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Window Cleaning Coach: How to Start a Window Washing Business, Tips, Advice, Training, Tools,

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Hi, my name is Dave and I run my own successful window cleaning business called ShineTime in Birmingham, England.

The reason I’ve created this website is because I found that there was a lack of free information on setting up your own window cleaning business when I first started.

Instead I found there are a lot of opportunist window cleaners on the internet who are selling their knowledge (you can’t blame them really can you).

I realise when you’re setting up your own business funds are tight, so I’ve decided to give my expertise away for free.

The reason for this generosity you might ask? Well window cleaning helped me out of a tight spot: I was working in a dead-end factory for minimum wage and wasn’t too happy about the situation.

I finally decided to start my own window cleaning business, and after a lot of trial and error my business became successful. I want to help other people thinking of starting their own window cleaning company avoid some of the mistakes I made when I first started by doing this informative website.

Let’s get one thing straight, being a window cleaner is a horrible job: in Winter you feel like your hands are going to drop off, if you’re working by yourself it can become very lonely, and sometimes your customers can give you hassle. As you’re the head of the company you’re the one who has to deal with troublesome customers because there’s nobody to pass the blame onto.

It’s not easy either, most people seem to think it’s just a case of buying a bucket, getting a chammy and you’re away. Sadly there’s a lot of competition out there, it’s highly likely you’ll find all the best areas where you live (the posh ones that make you the most money) are taken.

You have to be prepared to work hard to build up your round and be able to discipline yourself because there’s no boss to kick you up the arse when you feel like having an impromptu day off. It’s very easy to slip into the habit of thinking: I can’t be bothered with it today. or I think I’ll knock off early .

It’s good to have the freedom that only comes with being your own boss, but it still doesn’t mean you can spend every other day in bed. Disappointing I know, but that’s life.

I want to make it clear that not everybody is suited to self-employment, some people need a person watching over them to make them work. If this is a description of you then you probably shouldn’t bother wasting anymore of your time on this site. Instead, you may want to consider looking for other cleaning jobs first to get some experience and see if a window cleaning career is really for you.

Despite all the drawbacks however, I believe if you’re desperate, i.e. stuck in a job you absolutely hate, or unemployed and on the dole, then window cleaning could be for you because it’s a realistic way of making a respectable living for a person who has no other options, just don’t expect to be driving around in a Bentley anytime soon.


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Business Seminars and Workshops #business #acumen


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Learn New Business and Entrepreneurship Skills

Almost every day, Invest Ottawa hosts a series of seminars and workshops at 80 Aberdeen Street for anyone who is interested in becoming an entrepreneur or small business owner. Our goal is to provide useful information and insights to help entrepreneurs meet the market’s ever-changing needs. These highly successful series of seminars have helped thousands of small business owners quickly ramp-up and understand the common issues faced when starting and growing a business.

The topics of the workshops vary from week to week and are determined by demand. Our speakers are experienced professionals, practitioners and entrepreneurs who share their experiences and lessons learned with you!

These workshops are free and offer practical advice on topics including:

  • Business Planning
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  • Legal Considerations
  • Import / Export
  • Market Research
  • Marketing / Sales / Networking
  • Starting a Small Business

Our most popular seminars are repeated monthly, with more specialized topics occurring bi-monthly and quarterly. Start learning new business skills by registering for one of our upcoming seminars or workshops.

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5 low cost business ideas to start at university: Starting a business advice and

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5 low cost business ideas to start at university

Some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs started businesses while at university; Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page – the list goes on – so what’s stopping you from starting up whilst studying?

According to recent research from Santander. over 80,000 UK university students currently run businesses while studying and collectively generate turnover of over £44m. Impressive to say the least. What’s more, over a quarter of this number plan to turn their businesses into a full-time career upon graduation.

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Dubbed “student start-ups”, budding young entrepreneurs are maximising on being within the university environment to launch a start-up and fund their education, pursue interests, and gain “invaluable work experience as a result of their entrepreneurial ventures”.

A report from Direct Line for Business also emphasised the fact that entrepreneurialism is alive and kicking in UK universities. It found that more students than ever before are now starting businesses, with popular undergraduate start-ups ranging from creative businesses like clothing design, to hospitality and events promotion and tech-focused firms such as software development.

