Love your late groomers – here’s when hair salons and barbershops sell the most cuts

Luscious locks and a nice beard for the Christmas holidays are an obvious way to spend some extra money in December. But while Christmas gifts are purchased early in the month, hair seems to be a last minute thing.

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Deck the halls and shopping malls, because Christmas pockets are jingling earlier than ever

As a retailer, you might be sick and tired of tinsel by mid-November but if you’re tempted to hold off on the decorating until December, think again. We’ve crunched the numbers and found a few surprising facts about Christmas shoppers.

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Snack secrets: Restaurant and café owners share their biggest business mistakes

Make mistakes. Then learn from them. We asked a bunch of cafés and restaurants about the biggest mistakes they’ve made in their business so far. And it’s not what you might think. Continue reading Snack secrets: Restaurant and café owners share their biggest business mistakes

Fail FTW!

Many famous entrepreneurs claim that making mistakes has been key to their success. In reality, success will only come if you’re actually aware of your mistakes and manage to learn from them. We asked small businesses in the UK about their biggest mistakes in 2015. Here are some of the most common fails, and how we can avoid them in 2016.

Neglecting marketing and advertising

Many entrepreneurs replied that their biggest mistake in 2015 was that they didn’t spend enough money or time on marketing and advertising. Regardless of whether it’s promoting your Facebook posts, buying an ad in the local newspaper or handing out flyers at trade shows – marketing is important for any business, no matter how big or small it may be.
And remember that marketing doesn’t have to be expensive. There are so many smart ways to promote a business nowadays – with little or no cost at all. Luckily, we’ve gathered our best (and cheapest) marketing tips here for you.

Not planning ahead enough

Planning is essential. You should always think a step ahead. Every business should have an annual plan: where do you want your business to be in 12 months? Benchmark with earlier years and be realistic. There are plenty of useful apps to help you plan ahead – check out our favourites here.

Spending, rather than putting money aside

We know it’s tempting to invest in that new spa jacuzzi or a new stock of exclusive French skin products, but many business owners would benefit from taking a more long-term perspective. Maybe there’s an expected slow period coming up, or time to pay taxes soon? Look ahead and plan. And remember to always have a buffer.

Didn’t manage to find the right location

This is a truly a make it or break it decision. And it’s scary. But if 2016 is the year where you need to find the perfect spot for your first – or tenth – salon, remember to consult more than just your gut feeling. Demographic research, neighbourhood assessment and landlords are all different aspects to consider before making your decision. This blog post will give you some first pointers.

Had difficulties in hiring and keeping employees motivated

Recruiting new people to your own business is not an easy task. Especially when it’s your first time hiring, and you want to find that perfect person who will be as dedicated to your company as yourself. It’s all about motivation. And there are plenty of other ways than paying huge salaries to motivate your employees. Find our best tips here!

Snack secrets: Restaurant owners share the weirdest orders they received in 2015

Restaurants would be nothing without their wonderful guests. But as we all know, some patrons can be a bit demanding sometimes… We asked some of our iZettle users working in restaurants for the weirdest orders they received during 2015. Here’s the result. Heard them before? Continue reading Snack secrets: Restaurant owners share the weirdest orders they received in 2015

Salon secrets: Beauticians share the weirdest customer requests they received in 2015

Being in the beauty industry means working with the stuff you love the most. But what’s up with those strange requests you sometimes get from customers? We asked our lovely iZettlers running a business in the Health & Beauty segment to list some of the oddest inquiries they received during 2015, and we got some pretty weird stuff… Have you heard these before?
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