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10 of the Most Successful Family Run Businesses

Money Grows on Family Trees

Over the last 50 years the face of modern day business has changed dramatically in response to improvements in transport, technology and a change in the way we communicate and interact with one another due to the rise of social media and the creation of the internet. However, one thing that has not changed is the dominance of family run businesses as economic powerhouses in the global marketplace. Family ties continue to prove beneficial in creating a successful business and budding business minds clearly seem to run in the family.

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Want Workplace Wellness? Face Your Workers’ Mental Health Issues Head-On

With regards to Mental Health Awareness Week, it's time to put a spotlight on an often overlooked issue in the workplace: Mental Health. In July, social media exploded after a software developer who suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder shared an exchange with her boss on Twitter. She had emailed him to say that she was taking a day or two off “to focus on my mental health.” In a response that went viral, her boss thanked her for her openness and wished her well.

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The 5 Personalities that will Make Businesses Run Smoother

One of the most daunting challenges as a business owner is building the right team around you. After all, it has been said that your employees are your best asset. (And whoever said that was smart).

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Inspire your Employees to Help. (They want to)

If this hurricane season has taught us anything, it’s that people will turn out in droves to help their neighbors in times of need.

Small business employers should be aware of this urge and encourage their workers to go out, pitch in and help. Workplace volunteer programs are a great way to get employees engaged with their fellow workers. This builds a community bond within the company that keeps workers happy, motivated and loyal.

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Top Tips for Developing your Elevator Pitch

Elevator pitches aren’t just for people appearing on Shark Tank. Any business owner should be able to describe their business and its goals in around 30 seconds.

After all, you never know when you’ll need to impress a prospective client or investor, convince a new recruit that your business is the one for them or just help someone understand exactly what it is your company offers (and why you’re the best at it.)

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Your Business: The iPhone or Android Challenge

Smartphones are now as much part of day-to-day business life as laptops and endless meetings. But which operating system is the best for the modern worker – Apple’s IOS or Google’s Android?

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7 Sure Signs That You're on the Road to Success

Small business owners are often too busy to see the woods through the tress – especially when it comes to measuring their own success. But these 7 signs will give you a quick guide as to how well your business is actually doing and if you’re on the much fabled road to success.

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The Early Entrepreneurial Spirit of Famous Business People

They often say that you’ve either got ‘it’ or you haven’t, and it seems some of the world’s most famous business people were born with ‘it’, showing off their entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. As children or teens, many of these famous entrepreneurs had a flair for business, thinking up their own money-making schemes, starting up what would grow into million-dollar businesses or finding ingenious gaps in the market.

Some of the richest people in the world began making money for themselves as children, such as Warren Buffett who began doing odd jobs in order to save up enough money to start his own pinball machine business, and Richard Branson who saw a gap in the market and started his own magazine at 16 years old. Other famous business people who started young include Estée Lauder who took an interest in her chemist uncle’s company and went on to become one of the most famous names in beauty products, and Daymond John who started his first business while in the first grade! How about you? Did you have a flair for anything as a child and is that something you’re doing now?

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6 tools to help you write the best business plan

So you’ve had the idea that you hope is going to make your fortune - what next?

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Use Inspiration: Challenge your team

The HR industry’s been telling us for a while that money alone isn’t enough to motivate and engage employees. What works, then? In my experience, it’s about giving your employees a challenge, engaging and empowering them.

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