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Ask people what the term “personal development” means to them and most will answer in relation to their career or employment development. Only when you ask for further examples might they start to talk about developing personal relationships. In truth the term applies to anything that will enrich your life, financially or otherwise; bring you […]

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Most people think that working from home is easy. They can roll out of bed whenever they want and don’t have to worry about getting ready to catch the bus or drive for miles to some office or other. They can just work when they feel like it and be around for their children. Well […]

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In the current financial situation a great many people are looking to start a home based business. Some are just looking to make a little extra money to supplement their salary or pension but others need a full time income, either because they have lost their job or maybe they just fancy a change of […]

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If you have been searching the internet for methods to increase your income or maybe start up your own business from home you will probably have come across the term “Affiliate Marketing”, but do you really know what that means? Affiliate marketing is one of the fastest growing industries on the Internet. Two of the […]

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The Office of Tax Simplification has today published a document dealing with the taxation of small businesses. It contains a general appreciation that for very small businesses the existing tax rules are over complicated and that they tend to cause problems and costs for the business owner or manager that discourage and penalise entrepreneurial ideas. […]

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If you have always wanted to run your own business (or even expand the one you have) but you haven’t yet made it happen, then maybe you are just too lazy to succeed. Or maybe you just haven’t found the information you need to make it happen because you haven’t got yourself organised. Here are […]

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These days everywhere you look on the internet people are talking about “Niche Marketing” and how by identifying a niche you can make lots of money. However, what is seldom discussed is what exactly a niche market is. Now, as it happens a niche market can be defined is several different ways but for our […]

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There have always been people who liked the idea of starting and running their own business. They like the idea of the freedom and independence this offers – though in fairness there are downsides too – working alone, doing all the accounts and paperwork etc. It isn’t as easy as you might think. In the […]

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If you have decided to start your own business as a self-employed sole trader (perhaps having read Choosing the Structure for Your Business) then you might think that you have nothing else to do apart from finding some work and getting paid when you have done it. Unfortunately it isn’t quite as simple as that, […]

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A new website has just gone online which will be of great help to anyone starting up a new business. One of the most common complaints on a whole load of business forums is that of someone who has an established business and finds that someone else has set up another business with the same […]

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The term Venture Capital refers to an investment made in a new or nearly new company either to get it off the ground (known as seed funding) or to provide capital for growth – surprisingly known as growth funding). Venture capital investments are usually made in cash in exchange for shares in the invested company […]

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This Blog is dedicated to offering help and advice to people who run or want to run a business of any kind. In addition to the information contained in the posts we also offer a number of free business guides, usually around 12 pages long, on a wide range of subjects. You can access these via […]

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From 1 October 2008, there is a new right for individuals, partnerships or companies to object to the registration of a new company with the same or similar name as they use for their own business. This new right has been established under the 2006 Companies Act which itself is being introduced in stages over […]

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Ask most people how they would structure a new business and the chances are that they will talk about starting a company. That’s fine and works a lot of the time but usually only in conjunction with a shareholder agreement. One of the oldest forms of business structure is the Partnership – and this is […]

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Many small start-ups find setting up an office at home the most attractive option. It is cheap and handy, but there may be drawbacks. The Legal Position The first thing is to consider is whether or not you can legally set your office up at home. If you rent your home there may very well […]

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Ever wondered why some people succeed in business and others don’t? Or why some of them are exceptionally successful? If you have then you are certainly not alone as it is a question that many people have pondered long and hard. Well some of it may very well be down to luck but there are common factors […]

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There is a saying in marketing that “image is everything” and there is a lot of truth in that. Your customers, existing and potential, will expect you to present a professional image and your stationery is an important factor in creating your business image. You should take time to consider what you will need and […]

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The one aspect most likely to delay the start of business for a new company is not the actual incorporation but the printing of stationery, design of website and so on.. Letter headings and other stationery cannot be printed until after the company is incorporated. This is not just commercial prudence in case a name […]

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In the first two parts of this post we have looked at what you will need by way of furniture for your office and also what communications equipment you will need to consider. In this part we will now look at office equipment: what you are likely to need, what your options are, and how […]

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In the first part of this post we looked at what you needed to furnish your office. Now we consider what equipment you will need in order to connect to the outside world.  Communications     The one item you are certain to need in your office is a telephone line. Even if you have a […]

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