Office Options: 5 Things to Consider When Renting a Workplace

There are many options a business or enterprise has when looking for a place to conduct their daily duties. Often-heard buzzwords, like ‘co-sharing’, ‘open-plan’ offices, and ‘time-share’ renting all sound like viable and important things worthy of your consideration and time, but what are they exactly?

And, more importantly, why should you even be considering them in the first place (hint: unless you’re in the process of getting together a tech start-up, they’re probably not for you).

Here are five (more) relevant, universal, and tangible things for you to consider when you’re looking at renting a workplace.…

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5 Commonly Overlooked Network Security Threats

When it comes to network security, there are two types of companies:

  • Those that are serious about security, realizing that something or someone dangerous is lurking around every corner.
  • Those that don’t think anything bad will ever happen to them.

Where does your company fit in? Even if you’re serious about network security, it goes without saying that you could overlook a threat that could cause major damage, financial loss, and hundreds of hours of lost time.

Hacked

Despite the fact that no network security threat should be overlooked, some of the most common continue to sneak past companies of all sizes in all industries:…

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Why Bigger Can Be Better When Choosing a Surveying Company

There are times in life when you might want to work with an individual – such as an artisan baker or dressmaker – but choosing a surveying company is generally not one of those times.

A good number of talented individuals and small surveying firms are out there and quite capable of doing the job, but generally speaking, bigger is better for several reasons.

Surveying construction worker

We spoke to an established Liverpool based surveying company City Surveys & Monitoring Ltd to find out just why a bigger company, can provide more efficient results.

It’s a matter of scalability and resilience – if an individual falls ill or a piece of equipment breaks, a larger firm is in a better position to replace them quickly and keep your project on track.…

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How to Market Your New Independent Pharmacy

Opening up the doors of a pharmacy is not like any other kind of business. The aim of a pharmacy is genuinely to assist the clientele that walks through the doors with sometimes the most personal of needs. Those needs can range from the medications they need to stay alive and at their healthiest, to lighter and more topical needs like a new package of Band-Aids –and everything in between.

Pharmacist in a drugstore

When first starting up your independent pharmacy, there are quite a few options you have in how you may want to market your new business to the surrounding community. Below are some methods you may want to consider to get your new and independent pharmacy off to a running and sustainable start.…

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6 Practical Steps to Grow Your Small Business

How do you turn your small business into a major corporation? You may have a brick-and-mortar business, or you may have a digital business, or you may have an offline business with an online presence. Regardless of the business structure of your company, it is possible to gradually grow it into a large business.

Managing business

On the surface, it may not appear self-evident how to grow a small business into a big one? Should you just borrow more money and amplify what you’re doing? Should you create new income streams? Should you try a combination of both strategies?

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple to transform a business.…

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5 Underrated Skills Every Business Owner Needs To Master

Being an entrepreneur or a small business owner comes naturally to some. Most startup CEO’s will admit they already had the capacity for risk, ability to manage people, and knack for marketing required to create a valuable business from the ground-up.

Business owner using spreadsheets

Yet, there are some skills that entrepreneurs need but end up ignoring. Here are five essential skills every small business owner must take the time to master:

1. Coding

The world absolutely runs on code now. Business decisions are made based on big data analytics and every marketing strategy is A/B tested to infinity. One-third of online shoppers bargain hunt products from other countries online and employers are increasingly likely to use social media in their recruiting campaigns.…

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Tips to Set-up a Business Website on a Shared Hosting Plan

Regardless of the size of one’s business, every venture needs a web presence. A business website is an informational platform that allows companies to introduce their service and product to the world. It is the most convenient way to establish communication with potential clients or customers.

Business website hosting

A business website is also the unique identity for ventures on the web and is an essential part of branding or brand awareness. Despite the obvious advantages of a business website, research conducted by clutch.co (B2B Research Company) revealed that nearly 46% of small businesses don’t have a website.

Almost every small venture is open to the idea of setting up a business website but is unsure of how to go about it.…

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How to Strengthen the Weakest Points in Small Business Security

Small business cybersecurity is an important and often overlooked part of running a business. From employee security problems to information storage, you never want your small business to be vulnerable to information breaches. Unfortunately, small business owners and employees often overlook key security areas. If you want to improve your business’ security, check your weakest points.

Small business IT security

Never Store Your Customers’ Private Information

Most credit card hacks come from small businesses. You should already know not to save CVV numbers or full credit card numbers. If you keep a customer list with any sensitive data, including names and phone numbers, store that information in a secure cloud server.…

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How to Specify an Alarm System For Your Small Business

Are you thinking of adding cameras to your current alarm system?

Are you specifying a new alarm system?

Are you worried about false alarms?

In any of these three scenarios, you should consider adding self-monitored video cameras to your system. Some alarm companies let you monitor alarm system cameras from your smartphone or tablet while you are away.

Burglar alarm

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You may already use a camera linked to your TV to check the identity of visitors, and when you are away these cameras probably record using a DVR, so you will always have pictures of any dubious characters entering your property.…

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The Gig Economy isn’t Quite as Rock n’ Roll as You’d Think

The number of flexibly- and self-employed workers has increased significantly in recent decades. At the end of 2016, nearly five million UK workers were classified as self-employed, which marks a 45% rise since 2000. The gig economy covers all sectors; not just the likes of Uber drivers or Airbnb hosts, but a considerable amount of highly skilled workers, such as IT experts and computer programmers.

Freelance programmer

The gig economy gives workers an enviable opportunity to work flexibly and be selective about their jobs. But with this territory comes specific risks and challenges that go beyond worrying when your next paycheck will come in.…

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