10 business myths reconsidered

The business world is full of myths. If you’re thinking of starting your own company, being able to sort fact from fiction will help ensure you know what to expect from day one. Here are 10 of the most common business myths; we explore what parts, if any, are true.
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Introduction to mobile marketing

This article was written by Yoav Farbey, computer science graduate and analyst for Hailo Network, which matches passengers and licensed taxi drivers using mobile technologies. He is also founder of mobile marketing agency Fibixio. Fibixio uses a wide range of mobile marketing technologies, including SMS marketing and mobile applications, to generate...
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Q&A: Dan Taylor - The Giving Card

Dan Taylor is the founder of The Giving Card, a point of sale discount card linked to charitable giving. Here he talks to inspiresme.co.uk about his experiences of being a young entrepreneur and his tips for other innovators looking to follow in his footsteps.
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Case study: LUX FIX offers members-only access to the latest fashion trends

LUX-FIX.com is a luxury lifestyle site like no other. The site is a members only online fashion boutique, giving its customers exclusive offers on current season designer products. It was founded by school friends Alice Hastings-Bass and Rebecca Glenapp, both 28, who talk to inspiresme.co.uk about their business and how it came about.
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Do you have a favourite quote about business?

Listen to a diverse range of successful small businesses let you know what quotes have inspired them to aim higher and work harder.
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Top tax tips for freelancers

So you’ve taken the plunge and you’re self-employed. Make sure you’re tax savvy and that you consider the following seven top tax tips. Remember we all have to pay tax but we don’t need to tip HMRC. Get organised so that you know when you have to pay tax and how much you will need to set aside. Also make sure that you take full advantage of all the tax breaks available to self-employed individuals. New business owners can do without nasty surprises so forewarned is forearmed.

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Six reasons why new businesses fail

There’s an old saying in business: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This may sound trite but it’s a good mantra to introduce into any entrepreneurial endeavour. Plan and plan again before execution and you won’t go too far wrong.

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Q&A: Iain Worthington - Red Box Recorders

Red Box Recorders provides robust software-based recording tools for organisations across the globe. Founder Iain Worthington talks to inspiresme.co.uk about the challenges of working in such as sensitive industry.

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Equality Act 2010 - what it means to employers

In October 2010, the UK Government brought in the Equality Act, which radically redefined the country’s anti-discrimination laws in many spheres of life, not least of which recruitment and Human Resources. Here are some of the major changes that concern both the recruitment and management of staff.

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How to do business in... Iceland

Iceland, offers strong incentives for foreign business investment. The economy is open and adaptable, with consumers and businesses early adopters of new technologies. English is also widely spoken, and a common business language. Iceland’s time-zone is the same as the UK during wintertime, making communication and business travel easier.

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  • Starting up

    Case study: a new approach to financial trading gaming with TraderPeople

    Jonathan Rose and Chris Hobcroft are the founders of TraderPeople, an online social gaming business that provides fantasy and simulated financial trading...
  • Finance

    OPINION: Power to the people - give alternative lending a chance

    The current economic climate, as well as the future of the economy, doesn’t make for good reading and naturally, this has a significant impact on the success...
  • Staff and HR

    Important questions to ask candidates at interview

    Interviews are the most important tool for judging the potential worth of a candidate. Asking the wrong questions – and failing to ask the right ones ...
  • Technology

    What printer systems does my company need?

    Most businesses would find it extremely hard to function without print functionality. From invoices and estimates to research and notes, the ability to...
  • Marketing

    What has been your biggest PR success to date?

    Outstanding Branding is a UK independent distributor of promotional merchandise, corporate giveaways and branded clothing. Based near London Bridge...
  • Accounting

    How to deal with disputes with HMRC

    Tax is taxing. You may feel especially so if you’re a small business. HMRC have been seen to be cuddling up with the big players such as Goldman Sachs...