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  • 8 Free Online Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

    If you're a small business owner then you probably already know how important it is to market your business online. You need to get traffic to your website, generate leads, keep your social media presence relevant and all the while trying to make your venture a success, mostly single handed. A robust online marketing strategy can make the difference between success and failure on the world wide web. It can save you time, money and create business opportunities you might otherwise never knew existed. But isn't marketing expensive and time-consuming? Not necessarily. Here are a few strategies you can use to promote your business online that are absolutely free.

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  • Why in the World Would Anyone Want to Become a Freelancer?

    The rat race. The nine-to-five. The daily grind. Every day millions of us get up and go to work for someone else. But are we happy? The majority work as an employee for a company because it's seen as the safest way to earn a living, but this could be set to change. Today, more people in the UK are self-employed than ever before. Why has this happened? And what possessed so many people to turn to freelancing or to start their own business. Here's what some real freelancers, business owners and industry experts had to say on the topic.

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  • How to Choose the Right Name for Your Small Business

    Picking the right name for your small business is really important. Here's a quick guide on how to choose a name that will ultimately help your business become a successful venture.

    One of the most important things to consider when you start your own small business is what are you going to call it? It's also one of the first decisions you'll ever have to make. So, it makes sense to do some research and some thorough planning before you choose one. Continue reading

  • The Future of the Ergonomic Workplace

    Our workplaces are rapidly changing. But according to a recent report, ergonomic design is simply not keeping up. The report published by the US office furniture giant Haworth claims most company's offices still resemble the cubicle farms from 20 years ago.

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  • How to Feng Shui Your Desk for More Focus and Increased Productivity

    Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of placement. It's all about how to improve the flow of Chi, the natural energy around us to create more positive experiences in our lives. Modern feng shui practitioners offer intuitive advice that aims to bring more money into your life, attract the kind of relationship that is actually perfect for you, gain rapid advancement in your career and get unstuck. In this article, we'll be talking about the feng shui of your desk, at home or in the office.

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  • 5 Tips on How to Impress Your Boss

    As employees, we all want our boss to praise us. We want our boss to think that we are capable, that we are unique, and that basically, we're a star. And if you follow these 5 tips in your workplace, that's exactly what will happen.

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  • How to Deal with Angry Customers

    If you're running your own business from home then chances are that now and then you've had to deal with an angry or disappointed customer. It can be an unpleasant and awkward situation. It can also be a chance to display your customer service skills. Consumers expect things to go wrong from time to time, they get that, and they will generally understand. It's how you react to their complaints that will convince them to go somewhere else or to remain loyal to your company or brand. But what is the best way to deal with an angry customer? The answer lies in something called the 'communication chain' and this is how it works:

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  • Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Boss?

    Bully bosses lurk around the office. They feel they have to make themselves look better by putting down members of their team. They don't welcome new ideas. In fact, they are so destabilized by change they reject every new idea as not viable, claim they already thought of it, or they criticize both you and your idea. The bottom line is that bully bosses feel threatened by your creativity because they assign themselves to the only role that allows for idea generation. So, if they didn't come up with the idea they seek to destroy it altogether.

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  • 4 Things You Should Never Do on a Company Computer

    The typical office employee will spend up to 45 hours per week at their desk. Sometimes even longer. And because our modern offices are all networked and accessible, a lot of those hours will be spent using a company computer. Many modern companies will, in fact, provide laptops and tablets that can be taken out of the office so their employees can continue to work from home. And that's when things can start to go wrong. Continue reading

  • Depression, Anxiety and Working from Home

    Depression in the workplace is more prevalent than ever before. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people will experience mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, at some point in their career. In some professions that number can be as high as 1 in 3. The statistics for work-from-home freelancers, however, are not as clearly documented. What is known is that more and more self-employed people who work from their own homes are prone to feelings of isolation and loneliness, two factors that can indeed cause depression, and if left untreated, can lead to anxiety attacks. It's alarming then when we learn that a surprisingly low number of freelancers and work-from-homers actually seek out medical help.

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