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LinkedIn for SME’s: Useful or not?

It was announced yesterday (13/06.2016) that Microsoft is to purchase LinkedIn, the professional networking website, for $26bn (£18bn), which equates to $196 a share. That’s a lot of money. Apparently the deal will enable Microsoft to boost sales of its business and email software, although to be fair, it doesn’t sound as though they’re failing […]

The impact of flooding on small business

Once again, here in the UK, we seem to be bracing ourselves for some very strange weather. More and more frequently we’re seeing whole communities battered by storms and affected by flooding. Here at Wholesale Clearance UK, our hearts really do go out to those small businesses that have been affected by flooding. When we […]

Selling on Facebook for Beginners Part 3: Targeting other pages

In the final part of our mini-series regarding selling on Facebook, I thought I’d tell you about something several of my most successful customers have done. This is probably the easiest way to advertise your wares on Facebook although ideally you will need to have a business page – so for starters please refer back […]

Selling on Facebook for Beginners Part 2: Facebook Advertising

In our last blog we looked at Facebook advertising and setting up your presence online using a Facebook page. If you regularly use the Facebook page you created and engage with people you will hopefully garner more likes, unfortunately it can be a little hit and miss. Negative rumours abound about just how Facebook lets […]

Top 10 Tips to Spring Clean your Business!

So the festivities are over for another year and we have packed our decorations away. Only the chocolates that no-one likes are left, and the cheese is starting to go mouldy in the fridge. You’ve probably made a few resolutions for the New Year, and broken most of them already. It is therefore a good […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Toys to sell for Christmas 2014

Christmas is coming and the big toy chains are getting fat. Predictions for the big winners among toys this year include dolls, Lego and some new technology as always. The Toy Retailers Association have published their annual Dream Toys chart, where they list the predicted bestselling toys this Christmas. This year, for Christmas 2014, they […]

Top 21 energy boosters for the small business owner

At this time of year many people take their well-earned annual holiday, but for the small business owner or entrepreneur, circumstances may mean that this is simply not possible. Given that the UK is an island, think of the sheer numbers of seasonal businesses that are in existence, and then consider all of the businesses […]

An A-Z of shoe styles

A few weeks ago in this blog I was talking about the closure of several shoe chains and pointing out that if you are thinking of starting a business, whether it’s online, a market stall or in actual premises, a shoe shop might be a great business to get off the ground. Everyone needs shoes […]

Twelve Top Tips to Help You Stop Procrastination

Procrastination is what happens when we continuously allow low priority jobs or tasks to interfere with high priority jobs and tasks. Procrastination is what I have been doing while preparing to write this blog. It is really annoying when you are supposed to be working and you have so many things to do that you […]

Redundancy: happy ever after for entrepreneurs!

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of people out of work fell by 18,000 to 2.49 million in the three months to August 2013, while the unemployment rate of the economically active population decreased slightly, down 0.1% to 7.7%. The claimant count – that is the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance […]

Build a bonfire, build a bonfire: discounting items for sale on eBay, the how, when and why.

So that might be the longest title I have ever used in this blog but I wanted somehow to get a link in to bonfire night given that it’s November the 5th, however tenuous it might be. But in my mind the link is that instead of burning unwanted stock – let’s sell it for […]

Giving something back: raising the profile of your business through good works

For many people who are working in small businesses the idea of ‘giving back’ or working with ‘corporate social responsibility’ as large businesses call it, is something that comes perfectly naturally. Small businesses tend be more generous and more socially and culturally aware simply because they are such an integral part of the community and […]

In for a penny, in for a pound: the rise and rise of the Pound shop

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day who owns a sweet seaside gift shop that sells a wide range of mid-priced gifts. She mentioned that without the cheaper pound shop lines that she offers, she would be in serious trouble some days. She has to work hard to take […]