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[ 19 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

From time to time, the challenges of balancing home and a busy work life can start to have an impact on your overall health and wellbeing. This presents a problem, not just for you and your team, but for the productivity of your business.
Making sure you’re able to find the right balance between competing demands of home and work, and supporting your team to do the same, can often be tricky to achieve. Below are some suggestions to help you and your team achieve a better work-life balance and help …

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[ 18 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

It’s easy to stay with the same provider, but having the best broadband can be critical if you work from home. You might be running an online store and depend on a good connection to receive orders and communicate with your customers, or you could be a freelance designer looking for great upload and download speeds for sending design work to clients. You might be looking to move to superfast broadband, or you might have problems with broadband and be looking for a solution. Whatever your reason, it is worth …

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[ 14 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

By Creative Allies Director & Award-Winning Business Woman Pavan-Riyat Ward.
Pavan Riyat-Ward, Director of creative-freelance network Creative Allies, is celebrating the rise of professional mums turning to freelance careers across the UK and has compiled her top tips to setting up solo.
Do all the sensible stuff first.
Have some savings in the bank. It will take you a few months to get paid. Ensure you set your payment terms with your clients – 30 days is standard but be prepared for this to be 60/90 days on occasion – that’s why having a …

business planning, food, Headline »

[ 11 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Craig Sams, Gusto
A changing market
When I started out in the organic products business there were hardly any organic products! Now it is possible to get every food imaginable in organic format, and in ever increasing quantities. When we first had organic brown rice the world beat a path to our door. Now it’s a commodity and you can get many different kinds; short grain, long grain, basmati, red, black – all organic. So, to succeed in the organic market now you have to innovate. Launching a …

business, business planning, finance »

[ 9 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

Did you know that HMRC offers lots of help with your business?
HMRC’s YouTube channel has videos for quick guidance such as ‘Expenses if you’re self-employed‘.
You may also find ‘Do I need to register my business for VAT’ useful.
Our online guide, ‘Starting your own business‘, is easy to navigate. It has sections looking at the records you need to keep, sending your tax return, paying HMRC and more. Keep it as a favourite in your browser so that you can dip in and out when you need help.
You can also catch …

business, business planning, Headline, marketing »

[ 8 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

PR can be a powerful way to raise your profile, tell your story and get your message out there. Natalie Trice, PR Director at Natalie Trice Consultancy and our publicity guru, shares how you can up your game this September so you make an impact and shine.
Shoes have been polished, lunches packed and your little darlings are back at school, which means you can start to focus on your business again.
PR is something that often gets pushed to the bottom of the to do list, but because it can really …

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[ 6 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

By Scott Haughton, COO at Envestors
When companies decide to use crowdfunding what would you expect their main motivation to be?  Raising funds sounds like the obvious answer.  However, in a recent survey of UK start-ups who have used equity crowdfunding in the past three years the answer to this question was surprising.  The report reveals that over half of all businesses undertaking a crowdfunding campaign within the past three years did not rank raising capital as their key motivator.
The findings reflect issues with perceptions among growth businesses as to what …

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[ 5 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

Creative Allies, the North’s first Freelance Creative Network, is putting heart and soul into the freelance revolution, as new statistics highlight the rise in professional Mums choosing to embrace self-employed status.
Research from IPSE – The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – reveals that over the past 10 years, there’s be a 54% increase in Mothers leaving their full-time employment to go freelance with a sharp uptake over the past 12 months surging a boost in economy.
With 304,000 self-employed women boosting the economy across the UK, the wave of …

business planning, Headline, writing for a living »

[ 2 Sep 2019 | No Comment ]

By Dan Kieran, co-founder and CEO of Unbound
For small business owners the internet provides wonderful opportunities to build a following and engage directly with fans.   Yet, although growing a fanbase is much easier than it would have been in the past, we are now in an ‘age of free content’ which makes it much harder to earn money through creativity, except through ever more intrusive advertising.
However, content creators are much more interested in how to monetise quality content that their fans love than in bombarding them with advertising. One way …

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[ 1 Sep 2019 | One Comment ]

By Gary Young, Equinox
We are constantly bombarded with advertisements encouraging us to sign a contract for high-speed fibre-optic broadband.  But is fibre-optic really the best option for your small business or for family use?
The answer is probably not! Let review what you need to know, why you shouldn’t bother to get it installed (although if you already have it – great) and what your options are.
Data is getting much cheaper on the 4G network, with networks such as EE and Lycamobile offering unlimited data plans (albeit with significant speed …