down to see full list; previous
month's (August 2015) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st September
way of explanation. The
term 'home business' consists of two words.
'Business' is the second one; it's there to
qualify and support the word 'home' and all
that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently,
we also list below, items which are of interest
and value to the home. Whether in its context
as an office or as a part of your family and
lifestyle but always
directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment
that running a business from home, in its entirety,
For a current, multi-part
starting and running a
business from home,
go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
Only 4% of tradespeople out of work. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/09/01/only-4-of-tradespeople-out-of-work/
It is true that East European tradesmen are
in very high demand, especially as more and
more of them have been leaving Britain's shores.
And leaving behind English cowboys, who don't
fall into the 'tradesmen' category at all. But
they will be good enough to pad out the regime's
bogus 'entrepreneur'/'self-employed' stats.
indicates extent of 'bogus' self employment.
Around 460,000 of the UK's 4.5 million self-employed
workers may be 'bogusly' self-employed, according
to a report published by Citizens Advice. Nearly
500 self-employed clients of Citizens Advice
were surveyed about how they work and their
employment status. The report concluded that
around 10% of survey respondents were actually
employed rather than self-employed. It found
that each individual was losing on average £1,288
a year in holiday pay and paying an extra £61
per year in National Insurance. (EnterpriseQuest)
look! What a coincidence. But not quite 'as
we have been saying' ad nauseam. We reckon the
regime's (and its cronies') numbers of bogus
self-employed are about double those suggested
by this report. (As not being nor about
to be reported by the regime's criminal propaganda.)
owners propping up their firms with personal
It's been going on for generations - but
in today's economic and political climate, chance
would be a fine thing. SME 'owners' with personal
funds are becoming increasingly rare.
rocked by 'rogue editors' blackmail scam targeting
small businesses and celebrities.
contactless spending triples in 12 months.
aka 'Brits have less and less cash in their
invoices on the increase. https://www.cifas.org.uk/Scam_warning_for_small_businesses
Cifas and Action Fraud have warned that small
firms should be aware of potential fake invoices
following a substantial increase in scams during
the first six months of 2015. Between January
and June this year, 749 firms reported invoice
fraud to Action Fraud, the UKs fraud reporting
centre. This is an increase on the 603 fraudulent
incidents reported in 2014. Despite the increase,
Cifas has warned that the true figure for 2015
may be substantially higher with many incidences
of this type of crime going unreported. Action
Fraud has advised that firms can protect themselves
against invoice fraud by ensuring that staff
are informed about the risks of fraud, establishing
two points of contact with suppliers to ensure
that all invoices are genuine, and reviewing
invoices to check for inconsistencies and/or
any further updates on ongoing banking fraud,
of bank accounting is deeply flawed, QC warns.
No peerage for this gentleman, then?
& local authorities should increase spend
with SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/government-and-local-authorities-should-increase-spend-with-smes-says-fmb/
(This coming from the Federation of Master
Builders.) We couldn't agree more. So what's
the FMB been doing about the historical and
growing contagion of cowboy builders which could
be discouraging government and local authorities
from risking their (OUR) money on local crooks,
rogues, bodgers and conmen?
trust bankers more than politicians.
Which just goes to show what absolute dross
British politicians are.
EU fluff on clandestine TTIP negotiations with
US Big Corp. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm
in 4 retailers want to switch IT suppliers but
downtime fears prevent them from making the
textiles generated from customers emotions.
dating app rewards well behaved men.
very sexist! If I had a Twatter account, I would
be most upset.
NatWest customers locked out of online banking
following IT glitch. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/natwest-customers-locked-out-of-online-banking-following-it-glitch-10479642.html
The country's online banking fiasco
continues. It also seems that many Barclays
customers are having browser compatibility problems
- although this hasn't been widely reported.
to a quarter of Brits have wills that will end
in disaster. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/31/up-to-a-quarter-of-brits-have-wills-that-will-end-in-disaster/
And those that don't have wills at all, will
face a disaster as well. Called 'the taxman'.
promised transparency around TTIP
has been a sham. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/31/transparency-ttip-documents-big-business
That much should have been obvious the moment
'Da PM' said he was backing it.
farmer: Becoming a mother makes me fight harder
for British milk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11831205/British-milk-crisis-Becoming-a-mother-makes-me-fight-harder-for-milk.html
milk round forced to close after 114 years due
to supermarket price war. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11835290/Family-milk-round-forced-to-close-after-114-years-due-to-supermarket-price-war.html
everyone's passwords are terrible, government
survey finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/almost-everyones-passwords-are-terrible-government-survey-finds-10479547.html
And we need a government survey to tell us
that? How about a government survey to
tell it that its luvvy banks are 'terrible'?
who claimed she was 'allergic to Wi-Fi' gets
disability allowance from French court.
