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Joshua Doulton is a marketing graduate, independent writer and graphic designer with a background in web design and SEO. With a few small ventures to his name, Josh also writes about implementing change to a wide range of businesses - particularly where technology is involved.

Are You Wasting Too Much Electricity At Work?

Has your business just had an enormous energy bill that seems too high to be believed? When you receive a bill and you’re sure that they have mistakenly added one too many zeroes to the total figure, it’s natural that you’ll want to get to the bottom of why you are using so much energy and if there is anything that can be done to reduce it. It is typically the case that virtually every business and workplace can do something to reduce their electricity or heating bill, but it could be that there are some serious issues that you are overlooking that could significantly save you money. Even if you’re not too worried about your bill, it’s worth reading on, as you might be surprised at the things you can do to reduce your consumption and save money. Here are some steps you can take to reduce w...

Debunking 5 Common Document Shredding Myths

The issue of business documents can bring up a huge range of questions for any company. It is a necessary part of getting things done, but what happens when documents no longer have an immediate use for the business. Storing them means taking up premium office space and holding onto the data can present you with security risks. Ultimately then, you will need to dispose of documents, but it is vital that you do so in a way that is safe and environmentally friendly. Many businesses choose to shred their documents, but others are concerned that doing so is the wrong idea, mostly due to some of the myths surrounding the practice. To learn more about document shredding, we spoke to document collection and storage specialists Images Online. They shared with us some of the most common myths they ...

5 Mistakes Companies Make With Penetration Testing

Cyber-criminals and hackers become more active and pervasive every day, and the sad truth is that they typically target businesses. This means that if you run a company you need to take steps to protect the data you hold and ensure your cyber security is up to scratch. An important aspect of doing this is performing penetration testing. A qualified ethical hacker will attempt to safely break into your systems, and then provide the details of the weaknesses that they were able to exploit before a potentially malicious attack gets there first. But too often businesses make simple mistakes when commissioning an organisation to conduct penetration testing which can leave it far less effective than it should be. Here are five of the most common pen testing mistakes that companies make, and what...

10 Shifty Worker Traits You Need To Watch Out For

We know the drill about spotting red flags in a potential new hire. Punctuality. CV spelling errors. Rehearsed answers. Most of the time the solution is simple – we just don’t hire them. But what happens when the alarm bells are ringing from inside the building? Whether they are a new teammate that’s struggling to settle in, or a seasoned worker that has recently lost steam, negative attitudes can quickly spread throughout the business, affecting both morale and your bottom line. When you notice a toxic atmosphere developing it can be tricky to identify the root of a problem, so here are ten traits to look out for. 1. Performance Drops This should be the easiest to spot, providing that you actively measure and monitor your staff output. A sudden drop in work quantity or quality...

7 Steps To Success For Your Startup Business

Want to earn more and have more fun? Ever wanted to run your own business? If you have the courage, energy and determination, starting your own business can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. But it’s not for the faint hearted. Startups can be tricky to both start up and sustain, but if you’re successful you’ll never have to work for anyone else ever again.  Let’s look at the 7 main steps you need to take to fast track your startup to success. 1. Know Your Market There is no point opening a restaurant if you’ve never worked in one. Similarly, if you want to start a graphic design firm, you’ll need experience in that industry. So, do your research to check your business is viable. Questions to ask include:  Who is the target market for my products/service? How will I reach the...