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July 2014 Blog Posts (14)

What running has taught me about myself and about business

Since I started running just under a year ago, I’ve come a long way (158 miles to be precise!).

I started running to become a healthier, fitter and stronger person. I wanted to lose weight for my wedding but I kept it up and the running bug has bitten! Now that’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say.

When I’m out running I have time to clear my head and…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on July 31, 2014 at 13:33 — No Comments

Can we trust The Cloud? 4 key things you should know

Cloud storage has become big news, with serious questions about personal privacy and who can access what.

Entrusting holiday snaps, music and innocuous files to The Cloud is one thing, but storing sensitive business data takes it to a new level.

If you’ve been tempted to switch business storage to a Cloud provider but have held back due to concerns over privacy,…


Added by Craig Atkins on July 24, 2014 at 9:52 — No Comments

Computer and I.T. security needs to be a multi-layer approach

Imagine going to bed at night, locking your front door, putting the chain in place and then shooting a bolt top and bottom, but then leaving the back door open (not just unlocked) as well as your downstairs windows – with all the lights on.

As a bonus you leave any potential intruder a printout of where in the house your valuables are stored as well as the pin numbers…


Added by Craig Atkins on July 24, 2014 at 9:48 — No Comments

Business Loans for Growth

While growing organically - funding the business from its own profits - can appear admirable, it's not always the best route.

Someone once told me "Unless a business is borrowing the maximum it can, it won’t be growing to its full potential". I've never endorsed that kind of maximum borrowing strategy - which says more about my own attitude than the…


Added by Rob Pickering on July 23, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Are you making these rookie mistakes on Twitter?

It's hard to get things moving on Twitter. There are many aspects that can determine the effectiveness of your account – especially if you're using it for business – but here are four rookie mistakes for which there is a simple fix.

• You're an egg

You have no profile picture.…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on July 17, 2014 at 10:35 — No Comments

Are your photos helping your SEO ranking?

In today’s world wide web, images are essential for any web site. They create a sense of purpose to the site’s subject, are informative, lend to the credibility of the business and make customers feel welcome. While many businesses are aware that they should make sure their photos reflect their business responsibly and effectively, they often overlook making sure their photos help boost their search engine optimisation (SEO).…


Added by Ann Campbell-Kelly on July 15, 2014 at 15:08 — No Comments

Cracking the Outsourcing Code

Finding the right people who are able to deliver innovation through high quality service is the key subject for an entrepreneur or business leader. The aim is: driving high revenue growth. 


Another issue is the cost of the staff employed:

  • £15,000 per year is the average cost of a desk in London
  • staff occupies more than 50% of space utilisation
  • £25,000 is the average cost of a meeting room in London
  • the employer cost - NI, pension,…

Added by Benvel - Virtual Assistance on July 14, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Website design dos and don’ts

In today’s business world, websites are a must for any business. However, there is more to making your website successful than a good logo and pages about all your different offerings. Here a few dos and don’ts we have learned over the years about website design and layout.…

Added by Ann Campbell-Kelly on July 8, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

March accounting year end?

If your business had a 31 March year end, your accounts need to be filed by the New Year. Rather than leave it last minute to send your books to your accountant, why not deal with them now?

If your records need sorting, passing them in an incomplete state will cost you. Your accountant will apply their charge out rates to not only the preparation of the actual accounts, but the work they need to do to get them in order beforehand.

Pass your records to Sharp Accounting Solutions…


Added by John Sharp on July 7, 2014 at 9:58 — No Comments

Getting close to the VAT registration limit?

If you're likely to need to get your business VAT registered, the simplest thing to do is make an application to join the standard VAT scheme. You pay over the VAT you charge on your invoices, and claim the VAT you are charged by suppliers. Nice and straightforward, but not necessarily best for your business.

One alternative is to join the flat rate scheme. Here, you only pay a percentage of your VAT inclusive turnover without claiming any input VAT. If you are a services based…


Added by John Sharp on July 7, 2014 at 9:53 — No Comments

Need to get up to speed on Sage accounts?

The Sage accounts package offers a wide range of functions and features, designed to help process your business transactions as smoothly as possible, and to allow you to get out from Sage what you put it.

But if you're not aware of all Sage can do, are you really getting your money's worth?

I can provide you with tailored Sage accounts training at your premises to give you a greater understanding of the software and allow you to keep your accounts in order more…


Added by John Sharp on July 7, 2014 at 9:48 — No Comments

A recent photography session posted online for Keay Roofing Services ;

This type of blog post was also sent to Twitter, Facebook, LinedIn and Google Plus

Added by Ron Green on July 4, 2014 at 15:31 — No Comments

Do your subject lines sing?

If they don't open it they'll never know what's inside!. Brevity, clarity, and honesty are just three essentials for tempting your recipients to actively receive the brilliance you’ve dropped into their inbox.

Writing a high-quality subject line takes practice and know-how, so keep our top tips in mind before you send out your next newsletter or…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on July 4, 2014 at 14:49 — No Comments

Given up on your USP?

At my seminar the other day we talked (amongst other things) about understanding your unique selling proposition, or USP.

My contention is that all successful businesses understand their niche and have a sales proposition that is uniquely attuned to that niche.

The challenge back from some attendees (owners of growing businesses) was that it was impossible to differentiate some businesses – you are either different or you aren’t.

People mentioned plumbers, web designers,…


Added by Nick Bettes on July 4, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

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