And it would seem that there has never been a better time to start a business while at university, if the growing number of initiatives to encourage student entrepreneurs are anything to go by.

Earlier this year, Europe’s largest student start-up event opened in Liverpool hosted by the National Association of College University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Mercia Fund Management launched a tax efficient fund for university spin-outs, and a number of universities have been actively doing their bit to promote enterprise. For instance the University of Southampton recently held a student hackathon to find great software concepts.

With 2015 a golden age for student entrepreneurs, we’ve compiled a guide to five of the top low-cost businesses to start at university, including case study examples from a number of high-profile university entrepreneurs that have scaled their ideas into successful businesses.

To help you get your university venture off the ground, you’ll also find a handy summary of the funding and support that is available to student and young entrepreneurs in the UK.

Click the buttons above or below to find out more about the best low cost business ideas to start while at university…

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Dragons – Den – s most successful businesses: Starting a business advice and business

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Dragons Den s most successful businesses

It’s now over 10 years since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired on British TV screens and in that time we’ve seen some brilliant, and not so brilliant, businesses pass through the Den.

While many of the start-ups which have appeared on the BBC show have since floundered or failed to gain traction, a number have gone on to achieve huge success – with and without the Dragons’ backing.

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Now, with the 14th series returning in three weeks time, and to mark over 10 years of the show, we’ve delved into the Den archives to find out what has happened to 15 of the brightest businesses to have pitched to the Dragons and where they are now.

From the infamous Levi Roots to the £65m-valued Tangle Teezer dubbed “hair-brained” by Peter Jones, read on to find out just what happened once the Den’s cameras stopped rolling…

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Monkey Business » On a Mission to Make the World More Fun and Yellow

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Meille apinoille ihminen on tärkein.
Organisaatio on ihmisten päiden, käsien ja sydänten summa. Tavoitteenamme on saada sydämet ja päät toimimaan yhdessä entistä paremmin. Tällöin kädet vapautuvat ja uudenlainen tekeminen luo tekemisen kulttuurin.
Lähestymistapamme on muotoilullinen, eikä meillä ole valmiita vastauksia. Jokainen ongelma ratkaistaan yhdessä ihmisten kanssa, ihmisten tarpeisiin. Avullamme tekijät itse keksivät ratkaisut ja ideat omiin ongelmiinsa.

Tämä referenssi on ollut osa Kokeiluraportti 2/2015 -uutiskirjettämme. Käy vilkaisemassa koko kirje tästä. Emme voi kertoa organisaation nimeä tai hankkeen tarkkoja

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Organisaatiot hakevat jatkuvasti uusia toiminnan muotoja. Toimintaympäristössä tapahtuvat muutokset edellyttävät valmiutta reagoida nopeasti, ketterästi ja tehokkaasti. On löydettävä se, missä

Vuodesta 2006 asti olemme Monkey Busineksessä tutkineet tulevaisuuden organisaatioita. Tutkimusmatkoillamme olemme toteuttaneet yli kaksisataa erilaista kehitysprojektia yli kahdessakymmenessä maassa, viidellä

Katri Viippola kertoo yllä olevalla videolla miksi on valinnut Monkey Busineksen avukseen jo kahdessa eri organisaatiossa.

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Monkey Business on teille oikea kumppani, jos: Haluatte muutosta toimintatapoihinne, yksinkertaisin keinoin. Haluatte, että muutos on vuorovaikutteinen ja osallistava – ihmiset saavat

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Toimintamme ytimessä on dialogi. Dialogi on yhdessä puhumista ja ajattelua. Dialogin perusidea on yksinkertainen: kun yksi puhuu, niin muut kuuntelee.

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50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names #free #business #plans


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50 Cake and Cupcake Business Names

Cupcake shops are a growing favorite for kids and adults alike! They are fun little places for a family to go together for dessert and are a nice alternative to ice cream shops.

It takes a lot of talent to run a cupcake business. Management skills, people skills, and mad baking skills are all a must!

Have your cupcake and eat it too by opening a cupcake business!

