Small Business Management

There are thousands of entrepreneurial small businesses which open everyday, but how many people have the actual know-how for making money and succeeding in their business? You are the one who is responsible for making a business plan, development of the business and the business accounts. 

This section will provide you with the foundations of business management so that you will receive the satisfaction in watching your own business grow. If you are thinking of starting or have just started your own business then these articles are a must for you.

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What is this 'culture' thing anyway? And what does it mean for small businesses? ybkbs small b business news and features
   

What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

Lockdown Extended. What Now for Small Businesses, the Self Employed and Hospitality? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owner
   

Lockdown is Extended. What Now?

Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

Calls For The Right To Disconnect - A message to the self employed? - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
   

Calls For The Right To Disconnect – A Message To The Self Employed?

Employees are finally getting what many self employed business owners have almost taken for granted – working from home. But there is a growing realisation for the employees and employers that will not only be familiar to the self employed small business owners, but what potentially happens next could effect them for years to come.

When is it he right time to quit? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owners
  

When Is It Time to Quit?

“Don’t quit” is popular advice for anyone who is trying to start or grow a business (or, frankly, achieve any other goal.) And I think it’s good advice… up to a point. Giving up too quickly or not persevering through difficulties is pretty much a guarantee of failure. Setbacks are a part of life, and certainly a part of business.  But when is there a right time to quit?

How to Support Your Team as We Come Out of CoVid - ybkbs small business news platform for the smart business owner
  

How to Support Your Team as We Emerge from the Pandemic

None of us have lived through anything like this before (and hopefully we never will again!) 

What does this mean for your business? It means that you need to make a conscious effort to support your staff as the pandemic ends and beyond. Many of them will have struggled over the last year, including in ways that you can’t see and won’t necessarily know about. 

Here are a few of our top tips to help you do right by your people. 

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E-commerce: Simple Steps to Embrace It In Small Business

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.

  

COVID’s Lasting Small Business Changes (and Why They Can Be Good News)

COVID has brought big changes to the world of small business. Learn why we don’t think they’re all (necessarily) bad news.

Half of Staff Like The Work /Life Balance - Double Trouble for Small Businesses YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
  

Half of Staff Like The Work/Life Balance – Double Trouble for Small Businesses

Do you run a small business that employs staff currently working from home?
How are they doing?
Do you know what they’re doing when they’re meant to be working for you?
Is this the way you see the future of your business?

Well according to one survey, nearly half of employees think they’d rather quit their job than work in the ‘office’ again.

The rise in people selling meals from home is now becoming a concern for Food Safety Experts in the UK YBKBS Small Business Magazine
  

The Rise of The Small Business Food ‘Preneur That Might Make You Sick

There has been a “concerning” rise in food based small businesses operating out of people’s homes during lockdown, according to the food safety watchdog.

Business organisations representing 27 different professions and traders including booksellers, butchers, cinema operators and cycle traders have written to the Housing Secretary urging him to reconsider the proposed high street housing policy. YBKBS Small Business Magazine
  

A High Street Collision – Are Some Businesses Just Too Late and Stuck in Their Ways?

Business organisations representing 27 different professions and traders including booksellers, butchers, cinema operators and cycle traders have written to the Housing Secretary urging him to reconsider a housing policy to fill up the high streets.

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Small Business Growth

Small Business to Create 1.2 Million UK Jobs in 2021/2022 YBKBS Small Business News fro Smart Business Owners
  

Small Business to Create Over 1.2m UK Jobs

With optimism coming from the vaccine rollout programme, UK SMEs expect to be hiring 1.2m staff over the next year.

Renewed optimism is the driving force behind these hiring plans, with an added desire for SMEs to grow their workforce diversity and prioritise employee wellbeing.

From Bond Street to High Street TO YOUR STREET, HOW COVID CHANGED FASHION FOR EWVERYONE
  

From Bond Street to High Street to Your Street, How CoVid Changed Fashion for Everyone

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.

ecommerce simple steps to embrace it for small businesses and the self employed your best kept business secret small business news for smart self employed business owners
   

E-commerce: Simple Steps to Embrace It In Small Business

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.

Small Businesses can lead the charge on plastic waste and sustainable businesses - Small Business News for Smart Business Owners - YBKBS
  

Small Businesses Can Lead The Charge on Dealing With Plastic Waste

New data has revealed that almost three-quarters of UK consumers (71%) think brands, retailers and small businesses are NOT doing enough to make their beauty and personal care* purchases more sustainable. They also identified plastic waste as the main culprit – around half (46%) see it as the biggest sustainability challenge facing the industry.

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Marketing

An article on How to Self Promote Your Small Business But Not Be a T*** About It - YBKBS UK Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
 

How to Self Promote Your Small Business But Not Be a T*** About It

We all have to sell ourselves at some point – whether it be as a corporate warrior, a small business owner, a ‘disruptor’ or as an individual. But how do we gain a following and self promote WITHOUT looking like a T***?

 

How To Get Free Customers and Clients

Let’s look at one of the cheapest ways to boost your business status and marketing with networking.

How you can use video marketing in your small business
 

Cool Ways to Use Video Marketing Content

Video marketing is incredibly popular, and still growing. There’s one simple reason for this: because it works!

have you got a loyalty scheme for your customers? Here's how it should be put together
 

How to Create a Customer Loyalty Scheme That Works

It can cost up to five times as much to attract a new customer as opposed to retaining an existing one! With numbers like that, it makes sense to focus on customer satisfaction and retention at least as much as you focus on bringing in new leads for your business. 

how to get your content seen by people not in your tribe
 

Guest Posting: Is It Worth It? (And How to Get Started)

Guest posting – writing content for other websites which include a link back to yours – is well known as a strategy for boosting your business profile. But is it still worth it? And if so, how do you even do it?