8 Tips For Buying Cheap Soccer Cleats

Soccer boots are becoming a basic necessity for this popular game. The latest technology has made it possible for manufacturers to introduce various styles and designs. But the question is can you buy cheap soccer cleats? Well, yes, but you have to keep a few important things in mind. Given below are some of the important tips that you may want to consider when making the selection.

Comfort

Your shoes have to be comfortable. Period. If you don’t feel comfortable in your shoes, you won’t be able to enjoy your game.

Budget

If you have set a budget, don’t cross it. Cheap soccer cleats are out there, so you don’t have to spend all your wealth on them. If you want to spend $60, say, don’t spend $100. Going over your budget will only create problems for you.

Looks matter

You have to be honest with yourself. No matter what type of player you are or what budget you have decided on, you may want to go for a good looking pair.

Size matters too

You won’t be able to run or kick if you are wearing a too big pair of shoes. The same goes if you are wearing tight shoes. While a smaller size can save you some money, it won’t help you play well on the pitch.

Shop around

You are not bound to buy from the first shop you find amazing. By shopping around, you can see a lot of variety. Aside from this, visiting different shops will give you a very good idea of the how much you should pay for a pair of shoes that you need. Plus, you can get discounts if you find a shop that offers discounts on the pair you like.

Try before you make payment

Before you make payment at the counter, don’t forget to put on the shoes and walk around for a while. This will give a great satisfaction that the boots you have bought are the right fit for you.

Don’t follow the trends blindly

Don’t buy a pair just because your favorite soccer player wore them. That could be a good pair for you, but you don’t know it yet. You still need to try it before buying.

Before you buy online

It’s best if you don’t buy your soccer shoes online. While you can get some cheap soccer cleats online, you have a greater chance of getting a pair that will be the wrong size for you. It’s can be too big or too small. You can’t make a choice based on the pictures of the boots you have seen on their website. But if you already have the same pair that you saw on an online store and you want another pair, you can go ahead and place an order online.

So, the next time you think about buying a cheap pair of soccer shoes, don’t forget to consider these easy tips. You don’t want to end up with a pair of shoes that won’t you or that will make you feel uncomfortable on the pitch.

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Creating a Custom Product Box for Your Brand

So, you’re in the final stages of your new product design. You’ve come up with a name for your product, and have started manufacturing. You are adding the finishing touches and working out tweaks. You’re just about ready to bring your new item to market; while in the middle of your excitement and anticipation, you are interrupted by a thought. You don’t have anything to put your product in!

So you ponder about ideas for storage for your new masterpiece. There are a couple of different avenues you could take depending on the size, shape, and amount of item that you have. Other key parts that will play a key part in what type of package you’ll need will be the location you’re selling your item at (for example large department stores vs. locally owned) as well as whether you’re selling in a store or online.

Let’s say for example you’re selling handmade owl earrings. We can refer to the aforementioned criterion to define our box. These earrings are likely to be small enough to fit inside a small cardboard 2 ½” x 1 ½” jewelry box. While they have a unique shape, we won’t have to worry too much about it because they are small items. Because they’re handcrafted we can go ahead and assume that there will not be a large amount manufactured. The small supply would indicate that these will likely be sold at local jewelry stores. These stores will likely have your jewelry in some larger glass display case with the earrings face up for consumer viewing. So from this equation, we know we will need a small cardboard box, with a small cotton insert for padding. Items similar to this one are unlikely to have a full-scale brand and logo design for fitting so that a plain white box will do the job just fine.

However, let’s say that you work for the company Nike and you have just manufactured the newest model of SB sneakers. These sneakers are going to be mass manufactured, and sold across the United States. Packaging for these shoes will be much more detailed than the owl earrings. They are likely to be sold in chain department stores rather than small local businesses. This means that they will be put alongside other competing brands inside the same store-your shoes will have to stick out. Bright, vibrant colors will do good for this. Including on your box as well should be your logo-the Nike swoosh-and possibly a label as well depending on how the company would like to market them. Finally, bold lettering is going to make your product easily visible to any passerby.

Custom Box Printing

There are many different tools at your disposal for putting your ideas into print. Some sources for designing your own custom boxes include but are not limited to:

• Soopak

• Packlane

• The Custom Boxes

• TheBoxCoOp

• Pakible

Each have their own pros and cons, check them out yourself to find out more!

