Top 8 Free Resources for Small Business

We’ve been checking out some free resources for small businesses, and we’ve uncovered some great online resources and services that won’t cost you a cent. That’s good news for small business! Why spend time and money on something you could get absolutely free? Read our reviews and find out whether you’re missing out on free […]

Small Business Finance

What you need to know Starting and running a small business without having some form of credit is nearly impossible. Many small businesses do not make it simply because they’re under-capitalized. One month where sales and expenses budgets cannot be met could signal the end for business that could otherwise have succeeded. Others find themselves […]

Are your customers using you as a bank?

Top tips for getting debtors to pay up. As a small business, you may find yourself in a position where you’re actually providing finance to bigger, wealthier firms through their unpaid accounts. For a small business, an excessively high debtors’ value has a serious impact on cash flow. There have even been businesses that fail […]

How Lean Manufacturing Principles Can Enhance Your Bottom Line

If you’re looking to enhance your business efficiency, you need to try an exercise in Lean Manufacturing. By identifying and focussing on activities that actually create value for your customer and minimizing or eliminating the processes that don’t, you can enhance efficiency, focus on value creation and increase your profits. There are whole books on […]

Enhance Sales by Applying the Right Marketing Mix

All too often, we think about marketing as being advertising and nothing else, but your marketing mix is going to determine your sales and it consists of a lot more than just advertising and promotions. If you’ve been investigating this for yourself, you may have found some confusing results. Some people say it’s about the […]

Economic Outlook and Small Business Trends

Overall business optimism index Small business optimism has risen to 96.9% according to the NFIB. Economist Bill Dunkelberg is quoted as saying that current economic growth in the US is based largely on the efforts of small businesses as larger corporates still seem to be stagnating. In their report, the NFIB found that despite considerable […]

Why Your Small Business Needs a SWOT Analysis and How to Use It

Strategic planning provides your business with a roadmap that takes it from your starting point to achieving your vision. Your business vision should be about you, your business and what you want to achieve within a set time-frame. Once you’ve crafted a vision that represents your goals, it’s time to start strategizing. A SWOT analysis […]

Could your business be making bigger profits?

When looking for ways of increasing profitability, there are only two real options: reducing your business costs or improving your turnover. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done, but by being alert to opportunities to maximize your bottom line, you could be able to make a considerable difference. Here are our top tips […]

Business Growth Strategies

What works for you? Business growth sounds wonderful, but all too often successful small or medium enterprises find that their growth strategies grow their turnover, but decrease their profit margins. Their business growth can even lead to business failure. Having a growth strategy that fits your business and that grows both turnover and profits is […]

How much insurance does your business really need?

40% of small businesses in the US don’t have enough insurance to protect them if things go wrong. Insurance can make the difference between a setback and a disaster for the small business owner, but it’s also a regular expense. Having sufficient insurance coverage to protect your business when the unexpected happens is important, but […]