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Grow a Small Business

With all the difficulties of setting up a business in the first place and with how saturated the market is, you’re certainly busy as a business owner. But you can’t be too busy to think about the future, set up a plan for your business, and figure out how to grow your business this year.

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Running your own business can be challenging and quite daunting at times, especially in today’s climate. But when you get that proverbial ball rolling, it can be incredibly rewarding. To aid a successful business, you not only need the right ideas and the right team but the best lab and office space in which can help you and your business to thrive and grow.
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You might think that your office printer is working well and fulfilling its purpose but it’s likely that you could be getting more value out of it. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your machine Printerland have put together a list of five printing tips and printer tricks that can help to improve its performance.
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The secret to success in business isn’t getting customers, it’s keeping them. Developing brand loyalty is essential for anyone who wants to succeed. At its core, brand loyalty means that customers are dedicated to using your product for their needs, showing it off to their friends, and sporting your logo on their clothing. If you get brand loyalty, the sky’s the limit and growth is inevitable. How do you get to that point, though? Here are four key parts of what it takes to build brand loyalty, highlighted by Arc & Co.

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It can be a real challenge for start-ups to become legitimate businesses, or at least look the part. There’s a certain image that must be attained in order to be taken seriously, and that usually takes time. But there are short-cuts you can take so that your small business can create the big business image you are aspiring to. You just need to know what steps to take, where to spend money, and where to invest your time and efforts and you will see what a difference that can make.
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Deciding between working with a Cut Make Trim (CMT) manufacturing partner or scaling up production and opting for a fully-factored partner (FF) abroad, is a choice that most successful fashion, accessories and furniture brands have had to make at some point.
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The digital world has been marching forward over the past 20 years, providing ever more efficient services to the public and businesses via the internet, and now there is a new revolution on the horizon. The industrial revolution transformed manual work; Artificial Intelligence (AI) will dramatically change the nature of the service industry and white-collar work.

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So you have a great idea and a business plan and you want to grow a successful online business. Not surprising, given that online sales now make up over 17% of all purchases in the UK and there’s no sign of that slowing down.

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All business owners look for ways to grow their business quickly. It’s dangerous when you become too comfortable, it means that your business can get stagnant. Always strive for more, challenge yourself and take risks to reap the rewards. Below are seven tips from David Simmons, a financial analyst from Ebroker, to help you grow your business quickly.

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Giving to charity is an honourable, kind-hearted thing to do, yet for many, the giving stops once we enter our office or place of work. Although putting money in charity collection boxes, donating to food banks and homeless shelters or even just volunteering an hour or two of our time is becoming increasingly commonplace, when we are at work, the options for giving seem to dwindle.

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When it comes to your eCommerce business, there is always work to be done. New technologies and trends are constantly changing how consumers shop, which means that we need to change with them or risk getting left in the dust by our competitors.

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Running a small business is by no means an easy feat. It requires so much from one person whether it’s emotional intelligence, being able to effectively manage and lead a team, or passion that will help you get back up after setbacks and failure. Naturally, you will have a heavy workload as a small business owner. Therefore, you will need to make sure that you manage it effectively in order to make yourself and your business a success.

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So you have invested time, money and energy into creating the perfect product that you think can be flying off shelves. Now you have to get your product on the shelves to get your business started. A small business that mainly produces and develops products needs a platform to sell them on. You may consider selling your products online, whether it’s on your own website or other sites such as Etsy or Amazon. However, if you want to opt for the more traditional route, you will need to approach high street retailers to get that satisfaction of seeing your product on a store shelf.

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BT has announced it will be switching off its PSTN and ISDN networks in 2025 in favour of IP voice services, with a gradual phase-out of the older systems starting in 2020. At this point, BT will cease taking ISDN orders, and all businesses will be forced to find other IP-based options for their business telephone systems.
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Your company is never going to be successful unless you’re able to generate a steady revenue. For many businesses, it can be difficult to branch out and find more customers. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to boost your company’s sales. By making a few switches, you’ll have an easier time luring in customers and convincing them to buy your goods and services. Tips for doing just that will be explored in more depth below.

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“I wear my heart on my sleeve” sang the Scottish seventies duo, Gallagher and Lyle. Is that level of transparency appropriate at work? What place do emotions have in business? Are they helpful or harmful? Wearing your heart on your sleeve is often misconstrued as your emotions being out of control. In truth, it means to openly show your emotions, to be transparent, to be true to yourself. The musical duo continued: “I’m not afraid to say what I mean, mean what I say”, advocating emotional honesty as the best policy.

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When asked to deliver a speech in business, the pressure is ‘on’ to produce something that is valuable and engaging, to leave your audience feeling fulfilled. In addition to this, you will want to speak with confidence and clarity, whilst controlling any nerves. For your words to reach their full potential, you’ll hope for the audience to be convinced that your speech is natural and fluid, but it can be tricky to achieve this.

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As a business owner, you will inevitably need to speak and present to sell yourself and your business. If like me you are an introvert this may not fill you with joy! However, understanding more about what this introvert trait means can help us move forward.

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Any business, small or big, is never completely safe and carries series of risks with it, such as personal safety, consumer market transitions, theft, potential legal issues and so much more. Most small businesses do not have enough budget to support the outcome of any of these risks mentioned. That’s why they constantly need to work in preventing such risks in order to continue with their success when new opportunities and obstacles present. As a business owner, you need to take steps to minimise these kinds of risks by obtaining insurance for your business and assets and implementing security measures as well as disaster planning.
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It is actually quite easy to reduce your business’ carbon footprint significantly. A few simple changes in the office don’t have to cost the earth to implement; it may take some getting used to but change is good for us all. Of course, you can seriously invest in cutting your business’ effect on the environment, which may seem expensive for the initial outlay but actually will save you money in the long term and more importantly reduce your environmental impact. Here are some ways given by Emma Evans from My Power on how to make your small business eco-friendly.

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