Small Business News
Starting up a business from home is attractive to new entrepreneurs, offering cost savings, flexibility and convenience. For those who have a disability to contend with the familiarity of a home office gives them the confidence to overcome the challenges that having a disability might pose for them in the workplace. This article on the Guardian SmallBiz network about successful entrepreneurs offers some inspiring examples as well as guidance about where to find support for starting a business if you have a disability.
One problem mentioned in the article above, that of isolation when working from home isn’t only confined to those with disabilities. Judy Heminsley the founder of the How to work from home blog has penned some tips for homeworkers on how to avoid loneliness.
Entrepreneur James Caan has some useful advice for businesses on a budget about how they can have a good online presence without breaking the bank while Tech City News’ StartUp Surgery suggests ways that a company whose product isn’t very ‘sexy’ can still attract the attention of journalists.
If your business is growing rapidly you may be thinking about hiring staff. Rocket Lawyer UK’s Quick Guides have a handy checklist of legal stuff you need to remember when you take on a new person for your business and we offer most of the contracts, letters and notices that you will need as an employer on our business pages.
A timely reminder from ACAS this week that National Minimum Wage rates rise on October 1st and that there are no exemptions based on the size of the business. To check the key points of the changes head over to the ACAS page on the National Minimum Wage.
Harvey Harding of PM Law had some good news about property this week on the Rocket Lawyer UK blog, reporting that gross mortgage was up 28 per cent in August compared to the same month last year.
At the Labour Party conference this week, Hilary Benn unveiled plans to for the mandatory licensing of all letting agents and a national register of all landlords in England. However, both the both the Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlords Association have expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the proposal.
Tech and Social Media News
Although independent bookshops are finding it increasingly difficult to survive in the face of online competition and supermarkets selling books, some are fighting back using a variety of solutions including print-on-demand machines and embracing technology by selling e-books and readers.
In an interview Bill Gates has described the decision to use Ctrl+Alt+Del as the command needed to log on to a PC as a mistake. However, not everyone agrees with him and there are still some defenders of the “sword play in executing the two-handed finger strike of Ctrl-Alt-Del”
Artist Jon Rafman finds interesting Google Street View photos and posts them to his site 9-Eyes. It is a seriously addictive site with some truly beautiful as well as astonishing photos from all over the world. Take a look
Prior to joining Rocket Lawyer in 2012, Mark led the legal business development team for LexisNexis UK. There, he managed a cross-functional team, and was responsible for the full lifecycle of product innovation—from proposition development and business case, through the launch and early sales traction. During his time at LexisNexis UK he built two new successful product lines. Previously, Mark was a user experience consultant, working in various industries including telecommunications and health.
Mark has a Computing degree, a masters in User Experience, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
Latest posts by Mark Edwards (see all)
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