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Success! You’ve managed to convince your boss that working remotely, perhaps from home, for a portion of your working week is a good idea. Or perhaps you have started a new job full time working remotely. Or maybe you work freelance remotely and never quite managed to separate work time from non-work time. Whichever is the case, most people find it very difficult, if even initially, to work from a place where they also do other things. You may be based at home, or on the move, or flitting…

I’m in recovery. No, I’ve not had an illness. I’ve failed. First, it’s important to understand a little about me when I was growing up. I never failed. This was not because I was ultra-capable or ultra-talented. It was because I (subconsciously) avoided failure. I’d throw in the towel early so that I could always say “I never really tried”. It took until my early twenties before I realised that avoiding failure had become more important to me than achieving success. I’ll…

Your business has grown to the point where your current team is no longer enough to manage all the work that needs to be done. Now it’s time to start hiring additional staff in order to reach your goals. But how can you be sure you employ the right candidates, and place them in the right positions? Here are a few tips to help you navigate the flood of resumes and land up with a successful hire: Hire for personality, not for skills Whilst certain jobs (such as engineering, programming, or…

It’s that time of year again to start planning a corporate Christmas party. The last couple of years, the parties have been a dud and a lot of the people who come don’t really want to be there. The company insists on continuing the tradition, but this year you want to make sure that it’s entertaining and fun. A lot of businesses use Christmas parties as a way to celebrate the holiday season, give employees rewards and bring teams together. The idea of holding such a party seems exciting…

For businesses of all shapes and sizes, a comprehensive insurance package is an integral tool for protecting the most vulnerable areas of the company and ensuring safety in the future. Most business owners recognise this, and put a great deal of effort into securing protection against relevant threats. However, even those with the most comprehensive cover can sometimes accidentally leave weak spots in their insurance, and leave their businesses vulnerable. The following list explores some of…

There’s something about economic recessions that brings out the entrepreneur in all of us. Yes, unemployment could be that ‘X’ factor. Historically, bad economic times meant fewer jobs, which meant people felt the need to be resourceful, which resulted in a lot more budding entrepreneurs than usual. In fact one of the indirect measures that we are heading into better economic vistas is the fact that the rate of entrepreneurship has actually dipped in 2013 as compared to 2012. In 2013, 280…

Though they sound similar, project and product life cycles are separate and very different concepts. Projects are usually a part of creating a product, thus the project life cycle often takes place within a much larger product life cycle. Let’s look at the concepts in greater detail. Project Life Cycle Any project has certain definite phases: construction projects, IT projects, marketing, internal projects All go through definite phases. Together, these phases represent the life…

Mentoring has become something of a buzz-word of late. In part because the recent economic turbulence has propagated many nascent entrepreneurs, but also as these new businesses start and grow, support and advice is needed to assist their trajectory. What is the value of mentoring? The value of mentoring is regularly questioned, often without justification, however, its impact and usefulness can be diluted for many reasons. In my own experience, mentoring can be prescribed as a ‘quick fix’…

The Munster SME Business Summit 2014 (in association with Vodafone) is the only event of its kind dedicated to the SME business community in Ireland. Taking place on Thursday, November 13th at Limerick Racecourse (2,000 car park spaces, free parking) from 9am to 6pm, it will give business people in the region an opportunity to network, exhibit and promote their products and services. Tickets are a very reasonable €20. Pictured launching the event: Madeline Hayes-Hassett, proprietor of…

There was a time when people thought of businesses as some sort of machine. However, people are not very good cogs. They are just too likely to have their own ideas and ways of doing things. So, the business as machine concept is useless. Instead, leaders have to acknowledge the complexity in both the business environment and within their own organizations, large and small. Due to this complexity, it makes far more sense for leaders to look at their companies through the lens of systems…