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How To Save Your Business Money

Every business wants to save money in some way or another. The economic climate is ever changing and ever challenging, particularly at the moment. Small businesses are the ones that feel that pinch and squeeze even more so. How can you save money within your business this year? Here’s a few ideas to be getting on with.Employee Benefits Back in the day people were content with a desk and a salary. That seems to have shifted as the way we work has altered. Now companies tend to recruit the ...

May 11, 2020

Run Your Business Like A Jedi

As it’s May The 4th, let’s take a look at some of the business lessons we can learn from the ultimate mega movie series that is Star Wars. From the mind of George Lucas and then purchased by Disney, you’ll be able to watch it all on the new Disney+ streaming service should you want more inspiration after reading this post.“I find your lack of faith disturbing” Spoken by the menacing Darth Vader in Episode IV, it’s quite a simple phrase but speaks volumes. Without faith in your b...

May 4, 2020

Outsourced Accounting

Your accounts are one of the most important parts of running your business. Without numbers and figures, nothing works and you’ll soon find yourself confused and running the business into the ground. The question is, did you set up a business to do the mundane task of bookkeeping? The answer is no, which is why outsourcing your accounting to a specialist is a positive step in the right direction. Free Up Your Time As mentioned above, you probably didn’t set up your business because...

April 27, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your business

With the spread of coronavirus continuing and it looking likely that Britain will experience an epidemic, how can you ensure the health of your business? Obviously it depends on the type of business you run. Many freelancers are lucky enough to work remotely and from home, without spending hours commuting or in offices. For those, like me, who are in this situation, business continuity or the need to self-isolate should not have much of an impact. However many freelancers run workshops...

April 20, 2020

Step Away From The Laptop

Do you crave a better work life balance? Do you wish you could be less distracted by work and focus on the importance of family and friends at the weekend? Does the lure of a spreadsheet or Google document become all too much on an evening? You need to step away from the laptop. Remember the days where computers were solely desktops? You commuted to the office, sat at your desk and worked on the computer before logging off and leaving it until the next day. People say that smartphones are o...

April 13, 2020

What Business Lessons Can We Learn From An Easter Egg Hunt?

With Easter just around the corner, you might be taking part in seasonal merriment including family roast dinners, community egg rolling and even chocolate Easter egg hunts. With every experience we learn something and that gores for all of us, not just children. What business lessons can we learn from an Easter egg hunt this year? Let’s take a look! Eggs Are Customers Let’s say that there are 50 eggs hidden around the garden. In bushes, in branches, in the arms of garden gnomes. T...

April 6, 2020

Your Reputation Is Only As Good As Your Last Review

Do you ask friends and family for their advice when you need a tradesman for a job at home? Do you find yourself scrolling through sites such as TrustPilot when you’re looking to buy from a certain retailer? In a world which has developed from word of mouth recommendations to online reviews, never forget that your reputation is only as good as your last review. What do we mean by this? A World Of Expectations When we offer a service to customers and clients, what we do is set expecta...

March 30, 2020

Self-employed during coronavirus?

Some very good news for all of you that are self-employed or who have clients that are self-employed:  The House of Commons committee that is overlooking the CV-19 financial support legislation yesterday demanded that ‘the Secretary of State must, by regulation, introduce a scheme of statutory self-employment pay’. It goes on to say that  ‘The scheme must make provision for payments to be made out of public funds to and  individuals who are (a) self-employed ...

March 24, 2020

What You Think You Need vs What You Actually Need

There are some things in life that you think you need. This is also true in business. You think you need this and that but actually our business goggles are clouding our vision. Blocking out what we actually need. As a business owner, do you know what you need, or are you still stuck in the thinking zone? Let’s take a look at what you think you need and what you actually need! What You Think You Need So often, if you’re running a business you think that you need more sales and more...

March 23, 2020

How To Survive Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are running a small business you will be worried, scared and anxious about how to survive in the current climate. Not just from a health point of view, but from a financial aspect too.I am far more concerned personally about the lasting financial impact of this crisis than the health implications. Things To DoCut Your Costs This is a biggie. Review your bank accounts, credit cards and PayPal accounts immediately to pinpoint where there are expenditures that you can reduce or can...

March 19, 2020

Don't Just Shop On Price

We all want to get the best price on the things we buy and on our investments. When you’re in business,  every penny counts when it comes to your cash flow projections and monthly accounts. You might sometimes be tempted by the cheapest quote but think again. The cheapest isn’t always the best and there is a well-known quote which goes “buy cheap, buy twice.” If you’re happy to take the cheapest quote for work done, you are likely to find yourself asking yourself why you...

March 16, 2020

Turn Off Your Notifications

How much time are you wasting every day? With this simple hack, you’ll be able to concentrate on work better, be distracted less and take back control of your life. If you want to gain a better work life balance, this blog post is for you! We’ve all been there, right? One minute you’re nailing that client work, smashing keywords and hitting goals but the next, your attention is broken by a buzzing on your phone. You’re then pulled away from your laptop screen and are quickly immerse...