Where in France was she getting a wi-fi signal?
The article conspicuously failing to mention
where this phenomenon took place.
industry in Britain is worth up to £54bn.
for saving money without looking like a cheapskate.
What a load of rubbish! No wonder most British
consumers are up to their necks in debt!
French work less than the British and Germans,
but an attack on 35-hour working week has split
left and angered traditionalists. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-french-work-less-than-the-british-and-germans-but-an-attack-on-35hour-working-week-has-split-left-and-angered-traditionalists-10478999.html
This is before the working week gets crippled
for 50% of the year by the country's trade union
thugs. And another 25% of the year by endless
pastie was invented by cookery teachers in London.
That should get the culinary Twatterstazi
video platform is entirely dedicated to product
sensor system tracks mobile phones to provide
accurate wait times. http://www.springwise.com/airport-sensor-system-tracks-mobile-phones-provide-accurate-wait-times/
There's an even better way of dealing with
airport wait times: avoid French airlines, French
airports and anything which transits France.
(Unless they're racing pijjins.)
The artificial reality of apprenticeships.
With the regime's claims for 'entrepreneurial'
Britain and business start-ups suffering from
a significant loss of credibility in recent
months, the official spotlight has turned more
and more onto apprenticeships as the political
obsession with the employment marketplace, continues.
Having dropped an American pseudo-guru into
the mix originally, this rite of passage for
proper jobs frequently leading to proper businesses
and proper business-folk as well, has now become
tarred with the regime's quick-fix, highly mediatised
propaganda 'shorts' and a future just as dodgy
as it has been for the past thirty years. Still.
There are plenty more economic refugees on the
way to fill the regime donors' vacancies even
more cheaply than today's apprentice labour.
patrols and spot checks planned for European
Just like the good 'ole days of travelling
through the Iron Curtain countries. And Nazi-occupied
territories before that. And, as history showed,
just about as effective.
Europeans with a job lined up should be allowed
to come to Britain.' http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/30/migration-crisis-germany-france-britain-demand-urgent-meeting
The exclusions of course, are swarms of illegal
immigrant Brits (and other Europeans) murdering
the locals in their own, non-EU countries, thus
creating masses of economic refugees.
fast-rising rip-offs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11824890/Eight-rip-offs-rising-fast-in-2015.html
British smartphone to rival the iPhone.
Now that British plebs have been sufficiently
dumbed down, it shouldn't be too difficult.
face: Mobile phone firms hit customers with
charges three times higher than normal for sending
messages with emoticons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215892/Sad-face-Mobile-phone-firms-hit-customers-charges-three-times-higher-normal-sending-messages-emoticons.html
We often receive so-called 'business' emails
from would-be Dragons' Den panellists ending
with emoticons. Which receive exactly the same
short shrift as those without footers.
innovators: a new U-bend to prevent the buildup
of fatbergs in sewers. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/30/new-u-bend-prevent-buildup-fatbergs-sewers
Excellent idea, albeit long overdue. Should
go down a bomb in Third World countries like
France, which hasn't even updated the bog since
the 17th century.
it worth buying a posh garden shed
to use as an extra room? http://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2015/aug/29/posh-garden-shed-extra-room
OR even - as a garden/home office!
thefts spark fears of poisoned meat.
. . . as hitherto, poisoned meat has been
the domain of British supermarkets (also known
as political donors and peer fodder.)
