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By Emma Raftery

Starting your own business can be exciting, worrying and stressful and it is important to understand the implications of your decisions and do thorough research before making the jump. The following tips should help you make the best decisions for your business. Sole Trader or Limited Company? Whether you will…

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By Graham Crothers

It’s a question that plays on the mind of many a small business owner – how exactly do you achieve success? One trick is to think the way the most successful people think and adopt the same habits they have. Here are four characteristics of successful people that you can…

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By Graham Crothers

Digital nomads make a full-time living from their laptop, allowing them to work from anywhere, whether that’s their living room or a Wi-Fi enabled coffee shop. Digital nomads can be freelancers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and full-time employees who work exclusively online. For the right person, the digital nomad lifestyle is awesome. For the…

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By Graham Crothers

Making the move from sole trader to limited company is not as difficult as you may think it is. Starting up in business as a limited company involves a more complex formation process, and the financial and administrative responsibilities of running a limited company are certainly greater than those of a…

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By Graham Crothers

Whatever the reason for hiring an apprentice – whether that’s to grow your team whilst keeping staff costs down or freeing up your existing workforce so they can do what they do best – there’s procedures every small business should follow when hiring. An apprentice can be aged 16 or…

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By Emma Raftery

To celebrate International Women’s Day we are speaking with successful women who have started their own business and are happy to pass their tips and advice on to others. In today’s blog we speak with Olivia Knight, the founder of Patchwork, a website that lets friends contribute cash, time and…

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By Graham Crothers

Networking events are a perfect way to meet like-minded people and grow your small business. Some will clam up at them, whilst others will take to it like a duck to water. If you’re in the former camp, we’ve compiled 5 ways that you can up your networking game. Find…

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By Graham Crothers

Making an engaging sales pitch is no walk in the park. Whether you’re making a call or doing a boardroom presentation, you’ll need to make a good first impression and hold your customer’s attention throughout to do it well. But why do so many sales pitches fall flat? Too much…

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By Graham Crothers

The safety of data is a major concern for every online small business owner. The internet can provide many business opportunities, but it also serves as an entry point to malware and viruses that can block or even steal company information. To celebrate the arrival of Safer Internet Day, observed…

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By Graham Crothers

The term ‘Online Influencer’ has become somewhat of a buzz word in recent years. An ‘Online Influencer’ can be an entrepreneur, journalist, photographer, blogger – basically anyone who holds sway or influence online. So why should you connect with an influencer? Potentially they can share your news or blog content.…

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By Graham Crothers

Direct Debit, the simple and effective way for businesses to collect recurring payments from customers turned 50 recently. Used almost four billion times a year in the UK to collect recurring payments, it’s strange to think that this system was born out of the need to collect money from thousands…

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By Graham Crothers

Finding a steady stream of freelance work can be a tough nut to crack. Getting commissions is no easy feat but the more freelance commissions you land, the more money you’ll earn and the more comfortable you’ll feel about your financial position. Here’s five quick tips to help get the…

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