Do you work in a remote or rural area?
If your business is based in remote Britain, chances are you will identify with the staggering 63% of small, rural businesses who told the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) they can suffer due to poor broadband speed. Maybe you’re one of the one in six adversely affected by the state of the road network or part of the large percentage of people whose mobile signal simply doesn’t stand up. While these factors, and many others, can be frustrating, thousands of business from estate agents and photographers to vets and construction companies operate in rural areas, and thrive. If you’re out of town and are feeling out on a limb, we have a few easy to implement ideas to get you back on track and in control.
For many, being your own boss is the ultimate employment dream. No set hours, no one calling the shots and as for tricky office politics, they become a thing of the past. However, while you work with clients you love and get first dibs on holiday dates, you need to be motivated to succeed, and this is sometimes the hardest job of all. Without a boss cracking the whip it can be easy to fall into bad habits, miss deadlines and come unstuck, but don’t worry, we are here to keep you on track.
We're less than a month away from this year's Small Business Saturday UK event, so we thought we would share six tips to get you on board with the annual campaign! This year we would like to see as many of our local business neighbours and peers to register their small business on the Small Business Finder, which is an online directory.
If you want your local community to support you, the best way you can let them know is to register on the directory and then encourage them to 'support small' by using the Small Business Saturday UK website to find local suppliers and services. You can spread the word via your social media channels and by displaying the Small Business Saturday UK logo on your profiles and in your shop windows, where you can.
Face for Business is pleased to announce the launch of their very first app, for its telephone answering service. Since going live with their first call in July 2013, the business has gone from strength to strength and they credit their PAs for helping make this happen. Employing people from within the region, the Burscough based business recruits people who have a passion for customer service and who love talking on the phone. This comes across in the manner in which they answer the calls, backed up by testimonials received from customers.