Small business


I’m worried people won’t take my business seriously as I’m only 21. Help!

11:16PM | Thursday, 25 November 2010 |  Gone are the days when age equals experience. You need to look no further than some of the world's biggest brands to see that.

Should I hire the “generalists” or the “specialists”?

11:03PM | Monday, 15 November 2010 |  Figure out what your weaknesses are before you start the recruitment process, then hire for the long-term.

Is hiring a business mentor expensive?

5:01PM | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 |  The best mentors are those that don't need to charge a fee to mentor. They do it because they like the person who has asked them and they want to help in some way.

How can I motivate my staff?

7:58PM | Tuesday, 26 July 2011 |  There are plenty of easy ways to acknowledge the contribution from your staff and boost morale – imperative for keeping a team ticking along happily.

Should I put together multiple versions of my business plan?

9:24PM | Tuesday, 13 September 2011 |  Writing one business plan is a big enough task within itself – there is no need for two.

How can I ensure that my business remains nimble as we grow?

7:00AM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 |  You're quite right to be worried about remaining nimble. Procrastination is the enemy of any start-up.

Give your team a scam lecture

6:00AM | Tuesday, 5 June 2012 |  For scammers, the end of the financial year is party time. Make sure your staff are on the lookout.

Never forget the advantage that size brings

11:00PM | Thursday, 10 November 2011 |  As a company gets bigger, hanging on to the advantage that size gives you becomes harder and harder. So use your small business size to your advantage whenever you can.

Top 10 technology trends for 2012

1:15PM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  Technology trends in 2011 were heavily influenced by the uptake of mobile devices, namely smartphones and tablets. So what’s in store for the year ahead? StartupSmart picks out the top technology trends for 2012. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

IT spending tipped for slight increase in 2012

1:42PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  Business spending on information technology will rise by less than 2% this year, according to Gartner, but SMEs will continue to lead the way in newer areas such as cloud computing.