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Why Every Small Business Needs a Financial Advisor


Most successful business owners are good at one thing, be it sales, marketing, or even designing a best-selling product. However, what they are not so good at is planning for the future.

When you are working hard to establish a business, it is easy to forget about the long-term future. Your only concern is to be successful in the short and medium term. You certainly don’t have time to think about an exit plan or saving for retirement. You probably don’t want to think about boring stuff like insurance, investment plans, or taxation either.

However, this is a huge mistake. One day, in the dim and distant future, the time will come when you decide to hand over the reins of your business to someone else so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Unfortunately, if you haven’t planned ahead, you could end up with very little in the way of retirement funds or capital.

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How to Prepare Your Business for Natural Disasters


Business continuity experts receive a handsome paycheck because they are paid to give advice on how to prevent natural disasters from disrupting your business, or in a worst-case scenario, shutting it down altogether. Fortunately, much of their advice is common sense, and there are cost saving steps you can take to get ready for a natural disaster now for less than what even business continuity experts would tell you to do.

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Insights into UK salaries

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According to HR news, salaries across the UK saw a rise in December last year – this information came as a surprise as that month is generally a quiet month for pay rises and recruitment.

DCS Multiserve, provider of industrial cleaning services, has compiled some insights into UK salaries to paint a true picture of what the UK’s salaries look like across the country. These insights include:

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3 Ways to Boost Credibility of Your Business


Credibility is a valuable currency in today’s market. There are so many competitors pursuing the same market segment, which is why it is becoming more important to maintain a good reputation and credibility. For small businesses, credibility makes all the difference.

Investing in the right instruments can help boost your business’s credibility. In this article, we are going to walk through the three best ways to increase your business credibility and gain a competitive advantage.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Video Marketing


Many businesses are looking to video ads to increase awareness about their business. Videos have become the go-to media for advertisers. Lately. However, in many cases, they end up failing miserably because of common mistakes that could be easily avoided. In this article, we’re going to explore the do’s and don’ts of video so you can get a leg up on the competition.

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Your Concise Guide to Starting a Food Business

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A small food business could be just what you’re looking for if you are ready for a new adventure in your career. Whether it’s a café, a street food van vendor or a restaurant, when you’re running a small food business for the first time, it’s important that you understand how to handle, store and serve the food that you sell.

Your key to success is ensuring that you keep your customers safe, and ensure your produce is safe to eat and free from any allergens. You should follow the EU Food Regulations to make sure the food that you serve is correct as per the regulations. Erudus, a company which stores and shares food labelling information within a data pool for customers’ benefit, has helped to put together this start-up guide for those aiming to run their own small food business:

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A Look at the Best Business Laptops of 2017


Smartphones are becoming more capable, but they are not ready to replace a good laptop just yet. The tactile keyboard and processing power offered by today’s business laptops make them great tools for even the most demanding tasks. Business laptops are also more rugged and are more capable of taking a beating compared to consumer-grade alternatives.

You can find a lot of business laptops on the market, from affordable options that start at around £300 to more capable machines with the latest Intel Core i7 processor. Here are the best business laptops to consider in 2017.

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3 Tips to Improve Your Chance of Getting a Business Loan


There are many reasons why you might be thinking about applying for a business loan. While there are many business ideas today that you can start with little to no money available, many entrepreneurs agree that some start-up capital is often needed to truly get a business off the ground and make an impact compared to the competition. In many cases, borrowing money for business funding can be a very profitable move; if the money is invested wisely, it’s likely to generate a good return. But, with lenders hiking up their requirements and increasingly making criteria stricter, no business owner is guaranteed a loan. So, how can you improve your chances? Let’s find out.

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Importance of Keeping Your Personal and Business Finances Separate


Owning and running your own small business necessitates that you take on a dual role. You will obviously have your personal finances, but now you are adding an additional role of commercial business owner. Each role has its own needs and when it comes to finances it is crucial that you keep them separate no matter what size of type of business entity you create. IRS is very strict about making sure that you don’t intermingle your personal and business finances, including bank accounts, expenses, taxes and so on. Failure to do so can put you in hot water with IRS and lead to hefty penalty.  So how do you ensure the separation of personal and business finances?

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Report: Recent Trends in Business Management Software


Software has become an integral part of any business today. No business of any size or type can survive without leveraging technology and software to improve their operations, grow sales or provide better customer service. Majority of businesses spend significant amount on software. While it is important to spend money on software it is equally critical to ensure you are using the right software.

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