6 EASY WAYS TO DIGITALLY PROTECT YOURSELF – THE UPDATE PROTOCOL

Marc Goodman has worked with the FBI and Interpol and in his New York Times bestseller “Future Crimes” outlines that everything is connected, everyone is vulnerable and what we can do about it. He advocates the UPDATE Protocol which provides practical everyday tips to protect yourself and your business from today’s most common technological dangers. By following this protocol (the digital equivalent of locking your front door and not leaving the car keys in the ignition) you can avoid more than 85% of the digital threats that pervade our lives daily.   Update Update frequently as modern […]

CYBER INSURANCE AND GDPR

Cyber Insurance and GDPR Ireland

How will Cyber Insurance respond to GDPR-related incidents? A policy should cover you for a wide variety of data-breach related covers, including: Crisis response to gain initial advice from experts IT forensics to discover the source of a breach and stop it at source The cost of establishing who has been affected, and to what extent The cost of notifying those affected – Credit and/or identity theft monitoring, if required Setting up a call centre for those affected Attend hearing such as with the Data Protection Commissioner Fines and penalties, once they are insurable – see […]

Never Say He Has Lost His Marbles!

Jay Abraham recently sent me and thousands others the following which sure makes you think: 4,420 Saturday Mornings… The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as […]

The Taxation of Cryptocurrencies in Ireland

Crytpocurrency Taxation

While cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in Ireland an investment in them is subject to taxation. Revenue’s view is that an investment in cryptocurrency is the same as a share investment and accordingly should be subject to Capital Gains Tax at 33%. If you are dealing in cryptocurrencies you need to make a declaration to Revenue even if you have incurred losses. A PAYE individual needs to complete a CG1 Return whereas a self employed individual can declare it on Form 11. CGT on profits made between January 1 and November 30 must be paid by […]

Minimum Wage 2018

The following Low Pay Commission recommendations were implemented from January 1 2018: Experienced adult worker   €9.55per hour Over 19 and less than 2 years since first job   €8.60per hour. Over 18 and less than 1 year since began first job   €7.64per hour. Aged under 18   €6.69per hour An experienced adult worker, for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act, is an employee who has an employment of any kind in any 2 years over the age of 18. Of course the national minimum wage does not stop an employer from offering a higher wage. How to calculate […]

Sole Trader V Limited Company Considerations

So you have a new business idea and have sketched a brief business plan. What are your options in terms of structure and how do you decide which one is right for you? There are two main options open to entrepreneurs setting up in Ireland – sole trader or limited company. I will briefly outline the differences between the two and the issues you need to consider when making a decision on which structure to choose. Sole Trader Sole trader is the simplest option. To set up as a sole trader, you will need to register […]

Shareholders Agreement

A shareholders agreement may be loosely defined as an agreement (contract) between some or all of the shareholders in a company and sometimes the company itself, which is intended to govern the rights and obligations of the parties thereto. Frequently, shareholders agreements will also deal with the management of the company. When setting up a new company the provisions of a shareholders agreement should be agreed between the shareholders before the business commences. The advantages of using a shareholders agreement are: It ensures secrecy for those provisions which could be publicly sensitive. Often shareholders agreements include […]

BUSINESS PLANNING FOR 2018

Let’s take a look back and start planning for business in 2018… As we approach the Christmas break, for most businesses the rush is on to collect money from customers, pay money to suppliers and get all records up to date. We are approaching the end of another year and now is the time to look back at the business for the year that has been. It’s a time to review performance as a whole, both the good and the bad, to ensure we capitalise on the positives and strive to eliminate the negatives next year. […]

20 Great Actionable Time Saving Ideas

Andy Bounds, author of The Jelly Effect: How to Make Your Communications Stick, recently passed me on some great time saving ideas. As he says the most common grumble in business: “I don’t have time.” So he has twenty ways to change how you communicate, to free-up loads of time. All are easy. All will save you time. But which will you do? Don’t have 30- or 60-minute meetings.  Instead, make them a maximum of 20 or 45. Even shorter, whenever possible Review last week’s diary, and identify all the things that took longer than they […]

Expert Business People to Avoid

Jim Connolly, the marketing expert, advised recently that there are certain people you need to avoid. Some are easy to spot The web designer, whose website looks ugly. The marketing expert, who has to attend networking groups because their marketing doesn’t work. The guru, who claims to be in demand, yet offers free consultations. The copywriter, whose content is uninspiring.  Others are harder to spot The strategist, whose own strategy isn’t working. The accountant, who understands the numbers but can’t express what they mean to your business. The PR person, whose own PR doesn’t create any […]

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