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8 things only freelancers understand

 

What ‘office casual’ means to you When you see everyone on Twitter complaining about their commute When you say you’re ‘resolving an office conflict’ When your neighbours assume you’re watching daytime TV all day Getting an invoice you’ve been chasing for three months Finally figuring out your tax return When …

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Summer time management: how to avoid losing your cool

 

We’re now into holiday season – and the office rows about who gets to take time off and when are almost as inevitable as the heavens opening just as you’ve booked off a week-long staycation. In addition to this, there’s the question of how a company keeps all its clients …

A normal day in the office: conversations in stock photos

 

Image source Woman on the left: “OH, you kissed Ben from accounts at the party last night? Good for YOU! Please tell me more!” Woman on the right: *nervously* “I’m sorry! It just kind of happened… I know how you feel about him, but when love takes over…” Woman on …

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What your employees really want: the low-down

 

Staffing can be a tricky business. We’ve talked before about hiring and firing – but what is the elusive secret to keeping your staff happy once they’re installed in the office? Great news for small business owners – a recent study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that …

Small businesses with a difference: the heartbreak coach

 

Sara Davison runs a business unlike any other.  Her experience of divorce, combined with her skills as a life coach, inspired her to create a divorce coaching programme that helps people get through the trauma of heartbreak. We talked to Sara more about her unique business, and what heartbreak coaching …

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6 top apps for business trips this summer

 

Andy Speight, managing director, Digital Trip Whether you want to keep on top of business stuff while you’re taking a trip abroad this summer, or you’re travelling for work, when it comes to technology there are other things to consider apart from remembering the right adaptor. From helping you around …

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Why Dolly Parton is a small business inspiration

 

Working 9-5 – what a way to make a living! Yes, Dolly Parton knows how to follow a dream – leave the office drudgery behind, put on a little sparkle, and #achieve your goals. But she’s also a down to earth kinda gal who’s worked extremely hard to get where …

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Six ways that automation can supercharge your business

 

Guest post by Breathe HR If business owners weren’t able to automate, or at least partially automate, many day-to-day tasks then they wouldn’t have any time left to focus on doing the most important thing of all: making money. Whilst it’s possible to hire staff specialising in areas such as …

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How the search for a missing tweet kick-started a Tech City startup

 

Marina Cheal, Managing Director at Cronycle, discusses her experience of taking a simple idea and turning it into an innovative and unique small business. One missing tweet Looking back over the last year or so, it’s amazing how  one missing tweet led to the creation of an entire business. Last …

 
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