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Three Olympics’ Biz Booster Tips

Lowering the Tone Stella McCartney, who designed the Team GB Olympics kit, said ‘You don’t need to sacrifice style for sport’. Stella clearly wasn’t aware that my hapless, hopeless, fashion disaster of an agent, Tony Robinson OBE, was going to attend two weeks of the Olympics. I blame your London Mayor, Boris Johnson. He had…

What have you got buried?

Are you a dog with a bone? I am. It is an invaluable business skill and one of the few I possess, but it has always held me in good stead. The analogy works perfectly for me, and this is why. The dog instinctively knows the bone is valuable and worth gritting teeth for, fighting…

Top 5 Tips for Breaking Your Small Business Out of a Slump

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Take a look at the plans you made at the start of the year. Now is a good time to revise your goals based on the performance of your business so far.…

Things To Think About Before Quitting Your Day Job and Starting Your Own Business

When you’ve got a great idea for setting up your own business, the freedom of being in charge of your own destiny can be very alluring. So, it can occasionally be tempting to throw caution to the wind and get started straight away. But before you make the leap, it’s worth taking a little time…

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Social Media Fails

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Social media is a never-ending job. You can automate some of it but be aware that you will always need to interact with the people who follow your business or comment on…

Customer Value?

Did this with a client yesterday – thought I would share it here. (Scanner needs cleaning, sorry!). Anything to add?

Business Cost Cutting

All to often we are confronted with cash-flow problems. Lack of new business, clients paying later and later, etc. – which invariably brings us to think about reducing costs in our business. But there is more to reducing costs than meets the eye, it can have a negative effect on business growth and productivity. Here…

Good is boring.

Ever wondered why nobody cares about your business, yet everyone tells you it is a good (or great, etc.) business? Here is why: Good is middle of the road Good is not Remarkable Good is boring Good in not inspiring Good is never remembered Your business needs to be remarkable at something. If you sell…

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