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How To Grow Your Business Quickly

Now, what we are going to talk about today is not new. In fact, it is going back to basics. But the thing is, with an abundance of resources and ‘new’ things to do, sometimes we forget the ‘basics’.

So I wanted to delve into an idea that I came across online recently, it was actually from a video that you can access here.

Now although the percentages used in this video are outdated, the concept remains.

In short, the main message is: to grow quickly, you must focus on existing clients and new products.  But, I am going to dive into it more a little now.

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How To Use KPIs For Business Growth

You probably know by now that we are not your typical accountants.

We wanted to step away from the ‘stereotypical’ accountancy firm, and one of the ways we’ve set ourselves apart is by truly believing in our clients, genuinely wanting them to grow and flourish.

So we became experts in business growth.

Experts in expanding your business into new locations, knowing when is the best time to hire, and placing a focus on setting and achieving your goals. You know how we speak at length about goals.

When it comes down to it, much of business growth is driven by setting and achieving goals, and one of the ways we do this is by using KPIs.

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How To Stay On Track With Your Workload

There is an abundance of time management tips on the internet, even from us alone.

However, as much as we love time management tips and hacks, sometimes you just need some habits to keep you in check.

Some habits that as long as you are executing and implementing consistently, you have no other option than to stay on track and be productive.

So in this post, we are going to share six concepts to introduce into your business life to stay on track.

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How To Reuse Your Marketing Material

You put a lot of effort into creating marketing resources, or you pay someone to put a lot of effort into creating marketing resources.

So, either way, that is a lot of time and/or money going into marketing resources.

Now I 100% believe spending time and/or money that goes into your marketing is key, however, how much, or to what percentage of those resources do you use to its full potential?

I would go as far as saying that it is fundamental to growth.

I would also say that it is your duty to ensure you are adding as much value as you can to your customers and prospects.

This is the 90:10 rule, 90% showing up and 10% selling.

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How To Know When To Hire

We have talked about creating a community within a company and we have talked about 'Why The Employee Package Is More Important Than Ever'.

We have even talked about some of our favourite ways to hire.

But there is the question of should you or should you not hire?

In this post we are going to explore some things you should think about before you hire; whether that is your first hire or simply a new addition to the team, each new hire is equally important.

First up, let’s go to the root of it: why do you want to hire a new person?

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How to Create a Culture Within Your Company

Once upon a time when Ben, our CEO started Cone he had a vision.

A vision that one day he would create something that would have a collective of team members that created a lifestyle, a community, something with purpose.

A tribe.

A group of people, all working towards the common goal,  I know that is such a cliché thing to say, but it’s true.

Of course, the day came when the first hires were required, and we were faced with the question of whether to get an office or not?

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How To Take A Positive Mindset on Technology

Ah technology, it’s such an odd one, isn’t it?

A beautiful modern version of a double-edged sword: it enhances our lives, but can also hinder it.

It wasn’t too long ago when I took an impromptu break from social media.

I just needed to, you know?

It was all sparked from the knowledge of how much time I had spent on my screen that week (thanks Apple screen time).

It became apparent that I was WAY too connected to my phone, and something needed to change.

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Why The 'Employee' Package is More Important Than Ever

The employee package is what a new staff member gets for their service to a company. This is often mistaken for solely monetary, but this could not be further from the truth.

Of course, cold hard cash is what pays the bills and will always be a factor, but, especially the new wave of hires, want more. People want more from their role, to feel fulfilled, to create a lifestyle, to be part of something.

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What Does A Beautiful Sales Process Look Like?

I really don’t get it. I have not come across the stereotypical sales process in a while.

You know the kind, the 'icky', in-genuine approach.

But recently I have been subjected to a whole load of insincere, read-off-a-sheet type selling.
I have had brash emails.

Odd calls.

My position in the business questioned.

Look I get it, I know that everyone has sales quotas and targets and it is a fundamental part of a successful business, but I instantly clam up when people go into hardcore selling mode.

I believe in beautiful business. The idea that the service or product is designed to HELP the end user, aka the client or customer. Not just to match a sales target.

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A How To: The Differences Between Sole Trader, Limited and Partnerships

Whether you’re setting up a side-hustle or a full-time business, one of the first things you will need to decide on is which type of business you’re forming.

