self employment pros and cons

Self Employment – Pros and Cons

Self Employment – pros and cons There are many positive aspects of turning to self employment and much has been written encouraging people to take the step. We would agree with many of these positive statements and have seen hundreds of users of our virtual receptionist and virtual office services flourish over the years. However…

Gain advantage with the personal touch

Small businesses can gain a huge advantage over their larger competitors by making themselves easy to contact and providing a personal touch when dealing with potential customers.  Large competitors will have a number of size advantages but if they have to ask their customers for their account number they are losing that personal touch.  Smaller companies…

Five reasons micro businesses need to be considered differently

Many of our customers fall into the micro business category which is defined as ten or few employees. All too often business topics are discussed in terms of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) which is a range of business sizes that can go up to 250 people. As we deal mainly with micro business owners we feel that sometimes this section needs to be treated differently. We invited one of our customers, Amanda Brown of A2B PR, to give her views on why a micro business should be viewed differently.

Keeping the soul in sole trader

Increasing numbers of people are taking the plunge and going self-employed, setting themselves up as sole traders or limited companies. In today’s world where it is so easy for customers to make their dissatisfaction known, particularly through social media channels there is one advantage that these new small businesses have over their larger rivals –…

5 Great YouTube Videos About Small Business

If you have decided to set up a small business or are looking for ways to take your existing business to the next level, then check out these five great YouTube videos about small business.   ‘Good ideas, Great businesses.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKn66_lgvxY This inspirational video about small businesses is the first in a series created by…

cost of phone calls for small business

Game Of Phones

Game Of Phones We have researched some staggering figures on the economics of office phone calls for small business owners. The key ones are shown below and the numbers are so significant that we took the time to turn them into an infographic. £1,2000 – the average cost to SME businesses of missing just one…

Can a small business make use of outsourcing?

Three ways SMEs can free-up time to concentrate on their core business Mention outsourcing and many people will immediately dismiss it as being only the prerogative of larger organisations and yet SMEs can benefit just as much, particularly if they’re growing and have changing requirements. Some of the best-known examples of SME outsourcing are marketing…