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If you run your own business, you are bound to have a lot on your plate all the time. The list of things to do never ends. To keep up you need to always be on your game. That is why everyone is looking for ways to be more productive to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, a lot of information we take as gospel is misleading and affects our productivity instead of helping us.

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There’s no doubt about it: moving out of the home is a bit of a leap in the dark for any business. There may be unintended consequences and hidden expenses just around the corner, but there may also be limitless opportunities for growth and lucrative success.

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What stories do you remember? Perhaps ones told to you long ago. The reason that stories such as Aesop’s Fables remain popular is that they confirm that stories and the messages they contain have a power that cannot be ignored. They help an audience by packaging the message in a highly memorable form.

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Established retailers have a habit of keeping their cards close to their chest, claiming that their success is down to simply having a “good eye” for products that will sell. But business can’t be all about guesswork, because you’re inevitably going to get it wrong at some point.

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If you’re an introvert, delivering talks may not be your first choice of how to apply your skills. However, as a business owner, you’ll need to present to your teams, clients or investors whether you like it or not.

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GDPR has now been in place for a year and, while the ICO has previously claimed it doesn’t intend to come down too hard on businesses still getting their privacy plans straight, the heavy fines are about to hit.

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If you want your business to succeed, it needs to develop constantly. However, if you only operate within one area with limited resources, finding avenues for this development will be impossible. That’s why going global is a necessity for the businesses of today. Most importantly, even small companies now have a chance to do this as technological progress created a variety of solutions that make it both cheaper and easier to start doing business overseas.

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On-demand services are taking the world by storm. You can now get almost any service you want with a few simple clicks, including getting whatever you need delivered straight to your door.

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Owners of small businesses know that overcoming obstacles is part of the job. You simply don’t have the resources that your long-established large competitors have or their market dominance.

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To build a mobile-friendly, high performance (fast loading time) app with a responsive design for varying screen sizes and great UI (user interface) requires a lot of hard work better left to the pros. And when the mobile app has been built through a strategic Mobile App Development/Android, iOS process, what comes next is mobile testing to get quality assurance. But that is not nearly all there is to it in creating a successful mobile application.

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Every sales manager knows the essential benefits of training or sales coaching. Sales coaching software can give managers and salespeople the ability to collaborate and analyse sales emails and calls. It helps in refining sales techniques, establishing best practices, and improving sales close rates. All aspiring and even experienced salespeople can benefit from sales coaching and feedback. If you are running a small business and need to improve your sales, then sales coaching software can make a difference.

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Whether you’ve been freelancing for a while or you’re starting a new business but feeling a little lacklustre about your progress or you just want to work harder and be more efficient, keeping yourself motivated at work, isn’t always easy!

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Many small businesses start with a product idea.  It could be a practical product you’ve taken months, or possibly years to develop.  Perhaps you have spotted a gap in the market and now have a top-of-the-range product for the food industry that you know is needed. If so, it’s time to get out there and starting convincing restaurant owners that your product is just the thing for their business.

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From production to customer service, almost every aspect of running a business involves a process. Processes are an integral part of any business operation; they are like blueprints for an organised and systematic flow of procedures aimed towards achieving ends efficiently.

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Whether you own a retail store, a restaurant, or an e-commerce site, EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) systems are beneficial for you because they present a more efficient way of running your business. They can be programmed to perform any process. Plus, they run on handy peripherals such as tablets or iPads for maximum mobility.

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With rising electricity costs and a significant decrease in the cost of solar systems, solar power has become an extremely cost-effective energy alternative for many businesses. Whatever industry you’re in, solar power could potentially lower your energy costs and give you a competitive advantage, by showing your commitment to supporting sustainable energy practices.

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Office relocations should be an exciting time for all business owners. You’re moving into a shiny new building, with new views and new facilities. In order to make sure your team is hitting the ground running, your IT infrastructure needs to be flawlessly installed first and foremost.

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We are spoilt by choice. The truth is, we probably don’t need seven different coffee brands to pick from, especially when they have at least three different products each. However, if we think we have it tough, think about the coffee companies.

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When it comes to Health and Safety, for both ethical and legal reasons, there is really only one reasonable direction of travel and that is forwards, to better standards and better enforcement of those standards.

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25% of all registered businesses in the UK are rural and they employ 13% of the working population. The rural economy contributes 40% of the UK’s Gross Value Added (GVA) – over £400 billion. However, a key issue faced by businesses in rural areas is that poor telecoms coverage is still holding them back (particularly high-speed internet connectivity and 4G coverage).

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