I’m turning 40, Oh my God!

April 25, 2013 in Working From Home

ShareOh My God I’m Nearly 40! Today is one of those lovely Sundays where I feel no guilt about watching a film in the afternoon: a rare treat. As well as  organising the setting up of my new business I have had the kids to entertain over the Easter Holidays and I have been organising a joint 40th Birthday Party for my husband and myself. With over 60 to seat and feed in a leaking tent on our lawn we were praying for the thunderstorms to stay away.  Thankfully they did and the main issue where high heels implanting themselves in the grass! Turning 40
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Starting Your Own Business – Are you scared, excited..or both?

March 23, 2013 in Starting a Business

ShareStarting Your Own Business?  Are you Scared, Excited or Both? On Friday morning a friend mentioned an opportunity for a Deli in my local Town.  The idea must have taken shape in my brain whilst I slept as I woke up on Saturday morning thinking “that’s what I want to do”. So I went to visit the premises where I was told there was also a restaurant or cafe opportunity in the same small courtyard complex.  That was it, by Monday afternoon I had paid a deposit to run a cafe.  THEN I PANICKED Why Start a Business? There are many reasons for starting a business. 
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Find Me A Job! I’m Told I’m Overqualified

February 26, 2013 in Starting a Business

Share Are You Overqualified to Find A Job? Mum of 2, Rachel Gosling was told she was too overqualified when she decided to return to work and tried to find a job in her local area.  This is the story of how she left her busy City Job, had her family and how, having been rejected from many job applications, retrained as a Massage Therapist and set up The Therapy Room in Billingshurst, West Sussex. Leaving the 9-5 Office Job to Become a Domestic Goddess I am a mum of two boys, 7 and 11. I returned to work in London after
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Facebook Promoted Posts – Viable Option or Death Toll for Small Businesses?

November 27, 2012 in Facebook Marketing

Share Are Facebook’s Promoted Posts a Viable Option for Small Businesses? Unless you have been living under a stone, you will have been persuaded to set up a Facebook account so you can connect with friends and family (actually about the only person I know who does not have an account is my husband but being on Exercise with the British Army a lot he probably has been living under a stone..or bush….or tent!) Facebook for Small Businesses Facebook has grown substantially over the years and most businesses now have a Facebook Account, typically a fan page. If you are a small businesses or blog writer Facebook is
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Last Minute Tips to Boost Your Christmas Sales

November 21, 2012 in Working From Home

Share LAST MINUTE TIPS TO BOOST YOUR CHRISTMAS SALES Concerned you still have Christmas Stock filling up the spare room?  Wonder what you will do with it when your parents visit at Christmas? The Statistics In the US, consulting firm AlixPartners expects that Hurricane Sandy will have no long-term impact on sales and they are predicting a 3.5% – 4.0% increase in year-over-year sales in 2012.   In the UK, Mintel’s conclusion from its research is “Retail sales growth has averaged around 3% so far this year and as the pressures on consumers are, if anything, easing there is no reason to
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How Much Money do You Really Need to Start a Business?

November 13, 2012 in Starting a Business

Share How Much Money Do You Need to Start a Business? Well not as much as you might think.  Most people I know start their business from home, using the kitchen table as their office or production area, and buying the necessaries out of the monthly housekeeping or a few savings they have built up. If you run a service business such as consultancy, event planners, software design, marketing etc. then you should  be able to start your business with only a small investment.  Even if you need material for making jewellery or crafts, or buying wholesale products to sell try and
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Are you Protecting Your Work from Copycats?

November 3, 2012 in Working From Home

Share Are You Protecting the Work the You Are Creating? There is  nothing more frustrating than spending your time and emotion to create something new, whether it be written, photographic or a product design, and then find that someone else has copied your idea and is making money from it. Here is a simple guide to ensure that your work…stays yours. Copyright If you create original written, musical, illustrative or photographic work or design computer software then your work automatically has a copyright without the need to register it. For protection, before you make your work public, you should mark it
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Latest Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2012

October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Share  Latest Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2012 Are you, like me, prone to missing the date to send cousin John and family their Christmas Card in Australia? Or do you rush to write those last minute Christmas cards and are then unsure if you have to spend the extra to send them via first class post?  If so  here is your guide to all posting dates so that you won’t forget this year. These are the recommended latest dates of posting within the UK and to worldwide civilian destinations provided by Royal Mail: Within the UK 2nd Class – Tuesday 18th December 2012
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Time Management An Issue? Have You Considered Outsourcing?

October 17, 2012 in Working From Home

ShareIS OUTSOURCING THE KEY TO IMPROVING YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT? It’s half term so a lot of time has been spent entertaining my children and acting as a referee.  I can only snatch bits of time during the day to do any work yet I have achieved lots already, both business and personally related.  How have I done this? Well I have been reading Tim Ferris’s book ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ and watching one of Melanie Duncan’s (from the Entrepreneuress Academy)  Courses on Business and Pinterest.  I have realised that although I have lots of  ideas for improving my business and developing new products I am
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Pinterest – How to Create a Seperate Business Account & Increase Sales

October 11, 2012 in Social Media Tipbits

Share WHY IT IS BENEFICIAL TO SET UP A BUSINESS PINTEREST ACCOUNT & HOW TO DO IT Pinterest is increasing sales for those businesses that use Pinterest as part of their marketing strategy. Inc. Blog  wrote that “The folks at Daily Grommet have been active on Pinterest since late August 2011, and in only one month’s time Pinterest was among their top 15 referring sites; today it is in their top five. According to their analytics, site visits from Pinterest increase on an average of 160 percent each month, with 83 percent being new visitors. Since they sell unusual products curated from
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