Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Schools teach us to read, write and add numbers. In my experience it is a stepping stone to the quest for real knowledge.
The process of truly thinking for yourself begins when you have left formal education and are actively practicing your vocation.
The great thing about learning is that it really is free. After I left university I began studying and actively engaging in business by devouring books and audio on the subject. I got a loan and grant free and attended mentor workshops where I received advice from an experienced businessman. This was a Prince's Trust workshop and it was great listening to someone who had a vast wealth of knowledge. This brings up the adage, "I will use all the brains I have, and all that i can borrow"
Everything in business can be learned. Everyone who is an expert in their field today started off knowing nothing. Even if they have been doing what they are good at for 40 years there would have been a time in their life when they possessed none of the knowledge they went on to accumulate.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
If you ask any experienced Forex trader about the one thing that is most important in the Forex trading process, you will be told that it is the choice of the Forex broker.
This is because there are a large number of services that a Forex broker provides that you will need in order to be profitable in the long run.
While this is a one-time task, the process of evaluating a Forex broker should not be taken lightly.
Do you run a small business in the creative industries? If yes, you might be eligible for a chunk of cash provided by a lottery funding pool.
Arts Council England, the non-profit entity that provide information, support and money on UK arts grants, can help you find out if you qualify for a slice of the £2b public money available to grow or support your business or organisation.
They support many activities in the arts and humanities such as design, reading, dance, literature, music and more.
Saturday, 16 February 2013
I'll bet you've heard this cliche many times.
Has it occurred to you whoever “he” is may well have started out as a bloody awful salesman? For that matter what IS a salesperson? Do you not sell ideas every day of your life? When you want the kids to pick up their toys, when you want your spouse to agree with you, when you want a pay rise, a cheaper deal, and more meat on your plate, you are selling yourself.
The difference between an amateur and a professional is that someone who makes a living from the practice is doing so consciously.
Friday, 8 February 2013
If you live in the UK, are aged 25 or over, work at least 30 hours a week and are on a low income you qualify for government benefit payments known as Tax Credits. You may also qualify if you have a child.
The higher your income, the less Working Tax Credits you are eligible for. This is something you definitely want to look into if you’re starting a business because it gives you some money even if your business isn’t yet turning a profit.
Friday, 1 February 2013
News that Blockbuster has become the latest high-street retailer to fall into administration casts a dark cloud over the business world.
The UK shifted officially out of recession last year and many people thought that meant we’d see a steady rise in business growth again. But, despite this encouraging sign, the UK economy is still in considerable trouble.
Although the government has implemented a series of initiatives to help, small businesses are still struggling to get banks to start lending to them again. Well-managed businesses need loans to promote their growth and start creating more jobs for the economy. But, at the moment banks are failing to meet the needs of small businesses. Smaller financial lenders and quick cash providers are happy to help businesses in need of extra funds to keep up with payments. A small cash loan will relieve your immediate financial strains, but it may not be enough to cover the very large expenses associated with growing a business.