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Top 10 hiring tips

Wondering how to attract the best candidates without breaking the bank? Get some pointers with our handy top ten Even if you start out as a one-(wo)man-band, if your business takes off pretty soon you’ll be looking to recruit a team to help take it to the next level. But what makes you think the right people for the job will want to come and work for you? Obviously being able to pay world-class wages is a s ...

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The law and you

Legal advice isn’t just a nice-to-have, but a must: protecting yourself, your business, your employees and your customers, and making sure you’re obeying all the relevant laws, should be at the top of your agenda right from the start. For most people, the legal industry is something to be accessed on an as-required basis – and those requirements tend to be infrequent. For business owners, the aim too should ...

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The IT Crowd

Especially if you consider yourself something of a Luddite or technophobe, it is easy to think of IT as a mysterious and confusing land which only those adepts with the right training can enter. But even if you’re a bona fide tech wizard, it might make sense to take on some extra hands (whether full-time, part-time or outsourced) to take the IT burden off your shoulders while you’re concentrating on growing ...

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The bank job

It’s all but indispensable for any start-up – but business banking can be significantly more complex than the personal kind. Nevertheless, get things right from the off, with a good bank, and you could be laughing… When putting together a checklist of all the services your business will require to function, you should make sure that “banking” comes at or very near the top. Money is the lifeblood of your com ...

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SME social media

Effective online marketing is not just about having a swish website; social media marketing is the latest must-do for any small business – not to mention, a lot of the time it’s free! Furthermore, it allows you to reach a global audience and communicate with your customers on a more friendly and approachable basis (but be careful: social media also allows any mistakes on your part, or negative customer expe ...

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Ship it

OK, so your business has been launched and your products are pouring off the lines – but how do you get them to your customers? Time to get your delivery system up and running… If your business involves the production and/or sale of tangible products rather than services or software, you somehow have to get those products to your customers. One way of doing this, of course, is through physical premises – bu ...

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Reach out

Whatever your business, you’ll need to communicate with those you’re relying on to make it work. But what telecommunications set-up will be right for your venture – and will it still be right this time next year? The remarkable leaps in technology we have witnessed over the last few decades have meant that entrepreneurs now have a dazzling array of methods through which to communicate with their customers, ...

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Protect and prosper

Securing the right insurance cover for your business is essential for stability and peace of mind; we take a look at critical cover for you. It can be easy, particularly for small start-up businesses, to overlook the importance of securing the right insurance cover in the early stages, but it’s critical to ensure that you have protected your business, your employees – and yourself, of course. If your organi ...

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Nice supplies

Whatever your business, you’re going to be reliant upon products and services supplied by others – from stationery and broadband to components and ingredients. Being deprived of even one of these could hit you hard – while paying too much will quickly eat into your profits. Here, two entrepreneurs take a look at how to get the most out of your suppliers… Using your head: Andy Palfrey is the co-founder of co ...

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Making it count

Accounts are the blood vessels of a business – but doing your own can take precious time and effort away from your company. Why divert your attention when there’s a whole profession out there to help you? Glenn Collins, Head of Technical Advisory for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), gives the lowdown on working with an accountant. In order to understand the drivers behind taking on ...

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