March 9, 2020

How To Become A Freelancer

Take a moment to imagine this. No 9-5 working hours. No commute. Maybe even working in your pyjamas with a laptop on your bed. Sound good? The idealistic outlook isn’t always the case though. Starting your freelancer life is hard and whilst it’s full of opportunity and freedom, it can be a tricky roads to navigate. Let’s have a look at how to begin your life in the freelance lane. Do Your Research Unless you’ve been plunged into this via a redundancy or are thinking about freel...

March 2, 2020

Minimise Risk

Running a small business comes with risk. There is good risk, probably including how you took that leap of faith to set up the business in the first place, and bad risk, which could potentially smash your business into pieces. By minimising risk and understanding what risks to take, we can look after the business we created, any employees we have working for us and the future of the company. Understanding the different types of risk is important. There are some which will be a small irritat...

February 24, 2020

Retain Your Clients

When you run a small business it is important to have a steady flow of work. So many small business owners concentrate on new customers. Bringing new clients in so the business can grow and ensure that there is new work to dive into. One of the most critical things you can do as a small business owner is to retain your clients. Let’s have a look at the importance of this and how you can actually keep them coming back to you for work. Long term working relationships show that you care. You...

February 17, 2020

Fall In Love With Your Business

When you start your own business it’s exciting. The adrenaline pumps through you, you take plenty of selfies in your new office space and there’s a constant smile on your face. But what happens when the honeymoon period ends? When reality sets in and you find difficulties to work through?In the week of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at how you can fall in love with your business again. Relieve Stress One of the main reasons we may start to resent our business is because of ...

February 10, 2020

Does Your Business Need A Budget?

When you run a business it’s often hard to keep track of money. When you start the venture, money seemingly flows the wrong way out the door until you’ve got your client base. Once you’re established and money is flowing both in and out of the business, it’s often still tricky to keep a handle on things. Whether you’re good with money or not, your business needs a budget. Having a budget is paramount for various reasons. You can minimise unexpected cash flow issues and control spe...

February 3, 2020

Top Tips For Small Business Growth

You’ve been running your business for a while. You’ve gone from strength to strength. You feel happy, content, the situation is good. How do you start to implement your vision of growth? How do you take your business to the next level? It can be a scary prospect, stepping out of that comfort zone you’re in but it can be so rewarding in the long run. The Cliché Let’s first say that the cliché of ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ is actually spot on. There is so much tr...

January 27, 2020

Manage Your Money

Do you find it hard to manage your money? It can be even worse if you run you are a small business owner, a freelancer or self-employed. It’s hard to step from being an employee into the role where you need to look after business finances and plan for the future but with these top tips you’ll be able to settle into that adjustment. Keep Things Separate It’s so easy to start your freelance life or set up an online business and simply use the bank account you’ve always had. The b...

January 20, 2020

Top Tips To Get Paid Quicker

Do you find yourself waiting for invoices to be paid? Getting frustrated when you have to chase people for payment? It puts all sorts of pressures on small business owners and employees. Surely there’s a better way to get paid sooner? Quicker? More frequently? Here are some top tips to get paid quicker which really work!Take Charge It’s up to you to get your invoice sent as soon as you can after work is completed. This should be the next part of your workflow, your process after finishi...

January 13, 2020

Check Your Emails Less

How often do you find yourself checking your emails? Maybe you’re waiting for that all important contract to come through. Perhaps you refresh your inbox every couple of minutes in the hope that you’ll have an invoice payment confirmation. Whatever the reason, checking your emails takes time you could be spending on other areas of your business. Here’s a few ideas to implement of how to check your emails less.Around the world we apparently send 200 million emails every day! That is a ridic...

January 6, 2020

How To Prepare Your Business For A New Year

A new year is about to start. A new decade is about to begin. With the Christmas rush, the holiday season and the winter months, there are so many distractions which can often get in the way. How do you stay focused and concentrate on the business? How do you start 2020 off on the right foot? Let’s have a look at how to prepare your business for a new year! Review The Last 12 Months A great way to plan for the year ahead is to see what has happened to the business over the previous y...

December 30, 2019

Avoid A Financial Hangover This Christmas

Christmas means different things to different people but at the heart of it, it’s a season of giving and goodwill. Whilst retailers might be reporting their best ever Q4, small service business might be seeing things slow down as customers and clients turn their attention elsewhere during the silly season. Whilst you may be staring downhearted into the cold bleak January, bracing yourself for a quiet month, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you don’t have a hangover this Christ...

December 23, 2019

Christmas Gifts For Employees

Gift giving is often seen as an important part of the festive season. Whether for family or friend or loved ones across the miles, in different parts of the world. What about employees? What if you want to give them a gift during the season of goodwill? What are the rules around Christmas gifts for employees, colleagues and maybe even your employer? Let’s take a look. Secret Santa is fine. You know, setting a limit of perhaps a fiver on a present spend and then putting everyone’s names ...

December 16, 2019

How To Offer An Excellent Client Experience

Businesses can thrive or die on how they treat their customers. Reputation is a huge thing within the business world. Whether you’re a plumber, cafe owner or corporate business manager, the fundamentals of business stays the same. You might struggle and continuously ask yourself how to offer an excellent client experience but the key to it is implementing a strategic workflow. Workflow is so important. Everyone within the company needs to be on the same page with it. One chink in the work...

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