Per Click advertising basics. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/gettingtrafficmarketing/fl/Pay-Per-ClickPPC-Advertising-Basics.htm?utm_content=20150830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness
A system for getting your child a property.
bank accounts: a good deal or a new PPI
mis-selling scandal? http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/packaged-bank-accounts-good-deal-ppi-scandal-misselling
lucrative industry that helps footballers spend
their fortunes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/from-fixing-jacuzzis-to-watering-plants-inside-the-lucrative-industry-that-helps-premier-league-footballers-spend-their-fortunes-10477448.html
plastic bag tax makes cashiers tax experts.
a Business Doesn't Have to Take Long or Cost
is the future. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startingadvice/ss/The-Advantages-of-Being-a-Contractor.htm?utm_content=20150829&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation
It certainly is as far as the government
is concerned. 'Full' employment, maximum taxation
liability and without any official benefits
Powerful Small Business How-To's You Need to
Number of SMEs suffering late payments
is rising. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/number-of-smes-suffering-late-payments-is-rising/
The regime just loves it when a good election
scam starts coming together. As
do their big business backers and donors (and
major late payment offenders.)
businesses lose over 1.5 million working hours
during tube strikes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/london-businesses-lose-over-1-5-million-working-hours-during-tube-strikes/
I thought they were all working from home
these days? Or moving around on
bikes, at the very least. Unless they've been
squashed flat by a Top Gear addict.
Office expands Sunday openings. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34078103
payments firm offers innovative loans to SMEs.
press release: Financial red tape targeted in
new review. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/financial-red-tape-targeted-in-new-review
I would have thought that it would have been
more fruitful to tackle the finance sector's
widespread incapacity to manage their customers'
accounts which so far, has been more devastating
than any supposed 'anti-terrorist' and ''money-laundering'
regulation. Or doesn't the regime read its own
in three small businesses relies on social media
or Google for financial advice. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/one-in-three-small-businesses-rely-on-social-media-or-google-for-financial-advice-10476637.html
Those who don't, rely on 'official' advice.
Which would explain why 2 out of 3 businesses
fail on a regular basis. In actual fact, the
last set of independent findings I saw suggested
that 9 out of 10 small businesses rely on advice
from friends and family. A far better bet.
in exports boosts UK growth in second quarter.
That will be all those extra bombs being
dropped on the Syrian population by British,
illegal immigrant 'heroes', then. It quickly
actually appreciate hearing voice and music
messages on hold. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/brits-actually-appreciate-hearing-voice-and-music-messages-on-hold/
In between getting pissed, watching corrupt,
cheating footie, booking their next trip to
Slagaluf and finding out what their bank has
done with their money.
unusual home insurance claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/28/most-unusual-home-insurance-claims-revealed/
new Airbnb con. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/28/scamwatch-new-airbnb-con/
add-on uses kids own text mistakes to
improve their literacy. http://www.springwise.com/messaging-add-on-kids-text-mistakes-improve-literacy/
Or, offering alternatives to slang denoting
the offspring of goats, for example.
service only charges customers for the clothes
they keep. http://www.springwise.com/try-before-you-buy-service-charges-customers-clothes/
Reminds me of my party plan days. Fourty
healthcare app can predict an oncoming migraine.
automated proof reading tool for legal documents.
Let's hope it's an improvement on spellcheckers
to translate.google and more traditionally,
all the proof-reading course scams which we've
seen over the past few decades.
ways to make your home eco-friendly WITHOUT
solar panels. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11830131/Three-ways-to-make-your-home-eco-friendly-WITHOUT-solar-panels.html
If anyone is really interested, it might
be a better idea to get any one of thousands
of authoratitive books on the subject. Or just
buy a house built a few hundred years ago. Before
snout-in-trough builders and developers and
the internet came along.
And ANOTHER banking IT cock-up. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/hsbc-customers-hit-with-payday-delays-ahead-of-the-bank-holiday-10476574.html
If these institutions and their managers
had been based in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or
Syria, the regime would have been in there dropping
£20 millions'-worth of bombs on them every
week, for constituting a threat to the UK's
targets to cut immigration punish businesses.
release: Migrant entrepreneur visas: numbers
of employees and turnover. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/migrant-entrepreneur-visas-numbers-of-employees-and-turnover
prices see 'weakest annual growth since June
in 65 Britons is now a millionaire.
Common as muck. No
wonder the subject of inheritance tax has become
today's Big Issue.
called in bailiffs 2.1 million times last year.
solar panels to lose '£3,840' payout in
drastic cull to green subsidies. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11828078/Rooftop-solar-panels-to-lose-3840-payout-in-drastic-cull-to-green-subsidies.html
We all knew it was coming: didn't we?
deal: Business lobbyists dominate talks at expense
of trade unions and NGOs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-deal-business-lobbyists-dominate-talks-at-expense-of-trade-unions-and-ngos-10475073.html
Research Indicates Pet Industry Continues to
home business ideas for pet lovers. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/fl/6-Home-Business-Ideas-for-Pet-Lovers.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation
Animals & Good Food? Get Rich With a Natural
Pet Food Business. http://foodbeverage.about.com/od/StartingAFoodBusiness/fl/How-to-Start-a-Pet-Food-Business-and-Business-Opportunity.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation
mirror continuously redirects sunlight into
dark corners. http://www.springwise.com/smart-mirror-continuously-redirects-sunlight-dark-corners/
swapping platform lets members earn free accommodation
platform for artists and illustrators.
