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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What Exactly Is Lean Startup?

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Have you heard the phrase Lean Startup? It's a methodology that obviously can be used for startups but also for growing companies and even corporations too. This article gives a quick overview to Lean Startup.

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How to Deal with a Negative Employee in the Workplace

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Negative employees or general negativity in the workplace can have a substantially adverse effect on the business, especially when the negativity spreads throughout the workforce. Here's how to deal with a negative employee in the workplace:

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Invoice Discounting Vs Factoring For Small Business

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Does your business need to get its hands on more working capital? Have you looked at invoice discounting or factoring? In this post we look at invoice discounting vs factoring for small businesses:

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Four Golden Rules Of Online Marketing

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Online marketing is a constantly moving field. Just maintaining your site nowadays simply isn't enough. SEO or PPC have been proven to be a successful way to increase traffic and website usability as well as savvy funnelling helps to convert the people who visit your website into potential clients. Here are four things which will help you boost your business as you use online marketing to reach potential customers. Read on to find out four golden rules of online marketing.

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6 Key Business Basics For SMEs

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In this post we look at going back to business basics, there are some key things that you should be focussed on from customers to goal setting to competitive analysis. Read on to find out 6 key business basics for SMEs:

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Call for Applicants for New Cycle of Going for Growth Now Open

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(Pictured L to R Olivia Lynch, KPMG, Mary O'Brien, VideoDoc, Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland)

The call has just opened for a new cycle of Going for Growth. This will be the 12th cycle of the programme funded by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG. We asked Paula Fitzsimons, National Director of Going for Growth to tell us more:

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Ways to Minimise Employee Stress and Maximise Performance

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Your employees are your greatest asset. Staff can positively reflect the company and contribute to your company‘s competitive advantage. However, this only applies if your employees perform at their best. Here are ways to minimise employee stress and maximise performance:

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Save Money

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When you’re a small business owner, it can be hard. You know that it’s a competitive landscape out there, many small businesses end up failing. 9 out of 10 startups fail, and that almost half of all small businesses don’t make it to their 6th year. Keeping an eye on the money is one way to avoid this, here are 5 ways small business owners can save money:

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5 Steps to Handle an Angry Customer

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At some point as a customer service representative, you will encounter a customer who is, for one reason or another, on a warpath. Maybe their order was late or someone was rude to them last week. No matter the reason, they are angry, and they are now your problem. Here are 5 steps to handle an angry customer:

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5 Ways To Put Your Business Back On Track

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Running a small business is no walk in the park. It is quite similar to lows and highs of cross-country. Success is never a straight line, but an array of slowdowns, wrong turns, and extremely dangerous curves. When running a business, the whole journey will be filled with signs of landmarks; ignore the signs and you will fail miserably. If your business has been declining rather than growing then here are 5 ways to put your business on track.

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Things To Keep in Mind When Hunting For Your First Office

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Many start-ups have begun their stories in the garages/basements/kitchens of their founders. It makes sense to work from home in the early stages, when you are still learning to stand on your own two feet. But if you have moved to a stage where your business is looking good for now and you’ve got a good team onboard, you may well be considering moving to a proper commercial property to give your business the professional look it needs. Here are some things to keep in mind when hunting for your first office:

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How to Work Out Sales Projections

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In the context of business planning, it would be fair to say that producing financial projections is the most teeth-clenching, hair–tearing, sweat-inducing, sanity-defying task of them all. This is particularly true with regard to sales or revenue calculations. The business is judged by its sales, and your sales projections set the standard for profits and growth. Here's how to work out sales projections for your business:

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How to Make a Sale – Planning First, Ask Questions Later

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I hate losing a sale to a competitor. I hate it even more when it’s my own fault! If I’m honest, it’s usually clear that I’ve messed up on one of the basic steps of the sale. (I’ve simply given away my competitive advantage.) In my last blog, How to Make a Sale – Steps of the Sale, I explained the importance of matching How customers make decisions, to How to make a sale. Now let's look at the impact of planning. So here's how to make a sale - planning first, ask questions later:

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Why You Should Reassess for Success

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It is vital that you continually reassess your situation. No matter where you are on the scale of success, it is a worthwhile exercise to take time out and re-evaluate. Here's why you should reassess for success: 

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4 Tips For Encouraging Employees To Be Creative and Stay Healthy

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Every business owner wants to increase or maintain productivity. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, from offering employees incentives to purchasing faster computers, but there are two factors that always contribute to employee productivity: health and creativity. In this post we look at 4 tips for encouraging employees to be creative and also stay healthy.

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Do You Know What Type of Insurance Your Small Business Needs?

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Do you know what type of insurance your small business needs? You should already have several insurance policies for your business. But if you are not sure what type to put in place, here's a guide to insurance for small business owners:

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Tips for Entering Business Competitions

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Business competitions can be a good way of getting some PR for your business, particularly if you make later stages or are judged to be a winner. Stepping back for a moment from your business is always good too, it lets you see how far you have come. Here are some tips for entering business competitions:

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