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21
Jul

Your guide to a successful business plan

Writing a business plan Your guide to a successful business plan A good business plan defines exactly what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Done well, it could help you to focus on the right things, gain support and – if required – secure finances. We’ve put together a guide that could help you write

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23
Apr

How to prepare a business plan for your blog

Here comes the good part, and I must say that it’s actually fun too. To create a blog, you’ll have to do research on your target market, figure out the operational and start-up costs, and so on. So why not document those things along the way, in a business plan that guides you, and provides a reference for the future?

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20
Apr

Your Recession Strategy (Control)

The global recession is having an impact on most businesses and non-profit organisations. When I use the word impact, I’m not necessarily meaning negative impact. However for many, the effect is negative, for some it’s profoundly negative. The purpose of this article can be described in one word. The word is CONTROL. It’s about putting you in control, or expanding

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20
Apr

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa

Overview Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas are ideal for entrepreneurs with some money to invest in the UK. If you have at least £50,000 to invest, you may be able to apply for this visa. In practice most people who apply will need to have £200,000 of available funds held in a regulated financial institution. Specific Criteria In order to qualify

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18
Apr

Business Planning

Let’s start with a quick refresher. The purpose of your 100 day plan is to have a simple and speedy way to reorganize or refocus your business or organisation. In Part 1 of these articles, you learned how to start the process of getting clear organized thinking by creating a brief Vision document. This document answers the number one strategic

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17
Apr

The Executive Summary

Now, or in the near future do you need to secure serious business funding? This may be from a bank, from investors or maybe from a well-heeled potential shareholder. If the answer is yes then please read on. Let’s start with the basics I’m making the assumption that you have a Strategic Business Plan or an Internal Business Plan. In

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14
Apr

Getting financial support from your bank

Getting financial support from your bank How to approach a bank if your business needs funding Few businesses can get off the ground without some initial funding. We outline the key things to do if you’re approaching your bank for financial support. Create a comprehensive application A good application will include a lot of detail about your business and the

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20
Jan

Business finance options

Business finance options What’s the best finance option for your business? Securing financing – whether it’s a loan or an investment – is a big step for any business, especially if it’s a new venture. We’ve outlined some of the most common sources of financial support so that you can make an informed choice. Finance from your bank Banks offer

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7
Jan

Social media for business

How to use social media to promote your business With social media, you can talk directly to your customers. But what should you know before you get started? We outline some of the most effective ways to use social media sites when you’re promoting your business. There are numerous benefits to promoting your business through social media, but what’s the

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13
Nov

Business structures

Sole proprietorship, limited company or partnership? Deciding on the legal structure of your small business is an important step, and there are a number of options to choose from. We discuss business partnerships, limited companies and sole proprietorship so that you can understand the responsibilities that come with each. When it comes to setting up a small business , the

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