July - 2014

How to Shop Safely Online


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SSL Certificates

SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is all about encryption. SSL encrypts data, like credit cards numbers and personal log-in details which prevents cyber criminals from stealing your information. Identify security clues such as a lock image at the side or bottom of your browser or a URL that begins with https://.


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Just How Important is Computer Cleaning?


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According to reports published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) the average number of sick days taken by workers in the UK is 7.4 per year. The CIPD also reported that the average cost per year of an absent employee stands at £692.


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Computer Workstations and Desks for an Attractive Office


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If you’re looking to kit out a new office, you’ll want to consider the aesthetic appeal of your furniture as well as its functionality. Office Allsorts has a range of eye-catching computer workstations and desks to make the room look great and contribute to maximum production.


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Creating a Great Meeting Space


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If you’re looking to create a meeting space Office Allsorts has everything from furniture to equipment to help you design a functional area that fulfils all of your requirements. Whether you need a small conference room, professional presentation room or just a casual area for employees to meet, you’ll find everything you need on our website.


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Do you Need Corporate Coaching?


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Every businessperson wants to succeed, but in the executive world it can be difficult to know how to achieve what we really want. Sometimes despite all of our best efforts we just need a bit of outside assistance.


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How About a Round of Applause for Flipchart Easels?


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There is no doubt that communication tools have moved to a whole new level. It’s easy to produce your messages on a computer and project them onto a screen or series of tablets. You can add colour, sound, motion, vibrant images – and bells and whistles, if that’s what’s appropriate...


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How to Improve your Work Performance


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At Office Allsorts, our goal is to provide you with all the tools necessary for success. We also offer you a low price guarantee. But even with the right office supplies and a comfortable environment, it can be hard to achieve your maximum potential. Everyone has moments of stagnation, where it seems like the work just can’t get done. Read on for a few tips to improving your performance at work.


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Should you add your Employees on Facebook?


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Among the many new considerations that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have brought to the table, there is the question of becoming friends with your employees. This delves into the realms of both workplace etiquette and appropriate work relationships.


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Top Quality Business Cards: Print your Own


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Every business person needs a great business card. But the process of designing one and sending it to a specialist printer for production can be costly and time consuming. Thankfully there’s a way to do this yourself, and it’s much easier than you may think.


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Keep Cool in the Office


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Global warming aside, we in the UK still live in a temperate climate but that doesn’t mean to say that during our summers, the office can be a very uncomfortable place to be. In the UK, we’re not geared up for hot, humid temperatures and have in the past, not built our office blocks to cater for this. Heat is harder to deal with than cold. We have fewer options to stay cool than we do to stay warm. Heat exhaustion, and it’s more serious cousin heat stroke, are not to be toyed with.


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The Sharpest Presentation Tools in the Shed


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Are you wondering how to deliver a presentation? Of course the messages and content within a presentation is core to what you are trying to achieve, but it all comes down to delivery. To pull off a presentation that has your audience stepping over each other to purchase what you are selling, you’ll need to kit yourself out with some of today’s best presentation tools and equipment as well as implement some helpful presentation tips.


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Why Rexel Mercury Shredders


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The Mercury range of Rexel Shredders all offer a unique jam-free technology which is designed to make your shredding stress free. All Mercury Shredders come fitted with continuous sensing technology which alert the user to remove excess paper by the use of a red light which comes on so you never need waste time sorting out a frustrating paper jam. Once the offending paper has been removed the light turns green and shredding will begin again automatically. The technology also works when the user tries to overlap sheets.


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A Guide to Mail Room Sorters


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Despite emails, electronic invoicing, file sharing applications, ‘smart’ phones and the rest of the electronic communication methods available to make communication faster, more secure and paper free, there’s still an awful lot of good old-fashioned paper communications (letters to you and me), still being sent. Mail Room Sorters are still widely used in many offices and will continue to be in the future.


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The Importance of Data Backup


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Computers are amazing. They allow us to shop without having to leave the house, work more effectively and intelligently, keep in touch with friends, network with business contacts, store information, catalogue photos...........the list is almost endless.