There are many different forms of businesses that you could set up, but the three types we see most commonly are Sole Trader, Limited Companies and Partnerships.

Certain factors will help make the decision about which type of business you should form, including what the nature of your business is, where you work, whether there will be one or more directors, and whether you plan on hiring people to help you in the future.

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How To Progress With A Purposeful To Do List (Pt 2)

So following on from part one, in this post we look at some more actionable steps to get you started and take action when it comes to pursuing your purpose.

It can be hard to build momentum but start with one of these tips and see where it takes you. Kicking off with identifying your high-value activities.

Work out your high-value activities.

I am sure you have heard something along the lines of 80% of your results are created by 20% of what you do.

This tip is not new information, but it is worth including within this post. Work out your high-value activities, define the quantity and frequency you need to do them and make them your non- negotiables — the things you MUST get done.

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How To Progress With A Purposeful To Do List (Pt 1)

I am guessing that if you have found yourself reading this post right now, there is a good chance you are struggling with getting things done.

Or at least you feel like you could do with some improvement on the matter.

Firstly, well done you for taking action.

Secondly, you have come to the right place. Within this blog post, we are going to share tips and tricks on how to get out of your own way and get things done.

So let’s jump into point number one. I must say, once I understood this point, I not only learnt a lot about myself but was able to structure my day in a way I felt relaxed, at ease and productive.

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How To Prevent Overwhelm Within Your Business

I know, in business, sometimes it can feel pretty hectic. Sometimes we can  ‘feel behind’ or ‘not on top’ of it all.

Because creating a life- business blend can be pretty intense.

There is a lot to think about.

But do not worry. By the end of this post, we aim for you to…

  • Be a little clearer on what it is that you want.

  • Know to get there, or at least the next step in the right direction.

And this process can be applied to all areas of your life.

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The Money Mindset Tips You Need In Your Life

It is no secret that we are big on money mindset.

We talk about it a lot, mainly because we believe it is integral to develop as an entrepreneur, freelancer or CEO.

So, we wanted to share with you some of our top tips and ideas to implement in your life to enhance your money mindset. First up, one that has recently featured on our Instagram: taking a money minute.

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The Sleeping Routine For A Nourishing Sleep

Ah, sleep. It is a highly spoken about topic, isn't it?

The thing with sleep as an entrepreneur is that it is typically the first thing that goes when you get busy.

Especially if you are managing a family life too.

And although we know how important it is, we rarely introduce a routine or a system to help us get the most out of our precious hours of shut-eye.

So, we wanted to share a sleep routine that you can integrate and blend with your lifestyle, that will help promote a good nights sleep. Let’s start with an hour before you go to sleep.

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The Thing You Need To Bring Back Into Your Business For Ultimate Happiness

We're bringing fun back.

I believe you can have it all.  And here is where you start.

There is, of course, a ‘but’. Well, not so much a ‘but’ rather a way in which to make it happen:

You need to choose what 'having it all' really means to you. You see, whether it is working from home and being able to be with your children, or whether it is running a successful business and travelling the world.

You need to know what is important to you, for where you are at in your life right now.


And that is not about making a sacrifice, and that is not to say your focus can never change, you just need to work out what it is that will make you happy right now.

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10 Purchases For The On-The-Go Entrepreneur

Whether you are on the go but still sleep at home, whether it is a new city every night or maybe even a new country, being an on the go entrepreneur can take its toll. The results? Tiredness, lack of energy and a severe lack of time.

We totally get it; sometimes it is all about maximising that layover, minimising the time it takes to get to sleep and improving those morning rituals.


So without further a due, we are going to share our favourite products (that are all under £50) that will enhance and streamline your routine.

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A How To: How and When to Register for PAYE

Being a first-time employer can be a daunting prospect at first. All the responsibility for someone else’s pay at the end of each month, outsourcing tasks or entrusting processes to people that you used to take care of yourself. The HR, legal and taxes side of things are just the tip of the iceberg.

However, at the very same time, it’s a sign of your growth, progress and the chance for your business to take the next step.

This article will focus on making sure you are compliant with HMRC, that you are keeping your payroll records together and what you need to provide to stay compliant.

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