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Ways to Save Money – “This is Money”‘s top 50 money-saving tips – #32 – 50

32. Cancel your gym membership
If you pay your £40 a month by direct debit and you use the gym three times a week, great. If not, cancel your membership immediately. You’ll soon save enough to buy your own bike and, if you’re so inclined, a rowing machine. Consider running home from work three times a week. It’s free.
Saving: £100s
Link: Compare prices for rowing machines on Kelkoo

33. Use your library
The local library is a mecca for the money saver. You’ll never need to buy another cookbook, guidebook or lifestyle manual again and if you can bear to wait a few weeks in the queue for the latest blockbuster, you never need to buy books again. CDs and videos are great value too.
Saving: £100
Link: www.whichbook.net – find a book and check if it’s available at your local library

34. The three-for-two trick
Now, there’s a lot to be said for buy-one-get-one-free deals, especially if they pass the ‘Do I really need this?’ test. Then there’s three-for-twos; a particularly cynical way of stores to entice shoppers to buy an extra item they would not otherwise buy. The ‘offer’ is always priced into the deal so do your sums and shop around.
Saving: It’s a principle at stake here
Link: Discuss deals and scams with other readers

35. Buy clothes and presents in the sales
So you need a new suit and the one you like comes in at a cool £300. Wait! The chances are that you can pick it up in the sale – and there’s always a sale just around the corner – for £150. The same applies for birthday and Christmas presents. Buy in bulk in the sales and you not only save money, but you enjoy stress-free pre-Christmases and no last-minute birthday worries.
Saving: £100s

37. The Christmas lottery
Instead of trying to buy a present for every relative in your family, consider getting together beforehand and picking one name from the hat. You then buy one thoughtful gift for that one person rather than attempting to please everyone at considerable cost. Everyone gets a present, everyone saves money.
Saving: £100

38. The National Lottery – it won’t be you!
The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are stacked 14m to 1 against each ticket. Some highly organised syndicates buy 14,000 tickets a week, which reduces the odds to 1,000 to 1 – but that’s no guarantee of a win. For the rest of us, the difference to the odds between buying, say, 10 tickets and one is so insignificant that you should limit yourself to the one and save the extra money in a Cash mini Isa.
Saving: £100
Link: Are you sitting on a winning ticket?

39. Use your Isa allowances
If you’re not already aware, you can save up to £3,000 a year in a tax-free savings account called an Isa (for the more financially savvy there’s also a stocks and shares Isa). It means you don’t pay any tax on the interest accrued so, if you have spare cash in your current account, this is the difference between earning next to no interest and up to £150 a year.
Saving: £100+
Link: Best Isa rates

40. Claim your benefits and tax credits
There was once a certain stigma in Britain attached to claiming benefits. Well, not any more. The Government has put benefits at the heart of the family budget and it’s your money so make sure you’re claiming it. That includes Child Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and other employee-related tax benefits.
Saving: £100s
Link: Confused? Ask a This is Money Expert

41. How saving £50 a month now can save you £120 next year
Do you pay your insurance premiums by monthly instalments? If you do, then consider this: you are probably being charged a premium of between 15% and 20% for the privilege. In other words, if your home and car insurance bill for the year is £600, you’re paying up to £120 a year in interest by paying monthly. If you are in a position this year to save up for next year’s premiums in advance, you can save money by paying the whole lot in one go.
Saving: £100+
Link: This is Money’s best savings rates

42. Do you need all those TV channels?
Britain is switching to digital-only television and time is running out for you to choose your new digital TV provider. The choice is already bewildering and with telephone-based services now being launched it’s going to get more complicated. Packages range from full the monty, including every sports and movie channel costing around £50 a month, down to Freeview, which is free. Choose wisely.
Saving: £100+

43. Bin the ready meals
If TV chefs such as Ainsley Harriott can knock up a meal from a bag of random groceries including an aubergine and a packet of sultanas – so can you. Ready meals may be convenient, but preparing your own food saves money. A visit to your library will reveal scores of books dedicated to cooking proper meals in minutes.
Saving: £100+

44. Take up a money-saving hobby
Hobbies not only open your mind to new experiences but they also take up your time – important if you would otherwise spend it in the pub drinking away your hard-earned money. If a painting takes 20 hours to complete, and you normally get through a pint an hour. That’s a saving of a least 40 quid a picture. Think about it. Get painting. Go fishing.
Saving: £100+

45. Avoid the payment protection racket
Banks and other lenders are selling expensive insurance policies to cover loan repayments to people who don’t need it. Don’t be a victim of the hard-sell.
Saving: £100

46. Avoid extended warranties
Electrical goods are more reliable than ever. If your new radio won’t last three years perhaps it’s not worth buying in the first place. Think about it: how many times has your fridge broken down in the last five years? And do you really need the hassle of claiming for repairs to a £15 toaster?
Saving: £100
Link: Read our guide to extended warranties

47. Shop online
The internet is gradually taking over. Online grocery shopping is getting better all the time and there are plenty of comparison websites to help find the best prices for bigger items. Give it a try, unless of course you like fighting your way through supermarket crowds.
Saving: Your sanity
Links: Online grocery service rated; PriceRunner – price comparison site

48. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau is your friend
If your debts are out of control please seek help immediately from your local CAB – their advisers can help you work out a sensible strategy to get you back on your feet.
Saving: It could save your life
Link: Find your local CAB

49. Have I missed any money-saving ideas?
You can now add your comments to the Money Saving Overflow
Link: Find out more at 50 more ways to save money

50. Save this article or send it to a friend
Use the links at the bottom of the page to send these money-saving tips to a friend or save it for yourself for later.

