A spectacular space for your one-person business

There's certainly a lot to consider when you are planning to begin your own one-person business. You'll need to think about all the best ways of funding your endeavor, being sure to be fully clued-up so that you go for the best option available. You'll also need to be up to speed on any regulations, both about having your own business generally and specific to whatever the sector is you plan to work in. Then there will be all the research involved in looking at the businesses that you w...
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How to attract delegates to your conference

With so many corporate conferences and events held every year, beating off competition to attract interest is no mean feat. Read our top tips for getting attention from delegates to ensure your conference is a standout success. Venue When planning your corporate event, give careful thought to the venue you choose. Set up for success from the outset by ensuring the venue you pick out is appropriate for the size and theme of the conference and that it has a comprehensive range of facilit...
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Considering becoming a limited company contractor in 2014

The new year often brings around periods of change, with the turning of the calendar often being attributed to a large degree of psychological significance. If you've been thinking of moving into the world of contracting, now is the perfect time to do so. This way of working provides a significant amount of freedom, allowing those who choose to operate in this manner to structure their career however they see fit, whether this is around childcare arrangements, or simply other pursuits away fr...
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How valuable is the PRS to the UK economy?

The private rented sector (PRS) is becoming an increasingly important part of the British economy. It has been expanding steadily in recent years and looks set to continue this growth for the foreseeable future. Indeed, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has estimated the sector is already worth £500 billion and contributes £30 billion to the UK economy each year. But why is the PRS so valuable and what does this mean for letting agents? Read on to find out. A growing fo...
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Getting budget savvy in the workplace

Budgets are incredibly tight for a lot of companies right now, as even though the economic recovery is improving in the UK and across much of Europe, times are still hard for firms. Balancing the books is always tricky but the testing economic conditions has forced a lot of organisations to look into new ways to become more efficient and improve their processes. It does not always have to be a big switch to increase efficiency as sometimes even the smallest changes can prove to have a larg...
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How can the cloud help me, an SME business owner?

As a business owner, you don't need telling that the commercial landscape is arguably more competitive than ever before. If you are in charge of a small or medium-sized company, you are probably more aware of that fact than many. Therefore, you are likely to be constantly on the look out for new ways to innovate, grow, trim budgets and boost productivity, in order to stay a step ahead of rivals in whichever sector you operate. While market insiders and experts may continue to speculate abo...
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The lucrative art industry

The value of a work of art is not in its monetary worth, as determined by markets, dealers, investors and collectors, but in its ability to strike up a conversation with its viewer. It needn't leave a lasting impression, as even a fleeting silent exchange between the object and the reader is the generation of an emotion, good or bad, that once never existed. We feel something and share a moment, however abstract, with the artist. But it would be naive to say that the financial significance as...
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Keeping the office bugs at bay

Keeping the office clean and hygienic is incredibly important. If one person comes into the office while they are unwell, their germs can spread, and before you know it half the office is at home sick. Improving and maintaining cleanliness in the workplace requires effort on the part of both the employees and the employers. Business owners are responsible for setting a standard and providing the necessary tools to achieve that level of hygiene. They should also ensure the workplace is clea...
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5 Franchise Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

Want to work for yourself but don’t want the costs and headaches to set up from scratch? Then franchising may be the answer. A well respected and proven franchise business model allows you to take control of your own destiny using the support, facilities and business acumen of the franchisor. Here are 5 of the best franchising opportunities currently available: Cleaning As we dive headlong into the second decade of the 21st century, many people are striving to achieve a more balanced wo...
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Help start that business right with a garden office

When you're thinking of starting your own business venture, it pays to make all the right choices as early as possible. If it's financially viable for you, it would be best not to 'make do' with a workspace that's sub-optimum, for example. And in some sense, your workspace will essentially BE your business if you're working alone and doing work activities at home - at least in terms of being a physical representation of your endeavor. Do you want that business workspace to be somewhere that's...
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