Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

 

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place:...

 

What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. Small businesses are commonly referred to by the European term “SME” which...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the UK

Taxation and the different types of taxes in the UK

 

Keeping track of taxes in the UK isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and/or your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the HMRC, it could result in penalties, which could cost you...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online shop or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organise customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Why are receipts important for good bookkeeping?

Receipts are among the most important documents in bookkeeping. Bureaucratic processes surrounding holding onto different kinds of receipts, invoices, and documents can seem tedious or even unnecessary. But doing so can pay off – literally. In this guide, we explain why and how to order your documents, the different types of receipts, and the basics of bookkeeping.

Starting an online store—insurance

Online retail isn’t solely the turf of Big Dogs like Amazon or Tesco—countless small-to-medium sized businesses as well as private individuals also earn their living by selling their goods online. But there’s more to setting up an online store than simply making sure you’re equipped with the latest hardware and software, or have found an excellent hosting provider. When faced with challenges like...

Registering your company name (as a trademark)

The name of your business is critical for success. A good company name can create a strong brand that will allow you to stand out among the competition. But what happens after you’ve found the perfect name for your company? Read on to find out more about registering a company name and registering a trademark.

Registering a small business – who needs to do it, and if so what do they need to do?

Becoming a sole trader or starting a small business is not as simple as coming up with an idea one day and then beginning to trade the next. There are several bureaucratic and administrative things that one needs to do before they can successfully register a small business. In this article, we have gathered together the steps that you need to take to register your small business, including the...

Social intranet: the elegant communication solution for companies

One of the most important parts in modern, digital corporate structures is the networking of individual departments and employees. Whether SMEs or large corporations, passing on information, knowledge, and feedback at a snail’s pace, not only slows down the daily work processes, but also has a negative effect on the company’s progress and development. Social intranets are therefore being used more...

Intranet: significance and possible uses

An intranet provides secure access to web applications within a corporate network for employees. With so-called firewalls and other security technologies, a company can ensure that no unauthorised persons can access the company’s intranet from the publicly-accessible internet. You can use web-like applications within an intranet and adapt your internal network individually to the needs of your...

What is an extranet, and how can I use it?

Order status, product compatibility, updated delivery terms – manual transmission of data to business partners by mail or phone takes a lot of time. But this can also be done with less effort. The solution: an extranet. But what is an extranet? How do companies use it? This article looks at how to create an extranet, as well as the benefits and some disadvantages of using one.

E-commerce: the basics

If you’re planning to set up an online store, you have a lot to consider. Amongst other things, your checklist will include applying for a business license, developing a concept, and calculating your finances. But don’t despair! A host of e-commerce programs and optimisation functions are on hand to help you succeed.

Seed money for your online shop

When planning the finer details of your online shop, rushing through your financial plan can lead to chaos. It’s important to be aware of how much money you need to spend, and only an extensive finance plan can provide the necessary security for the development of your web store. But what expenses do you need to be aware of when setting up your web store?

The best crowdfunding sites – a comparison

Crowdfunding sites allow artists and start-ups to collect donations for their projects. Instead of relying on large investors, you place your trust in a donations-based financing concept, which operates on small donations by lots of individuals. In return, you reward your backers with updates about your developing project, as well as sending them a small thank you gift in return – although this is...