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...

 

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?

 

Creating a work schedule with Excel: a guide

There’s a sale in the shop. Large queues at the till. Hardly any staff to be found. Apparently, there was a misunderstanding about the work schedule: two employees didn’t show up because they had lost theirs. The solution? Go digital. With Excel, you can easily create a work schedule and send it as a PDF file to your employees’ smartphones. But how does this work?

Making Tax Digital (MTD)

In April 2019, the HMRC launched the Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme. This digital way of completing tax returns aims to reduce tax mistakes whilst establishing an efficient real-time record keeping process. However, what exactly does this mean for your business and how will it affect your VAT returns? Find out the key facts in this handy guide on MTD for VAT.

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...

A new approach to e-mail – improve internal communication and boost productivity

In an age where everyone is striving for efficiency, good communication and collaboration lie at the heart of any successful business. Given the huge range of options, it is often difficult to decide on which method or application to turn to in order to boost productivity and efficiency. In this article, we look at how a new approach on a well-established system can help improve internal...

How to prioritise: 9 methods to help you get started

When work piles up, there is no way around it: prioritising tasks is part of the daily work of a good company head or team leader. But if everything already had to be done yesterday, it can be difficult to define a clear structure. Proven concepts for how to prioritise such as the Eisenhower principle and the 80:20 rule can bring order into workload chaos. Everything begins with pen and paper –...

The 80-20 rule: the Pareto principle

Achieving the greatest possible success with little effort? That's what many people dream of. This wish can be fulfilled with the Pareto principle. Whether at work, at university, or in private life, those who follow the 80-20 rule ensure efficient handling of all important tasks. We explain to you what the Pareto principle is all about and its advantages and disadvantages.

BCG matrix: bringing your company forwards

What does the future look like for your product and services? The BCG matrix is a simple tool that helps you make your decision: should you invest in a business unit or not? We explain the individual zones of the portfolio matrix and use an example to illustrate how to set up the BCG matrix.

Balanced Scorecard: A tool for effective strategy implementation

Is your business strategy working out? The balanced scorecard by Kaplan and Norton can help you answer this question. It enables a comprehensive analysis of the company from various perspectives; it also provides useful key indicators on where there may be shortcomings in the company. Identify the success factors at all levels of your company to ensure long-term success.

Ansoff Matrix – what actually is it?

Your company should grow, that much is clear. But how? And in which direction? The mathematician and economist Igor Ansoff already dealt with these questions in the 1950s and as a result developed the Ansoff Matrix, which is aptly named after him. We explain to you how the individual Ansoff strategies work – by using a simple example.

Tips on how to optimise your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn has become an indispensable part of the job search. HR staff search the network for potential candidates for open positions. A well-managed profile is essential to be successful on LinkedIn. After all, you want to show yourself at your best on LinkedIn. It is important to remain credible and present information in an appealing way. Here you will find tips on how to do this. We will also...


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