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Eight steps to transform the profitability of your business

 

By Ian Baxter, owner and chairman of Baxter Freight Profit is the lifeblood of any business – it’s certainly not a dirty word! Yet when it comes down to it, many businesses aren’t as profit-focussed as they could be. Before I offer my advice, when I talk about profit focus, …

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Productivity tips that actually work – from the weird to the mundane

 

Guest post by writer and blogger Sharlene Teo Productivity, or lack thereof, is a big issue in the modern workplace. We live in an age of endless distractions: and the Internet, indispensable to the workplace, is also a minefield of procrastination. Staying motivated and focused is vital to success and …

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Common payroll pitfalls – and how to avoid them

 

Payrolls are the bane of many small business owners’ life. Not only do you have to give your hard-earned money away, but you have to do it in such a difficult manner! Gone are the times when you’d bung your employees a few bob in cash at the end of …

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“The dog ate my invoice!” – the biggest excuse for SME late payments

 

Late payments can be really disruptive to small businesses – when you don’t have much leeway in your cashflow, just one payment can make the difference between failure and success. Automated credit control company Satago found that every year more than a third (34%) of UK SMEs are forced to …

The Font Archive – Spelling out success

 

Lots of start-ups are run from home – but what about using a storage unit as your HQ? Andy Stuart, owner and manager of The Font Archive, did this. He salvaged a collection of over 90,000 historical typeface font designs, and sells them via his website (www.thefontarchive.co.uk). He’s been sorting …

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How to make your small business website work harder

 

Gary Turner, managing director of Xero UK,  provides top tips to help small businesses become more attractive to prospective customers online. The best place to hide a dead body is page two of Google – at least according to one unknown blogger. The clear message from this joke is just …

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The cost of a heatwave: are your employees less productive?

 

A recent study carried out by Voucher Codes Pro revealed that a whopping 74% of employees polled felt their productivity had decreased in the recent heatwave. Reasons included headaches, eagerness to leave work, hayfever, sunburn, and generally Feeling Too Hot. Not just this – 14% confessed they had pulled a …

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How to make your customers buy again – 7 essential email marketing tips

 

Email marketing can be a tricky beast. How can you send mass emails without getting spammy, incensing your customers until they vow to boycott your company forever, and actually use it to generate sales? Simon Horton of ecommerce plugin supplier ShopIntegrator shares some key steps in encouraging repeat custom and keeping your …

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5 things I wish I’d known before trying to make it in the US

 

By Richard Parris, CEO and founder of Intercede It’s not easy breaking into a market in your native land, never mind a foreign one. While I consider my business a great success today, how much further might we have come if I’d been exposed to the experience, knowledge and know-how …

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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