11 Bookkeeping Basics Every Business Owner Should Know

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Are you on top of your business accounting? Here are tips on bookkeeping basics that every business owner should know. They will help you bookkeep more efficiently and reduce the possibility of costly mistakes being made.

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VAT in Ireland: Top Business Tips (Part 1)

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VAT isn’t something for business owners to fear – but it does need to be navigated proactively and with informed confidence. Here is part 1 of our series about VAT in Ireland: top business tips.

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Start Up Struggles: How to Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

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When you consider the fact that the majority of business fail in the first five years, cutting costs and improving efficiency should be the mantra of any startup. If you follow sound financial principles, you can turn your business around and start pulling in a profit before your business reaches the dreaded state of no return. Here are some tips for how to cut costs and improve efficiency:

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20 Questions to Ask a Franchisor Before Considering a Franchise

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If you are considering joining a franchise you will need to carry out due diligence before coming to a decision. Any established, reputable franchisor will be ready to answer your questions and introduce you to the rest of their network. Here are 20 questions you should ask a franchisor before you make the decision to buy into a franchise.

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10 Tips for Lowering Your Business Costs

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Running a successful business is not easy. The bottom line for a business to succeed is to generate more revenue than it spends. Generating revenue is obviously a key focus but reducing costs can also help. Here are 10 tips for lowering your business costs:

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5 Ways Your Small Business Can Save Money

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As a small business, you know that pinching pennies is a necessity in order to stay afloat. Small businesses need to find creative ways to use their cash so that they can compete with other businesses. Check out the following five ways your small business can save money.

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5 Recommended Small Business Accounting Software Options

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Unless you are a qualified accountant, odds are you’ll need some help with your business’s accounts. And you are probably going to need to invest in some accounting software. However, since there are so many products available, it can be tough to know what to choose. To help you make sense of it all, I have picked out some packages. Here are 5 recommended small business accounting software options:

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Checklist For Company Valuation

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Are you considering selling your business? If you are in the process of evaluating your company for sale then this checklist might be helpful, it's a list of things you need to consider when looking at your company valuation:

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Importing To Ireland - A Guide For SMEs

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Globalisation continues to change the way businesses operate, enabling SME importers in Ireland to trade with new, previously difficult to reach markets. However, it’s easy to be caught out by unexpected or hidden costs. Importing can help businesses reduce manufacturing costs and gain an edge in a competitive local market. But firms need to be aware of and prepared for the various costs involved to make sure their import activity makes sound business sense. Here's a guide for SMEs to importing to Ireland:

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Startup Investment Series A Term Sheet Example

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As a startup founder seeking investment, you will soon come across term sheets. Here's a quick explanation about term sheets and a term sheet example that you can download and use for your business:

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Key Questions Companies Should Ask Before Switching to LPG

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If you've been considering switching your business energy from oil to LPG, then here are some key questions companies should ask before switching to LPG:

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Why Making Good Financing Choices Could Be The Difference For Business Survival

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While banks and other financiers are in the business of lending and providing myriad forms of financing, they tend to shy away from start-ups, considering such enterprises risky. In the case of firms that provide services rather than products, they are even more unlikely to take a chance. Here's why making good financing choices could be the difference for business survival:

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7 Non-Venture Capital Financing Options for Startups

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It isn’t uncommon for entrepreneurs and small business owners to seek venture capitalists to fund their business. Venture capital (VC) is an institutional or private investment made into new businesses. However, if you are not interested in going this route, here are 7 non-venture capital financing options for entrepreneurs.

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4 Simple Ways to Save Money in Your Business

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The early weeks and months of a startup are a tenuous time. One of the ways businesses can get into hot water fast is when they burn through their available startup funds faster than anticipated—or, at least, so fast that they haven't built up the revenues to keep pace. Most startups and burgeoning small businesses are eager for actionable means of saving money now. Here are 4 simple ways to save money in your business that can help cut your expenses:

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Business Fleet Running Costs

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When you run a business that is reliant on a fleet of vehicles, that fleet can often be one of the most expensive costs your company faces. From petrol to services and MOTs, ensuring your fleet is up to scratch and performing safely is a hugely important consideration if your business is to run smoothly. Here are 5 ways to reduce your business fleet running costs:

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How To Finance Your Startup

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It is one of the most important responsibilities of the CEO to keep the business funded at all times. No funding equals no business. Here's how to keep your business financed:

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Things You Need to Know About Obtaining Venture Capital Funding

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Owners and managers of early-stage growing companies often have mixed views toward the institutional venture capital industry. On one hand, they welcome the money and management support they desperately need for growth, but fear the loss of control and various restrictions that are typically placed on the company by the investment documents. Here are the key things you need to know about obtaining venture capital funding:

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It Takes Time But Here's Why Your Business Needs to Invest in Tendering

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Has your business tried their hand in the tender market? The figures speak for themselves - Ireland is a long way behind in the tender market. EU data tells us that fewer than 250 Irish SMEs won European tenders in 2013, with only 2% of Irish companies winning EU tenders since 2003. These figures make it clear that Irish SMEs are reluctant to throw their hats in the ring alongside the brightest and best in the EU. This aversion to the intricacy of applications means that Irish companies are missing out on a new business pool that has over two trillion euro up for grabs. It takes time but here's why your business needs to invest in tendering:

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Business Energy Costs

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Energy bills can end up being a big cost to your business, and costs are only likely to rise in the near future, so becoming energy aware (and energy smart) can not only help businesses boost their bottom line, it can also dramatically reduce their carbon footprint – making for a more profitable, greener company all round. Here's are 6 simple ways to reduce your business energy costs:

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How to Put in Place Financial Management for Your Startup

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Even if you haven't got any, yet, you still need to have a comprehensive plan in place as to how you're going to take in payments, organise credit terms, and manage your accounts. Here's How to Put in Place Financial Management for Your Startup:

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