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Three schoolboy (or girl) errors to avoid when hiring online

Smart businesses and entrepreneurs are increasingly getting more hands on deck by using freelancers online. Gone is the need for an endless list of “stuff I need to do” (aka everything). Whittling down your to-do list to the stuff you want to do (and are best at) and getting someone else t...

Date: 30 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Nine telecoms mistakes to avoid when starting a business

Telecoms are an essential part of any new business – so you need to get them right from day one. Here are nine of the most common (but easily avoidable) mistakes new business owners make with their telecoms…...

Date: 26 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Could your new business benefit from a virtual assistant?

Not enough hours in the day but can’t afford to take on staff? Looking to focus on your passion as opposed to spending hours on time-consuming admin? Wish you could hire specific staff as and when you need them? Well, taking on a virtual assistant (VA) could be the answer.  ...

Date: 23 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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How to become a skilled networker

Networking. Some people do with such ease and confidence, elegantly working a room. How we envy them. Because for ​some of us the very notion of networking with strangers fills us with dread. But making the most of social small talk is a valuable skill that we can teach ourselves, because yo...

Date: 18 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Do small firms really need bank finance as much as we're led to believe?

I have a Room 101 nomination. It’s media headlines and political comment telling us that 'businesses are unable to access funding from banks, we have to get the banks lending again, we need to make alternative funding available'.

Date: 16 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Recipe for start-up success: five key ingredients

There's no doubt that as a start-up you live on the entrepreneur diet of hard work and dedication. However, over the years I've also identified five other essentials that have been vital to our success…...

Date: 12 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Hiring interns: top tips

I co-founded the cleaner-booking platform Mopp in April 2013. For us, hiring interns (ie a student or trainee who works in order to gain experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification) has been a great way to help grow the business while staying lean. But how do you find great candidates and...

Date: 10 June 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Surge in UK self-employment - despite average earnings plummeting by 20%

The recent publication of Just the job – or a working compromise? The changing nature of self-employment in the UK by the Resolution Foundation (RF) offered a revealing glimpse into the world of self-employment in post-recession Britain.

Date: 9 June 2014   By: Mark Williams