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    As a small business owner, you’ve probably heard of the phrase “Intellectual Property”, or IP as it’s commonly referred to. But studies show that despite knowing what Intellectual Property is, many small businesses assume that…

  • employee work life balance

    How work-life balance has changed & what employers need to do

    It is important for employees to have a work-life balance. Work-life balance is basically how much time employees spend working and how much they spend with family or doing things that they enjoy. At times…

  • using stories when negotiating

    How to use stories to become a better negotiator

    My new book, The Book of Real-World Negotiations: Successful Strategies from Government, Business and Daily Life not only focuses on real world negotiation examples, but a subplot that clearly comes through in the book is…

  • Guide to working from a garden office for start-ups

    Most new businesses are started from home. But with space at a premium and other pressures – such as COVID-19 – making households busier than ever, might buying a garden offer a solution for your…

  • legal position contract coronavirus

    What are the legal implications if you can’t fulfil a contract

    Where do you stand legally if you have outstanding contracts that you cannot fulfil through no fault of your own, or have contracts with others for the supply of goods or services which they cannot…

  • Managing staff sickness absence – guide for small businesses

    It is virtually impossible to eradicate staff sickness absence. However, for small businesses, the costly nature of absenteeism can be extremely disruptive to the day to day running of the business.