A Quick Guide To Your Balance Sheet: Assets, Liabilities and Equity

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When you start your own business, besides the comparative freedom of life outside the cubicle also comes the added responsibility of being a business owner. Part and parcel of this is a responsibility to understand the numbers. Few business owners actively enjoy accounting, but all successful ones recognise its importance. Accounting is a key part of running a functioning business, and bookkeeping creates the records which make accounting possible. Here's a quick guide to your balance sheet: assets, liabilities and equity:

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5 Business Blogging Mistakes You Should Avoid

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If you have a business blog but it hasn't quite been delivering the results you were expecting then here are 5 blogging mistakes that are mostly made by small businesses. Avoiding them will help you get better results from your blogging efforts.

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Competition Time: Win a Copy of All Marketers by Seth Godin

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This month our featured business book is All Marketers are Liars, Tell Stories by best selling author Seth Godin. And you could win a copy!

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How to Keep Talented Employees in Your Company

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Employee loyalty might seem difficult to obtain these days. Rather than sticking with a single career until retirement, the modern day workforce often jumps from one job to the next every few years. There are many reasons for this erratic career progression: employees are learning how to keep an eye out for higher paying opportunities, companies with more benefits, and roles that allow them to use their skill sets. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hang onto your talent. Here are a few ways your organisation can set itself apart from competitors and hang on to employees.

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What Local Enterprise Offices Offer In Terms of Business Supports

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If you are looking for business supports, then one of the largest business support organisation in Ireland are the the LEOs or Local Enterprise Offices, formerly known as Enterprise Boards. Here's what LEOs can offer in terms of business supports:

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A Quick Guide to A/B Testing for Email Marketing Campaigns

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When it comes to email marketing, we all know that it has a higher conversion rate as compared to all other inbound channels but in order to get the maximum benefit out of it, it is important to test your email marketing campaigns from time to time and see which one works the best for you. Here's a quick guide to A/B testing for email marketing campaigns:

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Four Problems Your Startup Will Face (And How to Fix Them)

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Whether you’re currently building your startup or have yet to create one, your business model, products and services are likely at the forefront of your mind. While startups fail all the time, it’s often for a few common reasons—many of which have little to do with the aspects of your business you’ve spent the most time developing. The following are four problems your startup will face, along with how to avoid and resolve them.

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Business Event Focus: Local Government Supplier Engagement Event

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Are you an SME business owner looking for new opportunities to become a supplier to the public sector? The upcoming Local Government Supplier Engagement Event takes place 1st October. We asked the organisers to tell us a bit about this event:

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Top Tips For A Smooth Office Relocation

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So it’s time to move your company on, but be warned: moving an office is not the same as moving a home. Moving house usually only affects a few people. There are usually only a few rooms to empty and move. You can usually inform everyone who needs to be told, such as banks and councils, within a day or so. Offices are tougher – there will be heavier and probably more expensive equipment, that can only be disconnected by experts. There are many more companies and parties that need to be informed. If the move is not slick, orders and money can be lost. And of course, there are two other sets of people to think of: employees and customers. Here are tips to make the move a smooth one.

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4 Quick Tips for Better Management of Your Payroll

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Payroll is typically one of the largest expenses for a small business. It takes a lot of resources to process pay, keep up with tax requirements, and hire competent people for the jobs you need done. Here are 4 quick tips for better management of your payroll:

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3 Golden Rules Of Developing Customer Loyalty On A Tight Budget

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Every company clearly benefits from customer loyalty. However, your business may not have the millions of dollars that the leaders in your industry have to put towards endless layers of advertising to attract those customers. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can develop customer loyalty on a tight budget. Here are 3 golden rules of developing customer loyalty on a tight budget:

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6 Smart Tips For International Expansion

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The time has come to get serious about international expansion. Maybe your growth has plateaued at home. Perhaps your international customers are demanding it, or you want the insurance of a different market that reacts differently to economic trends. No matter your reasoning, there are a few factors you have to consider before making the big move to ensure success. Here are 6 smart tips for international expansion:

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Business Event Focus: 24 Stories Conference

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The second 24 Stories Conference takes place Friday 13th September at Fota Island Resort in Cork. We asked organiser Stephen Ryan to tell us a bit about the upcoming event:

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5 Essentials Of Small Business Confidence

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How confident are you about your business right now? What factors feed into small business confidence? Here are 5 essentials of small business confidence.

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4 Ways That Expanding Companies Can Reduce Their Costs

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In today's economic environment, companies are taking significant steps to strengthen their bottom line. While bolstering income is important, reducing costs is also highly effective. There are numerous steps that some successful companies have taken to keep costs low, and you may want to emulate some of these steps in your own company's efforts for significant improvement to your bottom line. Here are 4 ways that expanding companies can reduce their costs:

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How Brand Building Can Help Your Business

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Brand Building in simple words refers to a set of marketing activities that can help identify it as a special and unique business entity. Branding is one of the most important tools of marketing and the best way of promoting an organisation as an elite business entity. Here's how brand building can help your business.

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Competition Time: Win a Copy of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

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This month our featured business book is The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, the international bestselling sensation. And you could win a copy!

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5 Lessons From Henry Ford You Can Apply To Your Business

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Back in the 1900s, Henry Ford was presented with many of the same business challenges as the ones that are present today. The historic founder of Ford Motors was 40 when he created the company. His goal was to create a car that would be so affordable, everybody would be able to own one. What he did obviously worked as Ford cars are now considered to be one of the most popular vehicle brands on the market. So what can be learned from Ford’s success? Here are 5 lessons from Henry Ford you can apply to your business:

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Five Habits of Successful Small Business Leaders

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Each year, thousands of people start small businesses. Unfortunately, at the same time, thousands of small businesses fail. What is the secret to staying afloat in an uncertain economy? There are a number of simple habits demonstrated by successful small business leaders. Here are 5 in particular that successful small business leaders tend to have:

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Call For Applicants For Next ACORNS Programme

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The call is out for applicants for the next ACORNS programme, we asked Paula Fitzsimmons, Director, ACORNS to tell us all about it: Join our Business Achievers community  and get access to downloads to help your business, free online training courses...
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