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Many businesses consider switching service providers on a regular basis – be it electricity provider, broadband, stationery provider – it’s natural to ensure that you are getting the best value for money service in the market place. One area where people are traditionally slow to make the move is with their accountant as they feel it can be very time consuming and lead to a lot of headaches. Getting the right accountant for your business is of paramount importance and if you are not satisfied with your current accountant you need to make the move! Below we look at some of the reasons businesses give for not making the move

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The past number of years has seen an exponential rise in the numbers of people abandoning traditional employment and going down the road of becoming a self-employed contractor. For many it is a very attractive option which allows them more control over their career and offers opportunities that may not present themselves in the traditional employer/employee scenario. Becoming a self-employed contractor is not without its pitfalls and below we consider the top 5 things that should be considered before making such a decision: 1. Job Security/Job Flexibility As an employee your rights are protected by a raft of employment law swhich ensures that your employer is obliged to comply with.

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu What a relevant quotation to use in business. It has never been as easy to make a living from what you are passionate about. But the thought of starting can seem a thousand miles away. Not everyone can make a living from what they enjoy, but they can be definitely try to. It is advisable to use a stepped approach to a starting a new business. Once your bills and other financial commitments are covered each month by your day job you can now explore your passion. Here are some ways you can explore before you commit

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Standing out from the crowd isn’t easy in the retail industry. You must come up with innovative ideas to manage and run your retail business. One of the easiest ways to gain a competitive advantage on your competitors is to get better with daily business operations and master them. If you can optimise, automate, and master everyday business processes, you’ll find yourself doing better than most of your competitors. Retailers struggle managing daily tasks. Master it to gain competitive advantage. If you just started a new retail business, using SAP Business One will help stand out from the crowd and get better with managing your business. This is, however, just

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To be honest, while it’s a matter of taste, ultimately from a graphic design perspective, the best business cards are the simplest ones. They should include the relevant contact details without over burdening the business card itself. For instance, if the address is long, is it even necessary to include it if business is mainly conducted elsewhere? The logo should be the “hero” of the card, so that the brand and business is memorable and recognisable. A well-designed logo will represent the business and offer a hint to the personality or identity of the business. Consideration should be given to printing on both sides of the card. This might allow

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Over 50% of startups fail in the first 4 years. Of all the small businesses started in 2011, only 4% made it to the second year while only 9% made it to the fourth year. You don’t want your startup to have the same fate, right? Nobody wants to start a business that will eventually fail. Circumstances lead to failure. Lack of marketing strategy leads to failure. The list below has some of the most effective marketing strategies for startups that are sure to help you succeed – eventually.   Influencer marketing Influencer marketing is the best strategy to promote your startup. Influencer marketing is a type of marketing where

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Ever wondered why so many actors change their names? Walden Robert Cassotto changed his name to Bobby Darin. Not just actors but businesses do it too. The old name of Google was BackRub while Altria is the new name of Philip Morris. Your name is your identity. It represents you. Similarly, your business is known by its name. Naming a business should be your top priority. This is how you, your employees, customers, and everyone else will identify and differentiate your business. Choosing a business name is not as simple. You must consider a lot of factors before naming your business. Make it count It is not just your products

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There is hardly any large-scale business that operates without an accountant. Most of them have a team of professional accountants that help them in making better financing decisions by keeping the cost under control. Startups and new businesses need an accountant too. Yes, you can manage your startup yourself but hiring a professional accountant has benefits beyond your expectations. Over 40% small businesses reported that bookkeeping and taxes are the worst part of owning a business. In another study, 74% of business owners said that they have no clue how ghost assets impact their books while another 49% said they do not know what ghost assets are. If you own

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Startups.ie is pleased to announce a new partnership with www.websimple.ie to be our preferred service provider for Web design and hosting. Websimple is a new Irish website design business based in Dublin dedicated to providing high quality websites at super low prices! All Prices upfront and Transparent. They develop & host responsive web sites, ecommerce & mobile app solutions starting at €299, they also offer free advice and articles on their website site. SEO & Digital marketing services also available. You can earn referral fees of up to €39.95 also paid out for successfully proposed customers.

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Planning and strategising are essential to ensuring the success of a startup. Most entrepreneurs make the mistake of believing that planning operations is the easiest part of running a business. If anything, it is the most difficult aspect of being a business owner. The reason for that is because plans without purpose or deliberation are nothing but an absolute waste of time. Business strategies are not supposed to remain confined on paper and presentation slides. They need to be executed within a particular timeframe in order to further the progress of the business. Therefore, when a startup is preparing a digital marketing plan, the first thing that it needs to

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