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How to Get Your First 10 Clients - A Guide For Start-Ups

How to Get Your First 10 Clients - A Guide For Start-Ups

Setting up your own business can be challenging and scary, but that is not the most worrying or difficult part – when it comes to actually getting your first client, that is when things can be a bit tricky. It is easy for many new entrepreneurs to think that if they have a good business idea, product, or service, then all potential customers would somehow, magically pop up out of thin air, but you should know that there is so much more to it than that! It is important to make sure that you have everything set-up and laid out for your business first, from having your business plan and setting up your location to doing your market research.
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Top 5 Things Every Small Business Should Automate

Top 5 Things Every Small Business Should Automate

Daily tasks and hitting deadlines on time can be a struggle for many small businesses and sometimes your list of 101 things can be intimidating, but thankfully for us and small business owners, we are living in the 21st century, the generation of the digital age and should take advantage of all technological options available to us. 

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Top 5 Locations to Start Up a Business

Top 5 Locations to Start Up a Business

Top 5 Locations to Start Up a Business
 
When opening a business, everyone knows that location is key. You could have a unique product or service, but it could mean nothing if the location is incorrect. When thinking of opening a business, you need to see where the demand is high for the product or service you are offering.
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Boost your Telemarketing Skills!

Boost your Telemarketing Skills!

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Telemarketing is never easy, especially if you are new to the business or are nervous when on the phone to potential customers and clients. Smarty’s marketing team have come up with a simple script idea for you to download for free. We created this downloadable PDF in honour of World Entrepreneurs Day which is on 21st August. We want to help small and start-up businesses grow their business the correct way.
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18 Powerful Email Templates to Grow Your Business

18 Powerful Email Templates to Grow Your Business

Not sure where to start when doing Email Marketing, or simply new to the business world and do not know where to start, then you have come to the right place. Email Marketing is a hard one to get started on and our marketing team at Smarty have gathered a few ideas and templates for you to download for free. 
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Creating the Smarty Movie Story

Creating the Smarty Movie Story

Our team is passionate in helping businesses grow, that’s why we came up with a short Lego stories to inspire non-techy entrepreneurs on how to adapt technology in the day to day life. Join us in this exciting mini-movie series to explore all things Smarty as presented by our Lego actors… Every week we will bring you new dilemmas Tim is facing in running a small business, we hope you will enjoy it!

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Free 2018 Tax Calendar: Effective Deadline Management for Accountancy Firms

Free 2018 Tax Calendar: Effective Deadline Management for Accountancy Firms

It is impossible to ignore the fact that deadlines define life in an accountancy firm, the next big obstacle is always just around the corner. These deadlines are made all the more daunting because there are usually penalties involved in failing to meet them. We have created a handy printable calendar in an Excel format that includes all the most important tax & accounting deadlines for 2018, as well as highlighting the key filing deadlines in the year. 

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Get Paid Faster and Speed up your Invoicing

Get Paid Faster and Speed up your Invoicing

Invoicing is an essential part of any business, whether you are a sole trader or a small enterprise looking to grow and keep your cash flow consistent. So how can you go about making sure that invoices are paid faster, rather than having to chase clients yourself and face financial uncertainty as a result?
 

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Living The Dream While Running A Business: How To Go On Holiday And Manage Your Business

Living The Dream While Running A Business: How To Go On Holiday And Manage Your Business

For all the work that you do as an entrepreneur, you deserve a break. A chance to go on holiday and not worry about your business. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not, at least not with automation software. Business automation software can take over some of the more tedious daily tasks you face, thereby giving you more time in the day. Of course you can use this new found time to do whatever you want, but why not treat yourself to a nice holiday?

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Chelsea FC Foundation hosts ‘Edge Of The Box’ event to support London’s’ start-ups scene

Chelsea FC Foundation hosts ‘Edge Of The Box’ event to support London’s’ start-ups scene

Chelsea FC Foundation hosts ‘Edge Of The Box’ event to support London’s’ start-ups scene

Smarty is always looking for ways to support start-ups, and on July 3rd, in collaboration with Chelsea FC, we got the chance to do just that. The Edge of the Box Club is organised by the Chelsea Foundation and is an extension of the Foundation’s entrepreneur programme. It provides an accessible community for early stage start-up owners to network, gather feedback on the ideas, and learn more about how to build great businesses.

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The Future of Business Is In The Cloud And Is GDPR Compliant

The Future of Business Is In The Cloud And Is GDPR Compliant

Cloud computing has levelled the playing field for small businesses, start-ups and self-employed people. Whereas only larger organisations with significant resources at their disposal could access the latest software tools in the past, the scalability of the cloud makes cutting edge solutions available across the board.

Cloud adoption has increased steadily, but there are still plenty of firms that have yet to embrace it. If you are on the brink of taking the plunge but need a nudge in the right direction, here is a look at the ways in which modern cloud-powered platforms are putting up and coming businesses in the driving seat.

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Making Tax Digital – What Does It Mean For Small Businesses?

Making Tax Digital – What Does It Mean For Small Businesses?

Taxation is a tricky process, to put it mildly. So it’s not surprising that HMRC is in the process of digitising a lot of the systems involved in managing it.

The Make Take Digital (MTD) campaign has wide ranging implications for businesses of all sizes. And for smaller organisations, the impact it has could be especially significant.

If MTD has left you scratching your head, here are a few things you need to know to prepare your small business for the changes ahead.

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Accountancy For Contractors – How To Get Organised And Get Paid On Time…

Accountancy For Contractors – How To Get Organised And Get Paid On Time…

When it comes to balancing the books, sole traders and small businesses face an uphill struggle. There are enough obstacles to overcome in your daily job already, let alone then having to deal with all the extra admin that comes with being a contractor.

As well as providing quotes, issuing invoices to customers and keeping track of payments, you’ll need to record expenses and prepare your tax statements. It can all get a bit overwhelming if you don’t take action and let the paperwork pile up.

Thankfully with a little bit of motivation and the right tools, you can get organised, get paid on time and get your professional life on track. So whether you’re a van driver, an electrician or a contractor of any other kind, here are a few useful pieces of advice to follow.

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Why go paperless in your office?

Why go paperless in your office?

Recent studies have shown that companies spend approximately 10% of their income on producing, managing and distributing documents and it is estimated that 25% of documents in paper form are poorly identified, misclassified or lost, reducing the control and traceability of business’s vital information.

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Smarty Software Video Pitch

We are looking for investors! Watch our pitch and find out more about Smarty Software. Join the pledge now at https://www.smartysoftware.net/invest

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