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All in One Printers


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Over recent years manufactures have done a great job of developing the All-in-One printer or Multifunction Printer technology, giving increased flexibility to users, saving money and making the home or office a more organised and efficient place.


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A Guide to Plastic Storage Boxes


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We all have storage requirements whether they are at home, maybe your loft needs tidying or you need to make space in your wardrobe for new cloths but can’t bear to part with the old ones.
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Choosing a Fan for the Office


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Summer is here and the office is starting to warm up, now is the time to consider buying a fan for home or the office to help keep you cool. Fans come in many types and sizes, from ceiling fans, wall mounted fans, small lightweight, tower fans or pedestal/stand fans.


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Smart Questions for Interviews


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When attempting to hire quality people, there are so many points to take into consideration. From posting the job announcement to finally calling candidates in for an interview, the entire process can be tiring. But don’t lose steam and settle for the first person who seems remotely qualified! You’ll want to make sure you ask the right questions to hire someone who will perform well and fit in to your company culture.


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The Best Binding Machines


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Binding machines are used to bind loose sheets of paper together to form a bound document, like a book. They can be useful in a number of business situations – from putting together the office health and safety instructions to preparing a pitch for client.


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Ring Binders for Everyday Use


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Certain things never seem to go out of style. From classic apparel like blue jeans and old recipes that still taste lovely each and every time, there are some things in life that need no updating or improvements to keep them useful.


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A Guide to Business Plans


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Writing a really great business plan can seem like a daunting prospect, particularly when you’re in the early stages of setting up your business. However, get your business plan right and it will act as a fantastic business blue print and motivational tool, and could even be a critical factor in securing investment.


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Keeping Energy Levels up at Work


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Days at work can be long and tiresome. It’s important to keep your energy levels up in order to manage each and every task. Not only can staying healthy and refreshed make you feel better physically and stay sane mentally, it can help ensure you don’t make any critical mistakes.


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Why Space is Important in an Office


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Many offices charge by the square footage, so it can be tempting to cut costs and go for the smallest space that you can get away with. However, before you sign a lease contract on a shoebox, consider the following reasons why space is important in an office:


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Time to Expand Your Business?


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When you’ve built your business up so that you are running at full capacity then it may be time to expand your business. For example, if you find yourself with a full order book, no hours left in the day and perhaps even having to turn work away. But how?


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How to Start a Company


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Setting up in business is more or less complicated, depending on which business structure you choose. Starting up as a sole trader is relatively straight forward in terms of legalities and red tape, you’re required to register as self-employed with HMRC and submit a self-assessment tax return and that, aside from ensuring that you have the relevant insurances in place, is the extent of it. You’re then good to get those business cards printed up and go!


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Office Cleaning Supplies to Save you Money


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The subject of cleaning your office often comes as an afterthought. Desks, chairs and office carpeting don’t seem to get that dirty. Especially for those of us with small children or pets at home, the work place may actually seem quite sanitary in comparison.


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How To Start A Business: A Simple Guide


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Many people dream of starting their own business, but the reality can seem quite overwhelming. It’s important to start as you mean to go on when setting up a business, as a business with strong foundations will have the strongest chances of success.


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Cost Cutting Ways to Rent Office Space


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There are many reasons why you might be looking for suitable office space to rent. Perhaps you’re just setting up your business and are at the early stages of finding the perfect premises, or perhaps you have been working for a while from home but have outgrown the available space and are looking for a different solution.


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Business Stationery at the Lowest Prices


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At Office Allsorts we appreciate that when you’re running a business the little expenses can quickly add up. While a good selection of business Stationery is essential for the day to day running of any company, it’s also important to get the most for your money.


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Put your Flipchart to Work: Employee Training


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As a business owner, you want the best for your company. Success comes from discovering new opportunities, making new and important alliances within your industry, reaching new goals and ultimately winning new clients who will pay for your products and services.


