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How to Start a Business as a Couple

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How to Start a Business as a Couple

Without Killing Off Your Relationship Guest Article by Lizzy As a business mentor I’ve worked with many couples who also run a business together. It’s estimated that almost a third of all family businesses are run by couple, or ‘copreneur’ teams, and in the current climate more and more couples are deciding to start a business together. When this works well it can be a fantastic way of combining the professional and personal, strengthening the couple’s relationship and building a successful business. However, running a business as a couple can also be stressful and demanding. In this article I explore some of the most common challenges...

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5 Tips for an Effective Mentoring Relationship

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5 Tips for an Effective Mentoring Relationship

Guest Article by Shannon O’Reily Hiring a mentor can be extremely beneficial for your career. Mentors at the top of their fields can provide you with invaluable advice, teaching you how to replicate their success yourself. It’s important to build a professional and effective relationship with your mentor in order to make sure your money is being well spent, and that you’re not wasting your mentor’s time or commitment. To get the most out of having a mentor, take all of the following tips into consideration: Choose a Qualified Mentor Choose a mentor who is an expert and who is prestigious in your career field. Many mentors have an MBA or a graduate degree in...

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The Business Meeting : Making the Most of It

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The Business Meeting : Making the Most of It

Guest Article by Jayne Latz Meetings, like so many things in life and business, sound great on paper. They’re an opportunity to share ideas, check in with each other, disseminate information, and generally make sure everyone’s on the same page. But anyone who’s attended a meeting in a corporate setting will tell you that in practice, meetings aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. So, how do you make sure that your meeting is a success? Speak (clearly) and you shall be heard People are unique – they communicate, learn, and understand information in completely different ways. Part of what makes meetings so difficult – what can make them run on and...

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Top 7 Famous People Who Succeeded Because of their Mentors

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Top 7 Famous People Who Succeeded Because of their Mentors

Guest Article by Patrick Del Rosario What do you need to do in order to succeed in a highly competitive business? Some say you need a personal coach. Personal coach will help you find what you really are, what you are good at and what you have to change. It will lead you to success. Not so much, says the ‘head coach’ Steven Berglas, writing in a blog at Forbes Magazine. What you really need is a mentor. As much as a personal coach can help you find what your strength and weaknesses are, he can’t help you succeed in your specific field. You need someone who will open doors for you, someone who is ready to say ‘I put my bet on you, kid.’ Someone who can...

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Retail Competition: Your Most Valuable Asset Is You

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Retail Competition: Your Most Valuable Asset Is You

Guest Post by William Shane Introduction Carving out a niche in the face of huge competition on the high street and online, is a difficult task for small business retailers. Standing out and trading on your own unique style, is one way to capture customer attention. There are many ways for retailers to do this but visual merchandising in-store is one straight forward way to illustrate your difference to customers and generate sales. It’s Tough Out There For small business, particularly in the retail sector, the idea of competing against the established giants of the high street as well as the omnipresent internet, can be daunting to say the least. You will not...

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6 Free Marketing Resources To Keep You Updated

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6 Free Marketing Resources To Keep You Updated

Guest Post by Hannah Crossfield A recent study reveals that about 44% of potential British entrepreneurs feel that kick starting their business today may be more risky than before the recession. But the truth is that many industries have certainly become much more open due to the power and popularity of the Internet. Marketing tricks that have been open to industry insiders at obscure conferences only a decade ago can be found online today – you just have to look in the right places and know how to implement them. So here are our top 6 online resources to look for helpful marketing tips: Marketing communities. Being part of a solid marketing community can give you a...

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