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Month November 2011

The mindset of small business

I recently came across a couple of interesting INFOGRAPHICS relating to small and micro-enterprises in the UK and USA which I would like to share with you.  The first is from the UK based on research from Smarta – the DNA of Sole Traders. In a nutshell it says that UK sole traders are ‘motivated…

Protect Your Customers With Public Liability Insurance

Businesses credibility can only really be viewed by the service it provides to its customers. With this in mind, this is why any business that is serious about its credibility should do its best to make sure their company is based on a strong foundation. An element of this proposition consists of creating financial security…

‘Build it and they will come’ leaves too much to chance

There’s an old adage “Build it and they will come”. I’m not sure where it originates from but it was popularised by James Earl Jones, playing Terence Mann, when speaking to Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, in the film: Field of Dreams. I’ve heard this seen and heard this idea used in business, particularly…

The Best Biz Mentors Can Be A Tad Crazy

My Dad I reckon my first business mentor was my Dad. He started his own business, working from home, because, like many people I know, it was the best way of earning a living. His health was very poor so he had to pack in his job. In the five years between me being 13…

Business Awards – you have to be in them to win them

The last few months has seen a flurry of activity on the Business Awards scene – from Start-ups to Growth business, from Social entrepreneurs to Mumpreneurs there are so many opportunities to get your business noticed by entering a competition, being shortlisted, and potentially winning an award. The big questions is, when there’s already so…

Top 5 Tips for Making Your First Sale

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Offer your product or service at a lower price if someone tells you that they already have a supplier. Reduced risk is always an attractive proposition. 2. Be tenacious when it comes to…

The importance of feedback for management and improvement

I don’t know how many of you have seen the film The Truman Show? But we’ve all wished we could live in a perfect world sometimes, where every traffic light is green and every decision goes your way. Working without effective feedback can sometimes seem like that – you complete a task or project, send…

Building better relations with your customers starts at the end

Today, I want to tell you a personal story of doing new things, taking risks, being innovative and being willing to fail in the quest to create something of value for my business, the people that I know, the small business community and my customers. View the story “RARE Forum, The Drill Hall, London 3rd…

Life’s a Pitch and then they buy

As a small business you know that every communication counts. When speaking with customers, suppliers, investors, competitors, or peers, the way in which you present yourself and your business will have a lasting impact on whether or not they do business with you, or in the case of competitors treat you as a genuine threat…

60% Lower Fuel Costs for Small Business Employees.

Fuel prices are rising and they will keep on doing so, whether we like it or not. This week MPs in the UK parliament are to express there concern about the ever increasing prices at the fuel pumps. This is not only a problem in the UK and it hits small businesses hardest. But what…

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