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Office or home working – how to make the right choice for your small business

The modern business world has been revolutionised and in many ways defined by new technology. The advances we’ve seen, even in just the last decade or so, are transforming traditional ideas about how businesses can be run. Where it was once almost impossible (or extremely inconvenient at best) to work remotely, it is now relatively…
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How to run a small business and avoid burnout

When someone asks you what you do, and you tell them that you run your own business, it is often the case that they look at you a little bit enviously. A common reaction is ‘I wish I could do that one day’, or ‘It must be great to be your own boss.’ And it…
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How to stay motivated as a small business owner

For many people, when they first set up a company, finding a way of staying motivated is probably one the last things that they will be worrying about. It is hard to imagine why a lack of motivation might be an issue in this situation – after all, you have had the vision for the…
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How to recruit the right people for your business

There comes a time in the evolution of every small business where those running it need to make some tough decisions about recruitment. It is a complex area, and while it is a good problem to have – the need to recruit is normally due to the growth of the company – it can often…
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Are you a start up, a small business or an entrepreneur? And does it really matter?

Does it really matter how you define yourself and the business you run? In the long run, probably not – ultimately it is the hard reality of balance sheets and sales figures, and the happiness of your customers that will define the success or failure of your business. But looking at the difference between some…
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Networking for small businesses

It’s a fact – some people just love to network. It is one of those skills that just seems to come naturally to some, while it can be an uncomfortable and difficult process for others. But however you feel about it, it is an unavoidable and necessary part of running your own business. Business is,…
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Contractor or employee? The pros and cons of hiring the right kind of worker to grow your small business

It is a dilemma that faces every small business at one point or another – whether to hire more full or part time employees or to expand via a network of contractors. Both approaches have their pros and cons, and it is a welcome problem to have – it shows that your business is beginning…
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5 avoidable mistakes small businesses always make

Running a small business can be hugely rewarding – but it can also be a potential minefield for many. Here, we thought we’d take a look at just some of the most common mistakes made by fledgling businesses – and what can be done to avoid them. Not learning to delegate What is the most…
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The art of making meetings work for small businesses

Imagine a technical failure that took most – or even all – of your business’s operations out of action for an hour. Think of the disruption it would cause to the normal daily processes of your company, and the productivity of your teams, if they weren’t able to email, or call, or get on with…
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What small companies can learn from big ones

Sometimes, it can feel like the world of big business is obsessed with the small. We fall in love with the story of individual entrepreneurs, building their tiny companies from scratch, driven only by a powerful vision and a great idea that they believe can one day transform the market. There is something pure, and…
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