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So 2013 is gone and now 2014 is beginning. As with every year we are all looking to start afresh with new goals and desires, personally and professionally. Maybe you are continuing with previous plans but want to look at new ways of achieving them. At the end of each year many business trends are predicted for the following year and people in the know share their expert knowledge for us all to consume. I have collated 48 posts covering 2014 predictions from Accountancy to Websites – not…

Just as your body needs rest and food for fuel, your business needs working capital to keep it up and running. Working capital is the fuel that lights your business’s fire and keeps it going day in and day out. Entrepreneurs that experience cash flow problems know all too well the friction and headaches it can cause. Without working capital productivity and progress are forced to come to a screeching halt. Luckily, with some tips that you can implement today, you can improve your business’s…

In 2008, the world received a reminder that certain business practices lead to inevitably disastrous results. The recession, however, was only one part of a larger pattern that has become historically predictable: Competitive business interests consolidate wealth to the point of system instability. A series of meltdowns force the system to adjust. Market trade wars breed a distrust of negotiation. There’s a super crash. A world war erupts. So far, we haven’t quite hit the point of world…

Let’s be brutally honest: shipping is a pretty boring topic. No entrepreneur wants to sit around discussing shipping strategies. You just want to make your sales, grow your business, and let the boring details sort themselves out. The problem is that shipping isn’t something you can just ignore and expect it to sort itself out. The fact is that if your business doesn’t have a sound shipping plan in place, its growth will be stunted. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the very fate of…

Stress is the greatest disease of the modern age, a universal plague that cannot be avoided and a silent killer that affects all the aspects of life. Stress is an especially big problem in cities, where more and more people are working in offices on jobs where stress is an integral part of the job and often the working environment. It has been proven that stress in the workplace negatively affects productivity, brain performance, concentration and learning. Research shows that in UK, for…

Digital revolution has profoundly reflected on users’ behavior and their higher expectations to participate and contribute more actively online. The new face of the internet has changed the interactive web experience of users. Nowadays, visitors expect to be impressed, involved and entertained. This all makes it clear that interactivity is one of the vital characteristics that a website should possess. Not convinced yet? In this article I will draw your attention to three expert proven…

As the year closes, you might find yourself imagining what could happen next. Just think…an untouched year of building on your existing foundation.  Strategic planning is all about what your business will become and a crucial piece of preparation.  So, why do so many of us believe myths about strategic planning that actually keep our companies from growing? Here are 7 myths to debunk in your own small to mid-sized business. Myth 1: You only have to do it once a year. Yes, it does make…

If you’re thinking about starting a business in 2014, you need to start your planning right now. After all, you’ve got a long list of to-dos to take care of in the remaining weeks of the year. #1. Decide What Your Business Will Be If you haven’t gotten past simply wanting to start a business or maybe a sketch of an idea, now’s the time to dive into the details. Will this be a brick-and-mortar location, or a home-based business? What products or services will you sell? #2. Look at Your…

MyKidsTime.ie is a listings website for parents and their children in Ireland and their continued success on Facebook offers wonderful insights to other SMEs on how to use digital to grow business. In this #TYBspotlight, I find out how this Irish SME is building a viral Facebook community and business. [Disclosure: I’ve been advising Chief Executive and Founder: Jill Holtz and her team for nearly 4 years] MyKidstime with a staggering 2656 % engagement rate on Facebook above (The…

You probably all know Pinatas as a Mexican toy that children bash with a stick to get the sweets from the middle. Ruth O’Reilly started PinatasPinatas.com having the vision to create the same in Ireland and has progressed to several different versions to expand into the adult market as well. In this #TYBspotlight we find out where Ruth had the idea from and how working from home with young children has actually inspired Ruth with her creativity for her Pinatas. What were you doing when…