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7 Steps to an Organised Desk


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Having a clean desk can make you feel motivated, energised and focused yet the majority of people can only dream of such a luxury. The reality is often piles of paper, post in notes stuck in random places, maybe a half-eaten sandwich and a cold cup of tea. We spend, on average, nearly six hours a day sat at our desks yet most of us rarely find the time to declutter.


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Giving your Best Presentation to a Hostile Audience


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There are few things more initially terrifying than presenting to an audience who want you to fail. It takes the regular fear of messing up a presentation and multiplies it by the venom in the room. But take a step back, do some planning, and it can actually be one of the easiest forms of presentation you’ll encounter. How can that be true? Well it all depends on three realisations.


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How to Buy the Right Business Envelopes


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Did you know envelopes are over five thousand years old? The first examples were very different to those we know today, being hollow spheres of clay that were molded around financial tokens. The original paper envelopes were developed, again to hold money, in China over twenty-one centuries ago. Moving forward to the mid-1800s, all envelopes were still hand-made. Then, in 1845 a patent was granted for an envelope-making machine.


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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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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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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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How to Shop Safely Online


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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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How to Create a Productive Office


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Many things can help boost the productivity of your staff members, but one of the most effective is often overlooked. In most cases, the output of workers is improved by them being offered bonuses and other incentives. However, merely giving them a nicer working environment can do wonders for efficiency and it does not necessarily mean spending large sums on refits and fancy equipment.


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How to Motivate Your Staff


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Staff motivation can make or break productivity, so it’s in the interests of all business owners to make sure that their staff remains motivated to work to the best of their ability.


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How to Organise your Office and Improve Productivity


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Are you one of those people who muddles through the day, piles of paperwork teetering precariously over your laptop, loose pens all over the place, books discarded everywhere but on the book shelf? Maybe there are some bills in there, a discarded coffee mug, letters from school, bank statements, photos, last year's diary... the list goes on...


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How to Maintain your Stationery Supply


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While many offices use online communication to transmit messages, ideas and even presentations, paper is still often used. This makes it necessary to maintain your office’s stationery supply from month to month.


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How to Give a Great Presentation


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What makes a great business person? You’ve got to be able to balance the books, maintain a current working knowledge of your industry and any important trends, and remain flexible in today’s changing economic world.


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How to Record a Mobile Phone Call


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At the time of writing this article is it not possible to record a mobile phone conversation on the iPhone, Blackberry or Android handsets without paying a per minute charge. As a one of or for irregular use this is fine but if you want to record phone conversations on your mobile on a regular basis the costs can quickly add up.


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