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Facts You Must Know before Choosing a Credit Card Processor

There are a hundred little things that have to be done when you’re starting a business. You need to file for an assumed business name or set up an LLC, you need to map out your business plan, you need to do some market research, and you need to spend time on product development. Among…

Mobile Working: The Facts

Have you ever wondered how much of the Mobile Working craze is simply hype? Or could it be that the climate of work is genuinely shifting to a more fluid, on-the-go style to reflect the technology that we use in our personal lives? The folks at iPass must have been wondering the same thing, because…

Bespoke Software Apps In The Cloud

Need some software? Well, what you do is go online and sign up for online software or order a boxed software product to help you manage your business. But does it really ‘help’ you manage your business, or does it just put you in a software ‘straight-jacket’? In reality this software dictates to you how…

5 Small Ways Credit Unions Can Make the Tech Leap and Start Competing With the Big Banks

With a finger solidly pointed at big banks to explain the 2008 market crash, many sought to avoid the traditional banking institutions and use credit unions instead. This migration created new questions about just what a credit union is and how it differs from traditional banks. Traditional Banks vs. Credit Unions: What’s the Difference? At…

How Motivated are your Employees, Really?

“Motivate your teams.” “Engage your employees.” Senior leaders make these directives clear to managers. But why are organizations continuing to focus on employee motivation and engagement during a time when so many talented people are desperately looking for a job? Informed leaders know that an engaged employee will produce far more for an organization than…

Why are women just better at it?

No use complaining Keep up won’t you? There’s no room for weenies in the global micro enterprise community. My hapless and hopeless UK agent, Tony Robinson OBE, sent me a press clipping of what Serena Williams said after winning the Madrid Open last week. He’s obsessed by how Serena and Venus have raised the game,…

Don’t push when you can pull

No selling required There is a better way of winning new customers than pushing you and your B2B offer at them. Customers love it because they’re buying rather than being sold to. You’ll like it because it feels better than selling and you’ll get more long term business from it. Using social media well has…

Top 5 Tips for Taking Time Off from Your Small Business

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Make sure that your email Inbox is totally clear of anything urgent and that you have replied to everything important. You can set your email to provide an ‘out of office’ message…

The Power of your Sales Ledger

Many businesses are not aware of the potential to release cash against their sales ledger. For every sale made, you have to invoice your customers for goods sold or services provided. Factoring.uk.net explains how resourceful your sales ledger could be in these economically demanding times. Just like your business’ brand, the sales ledger is an…

Work within reason, wise Dad advised

My father, who worked for himself all his life, either alone or running his small business, said to anyone thinking of going for it (me included) that it would take ten years to get established. I couldn’t see that at the time but I now fully understand what he was getting at. Dad died in…

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