners do know what is important to be successful 

If you look into a person’s behavior, his or her confidence level will be visible to yourself. If he or she is a decent person and have a good sense of reality, that person is good at his or her work. On the other hand, an unsuccessful person will act totally different than a successful one. Lack of experience and sense will be visible in that person’s head. So, it can be easily distinguishable between a winner and a loser. If you want to be a winner in any kind of profession, you have to think like a winner. In every step of the working process, you have to act like a winner. In this article, we are going to talk about thinking like a winner in the trading business.

The realistic expectation from trades

In the trading business, there is no chance of living in the imagination. The more you can come back to the reality is better for the health of trading. Because the markets are consistently changing and you cannot know about the future condition at any certain time, you have to approach a trade with a solid strategy. And when you have placed a trade, it may not bring any good outcome too. Because when your trades remain to live the price trends can change radically. So, if you live in imagination too much this kind of phenomenon will bother your confidence in trading business. And having good confidence and dedication to your business is really important for learning it properly. So, have the most amount of realistic thoughts about your trades and trading edge possible.

Keeping things organized

No matter which profession you chose, you must stay organized. All the successful people in Australia have a very organized lifestyle. They know how to give proper value to their time. Similarly, you must focus on discipline and keep things organized. Forex trading is a very sophisticated profession but once you understand the basic concept of trading, you can easily secure financial freedom. There is nothing to rush, the market will be always present. So trade with a stable mindset.

Management of risks per trade

If you have learned about the possible fate, it will be easy for you to tolerate this business. But, now you have to trade to make profits. Otherwise, what is the reason for being here? Speaking of making profits, you have to control your investment. For those people who don’t understand the relationship between making profits and controlling risks, let us explain it to you. If you invest in a trade with a good amount of money, the expectation of it will be big. So, you will keep your trade open for a longer time. But, in that long timeframe, the condition of the market can go against your side. And eventually, you may end up losing the trade. And when the investment is big and you have kept it open for a long time, the losing amount will also be higher. In this case, the ‘stop-loss’ will also have a higher limit set by yourself.

Dealing properly with the environment

In this business, there will be a lot of roadblocks in your way to success. Even when you are running your profession with a decent speed, you may not experience good vibes from it. That is because you are not doing the right thing for being consistent in this business. You may be getting too much emotion in the working process. This is a common incident, traders fall in emotionally attached with trades they are making. That is because they have put money into those. And expecting some returns to come back from those. For that reason, traders get emotionally harassed with negative results and even with positive ones. For being a good trader you should avoid this mentality and concentrate on the real work.

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Ready to Start a Business? Step 1: Hire an Expert Leadership Coach

Until 20 years ago, leadership coaching or executive coaching was viewed as a necessity for faltering business owners. But, in recent times, more and more entrepreneurs getting ready to start a business prefer to hire the services of a leadership coach. They are open to enlisting the help of an expert to help them create a sounder platform on which to build their new enterprise.

But, will this move do them any good? According to the Forbes magazine, corporate giants like Google, GE, and Goldman Sachs have allocated a budget of $1 billion each year towards leadership coaching. Further, statistics gathered by the PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Association Resource Center clearly indicate that this simple move can help businesses earn profits worth 10 to 49 times their original investment. So, if you’re ready to build a successful business, one of the first moves you may want to make is to hire a leadership coach.

What Exactly is a Leadership Coach?

Executive coaches are very different from mentors. They follow a carefully-designed schedule, stepping in from time to time helping their clients to make the right decisions. Like expert business coach, Arman Sadeghi at Titanium Success reveals, a coach will not tell you, the entrepreneur, how to start a business. He is not there to give you advice. On the contrary, he asks you a series of questions intended to realize your full potential so YOU can make the right choices. With the help of the coach, you can develop the essential soft skills you need to start a business and make a long-term success of it.

But, Why Choose a Coach?

Magdalena N Mook is the CEO & Executive Director at the International Coach Federation (ICF) that has 26,000 members operating across the world. She tells the Entrepreneur magazine, “What coaching can offer, it’s not telling people what to do, which entrepreneur will listen anyway, it’s really being a partner in the process. I think this is exactly what makes coaching even more prompt to be adopted by the entrepreneur. Because it is partnership and not mentorship or consulting, it’s helping the entrepreneurs to find responses in their own ways to whatever they want to accomplish.”

Accordingly, here are some of the areas where you’ll receive assistance:

  • Planning your business strategies and sounding out ideas
  • Developing the essential confidence in your project and conviction to make it materialize
  • Training yourself to maintain focus on your goals
  • Getting the necessary support and being accountable for your projected milestones
  • Putting together a skilled team and managing it to help you achieve the company’s objectives

1. To Start a Business, You Need More than a Great Idea

Starting a business with a great product or service idea is just the beginning. To make it a reality, you need to raise the necessary finances by pitching your ideas to financiers and potential business partners. You’ll also need expert portfolio teams that can help you with the other aspects of your business. These facets typically include production processes, advertising and marketing, sales, delivering goods, customer care, sorting through legal nuances, and much more. To get the right personnel together, you’ll need the assistance of an expert leadership coach.

2. Executive Coaches Help You Institute a Favorable Work Culture

When you’re ready to start a business, it is highly essential that you set the tone of the work culture and ethics of the company early on. And, the one person to create that persona and impression for the company is you. The team working with you will emulate and follow your leadership when it comes to dealing with vendors, customers, and other stakeholders of the company. Given that a positive attitude can make a difference between success and failure, work with your executive coach to learn how to institute the right culture in your company.

