featured8 - Automaton and Employees: Why Finding the Balance is Important

Automaton and Employees: Why Finding the Balance is Important

Innovation has always been a determining factor in the processes that a business or an industry will do certain things. Back in the day, most plants involved the use of manual labor. In today’s world, it would be far more common to have massive plants which are most automated.

The trouble with going with a fully mechanical work force is the fact that the people that used to make their livelihood are suddenly out of a job. While it’s beneficial for you as a business owner, it is hardly beneficial for those who used to work for you. A good example of this would be Charlie Bucket’s father from the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He used to be the person who would put the caps on the toothpaste tubes. The owners of the factory brought in a machine and Mr. Bucket promptly lost his job. It was not until later that the machine had started breaking down and Mr. Bucket was brought in to be the one who was assigned to maintain the machine.

This shows a good balance between using a machine and keeping a person employed. In other cases, here are a few good reasons why a balance is needed:

Brand Longevity

When you have a business, it would silly to only want the business to stay alive as long as you are alive. The best sorts of brands and businesses are those that are generational. In order for your brand to sustain itself, it needs to show not only the consumers but also the people working for them that they are worth supporting.

If you outright replace everyone, chances are, the children or other network members of that employee will be less inclined to support you and even decline to work for you despite being so close to having an understanding of your brand.


Relying solely on machines and software to handle your logistics and processes is just plain silly. There are certain aspects that a person will be able to foresee that a machine will not. A machine will only do what you tell it to. It will not tell you if the result of a decision will be good or bad for the brand.

For example, a gambler may use gambling software to play however, when their gut tells them that something is off, they will still follow their instinct. A machine or software does not have this instinct.

Moving Forward

Innovation is something that is indeed necessary. Not only does it optimize the processes which benefit the consumer but it also ensures that people are no longer required to work in dangerous conditions. Technology should always be applied properly alongside the human factor in businesses in order for it to work. After all, a broken machine cannot fix itself no matter how smart the software is.

Do you believe that a balance between automation and human employees is needed?

featured6 - The Advent of the Remote Worker: How Have Things Changed

The Advent of the Remote Worker: How Have Things Changed

When you think of a business, you often think of office buildings or stores which have management, employees, and clients all coming together. This has been the norm for centuries. In today’s world, this is no longer the only set-up that is available for both workers and business owners.

In today’s world the remote worker has become a pretty acceptable fixture in the world of business. Let’s explore the concept of it and how it has significantly changed the field of employment.

What is a Remote Worker?

A remote worker or remote employee is a person that is involved with work in a business but does not physically show up for work. Instead, their contributions toward the work are all conducted online. Everything is conducted online; from communication, meetings, and even submissions of tasks. Technology has made all of this possible.

How Have Remote Workers Changed the Field?

The advent of remote workers has made drastic changes happen in the dynamic of bosses and their workers. Here are a few ways that they’ve changed the field:

Cheaper Overhead

It used to be super expensive to have a business because it often involved several factors that needed to be paid off on a regular basis. If the building you’re using isn’t yours you’ll have to pay rent. As your business maintains operation, you have to pay utilities like electricity, water, supplies, internet, and a variety of other things.

Not to mention that you also have to spend money to ensure that your employees get paid.

Remote workers take away all those other responsibilities since they mostly work from their own homes so what employers usually pay would be the salary. It is now entirely possible to run a business from the comfort of your own home as well.

Better Work/Life Balance

The norm for a lot of cultures all over the world was to dedicate around 70% of your waking life to your job. Most people were even expected to still be working beyond the clock. Remote workers now have a better chance of obtaining better work/life balance.

They are able to still work and provide for their families yet spend more time with them like never before.

Moving Forward

While there are concerns with the productivity of remote workers, they have mostly shown a better propensity to stick to deadlines and provide quality work. This is because they want to stay employed remotely in order to avoid the hassle of the commute and working for a toxic work environment.

It’s exactly the same way how gamblers are no longer just restricted to having to go out to gamble. The internet allows them to receive all the perks of gambling for the comfort of their home. Have you come across a remote worker before? What ways have they changed the working dynamic in your area?

featured4 - Let’s Talk Tech: What Aspects of a Business Has Technology Really Changed?

Let’s Talk Tech: What Aspects of a Business Has Technology Really Changed?

Technology is one of the driving forces of the industry. It has the ability to completely overhaul established processes and give people something new to work with. In the world of business, technology has always played a significant part in progress. In fact, it is the utilization of technology—both proper and improperly—which has led to the rise and fall of several industries.

That being said, we wanted to take a look at the particular aspects of business which has changed completely and even quite drastically because of technological advances.


Communication is one of the biggest things that have been changed by technology. The norm used to be talking through landlines which were subjected to the availability of the caller or receiver. It was also affected by weather. In a lot of times, there would be pieces of information that needed to reach someone else but they had already left for the day or cannot be reached.

