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[ 24 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

What is E-commerce? 
E-commerce is short for electronic commerce. OK, many of you probably figured that, but what does that really mean? E-commerce refers to online sales. It’s the transactions that happen on the internet, the buying and selling of products on the web. Yes, it’s not a new concept, but it’s never been as widespread as it is today. According to the United States Department of Commerce, e-commerce sales increased by 15.1 percent from 2015 to 2016. Businesses who avoid selling or buying merchandise online do so at their own peril.
E-commerce is …

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[ 23 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Do you need tomake change happen in your business? The beauty of being in charge is that you tend to know what is going on and can influence it.   Most of the people you lead aren’t going to feel that way, unless you do something about it.
Jean Gamester from Semaphora believes that what is most important is that you make sure that those that you lead feel they are being kept informed and that they have a say too.     You’re going to need their involvement to make these changes work …

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[ 9 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Change can make or break a business. Which is why it’s important to understand the costs versus the benefits of any change you decide to push forward in your business.
Very often the driver behind change is reducing costs. These are often attacked and managed – sometimes overly aggressively without adequate attention given to growing revenue.
So how do you manage change while boosting profitability? Clive Hyman FCA of 528 Advisory has nine top tips:

Success measurement of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators): Rather than making your main KPI cost reduction, make it revenue …

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[ 7 Mar 2017 | 3 Comments ]

     In a world where everyone and everything is connected online, you ignore the power of social media to promote your direct selling business at your peril. Indeed, it’s as if this innovation was invented just for the industry. However, while you may be mad to ignore it, picking your way through the bewildering range of social media options can be baffling, but with a few top tips for a successful strategy under your belt, you can see your business boom!
 Once upon a time, when starting your direct selling business, …

business, business planning, Headline, sell your business »

[ 27 Feb 2017 | No Comment ]

What happens if someone wants to buy your small business? If they know what they’re doing they will follow a diligence process – meaning plenty of questions for you.

Initial steps

What are they buying? Is your company co-owned, or have ownership of common assets? With family businesses, they will want to understand the business relationship between family members. They likely to want to meet your bookkeeperand whoever prepares your accounts.

Management of the business

Questions will focus around what you have achieved to-date. Are you meeting your business goals? Do you have a …

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[ 23 Feb 2017 | No Comment ]

By John Reynard, Business Counsellor and Author of ‘The Spiritual Route to Entrepreneurial Success’. spiritedentrepreneur.com
Work places work better when there is a positive and creative culture. It is the cultivation of win-win solutions where efficiency, profitability and self fulfilment march hand in hand.
However, no man (or woman) is an island so, in dealing with other people, co-creation also requires trust. If the level of trust is low, misunderstandings occur, fear, short-sightedness and selfishness take the place of reason and poor decisions get made.
So how can we overcome this and create …

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[ 30 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]

Entrepreneurship is continuing to grow in popularity. Thanks, in part, to globalisation but to a greater level technology, it has never been easier to start a business. In some respects, this can be safer than having a full-time job but stats show that a whopping X% of companies fail in their first year. Here we’ll look at some tips for surviving 2017 as an early stage business.
Research and pivoting
Whether you are currently developing a business plan or you’ve been in business for a few months, research and pivoting are …

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[ 9 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest article By Jean Gamester, Semaphora
Despite dire warnings from leaders and experts we have an ill-disciplined amateur in the White House and the UK Government is dedicated to delivering a Brexit solution unlikely to satisfy anyone.   There are all sorts of reasons why the electorates in both countries chose solutions that led to stock markets tumbling, but one, in particular, stands out to me.  Those hit hardest by austerity and globalisation felt that they had nothing to lose – they felt voiceless, betrayed and unrepresented.
I could write about what it …

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[ 3 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]

Want to achieve your New Year Resolutions? Here’s how.
Over 90% of our resolutions dissolve into a pile of dust by mid-February. Self-help author Anne Jones likes to set herself targets as a way of keeping motivated. She has found these simple steps work very well for setting intentions and manifesting what she needs and/or wants in her life:

Be sure of what you want to achieve. Before you set out intentions, sit down and think about what it is you are asking for – either of yourself or for the universe to …

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[ 2 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]

If your marketing efforts are bringing in 250 leads a day, what do you do with those leads? Do you need to recruit new sales people to handle the load? Shweta Jhajharia, The London Coaching Group believes that will be a waste of time and money. The goal of a sales machine is to be a pre-qualifying process. It should ensure that before the sales team picks up the phone, the person on the other end of the line is someone who is already appropriate for buying what you are selling. Jhajharia …