5 Tips For Using Cloud Communications To Supercharge Small Business Growth

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As a small business, when you think of the cloud, the first thing that you think of is its potential for cost savings. And you’re right, but that’s just one part of it. The cloud is making it possible for small businesses to enjoy benefits never before possible for companies their size. The advantages of cloud-based communication platforms such as Hosted VoIP and Unified Communications’ (UC) do more than just make your business efficient. The key is knowing how to maximise these platforms. Here are some tips on how you can use cloud communications to supercharge your growth. 

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6 Tips for Improving Logistics Operations for Small Businesses

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Getting your logistics operations just right is always hard, especially within small businesses. Often, people assume that managing logistics for a small business is a small and easy task, given that it lacks complexity in its logistics operations. However, small businesses lack enough and appropriate resources to handle scheduling, paperwork, communication, and tracking efficiently. Logistics and chain supply is an integral part of any business, large or small. Therefore, developing an efficient and cost-effective plan is inevitable. Here are some essential tips for how small businesses can optimise their logistics operations.

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4 Simple Tips For Managing Small Business Finances

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As a small business owner, by its very nature, you are likely running your company with limited resources. You have limits on your available cash, your equipment and limits on your staff’s time. If you don’t operate productively and manage your finances, your business may fail. Use these tips to reduce costs and to manage finances.

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5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need To Invest More Into Sales Training

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Many small businesses assume that because of their size, there is no point spending extra money training their sales staff. This is a serious risk on their part, as sales training is required to help improve sale strategy, business development and most importantly – sales! Here are 5 reasons why small businesses need to invest more into sales training:

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Making You Think About The Business….

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Some key thoughts about reflecting on this year and making you think about the business as we near another business year end and the start of a fresh year.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Create More Video Content For Your Business

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Numbers don’t lie. In the past few years, the trend shows that video is taking over the world of content and social media marketing sooner rather than later. The massive popularity of YouTube and the emergence of Instagram TV have made it clear as daylight that the demand for videos is increasing rapidly. If you’re still hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, these video marketing facts might be able to change your mind. Here are 5 reasons why you need to create more video content for your business:

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6 Tips to Keep Your Motivation High in Business

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If you are running your own business and are a devoted entrepreneur, then you might feel overwhelmed sometimes. Being at the top of the game is not easy, but remember, it was not easy getting there either. Here are 6 tips to keep your motivation high in business:

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4 Simple Tips To Cut Office Costs For Your Business

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Businesses often spend a significant amount of their operating costs on office supplies, paper, utilities, printing etc to create an amiable working environment. By cutting these costs, you can help your business save money without sacrificing employee comfort. All you need to do is make some small changes to scale back on your daily office expenses. Here are 4 simple tips to cut office costs for your business:

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How to Make a Sale – How Customers Decide to Buy

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I regularly tell people they’re in sales, even when they think otherwise. You don’t have to be in the business of hawking your wares for cash to be selling. Every time you persuade someone to your point of view – you’re selling. Lobbyists and politicians do it. Job applicants and recruiters do it. Managers and union officials, project teams and committee members – they all do it. And yes, sales people do it too. Here's the final blog in our series "How to Make a Sale". In this one we look at how customers decide to buy:

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Latest Economic Commentary from Simon Barry and his team at Ulster Bank

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Latest Weekly Economic Commentary from Ulster Bank Chief Economist Simon Barry and his team at Ulster Bank.

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How To Brainstorm Unique Ideas for Your Business

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Thinking creatively to come up with unique ideas that help bring you competitiveness in the marketplace sounds ideal but even with your ideas hat on, an entrepreneur can run out of steam quickly. Here's how entrepreneurs can brainstorm unique ideas for their ventures:

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A Quick Guide To Shadow IT For Your Business

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If your organisation is using productivity tools, then you need to make sure robust enterprise security is in place too. As cloud-based communication and productivity applications proliferate, start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses, in particular, are co-opting SaaS tools as efficiency enhancers. Known as “shadow IT” these ungoverned and unapproved solutions can be leveraged to provide a competitive edge if fortified with the right security protocols. Here is a quick guide to Shadow IT for your business:

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5 Effective Routes to Employee Motivation

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As a business owner, staying on task and ahead of schedule will directly determine whether your company will sink or swim. One of the biggest problems within companies today is small inconsistencies that turn into large problems in the future. Once they get to that point they are even harder to fix because no one really remembers where the problem started in the first place. Here are 5 effective routes to employee motivation which will help you keep your employees motivated and honest with their work on a daily basis.

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4 Tips For Being Effective With Your Marketing Spend

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As a business owner, it is crucial to come up with a cost-effective marketing budget that is going to produce a high return. Whether you run a small, local business or a large company, how you spend each dollar can affect the success of your company. Here are 4 tips for being effective with your marketing spend:

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4 Common Social Media Mistakes That Small Businesses Make

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Social media is a crucial part of business marketing nowadays. Whether you are marketing B2C or B2B the chances are you are using one or more social media channels. Here are 4 common social media mistakes that small businesses make:

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A Tax Break for Christmas: Take Advantage of The Small Gift Exemption

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Don’t forget about a small tax-planning opportunity where an employer can make a non-cash gift to an employee without the gift being taxed in the hands of the employee. Take advantage of this tax break for Christmas with no tax on gift vouchers to employees under the small gift exemption scheme:

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Five Reasons To Consider Virtual Telephony For Your Business

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Virtual telephony being secure and cost-effective, can give a serious boost to your business. While providing the traditional telephone service that includes all the primary functions of the phone like making incoming calls, enabling call waiting, voice mail, call forwarding or call transfer, it also unlocks access to tons of advanced features. Here are 5 reasons to consider virtual telephony for your business:

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5 Surprising Ways to Motivate Millennials at Work

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Lazy? Not engaged? Don't care attitude? Jump from job to job? Millennials have been described in those terms and far worse. It's true that millennials view work differently. They've grown up with technology. Here are 5 surprising ways to motivate millennials at work. 

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Why Outsourcing Can Save Your Business Money

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The bottom line is always a big concern for small businesses.  The continual quest to cut costs and save money becomes a daunting task, especially when a company is already operating on bare bones.  As pocketbooks tighten, more and more businesses are turning to outsourcing to help reduce costs.  Let’s look at how outsourcing some of your business functions can help boost your bottom line. Here's why outsourcing can save you money:

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How to Make a Sale - Handling Sales Objections

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How do you feel when potential customers disagree with you, say you’re wrong, or they’re not going to buy from you? Maybe you’re dejected, rejected, frustrated or resigned. You might assume the prospect just isn’t going to buy, or is too stupid to see the fantastic offer you’ve made him. Here's the next in our series on how to make a sales - handling sales objections.

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