Essentials.jpg      Starting and running a small business is a massive commitment.  Unlike big businesses that can hire legions of staff to perform all sorts of roles, small business owners end up doing most jobs.  This section provides insight into some key issues for every small owner to think about.

How to create a budget that will work for you 23 December, 2013
One part of the budget process that's often overlooked by small business owners is  forecasting a  budget for the year. Although forecasting a budget can be challenging, it's vital that you adequately prepare as best you can.
How to estimate startup costs for your business 09 December, 2013
Determining a starting point for your business can sometimes be the hardest part about getting your project underway.
Managing your family SME 28 November, 2013
When you run a family business not only do you have to manage the roles of people close to you, you also need to manage the relationships.
Five common SME financial problems 19 November, 2013
As an SME owner it is a distinct possibility that you will encounter financial problems when running your business.
Is it time to raise your prices? 12 November, 2013
As we approach the Christmas trading period, you may find yourself thinking about the easiest way to increase your revenue.
Tips for a healthy family succession 31 October, 2013
Building a successful family business and enjoying the rewards with people you love can be a great feeling for many SME owners. But one thing many successful family businesses fail to deliver is a successful succession plan that highlights who will take over responsibility when the owner is ready to step down.
How to keep your business running after losing a partner 17 October, 2013
Many SMEs start off as partnership as  it's a great way to share the workload and burden attached to operating a small business.
Recovering from a sales slump 01 October, 2013
Struggling in a sales slump is a serious issue many businesses face for a number of reasons. For some it could be due to increased competition, while others may struggle from regular seasonal slumps that can affect their turnover.
Selling your business - part two 20 September, 2013
Following our previous look at selling your business, here's a discussion on what to expect when employing the assistance of a business broker to sell your business.
Selling your business - part one 13 September, 2013
It can take a lot of work to get your business up and running and it is common to spend a huge amount of energy into fine tuning it before reaping the rewards. But eventually, for one reason or another, you may decide it's time to put your business on the market.

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