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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.

The Essential Elements of a Small Business Website

Just like the quality of your products and your great customer service, your website is an important part of how your business presents itself. A business website, especially for a small business or start-up, doesn’t need to be expensive and full of bells and whistles. You just need the basics, done well. The absolute basics […]


Buying a Franchise – the Basics

A franchise can be a great way to set up a business without all the usual risks. You use a business formula which has been proven to work in the past – with support from the franchisor to help you get going. This guide gives an overview of buying a franchise operation. Types of franchise […]


What Is Your Competitive Advantage in Business?

Whenever I consult with a client or present my marketing master classes, I ask the questions: How are you competing in your current market? What is your competitive advantage? I’m met with a variety of responses which can range from “I’ve no idea” to “I am the cheapest.” A very popular response is “my business […]


An Overview to Business to Business (B2B) Trading

Although the main activity of many businesses is to sell to consumers – known as business-to-consumer or B2C trading – all businesses will also take part in some kind of business-to-business (B2B) activity. You’ll need to use suppliers, to provide you with raw materials for making products, services (eg accounting or market research) and/or professional […]


Guide to Business Financial Planning

Every business needs to stay on top of their finances. Here’s our guide to managing your business tax, budgeting and cashflow issues. Paying the right amount of tax It’s important that as part of your financial planning, you look at your business tax situation. Penalties can be severe if you don’t pay the tax that […]


5 Tips on How to Improve Your Company Credit Score

Your business credit score is a number that indicates how likely your business is to fail in the next year. Your business is scored on a scale of 1 to 100 and the higher the number, the less likely it’s considered your business will fail. How is my company credit score calculated? It’s a common […]


Beginner’s Guide to Social Networking for Business

Social media sites – websites that let people form online connections, interact and share information – have exploded in popularity in recent years. More and more, businesses are switching on to the idea that taking part in social communities is a great way to engage with their target audience. Read on for our overview of […]


How to Finance Your Business

Getting the right finance, at the right time, is hugely important for all businesses. As well as needing money to start up, you’ll need a steady flow of cash to pay your overheads, invest in equipment and supplies, and keep your business afloat while you’re waiting for your customers to pay you. You might also […]


Getting Started With Google My Business

Creating a free Google My Business listing makes it easier for customers and other people to find you online. A listing helps increase the visibility of your business when people use Google Search, Google Maps or the Google+ (Google Plus) social network. If you previously listed your business in Google Places or Google+, these have […]


The Basics of Business Bookkeeping

All businesses – from sole traders to multinationals – need to understand and keep up with their books. As well as it being a legal requirement for HMRC so that they can make sure you’re paying the correct amount of tax, your books are also a vital source of information about how your business is […]


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