down to see full list; previous
month's (September 2014) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st October 2014
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
The hidden taxes costing you a fortune.
to keep Russian sanctions in place over Ukraine.
Thus dispelling the propaganda myth that
the EU and the US are interested in peace in
the region. Otherwise, how else is the Ukraine
junta going to spend its $17 billion IMF loan
on buying Coalition of Evil-manufactured weapons?
that means still more hardship for business
plebs like us whose stock in trade has nothing
to do with ethnic cleansing, crimes against
humanity, murder, theft and lies - as Russian
counter-sanctions also continue to bite.
living standards worse than thought. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/30/fall-uk-living-standards-deeper-ons-tuc
'Thought' by whom? Public school fags in government
on backhanders from Big Corp?
than 1-in-8 targeted by pension scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/30/more-than-one-in-eight-targeted-by-pension-scams/
Leaving the remaining 7-in-8 pensioners suffering
from official pension theft.
to split off PayPal online payment business.
calling: the victim who fought back and won.
fine threatened for deluge of mobile phone spam.
software firm taunts UK data regulator over
things to learn from a 30-year-old multi-millionaire.
The Buffoon to brick. 'You will not be alone'.
for mushrooms is more popular in France than
Increase in number of micro-firms reported.
The number of UK micro-firms (those with between
0 and 9 employees) has risen by 43% (1.4 million)
since 2000, according to the 'Growing Pains'
report published by RSA Insurance Group, (formerly
Royal and Sun Alliance). The number of firms
in the 'zero employment' category, which have
no employees other than the business founder,
has grown most quickly, rising by over 21% since
the beginning of the economic downturn in 2008.
The proportion of firms classified as high-growth
(those achieving 20% annual growth in employment
for three consecutive years) has fallen by over
20% since 2005. Around a third of small business
owners surveyed said that it is becoming harder,
not easier, to grow a business. The highest
proportion of business owners who described
their firm as 'ambitious' were located in Wales,
while Scotland had the lowest proportion of
ambitious firms. (EnterpriseQuest)
this is where all those 'self-employed' and
'home businesses' have been hiding, eh? Doing
micro-businessing instead of entrepreneurissing.
Does this signal another ill-informed propaganda
release from the Prime Minister, one has to
John Redwood warns businesses not to stand in
way of EU exit. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/29/john-redwood-warns-businesses-stand-way-eu-exit
Thus confirming what British businesses have
already known for a number of years: that the
Conservative Party is no longer the party of
British business. (American business is OK,
though. And 'Friends of Israel' business.)
to help advertisers track users across the web.
unlikely destinations tipped for a tourist boom.
to network your way to the top. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/11128626/How-to-network-your-way-to-the-top.-Britains-most-connected-woman-reveals-her-secrets.html
UK consumers face 'lost decade' as spending
cuts bite. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29406079#
Hey ho! Goods news for the self-employed
and all the small businesses again! Not that
there will be any spending cuts on squadrons
of fighter planes and bombers 'looking' for
fictitious, mediatised targets somewhere in
Iraq and perhaps, Syria. Rather than flipping
billions of quick bucks on bombing helpless
civilians and above all, children, as they usually
pays just £620,000 of UK tax on sales
of £1.3 billion. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2772461/Revealed-Online-auction-giant-eBay-pays-just-620-000-UK-tax-1-3billion-sales.html
dreams come true. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/27/potato-salad-kickstarter-ohio-fundraising-potatostock-party
to clean up on property. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2772533/What-tidy-profit-House-sold-state-squalor-goes-market-just-six-months-makeover-later-10-000-more.html
pyramid schemes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/29/scamwatch-pyramid-schemes/
PM tries to woo voters with discount starter
Community: Only 9 iPhone 6 complaints? Really?
things dogs can teach us about business.
guide to writing a marketing plan. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketplansample/ss/small-business-marketing-plan.htm?nl=1
money with Kindle Direct Publishing: getting
of hope for expats in Spain living in the dark.
National Minimum Wage increases on 1st October.
The NMW rate for those aged 21 or over will
increase from £6.31 to £6.50; for
18 to 20-year-olds, it will increase from £5.03
to £5.13; and for those aged 17 or under,
it will increase from £3.72 to £3.79.
The NMW for apprentices aged 18 or under, or
those aged 19 and over in the first year of
their apprenticeship, will increase from £2.68
cleared for use during flights. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29381193#
EU moves to block buy-to-let mortgages.
time for the Tories to demonstrate that they
support British business'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11122415/Its-time-for-the-Tories-to-demonstrate-that-they-support-British-business.html
But they do support business: 'Friends of
Israel' and USA business - especially the business
of making a lot of money from the murder of
quick ways to boost your bottom line. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/a/boost-your-bottom-line.htm?nl=1
markets by train. http://news.uk.voyages-sncf.com/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw68?sigreq=92215264
least-visited attractions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11119470/Englands-least-visited-attractions.html
10 buy-to let postcodes to avoid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11113813/Buy-to-let-the-10-postcodes-with-the-lowest-yields.html
nurseries threatened with closure. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770306/Shape-ll-close-4-000-nurseries-told-One-six-affected-concerns-including-poor-standards-unsafe-buildings-gaps-aid-training.html
in the sky trap Argentine tax cheats. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2769958/Argentine-Government-uses-drone-discover-200-mansions-100-swimming-pools-not-declared-owners.html
The UK doesn't need drones to identify tax
cheats. We all know who they are - starting
with media proprietors and political party donors.
