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Category Archives: Small business

Take A Holiday And Make Your Business Valuable!

Yes, you can take a holiday and make your business more valuable at the same time! But before we look at how that happens, let's see if you agree that most small business owners struggle with their work-life balance. You are working long hours, sometimes weekends, when you go on vacation you can't help feeling the guilt, your phone or tablet is always on and always calling for your attention even at all hours of the night. Yet the reason you started your own business, apart from the passionate belief in what you are doing is...getting time to do what you want! Where's the sense in that? (more…)...
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Want To Start Your Own Business? Take These 7 Steps!

It's the start of a new year and you have a great business idea! What are you going to do about it? It's got you really excited, so of course, you must decide to start your own business...be your own boss! You can do things better than where you're working now, you can focus on your own Vision and build the business to be your path to your Purpose! So, what do you need to know before you start the business? How do you get ready? Here are 7 steps you need to take in order to take a reasoned approach to how you start your business. (more…)...
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Hiring A Contractor? Do Your Due Diligence!

As a small business owner, at some stage, you will probably be hiring a contractor. You may need extra labour for a short period of time, or hiring a specific skill for a specific project or task. It sounds simple, but it's not as simple as it sounds! There are a number of legal, tax and performance issues that you really need to be aware of, and you need to do your due diligence before you are the subject of a tax dispute, or you are in a legal dispute with the contractor because their work was not up to what you expected. Let's break down what you need to know. (more…)...
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Let’s Talk Tech!

Whether you have only just started your small business or you have been running it for a while, you should be thinking of ways to streamline what you do to create more efficiency by using the right tools for the job. In today's digital age, a lot of efficiency and process improvements come from the use of tech, whether apps or better devices. As the year ends, I thought it might be useful to see what's out there ready to make your 2022 a more efficient, effective year. But first, while I use a lot of tech in my business, I am not a tech expert by any means, so treat this article as a user's view of what might work well in your business, and do your own research. I came across these products through my own use of them in my business and I put them here as I've found them to be useful and effective in what I do. Microsoft 365 Let's start with the very big elephant in the room. While Google's business suite and Apple's products are very similar, Microsoft is still the biggest supplier of office suite products to business in the world. If you're still using your old copy,...
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