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  • How minor website faults can turn into major problems

    by Rosie Beasley | 28 Oct 2009

    Faulty websites are turning consumers away from using small businesses, according to a recent survey by Streamline.net. The research reveals a worrying trend that has implications for the continued survival of many small firms, particularly those with e-commerce sites.

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  • Business tax dates you need to know

    by Rosie Beasley | 22 Oct 2009

    As a business owner, tax affairs account for many of your most important responsibilities. You will certainly have to deal with HM Revenue and Customs, both to report your income and to pay your tax. Furthermore, depending on the legal structure of your business you may also need to deal with Companies House.

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  • 17 useful online tools for self-employed professionals

    by Rosie Beasley | 07 Oct 2009

    The internet has had an important impact on the way that small businesses operate. Tools that are available for free or at rock-bottom prices are helping to make self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs more efficient and effective in business.

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  • 5 tips for making the most of online reviews

    by Rosie Beasley | 06 Oct 2009

    The technology that enabled internet users to write their own content on websites has revolutionised the internet. For businesses, user generated content (UGC) has ultimately led to an unprecedented transparency across all consumer and b2b markets, where customer reviews of products and services have changed the way people make purchasing decisions online.

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  • 10 ways to keep employees singing from the same social song-sheet

    by Rosie Beasley | 23 Sep 2009

    Social media has once again shown that it can be as good at playing bad cop as it is at playing good cop. The most recent example of a company getting on the wrong side of the social public comes from the unfortunate DSGi - the company which owns Dixons and PC World - which suffered from a good facebooking when some employees set up a group to talk about their 'experiences' working in the company's stores.

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  • A guide to self-assessment for the newly self-employed

    by Rosie Beasley | 23 Sep 2009

    If you become self-employed you need to take care of your own tax and national insurance payments. This means filing an annual tax return with HMRC. When you become self-employed you must let HMRC know within three months, even if you already complete a tax return.

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  • Making redundancies - your legal responsibilities

    by Josh Hall | 22 Sep 2009

    Laying off staff is not a decision that any employer will take lightly. However, in these difficult economic times many companies have no choice. If you are a struggling employer, it is likely that you have considered redundancies at some point.

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  • 5 ways to make business referrals count

    by Rosie Beasley | 16 Sep 2009

    In a recent survey by IT company Easynet Connect, 81% of the businesses who responded said that they regularly refer business to contacts, colleagues and friends. In fact the survey suggests that small and medium sized businesses make three referrals a month to an average value of £7,500.

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  • Prospects for recovery - a round-up of expert opinion on the shape of the recession

    by Josh Hall | 10 Sep 2009

    Buoyed by a recent string of relatively positive data, many commentators have been tempted to call the bottom of the recession. But while some analysts claim the worst is behind us, others believe the crisis is far from over.

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  • Securing funding during the downturn

    by Josh Hall | 26 Aug 2009

    The papers are currently brimming with articles penned by analysts who believe that the worst of the recession is now behind us. Many of the major world economies have now exited recession, and it is thought that the UK could follow this year. A sustained and sustainable recovery is, of course, good news for business.

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