Technology has allowed people to stay connected practically 24 hours a day. The advent of mobile devices, the internet, and instant messaging has made it practically impossible for anyone to miss a message.


Back in the day, logistics was handled manually. There needed to be log books, someone assigned to those log books so that they could not be tampered with, and finally, having to collate the date from those log books to quantify and clarify the progress of the logistics processing.

This required significant amount of time and effort. It also did not help that it was also subject to human error. Technology has made it possible to keep track of logistics remotely and information was channeled simultaneously.


In terms of managing employees, technology has made it quite different to how it was around forty years ago. Back then, all the files were on paper and kept in hundreds of file cabinets. Employees often needed to either wait for a summons or set up an appointment in order to see the boss.

In today’s world, files are digital and can be summoned after a few clicks of a mouse. Technology has made it easier for employees to simply send an email to express a concern and the bosses would be able to address it privately.

Moving Forward

Technology is something that will continue to evolve because everyone is already convinced that there is always something better to shorten or even boost the efficacy of already existing tasks. Even gamblers have gotten into this trend as well. They are no longer confined to gambling halls. Technology has made it possible for them to gamble from home and even use gambling software to improve their game.

Do you think technology has changed certain aspects of business completely? Which changes have you personally felt?

featured3 - Looking Back: Three Outdated Marketing Techniques

Looking Back: Three Outdated Marketing Techniques

In the land of businesses, one particular facet which will always be facing changes would be marketing. Every year or so, there will be new techniques that will pop up and change the game altogether. If you have a brand or a business that you’re part of—or many even own—you will certainly need to make sure that your marketing techniques are not outdated.

To help you with that, here are three outdated marketing techniques:


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Brochures used to be one of the best ways to get out a compartmentalized delivery of information about your brand or business. You print a lot of them and either keep them around your office for any walk-ins or give them away at conferences or even on the street.

Brochures stopped being useful when the advent of the internet came about. Now, people tend to just look up the information and full on websites give them the answers that they seek. Not to mention the fact that it is certainly more expensive now to print out dozens and even hundreds of brochures which no one will need.


12 - Looking Back: Three Outdated Marketing Techniques

If your brand or company is still using telemarketing, you may want to put a stop to that right now. Recent surveys have said that around 89% of all consumers believe that brands which use telemarketing are either scams or are highly annoying.

Telemarketing is no longer as useful as most people no longer have landlines—the primary target of telemarketers—and most people tend to avoid any businesses which utilize telemarketers for their marketing campaigns.

Direct Mailing

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Gone are the days where people get a ton of junk mail. More and more people are rather discerning about the mail that they receive since it entails their mailing address. Most direct mailing campaigns tend to address the consumer in a general sense.

Most consumers prefer a more personalized approach when it comes to marketing tactics. This is where digital mail which has information from a newsletter list comes in handy. While people know that they are usually given the same information as everyone else, depending on the settings, personal perks may be involved like for someone’s birthday.

Moving Forward

It is okay to realize that you’re using outdated marketing techniques—after all, people make mistakes. What is important is that you do endeavor to change what is no longer useful. For example, a gambler who keeps losing money because they keep using outdated techniques will only have themselves to blame.

What will set your brand on a course for success or ruin is what you choose to do from now on. Will you be keeping the outdated techniques or adapting the new ones?

featured1 - Dissecting Failure: Why Do Most Businesses Fail?

Dissecting Failure: Why Do Most Businesses Fail?

The world of business is one that is often unforgiving of excessive mistakes made by employees, management, and even the business owners themselves. Let’s all take a look at why most business tend to fail. In our field of work and hobbies, we’ve come across a wide variety of reasons why businesses have failed,

Here are some of the more common ones:

Poor Planning

It’s easy to come up with little daydreams about how a business is going to work, just who would be supporting it, and how you should realistically make in order to break even and make a profit. Daydreams are quite different from actual planning.

Planning requires feasibility studies and dry-runs in order to fully plan out what is needed in order to succeed. Being prepared is one of the hallmarks of a good business owner.

Poor Execution

Plans, while good, will amount to nothing if the execution is terrible. A lot of businesses have a lot of ideals and ideas but end up getting blindsided when it comes to the application or execution of their business model.

The execution involves the actual interaction with the consumers, the way you present yourself to the general market, and your overall business model. Poor execution and an inability to adjust to such an execution will always mean that the business is doomed to fail.

Moving Forward

Finding a good groove for your business is good but that does not mean that you should just stick to that groove. After all, business is a fluid concept which will always have new developments that can change the game in the blink of an eye. If you are a business owner, it would be prudent to store up in knowledge regarding your field of commerce. Just as a gambler will not go into a new game while only carrying old rules, any business owner should also keep their knowledge fresh and updated.

Have you seen a brand or business fail? Why do you think they failed?

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