Small Business Blog

Welcome to the small business blog where we are blogging on all issues affecting small businesses including marketing and finance. Simply click on a link below to read one of the stories and to keep up to date subscribe to this blog by using the box to the right.

Is SEO now about who you know ?

Big changes were made in the last few months from Google and many sites suffered – of course those sites were replaced by others but some folks who had problems seemed to get them fixed quite quickly. (more…)


Google Panda Update Hits the UK and SmallBusinessPro

So yesterday at around 5.30pm uk time Google rolled out their aptly named Panda (or Farmer) update to the rest of the world in English speaking countries. Many more sites got hit and so did ours unfortunately so what’s it all about ?

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Start up Britain The Good, Bad and Ugly

Wow – there has been so much press about the launch of the government’s new website for budding entrepreneurs that we’ve read and digested but have waited a while to post whilst the dust settled. So what’s it all about and what do we think? (more…)


Business Link to be Scrapped by Government

Hot on the heals that the regional development agencies are to be scrapped comes the news that Business Link is to go the same way. (more…)


Reducing Electricity and Gas Rates for Small Business Owners

In these days of the continuing uncertainty in the economy and more cuts to come one thing a small business owner can do is to reduce all their utility bills such as electricity, gas and telephone. So how can you do this without affecting the service. We investigate. (more…)


Chris Cardell Advertising Standards Authority Ruling

Many many small business owners have heard of Chris Cardell via his marketing which were reported to the ASA. Here are also details about his 6 CD offer and other information. (more…)


Small Business Statistics and Numbers

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25 Things To Consider Before Starting Your Own Business

If you are thinking of starting a business it can feel like complete excitement but there are many pitfalls so here’s our top tips to think about before you spend a single penny of your hard earned cash or redundancy. (more…)


Federation of Small Businesses Joining Woes

So I thought I should join the FSB as they have a lot to offer but how hard do you think they have made it for me as a simple (?) small business owner? Read on…. (more…)


Stop Procrastinating Don’t be a Perfectionist

It’s often said that procrastination is the thief of time and many people put off either starting a business or launching a website because they want it to be perfect but being a perfectionist is the worst sin for budding entrepreneurs. (more…)


Hurrah – the Recession has ended (or not…)

So like the media were intent on ramping up that the recession was coming many months before we saw it they are now saying it really has finished although we haven’t seen that yet. Here’s a run down on where we are. (more…)


Companies Act 2006 Changes for 2009

There are some imminent changes that come into force from the Companies Act 2006 that all business owners need to be aware of. (more…)


Twitter for Business – Tips for Twittering

So after seeing much mentioned about twitter both in the press and from members in the business forums I thought I’d launch our twitter account. (more…)


Affiliate Management and Sales Management

It’s amazing how many companies treat the internet as “something different” especially when it comes to affiliate management and most get it completely wrong. Here’s some of my stories and ways to manage affiliates better. (more…)


Top 10 Free SEO Tools for Webmasters

If you run a website or are undertaking SEO on it then here is my summary of the best free webmaster and SEO tools that I have used extensively that has saved me a lot of time and also improved my sites and own personal performance ! (more…)


Cost Reduction – 10 Ways for Businesses to Reduce Costs

For many businesses money is really tight at present so here are our top 10 tips to save money without impacting the efficiency of your business. (more…)


Dragons Den Review and Duncan Bannatyne

So we were introduced to a new series of the popular bbc “business” programme dragons den last night but the wife and I were more intrigued on what has happened to Duncan Bannatyne’s hair…. (more…)


Income Tax Rates New Rate For UK Tax Payers

Here’s a quick guide to the new income tax rates in the UK for 2009/ 10. (more…)


Redundancy Advice – Start or Buy a Business

While a swathe of redundancies engulf the developed world in the wake of the global economic downturn, many of those set free from their contracts of employment are turning their previously dormant business ideas into reality and becoming entrepreneurs.

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Interview with Duane Jackson of Kashflow Accounting Software

I have long been a fan of Duane Jackson founder and creator of Kashflow. I find it interesting that he is very vocal in his marketing approach and he has no problems in pointing out “flaws” in his main competitors offerings – I like the approach and many marketers say that controversy sells.

So I have managed to get Duane’s ear to ask him a few questions about his approach and others about his company that he has kindly offered to answer for us today. So let’s kick this off: (more…)


Marketing Your Business in a Recession

For most larger companies the first thing that gets cut back if sales are reducing  especially in a recession is marketing, training and recruitment. Sometimes that’s a hard pill to swallow so what marketing activities can you undertake when sales and profits are reducing? (more…)


Starting a Bookkeeping Business

If you’re a bookkeeper or have financial qualifications what about running your own bookkeeping business ? (more…)


New Startup Guides Published

We’ve been busy adding new guides onto the small business pro site.

If you’re thinking of starting a restaurant business then this opportunity is reviewed in our guide to starting a restaurant business that covers everything from location to marketing restaurants.

And if you need a business plan then we have posted some free business plan template downloads that you can access and download to your computer for no cost.

Additionally, there is some new information about taxes if you are self employed or have a limited company business. We’ve reviewed small business income tax and national insurance to keep you up to date !


Startup Costs, Fundraising and Nursery Guides

We’ve just posted a few crucial “how to” guides on the site on the subject of fundraising, managing startup costs and a guide to starting a nursery school:

Please let us know what you think and if there are any guides you would like featured. Full information on the site is available in the business directory.

 


Should You Start a New Business During This Recession ?

So we have a recession at the moment and many people are thinking of starting a new business but just haven’t got around to it or are probably too scared to start one. But most of the time from the emails and help requests we receive all we hear about are excuses.

People sign up to our business planning training and months later we ask how they are getting on and they say “they are still working on it” (more…)


Small Business Marketing Advice

Running and developing a small business can be tough especially during the current credit crunch so marketing is even more important than ever.

Marketing advice can be hard to come by when all you want is more paying customers and you don’t want to wade through tons of articles to get to your goals.

On small business pro we have post some easy to understand advice. First off much like when you start a new business and develop your business plan we have step by step guidance on writing your marketing plan. Your marketing plan is just as important to help you get into the minds of your customers and why they might purchase from you in the first place. By writing your plan you’ll probably end up with more questions than answers – but this is good – because most people don’t go through this process of auditing their own business so by doing this you’ll be ahead of most of your competitors.

The marketing plan covers in-depth the marketing mix of your business (you know, product, place, pricing and promotion now with people, process and physical presence) – the marketing mix summarises every aspect of your interaction with your customers.

And if you don’t want to do the boring bits and want to delve straight in and just promote and communicate with prospects but don’t have much money and need some ideas to get you started then we have put together some small business marketing ideas that anyone can implement even if they’ve never put together a marketing campaign before !


Interest Rates Held at 5% by Bank of England

The UK Bank of England held the base rate of interest at 5% despite worries over increased inflation. (more…)


Welcome to our small business blog

Welcome to our small business blog where we’ll share news and information from the world of small business. (more…)


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