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Social Media Etiquette: 9 more Quick Tips for Professionals

By Stephen Paul on Jan 18, 2018 10:30:20 AM

With social media, you can connect with business associates quickly and creatively. But this communication mode is not without risk. A thoughtless post can offend customers and other business partners and damage relationships rather than build them. By following a few ground rules you can be confident your comments and posts will be appropriate ones.

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4 Tips for Improving Your About Page

By Stephen Paul on Jan 15, 2018 10:30:19 AM

Every website should have an 'about page'. It exists to capture the very essence of your business by reeling in your target audience and inspiring them with your story.

The About page is more than just a brief biography or a list of achievements; it should be something that forges a connection with your readers and gives them a reason why they should choose your business.

Crafting an unforgettable about page is often not that easy, particularly if you're not the sort of person to feel completely comfortable talking about yourself.

These four tips, inspired by some of the best About pages on the Internet, should help you to get started.

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Should you hire remote overseas workers?

By Stephen Paul on Jan 11, 2018 10:30:04 AM

The rise of the global workforce has opened up exciting possibilities for small business owners whose growing companies could use an extra set of hands.

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Credit and Debit Card Fees To Be Banned

By Darren Glanville on Jan 9, 2018 3:10:56 PM

From the 13 January 2018, the government are banning all credit and debit card fees. The current rule, which came into practice in 2013 states that companies can only charge what it costs them to process the credit or debit payment, this means they should not make a profit on these surcharges.

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Creating an Effective Performance Target: 7 Key Questions to Ask

By Stephen Paul on Jan 8, 2018 10:30:28 AM

It's essential for any business to have a robust set of performance targets for its workforce. These will drive employees to achieve in the areas that are critical for success. Therefore, it's important to ensure that the targets are calibrated correctly in order to realise the desired results. Before introducing any new target, make sure you've answered the following seven key questions:

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How to Create a Personal Brand

By Stephen Paul on Jan 4, 2018 10:30:35 AM

The words ‘personal brand’ is still somewhat controversial, and carry an unfortunate cast of self-promotion and vanity. The truth is that personal branding is more important than ever in the job market, and those without a clear personal brand or mission to create one are lagging behind the competition.

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HMRC stops use of personal credit cards to pay tax bills

By Darren Glanville on Jan 3, 2018 4:55:37 PM

Back in November 2017, we posted an update regarding HMRC and its decision to withdraw the option for payments to be made via a personal credit card.

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Helping you prepare for GDPR

By Darren Glanville on Jan 3, 2018 3:11:41 PM

This week sees many businesses returning from the festive break eager to clear down the backlog of emails and achieve ‘inbox zero’. While some businesses are commencing new financial years, others are busy preparing themselves for upcoming year-ends as well as completing tax returns for the 31st January deadline.  

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Presentations - Saying It Without Words

By Stephen Paul on Jan 2, 2018 10:30:26 AM

It's easy to believe that the key skill in giving a presentation is making sure you say the right thing, but studies have shown that 55% of your message comes from non-verbal cues and people remember more if they see something than if they just hear it. This article looks at the eight areas you need to focus on to make the most of that 55%.

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Enjoying a stress-free holiday

By Stephen Paul on Dec 21, 2017 10:30:58 AM

As a business owner, it’s important to take time away from work.

But worrying about whether staff are meeting deadlines and suppliers are happy translates to more stress and less time enjoying your holiday.

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