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UK Budget – What is it and how will it affect you?

Okay, so I know it’s a day late, but hopefully you haven’t seen it yet (or read about the outcry it’s caused) and you’ll learn something new from this post!

Chancellor Alistair Darling’s Pre-Budget Report is one of the most important Pre-Budget Reports in living memory. Unlike the rest of the G20, the UK is the only country still stuck in recession after its economy contracted for the sixth straight quarter in November. With the projected fiscal deficits for 2009/10 and 2010/11 being revised upwards from £175bn, businesses are facing more attempts by the government to claw back cash.

Here it is at a glance:

-50% levy on bank bonuses over £25K
-inheritance tax threshold frozen
-state pension up by 2.5% in april
-borrowing to hit £178BN this year
-vat will go back to 17.5% on January 1
-bingo duty to be cut from 22 to 20%
-return to growth in fourth quarter
-green payment to scrap old boilers

So, what does it mean for you or your business? Well, first of all, the VAT going up means your prices will go up and those of your suppliers! What else? A new green agenda, staffing issues, national insurance rises, corporation tax, VAT and stamp duty! Businesses need to react quickly or face being outdone by the competition.

What does the pre-budget report mean or your business?

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The Business Start-Up Show in London

Hi everyone!

Thanks again for visiting this blog… great to have you! Well, I’m going on holiday tomorrow and wont be back til next week, so in the meantime, get your free tickets for the business start up show and start planning your trip there!! 🙂

More money saving tips when I get back next week…

http://www.bstartup.com/

Starting a business?

As an industry-leader, Business Startup is free for anyone thinking about starting a business or expanding a business. With seminars, exhibitors, advice, opportunities, and much more, can you afford to miss out?

Enjoy!

http://www.bstartup.com/

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5 Steps to Increasing Your Staff Performance

Lack of performance in a member of your staff can be attributed to one of two things. Either they have a competence problem, a commitment problem or both. Competence is relatively easy to deal with. Once you have identified the issue, you can set about producing a training programme to help develop their skills, spend some time supervising them until they become competent, allow them to observe others, there are any number of ways that you can develop your staff with direction and support.

Competence is learned over time as people develop their skills through experience. Commitment, however, is a little bit more difficult to deal with as this is down to a combination of a person’s confidence and motivation. When a job is new to us and we are in learning mode, we have little or no competence but oodles of commitment.

We are enthusiastic and eager to learn and determined to perform at our best. As we start to learn the job, our competence increases but out commitment diminishes as we realise that maybe the job is more difficult than we thought, or maybe not as challenging or as interesting as we thought, or maybe we are just not being recognised for our efforts.

Human nature is such that we start to think “well why bother?” Keep your people’s commitment by:-
1. Developing a learning and action plan that is right for them. Find out what their preferred learning styles are.
2. Be aware of how quickly they learn and adapt. Don’t allow them to become overwhelmed but just as importantly, keep their interest if they are a fast learner and they thrive by having responsibility.
3. Focus on the positive by catching them doing something right and acknowledge them for it.
4. If they do do something wrong while they are still inexperienced or they have a new task, then apologise for not making it clear to them. Yes, I do mean apologise! It is not their responsibility to understand you; it is your responsibility to be understood.
5. Keep them in the loop. People like to know what is going on and are more likely to be committed if they understand the bigger picture.

Yvonne Bleakley is the manager’s mentor, director of http://www.coachuk.ltd.uk and creator of The Silent Motivator System, the proven step-by-step programme to maximise staff and gain true respect and commitment. Download your free e-book “How to Maximise your Staff and Gain Respect” at http://www.silentmotivator.com

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Mini Marketing Tip 2 – Image

Hello readers,

Here’s an interesting controversial thought: People judge you and pre-determine how you’re going to be by the way you look.

Don’t agree? Watch this video as proof (love her or hate her, you cant dispute that this was true in her case.)
So, if people judge you by the way you look, or at least make an initial judgement, then if you are representing your business.. how does this translate?

Well, if you show up to networking events with dirty hair, un-ironed clothes and slouched shoulders, then think of how people will see you. Yes, you can never judge a book by it’s cover, however, the reality is that we do form an impression of someone by the way they look. This possibly comes from the time of the caveman and is linked to a survival instinct; you had to know whether someone was friend or foe instantly!

It doesn’t matter how great your product is or how spectacular you are at providing the service that you do, if you are not dressed to reflect what you do, then people will make a pre-judgment on what you provide as a business.

Comments and/or experiences welcome!

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Great Sales tips video

This is an excerpt from Kevin Nations training on how to develop a killer sales presentation for Professional Services. This step is Setting the Agenda

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Follow up and exciting news…

Hello readers..

So, I’ve been a bit quiet this week.. but the exciting news is that from next I have a business coach, Gemma Thompson, who will be guest blogging about great business stuff you can really use… from Monday! So, keep a look out for that… I just got the first one from her and it looks brilliant!

Are you on Facebook? Do you use it for business?
Did you know that facebook is redesigning the inbox feature? This might be really great if you’re using it for business.. the opportunity to filter messages and keep it clean!

Facebook does a new inbox! http://viigo.im/X2j

See you monday, but in the meantime, you’re welcome to follow me on twitter! http://www.twitter.com/smallbizangel See you there!

Cemanthe

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