Tag Archive: Small Business Advice
September 18, 2012 9:21 am |
At 08Direct many of our customers are brand new businesses that people are setting up and operating from home. The reasons behind doing this could be due to you having a great business idea you want to run with or a change in circumstances due to the economic climate.
Either way, like all new and small businesses it’s vital to keep costs to an absolute minimum, which also maximising the potential of your business.
Connect a non-geo phone number or local area code
At 08Direct we do a whole range of non-geographic numbers which can give your company and instant national presence. We have numbers to suit all types of business and uses, and all our numbers come with a free call management package to take your businesses to a whole new level of customer service.
In addition, we can also provide you with local area codes from across the UK. If you want your company to appear as local to London or Manchester, and you’re based in Wales, we can set up numbers which will send calls to your house or mobile number.
Along with all our products, we offer the best rates around for local numbers. Each come with a free number, free setup, free call services and best of all, no minimum contract.
When working with 08Direct at no point will you be asked to enter into a contract, all our packages are rolling monthly, all we require is 30 days notice before cancellation.
For more information on our range of local numbers, or indeed all our products please don’t hesitate to speak to our account managers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 0844 504 4000.
October 14, 2011 12:20 pm |
Steve Jobs’ passing was rightly lamented in the world’s media, but I wonder how many people will note the passing of Dennis Ritchie? Far fewer, I’ll bet, but arguably he was many, many times more important to IT innovation than the Apple founder.
Ritchie’s software creations and their direct descendants run pretty much everything we use online today, including Jobs’ own devices like the iPhone.
When you visit a website and your PC asks you to run Java…that’s based on Dennis Ritchie’s C programming language, a shorthand of words, numbers and punctuation. Successors like C++ also build on the ideas, rules and grammar that Mr. Ritchie designed.
He also came up with the Unix operating system which has similarly had a rich and enduring impact. Unix and its free, open-source variant, Linux, underpins nearly everything online. It powers many of the world’s data centres, like those at Google and Amazon, so much so that 70% of all web servers use it. Its technology also serves as the foundation of operating systems like Apple’s Mac OS, iOS on your iPhone, Android on your smartphone, the base system in your wifi router at home …
So, you may not realise it but Dennis Ritchie’s inventions touch your life every single day and although he may not be as well-known as Mr Jobs, his IT legacy will live on for many generations to come.
Requiscat in Pace, dmr.
October 13, 2011 9:32 am |
The saga involving Carlos Tevez, the controversial Argentine footballer, drags on with today’s news that he’ll get a disciplinary hearing at Manchester City.
You don’t have to be a football fan to have heard about Tevez. He is one of Man City’s biggest stars and earns a ridiculous amount of money each week, but the press has been full of stories for months about how he isn’t happy and wants to go back to South America.
Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t go down well with either the fans or the club that is paying him so much money. When he then allegedly refused to play in a recent match (something he denies), this was the final straw and Man City launched an investigation. Tevez is now going to get a disciplinary hearing.
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October 12, 2011 8:41 am |
Blackberry is under pressure from all angles
BlackBerry users now find themselves facing a 3rd consecutive day of service disruption.
As a result, RIM, BlackBerry’s maker, whose recent financial results have disappointed investors (we blogged about it here ) is now under further pressure as it faces the prospect of losing subscribers who are disgruntled due to service quality.
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October 10, 2011 1:45 pm |
Unrealistic optimism is a human trait that influences our views on everything from personal relationships to politics and finance.
According to a recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience, optimism is not just a person’s chosen demeanour or outlook, there are scientific reasons behind your relative positivity towards life.
According to the study, the brain is very good at processing good news about the future but in some people, anything negative is practically ignored. These are the people who hold a positive world view – sometimes an unrealistically positive view even when you are being presented with evidence to the contrary.
So the question is, are good business leaders optimists? Or is a degree of pessimism healthy? Does optimism blind you to risks and dangers? Or does pessimism simply drag you under with low morale?
And do you agree with the study or do you believe that you can choose to have a positive or negative outlook?
Let us know what you think.
October 5, 2011 8:53 am |
So, there’s a new iPhone, but it’s not the one the world was expecting. In fact the iPhone 4S is really just a slightly enhanced version of the existing model. It has the same look and feel as the existing iPhone 4, which was launched 15 months ago, but boasts an improved camera, longer battery life and some new voice recognition capabilities.
There has been widespread disappointment following the launch with avid Apple fans feeling underwhelmed. Shares in Apple fell by almost 5% within minutes of the eagerly anticipated launch, with analysts saying that investors and Apple fans had expected the latest version to be a more radical.
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October 4, 2011 9:15 am |
I have to confess that I didn’t really want to write this blog, because I fear that I am now contributing to the self-fulfilling prophecy that says we are talking ourselves back into recession again…
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October 3, 2011 10:48 am |
With the party conference season in full swing, the news has been full of conflicting views about how to get the UK’s faltering economy back on track.
As a business owner you know the pain of the times we are living in, so you may be pleased to hear that one organisation has decided to tell the Government exactly what it should do to boost the UK’s business prospects.
The Institute of Directors’ Route Back to Growth report outlines 15 proposals which it says “could make the UK one of the most competitive advanced economies in the world by 2020-25″.
The proposals include a second round of quantitative easing (whereby the Bank of England injects new money into the financial system to try to boost banks’ lending, and in turn the wider economy) and also cutting the top rate of income tax from 50% to 40%.
“I think there is a despair around Britain as a whole, and around British business, about the way the economy is trending,” new IoD director general, Simon Walker told the BBC.
Driving growth was urgent, he said, and although the government was on the right track, it ought to be going “faster and further”.
The IoD’s other proposals are:
- Cutting corporation tax to 15% by 2020. It currently stands at 26% and the government plans to reduce this to 23% by 2014
- Improve labour market flexibility
- Ring-fence transport, energy and IT and telecoms spending
- Ensuring that energy policy “does not sacrifice UK competitiveness for green credentials”
- Expand free school provision with profit incentives
- End the £100,000 personal allowance taxation “anomaly”
- Intensify competition policy, both domestically and within the European Union
- Carry out radical civil service reforms to promote deregulation
- Reduce political influence over infrastructure planning
- Greater decentralisation of public sector pay
- No watering down of public sector pension reforms
- Reduce public spending to 35% of GDP by 2020
- Repatriate key employer power rules from the EU
The IoD wants the Bank of England to spend an initial extra £50bn on quantitative easing (QE).
Minutes of the Bank’s last Monetary Policy Committee meeting indicated that the Bank is looking at the possibility of more QE.
The full version of the IoD’s Route Back to Growth Plan can be read here
What do you think of the IoD’s plans? Would they make make a difference to your business?