The entrepreneurial spirit is strong with a lot of people, but starting a business can be a long and arduous process. However, with the right business idea, you could lay the groundwork and get your first gig in a matter of hours. Here are some easy-to-start businesses that can help get your entrepreneurial feet off the ground right away.
The benefits of a diverse workforce are clear to see. But if the opportunity for diversity doesn't present itself, can it be an unrealistic goal for a small business owner? Diversity is a huge talking point in today’s business world. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently released a report suggesting targets of 33 per cent women in senior leadership positions by 2020. Businesses have had to show their hand on their gender pay gaps. We’ve heard talk of race and disability-focused employment quotas, and there has been concern from some quarters over a perceived prejudice among UK employers towards transgender workers.
The Business Network International (BNI) found that 75 per cent of business owners are put off engaging with a small business because of its lack of social media presence. With over 270 million Twitter users and 1.2 billion Facebook users, there is hard evidence that social media is a powerful tool for business owners, however many SMEs are still reluctant to build an online following.
With the variety of serviced and flexible office solutions on offer today, businesses, in some cases, are now favouring a serviced office environment over a traditional lease option.
The secret to successful time management is working to your personality’s strengths. So, are you an action hero, diva, workhorse, yes-man or perfectionist? Matthew Jenkin reports