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1012, 2019

Empowerment is the key to employee engagement

December 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Empowerment is the key to employee engagement Most businesses know employee engagement is the key to higher productivity, more profits, and a happier work environment. But, not enough know how to achieve it. Around 85% of employees aren’t engaged in the workplace. That’s an overwhelming majority who either view the workplace negatively or with apathy.  This 85% could cost businesses around £5.4 trillion each year across the world. But researchers have discovered [...]

312, 2019

Why choosing a bad accountant could signal the end of your business

December 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why choosing a bad accountant could signal the end of your business As a business owner, there’s a lot to think about. 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, while 50% will have failed by year five. A logical step to keep your business on the right track is to hire an accountant. Unsurprisingly, we’re not all great with numbers. And bringing someone on board to take care [...]

2611, 2019

The end-of-year checklist for small businesses

November 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The end-of-year checklist for small businesses The end of the year is a busy time for small business owners for so many reasons. You’re trying to get all your work done before the holidays so you can spend time with your family and friends and enjoy the new year. Our family and work priorities collide and we can become frantic trying to make sense of the chaos. The end of [...]

1911, 2019

The best bookkeeping software in 2019

November 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The best bookkeeping software in 2019 It can be hard to keep up with business finances, especially if accounting isn’t your forte. 60% of small business owners say they aren’t knowledgeable in accounting or finance, so you’re certainly not in the minority. If you’re a small business or a sole trader, you might not want to fork out to hire an accountant. You’d rather put food on the table of [...]

1211, 2019

Attention all business owners: how should you pay yourself?

November 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Attention all business owners: how should you pay yourself?  Setting up a business isn’t the easiest task, but you’ve got it under control. You’ve got the right premises, hired the right staff, set up your IT infrastructure, and you’ve already got a few clients lined up. Soon, you’ll be making mountains of cash, just like you planned. But wait, how do you actually pay yourself? When it comes to getting [...]

511, 2019

Are you being the best managing director you can be?

November 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Are you being the best managing director you can be? “Managing director” sounds impressive. You’re finally the one calling the shots. Not only do you manage, but you also direct... whatever that means. Many managing directors aren’t too concerned about the detailed specifics of what their job title means. As long as it sounds good at a party and you can impress people with your business card, who cares? However, [...]

2210, 2019

Being a better leader could benefit you as well as your bottom line

October 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Being a better leader could benefit you as well as your bottom line Being a leader isn’t always an easy job, but it is an essential one. Whether you’re helping to guide your staff, grow your business, or increase profits. Being a better leader will improve your bottom line in all sorts of ways, from helping to keep your staff engaged to outperforming your competition. But being a strong leader [...]

1510, 2019

How to save yourself when you’re the business owner

October 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to save yourself when you're the business owner When it comes to business, there’s a lot to keep track of. The reason so many SME owners are chronically stressed is partly to do with how much paperwork, new regulations, networking events, changes in the market, and accounting there is to do. This can really take its toll on how fulfilling and enjoyable you find life as a business owner.  [...]

810, 2019

Better the devil you know: the pros and cons of hiring someone you know

October 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Better the devil you know: the pros and cons of hiring someone you know Hiring family or friends can be tricky to navigate; both for yourself and the person you’re hiring. On paper it sounds great: you know their strengths and weaknesses and can count on them. But in reality, you’re running the risk of ruining personal relationships and having your business suffer if things were to go pear-shaped. When [...]

110, 2019

Keep calm and carry on: managing your mental health as a business owner

October 1st, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Keep calm and carry on: managing your mental health as a business owner In the UK, mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health issue, with 7.8% of people diagnosed with it. Even more concerning is the fact that entrepreneurship and mental health are negatively linked. By which we mean the former can lead to the latter. One study found business owners are at higher risk of ADHD, depression, and [...]

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