Starting a PC repair business

Computer services occupy a billion-pound market, making PC repair a potentially very lucrative business idea. With both domestic and commercial markets open to entrepreneurs, the options available are extensive.
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Common sales mistakes made by entrepreneurs

Sales are an essential part of any business but are especially important for entrepreneurs and start-ups. With no track record, making the sale can be difficult, and without sales the business will not generate any profit and therefore can’t succeed. But sales is an art, and there are many mistakes that can limit your productivity and success, and put...
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Q&A: Andy Evans - Your Deal Daily

At only 21, there is no doubt that Andy Evans is a very young entrepreneur with big ambitions; however, his experiences and success are more than most people double his age can boast about. At just 13 years old, Evans was running his regular discos and, by the age of 14, he had begun his own web design business, which has subsequently grown from strength...
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Case study: Pint Drop makes buying drinks for others easier, helps pub and bar industry

The Pint Drop 'Text Your Friends a Drink’ service is the brainchild of entrepreneur William Steward. The pioneering gifting service allows people to buy drinks for their friends via a personalised text message. It is changing the way people socialise, give and receive and is ahead of the curve in terms in the growing area of social gifting. Vouchers...
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How to do business in... China

China is home to 1.3 billion people, and is now the second-largest economy in the world, as well as the world’s fastest-growing economy. It is still considered a developing nation, and the style of business in China is extremely different to in the UK.

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Five emerging consumer trends in 2012

A changing economy is not all an SME should be concerned about. In order to be successful, businesses of all sizes need to understand their customers’ needs and, above all, demonstrate this understanding through delivering a service that not only meets, but exceeds their expectations. Therefore an insight into, and analysis of, consumer trends is critical in order to keep abreast of new ways in which consumers are running their lives and potentially interacting with your organisation. Not only will being aware of these trends enable you to react to changing demands, but you will be better equipped to forecast how particular products or services may be received.

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One minute interview: Sean Obedih - The Founders' Hive

Sean Obedih is an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Ynotplast (now Urban Armour) a multi-ethnic brand of skin plasters designed to match skin tone. More recently, Obedih founded The Founders' Hive, an organisation that brings directors, entrepreneurs and investors together with the aim of accelerating the growth of start-up businesses. Obedih talks to inspiresme about helping budding entrepreneurs to locate co-founding partners and transforming their ideas into viable businesses.

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Q&A: Jack Tang - thestudentjob.com

Jack Tang is a business student currently studying at Kings College, University of London as well as the director and founder of thestudentjob.com, a London-based start-up that helps young people aged 16-24 find casual work in their local area.

Tang was an entrepreneur from a young age, starting his first business at the age of 12, selling customer designed computers. He went onto found web design company, Interwebs which he now runs alongside thestudentjob.com.

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Guide to venture capital

Venture capital provides significant investments – upwards of £2,000,000 – to high-potential businesses capable of rapid growth. This investment is made in exchange for an ownership of company shares.

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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

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    Former chartered accountant Andries Smit has always had an eye for a good business model. He started his first business age 14 and has since started 1...
  • Staff and HR

    Creating a competitive employee benefits package

    The impact of an effective benefits package on engagement levels can prove significant, with productivity and efficiency levels boosted, sickness and absenteeism...
  • Technology

    Analysing your IT needs

    Most businesses these days require IT infrastructure to operate efficiently; offices will generally require more substantial hardware. Whatever your industry...
  • Marketing

    An SME guide to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

    Traditional marketing tools have evolved. Small business owners now have a huge number of choices when it comes to raising their firm’s profile, from local...
  • Accounting

    Guide to invoice factoring

    Large businesses are notoriously bad at paying the invoices of smaller ones. However, one option to speed up cash flow is invoice factoring. However, there...