First impressions: make them count when meeting new clients |

First impressions can be make or break for freelancers meeting new clients. Here’s how to make a great first impression, so your client relations go from strength to strength. The first time you meet a new client, you want them to leave the meeting feeling like they can’t wait to begin working with you. Giving … Continued

Why we’re reluctant to become e-retailers |

With many small businesses and freelancers reluctant to become e-retailers, we look at why we’re still scared of online shopping. A new study has revealed that while we might be a nation of shopkeepers, we’re not keen on becoming a nation of online shopkeepers.

What your business address says about you |

In this day and age of online businesses, you might not think a business address matters that much. But where you’re registered can have a big impact on how people view your company. When you talk about a company’s address the first thing that might pop into your mind is its web address. But in … Continued

First business trip – expectations vs reality |

Whether you’re starting your first job or setting up a small business, at some point you’re going to have to go on a business trip. But will it be all you imagined? Business trips are a fact of life for most small business owners. But for those who’ve never been on one, images of deals … Continued

The Apprentice: Negotiation and shopping |

Spoiler alert! Week 3, with two down and sixteen to go the third episode saw hopefuls meet in the tunnels beneath Dover Castle. They congregated in a small hall facing Karren Brady and Claude Littner with Lord Sugar nowhere to be seen. The lights dimmed and as if from one of the candidate’s nightmares a … Continued

Are you avoiding using finance? |

Nearly eight out of ten companies have avoided using finance in the last 12 months. BDRC Continental’s findings from its latest SME Finance Monitor – which is released on a quarterly basis – raise the question of whether banks are as much to blame for the lack of lending taking place as previously thought.

The end of the 9-5? |

I don’t know about you, but the traditional working day of 9-5 seems to be a thing of the past. According to a new study, one in three of us now spend over ten hours a day in the office – with an increasing number letting our workloads creep into our homes via emails and … Continued

UK business numbers continue to grow |

The number of private sector businesses in the UK has reached a new record high. According to the latest statistics from the Department for Business & Skills, there are now 4.9 million companies in the country, with a combined annual turnover of £3.3 trillion. The boost is largely down to the number of small to … Continued

UK start-ups on schedule to hit target |

The number of new businesses set up in 2013 is poised to reach over half a million by the end of the year, according to the most recent figures. Research – collected by the national enterprise campaign – shows that over 392,000 companies have been launched since January 1st, ensuring that the UK is on … Continued