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Business 101: Starting Out as a Commercial Interior Designer

While the media may be swamped with news of economic and private sector growth, this does not mean that the UK can look forward to long-term success with any great degree of certainty. More specifically, a teetering real estate market and lack of permanent job opportunities is continuing to undermine the green shoots of economic recovery, so there is reason for small business owners in particular to remain cautious. It is also important to understand the fact that not all industries thrive and prosper, even during periods of wider growth.…

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3 Ways the Summer Heat Affects Your Business

For many of us, summer is a time for relaxation and fun. With BBQs aplenty and bustling beer gardens, when Britain gets its weather right, there’s nowhere else better on earth. However, as brilliant as the glorious sunshine may be for the weekends and down time, it causes numerous problems for businesses up and down the country. From problems with refrigeration in restaurants to the decreasing of staff efficiency, the heat causes problems no matter what the nature of your business.…

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Running a More Effective Small Business Website

Most businesses today have and need a website. However, the process of ensuring that the website runs smoothly and delivers effective results is still new to a lot of smaller businesses. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may invest in a new website but then find that they are unsure how best to use it. There are a number of steps that smaller businesses can take to ensure that their website works effectively and is easy and efficient to maintain. Get to know Sharepoint Microsoft Sharepoint is one of the most complete, effective tools on the market today for maintaining websites.…

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Defending Your Small Business Against Cyber Attack

A small business is more vulnerable to all kinds of perils than larger businesses. Now with more transactions taking place online, small businesses have to make themselves available for consumers who prefer the convenience of the Internet. However, this means that smaller businesses may be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Fortunately, there are several steps small businesses can take in order to protect themselves from the many different types of cyber attacks that can occur every day. Anti-Virus Software Anti-virus software often presents the first line of defense in protecting a small business against cyber attacks.…

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DDoS Attacks: How to Protect Your Business

As malicious hackers get increasingly sophisticated, business owners are having to pay even closer attention to their cyber security strategy. If you own your own business, you should be thinking about how to protect against ever more frequent DDoS attacks and also considering plans for a cyber incident response. A DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is one in which a hacker floods a website with bogus traffic from various sources, causing services on that website to stop working for genuine users or even bringing the website down completely.…

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Accounting Tips for Small Businesses

When the topic turns to keeping accurate records, a small business benefits from modern technology. Business owners today no longer need to rely on handwritten ledgers and human errors. Accounting software helps the modern entrepreneur keep accurate records. Keeping meticulous logs of account payables and receivables means that the business owners can file taxes with 100 percent accuracy. Since the tax season is fast approaching, business entrepreneurs benefit from accounting software programs that make accurate accounting a quick and easy process.…

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How to Streamline Your Small Business Inventory Management

Using computers to bring efficiency to every part of the business used to be something that only large corporations did. Today, though, reviewing every process for efficiency is something even small businesses need to do to stay competitive. While the tools are easily available, many small businesses still casually ignore the need to fine-tune every process. It’s traditional for small businesses to not take inventory management too seriously, for instance. Many small businesses, though, can make significant savings when they employ modern inventory management practices.…

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Top Tips for the Fledgling Business Owner

If it’s your New Year’s resolution to finally get a business venture off the ground, you should be prepared for ceaseless hard work, seemingly endless sleepless nights, and the very real prospect of failure. Of course, it’s not our intention to kick you before you’ve even started, but it’s prudent to be aware of the potential pitfalls, with statistics showing around one in three start-up businesses in the UK fail in their first three years of operation. Typically, these failures are very rarely due to lack of effort on behalf of the business owner, but rather crumbling under the pressure of attempting to cope with the day-to-day stresses of running a profitable company.…

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Ways to Make Your Business Run Smoother

As the New Year signals a time for change, those looking to improve their business in 2014 may be currently looking to ways to make their company run smoother and more streamline in order to maximise results and return. This can be achieved in a number of ways, and those making changes and becoming more streamline will instantly see improvements in productivity and even profits for the business. Business owners looking to make change should focus on the various areas of their company, including structure, management, and employees and see what changes can be made so that it runs smoother and more efficiently in 2014.…

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How Healthy Employees Boost Productivity

Businesses that invest in employee health programs save money by increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism and health claims among their workers. By putting in place employee health and wellness programs and incentives, employers can reduce the number of annual preventable injuries and illnesses. These health initiatives may be used as entirely preventative measures or as an incentive and reward system for set time periods of accident and negligent–free productivity. Whether preventative or incentive, these tested health programs tend to advance the employer’s rate of production by directly improving worker morale.…

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