Traditional landlines have long been the primary option for businesses wanting to look professional with a business phone number. However, since the introduction of VoIP and cloud-based phone systems, more and more SMEs are choosing to have a virtual phone number.
Although traditional landlines can be more reliable (and therefore often the obvious choice), internet connectivity has become so omnipresent that more and more companies are switching to virtual phone systems as they’re generally more flexible and cost-effective. Read more
When starting a business there are a lot of jobs you need to tick of your checklist, from securing your domain name to hiring the first recruit. For the first few weeks you might be happy to make calls on your home landline or mobile, but you might have already figured out that it’s not the most efficient (or professional) way to do business.
Instead of going down the route of a traditional business landline, you might be interested in trying out a flexible VoIP phone service.
In this month’s community spotlight, we spoke with the team at Free to Be. The Free to Be charity discuss obstacles they have faced since starting and offer their own advice to other charities and business starting up.
Many people believe they’re not ready to start a business, so they put it off for as long as possible. More than likely you’ll question everything you thought about your business idea and consider whether it is worth making the jump or not. However, you shouldn’t miss out on what could be a life-changing opportunity because you’re scared of the risk; there are just a few questions you should ask yourself before you start your business and the rest will fall into place over time.
The process of starting a business can be daunting to some entrepreneurs, especially when there’s a lack of clarity about how much going it alone could cost. It’s important to sit down and properly look through any potential expenses you might have, and determine whether or not you have enough capital to cover everything.
One of the main reasons startup businesses fail is because they run out of money after underestimating their cash flow requirements. If you’re looking to turn your idea into a profitable business, make sure you consider all costs involved to give yourself the best chance of success.
Have you been putting off writing your business plan? Well, more than likely you’re not the only one. Most entrepreneurs believe it to be an intimidating job, so they delay working on it for as long as possible. Although it seems daunting, it can actually be quite easy, especially if you stick to a one-page business plan.
There’s no longer any need to have a 30-page business plan when you can easily simplify your business concept into one page. Investors don’t have a lot of time to read over a lot of information, so if you’re seeking funding for your product or service, potential backers need to be able to see everything on one page.
Are you an entrepreneur hoping to start your own business? If so, you might be familiar with the wide variety of reasons why you shouldn’t do it: it’s too expensive, it’s a major risk, most startups fail in the first year. Despite all the risks, there are great rewards for the entrepreneurs lucky and tenacious enough to build a successful business.
If you’re like me and like to create lists for everything, you’ve more than likely already got a list of pros and cons for starting your business; just to make sure the advantages weigh out the disadvantages, here are a few reasons why you should take the leap and start your own business.
By now you’re ready to start your journey as a business owner and work towards building your enterprise. The only thing stopping is you is, well, you; it’s more than likely that you’re stalling because you doubt your own ability to do this alone. It may be because you’re afraid of failure, or perhaps you just have no idea where you are meant to begin. No matter what the issue is, it’s stopping you from starting your business and realising your dream.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and have no clue where to begin, don’t worry: all entrepreneurs have been there. Let’s take a look at 4 tips that will help you get your business up and running in no time at all.