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Friends think you have a great business idea? Prove it!

Who has never impressed their friends and family with a business idea?...

Date: 2 March 2011   By: Eric Brandenburg

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Nothing personal, it’s business

Many times I’ve heard people say, “I only do business with people I like” – but is this a sensible approach?...

Date: 1 March 2011   By: Darren Leighfield

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How to pick the right ecommerce platform

When you start an online business, as well as deciding what to sell, you have to make some fundamental decisions about your “platform”. In other words – what technology and payment methods are you going to use.

Date: 28 February 2011   By: Chris Barling

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Productivity-boosting tools for startups

As the founder of an organisation that helps small businesses grow, one of the key challenges owners often face is how can they boost their productivity? At a basic level, increasing productivity starts with developing an optimised, streamlined workflow for day-to-day administration.

Date: 24 February 2011   By: Ruben Kostucki

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Business owners, help us to help you — let’s Get Britain Trading!

A message from Phil Orford, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business...

Date: 22 February 2011   By: Chris Gorman

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Is your business in trouble?

Over the years I’ve experienced the pleasures of working at a successful start-up – and heard about the disappointments of being trapped in a failing one. Often there is a thin line between success and failure, and you’ll want to be on the lookout for any signs that your company is no...

Date: 21 February 2011   By: Matt Bird

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How to write more effective recruitment adverts

Writing recruitment adverts needn’t be a chore and, if done well, it can transform your response, generate strong interest and attract good candidates.

Date: 18 February 2011   By: Darren Leighfield

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Three common e-commerce mistakes to avoid

Selling online is an art. Not only do you need the right products, at the right time and price, but also your website will need to be an effective shop window, shop floor, sales person, cashier and stock controller.

Date: 15 February 2011   By: Zoe Brown