Conservatives offer day of special access to
ministers for £2,500. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/26/conservatives-offer-day-of-special-access-to-ministers-for-2500
For a bit of 'lip service' from Wankminster's
computers could be on horizon. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/crash-proof-computers-could-be-on-horizon/
travel lacks luster. ('lustre'?)
and tablets are theft targets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/smartphones-and-tablets-are-theft-targets/
So these are 'phones which aren't so smart
oldest scam victim': 103-year-old loses £60,000
in 10-year catalogue fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11825161/Britains-oldest-scam-victim-103-year-old-loses-60000-in-10-year-catalogue-fraud.html
your pet make you a fortune? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/could-your-pet-make-you-a-fortune/
I reckon there's some mileage in pets taking
dummyphone zombies for walkies.
ways to increase your buy-to-let profits.
park café in old chicken shed makes it
into Good Food Guide. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/11823234/Caravan-park-cafe-makes-it-into-Good-Food-Guide.html
tests takeaway food delivery service.
10 business ideas from Travel & Tourism
over the last 12 months. http://www.springwise.com/top-10-business-ideas-travel-tourism-12-months/
is "Real Time" Marketing?
Best Practices When It Comes to Excelling at
Customer Service. http://marketing.about.com/od/relationshipmarketing/a/Five-Best-Practices-When-It-Comes-To-Excelling-At-Customer-Service.htm?utm_content=20150826&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation
transport fares 'most expensive in the world'.
best places in the world to move to for British
Doesn't include regions which have previously
been 'liberated' by British (and American and
Israeli) murderer-illegal-immigrants in order
to scrounge off the locals. I wonder why that
bank in China rewards do-gooders.
Korean cafe, toaster sanitizes smartphones.
Packaged bank account complaints soaring, says
So that's another aspect of bent banking
which the Ombudsman will now ignore. Nice to
let us know, though.
best and worst places to make a living in the
conman jailed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3210283/Conman-involved-internet-calls-scam-blew-1m-luxury-lifestyle.html
Uber launched, there are 26pc more cabs in London.
Amazon shopping habits reveal we're turning
into a nation of hipsters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11823232/British-Amazon-shopping-habits-reveal-were-turning-into-a-nation-of-hipsters.html
of transparency is limiting how useful the cloud
is to businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/lack-of-transparency-is-limiting-how-useful-the-cloud-is-to-businesses/
Plus it's an American idea so it's bound
to be crap.
of the best coworking spaces in London.
the telesales stereotype is key
to building successful sales teams. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/ditching-the-telesales-stereotype-is-key-to-building-successful-sales-teams/
somethings worth doing, its worth
doing properly. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/if-somethings-worth-doing-its-worth-doing-properly/
eco home can house two people anywhere.
Is this the tomorrow's world of British home
businesses? Will we be reading a propaganda
release from Da P.M. shortly, with the caption,
'Go to work in an egg'?
for independent journalism. http://www.springwise.com/platform-crowdfunding-quality-independent-journalism/
We won't be seeing any results in the UK
then, where it's room for evil, hate-filled
propaganda, only. Liberally laced with dumbed-down
hypocrisy and trivia.
social network for anglers hits 1 million users.
matchmaker connects pilots with clients.
service app lets users name their price.
for locksmiths guarantees fixed rate on-demand
I know 'locksmiths' who will be offering
their services for no rate at all.
glasses help colorblind visitors see exhibits
in full color. http://www.springwise.com/museum-glasses-colorblind-visitors-full-color/
man who built self-sufficient home in the woods
from $3,400 shipping containers puts it up for
sale for $58,000. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3209756/Canadian-man-built-self-sufficient-home-woods-3-400-shipping-containers-puts-sale-58-000.html
Plus $20,000 in building costs; plus another
$20,000 for the solar panel system alone. And
the rest. (The land was free, one presumes.)
The fact that the dump became an 'internet sensation'
for dumbwalking zombies sums it up, really.
