6 Tips on Small Business Finance

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An organisation’s access to capital can be the difference between success and failure. You have to be clear about what you need the finance for and the type of finance you are looking for. Read on for 6 Tips on Small Business Finance:

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5 Essential Customer Service Skills Your Team Needs

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Customer service is an extremely important aspect of running a business, which is why companies invest huge amounts of time and money in customer service courses and training methods. However, building a strong team can be a real challenge, as there are a number of essential components. Here, we take a look at five essential customer service skills that any good customer service team needs.

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5 Big-Business Growth Strategies Small Business Can Use

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More than 50% of companies fail during their first five years of doing business. That’s why applying proven and efficient strategies that enable business to grow is one of the most important things during early stages of company development. Here are 5 big-business growth strategies that small business can use.

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Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow

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Our latest Business Achiever is Dave Hogan and Smart Flow. We asked Dave to tell us a little bit about his water-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow: Join...
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How to Motivate Under Performers

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Even the greatest company can fail if its employees are under performing. Morale, confidence, skill level and more can all have a drastic effect on an employee's performance. Underperforming does not necessarily mean that the employee is poor at their job. It can have just as much to do with management and the company as a whole as it can with the individual. In order to help motivate under performers excel at their job, here are some tips:

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Alternative Financing Options For SMEs (Other Than Your Bank)

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As well as your bank, if you are raising finance then there are other avenues out there to help find funds and supports to finance your business. Here are a few alternative financing options for SMEs (other than your bank):

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Improve Customer Service Almost Immediately With These 6 Tips

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Businesses that offer customers the best service are often growing leaps and bounds compared to their competitors. Whether you sell shoes or offer piano tuning, your customers expect a lot from you. Start exceeding expectations by following these six tips that will help to improve customer service almost immediately.

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4 Legal Basics for Your Startup

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Launching a small business is a life-changing move for every businessperson. It brings a certain degree of excitement, together with passion for professional improvement. However, there is also another side of being a small business owner – the legal aspects of business conduct. Even before you make up your mind to start your own business tale, you need to master some legal basics, to work in accordance with the law from the beginning of your career. Here are 4 legal basics for your start up:

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Tips For Introducing a Dress Code at Your Workplace

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Employees are representatives of the business and as such are an advertisement of the business. This should be borne in mind by employees when considering appropriate work attire. An employer is entitled to stipulate a dress code or uniform be worn during working hours. A smart professional appearance is often a requirement of many working environments especially where employees come into contact with clients and member of the public. Here are some tips for introducing a dress code at your workplace:

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How To Value Your Business

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The market can be a fickle thing, and whether you’re currently running a thriving business that you want to make some money on, or you’ve been having a few issues, it’s not necessarily always the right time to sell. Getting out quickly is one thing, when you finally make the decision to let your business go, but getting out at the right time is a much more sensible way to go, so it’s important that you regularly ask “how much is my business worth?” in order to ensure you’re ready to make a move when the time is right. Read on for some tips on how to value your business...

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6 Simple Ways To Improve Business Communications

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Communication is everything, whether it's in your business or personal life. We like to think we have control of things but the reality is, we depend on a lot of other people, especially in business, to stay on the right track. Communicating clearly and effectively with your coworkers and employees is essential to a successful business, so you should always be looking for ways to improve. Here are 6 simple ways to improve business communications:

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The Greiner Curve and Five Fundamental Challenges to Growing Your Business

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In business, success is often measured by growth. The more rapid this growth, the more of a runaway success your business can be deemed to be. But rapid growth is not easy. Dealing with it and understanding its consequences on how a business operates, how it is structured and ultimately how it sees itself, represents a significant challenge to the most savvy of business leader. One tool you can use is the Greiner Curve, and how it explains five fundamental challenges to growing your business:

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Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network

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Our latest Business Achiever is Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network. We asked Samanth to tell us a little bit about her social-focussed business and about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network.

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Why People Leave Cushy Corporate Jobs for the Unknown of a Startup

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Let’s face it, corporate jobs have a lot to offer. There’s job security, the promise of internal promotion and not to mention the robust benefits. And while many find that holding down a corporate job has its advantages, others opt to leave for the land of startup. Here's why people leave cushy corporate jobs for the unknown of a startup:

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5 Things You Need to Attract Investors to Your Startup

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One of the most exciting, and most frightening times for a team that is launching a startup is when it is time to pitch your products or services to potential investors. In fact, it is a bit like presenting your baby to the outside world and hoping everybody loves it as much as you. When you work to attract investors to your startup, you actually have several things to accomplish. The first, and most obvious is obtaining the funds you need to get your company to the next stage. However, in addition to this, you also want to get the best terms possible, and maintain as much control over your business as you possibly can. Here are 5 things you need to attract investors to your startup:

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Top 10 Reasons Why Every Business Needs Content Marketing

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The business landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years. As more and more companies emerge, getting noticed by customers has become challenging. Additionally, the advent of technology and smartphones has led to a massive influx of information, right at people’s fingertips. With so much of information available for consumption, it is vital for organisations, small or big, to put across the right message at the right time in the right form to avoid getting skipped or ignored. Here are the top 10 reasons why every business needs content marketing:

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How to Choose a Web Host for Your Business

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A web hosting service is essential for any business as it ensures that the website is visible to the consumers. It also makes it easy for the business to update their websites as and when needed. A good web host provider will provide many useful features to the businesses that want online exposure. For any organisation that wants to go digital it is very essential to get hold of a top web host service provider. Here's how to choose a web host for your business:

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6 HR Mistakes Not To Make For Small Businesses

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Running a small business means taking on multiple roles. However, having to handle so many jobs, from marketing to managing employees, can lead to costly mistakes. It's not uncommon for a small-business owners to neglect the human-resources side of the business when things are going smoothly, but not staying on top of employee management can lead to high turnover and possible litigation. With human-resource errors being one of the main reasons most small business fail in less than five years, employee management must be one of your top priorities. To up your odds of survival, here are 6 HR mistakes not to make for small businesses:

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7 Tips for Better Invoicing for Start Ups

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Invoicing is among the most important aspects of operating a small business. However, it can be such a big hassle at times - particularly if you are a start up company and new to the process. Here are 7 tips for better invoicing for start-ups:

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6 Strategies for Better Customer Relationship Management

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Customer relationship management (CRM) comprises of all the facets of interaction between a business enterprise and its customers. It is basically a business strategy whose main goal is to build and strengthen mutually beneficial customer relationships. Here are 6 strategies for better customer relationship management:

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