3. Leadership Coaches Make You an Efficient Team Manager

Simply having a great team and right mix of skills and talents to start a business is not enough. You must know how to coordinate their efforts to keep the company functioning smoothly. While working hard to grow your company is essential, you must keep in touch with your people. Involve your workforce in the vision you have for the future of the company, and how you hope to achieve the objectives you have planned. Welcome feedback and ideas for future growth since your team works in close contact with vendors and customers on the ground level and has a better understanding of what the market wants. Need to understand better how that can work? Check out this article released by NBC News.

4. You Need Guidance to Build a Lasting Company

As long as your company is in its fledgling stage with just a few employees and you running operations as a manager, dealing with the challenges is easy. But, as the enterprise grows and you’re ready to go public, you’ll need the advanced guidance needed to act as CEO. You may not have the skills and expertise needed to deal with growth equity, venture capital, and the other intricacies of the corporate world. That’s where the executive coach steps in – to guide you in the right direction, so you can make a success of the company and watch it grow over the years. Most importantly, you need the business coach to help you assess if your business is stable enough to begin expansion.

5. Understand that an Evolving Business is a Successful Business

To ensure the lasting success of your business, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of the market and evolve according to changing market trends and consumer expectations. Rely on the expertise of your business coach to help you steer the company in the right direction to keep pace with change. Like the folks at BizJournals explain, lack of flexibility can spell disaster for your enterprise.

In a fiercely competitive world, understanding how to start a business and make a success of it is a significant challenge as it is. But, with the assistance of a qualified and trained business coach, you can overcome the snags and understand how to avoid potential pitfalls. Design success for your business from the onset and watch it reach the 10-year and then, 15-year success mark.

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Are Competitors Beating You to the Punch with Marketing and Advertising?

How well would you say your marketing and advertising efforts are going these days?

For some business owners, their efforts could be playing out much better.

If your competition is beating you to the punch on marketing and advertising, how do you plan to turn it around? And as importantly, when do you plan to do this?

Remember, each day that goes by where your competitors have the upper-hand, you can lose ground.

So, is it time to act starting now?

Take Action to Stay Competitive

In your efforts to stay competitive, start by assessing current conditions.

Among the questions you want to be able to answer:

· Am I doing enough to market and advertise my brand?

· What are my immediate competitors doing that seems to work for them?

· What are the demographics with my business? Knowing this is key so you have the right products and services for select ages and genders.

· Have I been too absent when it comes to social media?

While there are other questions you should be able to answer, start with those and go from there.

Once you’ve decided that action is needed on one or more fronts, do you do it on your own or reach outside for help?

If doing the latter, have you thought about LED signage?

As more businesses have discovered over time, LED signs can make an impact on how successful one’s brand can be.

So, if some of your closest competitors are using such signage, don’t you think you should consider this too?

If you said yes, you can search online. Also go through word-of-mouth referrals to see which signage best suits your needs.

Whether you end up with www.megasigninc.com or another provider, know the benefits you will get in return.

Among them:

· Greatest exposure for your brand

· Being seen during the day and at night

· Prime locations around town where consumers can’t help but notice your brand

With the right LED signage, you can add some punch to your marketing and advertising efforts.

Don’t Forget How Important Referrals Are

As important as signs and other promotional methods are, never lose sight of one thing. Yes, that would be your customers.

Your customers can do wonders for your business image. As a result, put them to work where and when it is appropriate.

An example of this would be via customer testimonials.

If you have a customer stating how happy they are with what you provided them, will they give you a little plug? In the event they will, take advantage of it.

A customer testimonial can go a long way in bringing you more business and added revenue.

Use testimonials on your website, in promotional brochures, on TV, and newspaper ads.

When customers go to bat for your brand, you win.

So, if competitors have been beating you to the punch in promotions, is it not time to turn this around?

If you fail to address any issues you are having with where your marketing dollars go, you may look back with regrets one day on not having done enough.

With that in mind, do not be that business owner.

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Why You Need to Know the Difference Between FEIN and Tax ID

Essentially, a FEIN and a tax ID number are the same. It is important to learn the small differences between the two so that you know what to do for your business or an entity such as a trust. When filing for a Trust tax ID Number or FEIN, knowing what each is for helps you to make the right decision when filing. The experienced associates at IRS-EIN-Tax-ID can help. 

A FEIN is a Federal Employee Identification Number and an EIN is an Employee Identification Number. Both numbers can be used to identify a business. The federal government does not recognize a FEIN and this number would not be used for federal tax filing. 

Small businesses will need to apply for a FEIN-EIN whether they have employees, or they do not. Having this number helps to avoid identify theft and protect the privacy of the business. 

To be able to report taxes to the IRS, a business must have a tax ID number. When you are the business owner, it is important to file for a tax ID or EIN to have this nine-digit identification number as it is required. A business also needs this number to be able to get a bank account or apply for credit for the business. 

The filing is easy when you take advantage of online service options. An application for an EIN can be completed online via IRS-EIN-Tax-ID.com. At the site, easily find the application for your business needs and fill out the appropriate paperwork. Once completed, you will need to hit the submit button. 

After your EIN has been assigned, the number will be emailed to you. Once you have the number, you will be ready for tax filing purposes as well as accessing lines of credit for your business, opening a checking account and more. 

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