How Often Do You Ask For Help?

When you’re running a business, there’s a temptation to try and take care of everything yourself. This usually comes from the fact that people often set up their own businesses as a way to pull away from the constant interference of other people in the way things are done when they work for other people. When you’re an employee, you’re constantly told what to do, regardless of whether or not you think it’s right. It’s understandable then that business owners would want to avoid too many cooks coming along to spoil the broth. But it’s important to remember that you’re only human and you have limits just like anyone else. By trying to take on too much, you not only but yourself at risk but your business as well. There’s no way that you can focus on everything to the right standard when you’re running around feeling totally exhausted. There comes a time when every business owner needs to swallow their pride and ask for help. Fortunately, there’s always help out there for those willing to ask for it.


One of the main reasons that accounting is such a pain for a lot of business owners is simply that it’s one of the least interesting parts of their business. You often end up putting it off until it builds up and you’re either left with a huge amount of paperwork to deal with or worse; you might end up in some legal trouble. Places like are there to help you deal with any issues that you might when it comes to your taxes. Plenty of businesses have problems with their tax returns, whether that’s filling them in incorrectly or simply forgetting to send them off at all. Having a dedicated organization offer support with them can make the whole process much easier.


The modern business world moves incredibly fast, and your employees need to be able to do the same. The problem is, it’s not always possible for you to stay up to date either. When that happens, training them becomes something of a case of the blind leading the blind. The best thing to do is to try and find companies who specialize in the kind of training that you want. Not only will they be as up to date on any new information as possible, but they are also specially trained in how to present that information in a way that is going to be engaging for your employees.


A lot of startups make the mistake of assuming that, because of things like social media, that marketing has become easy. They think that because you can simply post content for free on Facebook that they no longer have to worry about marketing in the same way as before. This is about as far from the truth as it’s possible to be. Because of things like social media and the rise of content, marketing has become far more complicated. It’s a very good idea to work with a professional marketing agency to avoid falling into any of the traps that tend to harm a lot of small startups that try to do it all themselves.

Programmers Needed! Cracking A Career In Coding

Computer programming is fast becoming the most desirable new skill to have. Everything around us is going digital and that requires coders to build, test and maintain this software. If you’ve been considering getting into coding as a career, here are the steps you need to take.

Learn to code

If you already know how to code – well done, you’ve got the hardest part out of the way. Coding takes time to learn, although thankfully there are a multitude of learning services to choose from. Sites such as Codeacademy offer online courses on how to code from scratch, which you can take and complete at your own leisure. There are meanwhile a number of college and university courses, workshops and private tutorial options for those that prefer an in-person approach. Good languages to start with are Python, Ruby or Java. From here you can diversify out and learn other languages (all languages are based on similar mechanics – once you’ve learn one, others become easy to pick up).

Build a portfolio

Once you’ve nailed coding, it’s time to start your own projects and show off what you can do. Start small and work up to more complex programmes. Build up a digital portfolio that demonstrates these. You don’t need to be a coding expert to start looking for a job – this can take up to twenty years – so don’t worry if you can only create basic programmes using code. This puts you ahead of most people with little or no coding know-how – the rest you’ll learn on the job.

Get to grips with software and tools

Creating a computer programme is an organised and structured process. Most companies will use various software to record each step of the way and keep all the team in the loop. Get to grips with these types of software so that they’re not alien when you get in a job and have to use them for the first time. Also get to grips with logging processes and educate yourself on logging best practices. You should also try out a few testing programmes.

Give testing a test

Software companies are always looking for keen coders to test their product for bugs. This can be good experience to put on your CV. Look for software testing advertisements online in your area.


As with any job, it’s often not what you know, but who you know. Conventions and hack-a-thons are great places to go and meet fellow coders in person and possibly to get your foot in the door if you meet the right people. Join up forums and social media community groups dedicated to coders. Join Linked In and add people as connections who work in the coding field. You can also consider taking contract jobs on Elance and Craigslist – you may even have the confidence to go self-employed and start up your own development/testing company.

The Services Your Business Need to Succeed

Business cannot be run by one person, that much is a fact. In fact, in this day and age, they can’t even be run solely by the in-house team, i.e. the business owner, their accountant, their staff, etc. In this day and age a business owner must be open to the idea of outsourcing certain jobs and aspects of their everyday business and they must be open to the offers put on the table by external services. Below you can find some of the areas that benefit greatly from outsourcing and assistance from elsewhere.

First of all, there are certain instances and circumstances that can only be fixed or optimised by external forces. For example, if your business has decided to handle its own accounting, expense, invoice and tax procedures, then checks are a necessity. But what happens when you don’t have checks when you are in desperate need of them, i.e. because of a looming deadline? A way to deal with this is to find a service that will offer same day check printing so that you can rest assured that your business won’t be falling behind financially. In this day and age, refraining from outsourcing accounting solutions can cost you big time — remember to take heed of this the next time you decide to try and do everything alone. And similarly, if your business desperately needs to steady its cash flow or indeed may a payment, but you are waiting on a payment from a customer that is completely out of your hands, then you should most certainly factor in factoring services. The factor will buy the customer’s invoice off of you and take it upon themselves to chase it down in their own time, allowing you, and your finances, some breathing space.

But not all of your business circumstances absolutely need to be outsourced, they just benefit from it. An example of this is the rise of the virtual receptionist: these services take it upon themselves to answer your business calls in a professional manner no matter what time of the day it is, thus making your business seem extremely professional to those who ring in hours that are typically ‘out of office’. The fact that a call is never missed also means that you can rest assured that vital information, or vital customers, are never going to slip through your fingers. But, like with most ventures in business, there are cons when it comes to hiring a VR — a big one is that it could lead to you not needing an actual receptionist, which could then lead to you letting go of one. However, in this day and age, technological advances are killing off traditional jobs nearly every day; can you afford not to keep up with the times?

Make sure to check out these other services you absolutely need for your business to succeed, and make sure to never try and do everything on your own. There is always help out there, you just need to be willing to accept.