• 2011 is set to be the year cloud computing really goes mainstream, as more and more businesses and individuals embrace this key technology trend. Analyst firm Gartner recently stated that cloud computing would be one of the top 10 strategic technologies in 2011, with many peop...

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  • Chris Hughes from Oscillate Studio takes us through what’s needed to set up a successful recording studio and sound engineering business. Chris set up his own recording and production studio in Manchester 18 months ago but has been a self-employed sound engineer and producer f...

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  • Not many people would recognise a ‘problem with authority’ as a virtue, but the directors of design and digital media consultancy FRS Ltd cite that idiosyncrasy as a catalyst for their setting up one of London’s most dynamic and fresh young creative companies. Commercial direc...

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  • 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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  • The paths to becoming responsible for a team are as many and winding as the myriad of thoughts that rush through your mind when you see for the first time within in your job description that you are now “responsible for motivation of the team”.

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  • Personal training is a highly rewarding profession that offers plenty of opportunities to specialise. If you want to be a personal trainer, you’ll need a detailed knowledge of a range of disciplines including nutrition and biology. There are many different training avenues ava...

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  • On the face of it a window cleaning business is a very attractive proposition to first time entrepreneurs; the start up costs are low and it’s a service which is seemingly always in demand.

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  • With the rise of smart phones such as the iPhone and Blackberry, mobile phones have become an ever-bigger part of our daily lives as business owners – and today’s apps for smartphones promise to make daily business life easier, more productive and even more profitable. From ed...

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  • On the face of it starting an advertising agency seems like a glitzy and glamorous business, however, the success of an ad agency is very much dependant on your ability to deliver results for your clients and the competition can be fierce. If you’re creative and have experienc...

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  • As a small business, it’s often difficult to know when to take legal advice, and how you should go about finding a solicitor if you need one. As a general rule, unless you have a legal background and are confident you are able to handle potentially technical issues, it is best...

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  • We might be a nation of dog lovers but people’s increasingly busy lifestyles mean that they often just don’t have the time to take their best pooch friends out for walks. If you’re good with animals and enjoy spending time outdoors then starting a dog walking business could al...

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  • Many entrepreneurs find money management difficult, especially during in the early days, and yet it is something that is absolutely critical to the success of your venture. Here are some of the most common money management mistakes that entrepreneurs make and how you can avoid...

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  • A van rental company hires out commercial vehicles to both businesses and private individuals in return for a set rental fee. The van rental market is highly competitive and success is very much dependant on scale and utilisation of vehicles, however there is a big market for ...

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  • Each piece of software that you purchase for your business will come with a license stipulating what you can and can’t do with it, and it is essential that you fully understand the terms of the license to ensure that you stay legal.

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  • We’ve all seen libel and slander cases hitting the headlines – most seemingly involving celebrities or the rich and famous – however it’s also a big problem for businesses and in the most extreme cases can damage a businesses reputation to the point where it can no longer cont...

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  • So you’ve begun the important step of spreading the word about your business, and it’s time to start networking – one of the most important aspects of being an entrepreneur. But are you confident enough and do you know enough about your business to be able to make an ‘elevator...

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  • The range in price between the cheapest and the most expensive business energy contract has never been wider, yet switching rates remain very low. Jonathan Elliott, managing director of the business savings experts Make It Cheaper offers some insight.

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  • If you have a passion for fashion and you’re a creative person with an eye for design then starting your own T-shirt business could be for you. With advancements in technology making printing and production ever easier, this is a popular business among new entrepreneurs and, a...

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  • 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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  • Starting a kennels and cattery business is one of the most difficult and time consuming enterprises to start and run – yet it can also be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. If you’re a dog or cat lover and have always dreamed of working with animals then running a kennel...

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