Over the years there have been many Government Grants and schemes aimed at helping small businesses but these have sometimes been difficult to claim or not available to all.
Any speech or presentation requires a degree of preparation and loads of research and being an MC, awards or event host is no different.
There is a common mis-perception amongst the SME business that Business Development tends to be for large or corporate firms and that growing a SME business is all about advertising and marketing. The truth is, this perception is the reason why SME businesses often struggle to see bang for their buck via advertising and ill thought out marketing initiatives.
Whilst Santa is famous for working on Christmas Eve & morning, few people realise that it is more than likely that he works 365 days a year, like every other hard working entrepreneur, running what is probably the biggest manufacturing and logistics operation in the world!
Shared parental leave is a new right which apples to babies due to be born after April 5th 2015. The theory is good but the regulations are complex and drawn up in my opinion by someone who never run a small business.
%AM, %14 %041 %2014 %00:%Nov Written by Michael Newman
I am bringing it to your attention as I think everyone who employs subcontractors should be aware of the worker status and the rights and obligations which extend to people who are in this intermediate category between an employee and a genuine self-employed contractor.
Cash flow problems are responsible for causing many small businesses to fail. Cash flow problems are the cause over 70% of small business failures in the first year.
The growth of social media is a phenomenon of this century. The increase in the number of smart phones and affordable tablet devices have all contributed towards the explosive growth of social media, the numbers of platforms are bewildering. Even the queen has her own twitter account.
To be a successful entrepreneur you are going to have to learn to deal with failure. There is no way around it. Thomas Edison tried over ten thousand different experiments before he finally demonstrated the first incandescent light bulb on October 21, 1879. Bill Gates' first company, Traf-O-Data, was a failure. Richard Branson took on Coca Cola and failed.
%AM, %02 %041 %2014 %00:%Nov Written by Paul Kelly
It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur—in the last decade, technology has leveled the playing field and propelled an entrepreneurial revolution. As an entrepreneur, you now have more access to information that enables you to make more intelligent choices more quickly. You have an advantage over big businesses in that you’re lighter, more flexible, and faster on your feet. You can target new markets more quickly, and you can turn on a dime.
%AM, %01 %041 %2014 %00:%Nov Written by Paul Kelly
Do you have an idea for the next big thing? Are you fed up with the monotonous 9-5? Want to have a better work life balance? Whatever your reason for wanting to start your own business, you will probably be making the best decision of your working life, however, how do you know you should take the risk? Here are a few signs that taking the leap might be the thing for you.
%AM, %31 %041 %2014 %00:%Oct Written by Ted Wigzell
You’ve sweated, planned, worked and struggled to get your business off the ground. Hopefully you’ve got a great product or service, you’ve faithfully (or not!) followed your business plan, your marketing plan, created policies and procedures, set up the processes and you’re actually trading. You’ve probably overcome enormous hurdles along the way, things that have kept you awake at night, things that seemed insurmountable appeared all over the place to trip you up. But yet, you persisted. You triumphed. You should be feeling amazing!
%AM, %26 %452 %2017 %10:%Jun Written by Sara Priestley
What if knowing three simple, psychological facts were all the personal development you ever needed? And you could get on with thriving in business? Sounds too good to be true?