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Healthcare. It’s a topic on everyone’s mind, from small business owners to employees at giant corporations. If you’re a freelancer or are self-employed, there are a few things you should be aware of, because it’s your responsibility to secure your own health insurance. In the US, there have been several noteworthy updates to Obama Care that affect you. The good news is: they’re all supporting everyone, self-employed or otherwise, having quality health insurance. With open…

Whether you are self-employed or have expanded to the point where you’re running a business with a small handful of employees, the larger the operation, the more everything seems to cost. In order to keep a handle on business overheads to stop them from crippling the company, you need to seek out ways to cut costs and find those bargains. Here are 10 ways to make your business more efficient in 2016. #1. Go Digital and Reduce Paper Usage It is fair to say that you may still need to print…

Surely you have heard it before, the influence that a clean and organized workspace can have on your performance capabilities. In general, when we speak on this topic, people tend to naturally think about the desk in which we sit to perform our job duties, and often overlooked is the ever-so-important virtual desk. Just like with the desk you sit at to do your job every day, a clean and organized virtual desk will boost productivity and effectively help to keep our minds organized. A cluttered…

Orlaith Carmody is a journalist and broadcaster turned entrepreneur with a mission to improve the way people communicate in business and leadership. She runs mediatraining.ie with her husband, Gavin Duffy (Dragons’ Den). Orlaith commentates regularly on radio and TV about business- and media-related issues; she chairs conferences and events; and also delivers keynotes. In her life, Orlaith has experienced heartbreak and happiness, setbacks and success; but is always vivacious, positive and…

To most online business owners, generating sales and boosting conversions is a very simple process that can be boiled down to this: “simply find what people want and give it to them”. After all, Zig Ziglar famously said that “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want”. Unfortunately, while many of the most successful companies in the world have indeed found that the key to sales success lies in finding out what people want and…

With WordPress accounting for a staggering 25.3% market share of the website world, and an ever more impressive 58.8% of the CMS landscape (W3Techs 2015) it may well make for the most discussed and blogged about platform out there. Yet relatively few blogs tackle the topic of CDN use with WordPress, and the ways in which it can supercharge the platform. So here we discuss exactly what a CDN is,what a CDN could do for your WordPress website, and some of the advantages that this team can deliver…

While many business partnerships in history have been formed on a whim, few stay together if all parties aren’t completely invested in the company and in each other’s ultimate success. I was in a ‘bad’ business partnership. The reason for the failing partnership is the same old cliche: We don’t share the same vision.  We have skills that complement, we understand how to execute, and we know what drive profits. Unfortunately, there is one major ‘flaw’…

According to a survey from the Freelancer’s Union, more than 53 Americans are working on a freelance basis — one-third of the entire workforce. Though it may sound like a problem since those people aren’t available to work as full-time employees, it’s actually good news for the small business owner. Focus on the Core Activities Hiring workers on a freelance basis allows you to focus your efforts on your core business activities. Spend money hiring employees, whether part or full…

If you’re like me, you’re focused right now on getting client gifts out the door in time for the holidays. But what about you? As an entrepreneur, you work hard and deserve a gift or two during this festive season. Don’t worry: most of the gifts I’m going to suggest you give yourself “come without ribbons. They come without tags. They come without packages, boxes or bags.” (Bonus points if you get that reference.) So stop putting yourself at the bottom of…

When opening a small business venture most owners hope to grow their company someday but when that day comes, the business expansion can cause a great deal of confusion. If you are planning to expand your business, either within your same market or to a whole new area of the world, there are steps you can take to make the transition smooth and relatively stress-free. Begin with a carefully laid plan and then follow it as closely as you can to ensure that everything is in order before you open…