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Busy Desk = Busy Mind


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It was a long held belief that a tidy desk meant a tidy mind and that desks buried under mounds of paper and files impacted on office efficiency. Recent research from from the University of Groningen however indicates the opposite, stating that being messy is a natural human behaviour and trying to enforce tidiness is a waste of time and money. Being tidy and organised is not everyone’s liking and forcing someone to be something they’re not can impact on their productivity and potentially cause stress.


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Lever Arch Files - A Buyers Guide


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Lever Arch files are a found in offices throughout the UK as they are able to safely store large amounts of paper thanks to their large metal prongs. A typical A4 lever arch files can hold approximately 300 sheets of paper, compare this to a standard A4 ring binder that holds around 100 sheets and you start to see why lever arch files are so popular.


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Keeping It Simple: Business Loans


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Most businesses will need additional funding from time to time, whether it’s money needed to cover start up costs, cash to see the business through tough times or funds needed to expand.


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A Few Tips to Remodelling your Office


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Are you ready for a change? A pleasant office environment can be beneficial to your mood and attitude. It can also help inspire your employees to do their very best. Just seeing that you are interested in creating a lovely area for the work to get done will show them that you’re moving forward and seeking continuous improvement.


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Buying your Stationery Supplies Online


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Having your own business is a challenge. From balancing the books to bringing in new business, entrepreneurs have a wealth of tasks to complete on any given day. Your time is best spent on items that fall within your expertise, and allow you to follow your passion and make your work profitable.


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Preparing for a Presentation at your Office


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If you’re holding a presentation at the office, it’s important to prepare in advance in order to avoid any equipment failure or awkward moments. When you’ve invited important people to your place of business or hope to close a significant deal, you’ll want to be sure you have everything perfectly planned.


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Time to File


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Proper filing and document storage is more than just buying some files and writing clearly on the tabs. There is a huge range of filing products available to make the archiving of your documents a simple and efficient process and best of all in the current financial climate it’s an area of business improvement that you can implement without having to invest heavily.


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Cross Cut Rexel Shredders vs Strip Cut Rexel Shredders


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Shredder ownership is becoming more and more common these days both for businesses and home users as people realise the value in properly destroying sensitive documents. With the rise of identity theft shredders have become a front line weapon against your personal data slipping into the hands of the wrong people. Rexel shredders are a good range and can be low cost in price. Here we review the differences between the cross cut and the strip cut shredder.


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Where to Find a Business for Sale Online


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If you’d like to be your own boss but just haven’t had ‘the idea’ then buying an existing business can be an alternative worth consideration. Going down this route can take some of the risk factor out of being your own boss, as you should be able to see before you buy into the business whether it is, or could be made to be, a success.


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What Binding Machine to Buy


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Binding a document creates a professional looking document and is durable so it can be referenced many times without becoming ‘dog-eared’. Bound documents stand out from the normal piles of paper found in the office so can be easily identified and retrieved. Binding is ideal if you want to create monthly reports, user guides, training manuals and customer presentations.


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Going the Extra Mile: The Greenest Office


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We all know that incorporating a green philosophy into our business plan is best. It helps protect the environment, lowers our use of natural resources and perhaps best of all, saves us money. Here at Office Allsorts we enjoy offering advice on the best green products for your budget, but there are ways to go even greener, and they don’t involve any office supplies.


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Finding Reliable Envelopes and Office Paper Suppliers


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When it comes to keeping your office fully stocked with the basics it’s important to use suppliers that you can trust to be reliable. Imagine running out of something as simple as printer paper or envelopes, while waiting on an unreliable delivery? While you might think that that would be no major disaster as you’d simply nip to your local office superstore, consider then the inconvenience and extra expense of having to do that during a busy period or on a regular basis?


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How to Scale Your Business


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So you’ve had a great idea, set up your business and you’ve made it through that difficult first year – congratulations! The good news is that you’ve achieved success where many other businesses fail. The bad news is, however, that it only gets tougher from here on in.


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Six Simple Ways to Impress your Boss


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Did you know? Studies show that most people don’t struggle to get their work done, but they do strive for recognition and approval. If you’re looking to impress your boss, there are a few simple things you can do to make her take notice. Let her know that you are 100% dedicated to your job and the company’s success.


