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If you want to start a divisive argument in a room full of business leaders, just mention outsourcing.  Many leaders lament the rise of outsourcing while others’ businesses thrive on it, but the practice has existed for a long time. The history It took off in the U.S. in the 1960s, when standardized shipping container sizes made international shipping cheap, easy, and more efficient. This change transformed our oceans into relatively inexpensive freight highways and opened up a thriving…

This post originally appeared on Niall Devitt’s blog, Niall is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz. The Ahain Group has carried out an extensive analysis of on-line activity within the Food and Drink sector. We considered the impacts of Social Business on primary food producers, food companies and local artisan food producers, with a focus on the US, UK and Ireland.  Click Here to Download the Report Websites, email and use of Social Media are all playing ever more important roles…

Mari Smith is a phenomenon in my eyes, and I’m sure for lots of other people too. Her warm and approachable persona comes across on Social Media which is a feat in itself as it can often be blamed for hiding a true personality. Having grown a large following on all the Social Media platforms Mari still finds time to deal with queries and replies personally despite having a busy schedule with public speaking, writing books, tv appearances and much more. To my immense pleasure Mari agreed…

We live in an increasingly globalized world. Just a few years ago, going global (offshore) was a luxury afforded to only the wealthiest of companies. Yet as the communication infrastructure around the world has expanded, incorporating an offshore company is fast becoming a necessity for any entrepreneur with an ambitious growth strategy. More than half of the Fortune 500 companies are using offshore companies to their advantage. Unfortunately, a lot of press around this topic is related to…

Next Sunday is Saint Patrick’s Day, the day when we celebrate all things Irish. Up to 80 million people globally claim to have Irish heritage. Wherever we’ve found ourselves, our natural ability to network has helped us to adapt to new environments and of course, this now also includes the online environment. Tweak Your Biz: An international business community with roots in Ireland Tweak Your Biz  (formally Bloggertone) started out as an Irish online business community and in…

Australia consistently ranks as one of the most competitive countries in the world, with the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook highlighting its resilience. More importantly, Australia has successfully integrated with several of the most important Asian countries. Thus, Australia offers a great investment opportunity for entrepreneurs through the access it provides to the Asia-Pacific region. Why form a company in Australia? Australia is the perfect example of consistent strong economic…

The team at Tweak Your Biz would like to wish our East Asian readers a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year. With a global readership we probably have 10’s of 1,000’s worldwide celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Snake. With the world growing smaller by the day because of new technology it means we can deal with other countries as though they were just down the road. Therefore Tweak Your Biz believes it is very important to understand the different cultures and needs of our global…

Some flinch. Some scream. Some even run away when meeting a snake. Yet in China, they say a snake in the house is a good omen as it means your family will not starve. Why? As we welcome the Year of the Water Snake in the Far East this February 10th, it might be a good time for those of us in the West to slough off some cultural biases regarding the creature. I’ll help you unravel the insights hidden in this Astrological creature. Warm to the touch and quite timid in real life; the snake…

Contemporary business-speak has drawn many ideas from the lexicon and argot of military strategy. Alongside Machievelli’s Prince,  Sun Tzu‘s “The Art of War” has been one of the texts cited regularly as a source of razor sharp strategic thinking for the Business world, as much as the political sphere. Ever wondered why it’s so famous? Never heard of it? This post demystifies The Art of War’s ancient treatise on military strategy – I offer my basic…

In the midst of a global downturn that brought some of the largest, most powerful countries to their knees, Asia shined on as a bright investment spot in a discouraging world market. In an increasingly globalized world, Asia is becoming more accessible and thus, more desirable to entrepreneurs in need of a stable environment to invest in. While China tends to get the majority of attention, recent governmental deflationary measures have their economy growing at its slowest rate since the early…