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10 Home Office Tips to Boost Productivity

Working from home is the dream for many people and ensuring you get the most out of your home office is the key to success. Maintaining a level of professionalism and organisation will allow you to conduct business from your home office more effectively and more efficiently. In this post we look at 10 Home Office Tips to Boost Productivity. 1. Keep your work life and personal life separate Okay, […]

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5 Reasons to Outsource Your Payroll Service

If you run a business with employees, you might currently be handling your own payroll needs, or perhaps you are paying staff to do this job. However, you might find that outsourcing the payroll process would be better for your business. These are just a few reasons that outsourcing payroll services can be the best choice for many companies. 1. You Can Save Money If you have a small business, […]

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Upcoming Irish Employment Legislation

Given how swiftly Irish employment legislation can change, employers may find that what they were doing yesterday is no longer permissible today. Ireland has now set in place a substantial body of employment legislation and as our obligations continuously develop and alter it is vitally important that all employers keep on top of upcoming Irish employment legislation proposals and developments. We consider these below. Acts: Public Service Management (Recruitment and […]

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Small Business Can got Nominated for Blog Awards Ireland 2014.

We are happy to announce that Small Business Can have been nominated and long listed in the Blog Awards Ireland 2014 competition. We’re up for the category of “Best Blog Of An SME. The short list will be published on August 25th so cross your fingers, but anyway, we are delighted we have made it this far! Thanks to everybody who follows, reads, comments and supports SBC.

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Margaret Hearty, Director of programmes and business services at InterTradeIreland

InterTradeIreland Urges SMEs to Prepare for Major Changes in Tendering into the Public Procurement Market

InterTradeIreland is urging SMEs to prepare for major changes in tendering into the public procurement market in terms of new category structures and centralised Government purchasing through the Office of Government Procurement (OGP). Tendering into the Public Procurement Market The OGP was established in January 2014 with a key objective to optimise value for money through smarter tendering techniques. It will centralise all procurement expertise with individual bodies ceasing to […]

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Successful Business from the Start: Myth or Reality?

Is there such a thing as a successful business from the start? Having a successful business is much more than having good luck, and if you plan on sitting idly while waiting for customers to come by; you’re in big trouble. A business requires a lot of smaller things to function in perfect sync, if you plan on everything going smoothly, and if you plan on expanding as soon as […]

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A Guide on How to Import From China

China has fast become a crucial player in the world’s economic platform. This is primarily because it is by far the leading exporter of diverse types of items. It has earned its popularity with business people all over the world because of the cheap costs that come with purchasing items, a factor which has seen most people rush to import from china. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to […]

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Small Business Tips: Get Paid On Time!

I have worked in various businesses over the years, and one of the main areas of concerns for the managing directors was cash flow. “Lets Get Paid On Time” is what one ex-boss shouted at us.  Some business owners manage cash flow beautifully, and some plod along and seem to get through. If you proactively work on getting your cash flow system working for you, it can reap rewards. Here are […]

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How to Become a Pinterest Warrior [Infographic]

Sometimes when you’re running a small business, you can’t afford to put a lot of time and effort into things like social media management. However, it’s still important to take advantage of these marketing opportunities, so most businesses devote at least a little time and energy to socializing with potential customers through various social networks. As we all know, time is money, so it makes sense to focus most of […]

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How to Write the Perfect Business Plan

What is the perfect business plan? It is a document to get investors excited about your company, but it also acts as a blueprint for the direction you envision your company taking. It is the roadmap to success. It is the design and plans for our company. First of all, before you do anything, you need to decide where you are going to be doing business. Will your company be […]

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4 Creative Guerrilla Marketing Campaigns for Branding Inspiration

Guerrilla marketing is the sexy renegade aspect of traditional marketing that gets a lot of attention for its creativity and engagement. Over the past decade brands have been pouring more and more money into digital marketing campaigns, often at the expense of traditional media, but guerrilla marketing ties the two together. With the growth of the internet, once localized guerrilla marketing campaigns are now seen all around the world through […]

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Five Habits of Successful Small Business Leaders

Each year, thousands of people start small businesses. Unfortunately, at the same time, thousands of small businesses fail. What is the secret to staying afloat in an uncertain economy? It could be a number of simple habits demonstrated by successful small business leaders. The following are the habits most often exhibited by owners and managers of successful small businesses: Successful Small Business Leaders Live Balanced Lives There is no debate […]

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Career Change? Yes You Can!

How many times have you finished another week at the office, only to collapse on the sofa, glass of wine in hand, and dream about the other career you’re going to have? The dog walking business that will combine your love of pets with the great outdoors; the journalism career that will finally allow you to make the most of your writing ability; or the move to nursing, which is […]

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Start-up Story: eFolio Accounts

www.eFolioAccounts.com is a Cloud Bookkeeping facility that helps business start ups get paid on time and manage cash flow. It is also a invoicing facility, and a collaborative accounting facility. It is built as a double entry automated accounting platform. The key component with eFolio Accounts is that it has been built to keep it simple for the user. It is a SaaS (Software as a service) so the only […]

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5 Ways to Increase Customer Trust in e-Commerce Websites

When you’re an online business, customers can’t simply walk up to your counter, shake your hand, have a chat and look you squarely in the eye. You’re probably a very trustworthy individual — but how are your customers to know it? In this post we look at 5 ways to increase customer trust in e-commerce websites. Therein lies the Achilles’s heel of the ecommerce industry. In a post on eCommerceShot.com, […]

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