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  • Marketing on a Beermat

    By . Published on 2nd February 2011

    There are many characteristics that are common to most successful entrepreneurs, including vision, confidence, ambition and drive.
    But a common feature of all the ones I know and like is that they care passionately about the people who use their product or service: their customers. This, I discover from Chris West’s new book, Marketing on a Beermat, is the ‘marketing mindset’. And I thought it was the prerogative of sales!

  • 10 tips to help you work better with your suppliers

    By . Published on 30th January 2011

    Your suppliers are as important to you as your customers. This is true if you are a manufacturer buying components or a consultancy with freelance associates. You’ll work best with suppliers that have these ten qualities:

  • Working a room – the ultimate networking guide

    By . Published on 28th January 2011

    Think about everyone you’ve ever met. All right, you can’t, there’s too many. But if you did, you’d see that you either came across them for the first time in a face to face situation, over the phone, on the internet (email), through some hard copy correspondence or by reputation (you read or heard about them). Of these, business networking (face to face) can often be the best way to connect. But…
    But whether you’re confident or shy, networking can be a daunting prospect. There is so much that can be said on networking, but if you want the most important stuff – here it is! Never has so much key information been crammed into one article!

  • 10 simple tips for a healthy cash flow

    By . Published on 17th January 2011

    Many people will say that cash is the ‘lifeblood’ of a business. This is because without cash flowing in to the business, none can flow out. Here’s how to make sure you keep your cash flow healthy:

    Invoice promptly – as soon as you’ve finished a job, send in the bill. Don’t wait until the end of the month to raise your invoices;

  • Top tips for saving energy and money

    By . Published on 10th January 2011

    Rarely do small businesses get a chance to save money, cut their wastage and help the environment all at the same time. Knowing where to start when it comes to reducing energy wastage can be difficult, but by making a few simple changes small businesses could cut their energy costs by as much as 20 per cent.

    Here are some tips to help you make immediate savings: