partner relationships

  • Six tips to tone up your relationship after working hours

    Nurturing a relationship is never easy. The difficulty gets magnified in today’s society as we are subjected to endless outside pressures and commitments. Mandy Napier has some helpful tips to help you turn the focus towards the persons outside your business that matter to you.

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  • Making the most of your HR outsourcing

    Outsourcing, whatever it is you have decided to outsource for, it’s always challenging. It requires you to trust someone else with a task you’d probably rather do yourself but might not have the time or expertise to do. When it involves staff selection, you need to make sure you get it right and make the most out of your outsourcer. Jessica Sanders offers a few suggestions.

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  • How to use emotional intelligence to facilitate workplace conversations

    Establishing cordial, lasting workplace relationships is always challenging. Connecting with your employees or with your colleagues requires a set of skills that are part of what is now known as Emotional Intelligence. Sara Fletcher explores ways to develop emotionally intelligent relationships in your daily business routine.

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  • How to choose the right payroll processing provider

    The larger your business grows, the harder it will be for you to have your hand on every single aspect. Outsourcing will eventually become a smart option that will save you time and money in the long term. Jessica Sanders explains what you need to consider when choosing the right payroll processing provider.

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  • Check list for a successful café meeting

    One of the many advantages of living in such a technologically mobile society is the fact that you can move your business with you wherever you need to. So, if cafés are common meeting places for you, Vivian Luo's checklist will help you run an effective and succesful meeting.

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  • Intercultural business relationships - Part 2: Becoming “interculturally” competent

    Part two of our intercultural communication series offers some suggestions to help you become “interculturally competent” and avoid unnecessary and often costly misunderstandings with your business relationships.

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  • The second profit driver: Increasing conversion to sales

    The second of Dr Chapman’s Five Profit Drivers, increasing conversions to sales, offers the tools you need to close the deal with the lead resulted from the first profit driver.

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  • Meet the press - making local media work for you

    As a small business owner, it is important to establish and nourish sound and durable relationships with your local media. Aoife Allen shows you how to.

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  • Digital body language: What is it?

    With more consumers purchasing online it’s next to impossible for sellers to read their body language. Today online sellers need to look at consumers’ digital body language to encourage sales. Discover how interpreting digital body language can work for your business.

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  • Effective affiliate marketing programs

    If you are exploring alternative ways to promote your small business, you might want to consider affiliate marketing. This process will allow you to exchange products and services with other businesses for a commission on the sale. Kathryn Hawkins discusses the advantages of this concept.

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  • Working with your partner

    Are you in business with your partner? It isn’t always easy to work with someone you’re in a relationship with, different issues can arise. Learn how to successfully manage this situation.

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  • How to tell if your employees are conflict competent

    Do you know how well your employees deal with conflict? Arguments amongst your employees can disrupt your business activity. Check these signs to assess your staff’s conflict resolution skills.

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  • How to find your mentor

    Having trouble finding a mentor to help you with your small business? Fraser Doherty offers advice on how you can find your mentor.

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  • Creating a family-friendly workplace

    If you own a business you probably have employees who have children. To help retain your employees and create a workplace that is family-friendly, Kathryn Hawkins offers tips on what you can offer them.

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  • Top five tips for franchisees

    If you have completed all the necessary research to go into the franchise business, this article by Tod Whipple might help you make the final decision.

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  • Choosing the right supplier

    Reliable suppliers are key to successfully meet customers’ needs and to ensure the professional products and services small businesses require are easily available. This article offers some useful tips to help you find the right supplier.

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  • How to get investor funding for your small business

    An alternative to bank loans as a source of small business capital is inviting an investor to take part ownership of your small business. How do you attract an investor that’s right for you and your business?

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  • Seven tips to help you prepare for a negotiation

    Are you negotiating your way out of a dispute? Or are you finalising the terms of an agreement with a new supplier? Preparation is key in all cases. The following tips will help you walk into the negotiating room prepared for any eventuality.

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  • Intercultural business relationships - Part 3: Resources for small business owners

    Success in the global marketplace begins with a good understanding of international protocols, practices, and cultural cues. Discover some useful resources to help you increase your intercultural business acumen.

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