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By Graham Crothers

Some love it, others loathe it, but however you feel about change, it’s the only constant in this life. In order for your small business to stay competitive, it’s crucial you stay tuned to changes in industry and general working practices. How well you respond to this change will ultimately…

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By Ray Field

As a company develops, technology is examined as a way of saving money, making more money, saving time and/or enabling people to do more with less. In evaluating technology for your company, the cost of purchase and deployment carries a certain amount of risk and mitigating that risk, while reaping…

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By Ray Field

The internet is full of review sites which allow people to talk about your business, both positively and negatively. Of course, this can have a huge impact on your success. Reviews can appear in a huge range of  different places; from review sites and online forums to your own social media accounts. Knowing…

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By Ray Field

When starting a business, a key thing to consider is the business’s name; what are the main considerations to take into account when naming your business? It sounds like a simple enough task, but naming your company is important and it can be a daunting experience if you don’t know…

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By Ray Field

Launching over a decade ago (on the 5th of May 2003 to be precise) LinkedIn has seen plenty of other social media sites fall in and out of favour with the masses. Despite the changing landscape of the Internet, LinkedIn has survived. Still seen as THE business professional’s social network of…

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By Ray Field

When you think of an accountant you probably think of someone in a cramped office surrounded by piles of invoices, constantly crunching numbers to produce a never-ending spool of…more numbers! Depending on how much ’50s drama you watch you might also picture them wearing braces and one of those green…

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By Ray Field

Motivation is a strange beast. It can evaporate at will, with productivity never far behind. There are plenty of reasons why motivation might disappear, which can make remedying it extremely difficult. One thing’s for sure is that if your workforce feels unmotivated and underappreciated, it can translate into lost revenue.…

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By Ray Field

In the last decade social media sites have brought people together, but Twitter and other social networks have since defied their original purpose. Back when Twitter was conceived, over millions of strangers would post wishful thoughts like having their honeymoon in The Bahamas or the newest diet to lose that…

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By Duane Jackson

If you’re running a small business you have a lot of email to process. Possibly more so if its a tech business. Some days I feel like I’ve done nothing but deal with emails. We all know that checking our email every 2 minutes destroys our productivity, we’ve read the…

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By Stu Bradley

In the cola wars, it’s rare that contenders other than Pepsi and Coca Cola are mentioned. This shouldn’t be that surprising – they have billion dollar budgets (Coke spent just shy of $3bn on advertising in 2010 alone) and employ megastars like Beyonce (Pepsi) and Taylor Swift (Diet Coke) to…

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By Stu Bradley

Last year, we ran a large scale advertising campaign made up of a number of different elements. One source that performed much better than we were expecting was Spotify – we tracked a substantial amount of trialists and experienced a lot of positive interaction on social media while the advert…

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By Ray Field

Business is fundamentally (admittedly among other things!) about maximising surplus value and productivity while minimising the cost of everyday operations. However, one important variable that cannot be neglected under any circumstance is quality. So how do we achieve both efficiency and quality? Business owners who wish to excel must appreciate…

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By Duane Jackson

Around a year ago this guy turned up. I’ve learned a hell of a lot from him about doing my job as CEO of a fast growing company and I’m hoping to find the time to write more about some of that. But I’ll start with one of the most important lessons…

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By Stu Bradley

It probably comes as no surprise to some of you that a few members of the KashFlow Krew are Twitterholics – around 50% of staff here use it, and Management Today kindly voted Duane one of the top 50 entrepreneurs on Twitter (coming above two Dragons’ Den dragons, no less…). Although we…

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By Ray Field

The UK has always provided certain tax benefits to those working as independent contractors. However, for many years, the problem of disguised employees burdened the UK tax system and allowed individuals to play both sides of the fence. These employees work for a larger company, accept a full time wage…

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By Duane Jackson

First there was Generation X. Then there was Generation Y. It’d be easy to read the Daily Mail and believe that the current generation is Generation ZZZ, as they’re a lazy bunch of good-for-nothings. But we’ve seen where that mentality gets us. Next month, the latest youth unemployment figures will…

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By Duane Jackson

Back when I launched KashFlow, my online accounting software business, the phrase “software as a service” hadn’t been coined yet. The recently popular catchall phrase ‘cloud computing’, now frantically highlighted in every marketeer’s notebook, was practically unheard of. iPhones didn’t even exist yet. Seven years later, SaaS is widely accepted…

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By Ray Field

The UK Trade Show industry has an £11 billion impact on the UK economy, with over 900 shows a year taking place. Getting the most out of a trade show depends on a few things. Picking the right arena for the business to shine is very important – aiming for…

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By Duane Jackson

The front page of the Metro this morning carried a story about prisoners being used as workers by the likes of M&S and other big firms. The Independent and many other papers also have the story. I’ve not dared look to see what the Daily Mail think about it. Predictably…

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By Duane Jackson

I had a realisation recently that other founders – especially those of a technical bent – might be able to relate to. I’d just spent a whole day in various meetings.  As I left for the day and realised my laptop hadn’t even left my man bag I said “I…

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By Stu Bradley

There is currently a divide in the world of digital money. This divide was exemplified by a panel at Monday’s London Web Summit, with two of the panelists (at least to some extent) working alongside credit card companies and two fighting against them. Ben Milne, of real-time virtual money exchange…

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