Best business startup ideas

The best business startup ideas: Here’s how to find them

 

If you would also like to go for it and launch a startup yourself, you’ll need good ideas and a ton of organisation. We’ve got some inspiration for both! How do you systematically approach the search for the next ‘big thing’? How have others written their success stories? And...

 

Time management techniques

The best time management techniques, summarised

 

Does your to-do list keep getting longer? Do you feel like time is constantly slipping away from you? If you want to be more productive and efficient, time management techniques can help. You can employ proven strategies to prioritise, plan, and efficiently execute tasks and...

 

SMART goals

How to achieve more by setting SMART goals

 

Have you heard of SMART goals, but you’ve never used an organised and effective method for setting objectives? We’ll explain the advantages of SMART goals, how to use the technique for your personal and business goals and what to watch out for with this method. Because, like all...

 

Ergonomic workspace

Ergonomic workstation for healthy working

 

An ergonomic workspace is an important pillar of the healthy work life. But many people are missing the know-how to create a more ergonomic environment. Illness, discomfort, and a lack of motivation can be the consequence. And yet, an ergonomically-designed workstation is easy to...

 

Start a side business

Starting a side business

 

Are you planning on setting up a side business and want to know how to go about it? Starting your own side business while working full time is a great way to minimise your financial risk. Test the waters, but first make sure you are legally registered and that you are even...

 

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

 

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarises all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential...

 

Tax Tips for the Self Employed

Saving taxes – a guide for the self-employed

 

How can I save on tax? This is an eternal question for the self-employed. In order to be well-versed in questions of tax, and improve your own financial situation, you need the necessary information: What taxes have you incurred? And what can be deducted from them?

 

How to write or understand job references

Generally speaking, you are under no legal obligation to provide a job reference for an employee if they ask you for one. If you do make a reference as an employer, you must be fair and accurate. How do you write a job reference that is fair and accurate for a terrible employee? Does this put you at risk of being sued? Read on about how to write and understand fair job references, without putting...

OX App Suite by Open-Xchange

Looking for a new office solution? The OX App Suite offers many functions that are similar to those of Microsoft and Google, but also has data protection in mind. The app suite enables you to work together on documents, distribute files via cloud storage, organise emails, and always have important addresses on hand. The Open-Xchange software package provides users with everything they need in...

Bring your own device (BYOD) – the digital trend with pitfalls

In the party scene, you’ve probably heard of “BYOB“ or “Bring Your Own Beer” where guests are expected to bring whatever they want to drink. The term “BYOD” therefore also sounds quite positive. “Bring Your Own Device” means you have the comfort of working on your own laptop instead of having to get to grips with the devices provided by the company. Mobile workplaces have now become the norm....

The LinkedIn summary: Profile examples

Having a perfect profile on LinkedIn also means having a summary that’s authentic, interesting, and informative. The LinkedIn summary is an introduction to your profile and gives readers a first idea of who you are. So that you can make a positive first impression, we have summarised the best LinkedIn profile summary examples. Get inspired with our examples and tips!

Thank-you email after an interview: Templates and examples

Friendliness is never wrong: With a nice thank-you email after an interview, you can leave a good impression on the personnel manager or future employer. A short, friendly message can give you a competitive advantage. While other applicants sink into the crowd, here’s how you can make yourself stand out with a simple emaill, this article shows you how.

Due diligence: definition and history of precautionary risk assessment

By definition, due diligence is pretty much risk assessment undertaken with great care. Anyone who buys a company, or has shares in a company or in real estate, should carry out due diligence procedures to protect themsevles from unpleasant legal or financial consequences. Although this examination can sometimes be complex and expensive, failing to do so and paying the price later is usually more...

Soft skills: definition and lists

Soft skills are all those skills that make you stand out as a worker, but seldom appear on certificates or help you achieve qualifications. Your soft skills are relevant to employers for lots of different reasons: How well can you work with people? How do you deal with stress? Here’s a list of soft skills that are useful in your job and tips on how to develop them.

Performance reviews: this is how to make the most of them!

Performance reviews should consist of more than just pragmatic feedback from HR or bosses. Both employees and their bosses can benefit from open and honest performance reviews. In order for this to succeed, it makes sense to prepare well, and to have a guideline for orientation. Here we introduce the most important facts about employee reviews, as well as helpful tips and examples.

The PDCA cycle: more success with the Deming cycle

Continuous improvement and continuous learning: with PDCA, you ensure sustainable changes in both work and private life. The model, also known as the Deming cycle, helps to improve all possible situations – through an iterative, cyclical, and controlled process. How do you apply PDCA correctly?

Communication in the workplace: What should you pay attention to?

Good communication is one of the main pillars of productive work environments and this can only be created when colleagues talk to each other in a friendly, constructive way. A company can quickly become more successful than its competitors if everyone, from managing directors to interns, communicates properly with each other. But what does effective communication in the workplace actually consist...


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