4 Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs a Consultant

Why Small Business Needs a Consultant

A lot of business owners think that business consulting is only for big, well-established companies. But in reality, small businesses need it the most. Not just because it is tough to manage small businesses, a business consultant is capable of providing excellent advice and information on all required aspects so that your business is made to run efficiently with improved performance. Read on to know the five reasons for why you would need a business consultant;

Strategizing & Planning

To strategically plan what needs to get done in your business, you would require a substantial business strategy. Marketing comes next, and you also need a plan for that. Consultants work with validating the previous ideas, search for new ideas and solutions, and then create and execute methodologies that enhance efficiency and organizational effectiveness.

Fresh and Unbiased Perspective

Consultants have many years of experience in analyzing your strengths and weaknesses and coming up with comprehensive solutions. Engaging an outside expert is highly beneficial at times of sensitive or complex issues. A third-party’s perspective on essential matters helps with verifying that no mistakes happen in the business process.

Contribute New Ideas

Consultants have extensive knowledge of the marketplace, and so they are capable of bringing new ideas that you haven’t been considering for your business previously. You take advantage of the new skills for profitable growth. Management too can benefit from the consultant’s expertise by learning from their abilities.

Focused Results

The prominent role of a business consultant is to help you get the results that you’re not likely to get otherwise. Expert consultants are skilled in setting up the right goals and achieving the desirable, successful results within the planned timeframe.

Investing in a consultant not just saves your valuable time and money, but plays a huge role in enhancing the growth of your small business. If you’re looking for small business consulting or marketing in Midlothian, and Chesterfield County, Virginia, contact SLGD at 804-601-0545 or email us at services@slgd.com

Website Hack Recovery

My website has been hacked!

Website hacks can be detrimental to you and your website visitors and customers.

Cybercriminals compromise thousands of websites everyday. Hacked websites can be visible and invisible to users and can be harmful to anyone viewing the page. For example the hacker may have infected the website with harmful code which in turn can record keystrokes on visitors’ computers, stealing login credentials for online banking or financial transactions. On a lighter note hackers can bring your website offline which can cost you money to get back online. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The key is to be proactive in keeping your website software up to date as much as possible and to have a reactive plan in case you need to recover your website after a malicious attack. Internet service providers try to stay ahead of the cybercriminals and hackers by sending out software updates as they see vulnerabilities, therefore you’ll need to keep your website software up to date on a regular basis. For example, any WordPress website could have approximately 5-15 different software applications to help with functionality, SEO, security, backup, code helpers, etc. If not kept up to date these software could be the next opportunity for a hacker to compromise your website.

When your website is hacked here’s a few things that can happen:
1) Your website can be unrecoverable after an attack – start over
2) Your website can redirect your customers to a malware site and infect customers computers
3) Google will blacklist your website until it’s malware free
So as you see, it’s important to keep your website software up to date.

Here’s 3 things you can do:
1) Be Proactive by having a service plan to scan the site for malware and then fix it.
2) Be Reactive by having a plan that will update your software and backup your website on a regular basis (weekly/monthly).
3) Be Irresponsible and don’t do anything and leave your site and visitors up to chance.
We like to be proactive and reactive.

We have experience with these proactive and reactive plans depending on which website hosting provider you use and the type of website you have.
-If your website is hosted by GoDaddy then you can purchase GoDaddy’s SiteLock (proactive) plan.
-If your website is hosted by most any hosting company it can be scanned by Sucuri.net which is a proactive service provider.
-If you have a WordPress website with SLGD then we’ll sign you up for the SLGD WordPress Support (reactive) Plan. Monthly or weekly WordPress software and plugin updates and website file backups for recovery.

It’s in your best interest to protect your investment, you, your website, your customers.

Want to protect your investment? Give us a call so we can see which plan is for you.
Samuel Little 804-601-0545

Resources:
Sucuri website security blog news
GoDaddy’s Top 10 Online Threats
Google: Webmaster Help for Hacked Websites

*Fees, costs, prices are subject to change without notice. After all the internet is changing everyday. You never know what’s going to happen next.

What you get with us.

What are you paying for when you hire Samuel Little Graphic Design and Marketing, a website design company.
– You get professionalism. To know that you are treated fairly with utmost respect and professionalism. If we don’t deliver to your expectations, we make it right.
– You get over 32 years of priceless marketing expertise. We extrude marketing ideas and implementation everywhere we turn.
– You get connected to our local market. We can tap you into our local business community through our professional networks immediately.

Samuel Little Graphic Design and Marketing have been designing websites for over 15 years. We didn’t just start designing websites last year. It’s not a hobby. We didn’t buy a website design company. We ARE the website design company. We started long ago designing websites and we still have retained those same website clients that we started out with 15 years ago. We are not just another website design company.

What makes Samuel Little Graphic Design and Marketing different from our competitors:

  • Over 15 years of website design experience
  • Hire local website development talent
  • Partnership with ECPI University
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Get the best pricing on technology
  • Small business marketing focused
  • Connected to local small business networks
  • Award winning
  • Exemplify Integrity, Competence and Caring

Affiliated with:
– Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce
– Bizworks Enterprise Center
– ECPI University
– Western Chesterfield Business Alliance
– Successful Thinkers Entrepreneurial Program
– Boy Scouts of America

Case Study: Dr. Norma Caruso, Psy.D.

Norma Caruso Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in the private practice of psychotherapy for individuals and couples in Richmond, Virginia. She is a certified sex therapist with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, an Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, and a faculty member at the International Psychotherapy Institute, a postgraduate training program in the Washington D.C. area.

Dr. Caruso has published and lectured nationally and internationally on couple relationships and the evaluation and treatment of sexual difficulties.
Case Study:
Dr. Caruso knew that she needed to get on the Internet for several reasons:

  • She noticed a drop off in business
  • Her competitors are online
  • Needed an online presence to show her services
  • To blog and make recommendations
  • To get more business

We developed a clean and easy to navigate WordPress website with all of Dr. Caruso’s credentials, specifics about the services she provides and common questions to ease the mind of those seeking her services. A special feature of the website is that Dr. Caruso recommends a book that is sold on Amazon through their affiliate program. Visitors to the website can review and purchase the book, all online, from her website and she receives a small commission from Amazon for each purchase. Her intentions are not to make money from the affiliate program but why not take a little more effort and take advantage of a service that is already provided by Amazon.
To Our Surprise: We search for domains for Dr. Caruso and purchased RichmondSexTherapist.com. That’s amazing! Properly chosen domain names are hard to come by. Especially, anything with Richmond to be the first word of the domain. That’s very powerful with search engine optimization practices. Domains are not chosen randomly and should be taken seriously as part of your online marketing strategy. We were glad we could obtain this domain. The site, as all of our sites have, Google Analytics for tracking who, where and when visitors come on and off the site for statistic information.
The website launched in late February of 2013.

Dr. Caruso is an ideal client. She provided us with all of the information we requested AND on time.

 

That’s True

Samuel Little, President of Samuel Little Graphic Design states:
“There is no one else in this market that provides the level of services and expertise that Samuel Little Graphic Design provides for the prices that we quote. There are those that charge double for the same services and those that have no idea what they are doing. Our services are backed by marketing first, then technology…not just by technology.”