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Having spent several weeks being bombarded by emails relating to GDPR I am beginning to wonder whether anything has actually changed. I received emails telling me I had to opt in, emails telling me I had to opt out and privacy policies from businesses I don't have anything to do with.  I know I am not the only one who has had enough of GDPR.  Of course we all want to do the right thing for our business and I am sure most small businesses were already protecting sensitive data anyway.…
There is more to being in business than having a 9 to 5 job.  Being your own boss seems idyllic when you are employed, have regular hours and a regular income.  Being able to work as and when you want, where you want and how you want is the flexibility you crave when you are employed.  Being able to be choosy about the people you work with and the work you do is an exciting prospect.…
I have been asked several times recently how much to pay someone both in terms of a new employee and as a pay rise.  There are really 3 things to consider when you are deciding what to pay:…
Having some time off over Christmas and New Year allows time to think and plan.  New ideas are born and business plans developed.  Its an exciting time for new businesses.  The early stages of development and the prospect of doing something for yourself is motivating. But it can be daunting too…
Its that time of year when we may be thinking about how to reward our employees for their support during the year.  Perhaps you are thinking about giving them a Christmas bonus or perhaps a bottle of wine and some chocolates.  Or maybe you are planning to take them out for a Christmas meal or having a party.…
If you want to expand your business you need people to support you as there is no way you can do everything yourself.  But it seems that business owners are reluctant to employ anyone and would rather use an associate or a consultant than commit to someone joining their business.  Even if they need someone to do the day to day administration it has become more common to use someone who is self-employed.  Why is this?…
Before you start your business you need to decide whether you will be a Sole Trader or a Limited Company.  Or you may choose to be a Partnership rather than a Limited Company if there are two or more business owners.  It can be confusing and many business owners opt for Limited Company status without really understanding what is involved.  …
Businesses should have a separate bank account for their business transactions as it will make preparing their accounts so much easier. Trying to extract business income and costs from a personal account takes a lot more time and if you needed to prove any business transactions when applying for a loan, for example, they would have access to your personal spending habits too.…
Being a business owner comes with a variety of challenges.  The list of jobs to do is never ending even if you do outsource some of them. There are still many things which you just know you have to do yourself. Sometimes being a business owner can feel like being on a treadmill endlessly moving from task to task without actually moving on.  …
In my blog last week I wrote about the varied reasons why clients leave. This week I thought I would consider why they choose to stay with us and on reflection I think it is probably for similar reasons to those that I have for staying with the individuals and companies who support our business:…
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