Small business


How can I poach an employee from a competitor?

6:53PM | Wednesday, 22 June 2011 |  Do your homework beforehand – trying to poach staff can become very costly if it doesn't work out.

How can I confirm a potential investor’s experience with start-ups?

2:00AM | Monday, 25 February 2013 |  As with any major recruitment decision, you must perform due diligence on your potential investor.

Should we already know the people who will sit on our board?

1:00AM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  If you are just starting out, you should definitely approach the potential board members you already know.

10 essential entrepreneurial videos

6:00AM | Friday, 15 June 2012 |  There’s nothing quite as inspiring as seeing entrepreneurship in action. If you're looking for business inspiration, here are 10 videos you must watch. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

How should a retailer market my product?

1:00AM | Monday, 7 January 2013 |  You should get your marketing plan in place, then start negotiating with shops and retail chains.

Top 10 fatal start-up mistakes

1:00AM | Monday, 7 January 2013 |  Just about every successful entrepreneur has a “near death” story about their early days in business. However, with insolvency figures on the rise, here are 10 slip-ups you can't afford to make. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Should I outsource my social media presence?

12:00AM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 |  If you're considering outsourcing your social media presence, perhaps you should reconsider having a social media presence at all?

When you’re assembling a sales team, should you look for complementary skills?

10:20PM | Friday, 28 October 2011 |  It's generally better to hire salespeople who bring individual and complete personal qualities to the table.

Have you got any tips on how to deal with web developers?

5:59PM | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 |  There’s a fine art to communicating with someone whose preferred language is C++ or Ruby, rather than English.

When using an overseas supplier, what quality control processes should I use?

4:17PM | Thursday, 21 April 2011 |  For a number of important reasons, the very best way to manage quality control is to work with your suppliers.