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Present the Perfect Pitch

One of the most difficult and stressful tasks for many of those in business is having to pitch or present their product or service to an audience. There’s no escaping this duty. There comes a point in the life of … Continue reading

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The Business of Begging

One of the greatest bugbears that besets small businesses and freelancers in the UK is late payment (or non-payment) of invoices – a situation that goes beyond inconvenience and turns entrepreneurs into beggars. How sad to see a business die … Continue reading

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Stepping Out into the World

Many small business owners never consider the export market. It’s often viewed as something only large enterprises can afford – and have the capacity – to get involved in. Going international, though, could bring benefits way beyond just an increase … Continue reading

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Finding the Perfect Person

Possibly 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 … Continue reading

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The Big Buy-Out

If 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 … Continue reading

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Batten down the Hatches

Cyber-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 … Continue reading

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Looking for the Lightbulb Moment

Most 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, … Continue reading

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More Input for More Output!

Spring has sprung, it’s the start of a new Financial Year! Let’s all forge ahead in business with a positive attitude, starting with addressing productivity issues … UK business has suffered from “stagnant” productivity levels for some years (since the … Continue reading

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Give yourself a Shout Out!

You’re not going to succeed as a sole trader or small business owner if you’re a shrinking violet! To pull in the customers you’ve got to be noticed – come out of your shell and get people talking about you. … Continue reading

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Working from home: Heaven or Hell?

There are now 4.2 million at home workers in the UK, and 1,8 million more would like to follow suit, according to latest available figures. It’s tempting to quit your current office job to find work you can do at … Continue reading

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