Posted on 10 October 2012
A great concern for entrepreneurs is developing a business plan that will result in success; control of assets, a healthy profit margin, and a smart balance of expenses are all essential to the planning of any business. Ambitious entrepreneurs with a green consciousness are further strained by the necessity of maintaining an environmentally friendly business, something that has not been a consideration for many companies until somewhat recently. The planning stage is immeasurably important for these entrepreneurs and there is of course a right way and a wrong way to develop a green business plan that will work.
Drafting a business plan requires an inhuman capacity for attention to detail. Everything must be accounted for, from the obvious necessities such as office and retail space to the seemingly inconsequential things like paper costs. Start planning your business by writing out everything in as much detail as possible. The transition of ideas from nebulous mental waves to realistic plans outlined on paper will expose any possible flaws in your business plan, and once you’ve given structure to your ideas you can more easily start to think about sustainability and green consciousness in your business plan.
Take a look at your rough business plans and think about how your proposed practices will comply with environmental regulations. This will help to keep your business environmentally friendly from the start, as well as ensuring that you don’t find yourself subject to fines from government agencies for environmentally toxic or unsafe practices. If you are going to be running a car wash, for example, think about the kinds of cleaning products you will use. Opting for the use of non-toxic products in your business will protect both you and your local eco-systems from the danger of toxic chemical leaks into soil and ground water. What products will your business need to operate, and how can they be sourced and utilized in an environmentally friendly manner?
Think about how your business can be made energy efficient. You could adopt energy saving practices in the work place to reduce your carbon footprint and cut down on emissions. Plan on investing in low-energy appliances and office equipment. If cars and other vehicles will be necessary for business, consider the option of hybrid or electric vehicles for transportation. Reuse and recycle whenever possible. The possibility of running your business headquarters on solar energy may even be viable. All of these things should be given due consideration in your business plan. The reduced cost of energy for daily operations can actually work to increase profit margins significantly.
The planning stage of your business is extremely important. During this phase you will get a realistic idea of how your business will be run. Look into business reviews to find companies that exercise green practices and see how you can emulate these in your own business plan. Remember to account for all possibilities and expose any potential flaws in your business plan as early as possible to ensure that your green enterprise will be a success.
Posted on 21 August 2012
Thankfully, we live in an era where environmental awareness is becoming more and more popular of an idea. Whether it’s by way of irritating trend-following or programs and legislation that enacts legitimate change, it’s a good thing that people are realizing how important the environment is. Especially given our track record over the last few hundred years or so. Not only is this good news for the earth (and by extension, humanity as a whole), but it’s also great news for you, the green business owner! Read the full story
Posted on 14 August 2012
Let’s just begin by saying that most apps you can use for business are eco-friendly right from the get-go because they don’t require you to use paper, thus denuding more forested land. So any time you open your calendar, day planner, or project manager, remember that you’re not contributing to deforestation and give yourself a little pat on the back. Of course, there’s a lot more you can do to greenify your professional life, and here are a few good apps to help you get the job done. Read the full story
Posted on 05 July 2012
If you’re a business owner who is thinking more and more about taking less business trips, axing book-length business reports and holding less staff meetings at the office by holding Skype meetings instead, you are not alone. Matter of fact, you are right with the times because there are more companies are going green by going viral by the day. And how are they doing that? They are creating virtual data rooms.
So, how can you do that effectively? Here are five steps. Read the full story
Posted on 18 June 2012
Social media is a key component in advertising, marketing and executing sales for any business. But for green entrepreneurs, it’s a seriously important battlefield in the war against big business. You want to carve out your niche in the industry, but in an environmentally responsible way. It’s a commendable approach, and so necessary in today’s business world. But since you may not have the same level of resources as the big boys and you certainly don’t want to do a bunch of traditional print advertising, you will find many of your biggest supporters and most dedicated customers on the social networks. The fantastic thing about all of the networks, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest or any of the dozens of other options people use, is that they don’t discriminate. Any business has the ability to find their target audience, and people who care about the environment are all online. Read the full story
Posted on 03 May 2012
Both the current state of our environment and the economy are grim so there’s no better time than now to earn a green MBA. Obtaining an MBA with a focus on renewable energy and sustainable efforts opens up plenty of opportunities. Whether you’re considering pursuing a green degree or about to graduate from one, you’re probably wondering what kinds of jobs are available. Whether you hope to work in the corporate world, for a non-profit, or in public service there are plenty of options. Read the full story
Posted on 22 March 2012
As more people are becoming environmentally-aware, more are being conscious about what they can do, both at work and in the home, to create more of an eco-friendly atmosphere.
When it comes to the office, you may think that your options are limited, but the truth is there are a ton of small “green” business changes that you can make that, in the long run, will make a huge difference for the environment and the economy.
Here are some options that you can start implementing as soon as today: Read the full story
Posted on 11 March 2012
Taking part in the business world forces you to compete. And competition, theoretically at least, is a healthy practice that keeps you on your toes and, thus, makes you a stronger businessperson. One of the ways that many businesses are competing today involves increasing their sustainability, or offering strategies that helps their business stays greener and more eco friendly. If you want to stay ahead of the game, consider these reasons why going green will only improve your success in years to come. Read the full story
Posted on 29 February 2012
Small businesses have a lot to deal with. There are taxes, keeping up with the competition, making sure their supplies meet their clientele’s demands and, of course, they have to concentrate on doing all that they can to keep their company in the black. They also have to be sure to do what they can to keep their employees satisfied. In many cases, this would include taking the necessary steps to provide adequate healthcare. Read the full story
Posted on 13 February 2012
As a small business owner, you probably already know how essential it is to the success and life of your business that you stay on top of the times, being certain to understand trends and the way that the wind is blowing. By now, you also undoubtedly know that the world is turning its attention to those businesses that can provide environmentally friendly services. Since you want to stay ahead of the game and increase your chances of remaining in it at least through next year, you will want to begin to embrace a green ideology, especially when it comes to branding. Here are a few suggestions how. Read the full story