Business owners: 10 secrets to getting more from your time on LinkedIn

If someone gave you the opportunity to attend a meeting where thousands of your prospects were also present, you’d be silly not to take them up on the offer…right? This opportunity might be staring you in the face. LinkedIn is the world’s largest database of professionals; hundreds of millions of professionals waiting there, ready to be connected with and engaged. … Read More

What a disaster: How smart businesses avoid devastation when disaster strikes

Disasters. They happen. In personal lives, and in business. That’s not being negative, that’s being real.  Every day disasters affect families and businesses somewhere in the world, but it always seems to happen to someone else, doesn’t it? Touch wood. Then every once in a while something happens a bit closer to home—a disaster hits someone you know, and it’s … Read More

High staff turnover? 5 steps to reduce employee drain…

As a business owner, do you or your managers spend a lot of time recruiting, conducting exit interviews, and onboarding new staff? When the ‘revolving door’ in and out of your business doesn’t stop revolving, it can impact so many parts of the business that it soon becomes a priority to address the problem. A high staff turnover rate doesn’t … Read More

4 apps to stop late payments affecting your business’ cash flow

Debtors and late-payers—the bane of every business owner. No matter how profitable your business is, it won’t survive without good cash flow. If you can’t pay your bills on time, you may end up trading while insolvent. And that’s not just bad business—that’s illegal. But to do that, you need your clients to pay their bills on time. And that’s … Read More

Managing receipts: 4 apps to save you wasting time on administrivia

They say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. For a lot of people, there’s also a third certainty in life: the pain of keeping track of every receipt when it’s time to do the taxes. How many times has your bookkeeper or finance manager asked you for a receipt (that you swore you stuffed somewhere in … Read More

Unmasking liability: 6 signs that contractor is really your employee

In a lot of situations, hiring a contractor to get a particular job done makes perfect sense. It may require expertise or skills none of your employees has. You may only need someone for a short timeframe to clear a backlog of work. Or maybe you just want to avoid having to go through a formal recruitment process. But be … Read More

Business owners: 5 types of insurance you might be overlooking

Whoever said, “You can never have too much insurance” obviously never had to pay the premiums. Still, there’s no denying the fact you need it to protect your business and its assets. So you probably have building and contents, public liability and public indemnity insurance. But what else should you get cover for? What else can you get cover for? … Read More

Can’t afford to start your new business? Why not crowdfund it?

So you’ve got a great idea for your business, but you don’t have the funds right now to get it off the ground. You could try applying for a government grant, but it’s often a long and arduous bureaucratic process of form filling and there are of course no guarantees you’ll get the money. Some governments also offer tax incentives … Read More