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How To Motivate Your Team

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The success of any business depends on people, which is why good teamwork is essential for success. So let’s consider how a project manager can improve teamwork.

Projects, of course, involve people; those who have initiated the project, the end-users and, more importantly, those who will manage and carry out the work to make the project a reality. And the success of any project depends on these individuals, which is why good teamwork is essential for successful project delivery. So let’s consider how a project manager can improve teamwork.

It is never enough to have a good project plan, a well-defined risk management process and effective communication even though plenty of project managers would be glad of those right now. The key to successful project management is to ensure the project team is motivated and works well together. One way of encouraging and motivating a team is to identify their strengths and any opportunities that might be presented by the project.

How To Write a Basic Business Plan

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Many business owners find the thought of writing a business plan very daunting, so much so, that many of them never write one at all. But recent research suggests that SMEs could make more profit if they had a plan in place so no matter how difficult it might seem, now is the time to write a business plan if you haven’t done so already. And, actually, it is not as difficult as you might think.

A business plan is intended to clarify what the aims and objectives of the business are and how they will be achieved. It is, of course, also essential if you need to get a loan or other type of financing.

Here are the fundamental steps involved in writing a basic business plan…

Alternative finance options for small business owners in the UK

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31 Ways You Can Improve Your Business

It does not matter what sort of business you run, whether it is a coffee shop or a financial services firm, you are always going to be on the lookout to achieve more. With that in mind, let’s take a… Continue Reading →

3 Analytics You Need to Keep Track of to Sustain Your Online Business

In business there are many metrics that you can keep track of. A lot of organizations like to track metrics that simply make them look good and they showcase these to the public to leave a better impression on people…. Continue Reading →

Strategies to Deliver Better Customer Satisfaction

Loyal customers are the bread-and-butter of your business. Loyal customers need less “hard sell” to get them to place repeat orders. They keep coming back and, as long as you keep offering them a good relationship, they are worth hundreds… Continue Reading →

Are You Delivering Customer Satisfaction?

Many companies are so keen to attract new business that they can neglect their existing customers. That’s certainly how I feel (neglected, that is) after banking with the same bank for 20 years  and discovering that new customers are getting… Continue Reading →

Improving Sales Forecasting Accuracy: Tools And Techniques

Being able to accurately forecast your sales figures is vital in any business in order to set and meet targets and identify areas which may need improvement; or, indeed, areas which you can rely upon to bring in big numbers…. Continue Reading →

Improving Your Sales Process With Consultative Selling Skills

Being good at sales isn’t just luck and despite what some may think, good sales people aren’t born with a special skill that sets them apart from everyone else. They best sales people are hard workers who have a well-practiced… Continue Reading →

How to Increase Sales: 4 Effective Ideas

Increasing sales is on top of everyone’s list of priorities if you work in business. No matter what industry you work in, finding an effective formula to increase sales numbers is akin to the search for the Holy Grail. While… Continue Reading →

How to Improve Sales Skills and Techniques

As buyers become more knowledgeable and competition increases, it is vital that sales teams are capable of improving and developing their skills and techniques in order to stay ahead in any industry. The sales processes which worked well 10 or… Continue Reading →

Easy Options for Starting a Home Based Business Today

Interested in starting your own home based business?  Starting your own business can be both exciting and challenging.  For most, it’s an eye opening experience with all of the issues and items that need to be dealt with, generally far… Continue Reading →

Getting more value from Salesforce

Are you still using Salesforce as just a contact manager and tracker instead of wholly a part of the sales process? Salesforce is an immensely powerful customer relationship management ecosystem that can completely revolutionise customer handling across your entire organisation… Continue Reading →

Getting more value from Microsoft Dynamics CRM

The decision to implement a CRM is not one to be taken lightly and even a small implementation of Microsoft Dynamics can be a considerable chunk of your annual IT budget.   Which is why it is important to be… Continue Reading →

How to consistently deliver shareholder value

Shareholder value is a nebulous concept. For some investors it simply means increasing the price of shares, but this is a rather short-termist definition as, especially in bubble situations, it is possible for the share-price to be rising but at… Continue Reading →

The Biggest Salesforce Implementation Mistakes You’re Making

A common complaint in sales departments across the country is that their CRM has promised more than it has achieved. It’s promised to increase sales, improve customer retention and make it easier to gauge how well each sales team is… Continue Reading →

All Set to Apptimize Project Management? 5 Factors You Need to Consider

Project management software is an indispensable solution that saves every business from getting overwhelmed in handling a portfolio of several projects simultaneously. Although there is no substitute for the skills that a project manager can have, simple project management software… Continue Reading →

Small Businesses: Storage = Good Business Sense

Small businesses have particular needs when it comes to storage. Self storage provides cheap, secure space that is flexible for businesses to use. Here we look at the benefits of self storage for a small business.

Within the last year, self storage as an industry has near enough exploded with activity. The rise is thought to be because of lots of different factors, the main one being that digital retailers are using cheap self storage commercially because of the huge increase in online consumer sales. Basically everyone wants to buy goods online and online retailers need somewhere flexible and cost effective to keep those goods.

Apprenticeships are not what they used to be

If you have a vision of a successful career; working in a range of industries, companies and even countries. If you dream of working on the most exciting projects and enjoying every minute of it then you probably think you will have to have a good university degree to enable you to do this – even to have the possibility of doing this. But think again – careers are no longer as traditional as they once were – there are opportunities in jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago and even in traditional roles the way we view a career has changed.

Take apprenticeships for example – they used to be viewed as a way to train tradespeople – a slightly less academic choice of career. Yet now we have Higher apprenticeships such as the project management apprenticeships that results in a degree level qualification. Even in more traditional professions such as accountancy and engineering it is necessary to continue to take training courses and develop your skills and expertise throughout your career.

Jobs You Can Do From Home To Boost Your Income

If you have spare time, you have spare capacity to earn. Here we offer examples of jobs you can do from home to boost your income whether you are a stay-at-home parent, supplementing your main income or looking to pay off your student debt, or looking for a rewarding career in later life. Earning a little bit more can help you become more financially independent.

Working from home is the way forward for men and women. If you are at home you have the capacity to boost your income, all you usually need is an internet connection. Why wouldn’t you want to earn extra cash in your PJ’s and get a boost managing the household budget? But the opportunities aren’t just hobbies – they can also develop into rewarding careers.

There are even opportunities in the caring profession that don’t involve working in a large care home or other institution but actually in someone’s home. You can become a Live-in Carer for the increasing numbers of senior people who want to remain in their own homes when they become less able to cope – a massive, perhaps not surprising, majority would prefer this to going into a residential home and giving up the comforts of their own home. There has, therefore, been a surge in need for carers to go into elderly people’s homes to help them with everyday tasks such as bathing and dressing. This can be for a few hours a day or even on a full-time basis when live-in care is an alternative to a residential care home.

How to Setup a Limited Company and Become Your Own Boss

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Reasons to set up a limited company

Setting up a limited company will mean more administration and more paperwork than if you are a sole trader but there are many advantages to being a limited company, not least eliminating and personal financial liability. When a sole trading… Continue Reading →

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