A Quick Guide to Small Business Insurance

A Quick Guide to Small Business Insurance

The skill set required to start a business may often seem to be juggling (countless to-do lists), fire-fighting and crystal ball gazing. Building a business can be extremely rewarding, but without adequate protection in place the shiny new empire may be left vulnerable. From day one as an entrepreneur it is essential to have the right business insurance in place. Here is a quick guide to small business insurance:

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How To Set Up A Successful Trade Booth

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Trade shows are an excellent place to get the message out about your business and reach potential new customers. But you're also competing with like-minded businesses who are also trying to do the same as you. You need your booth to stand out in a crowd to attract as many eyes as possible. The following tips will help you boost your trade booth and draw in foot traffic. Here's how to set up a successful trade show booth:

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5 Reasons to Consider an Incubator For Your Business

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With the popularity of telecommuting and startup businesses, many people are finding that they no longer need a traditional brick and mortar office with all of the expenses that come with it. Instead, these people are turning to business incubators, a place where people can work with other people and receive the support services, work space, networking opportunities, training, and financial freedom they need to succeed. Here are 5 reasons to consider an incubator for your business:

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Business Achievers: Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle

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Our latest Business Achiever is Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle. We asked Anne to tell us a little bit about her allergy-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle:

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3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself as a Leader

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In today’s world, business is more about bringing people together than ever before. With such global interconnectedness, advanced technologies and high-speed communications, leaders no longer have the same tasks and obligations. As a leader upholding your business’s vision, you play a central role in connecting the many ways that innovative employees might contribute to building networks of support to your company’s overarching goals. Here are 3 key questions to ask yourself as a leader:

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What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Finances

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As a small business owner, planning and understanding finances is usually a bit overwhelming if you don't come from an accounting background. While it is easy for salaried employees within established large businesses to have exact answers to questions like, ”How much is my monthly net income”, for small business owners the answer is usually “It depends!”. Here's what every small business owner needs to know about finances:

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8 Simple Steps for Hosting a Successful Business Launch

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There’s no better way to launch a business or a product than by holding a public event to help people become familiar with your brand. Here’s how to get yourself up and running so that people will flock to your location. Just follow these 8 simple steps for hosting a successful business launch:

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How to Face Complex Data For Your Business With Confidence

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“Big data” has become such a powerful trend among businesses with many companies planning to invest in data initiatives in the near term. Not too long ago, only big corporations had the means to work with powerful data science platforms. In the past two years, however, the availability of self-service and cloud-based business intelligence (BI) tools has made it possible for startups and SMEs to make better data-driven decisions that can enhance operations, improve sales and accelerate growth. Here's how to face complex data for your business with confidence:

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Why You Should Have Core Values For Your Business

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Core values educate employees, clients, potential customers and even other companies. This ensures that everyone has a clear picture as to what the company is about. It also ensures that the company’s identity is defined. For those in the highly competitive industries, this gives them added advantage. Here are some reasons why you should have core values for your business:

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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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