Top 10 business advice articles of the week

Every week we select 10 articles we think are worth reading at the end of your work-week. Start your weekend now - have a look at these articles selected by our Simply Business knowledge team.

1. Seven ways to boost traffic to your website

We like the articles of This time Nigel Muir, managing director of search and PPC specialists DBD Media, talks about 7 easy ways to boost traffic to your website. Working as a PPC specialist (Google Adwords) it means two of his tips are in favour of Paid search campaigns, but overall we respect his advice!

2. Employers’ guide to managing sick leave

Bytestart published a guide to managing sick leave. After the Big Freeze (yes, in capitals indeed) and the bad winter weather, lots of employees were ill. This article will give you some tips how to deal with sick leave.

3. List your business at

I had a conversation with Lesley from They offer a geocentric listing directory for the US, UK and some other countries. They not only list sites but also twitter campaigns and weblog directories. It’s very straight forward and your business will receive the right site traffic. The service is free.

4. What your business should know about maternity and paternity leave

Maternity leave is a perennial bugbear for many employers and misconceptions about the legal obligations of employers in this situation abound. Josh from our Knowledge team talks about all the things you should know about maternity and paternity leave.

5. Health and safety tips from Arco offers a wide range of health and safety gear and tools. They have news section too with a selection of health and safety news.

6 tips for getting more out of LinkedIn

Yesterday I published an article on our website to help you get more out of your LinkedIn profile. If you aren’t already active on LinkedIn, read our tips and get started with one of the fastest growing social community networks for careers and businesses.

7. 7 tips on starting 2010 with a strong PR and marketing plan on

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is going into 2010 with a strong PR and marketing plan. then Lindsay Complin of redyellowblue shares some advice and tips on making sure it is effective and achievable.

8. Should I Create a Business Plan for My Franchise? published this article this week. Don Daszkowski talks about the benefits for franchisers of writing a business plan.

9. Is invoice finance a good form of business funding?

Rosie Beasley from our Simply Business knowledge team discusses the benefits of using a factoring facility to improve your business.
Cashflow problems? Late paying customer? Time to read this article.

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