Thanks to the great response to my previous blog which offered some advice on starting a business in a recession (click here to read) and a fair bit more free time on my hands, I thought I would write another which looks at some businesses which surprisingly were started in times of dire economic conditions.…

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I am sure we all agree that this is a terrible time and one of mass insecurity. I have experienced a few economic downturns in my time and still recall the big hit of 2008. Amongst the uncertainty, disruption and in many cases heartbreak there are success stories. Tales which come out of the darkness…

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As springtime nears, everyone starts to think about spring cleaning. However, it’s not just your drawers or the kitchen microwave that could do with a scrub, your company’s tech can also do with a bit of decluttering to help spark more joy from your devices. Your mobile If you are self-employed or do a lot…

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Most businesses have to use telephones or have some kind of phone system put in place. Even if you are self-employed, the chances are you will have some kind of mobile contact number or use a virtual assistant. Hosted telephony (sometimes referred to as cloud telephony or hosted VoIP) is when you use an outside…

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If you are looking to run your own business, do something on the side to raise a bit of extra money, or want to promote something you are passionate about, a website is effectively your shop window. There are various options you can choose for this, but one you should consider is a WordPress website,…

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Calling a company can be stressful. Being put on hold for too long, being put through to the wrong person, and having to repeat information can frustrate customers. This is why it is recommended you look at upgrading to a modern phone system. Remote working As well as making the experience better for your customers,…

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There are many ways to promote your business. Social media, broadcast media, print and trade shows can all be beneficial. But one area people often forget is email marketing. Used in the correct way, it can be a smart platform to direct your message to your potential customers. More personal An email can be more…

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Whether you are a small business or a multi-national, you have to consider how you promote your business. Word of mouth can be strong, but generating it can be difficult. One thing that companies need to consider is a simple question- is advertising on social media worthwhile? Reaching your customers The fact is pretty much…

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A website is often compared to a shop window. But it can also be like a shop- if it’s hard to open the door or the items are hard to find on the shelf, then people are less likely to use it. This is one of a few reasons why you should have a user-friendly…

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Increasingly, businesses of all sizes are reliant on technology. The best software and hardware can make your work more efficient and your business more productive. One example of this is Office 365, and it is worth knowing the benefits of using it. Flexible A big benefit of using Office 365 is that it is flexible,…

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