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Year 2009

Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/11/10

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world. Getting by with skeleton staff: Small business owners are still whittling away at their payroll, but the deluge of pink slips on Main Street is slowing down.…

Sugar Not The Icing On The Small Business Cake.

Lord Sugar’s – the government’s enterprise czar – outburst last week where he allegedly called small business owners moaners and said: “I can honestly say a lot of problems you hear from people who are moaning are from companies I wouldn’t lend a penny to. … They are bust and they don’t need the bank…

5 tips for Sourcing Employee Training for Small Businesses

 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners.   Contact local development agencies – some may offer training programs Hire local teachers or consultants to run short training schedules. Check their references first. Ask corporations – often they have training courses or accreditation for their products. Speak to local universities…

Economics – Small Business Quote of the Week

  A small business quote keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained.  “The volatility at the core of deregulated financial institutions makes a world economy that is organised as a system of free markets essentially unstable” John Gray (b. 1948) British academic & writer, False Dawn (1998)   To view previous quotes of the day, click…

Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/11/03

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world. Small Businesses Faces Sharp Rise in Cost of Health Care: As Congress nears votes on legislation that would overhaul the health care system, many small businesses say…

Small Business world News Round-up – 2009/10/27

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world. Obama Announces Small-Business Lending Push: The measures would raise loan caps and allow smaller banks to borrow money at low rates from the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset…

Five Tips on Preparing for a Growth Spurt

 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners.   Consider hiring additional staff to cope with demand. Change your role within the business – you may need to be less “hands-on” and start delegating tasks. Consider letting go of customers which contribute little to the bottom line but take…

5 Small Business Startup Ideas – 2009/10/25

If you are sat at home this weekend contemplating starting your own small / micro home business or becoming a self-employed freelancer / sole trader then here are ten quick-fire business ideas to use as a starting point.  A picture book series for adults explaining technology topics. Luggage with in-built RFID chips. A recipe subscription…

Luck – Small Business Quote of the Week

  A small business quote keeps you thinking, inspired and entertained.  “We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?” Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French poet, attrib.  To view previous quotes of the day, click here 

New Campaign Releases “Pool of Talented Parents” to Business

A new campaign has launched to encourage businesses to tap into the massive pool of talent that is available from parents looking for flexible work. The Supporting Parents In Business campaign highlights to businesses that many highly skilled professionals have chosen to spend more time at home raising their children – but still want to…

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