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What It Takes to Create an Award-Winning Business

14 Strategies We Attribute to Our Recent Business Excellence Award

Out of the blue, I received an email from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce one day notifying me that we were nominated for a 2016 Business Excellence award.

Say what?

Once I got past my shock and disbelief that they must have the wrong Susan… it began to sink in that someone out there thought we were worthy enough of this nomination. Wow, what an honour!

Part of the nomination process consisted of a 30-minute interview in front of a 3-judge panel. Imagine being forced to actually brag about yourself for a half an hour! Talk about squirming in my seat!

Fast forward to last week where the awards ceremony took place. Much to my relief, our category was up first so I could relax the rest of the evening.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that anxious – I knew the odds of winning was only 1 in 7 so I waited patiently for the winner’s name to be announced, not at all expecting it to be us.

But it was! We were declared the winner!

Say WHAT???

Shock and disbelief once again came over me as I took a moment to grasp what just happened. Walking to the stage was quite the blur but I managed to do it without tripping up the stairs to get our award.

In the aftermath of winning this wonderful recognition, I reflected some more about that judge’s interview and how they deemed us the winner from the other worthy nominees in our category.

With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the attributes I feel helped us win this prestigious award. Without further ado, here’s what it took for me to create an award-winning business:

1) Be Passionate About What You Do

We are not the first business I’ve created; there’s been plenty others ranging from creating craft pieces to faux finish painting. But no matter what I did, I was very passionate about it.

Don’t waste your time trying to run a business just to make money. You’re going to tire of it very quickly and it will be harder to make sales.

But when you’re passionate about what you do, others will immediately see that and will be drawn to you like a magnet.

2) Love Working With the People You Serve and Offer Exceptional Customer Service

One of the truest joys I receive is the knowing how much we are able to help a new business owner get their online presence up and running. Being a part of their joy at seeing their dream materialize into something tangible gives me just as much joy.

If you avoid answering the phone or responding to emails because you dread having to talk to a client, then you need to adjust your marketing so you attract the right people to work with.

If you don’t love who you’re working with, then it’s hard to establish a successful business that needs to cater to your clients by making customer service a #1 priority. And that means answering the phone, responding to emails in a prompt manner, and treating every person as if they were your only client. And when you’re attracting your perfect ideal client, then this should be easy to do.

Make your business about them, not you. Just remember, if you had no clients, then you’d have no business.

3) Know Your Stuff

Before even thinking about starting a web development/digital marketing business, I ensured I got the education I needed first. I attended the Vancouver Film School in their Multi-Media program and then later earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Computer Information Systems (with an A+ GPA).

Not to mention the countless online courses I’ve taken over the years to ensure my skills are kept up-to-date with this ever changing industry.

Sadly, I see a lot of entrepreneurs wanting to start a business with not a lot of skills or experience under their belt and then they wonder why they’re struggling.

Reading a book or taking one on-line course is probably not enough to reach award-winning status. But if you’re passionate about building a successful business, you’ll find a way to ensure you become as qualified as needed.

4) Be Committed

Is working 15 hour days, 6-7 days a week committed enough? Yep, that’s what Daniel and I do every week. We have to in order to fulfil points 2 and 3 above.

It takes a lot of time and effort to ensure your clients are taken care of properly. You also need a “do whatever it takes” level of commitment.

You might not need to work such long hours as us and trust me, we’re continually working towards lessening that kind of volume but until then, we are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our business is successful. Are you?

5) Be Consistent

Consistency shows up in many forms when running a successful business. For me, it’s being consistent with my message, my brand, my Social Media presence, my newsletters, my team management, and the level of quality we bring to our clients.

Do I miss sometimes? Absolutely. But being consistent in these areas are very important to me, and I do what needs to be done in order to show up the best I can for my team and our clients.

Without consistency, it’s hard to create brand ambassadors (such as the ones who nominate you for an award), loyal team members, and a steady flow of clients.

Whatever you have decided to commit to, be consistent at it and you’ll be amazed at how things start to flow your way.

6) Surround Yourself With a Dedicated and Knowledgeable Team

I started off as a one-woman show. Because of my educational background, I was able to do the design, build and marketing of a website quite easily. I’m what you would call a “generalist”, someone who knows a lot of about a lot of things and is a specialist in a few areas.

But my one-woman show was not going to create a successful business. Especially in this technologically-driven industry. It quickly became apparent my skillset was only going to get me so far.

