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Growing a business

Are you growing a business?

Need real-world advice on how to take your small business to the next level? Make sure you have an up-to-date business plan, then check out our selection of articles on small business growth strategy.

Marketing a business

Are you marketing a business?

Every successful business is in the business of marketing. You must understand what makes you different from your competitors, what benefits you offer your customers, and how to turn that knowledge into great client relationships. Get started with the marketing related articles below.

Financing a business

Are you looking for financing?

Is it better to finance a business with outside investment or bootstrapping? What are the best ways to get funding to start or grow a business? Get help with these questions and more in our articles on small business finance.

Buying a business

Are you buying a business?

Interested in buying a business but not sure where to start? Get a practical introduction to the art of acquisition with our articles below on how to buy a business. We can help jump-start the purchasing process with real-world advice on business valuation, the steps in the buying process, and more.

Small business legal issues

Legal information and resources

Should you structure your new startup as a Limited Company, a sole trader, or a private partnership? What impact will that decision have on your tax situation? What are the must-have components of a partnership agreement? Get up to speed quickly with our selection of articles on incorporation, company structure, and other small business legal issues.

Running an online business

Are you running an online business?

The Internet provides great opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but doing business online presents unique challenges and requires new skills. Get the knowledge you need with hands-on advice from experienced e-business experts in our Internet marketing articles.

 

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The Importance of Traction

While the phrase ‘traction’ has typically been associated with tyres, friction and slippery driving conditions, its use is increasingly common in entrepreneurship and venture capital circles. This article explores what it means and how it applies to your business. Defining Traction The typical entrepreneurship journey moves through various stages, from idea conception to business plan [...]

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How Entrepreneurs Should Approach the Dragons’ Den

The Dragons’ Den is one of the more popular business programmes on the BBC, with average viewer numbers in excess of three million . The format is pretty simple – entrepreneurs pitch the dragons (wealthy investors) with their business plan. The entrepreneurs are looking for investment (as well as advice) in return for an equity [...]

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Who is in charge?

Decisions are never straight forward. We all have to make decisions armed with the best information at our disposal at a particular point in time, weighing up the Pro’s and Con’s before deciding on our chosen course of action. However ‘best information’ does not of course equate to ‘complete’ or ‘accurate’ information and many decisions [...]

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Business Advice

Introduction While running a small business is very rewarding, it is not easy, yet more and more of us are being enticed into starting a business, encouraged by an increasingly supportive government, which promotes entrepreneurship at every opportunity. This is good news after all; as entrepreneurs innovate, we as consumers benefit as they produce products [...]

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What to do When you Arrive Late to the Party?

Relying on academic management literature for guidance can be a fickle business. For example, while “first-mover advantage” was once lauded as the optimum strategy for market entry, it was shortly displaced by its close cousin “second-mover advantage”. The thought went that the “second mover” could learn from the mistakes of the pioneering entrant who was [...]

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How to Measure Small Business Performance

When I am asked about measuring small business performance, my first inclination is to quote Lewis Carroll. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice comes to a fork in the road and asks: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to [...]

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Business Model vs. Business Plan

This is the third of a three-part series. Read Part I and Part II. A business plan is essentially a more detailed version of your business model. A business plan has been traditionally understood as a physical document, although increasingly this view has changed as business plans have migrated online. The business plan format very much [...]

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Examples of Well-Known Business Models

This is the second of a three-part series. Read Part I and Part III. The following are some examples of business models that are used by various businesses. The list is by no means exhaustive and is designed to give you a feel for some of the models that exist (business models evolve constantly). In [...]

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Have you Optimised Your Business Model?

This is Part I of a three part series. Read Part II and Part III. What is a business model? A business model is a description of how your business intends to operate and make money. At the most basic level, it involves a producer making something and selling it directly to customers at a [...]

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Financing your Start up Business

Decisions regarding how you finance your business should be taken very seriously as it is one of the most critical decisions you will make at the start-up phase and forms a key part of any business plan. When considering the different financing options, you need to spend some time learning about the conditions that come [...]

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