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[ 23 Jan 2019 | No Comment ]

By Daniel Whytock, Down Your High Street
Despite advances in digital technology Amazon is investing in high street brick and mortar stores. This sounds positive for the future of the high street. Consumers want the best of both online and offline shopping which means they are looking for convenience, choice, a varied, interesting range of shops and businesses.
The future is with omni-channel retail that seamlessly integrates digital technology. This is a key ingredient for high street survival.
However, retail tech is moving very quickly so high street retailers need to move fast …

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[ 11 Jan 2019 | No Comment ]
Protecting your data when using hotel WiFi

By Mike Ianiri, Equinox
 When working away from your normal office, a hotel stay is often inevitable – and like most business travellers you could be tempted to use the hotel WiFi.
The problem you face is that the hotel industry is one of the top sectors to suffer data breaches.  Given the amount of information hotels potentially hold about you: your name, address, passport details, car registration plates and credit card details to name but a few, it is a cyber criminal’s dream.
Once checked in, you connect to the WiFi network …

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[ 9 Jan 2019 | No Comment ]

Life for working mums is go, go, go. Juggling the responsibilities of being a mother while maintaining a place in the workplace as an engaged, enthusiastic and organised employee can, without a doubt, be a struggle. Working mothers who are also required to travel for their work can find themselves in a situation that is even more challenging.
Preparing for a business trip can be stressful in any circumstances, but throw in having to find childcare, organising transport for your child while you’re gone and alleviating your child’s fears about you …

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[ 7 Jan 2019 | No Comment ]

If you count yourself among the millions who has started up your own business over the past year or two, it is almost certain that the business plan you so carefully crafted included some fairly impressive growth plans. What many startups fail to fully appreciate, however, is that growth is not a simple, linear process of more sales leading to an increase in turnover and a more healthy bottom line.
Setting up the infrastructure
A large proportion of businesses are web-based and operate perfectly successfully from the business owner’s home. As the …

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[ 5 Jan 2019 | No Comment ]

By André Roque, Homeit
Whether you want to rent out a room or a whole flat or house on Airbnb the idea of earning some extra cash is appealing. However it can be surprising time consuming.  It’s not just cleaning and washing but responding to enquiries, checking guests in and out and handling other administration.
And, in some countries, you have to register your property as a short-term rental business, issue invoices and/or report guests’ identities to comply with local regulations.
So here are my tips to help you make money from you …

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[ 3 Jan 2019 | No Comment ]

By Inna Kaushan, co-founder of Solna
Sending out clear, concise, well-designed invoices is very important if you want clients to deal with them quickly. Making it easy for your clients to pay you is necessary to get you paid on time.
Good invoicing can be achieved quickly and to help you here is our handy guide:
 
What should an invoice include?
An invoice is an important accounting document that requests payment in return for goods or services.  This means an invoice should always include:

The word ‘invoice’
The date of issue
Your name or your business …

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[ 29 Dec 2018 | No Comment ]

By Tomas Zalatoris, Clouder
Third party sellers sell their products via sites like Amazon – rather than from their own website. Amazon gains revenue without stocking additional products. It also provides sellers with a platform, with a proven ‘footfall’ – and no need to set up their own ecommerce site from scratch.
Despite the dominance of Amazon and eBay we’ve seen many niche marketplaces start and succeed in recent years. They offer alternatives to more generalised platforms that may not have as much focus on seller and customer support, or may …

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[ 22 Dec 2018 | No Comment ]

By Mike Ianiri, Equinox
As the Christmas holidays approach do you feel you are juggling business and family time?  Getting the balance right, particularly if you run a small business can be tricky.  This is partly because, although most people take time off and your customers may be closing, there isn’t consistently over which are non-working days. So, as you juggle to have time off with your loved ones how can you also ensure that you avoiding losing any business with people who are working during the Christmas period?
 
Here are some …

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[ 12 Dec 2018 | No Comment ]

By Richard Foster-Fletcher ACB CL, Toastmasters International
When someone you work with has made a bad mistake it’s easy to get emotional and lash out with negative feedback.  If you are running your own business and the error may be particularly costly that is a very human reaction.  Let me share my tips based on years of managing teams on how to give feedback effectively in such difficult circumstances.
Manage your emotion
You may be somewhere on a scale from deeply despondent to furious. This won’t help you have a productive conversation …

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[ 12 Dec 2018 | No Comment ]

These days there are many businesses that choose to trade internationally so that they can grow their business and build their brand awareness worldwide.  No matter which type of business you are running, international trade can be an important step to take to help you grow. With Brexit currently in progress there is an increased uncertainty for businesses over possible increased costs for international trade.
When trading overseas it is therefore important that as a business owner you are able to reduce your international trading costs and reduce the overall risk …