Business Tips & Hacks

GDPR: Big Changes for Small Businesses? 

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GDPR: Big Changes for Small Businesses? 

GDPR: Big Changes for Small Businesses?  There’s a lot of scaremongering around GDPR. It seems that the moment you mention GDPR in the next breath 20 million Euro fines are mentioned. The thing is, GDPR is just an upgrade of the Data Protection Act. It’s polishing up your systems and sharing with your leads and customers how well you look after them. There has been so much conflicting information out there so I hope this article goes some way to helping you clear a way through it all. I must add at this point that we are not lawyers, but we...

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Double flipping great business tips

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Double flipping great business tips

Double flipping great business tips Setting up your own business takes courage, self belief, and money, however being your own boss and working from home gives you the ultimate flexibility – and is the perfect way to manage the family versus work conundrum. Since I set up my business, double-flip.com, the learning curve has been steep.  Here’s some of what I have learnt: The light bulb moment. This may sound obvious, but if you are going to succeed you need to have a really good idea.  Extensive research into the concept is essential....

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Mum owned business celebrates 50 years

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Mum owned business celebrates 50 years

Dodo Pad’s 50 years as the best-loved diary specialist Dodo Pad diaries burst on to the scene back in 1966; to put that into contest, it’s the year England won the World Cup. With it’s unusual, witty and family oriented theme, the Dodo Pad diary immediately became the must-have organiser. Those of you who have had the pleasure of a Dodo Pad will already know what that means… Fast forward 50 years and, now with Mum of one Rebecca Jay at the helm, the quirky organisation specialist is still making waves and...

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Black Friday 2015

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Black Friday 2015

Black Friday – what’s it all about? The New year sales are an age old tradition that people would wait for with great anticipation but wait! There’s a new ‘day’ in town, that’s growing into a phenomenon. Whereas the New Year sales have become to be regarded as the time when retailers sell off the old stock to make way for the new, Black Friday is the one to watch now, being towards the end of November it’s perfectly timed to grab some Christmas presents, still leaving enough time to pay full whack if...

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5 Things Employers Look For On Your CV

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5 Things Employers Look For On Your CV

5 Things Employers Look For On Your CV Writing a CV isn’t the same as writing a thriller or a fantasy novel. A prospective employer is looking for the ideal candidate for the advertised role, not someone who has a great imagination. You want to interest the employer, and to do this you have to write an accurate reflection of your skills, experience and achievements. Here are five things employers look for on your CV. 1. Show off your skills You should always list your skills in your CV. If you’re applying for call centre jobs you must be able...

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The SME’s guide to: The pros and cons of self-storage

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The SME’s guide to: The pros and cons of self-storage

The SME’s guide to: The pros and cons of self-storage Whether you’re moving house and need somewhere to keep your belongings for a short time or are looking for somewhere more long-term to keep company stock, you might be considering renting one of the many cheap storage facilities available across the UK. Extra space can be extremely useful from time-to-time, but what are the pros and cons of self-storage? The pros:  1. Space-saver Firstly and perhaps foremost, storage units are a great space safer. They’re the perfect place to securely...

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What ‘Project Pictogram’ Is And Why Your Business Should Take Notice

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What ‘Project Pictogram’ Is And Why Your Business Should Take Notice

What ‘Project Pictogram’ Is And Why Your Business Should Take Notice Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new road safety initiative aimed at raising awareness of dangerous driving behaviours, and businesses and vehicle fleet operators are being urged to adopt the measures. Project Pictogram is billed as a new ‘road safety and profit protection’ initiative by the fire brigade, who believe that ‘subtle, indirect suggestions can change behaviours on a large scale’. It is designed to become an industry-standard set of...

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6 Things Your Business Is Losing By Not Having An Online Presence

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6 Things Your Business Is Losing By Not Having An Online Presence

6 Things Your Business Is Losing By Not Having An Online Presence Online presence is of greater importance now than ever before, as people considering a new product or service turn to Google before making a decision and expect to find an informative, genuine looking site for whatever company they are considering. Word of mouth can only get your so far in 2015 and beyond, so if you still do not have an online presence, here’s what you are losing out on: 1. New customers and leads Obviously. With no online presence you are regularly missing out...

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Best Places to Start a Business

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Best Places to Start a Business

Best Places to Start a Business  When it comes to conducting business across land and sea, the barriers have been knocked down and in their place are fluid and streamlined forms of communication. This ability to conduct business from anywhere in the world has risen as technology has grown. We can now talk face-to-face over Skype, send work over e-mail and take part in conference calls. This effectively means our colleagues and business partners, even if they are on the other side of the world, can feel as if they are in one room together....

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7 ways to finance your business

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7 ways to finance your business

7 ways to finance your business All businesses will need financing at some point and finding the right type for your company will be a challenge. Funding comes in many forms and over the past decade the options for raising money have changed drastically. Personal loans There are many quick loans available on the high street, some of which are great for a quick cash injection in an emergency. If you have a car that you are willing to put forward as collateral you can borrow up to £50,000 from Car Cashpoint. They will give you a loan against...

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