So my first hire was someone who could offset my biggest weakness. Warren was a student at UFV and applied for my part time programmer position. He was a perfect complement to our company and the moment he came on board, I was relieved of having to do all the site builds myself. I could then take that time and focus on building the business instead.

It’s tough to try and do everything yourself when it comes to running a business. Sure, there are expenses involved in hiring but if you hire smart, keep an eye on your bottom line, and know when to let go of those that aren’t serving you best, your business will escalate far quicker than if you try to struggle with everything yourself.

This topic is worthy of a whole article itself so I encourage you to read How to Take a Solo-Entrepreneurship to the Next Level for more.

7) Have Honesty, Authenticity and Gratitude be a Part of Your Daily Life

It’s sad I even need to list this as an attribute but I’ve been in business long enough to know not everyone adheres to these principles.

To me, this is a no-brainer – I’m not certain I could live any other way?

But judging from the stories I hear from new clients about how they were treated by their previous web developer, it sounds like many people need to be reminded of this.

No business will thrive without honesty and integrity. And a little secret: gratitude will not only make your business thrive, but your whole life too. Give it a try and see what I mean.

8) Persevere

Every business, including ours, has its ups and downs. The key to success is to not let those “downs” overcome your enthusiasm. Pick yourself back up, learn from whatever lesson there was to be learned, and keep moving forward.

If we had quit when we only had $20 credit left on our credit cards at Christmas time just a handful of years ago, we wouldn’t be award winners now!

9) Invest in Your Business

Building the company has been one investment after another. It never ends really.

There’s always something that needs to be worked on. Here’s a short list of my recommendations on where you need to invest in your business:

a.Branding & Website

b.Marketing

c.Education

d.Building a Team

10) Understand You’re Running a Business, Not a Hobby.

I think this is an important distinction to make and one many entrepreneurs aren’t differentiating.

I’ve always looked at our company as a business and that’s mostly due to my business mind and having a business degree.

But for those that simply are passionate about something and have a dream to make money off of it, it’s hard to know exactly HOW to turn that dream into a business.

They end up blindly doing what they think they should be doing, all by themselves, in order to save money (or not spend money they don’t have) and hope for the best.

If this sounds familiar, I’m adding another business investment to consider as your top priority: A business coach or mentor. ASAP. Otherwise, you’ll probably end up just running a hobby.

11) Set up a Systemized Business Structure

I’ve worked with a lot of clients over the years. Some amaze me at how organized and systemized they are. And others, well, not so much.

Having a systemized business structure in place is the only reason I haven’t gone insane with my daily workload.

Here’s the tools we use to be more organized, efficient and less stressed.

12) Get Comfortable With Sales

Sales. It’s a dirty word for many entrepreneurs and business owners alike. Me too. I hate to think of myself as a “sales person” but at the end of the day, if we’re not selling our wares, we don’t have a business.

Now that’s not to say you need to become a pushy, in-your-face predator. Far from it.

Remember attribute #1 about being passionate? That’s what you need. People will trust your passion and will respond to it. But be careful, sometimes passion can be too intense and will turn people away.

Find your sweet spot as to what resonates with your ideal clients and keep working at it. But do embrace the fact you’re selling your wares and learn some strategies that fit with your personality and comfort level that will work.

13) Give Back

Giving back is an imperative attribute to have when building a successful business. We give back in several ways, here’s some ideas to consider that we do:

-Offer discounted prices for non-profits

-Volunteer your services to community groups

-Send cash donations to worthy charities you believe in

-Make purchases that support worthy causes

-Donate door prizes and/or silent auction items for fund raising activities

-And support your own clients whenever you can

14) Be Accessible

When new clients approach me due to being disenchanted with their existing web developer or marketer, the most often complaint I hear is they can never get a hold of the person. Either they take forever to respond to an email or never answer their phone.

I think I’m going to write a book on how NOT to run a successful business based on this alone. It boggles my mind when I consistently hear stories like this. How are these people keeping a business going with such poor service and accessibility?

I have a policy to answer emails within a day of receipt. I often exceed that policy but sometimes the volume is too much and I get delayed in responding. Same thing with the phone. If we’re available to answer, we do so. If we’re not, we’ll call the person back right away.

Being accessible provides peace of mind to our clients; they know we care enough about them to take care of their needs in a timely manner. ’nuff said.

There you have it. My honest take on what created the company to be an award-winning business. Maybe I need to write a book about this because, honestly, I could have added more but, it’s coming into the 15th hour on this Sunday night of working so I’ll leave it at that.

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