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Business Advice

For helpful business advice on topics from how to get your business up and running, to how to use social media to find more customers, these useful articles will help you get ahead of your competition.

Making Tax And VAT Digital For Small Businesses – Are You Ready?

It seems only yesterday that one of my clients called me in a panic, having received a letter from HM Customs & Excise introducing a new online VAT system and a date for their business to be live. Following this, all quarterly VAT returns would be submitted online. Nobody wanted change. Nobody wanted to climb […]


How To Get Your Business In The Google Local 3-Pack

If you use Google regularly, chances are you’ve seen the map results – known as the 3-pack, local pack, map pack, or snack pack. But have you ever wondered how to get your business to show up there? It’s surprisingly easy! Let’s take a look at the local 3-pack; what is it? And how can […]


22 Complex Marketing Terms Explained in Plain English

Marketing. Even if you don’t fully understand it, your business can’t live without it. It’s one of those topics where the jargon can sometimes be so impenetrable, even seasoned professionals are left scratching their heads now and again! If marketing lingo leaves you puzzled, then read on – we’ve compiled a glossary of 22 common […]


Refinancing Your Business: How To Use It To Your Benefit

Business finance comes in all shapes and sizes, and while this can make it a tricky area to navigate, you can also use it to your advantage. Refinancing involves either consolidating debts, or raising cash using the assets in your business. In this article, we’ll have a look at these two main areas of refinancing […]


How To Heal Customers’ Pain Points

Heal the pain point, win the customer. In well-established industries, we can forget that there are new people finding out how things work every day. Yes, people who have taken out a mortgage know how awful the process can be and have accepted it – but first-time buyers don’t and haven’t. There will always be […]


3 Great Referral Schemes To Drive More Business

A referral scheme gives you the best chance of getting more customers just like the ones you already have and love the most. Once you’ve reached someone who liked you enough to buy from you, wouldn’t it be great to then infect all their friends with the same love bug? Let’s get into referral schemes. […]


Help, I Need External Funding! Emergency Business Finance Explained

Imagine this: a bakery discovers one of its ovens is broken. This certainly means reduced production, and therefore less revenue, and it could quickly put the business at risk if it can’t be replaced soon. But not every business has enough money sitting aside to buy new machinery outright, and in emergencies like this you […]


Should You Weatherproof Your Business?

The recent adverse weather conditions hit some UK businesses hard. Lost revenues were experienced by many through lost customer focus, difficult trading conditions, staff shortages, and the inability to collect/deliver products. With climate change continuing to dominate headlines and the expectation of further “freak” weather conditions, should business owners seriously consider how to weatherproof their […]


A No-Nonsense Look at GDPR

If you handle personally identifiable information about EU citizens, you need to know about GDPR. It will give EU citizens ultimate control over the personal data that companies hold about them. As citizens, it’s great news. However as business owners, it seems to be causing some concern – though compliance isn’t as scary it’s sometimes […]


5 Awesome YouTube Channels for Freelancers

As you’re most likely already aware, the internet is packed with business advice. But there’s so much of it floating around, it can be tricky to select which guidance to run with and which to give the boot. Paradoxically, floating in a noisy sea of advice in this way can be isolating. Cutting through the […]


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