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...

 

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:...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Registering your business: the steps you need to take

Running your own business can be a challenge, as well as highly rewarding. Having to deal with paperwork often seems like a necessary evil, but preparing yourself for individual steps can help break it down. Registering your company need not be stressful – we’ve got a guide here on how to register your business to help you along the way!

Economies of scale

The success of a company is closely connected to its growth. Economies of scale describe the effects that an increase in input has on output. That is, more should come out than you put in! But what are economies of scale exactly, and what forms do they come in?

The perfect job profile

Would you like to write appealing job descriptions and identify the best candidates for certain positions? The first step in this process is to write a job profile. Profiles like these summarise the essential skills, abilities, and talents that an applicant should have in order to be able to successfully carry out the tasks required for the job. But how is a job profile created exactly?

Presenting effectively: How to make your presentation a complete success

Anyone who has sat through a few presentations in their life knows how the quality of a presentation can vary. This is due in part to the lecture’s topic, but also to the speaker, whose appearance and presentation skills have a considerable influence on the lecture’s success. Here, you can find out the details of what is important for presenting.

Self-employed part-time – what do I need to know?

Would you like to work part-time as a self-employed person? You are not the only one. No wonder, as there are some advantages to owning a start-up, like minimiszing your financial risk. Starting a part-time self-employed side gig is easy, but there are certain conditions to be observed. If you start your own business on a part-time basis, you will be faced with a number of considerations: How will...

The Eisenhower Matrix: sort by importance and urgency

In our fast-moving society, people often tend to tackle several projects and tasks at the same time, whether in their professional or private lives. However, to be able to complete all tasks properly and achieve goals that you’ve set for yourself, it is necessary to set priorities. The Eisenhower Matrix is a tool that can be used to prioritise tasks quickly and easily. Here we explain what makes...

What is the CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score)?

Do your customers usually purchase once with you and then never return? Then your Customer Satisfaction Score is perhaps too low. Put simply: your customers are not satisfied with the services your company provides. This could be because of the product quality, the ordering process, or the support. Customer satisfaction surveys help to discover where exactly the problem lies. We will advise you...

Successful project management: proven methods

A colourful bar chart or a wide network that correlates different project tasks: there are several diagrams that show different methods of project management. Many processes are similar because certain problems occur in almost all projects. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel: methodologies provide you with formalised approaches that have already proven successful many times over. With the...

Outsourcing

Are time-consuming tasks interrupting your workflow and that of your employees? You can outsource routine tasks such as e-mail archiving, but also tasks which require a high degree of specialism, to external companies. This allows you to focus on your core competencies while at the same time saving costs. So, is outsourcing a workable strategy for your company?

Societas Europaea/European Company

A merging world requires international business structures. With Societas Europaea, the EU has created a form of enterprise that can be used throughout Europe. For companies that operate EU-wide, a European Company can have its advantages – but there are also disadvantages. We present the Societas Europaea and explain what is behind it.