The Business of Blogging

bloggingNearly every business, large or small, has a blog attached to its website. If you’re not blogging for your business (or perhaps you started with a blog post or two and then became too busy and/or lost interest!) – why not?

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Team Orders

team handsWith Team GB gathering in the gold at the Rio Olympics, perhaps its time to look at how to inject some team spirit into your business.

Team work is crucial to the success of most businesses. From the CEO down to the humblest in the ranks, everyone needs to pull together with a common goal:  the good of the company.

Throw any group of people together though, and there is bound to be a clash of personalities, conflicting ideas, petty jealousies and other issues that stand as barriers to co-operation and/or communication.

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Managing Meetings

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One thing we tend to lose sight of is that meetings are expensive! They involve the valuable time of participants, perhaps a meeting room hire fee, the cost of audio-visual equipment, travel expenses, refreshments, etc. etc.

Since time is money in business, it’s vital to make sure meetings are effective, concise, well-managed and come to a useful conclusion.

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Finding the Perfect Person

InterviewPossibly the most difficult thing for any employer to undertake – particularly the owner of a start-up or small business – is hiring staff.

Finding the right candidate to fit a role and the business itself is crucial to the success of the business going forward, but the process of identifying that person can be a daunting prospect.

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The Big Buy-Out

BUSINESS FOR SALEIf you want to run your own business and be your own boss you have two options – start your own or buy an existing concern.

 There are pros and cons to both approaches, but most experienced entrepreneurs will tell you that buying an established business will pay the greatest dividends – as long as you buy the right one. 

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Dressing Up

business-suit-690048_960_720Perhaps I shouldn’t give my age away quite so blatantly, but I remember a time when the greengrocer wore a collar and tie under his apron, and my Dad would never dream of going off to his office job without wearing a smart suit, crisp white shirt, tie and polished shoes.

Things are a bit different today. A survey of 1,000 professionals I found online  revealed that 34 percent said they never wear a suit unless they are seeing clients or have an important conference.

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Do Holidays Pack a Punch?

9-08-6The main topic of conversation in social and work settings at this time of year centers around holidays.

It seems everyone is preoccupied with where they are going, when, how much of a bargain they have bagged, their bikini-ready diets and a myriad other pre-departure preparations!

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Appraisals are a Business Bonus

control-427510_1280Formal periodic staff appraisals are obviously useful in a large organisation, but the managers of most small businesses employing only a few people usually don’t deem them necessary.

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Batten down the Hatches

privacy-policy-935619_960_720Cyber-crime – not something Joe the Plumber or that single mum with the thriving catering business needs to worry about, surely?

In fact those small independent businesses should be giving close attention to their online security – not just on the PC, but also any tablet or mobile device which holds data – either personal or relating to the company.

CLICK THE LINK TO COMPLETE THE CYBER SAFETY QUESTIONNAIRE FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

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Looking for the Lightbulb Moment

lightbulb momentMost start-up companies get going because someone has a great idea that they believe will translate into profitable success in the market.

There are, however, plenty of people out there with the confidence, drive and determination to start a business, but they are missing the key ingredient – a business idea.

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