How to start a landscape gardening business

If you enjoy gardening and relish spending lots of your working time in outdoor environments, starting your own landscape gardening business could be for you – and since gardening has never been as popular as it is today, now could be the perfect time to do it.
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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: Rajeeb Dey - Enternships.com

Rajeeb Dey is the founder and CEO of Enternships.com and is heavily involved in encouraging entrepreneurship in the UK. Here he talks to inspiresme.co.uk about his own entrepreneurial journey and the lessons he's learnt along the way.
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Case study: Beanie's Health Foods imports meat-free products to Britain

Lisa Drummy is a director of Beanie’s Health Foods – for the last 10 years she has been importing and distributing Fry’s Vegetarian Foods with her business partner (and Dad!) Patrick Drummy. They started Beanie’s on an impulse when they discovered that Fry’s in South Africa were looking for someone to import Fry’s Vegetarian Foods into the UK.
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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting their first business?

If you're about to start your own business or are in the process of doing so, these top tips from successful small businesses will help you ensure you're on track at all times.
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One minute interview: Matthew Lawn - Football Squirts

Matthew Lawn was motivated to start Football Squirts following time spent in the USA coaching football to children. Upon returning to the UK, he researched the market and found that while numerous companies offered coaching to older children, there was a niche in the under-six age category. Lawn set up Football Squirts in 2008 and talks to inspiresme about his entrepreneurial journey so far.

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How to work smarter with your accountant

Small businesses owners place an enormous amount of trust in their accountants. The working relationship between SMEs and accountants is one often one of confident reliance, and rightly so.
Accountants can be the most valuable and trusted source of business advice, from company formation, to accounting and bookkeeping support, payroll services, cash flow, investments, business performance and tax. Accountants can manage the financial side of the business, freeing small business owners to concentrate on serving customers and growing their business. Hamish Edwards, co-founder Xero, looks at how small businesses can best tap into the expertise of their accountant.

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Common mistakes when making investor presentations

Pitching to investors can be one of the most nerve wracking situations around, but it’s important to retain your cool and stay on target to get the best chance of securing that important investment. Avoid these errors in order to bolster your chances.

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How to start a landscape gardening business

If you enjoy gardening and relish spending lots of your working time in outdoor environments, starting your own landscape gardening business could be for you – and since gardening has never been as popular as it is today, now could be the perfect time to do it.

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Top tips to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day shopping hike

With Christmas a distant memory and Valentine’s Day 2012 fast approaching, e-tailers are busily gearing up for an influx of website visitors, who promise to be more fickle with how they make purchases than ever. With online competition fiercer than ever, how do online retailers ensure they are making the most of their websites and in turn, maximising those conversion rates? Colin Mould, Head of Customer Services at Sage Pay, gives us his top ten tips.

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  • Starting up

    What advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting their first business?

    If you're about to start your own business or are in the process of doing so, these top tips from successful small businesses will help you ensure you...
  • Finance

    Alternative methods of raising funds

    Business growth has traditionally been financed by banks, venture capitalists or angel investors. But sometimes the traditional route is not always ideal...
  • Staff and HR

    Guide to hiring a manager

    Some business owners don’t want to take a hands-on role in running their company. Others may find that their company opens for too many hours for them...
  • Technology

    Case study: eCommerce helps Truffle Shuffle take on the retro t-shirt market

    Vintage T-shirt vendor Truffle Shuffle started trading in 2004 and has grown to be a significant player in the retro t-shirt market. They implemented mobile...
  • Marketing

    Guide to direct marketing

    Direct marketing is a tried and tested method for engaging current customers or converting potential ones. With low relative costs and a good return on...
  • Accounting

    How much should I pay myself?

    When someone is running their own business and eventually the business is generating enough money for the owner to be able to draw a salary, a dilemma...