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So This Is Christmas: How Small Businesses Can Survive the Holiday Season

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For anyone who runs small businesses in the UK, chances are your holiday plans remained steady ever since you opened your doors: You work the Christmas holiday. Most likely, you work New Year's as well. You aren’t alone: Approximately 500,000 small business entrepreneurs (SBEs) work over the … [Read more...]

How To Stuff A Stocking: Inventory Tips For The Pending Holidays

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It’s that time of year again: The holidays are upon us and business shall soon boom! Are you ready? No, really: Are you? How did your small business prepare for the upcoming Christmas holidays? Plainly speaking: Your business will most likely spike; traditionally, most SBEs use one of … [Read more...]

Autumn Cleaning: Why Wait Until Spring To Make Things Tidy?

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We all make jokes about spring cleaning: We throw open the shutters to air out the musty air of winter and breathe in renewal. Funny how that carries over to our businesses as well. Out with the old, in with the new, and glad we only do this once a year! Spring becomes the optimal time to go … [Read more...]

How Hospitals Are Boosting Patient Care With Barcodes

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The next time you go to hospital, pay special attention to the band affixed to your wrist in triage. Notice the printed barcode? Once the nurse clasps it to you, watch as she places stickers to your charts and patient folder. Each sticker will bear the same code as the one on your wrist and … [Read more...]

How Asset Management Can Benefit Your School This Year

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October is here and with it hallways echoing with the sounds of students, lectures, and the day-to-day of school life. Class bells will ring for each period, instructors will prime the budding minds of tomorrow, keyboards will clack as research turns to term papers. Except you somehow wound up … [Read more...]

Toxicity: What It Means To Deal With A Toxic Employee

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Most everyone can bring to mind a person in their office who can best be described as “toxic.” Attitude, work ethic, general personality, whatever the characteristic, this person can poison an otherwise healthy organization, rot it from the inside out, and cause it to close its doors. Who are … [Read more...]

You’re the Boss, But Are You A Good One?

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What spurred you on to make the jump from employee to employer? Did you want to make your own hours and work at your own pace? Did you want to see your name on a desk placard with the words “Founder and CEO” engraved beneath it? Do you consider it a part of your legacy? Or, like 40 per … [Read more...]

The Effects and Preventative Measures That Go Along With Unpaid Invoices

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  What do freelancers, solopreneurs, small business owners, and large corporations all share in common? They all run the risk of taking on a client that, for one reason or another, doesn’t pay the tab. In fact, almost 50 per cent of all UK small businesses are still waiting for … [Read more...]

Your Online Presence: Small Business Websites and How They Can Benefit You

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It seems almost inconceivable given the online nature of life today, but more than 50 percent of UK small businesses suffer a lack of significant online presence. In fact, 30 per cent of them don’t even have a website! These figures do not include social media accounts: They focus purely on … [Read more...]

Not Just Delivery: The Future of Commercial Drones

Composite image of a 3D generated model of a remote controlled drone taking off from a distribution warehouse full of cardboard boxes and goods. Drone is carrying a package for remote delivery: technology innovations allow quick shipping and delivery. The quadricopter has a camera and GPS to follow the route to destination. Drone model is white, carrying a brown yellow box.

Consumers hold certain expectations when it comes to their parcel delivery. They want it quickly, with as little fuss as possible, and with their order intact and undamaged. How quickly, though, is quick enough? Shipping times dropped dramatically as new advents in technology came along through … [Read more...]