Though delicious treats displayed in the window at your business can help attract window shoppers, it will do no good for those who aren’t physically in the area. For this (and other reasons), it is necessary to have a name that leaves nothing but cupcakes to be desired.

Here’s a list of names to get you thinking:

Cupcake Shop Name Ideas

Tips for Picking a Sweet Name

Although picking through cupcake business names is a difficult task, there is no escaping it and its importance should not be dismissed. Embrace the naming process as once it’s done, it’s done. That said, take your time with it. Hopefully you will be using the business name for a long time, so you’ll want to make sure you choose something you like.

In the brainstorming process, write down as many names as you can think of, so you have as many as possible to choose from. Here are a few brainstorming tips that can help you along:

Use a name (either yours or the baker’s): Including the name of the baker or owner will help everyone know who’s boss! If your name is unusual, it will make your business that much more special.

Use your food: Everyone should know exactly what you’re serving up! In this case, it’s cupcakes. Be proud!

Location: Use your general location or street name in your business name. Even if you end up moving, where you started your business will never change!

Try using rhymes: They are catchy and will help everyone remember your name.

  • Use adjectives: There are many words that can describe a cupcake. Try using words such as sweet, tasty, or anything that portrays just how cute and delicious your cupcakes!
  • Give yourself room to grow: Though you might start out with cupcakes, it’s possible you’ll want to branch into other areas of baking or the restaurant industry.
  • Check online first: Make sure your name hasn’t already been taken by another business, even one located in a different area. This can cause you legal headaches down the road that you don’t want to deal with.
  • Avoid confusing names: If a name is confusing or hard to understand, it will make it that much more difficult for news of your business to spread by word of mouth.
  • Avoid cutesy spelling: Though Kute Kupcakez might sound like a good name, people who are searching for your business will have a hard time finding you. Funny spellings also tend to not age very well, and your business will hopefully be around for a long time!
  • With cupcake businesses growing in number, competition for this type of business is getting tighter. Try to stand out from your competitors in any way you can!


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    Department of Family and Community Services – NSW Businesslink – now FACS Business Services

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    NSW Businesslink – now FACS Business Services

    Businesslink was merged in to the Department of Family and Community Services as Corporate Services, Business Services on 1 July 2014.

    The Business Services Unit primarily provides internal services to Family and Community Services, but also continues to provide services to a range of clients external to FACS including NSW Department of Education and Communities, Aboriginal Affairs, State Property Authority, Office of State Revenue, Juvenile Justice, NSW Mental Health Commission, Treasury Corporation and a range of non government organisations.

    Services include a broad range of core, transactional and value-added services, specialising in areas such as Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Projects, Property, Workforce and Business services.

    To find previous Annual Reports from NSW Businesslink, visit the opengov website .

    Contact Details

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    Recruitment Enquiries

    For all recruitment enquiries, please phone 1800 203 966.

    National Criminal History Record Check Enquiries

    Businesslink is accredited to undertake National Criminal History Record Checks. Should your organisation wish to utilise this service, the contact details appear below.

    Regional Service Centres

    Hunter

    Suite 1B, 239 King St, NEWCASTLE 2300
    PO Box 2160 Dangar 2309
    Phone: (02) 4925 0000
    Fax: (02) 4925 0040

    Northern

    Suite 1, 120 Dalley St, LISMORE 2480
    PO Box 1140 Lismore 2480
    Phone: (02) 6623 1900
    Fax: (02) 6623 1911

    Southern

    Suite 1.04, 7-9 Morisset St, QUEANBEYAN 2620
    PO Box 1629 Queanbeyan 2620
    Phone: (02) 6122 3500
    Fax: (02) 6122 3511

    Western

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    PO Box 2552 Orange 2800
    Phone: (02) 6363 6150
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    Winning grants and free support for your business: It’s a RAPP – Small Business

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    Winning grants and free support for your business: It’s a RAPP

    There are many opportunities for businesses to obtain free support and grants, both at start-up and during growth and development.

    However, keeping up to date with what is available is a task in itself, with schemes appearing and disappearing on a regular basis.

    Competition is high and success does not come easy.

    If you follow the RAPP process when applying for grants and support, you will improve your chance of success.

    The RAPP process

    R esearch – find out what grants and support are available.

