Entries by Beth Southern

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The Business Of DIY: 10 Things To Make and Sell Online

Making things from scratch, cultivating them by hand, and carving out a living by selling and trading them—these are the incentive transactions of commerce across the country. Commerce has evolved in the past few hundred years, with the biggest changes coinciding with rail transport, the manufacturing boom, and the Internet. As far as we’ve come—think same […]

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3 Crucial Questions To ‘Fail Proof’ Your New Business

Starting a successful business is hard, but let’s not presume that entrepreneurship itself is intrinsically riskier than other things that popular culture deems as “acceptable.” You’ll never be able to completely avoid risk, either in your personal or professional life, but you can mitigate it significantly by having a solid game plan in place. You need […]

9 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Employees Happy

Most leaders agree that employee attitude is a key factor in an organisation’s success. Whether your employees are fulfilled and motivated or frustrated and disengaged is largely up to you. To keep employees fulfilled, productive, and engaged–and reduce the expense and disruption of turnover–make sure you’re incorporating these nine principles into your leadership every day. […]

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Why Your Business Isn’t Too Boring For Pinterest

You don’t have to be a ‘lifestyle’ business to benefit from Pinterest. Here’s how your company can use it to its advantage  Pinterest is more than just a photo and video-driven community for people interested in food, fashion, weddings and lifestyle:  it’s become a marketing force. Recent studies have shown that it’s a massive driver for referral traffic to […]

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Why Should You Take On An Apprentice?

Government statistics show that there has never been a better time to recruit an apprentice in the UK. 75% of employers report that taking on an apprentice has helped their business improve the quality of their product and service, while 77% of employers (2015-2016) have retained their apprentice and made them a permanent employee.  Apprenticeship participation also stands at […]

How To Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work (Infographic)

Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you’ve taken a time management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organise, prioritise and schedule your day. “Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets,” you may ask, “do I still feel like I can’t […]

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Do You Really Need A Business Plan?

Starting a business was the last thing on Sean Hackney’s mind when he sat down to write a business plan. Hoping to persuade a soft drink company to hire him, Hackney scripted a plan for taking on his former employer, Red Bull North America Inc. But when he showed it to his corporate attorney father and […]

7 Creative Ideas For Your Loyalty Scheme Rewards Programme

If you’re struggling with stabilising a client base in your online store, you should consider experimenting with a customer loyalty programme. Loyalty programmes are ways to incentivise your customers to make repeat purchases with your brand over time and increase customer satisfaction at the same time. In a basic rewards programme, you’ll give your customers […]

How To Profit From Your Passions

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow […]