10 Things That Could Be Preventing You From Getting More Business

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There are businesses that do well. There are ones that hold the edge. There are businesses that lead the competition. And, there are the ones which struggle with getting more business. Here are 10 things that could be preventing you from getting more business:

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Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club

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Our latest Business Achiever is Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club. We asked Eamonn to tell us a little bit about his speaking-focussed business and asked him about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club.

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Tips for Employee Training For Your Small Business

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Whether you're running a small business or a blossoming startup, the best training will meet the mission of your business, offer consistency for the company’s services and products providing new members of staff with the skill they need to be productive and to succeed. Here are some tips for employee training for your small business:

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Surviving the Storm: How to Steer Your Business Out of a Financial Crisis

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When running a small business, finances can often be tight, especially when you’re going through a crisis period. Getting into financial difficulties, for whatever reason, doesn’t have to mean the end of the road for a company. There are many successful businesses that have managed to steer themselves out of a crisis and continue trading. When you’re facing tough times, here are some tips on how you can tackle different financial situations.

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Top Tips for Developing an Export Strategy

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Research in Ireland and the UK has shown that almost one third of companies generate their first export by chance as a result of an unsolicited inquiry. If you're starting your export journey, then here are some top tips for developing an export strategy:

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How to Create an Acquisition Strategy as a Small Business

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Many start up companies hope to eventually get acquired but don't have a clear acquisition strategy or plan on how to get there. In order to create an effective acquisition strategy as a small business, there are several aspect of their business that must be carefully planned out. While transparency is important, the particulars concerning the companies finance and legal aspects play a vital role in the success of the acquisition. In addition, there are organizational concerns, communication tasks and stakeholder assessments required. Let's take a look at developing a good acquisition strategy:

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Have You Checked Out Our FREE Business Downloads?

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We've got some excellent (even if we say so ourselves) free business downloads for our members and business owners to access and use. From financial spreadsheets to templates for pitching to checklists for your business, visit our Downloads section any time to access these. 

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Business Achievers: Paula Travers and Travers Accounting Services

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Our latest Business Achiever is Paula Travers and Travers Accounting Services. We asked Paula to tell us a little bit about her accounting-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achiev...
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Terminating a Contract of Employment - What You Need to Know

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Terminating an employee's contract is never easy but on some occasions there may be no other alternative. There are certain steps that you should follow. Here's what you need to know about terminating a contract of employment:

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7 Vital Tips If You are Asked For a Personal Guarantee

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Let’s face it, no business owner relishes the prospect of providing a personal guarantee. As a small business owner I know the slightly sinking feeling of signing on the dotted line and the "what if’s" that run through your mind. However Personal Guarantees are simply a fact of life. Here are 7 vital tips if you are asked for a Personal Guarantee.

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How to Conduct UX Testing: A Checklist for Great Results

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A great website is useless if it doesn’t serve its purpose. It should welcome users in, make them feel at home and guide them effortlessly in their journey from visitor to customer. They should be able to find answers to their questions and products that meet their needs, all without ever feeling a flicker of frustration. Before you launch your new website, run some tests to identify any potential problems. Here's how to conduct UX testing with a checklist you can use to deliver great results:

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7 Tips For Greater Focus At Work

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Trouble with focus and attention is a problem everyone has from time to time. However, work seems to bring it out the worst in some people. It often feels as if it should be easy. Just apply yourself and get to work. That's all you have to do. Yet it still feels difficult, almost as if "just apply yourself" isn't actually a solution! Here are 7 tips for greater focus at work:

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Business Achievers: Ollie Walsh and PiP iT

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Our latest Business Achiever is Ollie Walsh and PiP iT. We asked Ollie to tell us a little bit about his payment-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Ollie Walsh and PiP iT.

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10 Simple Changes To Make For A More Healthy Time At Work

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Even though you're sedentary most of the day at work doesn't mean you don't have the power to stay trim and fit. You just have to incorporate a few simple lifestyle changes and alter your habits. So, here are 10 simple changes you can make for a more healthy time at work:

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6 Common Money Mistakes Business Owners Make

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Chances are, you started your business because you’re ambitious, you have big ideas and a clear vision of how your company will look when it’s thriving. While all of these traits are important – essential, even - in a business owner, the nitty-gritty of day-to-day management and attention to unglamorous details can prove just as crucial if your business is to survive through hard times as well as the glory days. Here are 6 common money mistakes business owners make:

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What Your Customers Know That You Don't (And How To Learn From Them)

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Understanding your target audience (essentially, your customers) is crucial to running a successful business. It should come as no surprise then that millions of dollars are spent every year on demographic research and, odds are, your business would benefit from better understanding your customer base. Here's what your customers know that you don't (and how to learn from them):

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3 Key Tasks That Small Businesses Can Outsource Easily

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Running a small business takes a great deal of finesse. It’s a job that can be stressful and time consuming, but outsourcing can relieve some of the pains of management. Outsourcing is a much better option than overpaying a full-time employee for tasks that don’t require in-house attention. Here are 3 key tasks that small businesses can outsource easily:

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Business Achievers: Karen O'Reilly and Employmum

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Our latest Business Achiever is Karen O'Reilly and Employmum. We asked Karen to tell us a little bit about her recruitment-focussed business and about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Karen O'Reilly and Employmum.

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5 Key Ingredients To Becoming a Happy Small Business Owner

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It's not hard to find quotes from top company CEOs on the path to success or the best way to enjoy life, but it's not very relatable, all things considered. It's possible to be happier amid the largely daunting task of running your own business. The autonomy it affords is incomparable to working for someone else. If you're a small business owner who wouldn't quite consider yourself happy, then here are a few ways to help improve your happiness levels.

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How to Save Money on Your Startup Transportation Costs

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If your small business ships product or has services that require transport, then you can often find your fuel costs causing a headache. However, there are many ways to keep your transportation costs low throughout the year. Here are some tips to help you save money on your startup transportation costs:

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