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Apprenticeships are not what they used to be

If you have visions of having 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… Continue Reading →

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.   Everybody would like more money, that is a natural thing, especially when it… Continue Reading →

How to Setup a Limited Company and Become Your Own Boss

There are many countries across the globe that have great opportunities and wonderful locations to start a business. There is always scope for a bigger market and success there. In some countries, the laws of the state will consider your… Continue Reading →

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 →

Ideas For a Home-Based Business That Work

Are you tired of working for someone else, of having to implement someone else’s ideas and getting embroiled in office politics? Have you dreamt of becoming your own boss but don’t know where to start; haven’t got that “great idea”… Continue Reading →

How to Manage Meetings Effectively

In order to be effective, all project meetings should have a clear objective stated in advance and a detailed agenda distributed to all attendees prior to the meeting. But there is more to a successful meeting than a stated purpose… Continue Reading →

Being Flexible When Managing Projects

Did someone say flexibility? You’re in a meeting about a new system development project, in response to a change in legislation. Stakeholders, Project Manager, Director of Innovations department – everyone is there. The project isn’t going completely as planned; it’s… Continue Reading →

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 find a loan or other type of financing.

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

Scaling Your Document Archiving Needs to the Size of your Business

Sooner or later, every startup or small business will need to upgrade its document archiving system. Scaling up will come sooner than you think, especially when you consider the vast amount of information, documents, data and so on you create in any given month. Understanding how and why the capacity of your document archiving needs to be addressed sooner rather than later is important for every business.

We live in a data hungry world where, for the smallest of purchases online, companies seem to gather a large amount of information. And there are other threats to archiving and storage; cyber-attacks impact on how and why some information is kept.

Thus, you may find the statutory and legal obligations placed on your business when it comes to archiving documents is growing;

My Business Is Not Failing, It’s Not

Maybe we are all reluctant to accept that our business might be failing but with high failure rates of businesses in many sectors we should make sure we are able to spot the warning signs and the act on them… Continue Reading →

Running an e-Commerce Business from Home

So you’ve decided to work from home – you’ve had enough of that long commute and all the office politics, and you’re going to follow your dream of building a retail empire. All you need is a PC, a phone and a fast broadband connection right? Well……

Strictly speaking that is true but unless you have a huge house with plenty of space for storage you will find it difficult to buy and store wholesale quantities of your products – and without wholesale quantities you will find it difficult to make a decent profit.

You might be one of the lucky few with an abundance of storage but, more likely, you are like the rest of us and need somewhere to store your products before you even start thinking about how and where to sell them. Well the easiest, quickest and cheapest solution is simply to rent a self storage unit. It can effectively act as your warehouse until your business grows and you are ready to invest in your own dedicated warehouse space.

So that’s the storage sorted what next?

Completing A Project Successfully When The Budget Has Been Slashed

It is not news that the global economic outlook remains gloomy but the knock-on effect in many major projects is that budgets are still being seriously impacted. Project managers are being expected to achieve similar end results on lower budgets,… Continue Reading →

First Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business is exciting but involves hard work. You will have to do, or at least be aware of, every aspect of running a small business to comply with regulations, handle finances and deal with staff. And that’s… Continue Reading →

Finding a New Home for your Home Based Business

If you are fortunate enough to be moving house soon, no doubt you will be excited, but you will also have started to realise just how expensive all the moving costs will be. So how can you keep moving costs… Continue Reading →

Gold Plating Your Projects – A Simple Guide

Gold plating in development is a well known term seen as a negative thing. In project management it can however be a good thing, here’s how.

Project management training covers all areas of project management, with specialist areas of project management being covered by specific certifications, it also covers the many new and established terms within the field. Gold plating is a common term that you may have covered during your project management courses. It is most often used in terms of development, but it can also apply to project management as well.

Email Marketing for Small Businesses

As a small business just getting started, there are tons of decisions that you’re already making: your products, your business model, which technology or e-commerce platform you’re going to be using.   There are also a lot of different options… Continue Reading →

Tips For Protecting Your Data On iCloud

Recent major security breaches have involved celebrities having pictures and other sensitive data being stolen from their Apple devices. This led a lot of people to question the security of iCloud. Whilst you may not be an A-lister, this does… Continue Reading →

Cyber Security For StartUps

A lot of small business owners make the mistake of thinking ‘it won’t happen to me’ when it comes to cyber security breaches. We often have a tendency to assume that cyber attacks only happen to big organisations and conglomerates…. Continue Reading →

Avoid Negative Emotions at Work

The amount of stress and frustration you experience at work as a project manager may not be your choice, but the way you choose to react to those stressful situations is within your control.   These stressful scenarios we talk… Continue Reading →

How the Internet is Helping Bricks & Mortar Businesses Expand their Customer Base

Most large retail companies now have a well-established website and e-commerce facility (if relevant) that complements their bricks and mortar locations and reinforces their brand. Having a strong online presence can expand awareness of their brand and products to a… Continue Reading →

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