How to Pay Less Income Tax?

The first £10,600 you earn is tax free. This tax-free income is called the Personal Allowance – the amount most of us are allowed to earn before we start paying income tax. At the beginning of each new tax year this allowance rises – from next April the threshold will be £10,800. In 2014 the […]


Type B personality? Here’s what they want you to know

Nobel Prize winner Edith Wharton once said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” This is an amazingly accurate description of the difference between Type A and Type B personalities. Type A personalities are the candles—and they’re usually burning at both ends. Type B personalities, […]

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Strategic Moves to Build a Competitive Advantage

Companies can make a number of different strategic moves to build competitive advantage. The aim is to create a clear difference that is important to your customers, and is something your competitors cannot match. You can create competitive advantage by developing a strategy of leadership in factors such as cost, quality, innovation and customer experience. […]


Real innovation is about solving problems, not having ideas

These days, everyone seems to have a great idea for an app or a product. Clever ideas are always nice to have, but when it comes to figuring out what to invest your energy in making, even great ideas are often a total waste of time. Instead of a great idea, what you really need […]


How to Start a Franchise Business?

business ownership. You can get in on a great idea or successful business that has a track record of success and a strong brand, and still run the business yourself. Franchise expert Joel Libava defines a franchise as “a type of business that is owned and operated by individuals (franchisees) but that is branded and overseen […]


Qualities that define a successful entrepreneur

Being a successful entrepreneur means more than starting new ventures every other day. It means the right attitude towards a business and the determination and grit to achieve success. A successful entrepreneur has a strong inner drive that helps him or her to succeed. Let us take a look at the qualities that go into […]


Four simple ways to impress your customers

So why not spend some time taking better care of your cream-of-the-crop customers? Apply the 80/20 rule by pulling some effort from customers who frankly aren’t worth it and apply it to wowing your best customers. These four tips can get you started: 1. Make real small talk. Most customer service scripts for opening conversations […]


Using Technology to Increase Your Business Productivity

Most everyone can agree that business productivity can be traced to an organization’s ability to successfully execute on overall strategy. What else ensures business success? Businesses need engaged and highly productive employees executing on goals that are aligned with the organization’s strategic objectives. And, if execution is the key to a successful business—what are the […]