Anywhere working becoming the norm in 2013

More businesses are taking advantage of anywhere working opportunities this year, having witnessed the benefits during the Olympic Games. If 2012 was the year that anywhere working really took off in the UK, then 2013 may see this exception become a norm. Across Britain, but particularly In London and the south-east, thousands of companies took…


Get all the IT you need to start a business, without breaking the bank

Even if your shiny new business will never involve writing lengthy proposals and reports, the chances of your never needing technology are slim. Everyone needs to write letters and send out invoices. You’ll always want to make phone calls, and then there’s the website which could rake in enquiries. So how can you get all…


5 ways to ‘run a business in your sleep’!

Before the financial crash, property experts were fond of saying that investing in property was as good as making money in your sleep. Today, times are tougher, and sleeping itself won’t earn you much – but you can be open for business even when the office is closed. Here are five ways to turn downtime…


SMEs look to homeworking as economy fears grow

Small and medium-sized enterprises can reduce costs and appease employees by embracing home working practices, it has been stated. Economic uncertainty has characterised 2010 – a year that started with the UK’s exit from a six-quarter recession – with each piece of positive news invariably followed by another setback. Despite some positive signs, such as…


You ask - our experts answer

Thanks to Jane Buswell who has just posted the first question on the new Facebook/AskTheExpert page. And she’s had an immediate and thorough response from our Microsoft Small Business Specialists. If you would like to post a question – business not tech support – you’ll need to have a Facebook account. Simply go to the AskTheExpert page…


Working 5 to 9 offers solution to job dissatisfaction

Guest post from Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com, a business expert, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up’ and ‘Working 5 to 9’. Job satisfaction has fallen to a record low according to an industry body whose research reveals employees are nervous of losing their jobs and unhappy about pay freezes and cuts. It’s…


Five tips on how to make the most of a business break

Guest blog from Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com, a business expert, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up’ and ‘Working 5 to 9’. When you start and grow a business, you’re involved each day in the detail of running the business; perfecting customer service, ensuring positive cashflow, making new products, and so on….


Social network buys good ideas with PayPal

Guest blog from Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com, a business expert, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up’ and ‘Working 5 to 9’. Online social network for homeworkers Enterprise Nation is giving £100 to 100 businesses and would-be businesses for their ‘good ideas’. The competition, in association with PayPal, is asking its members…


5 tips for graduates going self-employed

Guest blog from Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com, a business expert, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up’ and ‘Working 5 to 9’.   A recent feature in The Guardian ran with the headline: ‘Graduates warned of record 70 applicants for every job’ The next line went: ‘Class of 2010 told to consider…


Five questions to come up with one idea

Emma Jones is founder of Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com, a business expert, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up’ and ‘Working 5 to 9’. Whether you’re thinking of an idea to start off in business or mulling over how to grow, ask yourself these five straight questions and see what ideas follow.    Starting out If…