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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Summer Is The Best Time to Invest in Innovation

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July traditionally marks the start of summer holidays but strategic planning in business doesn’t take a holiday. However, time out can be an excellent way to engage focus as to your business purpose. Innovation is no different. Here's why summer is the best time to invest in innovation:

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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 Partnerships: 5 Questions You Should Ask Before Taking The Plunge

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Managed well, partnerships can make for dynamic business ventures that stand the test of time. Even if you’ve known someone for years, forming a business together can test your relationship to the limit. It’s been reported that 70% of business partnerships fail – yet if you get the mix right, it’s still a risk worth taking because your combined experience and talent could be a winning formula. The question is: how do choose the right business partner, and how do you boost the chances of that partnership succeeding? Here are 5 questions you should ask before taking the plunge. 

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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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Here’s Why Your Small Business Should Focus on Mobile Marketing

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Business owners have a wide range of opportunities when it comes to their limited marketing spend, seeking to boost their brand, awareness, and sales. Mobile is a proven success for many types of business, attracting the right customers for your business. Here’s why your small business should focus on mobile marketing.

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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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Exporting: How Irish Businesses Can Get Started

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Demand for Irish exports has reached record levels. But how do you know whether your business has what it takes to go global? Recent figures from data group Trading Economics revealed that exports from Ireland rose 21.1% year on year to reach an all-time high of €12.21bn in November 2018. Here are some tips for exporting and how your business can started:

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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 Enhance Your Office Environment For Employees

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A ‘water cooler moment’ is a popular phrase to describe people discussing a shared experience, often on television, around the office water dispenser. The water cooler itself becomes a key meeting point for employees to socialise; a good example of how an office environment can improve staff relationships. Improving your office environment for employees is a great way to increase productivity and retain your best employees. Here are some tips for how to enhance your office environment for employees:

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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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A Guide to Getting Your Corporate Culture Right

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The way in which a business’s employees behave and uphold its values – both internally and with customers – can impact on business success. Over the past decade, businesses of all types and sizes have woken up to the idea that putting the right organisational culture in place is an essential cornerstone of success. But what exactly does this entail? Here's our guide to getting your corporate culture right:

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Tips for Avoiding Copyright Infringement For Your Business

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The way we share things online in our personal lives often colours our approach to business. In a content-driven culture, many of us share images and videos on social media without a second thought - and this often reaches back to our businesses. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds (and even company websites) are littered with snapshots of the latest watercooler shows, and lit up with beautiful portraiture and landscape photography. Here are some tips for avoiding copyright infringement for your business:

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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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How to Ensure Your Small Shop is Ready for Higher Customer Traffic

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Many small businesses are often in survival mode in the first few months or years that they are a company. As these businesses begin to bring in more customers and start turning a profit, they may find that they aren’t quite ready for all the traffic their new success is creating. For this reason, businesses need to be proactive in the ways they scale up. Business owners should consider the following tips when preparing for higher customer traffic.

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