who defrauded clients out of £2.3million
in pyramid scheme and spent the cash on porn
is jailed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770008/Accountant-defrauded-clients-2-3million-pyramid-scheme-spent-cash-porn-jailed.html#ixzz3EO7Y1h5j
It sounds as if a promising political career
make ten times more money stealing medical records
than credit card details. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2769109/Forget-credit-card-details-hackers-make-money-stealing-medical-records.html
'We've let down small firms on bank loans',
admits Vince Cable. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2768803/We-ve-let-small-firms-bank-loans-admits-Vince-Cable-Business-Secretary-launchs-astonishing-attack-one-George-Osborne-s-flagship-policies.html
So will the Government be demanding billions
of pounds of refunds from the banks? After all
the taxpayer bail-outs these criminal, financial,
commercial and ethical lepers have received
service competition enquiry launched by MPs.
I thought MPs had one of those before agreeing
to fleece the taxpayer again with the Post
Office's privatisation scam?
insurance to become cheaper. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/09/24/car-insurance-will-become-cheaper-but-there-are-still-problems-with-the-cost-of-cover/
over new software bug. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/25/bug-bash-software-could-be-bigger-threat-heartbleed
things to know about your credit score.
ways to improve your small business cash flow.
5 most common mistakes of business networking.
As not in fake, online networking.
to boost your professional reputation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26478/boost-professional-reputation/
wine has met its Waterloo. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2768692/As-English-wine-gets-better-better-JILLY-GOOLDEN-s-taste-test-proves-French-wine-s-met-Waterloo.html
French wine has been under pressure for decades
but it's always good to see innovative, high
quality British products making a name for themselves.
Now all we need is for the media and British
political classes to come up to speed.
desserts like Angel Delight are to blame for
the decline of the English apple, claims Environment
Wasn't it the 1960s that Angel Delight first
appeared? Whereas the demise of decent apples
all around the world, not just Britain, is largely
down to political party donors like large supermarket
chains who are far more interested in price,
than quality. Still, we musn't be too demanding
of our politicians or the next step will be
psychological profiling and all of a sudden,
we won't have any politicians at all!
buy wild-caught salmon, British shoppers urged.
So British shoppers can tell the difference
between wild-caught and farmed salmon now, can
they? Well, there's novel for you.
success from home and hospital. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2767858/I-don-t-know-I-doing-today-I-hadn-t-gone-I-did-Throat-cancer-patient-sketched-high-heels-hospital-sick-bed-founded-successful-wedding-shoe-company.html
builds dream home from shipping containers.
Appetite for loans picks up again, say major
lending expained. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/23/peer-to-peer-lending-explained/
operators in talks for rural coverage compromise.
credit card surcharge loophole. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11087341/Does-PayPal-offer-a-loophole-to-avoid-credit-card-surcharges.html
sends out 2000 demands to businesses which don't
owe a penny, after another computer failure.
four ages of home ownership. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11113415/The-four-ages-of-home-ownership.html
are buy-to-let mortgages? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/23/what-are-buy-to-let-mortgages/
10 best postcodes for buy-to-let. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11113718/Britains-highest-yields-the-best-10-postcodes-for-buy-to-let.html
number of British female farmers doubles in
five years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2765406/Women-hands-dirty-British-female-farmers-doubled-five-years-13-000-2008-23-000-One-UK-s-biggest-farmers-29-year-old-Sophie-Hope-explains-why.html
gets its own web domain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11115314/Scotland-gets-its-own-web-domain.html
Well, it's all been worth it then!
New consumer rights come into force. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/misleading-and-aggressive-selling-new-rights-for-consumers
Consumers in the UK will be able to take traders
who use misleading or aggressive commercial
practices to court, following the introduction
of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations
2014. The new Regulations, which will come into
force on 1st October 2014, amend the Consumer
Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Under the amendment, consumers will have the
'right to unwind' a contract, allowing them
to undo transactions they have entered into
with a trader within 90 days of receipt of goods
or services, as long as the goods can be returned
or services ended. If goods cannot be returned
or the services have ended, the right to a discount
will apply. In the event that consumers suffer
a loss exceeding the cost of the goods or services,
then the right to damages may also be exercised
if there is sufficient proof. (EnterpriseQuest)
under pressure as hacks continue. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29310042#
over gold bullion offers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29313210#
to start a side business. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140919-fun-or-folly-working-on-the-side
guide to social media for small businesses.
hutch Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2765826/Rabbit-hutch-Britain-Draconian-building-rules-mean-homes-smallest-Western-Europe-half-size-Ireland.html
Could be one of the reasons why the numbers
of people running a business from home has slumped
from '8 million' to just 2.9 million in under
cheaper to buy in France as rates tumble.
Just £30,000? Comparing like-with-like,
it's a lot more than that. But the rest of Europe
shouldn't be forgotten, either.
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