    A pplicant suitability – when you identify an opportunity, ensure you meet the criteria or conditions required for the funding before spending time on an application.

    P reparation – take time to prepare and tailor the application to meet the specific criteria and conditions. Alternatively, P can stand for a professional who has the skill set and knowledge of the type of grant you are seeking.

    P atience – take time completing your application (but without missing deadlines) and be patient waiting for the result!

    Financial support in the form of grants can be found at three levels. National grants primarily focus on growth and capital investment, such as the government’s Growth Accelerator scheme, while regional grants come from a local board specifically set up to help a region that has government and local authority support.

    Local grants may be available from a local council, for example subsidised rents for new start-up businesses or funding to help tidy up a high street retail unit.

    There are also European grants and funding support, details of which can be found at UK Trade and Investment .

    Where you live or trade may significantly increase your chances of success of getting funding, particularly if your business is in an area defined as economically disadvantaged.

    It is not unknown for businesses to set up in or move to an area where regional or local assistance is more readily available.

    When looking for or considering grant options, four points generally apply.

    1. Nothing is free; typically you must be prepared to put in some of your own funds. It is extremely rare for a grant to finance the total cost of, say, a start-up or project, unless it is for a very small amount. Many grants require match funding ie you need to match the funding from the grant provider.

    For example, Growth Accelerator is a government-backed scheme providing mentor support, coaching and workshops for businesses looking for rapid growth.

    The business has to pay a contribution towards the assistance; the amount depends on the size of the business, with the government contributing to the overall cost of the support.

    A grant does mean that you are not giving up part of the ownership of your business, as you would if you were seeking equity funding or repaying the money and interest as you would on bank borrowing.

    2. Grants are generally available for a specific project, for example development of a new product or job creation.

    Therefore your application needs to meet the criteria for which the grant or support is being provided. Grants are not generally available for just starting a business.

    3. The grant scheme provider will have objectives, strategies or aims which the funding supports, for example helping with youth employment.

    Understand what the objectives or aims are when completing the application.

    4. You must have a business plan that explains what you require the funding for and which is tailored to the grant provider’s specific criteria and conditions.

    A blanket application or plan is not going to work. On most occasions, your business plan will have to be entered into the provider’s prescribed application form.

    Do not just think of grants and support as financial support. Other types of free support can come in many guises.

    For example, when opening your business bank account you may be offered free book keeping software, and many local councils and chambers of commerce offer free training seminars on topics such as social media.

    The type of product or service for which you are seeking funding supporting has a major impact on your chances of success. Key areas for which grants and support are readily found are:

    Innovation

    There are a wide range of schemes and support to encourage research and development. The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) provides grants and support to help develop new products and services and put them in a position to be brought to market.

    Energy and environment

    here are schemes specifically for developments that will improve energy efficiency or reduce environmental impact. Natural England lists a number on their website .

    Training

    There is plenty of funding and support is available to develop skills, including those of the business owner, as well as support for new employees where the business will be providing training and development.

    For example, the National Apprenticeship Service provides advice and support on starting a subsidised apprenticeship. Alternatively, it could mean taking on an intern from the local university for the summer with the university providing match funding to pay the student’s salary.

    Exports

    Politicians’ emphasis on exports driving the economic recovery have led to considerable support and assistance for businesses looking to export the goods they manufacture. UK Trade Investment provide funding and subsided advice and services to help business export their products.

    Business grants are notoriously hard to come by, but there is assistance out there if you know where to look. Follow the RAPP and hopefully you will be one of the successful ones. Good luck!

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    Our business courses take you on an exploration of the fast-moving and challenging business, financial and management fields. We encourage you to be innovative and socially responsible, and teach you business skills and practices so you can lead, develop and change any enterprise, anywhere in the world. It’s just a matter of choosing the course that suits the future you can picture.

    By the time you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and skills to apply your knowledge to the workplace.

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    10 steps to starting a business: Starting a business advice and business ideas #veteran

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    10 steps to starting a business

    Starting a small business is easy using our step-by-step guides. The 10 steps below will teach you how to start a business, taking you through each of the key stages of the start-up process – from evaluating your business idea and choosing a company name through to designing your business cards, developing a website and, finally, getting ready to launch.

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