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How to keep costs down while replacing your ERP software

 

By Martin Craze, founder and Managing Director of Applied Business Computers One of the biggest reasons businesses avoid transitioning to a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software are the costs involved. The average lifespan of an ERP system falls between 7-10 years – how long has your current software been kicking …

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Essential PPC Testing Tips for Beginners

 

Being visible online is vital for small businesses, and one quick win is to run a pay per click (PPC) campaign to get visitors to your website. In this article, Adzooma, the all-in-one digital marketing platform, offer tips to businesses and beginners who are undertaking PPC advertising. Testing is a …

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Turn your phone into your PA with these five apps

 

By Gabriele Ottino, Productivity Expert and MD of Doodle If there’s one thing small business owners need more of, it’s time. Unfortunately, not many of us have the luxury of a personal assistant who devotes their time solely to saving ours. Every week many costly hours are wasted on necessary yet …

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How to Recognise and Deal with Workplace Stress

 

Last year, over 11 million working days were lost due to stress, depression, or anxiety. There are numerous reasons across all industries for this figure, but common causes are lack of managerial support, bullying and too much responsibility placed upon employees. Employers, meanwhile, have a duty to take care of …

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Start-up success: 5 tips for keeping your team motivated

 

By Rebecca Kelly, CEO and founder, Venuescanner Launching and running a start-up is a complete rollercoaster, but it’s also the most rewarding of experiences. However, it’s only made possible by the team around you which it is why it is fundamental to get the right people on board from the …

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How Should You Manage Poor Employee Performance?

 

Employee engagement, performance and productivity will always be pressing HR concerns. As managers, we are constantly striving to get the best out of our workforce, to inspire them to improve and to provide them with all the necessary elements to perform well. However, what happens when you notice an employee …

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Making Videos that Sell: A Guide for Small Businesses

 

By Brad Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager, Wrike Video is critical for online marketing. According to Video Brewery, having a video on a web page increases conversions by 80%, and including video in an email campaign increases click-through rates by 200-300%. If you’re a small business owner, it can help you differentiate …

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Creating Staff Incentives for Small Businesses

 

Offering staff something extra along with their paycheck each month can have a huge impact on motivation and performance at work. While offering a quarterly bonus is a draw for many employees, there are other personal touches which can make a difference to those looking to get something more out …

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5 ways to make your ‘mobile office’ thrive

 

The move towards remote, flexible working has grown exponentially in recent years, with 2016 TUC research suggesting the number of people regularly working from home rose by 19% compared to 2006. Small business owners will be well aware of the potential benefits a mobile team can bring, such as reduced …