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Why History Will Shine A ‘Brilliant’ Light On Modern Industrialisation

It was the year Marilyn Monroe died and John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. The year 1962 was a standout year, not because of the Cuban missile crisis or The Beatles releasing their first single Love Me Do, but because of something much less glamourous but hugely significant to modern industry and living. In a General Motors factory in West Trenton, New Jersey, UNIMATE, the world’s first industrial robot went online, performing spot welding and die castings. It was a moment of history, something which would ultimately change the face of manufacturing forever. Today automation of some kind in factories is expected, at least among the larger manufacturers. Making anything on a grand scale demands it and businesses are increasingly attuned to the potential benefits. Three......

The Pros Of Video Marketing For Your Dental Business

The advent of technology and the Internet have positively changed the world and businesses that are operating in it today. Geographical barriers have opened up and even small brands can now compete with larger names. Every business has a niche and when you are trying to attract the targeted audience of that niche, it is crucial for you to hand over the responsibility to specialists. Many dental businesses are now turning to video marketing as a part of their SEO strategy for generating better traffic and returns on investment. Several business websites are showcasing their services and products through the power of audio-visual means. Videos are an effective means to connect with the audience and strike an emotional chord with them. Your targeted audience are able to retain the information......

What Is A Paralegal And When Might Your Business Need One?

At some point, it is likely (unfortunately) that your business will have a legal issue and you’ll need some expert help. Whether it is non-payment of a debt or an employee taking you to a Tribunal – should you call a solicitor or could a paralegal help you? A paralegal is legally trained and educated to perform legal tasks and offer legal assistance but is not a qualified solicitor. However, a Paralegal can do virtually everything that a solicitor can do except activities that are referred to as: ‘Reserved Activities’ (which we’ll cover later). There is no statutory regulation for paralegals in the same was as there is for solicitors, so it’s important to ask for evidence of the paralegal’s qualifications and experience, and check they are a member of a professional body such as the Nation......

6 Effective Methods To Free Your Business From Debts

Running a small and medium business is not easy because entrepreneurs have their hands overflowing with many tasks of running the business. With several tasks to handle and not enough time to devote to each, the difficulties seem to grow. Keeping things under control is what every business owner wants but unable to achieve. As things tend to become unmanageable, there are high possibilities that you might run into trouble, especially if you get entangled in several loans.  Debt for business can become quite a killer if you do not look after it. According to experts, the average US small business owner carries a debt of $195,000, and if it is a start up, the target should be to clear the loan during the first 12 months. Since no business can run without debt, which is part of the firm finan......

How To Perform A Self Assessment With HMRC For The First Time

We all dread the end of the tax year when that self-assessment form is due. It’s a time when we quantify just how costly our spending habits have been throughout the year, or rather, how our failures to keep track of expenses have affected our finances. It’s a stressful time. And that’s not to mention the sheer mass of paperwork that must be organised. If you’ve never completed a self-assessment form before and have just started working for yourself, it’s important that you understand the consequences. Failure to complete it properly could result in a £100 penalty charge, with further penalties if it becomes a recurring problem. At such an early stage in your career, this can not only be discouraging, but could have dire consequences. The First Steps If you ar......

5 Top Accounting Tips For Upcoming Freelancers

Working as a freelancer can be extremely rewarding. The very idea of setting your own schedule, working in a profession that you love, and even controlling your own wages (to a certain extent) is the ultimate dream. Unfortunately, there are so many talented people out there that simply don’t take that last step and make it a reality. But all of these benefits don’t come without at least a few negatives (although they pale in comparison). A common issue that freelancers face is their ability to conduct their own reporting. Tax returns, accounting and general day-to-day bookkeeping often gets lost in the slush pile, only to reappear when there’s a problem. If you’re thinking about moving into freelancing but are put off by the fear of accounting, these tips will help.......

24 Hours In Software Development

It is often said that 24 hours is a long time in politics.  In my experience, the same amount of time can flash by in bespoke software development.  I guess that’s because time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve been a software engineer consultant for nearly eight years, having started coding at aged 14.  Contrary to the stereotype, I don’t avoid sunlight, wear black t-shirts and hide whenever strangers come into the office.  I don’t live off pizza and takeaways, and I don’t spend my spare time hacking into some big corporation or other. I do – however – drink rather a lot of tea and coffee, and spend a typical day working with some very clever people, learning about new technology and meeting a host of varied clients at different points throughout their project journey. Here’s......

Using Suppliers In The EU? How Can You Mitigate For The Impact Of Brexit?

The only thing that seems to be certain about Brexit is; on-going uncertainty. But, what does this mean practically for computing and technology businesses sourcing products and components from within the EU? There are two key areas of legislation which affect the relationship a business will have with its continental suppliers: The Single Market – enables suppliers to send their goods from any EU country to another without tariffs or import duties; The Customer Union – sets the standard paperwork and agreements for the transportation of goods across the EU (and beyond). It mandates that all countries set standard tariffs for goods coming in from non-EU countries. It excludes food and agriculture. For those who buy supplies from within the EU, you could hide under the duvet and......

3 Free Tools To Help Entrepreneurs Manage Their Startup’s Growth

It might sound counterintuitive, but there are a number of situations where a startup’s growth can get out of hand – for instance, if the founders had intended to create a ‘lifestyle startup’, rather than a huge, resource intensive scale up, then a meteoric growth rate risks putting those entrepreneurs at the helm of a business that becomes so demanding they begin to resent it. Generally speaking business growth doesn’t happen by accident, though, so a more common situation for entrepreneurs is where a startup’s growth isn’t properly managed and directed. In those cases founders may discover that their startup has become something they didn’t expect, not because they didn’t want to scale the business up, but because it has scaled in too many directions at once, with each new tangent ......

5 Top Tips To Start Your Own Business

There are a million articles on the Internet about starting businesses. That’s because everyone wants to start a business, obviously. Writers and business gurus like Tim Ferris have made sure of that. However, there’s a decidedly peculiar dichotomy in common thought, where industry leaders like Richard Branson and Alan Sugar are looked on and treated in a somewhat messianic and cult-like way, all the while in the background, there’s the ever reassuring voice that we’re all capable of such success, and that it’s really very simple. The fact is, it all just comes down to hard work. So ignore the rest of the world, and focus all your energies on developing and creating the kind of business that not only profits, but that you can be proud of. 1. Experience So what experience is required to sta......

5 Integral Tips To Help Businesses Get Started

Too many people believe that starting your own business is hard or that succeeding in today’s highly competitive market is impossible. However, in the first half of 2016 a record number of businesses were registered with the Companies House. Statistics also show that roughly 80 new businesses were created every hour in 2016. This highlights the fact that the UK has a very supportive environment for start-ups. Apart from favourable market conditions, what new entrepreneurs need is the right idea, a good amount of capital and creativity. Combined with the right information and resources, starting a new business can become extremely easy. Here are five integral tips for starting a successful business today: 1. Have A Unique, Intuitive & Responsive Website Having online visibility in today......

4 Reasons Why Outsourcing To Software Development Companies In Ukraine Could Save You Money

When you’re involved in choosing a company to handle software development for a project, you might initially start looking for local options, whether by doing internet searches, asking trustworthy friends for advice, or doing both those things. However, you might also encounter a common conundrum and realise that getting good-quality, local software development services costs more than your budget allows. In that case, it’s smart to broaden your search significantly and start looking for assistance in other countries, such as Ukraine. 1. The Prices For Services May Be Less Compared to other places in the world like the United Kingdom and the United States, the cost of living in Ukraine is significantly less. So, what does that mean for you since you’re not intending to actually travel to t......