How to start a commercial photography business

There is potentially a lot of money to be made as a photographer and it can be an extremely interesting and varied business to run. With very low start-up costs, it’s also perfect for first time entrepreneurs.
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Product Review: Serif WebPlus x6 - Building a Professional Business Website

A bespoke graphically designed website is simply an expense too far for many SMEs in the current climate; however, the presence of their brand online is something most can ill afford to be without. Serif’s software solution, WebPlus x6 retails at under £100 and is targeted at both beginners and experts, putting professional quality website design...
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One minute interview: Scott Allison - Teamly

Scott Allison is the founder and CEO of Teamly, as well as the former co-founder and CEO of award-winning B2B telecoms virtual network operator, abica. It was during his time at the head of this company, Allison began experimenting with different ways of managing people which later inspired him to create Teamly. He is also a founding member of TechHub...
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Case study: Xcite Digital how to survive and thrive in a recession

Xcite Digital is an award winning, digital marketing agency that designs, builds, and markets websites for blue chip clients such as Pizza Express, BP, and Skoda as well as running digital marketing campaigns on their behalf. Founder, Robert Walker, tells inspiresme about starting the business as an ambitious 25 year old in 2008 at a time when the UK...
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How to start a travel agency

Holidays are big business – with millions of Britons jetting off to foreign lands every year, and many more opting for domestic breaks. While the online travel market is booming, high-street travel agents still have markets, particularly for packages and for older holiday-makers. To make it as a small travel agent, you’ll need to offer something different, in order to stand out from the crowd and attract custom away from the big businesses. Jamie Lawrence looks at what it takes to start up a successful travel agency.

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Q&A: Camilla Shaughnessy - Eventful Stays

Camilla Shaughnessy, 49, is the founder and director of luxury accommodation website EventfulStays.com, which lists its private properties, all available for short breaks or weekend stays, by events taking place across the UK. Her background is in consultancy, and until recently she was the managing director of Malachi Consulting Limited, which she founded in 1994. In August 2010 she left the running of Malachi in the capable hands of her husband John and turned her back on the corporate world for good to devote her time and energy to creating Eventful Stays. We catch up with Camilla to talk about Eventful Stays and life as an entrepreneur.

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How to do business in... Japan

Despite being a relatively small country, Japan is one of the world’s largest economic powers. It is also considered one of the most technically innovative countries around the globe, being particularly strong in scientific research areas such as machinery and biomedicine. 

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Becoming a property developer

There’s potentially a lot of money in property; a fast-paced, highly profitable industry that attracts many ambitious entrepreneurs every year. But there are also significant risks when entering the unwieldy property market.

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Employment law and you

All employees enjoy rights under contract and under the statutory law of the land.  Employment law has grown in a way which can be bewildering for the trained lawyer, let alone for those it is supposed to protect.

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