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Running a business is not for everyone, it requires certain skills and abilities to really be a successful business owner. Some people are born as natural leaders and some hone skills and get qualifications specifically for the challenge of setting up and running a business. Although every entrepreneur is different, they will likely share a certain set of skills and knowledge which enables them to be successful.

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One of the biggest recruitment challenges faced by businesses is a lack of applications. In a recent survey conducted by Forde HR Cloud, 23% of SMEs revealed that this is their main recruitment issue.

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So you have finally taken the plunge and are either starting a franchise from scratch or have bought an existing branch. You should have a good idea of what it takes to efficiently run a franchise small business, from the day-to-day operations to the administration tasks. You should have also decided how involved you will be in the daily running of the business.

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Your new business may have a promising product and high-value clients, but if they don’t pay for your goods and services, then your venture could quickly fail. Therefore managing your invoicing is a vital part of running any business. Having a comprehensive understanding of what needs to be included in an invoice and common billing mistakes can also benefit your cash flow.
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There may be a time that you have to say goodbye to your small business, whether it’s because you’re a serial entrepreneur and want to make money from your successful business or you simply want to get rid of your struggling business. The key to successfully selling your business is to devise an exit strategy. An exit strategy will help you decide how much money you can make from a profitable business or how much of your initial investment you can retain from a struggling business.

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Becoming a married couple transforms relationships into a formal partnership intended to be something that will help us in carrying out the rest of our lives. However, when it comes down to business within that partnership, many couples have split opinions. It’s either the best decision they have ever made or something that they firmly regret.

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A new FinTech platform has been launched by the Federation of Small Business (FSB), which aims to help small businesses deal with the struggle of funding. Small businesses struggling to secure funding from traditional institutions, like banks is a common issue. Therefore, this new platform is a great new addition to the alternative funding methods available to small businesses.

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When you are a small business owner, going international and expanding your business into the global market may be a distant dream. However, if you’re hungry for the international success, then you will need to get prepared for the challenge ahead. Your home country will seem small compared to the big unfamiliar global market, and you will be leaving behind those home comforts and familiarity, therefore you will need to tread carefully. International growth can be both daunting and rewarding and you will have to see if the positives outweigh the challenges.

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Buying an existing business may be easier than starting from scratch and it may be ideal if you’re new to entrepreneurship. However, as with any business, running it is never easy. Being a small business owner comes with its own hurdles, whether you are starting from scratch or buying an already existing enterprise. To make sure that you don’t get yourself into unexpected problems, make sure you consider all options and research fully to make an educated decision.

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Emotional intelligence can have a significant impact in the workplace. It can help your team form strong bonds allowing them to thrive, or the lack of it can create misunderstanding and cause issues. Emotional intelligence is becoming a more prominent topic of conversation when it comes to business leaders and business environments, therefore small businesses need to understand what it is and why it can make a great impact in the workplace.
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The British Franchise Association (BFA) together with HSBC UK have launched another year of Franchise Awards, celebrating the success of franchisees and franchisors. The entries for the awards are now open and all franchisors and franchisees in the UK are encouraged to get involved, and take part in the prestigious industry event.

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With rising domestic costs, small businesses are really feeling the squeeze and are struggling to survive. In the latest Federation of Small Business (FSB) quarterly Small Business Index, it was found that a record number of businesses are planning to either downsize, sell or close their small business in the upcoming months.

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Often success is measured by increasing profits of a business, if the profitability isn’t increasing, it can make a business feel stagnant. You don’t have to make dramatic, big changes or cuts such as increasing prices or laying off staff. There are other ways in which you can make small changes that will benefit your business and increase your profits. Being a small business owner, if your year-on-year profits aren’t increasing, or even worse are decreasing, then you will seriously need to look at different strategies to increase your profits.
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The name of a business combined with the business brand make up a company’s identity. Picking the right name for your small business can be challenging because having the perfect name can actually effect your chances of succeeding. You need to find a name that is unique, easy to remember, easy to spell, that represents your business and can actually be trademarked. There are a lot of things to consider, so picking a name for your business can be a daunting process.

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Choosing the right accountant for you and your small business is imperative. An accountant can be like a partner, a trusted colleague who will provide guidance, especially regarding taxes as they can be quite complicated. In order for your business to grow, you are going to need a good accountant to offer advice and give you facts about your finances.

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Starting a cleaning business could be the business idea that could make you an entrepreneurial success. A cleaning business can be set up with fairly low startup costs and it is usually pretty simple and easy to set up. Therefore, you could have your business up and running in a matter of days. The cleaning business industry in the UK is worth around £10 billion and employs approximately 82,000 people. Although, cleaning market may be crowded, you can definitely make a success of it with a unique idea.

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When you think of New Year’s resolutions, you probably think of failed attempts at getting fit or travelling more. However, New Year’s resolutions can actually be useful and you can even set some that you can achieve. The whole idea of a New Year’s resolution is to make a change that will have a positive impact on you and your business, so why not take the opportunity to do so.

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Workplace Trends 2018

With the year coming to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect, as well as looking ahead. 2017 has been a great year for small businesses which have thrived and stood strong despite uncertainty bought on by Brexit. From the Autumn Budget being small business friendly, to the huge success of Small Business Saturday, small businesses can allow themselves to be optimistic about the upcoming year.

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Good customer service can almost always be a deciding factor of the success of your business. Building a client base that is loyal can really help your business thrive. Therefore, providing customer service should really be a prominent part of every business’ goals and objectives. Proving a good service means that you can bring the customers back as well as sending them away happy and satisfied.

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In business we need to give successful presentations and pitches. I’ve realised through experience that focusing on content alone leads to failure. I’ve learned the hard way. Over the years I’ve given countless presentations to business audiences small and large and also spoken to ten thousand. As a result I now have my own methodology which I will outline for you here, writes Bret Freeman from Toastmasters International.
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