Product Review: Xero Online Accounting 2017

Xero is an online accounting software system created and headquartered in New Zealand, but well established in the UK market. It has raced ahead in the small business sector since the UK version was launched in 2006, with over 130,000 UK business subscribers, making it the UK’s leading small business cloud accounting package by number of subscriptions.

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10 Great FREE Software Tools for Savvy Startups

Starting your own business can be a real leap of faith. The good news is that you don’t need to have a big budget – there are many great software products or services out there which you can subscribe to for FREE. We have compiled a list of our favourite “free forever” cloud-based business tools to help you on your journey.

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How to Create an Online Shopping Website

Setting up an eCommerce shopping website is well within the reach of anyone. Whether as an extension of an existing business, a full-time or part-time occupation, or just to make a few bob to fund a personal interest, the tools to do so are readily available and affordable, sometimes even free.

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Making TripAdvisor Work for Your Hospitality Business

Since its launch in 2000, TripAdvisor has helped to revolutionise not only how consumers plan and book trips, but also the way businesses in the hospitality sector interact and engage with customers. How can tourism businesses – such as restaurants, cafes and hotels – manage and control how they are presented on the world’s biggest travel website?

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Home Sweet Work: Work-Life Balance in a Home-Based Business

There are many compelling reasons for setting up a home-based business. Being your own boss, setting your own hours, avoiding the commute to work, not being burdened with expensive office rentals – no wonder more and more self-employed entrepreneurs are working from home.

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How to Fire Someone, Humanely

One of the most difficult tasks facing any employer is firing someone. Whether it is because the business needs to downsize, their role is no longer required, or because their work is simply not up to scratch, it is not something most decent-minded employers relish. There are established rules and guidelines on the legal formalities – which should of course be followed very carefully – however the human side is often overlooked. Planning for the ‘soft’ issues is just as important as the ‘hard’ ones.

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Millennial Mums are Doing it for Themselves

38% of millennial mums plan to be their own boss. This is according to a new survey published by Nominet – the organisation which runs the .uk web domain. They write “In search of the elusive ‘work-life’ balance, 17% of millennial mums expect to set up their own business within the next 12 months, with a further one in five (21%) expecting to be their own boss in the next five years…

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7 Tips to Get Your Invoices Paid on Time

Cash flow is the lifeblood of small businesses in ways larger organisations often struggle to understand. Very few start-ups and micro businesses can handle 60- or 90-day payment terms – when you are depending on just a handful of clients to meet your own business expenses, prompt payment from all is critical.

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Why (Almost) Every Business Needs Cloud CRM

I’m only a small business, I don’t need cloud CRM, do I? The short answer is, yes – yes you do. It doesn’t matter how small you are, a Customer Relationship Management system is one of the most powerful and effective business tools you can invest in.

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Electronic Signatures: Document Signing Made Easy

Electronic signatures provide a means of speeding up the document completion process and reduce many of the risks associated with paper document signing. By comparison, obtaining a written signature in ink on a printed document for many types of commercial transactions at best adds unnecessary time, and at worst can result in the transaction not being completed at all.

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