Chris Barling

Powered Now

Chairman and co-founder

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Powered Now

Unit CE5 - Osborne Stable Block, Whippingham Road, 

East Cowes

PO32 6JU

About the company

Starting from 2014, Powered Now has been providing software solutions for around 2,000 smaller trade businesses. These include Electricians, Plumbers, Gas Engineers and Builders and Powered Now provides a comprehensive solution to the administration and paperwork needs.

Included is quoting, invoicing, job sheets, project management, payment, a shared diary, staff tracking, statutory paperwork and much more. Powered Now's apps run on the iPhone, iPad, Android, PC and Mac and operate even when there is no signal.

About Chris Barling

Chris Barling is the Chairman of Powered Now, a company he co-founded.

An enthusiastic entrepreneur and business angel, Chris has a passion for helping small businesses take advantage of new technology.

He has over 40 year' experience in the IT industry. Prior to starting Powered Now, Chris founded Actinic (now Sellerdeck) which went public 4 years after founding. He served for many years as the Senior Independent Director of FTSE 100 business Hargreaves Lansdown and has chaired several hi tech startups.

Chris has written hundreds of articles on the business aspects of running a trade business as well as ecommerce for a large range of small business magazines and websites. He has also published three books on ecommerce.

Chris is a keen Arsenal supporter and lives in Devon where he indulges his passion for sailing whenever he gets the chance.

CHRIS'S CONTRIBUTIONS

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Article

How ecommerce enabled our car care business to grow

Based in north-east Scotland, Polished Bliss is a small specialist car care business run by four passionate individuals. Here's their story. ...

Printer inks
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How my online business survived early setbacks

Defrauded, burgled, but not beaten. How John Sollars and his company Stinky Ink harnessed the power of ecommerce to come up smelling of roses. ...

Woman lying on the floor with her laptop smiling having made an online sale
Article

How to boost online sales

Chris Barling, chairman of ecommerce and EPOS software supplier SellerDeck, seeks insight from his customers about how to boost online sales. ...

A female entrepreneur checks the online orders on her company website
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How to set up a successful online business

Many people dream of the perfect business, combining great profits with minimal effort. An online business can do just that. So where do you start? ...

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Article

How to set up an online store

Josh Barling is joint owner and CEO of eCommerce agency Sellerdeck. He shares his top tips for setting up an online store. ...

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How we set up our multi-channel motorcycle and scooter business Urban Rider

Times were tough when Will Starrit and Andrew Taylor took over a motorcycle accessory shop. However, they were soon bucking the downward trend. ...

How Nic and James Auckland ste up their online business Luna Spas
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How we started our luxury whirlpool bath online business Luna Spas

It started with a £1 eBay advert, but quickly grew into an online business with a £1m turnover. So how did Luna Spas founders do it? ...

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Key considerations when thinking about selling online

Chris Barling, CEO of ecommerce & EPOS specialist SellerDeck, looks at what a potential start-up owner needs to consider when going online. ...

Woman using her phone to make an online purchase from an online selling phone shop
Article

Online selling - how to get it right

Chris Barling, CEO of ecommerce software supplier SellerDeck, shares his tips for online selling and says that normal business rules still apply. ...

An abandoned shopping cart in a car park
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Preventing shopping cart abandonment

It's easy to get upset when people visit your website, place products in their shopping cart but don't complete checkout. Chris Barling explains. ...

A woman places an online order via her mobile phone
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Sell more to your website customers

Getting people to visit your website is only half the battle. Chris Barling provides tips on how to sell more to customers once they're on your site. ...

A shopper walking through an isle in a supermarket
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Selling through multiple channels

Customers who shop across multiple channels spend more - but accommodating their behaviour can be difficult. How to operate a multi-channel strategy. ...

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Blog

Should trade businesses do their own accounts?

As a small business, many tradespeople opt to do their own accounts to retain control of their business and reduce overheads. But this could be a mistake. This article explores the pros and cons of doing your own accounts. ...