UK has entered new stage of recovery say the
In other words, no recovery whatsoever. (Naw.
Seriously. They're just having a larf. Again.)
publishes guidance for self-employed. http://www.hse.gov.uk/self-employed/index.htm
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published
guidance to the forthcoming changes to health
and safety law for the self-employed. From 1st
October 2015, self-employed people who have
no employees will be excluded from the provisions
of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAWA)
unless they work in a high-risk industry or
their work poses a risk to third parties. For
example, according to the HSE, self-employed
bakers or bookkeepers working from a home base
will be outside the HSAWA's scope, while someone
who provides advice or instruction to clients
about health and safety will not. (EnterpriseQuest)
types ranked by purchase cost. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/360051/bbs-are-the-most-expensive-small-business-to-purchase
Direct Line for Business has published research
that ranks types of business by purchase cost,
calculated in terms of valuation and turnover.
Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) are the most expensive
type of business to buy, with a valuation of
£4.49 per £1 turnover. Care homes
are ranked second (£2.56 per £1
turnover) and nurseries third (£1.91 per
£1 turnover). The three least expensive
types of business to purchase are pubs (98p
per £1 turnover), online firms (51p per
£1 turnover) and service firms (81p per
£1 turnover). (EnterpriseQuest)
of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches
£937 a month. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/pace-of-rent-rises-quickens-as-average-uk-rent-reaches-937-a-month/
About time for another article from a clueless
hack stating that it's much cheaper to start
a business from home than a starter unit.
woman starts living on a train because
she's fed-up paying rent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-woman-starts-living-on-a-train--because-shes-fedup-paying-rent-10467712.html
Is this the future of 'home businesses'?
Will we see overnight statistics/advertorials
from regime cronies which prove that 4.5 million
English entrepreneurs are contributing £567
billion to the UK economy every year, using
(non-existent) wi-fi on board trains?
buyers save £670 a year on rent. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/24/first-time-buyers-save-670-a-year-on-rent/
Source: a building society. What a surprise.
rife in the construction industry as 85% of
LGB workers face offensive remarks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/homophobia-rife-in-the-construction-industry-as-85-of-lgb-workers-face-offensive-remarks-10469585.html
For those who don't subscribe to the idle,
French literary habit of reducing anything with
more than two syllables to an abbreviation,
'LBG' stands for 'lesbian, gay or bisexual'.
So I would imagine that unlike being black,
wearing a turban or speaking with an Eastern
European accent, the only way fellow-construction
workers are going to find out about any sexual
leanings, is if someone admits to them. Or,
from an industry which has a reputation for
offensive remarks, 'Once a wanker, always a
wanker'. Like 'pisshead patriot' English cowboys
turning up on site with a copy of The Sun and
flying the George Cross from a German, Japanese
or Korean van or pickup.
this the country's most expensive shed?
Has it been dumped on a piece of land by
pisshead English cowboy bodgers? Then
the answer is obvious.
Pay could launch this week. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11820308/Android-Pay-to-launch-this-week.html
female friendship has become big business.
reasons the UK is going crazy for sportswear.
now a good time to buy property in France?
The last few times the British media asked
this rhetorical question, it prompted waves
of broke and disillusioned Brits returning to
Blighty just a few months afterwards.
so special about your business, anyway?
Victim of fraud? Why the authorities WON'T investigate.
ombudsman, furniture ombudsman how the
EU is spawning scores of 'watchdogs'.
Well - if they're anything like the UK's
long-established 'watchdogs', there's nothing
to worry about, is there?
chapter for AirBnB: The quaint Scottish bookshop
holidaymakers PAY £150 to run while staying
in the flat above. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3207693/New-chapter-AirBnB-quaint-Scottish-bookshop-Wigtown-holidaymakers-PAY-run-staying-flat-above.html
to make money from your garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11816715/How-to-make-money-from-your-garden.html
bosses at Persimmon to net £600m.
Brick hutches built up to a price to replace
home ownership with buy-to-let rented accommodation
and everyone qualifying for a mortgage committed
to a spiral of lifelong debt; assorted taxpayer-financed
bungs and subsidies from well-greased government
fags; 'swarms' of 'immigrant' labour with the
skills to build in which the UK's construction
industry hasn't invested a penny. 'Gardens'
to make money, anyone?
science of successful negotiation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/the-science-of-successful-negotiation/
Layers of Identity Theft Protection.
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