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Office Equipment Nottingham: Amazing Low Prices Online


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When looking for the best value office equipment, Nottingham based businesses know that they should forget the local office superstores and instead head to the Office Allsorts website. The good news for businesses nationwide is that Office Allsorts is an online retailer so every business owner can benefit from great prices and fantastic service.


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How To: International Business Transfers


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Many businesses trade internationally, either importing from suppliers or exporting to clients/customers. In that case it’s important to put in place a secure, good value method of making international business transfers, to enable transactions to run as smoothly as possible.


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Choosing The Right Office Chair


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What to look for when choosing an office chair? After-all, if you’re buying an office chair from an on-line store you can’t try them out for size and comfort first but there are some things which you need to consider so that you end up with a chair suitable for your needs.


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Top Tips to Ordering and Avoiding Waste of Office Supplies


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In most businesses, every penny counts. This is especially true for small to medium sized companies- every sheet of paper has a cost, so of course waste of even small items can add up on a daily basis. In order to avoid wasting any of your precious supplies, it’s best to keep a careful inventory of what you have, what you’ve used and what you’ll need. You can then make intelligent purchasing decisions to ensure you’re only ordering what you need.


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Waste Bins to Suit Every Office


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Waste bins are items that receive little thought in the planning of an office or new business. With things like payroll, rental expenses, desks, chairs and computer equipment to consider, the humble waste bin may come in last in terms of priority.


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Comb Binders Review


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Comb binders are used to bind documents and are one of the most popular binding styles used around the world due to its ease of use, relatively low cost and the fact that mistakes can be corrected without too much effort. It is a quick and effective means of creating books, presentations, manuals or training material and because of this it is used by businesses both large and small and all those in-between.


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A Guide to Business Structure


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When setting up in business, one of the first big decisions that you will need to make early on is which business structure will work best for you and your business model.


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Flipchart Easels by Nobo


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Many people believe flipchart easels and flipchart pads are pretty basic office items and most people would assume that there isn’t that much difference between one flipchart easel and the next. Now to some extent this is correct, after all, you only really want a board that stands up and that you can attach a flipchart pad too don’t you?


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Let your Personality Shine in Business


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In today’s business world, competition is king. If people need a certain thing and are willing to pay money for it, rest assured that a business will crop up to meet that need and of course receive their payment in return. And whilst competitors can easily imitate your products or services, what they will never be able to do is mimic your unique personality. Allow your personality to shine in business and you may just have an edge in your industry.


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5 Ways to Welcome New Members of your Team


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After a lengthy recruitment and interview process, you’ve hired a qualified person you feel will make an excellent addition to your team. Now all that remains is to set the start date for their first day on the job. But, it’s important to make people feel welcome and create a positive experience with your company from Day 1.


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10 Steps to Setting up Your Own Business


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Leaving the tedium of 9-5 work behind and starting your own business where you can be your own boss may seem like the perfect life. However, don’t be fooled, running your own company is hard work and it may be many years before you begin to reap the benefits, if at all. Here we bring you a comprehensive guide to setting up your own business. We discuss what to consider, the pitfalls and essential areas you must cover before you think about starting. It also aims to provide honest guidance and speak from our own experience in setting up and running our own online office supplies business.


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How to handle office politics


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Whether you’re still working your way up the career ladder or you’re already at the top of your chosen field, handling office politics diplomatically and effectively is an important part of life.


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Why every office should have a whiteboard


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The move to a fully paperless office is fast becoming a reality for many of us in the professional world. Going fully digital has never been more appealing - it lets us take our work wherever we go, reduce clutter, and do our bit for the environment. But, even in the modern age of computers, laptops, tablets and even touchscreen projectors, there’s a definite place for the whiteboard in every office.


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How to Set Up An Effective Filing System


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Spring is lone gone and summer has finally arrived, but if like many people around the world you skipped your spring cleaning, you could be finding that your filing system is in disarray. Well don't worry, we've put together a guide to setting up an effective filing system so you can keep your papers and documents in order this summer. No matter how large the mess or how disorganised you think you might be, follow these top tips and your files will be neat and tidy in no time.


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