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8 Things Smart Business Owners Do Every Day

Posted by in Small business, Time management

As an entrepreneur, what you do every day can define how successful you are in achieving your business goals. Think about it.  You can either start the day cursing the alarm clock as you fall out of bed bleary eyed, stumbling towards the kettle to make your first fix of coffee.  Or you can have a routine that leaves you feeling calm, motivated and ready for whatever the day has to throw at you! Now I’m not a morning person by any means but I’ve found that having a routine when I first get up is essential if I want to start the day the right...

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How Entrepreneurs can keep costs down and still afford to outsource

Posted by in Outsourcing, Small business

The problem that many entrepreneurs face when they start up in business is that they try and do everything themselves in the belief that they won’t have enough money to start outsourcing their workload. And yet there are many ways that entrepreneurs can keep costs down when they first set up and still have enough money to outsource those business functions that they don’t have the skills or inclination to do. The reason you create a business is because you enjoy doing something and you want the freedom and opportunity to earn...

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The Number One Reason Why’re Not Getting Things Done

Posted by in Productivity

As you and I know when you’re running your own business, trying to juggle all the competing demands on your time can be a full time job in itself.  You’re a wearer of many hats – CEO, CFO, marketing director, receptionist and tea lady/man – and if that isn’t enough, you’ve also got some people called clients to look after! Being your own boss can be great fun but it can also be a royal pain in the neck because a lot of the time every major decision you make for the business is down to you.  And there are times when you look at your to...

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Keeping Your Energy Levels up When You’re Feeling Low

Posted by in Productivity

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe I’m writing this in January in London – the start of a new year with short days, long nights and cold grey skies; when all you feel like doing is wrapping a big woolly blanket round you and snuggling down on the sofa – with a tube of Pringles or a box of chocolates within easy reach. In fact, the winter months can be a real challenge when it comes to keeping motivated – all you want to do is to turn into a hedgehog, curl up into a ball and find somewhere warm to while away...

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10 Essential Steps to setting up your WordPress Website

Posted by in Websites

As I mentioned in my previous blog ‘11 Misconceptions about WordPress‘, WordPress is a powerful tool to build your website. With its wide variety of themes and plugins, WordPress has the flexibility to grow with the changing needs of your clients and business. Although WordPress is easy to install, there are some essential steps to setting up your website to make sure everything is up and running correctly from the start. These steps help you to protect your site from hackers and spammers, improve your SEO and ensure that your...

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6 Ways to stay focused on your projects when you feel like giving up

Posted by in Time management

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt since setting up my own business is that ultimately it’s all down to me.  As a business owner, you may have a network of people who can help you along the way but ultimately it’s your decision and responsibility how you run your business and whether you take on a project and complete it. Now this can be a blessing as well as a curse.  It’s great that you’re in control of your own work rather than at the mercy of some ‘pain in the ass’ boss.  However, it can also be a burden because you carry the final...

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11 Common Misconceptions about WordPress

Posted by in Websites

WordPress now powers around 23% of all websites online, with business sites being the most popular type hosted by the platform. Yet when I talk to clients about setting up their websites on WordPress, I notice that many of them don’t really understand what it does or how they can use it to build their online brand. Personally I love WordPress – I used it to create my own website and think it’s the best platform for business owners to build their online brand. So I always jump on my soapbox when I meet other people who question its worth and...

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Why reading blogs is killing your productivity

Posted by in Time management

I was reading a great blog the other week which detailed what CEOs do each day to help them stay productive. Sounds great, right? Well no, because it left me feeling depressed. The first tip was getting up at 6am. (Are there any successful people that don’t get up at the crack of dawn?) As soon as I see that, my heart sinks because I’m a night owl not an early morning kinda girl. I know there’s people who will brag that they’ve done 2 hours’ work before most people have had breakfast, but that’s not me and never...

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15 Things to Consider When Choosing a WordPress Theme

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I was having a conversation with a client the other day and she asked me a question that I often get asked when people are looking to update their WordPress website. Can you help me find a new theme? Now obviously I can search for themes – that’s not the hard bit. But finding the right theme? Wow, that can take a lot of effort. I know because I’ve been there myself – sitting up til 2 in the morning trawling through sites like Themeforest and telling myself I’ll check one more theme before I go to bed! And no – I don’t have much of a social...

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Do your events raise the roof or fall flat on the floor?

Posted by in Event planning

Having recently been involved with organising an event for a client, I was completely amazed by the feedback that I got after the event. People said things like… “[We] were really impressed with the way that you handled the invitations to the drinks reception and everything around the guest tickets.” “Thanks for all your hard work in helping make the event a great success – we really appreciate everything you did behind the scenes.” … it really made me realise both how much I can take my event management expertise for...

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