How to Raise Capital for Your Start-Up Business

If you’re interested in starting your own business and trying your hand as an entrepreneur, you should be prepared for a period of time where you will invest a great deal of effort and money before you start to make a profit. Starting a business from scratch isn’t easy, and the early stages can be very challenging in terms of your financial situation. Remember to do your research before you invest any capital at all, and make sure that your customers will want to pay for the product and service that you’re offering. Once you’re sure of this, you can start to think about how to raise money in order to get your business up and running. (more…)

How to Work as a Self-employed Taxi Driver

The British taxi industry is at the heart of a legal dispute at the moment, as black-cab drivers look to take action against Uber vehicles that have been using a mobile application as a fare metre. The claim is that this represents an illegal practice, so there may well be a prolonged dispute in the near future. This should not cast a shadow as the taxi industry as one of the UK’s most prosperous and accessible market sectors, however, as it is open to anyone with a clean driving license, a strong work ethic and an ability to communicate well with all customer demographics. (more…)

Stand Out from the Competition and Impress Your Customers – Write a Letter

In our hectic, tech-driven age of email, texting and web-based communication, is there still space for the humble letter? Businesses seeking to reach out far and wide to new and existing customers often overlook this more humble form of communication, but when it comes to making a lasting impression, a letter really is better. Here are 6 reasons why the letter remains a powerful tool for any business. (more…)

Running a business from home

When it is practical, running a business from your home can provide a number of very material – as well as eco-friendly – advantages. This includes the fact you will not have to pay for additional premises, a non-existent commute, and easy access to all the amenities of your home. If you intend to run a business from your home, there are several steps you should take. (more…)

Signage That Drives Business

Every business has a sign over the top of the door that announces who they are to the world. The most basic reason for that sign is to allow a customer to locate them and know who they are. While that is all that may be needed for super-sized box store chains like Walmart or Target, most businesses do not enjoy that level of brand awareness that allows for a name to tell the whole story. For the rest of the retail and service industry world, the sign is needed to promote themselves, their products, and provide information to encourage the customers to come in. (more…)

The awesome benefits of life insurance

Life insurance is a lot more than what its name communicates. Apart from being your family’s umbrella against tough times that your absence from their lives would bring, a life insurance policy can prove to be a very dependable tool for planning one’s life. Right from providing you cover against medical troubles to offering you financial stability over the long term, the functions of a life insurance policy can be manifolds. Here are some of the most awesome benefits of life insurance. (more…)

Understanding coverage of income protection insurance

Uncertainty is a part of our lives these days, and it affects all walks of our lives, including our jobs. You could well be driving merrily to work when you feel that twitch at the backside, only to be diagnosed with a kidney that needs immediate surgery! Diseases and accident could out you out of your job for extended periods, so much so that you will expire all your sick leaves and will end up being away from work without any pay. How do you plan to manage our expenses, when it’s likely that you would need a lot of money to pay the medical bills? Insurance is something that protects you against all these uncertainties of life, and income protection insurance is what helps you manage your life well even when your income ceases to exist. Here is everything you need to know about income protection insurance, apart from the fact that when you qualify for payment, it gives you the pre decided amounts as per the terms of payments agreed upon. (more…)

Raising Employee Retention Rates

There are 3 times when new employees need to be hired. When a business is growing it is typical that new employees will be needed to service the additional business. That is the only time that hiring new employees makes good business sense. The other times are when you require a skillset that none of your current employees possess, and when an employee leaves to work someplace else leaving you with a vacancy that must be filled to continue servicing the same amount of business. In these two instances the hiring is a time consuming and expensive process that will involve many hours of training on your business practices prior to being a profitable contributor to your business. (more…)

Big Impressions Help Small Companies Compete

There are a lot of things working against a small company in today’s business world. Government regulation costs far more for smaller companies than medium or large companies, the economy of scale seldom applies so services and products typically cost more leaving margins even more narrow, and when things are going well there is simply not enough manpower in reserve to tap into to take advantage of an upswing in business or the economy. Despite this, small businesses can still flourish by taken advantage of the things that work in their favor. The key to taking advantage of opportunities is to make a great first impression and earn the respect of larger businesses and public when opportunities do present themselves. (more…)