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One of the biggest questions often asked online is how can you create a successful home business. I could give many responses including excellent marketing, quality products and responsive customer service. While many of these elements are important to the success of a home business, these are not the true answers. There is no single formula for creating a successful home business and there will never be a ‘how to guide’ that works for everyone or any industry. Instead there will be advice…

There is an abundance of legislation relating to employment in Ireland. Employers are responsible for ensuring that all Employees receive certain basic minimal employment rights. There is employment law legislation with regards to pre-employment (recruitment and selection), during employment (terms and conditions of employment, working time, pay and benefits, record keeping etc.) and upon termination of employment (notice, dismissal and redundancy). Employers can take a number of steps in order…

I’ve been lucky to have some great bosses over the years (hat-tip to Anita) but I’ve also had some really bad ones. Dealing with difficult or nightmare bosses can be both physically and emotionally draining and unfortunately it can also have a direct impact on your career and your effectiveness. The following are ten types of nightmare bosses (behaviour patterns) that I’ve come across. In my experience, it’s rare that a bad boss fits the exact stereotype but rather will demonstrate his…

In a September 2014 article I wrote for Forbes titled 10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education, established entrepreneurs and endowed professors from around the country shared with me some powerful recommendations they had for business schools. They provided feedback and suggestions on how they believe universities can create a more meaningful entrepreneurship program and experience for their students. Unfortunately, I was unable to include all of their recommendations and…

Every business needs more sales in order to run in the market for a longer period of time and that is why every business (regardless of the size) has their marketing budgets that they invest on multiple places in order to attract their targeted audience and ideally convert them into paying customers. Internet marketing (also known as Digital Marketing) became really famous mainly for two reasons. One of the reasons is the less amount of investment needed for this platform and one can expect…

As technology continuously evolves and becomes more accessible, customers have become more informed and more demanding. This means that projects have also become more complex — and team management more difficult. While an astounding 97% of organizations believe project management is critical to business performance and organizational success, only fewer than a third of all projects actually reach completion on time and on budget over the past year. Effective leadership has different faces and…

As a small business owner, it’s likely that at some point you’ll begin managing employees. Managing employees is not innate, but rather it is a skill that is developed over time and with experience. However, there are some pitfalls you can avoid with awareness of how your behavior impacts the whole team — even if it is just you and one employee. Use your interpersonal skills to start the experience off on the right foot and amp up your management skills over time. Here are mistakes…

One common trait in small business owners/executives is that they are not afraid to get their hands dirty. If there is a technical problem, the office needs to be tidied or the finances need to be reviewed, they are hands-on kind of people. Take *Yvonne (not her real name) for example. She has built up her company from just herself to 20 employees and now her business is on the cusp of growing in a new market. Over the years, it has been customary for Yvonne to meet with clients and respond to…

Do you work with people who like to gossip?  It can be difficult to get your work done when your coworkers talk about other people. Here are 13 suggestions on how to do your job and handle gossip in the workplace Focus On Your Job: Your number one priority is to perform your job responsibilities to the best you can. Don’t worry about what your coworkers are doing at your place of employment. Make sure that you are able to do your job effectively and that your boss is happy with your…

Want to sell your business? What a stupid question – of course you do. Every business owner dreams of the day they can cash out. Unfortunately, one survey after another has shown that most small businesses put up for sale never get sold. To give you an idea of the odds, most business brokers operate on the assumption that they will need to list 5-6 businesses for sale in order to earn one commission There is an entire industry of attorneys, CPAs, brokers and M&A advisors who help…