Cutting Costs as a Small Business

When you have a small business every penny counts. There are many decisions you can make to help reduce your business costs, which will help you in the long run. However, cutting costs doesn’t always have to mean spending a lot of time or effort.

Remove Software Costs

Whilst programmes like Microsoft Office are nice to have, does your business really need them? When you sign up for a Google email or account, you get free access to online programmes such as Google Docs, Slides and Sheets. If this doesn’t quite fit your needs, then there are a large number of free-software options available that can help streamline your companies processes and help organise finances and campaigns.

Seek Vendor Discounts

If you regularly get your materials, products or equipment from the same vendor, ask if you qualify for a bulk order discount. You might be pleasantly surprised at just how much money you can save when you ask the right questions.

Hire Interns

Hiring interns means that you’re not only providing the younger generation with work experience, but it’s also great for your companies reputation and you fill some work gaps. If your employees are spending hours of the …

Why You Need Professional Indemnity Insurance For Your Business

Once you’ve worked hard to set up your business, it would be silly not to protect it. Although it has many benefits, the main reason for investing in professional indemnity insurance is to provide a safety net in case of mistakes, covering legal costs or just generally as a backup. There are a few deeper details that you should understand, which could make a big difference if an unhappy client is trying to claim against you. Find out a bit more about it below!

Who Needs Professional Indemnity Insurance ?

Within many lines of business you are obliged to have insurance, and even if it isn’t a necessity, it is probably a good idea. This will be good for both your own security and also to reassure potential clients that you have all the correct paperwork in place. It is particularly important for business that are providing a professional service, handling data, giving out professional advice or wanting to protect their intellectual property to take out PI insurance. This is because it can pay for claims made against you for financial loss suffered by a client. The insurance company will generally pay out compensation when a client is accused of …

Demanding a Non-Toxic Work Environment

With all the revelations about sexual harassment in the workplace pouring out at the moment, many women are looking back on experiences from their past and asking important questions about if they have been treated fairly. Worryingly, a lot of women report on the normalisation of inappropropriate behaviour in their workplace. If you are constantly told to turn a blind eye to the things going on around you, it can start to feel like an irritating yet harmless aspect of your work life.

It shouldn’t be this way.

When we allow sexual harassment and discrimination to become the norm, we open the door to unequal pay, destruction of the meritocracy and more sinister things like maternity discrimination. In the UK, maternity rights are heavily protected, but this doesn’t stop employers trying to work around the rules with creative interpretations. If you work in an environment where the women are always reminded of their gender and kept on the back foot when it comes to asking for more, you are going to struggle to get ahead.

So, what’s a woman to do?

From the moment you start your career, it’s important to demand nothing less than a non-toxic work environment. …