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Keeping warm working from home for less

And you thought working in an office where they decide when to put the heating on was hard work in Winter! What about how cold the house gets when you've not got the extra hot air coming out of your annoying colleague in the  Marketing team to deal with? As winter...

Why your brain will love an ordered to-do list

Some use a diary/calendar, others use a whiteboard (me) and some use one of the endless online programmes to manage their day. Many still use pen and paper! Whatever your way of managing your to-do-list you’ll appreciate it can, at times, reach breaking point and so...

Some of my favourite productivity tools

My business aims to give client's back some time in their working week, so I am always striving to find more efficient ways of working. These five apps / programmes certainly help: Time recording: If you want to see how long tasks take you, whether it's for your own...

Do you haggle with freelancers?

Do you haggle with freelancers? I've only had it twice, but it's been twice in as many weeks and both women thought it was justified because they could 'offer me exposure' (yeah, I know, people do actually say it) and the other said 'the work is quite...

Thanks for the lesson Uber

If the London Uber situation has taught us anything it's that we definitely all need a Plan B! When I first started my business in May 2016 I heavily networked, face to face and online, (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), I was reading and learning as much as I could to...

Managing your inbox

Inboxes; probably one of the most stressful parts of many a business owner's day. I know how you feel, I've worked with senior people who have needed a little help organising, sifting or being ruthless with their own inboxes.   Sometimes, all that's needed is a...

We should be more French

After a relaxing ten day break in Villapourçon in the Morvan National Park, I've decided us Brits need to be more French. Dead flies As soon as we arrived at the French end of the Eurotunnel there was a flurry of suicidal flies hitting our windscreen. It reminded me...

My diary is a nightmare

'Oh I'd love to, but my diary is a nightmare.' How many times have you said, or heard, that? Running a business is a full time job, and of course you want to maximise every opportunity, every meeting and ensure the business is working for you 24/7, but we really do...

Why social media should be part of your event planning

There's so much to think about when planning any event: Date - are there any clashes with similar events? Will people be in the town on that day? Times - what are the best times to hold such an event? Audience - who? Food and drinks - dietary options, alcohol...

What if that one big client stopped working with you?

"No one client should take up more than 20% of your time"   Ideally, no one client should take up more than 20% of your time, or your income. But why not? Simple answer is, what if they suddenly decide they don't need you anymore? "Be ready for any situation to...

How to encourage engagement in your Facebook group

There are over 1.94 billion monthly active Facebook users worldwide, you can therefore almost guarantee that there are going to be more than a handful of people who have similar interests to you. What better way to bring everyone together than in a Facebook group?...

Juggling children and running your own business

Whether you're a parent to four children, one child, a two year old, or a 20 year old at University, the pull and push on your emotions and time is still a part of your life. I've been a Mum of one for 19 years, with a little bit of time off every so often for...

What to consider when outsourcing social media management

Social media is a major part of any business owners marketing plan, but it's also a massive time sucker. You've got to not only consider your content, but put it together and then monitor it. It's also too easy to 'pop' online to post something only to find yourself...

Diary Management Efficiency Tips

Time management is key to running a successful business, and an organised life. No one really appreciates it when people are consistently late, or don't turn up at all. Unless you've got someone running behind you all day, every day it's hard to keep on top of...

Ways to improve your working capital

Working Capital = Current Assets – Current Liabilities As small business owners we wear many hats; marketing, finance, customer service, sales, administration, worriers, the list is endless. You can't be expected to excel in all areas, you'd be pretty unique if you...

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25th May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will become known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The UK Government has confirmed that our decision to leave the EU will not affect the introduction of the GDPR. This GDPR has many similarities with...

Tips for posting in Facebook groups

As a small business owner, freelancer or start-up you'll know the importance of getting your name out there any way you can. Facebook groups are a wonderful way to get in front of people for free and are how quite a few of my clients have found me. I've been active in...

Not just another Virtual Assistant

Swindon based Virtual Assistant; Catherine Gladwyn. Est.2016   Me: Educated to degree level as an FE lecturer, I come with great communication skills, both written and verbal. I took the fundamental skills I was taught as a lecturer to my roles within the...

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