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I'm also not clear on the message behind turning staff into inanimate objects. That seems a little bit weird and as a feminist, possibly slightly wrong though there is no implicit or explicit gender stereotyping that I could tell from the video. I'm pretty sensitive to that and I don't get it but perhaps some of you will.
Perhaps it would be beneficial for Britain to pick up some tips from Germany as medium-size companies drive their economy. Today one-third of the country's sales, jobs and GDP come from businesses of this size, many of which are family-owned and focus on exports.
You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. Anything to the contrary is nonsense. There'll always be those who point to age as a reason not to try something new, but this is terrible advice. When the entrepreneurial bug bites, age should be no barrier.
While you don't necessarily need to justify your decisions to most people in this world--save mustachioed bill collectors and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat--there is one person you should always justify your decisions to: Your client.
It's about the RIGHT marketing to the RIGHT people. It's about understanding why your ideal customers need you and how you can give them incredible value. Once you get that right, THEN you can start to invest in making your marketing bigger and better but ONLY once you've got your marketing message and targeting spot on, otherwise you're throwing good money after bad.
Although the UK's economy is showing signs of recovery, growing by 1.1 per cent during the first six months of this year, 18 high street shops closed their doors every day during this period according to research from PwC. With many people shopping away from the high street, a new initiative is launching in December to encourage people to shop locally at independent stores.
After struggling with an unbalanced lifestyle in highly powered positions in the corporate world, it took courage to step back and dream about what I truly want. The picture of where I wanted to be - the "5 Year Plan" if you will, was completely tainted by other people's opinions and personal beliefs.
When you run your own company you know and very much appreciate how difficult and tiring it is for others in the same position. Every lead matters. Every sale is valued. Every contact is treasured. I make a point of supporting fellow entrepreneurs.
Just as the sun seems to have finally arrived in 2013, the mood of SMEs has visibly lifted in recent months.
When a client sub-contracts a research project they have to make decisions about who they want to work with and who they think will get the job done. Imagine you could choose a university, or an agency with hundreds of staff, or a boutique firm with ten staff. These are my competitors. And then there's me, a sole trader.