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Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Featured, Legal | 0 comments

What Happens During a Tax Investigation?

What Happens During a Tax Investigation?

For any small business, a tax investigation can be nerve wracking. You might not know what to expect or what the results could cost your business. There are a number of stages to a tax investigation. Understanding them, and being prepared for them happening can make the process easier, saving you time and money. The start of the investigation A Tax investigation begins with a business being notified by HMRC that the investigation will be taking place. This includes what information a company needs to provide to investigators and the timeframe they have to respond. Businesses as a priority should respond to this notice by organising and finding the information the HMRC have requested. This might involve professional financial assistance from an accountant, especially if there are problems locating specific paperwork or organising financial information. The next stage What follows is a degree of back and forth, as you are asked to respond to a range of queries from HMRC. This tends to be in writing, with requests for...

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Featured, Technology | 0 comments

Why You Need to Consider Localising Your Website

Why You Need to Consider Localising Your Website

With the internet continuing to take over everyday life, it’s becoming increasingly important to reach out to your audience online — especially if you’re looking to take your business global. On the topic of website translation, Global Voices highlight that only 28% of internet users are English mother-tongue speakers. Simply put, if you’re only focusing on them, the other 72% may not warm to your brand. With huge numbers like this, it’s important for businesses looking to go international to consider the website’s target audiences. But simply translating the language isn’t enough to localise your website. Think about what the local audience wants to see Different viewers around the world will want to see different things, so it’s important to consider what’s trending in that country when localising your website. Your homepage will more than likely be the first page users land on, so it’s important to captivate your audience with its content. The World Wide Fund for Nature changes content on its homepage according to country – in...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Featured, Stories | 0 comments

5 Booming Businesses that Started Out Small Online

5 Booming Businesses that Started Out Small Online

With modest beginnings comes great success. Many of the household names you know of today were birthed quietly out of homes, offices and dorms – and now they’re worth billions. If you’re looking for some inspiration to try it yourself, here’s five examples of booming businesses that started out small online. Facebook The start of Facebook is so intriguing and inspiring that it actually got made into a film. Mark Zuckerberg started the social networking site with the sheer intention of connecting the undergraduate students at Harvard University where he was studying psychology; launching “Thefacebook” in February 2004, half of all the undergraduates at Harvard had a profile within a month. Fast forward to September 2006 and, after expanding to all US high schools and universities as well as those in the UK, Facebook opened up beyond educational purposes to anyone with a valid registered email address. Now, over ten years later, with companies such as Instagram and Whatsapp to its name, Facebook is indisputably the frontrunner of social...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Featured, Marketing | 0 comments

3 Secrets of Business Event Planning

3 Secrets of Business Event Planning

The best business events run smoothly and are entertaining and memorable. The smallest details matter and, with a little creative thinking, will lift your event above the average: Designing Your Content Memorable business events offer delegates or attendees something a little different. Formal business events walk a fine line between fun and boring. Your content and activity programme should have a suitably professional tone, but never forget you’re hosting people and all people like to be entertained. Here are some unusual approaches to designing content that will linger in the memories of those present: Invite conversations – if people were discussing the topic among themselves, which aspects would they focus on? What would spark their interest? Identify those topics and include them. Speakers – choose speakers carefully. Try to find people who can provide inclusive presentations, inviting input from attendees. Collaboration with an audience is always more interesting than a straight presentation, even if it’s just throwing out the odd question or asking for an audience show of hands....

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Featured, Personal Development | 0 comments

Shortcut to Success Stories: Be inspired How These Online Businesses Started

Shortcut to Success Stories: Be inspired How These Online Businesses Started

Being an entrepreneur is great fun, but turning yourself into a successful one is hard work. But rather than let the hurdles you must cross frighten you away from trying, you should assess the obstacles and challenges that might stand in the way of you becoming your own boss and come up with an effective way to beat those hurdles. For example, if you are looking to start an online business, you need to first find a solution to financing, solution to hosting, and solution to logistics. But if that seems too hard for you as a first step, how about using the success stories of the following online business successes to drive yourself towards your own success story. 1. Gary Vaynerchuk Gary Vaynerchuk is popularly known as the guy who builds businesses and he has so far attained resounding success. After college, he started off on the path of success by turning his family’s wine enterprise from a $3 million business to a $60 million one in under...

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Featured, Management | 0 comments

Growing Pains Most Ecommerce Businesses Experience

Growing Pains Most Ecommerce Businesses Experience

Despite its unprecedented growth, online retail still makes a relatively small portion of overall purchasing that people do. In other words, ecommerce has no other option but grow even more. And it is growing. New online stores are popping up everywhere you turn. Unfortunately for a large number of new ecommerce SMB owners, it turns out to be much more difficult than they thought. Most of them experience at least some of the growing pains that we will be talking about today and it is important to know about them. 1. The Boring Stuff Is Important If we were to be truly simplistic, running an ecommerce business involves two sides of the coin. On one, you have the exciting stuff such as coming out with new products, marketing them, battling competition and watching the money pour in. On the other, you have the boring background stuff such as legal, shipping, returns and website maintenance. As it turns out, this technical, infrastructure aspect of running an ecommerce store is equally...

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