The SmartTrade Weekly Roundup: June 20

Want to read some of the most useful, interesting, and entertaining small-business-related articles from the week? You’ve come to the right place!

1. 7 Things Your Business Can Learn from the World Cup

In this article from David Goulden at Made Simple Group (via Business Zone), you’ll see how some important lessons from football can be useful for your business. From appreciating talent (think Maradona) to trying new things (a la the German national side), you’ll learn how to channel your inner football manager to achieve success in your business ventures.

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2. Is AdWords a Waste of Money for Small Businesses?

Online marketing is a huge component in the success of a number of businesses, but it can be difficult to assess which of the many different options is best for your business. Anthony Karibian of bOnline argues that pay-per-click marketing through AdWords might not be the most cost-effective option for small businesses, especially if you haven’t already done a good amount of SEO work.

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3. Five Things I Would Have Done Differently in My Small Business

Learning from experience is great. Learning from others’ experience is even better, as it can save you the time, hassle, and inefficiency that goes along with learning from your own. Tom Skinner shares the five lessons he learned too late so you can integrate them into your business from the get-go.

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4. Santander UK to Refer Small Businesses to Peer-to-Peer Lender

Having your loan application rejected is hard enough—but figuring out what to do after that is even harder. Santander will help out rejected loan applicants by referring them to other lenders, including Funding Circle, one of the UK’s largest peer-to-peer lending platforms. Government officials and business owners alike hope the change will provide more support for small businesses trying to get off the ground.

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5. Weight Off Your Mind: How to Stay Fit and Healthy If You Work from Home

Working from home is great, but sometimes it can come at the expense of our health. This article from The Guardian shares advice from health experts on how to minimise the risk of gaining weight and increasing your likelihood of health problems if you work from home.

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