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Decrypting Encryption: How to Keep Data Safe From Prying Eyes

• 03/04/2016 12:14 PM
The recent case of Apple vs the FBI has brought the issue of encryption back to the fore in a big way, and it started me thinking about the importance of encryption for small business owners. For Apple, undermining the security of their devices could have massive commercial implications for them, not to mention ethical ones. But even if you’re not manufacturing smartphone strongholds, securing your data is still a super important aspect of running your business, for you and your clients. Read More
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Your Desk, On the Road

• 02/17/2016 8:30 AM
When you’re to-ing and fro-ing, hither, thither and yon, you can’t exactly lug your entire office around with you. We know this. What you need are some great useful tools that make doing business possible even while mobile. Here are our top picks: Read More
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How to get that perfect work-life balance? Work less

• 02/16/2016 4:16 PM
One of life’s eternal problems (especially when you run your own business) is how to strike that all important balance between ‘work’ and ‘life’. Blogs everywhere love this topic, and there is advice aplenty on how to get it right. But honestly, do we really need all these tips? In reality, we know the secret. If we want to strike the perfect work-life balance, what we really need to do is figure out a way to work less. Read More
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5 Tips for Dealing with People as an Introverted Business Owner

• 02/10/2016 6:12 PM
Jean-Paul Sartre famously said that “Hell is other people.” If we’re being brutally honest, sometimes it really seems like he was right, which sort of makes you wonder if old JP ever tried to run a business. Regardless of how much you love your clients or partner or colleagues, there will always be times when it feels like the biggest impediment to your work is the people you’re doing it with and for. Read More
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How to make international business less of an Odyssey and more of a breeze

• 01/27/2016 5:00 PM
We all love the internet - provider of amusing animal videos et al - and one of its biggest advantages is its ability to bring people together the world over. It is, in fact, a global marketplace in all senses: the place people go to share stories, information, meet up with pals, and (crucially) buy and sell.For SMEs and freelancers who either already operate internationally or are hoping to take their business across the pond (or anywhere else in the world), there’s not a whole lot standing in your way in this digital age. But it can still feel a bit daunting, and there are definitely stumbling blocks that make it a more complicated and time-consuming undertaking than being a simple home-grown, one-country operation. Read More
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To Bitcoin or not to Bitcoin… that is the question

• 01/20/2016 8:30 AM
Bitcoin has had its ups and downs over the last few years - 2013 saw its value peak at $1,200, but at the time of writing the value sits at $447 - and some have decided this means Bitcoin is on the way out. But with the unveiling of the first Bitcoin debit card last year, there are whisperings that 2016 is the year this cryptocurrency really starts to take off, not just in niche online communities, but out “there” in the “real world”. Read More
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Pro-Tips for Entering the Multitasking Big Leagues

• 01/14/2016 11:14 AM
One cursory internet search for help with multitasking will turn up pages and pages of the very helpful advice: don’t. Yeah, people say multitasking reduces efficiency, that it isn’t an effective way of getting things done… and I’m not saying that’s wrong, in the long term. Here in the real world, however, we know that sometimes multitasking is unavoidable, at least in short bursts. Even as I write this blog I’m switching back and forth between my emails, IMs, to do lists, and keeping an eye on the time to make sure I eat lunch at a normal, civilised lunch-eating hour. Read More
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