A few weeks ago I looked at the older of my two apple apple trees and couldn’t believe my eyes. In the 30+ years we’ve lived in our house, the old tree has always produced green cooking apples… until this year that is! I have absolutely no idea why they have suddenly turned red. But […]
Have you ever come away from a networking meeting feeling frustrated about the experience or the (lack of) results you get from networking? What if you could make networking easier and more enjoyable so you connect with the right people but it doesn’t feel like hard work?
From time to time you just want to boost your business quickly! Maybe it’s because your regular marketing strategies aren’t attracting the desired business and you haven’t yet worked out why. So you just want some quick wins to tie you over. If that’s the case my tips below will hopefully get you started.
A guest post from Margaret Cain: Through my work with a client who develops accountancy software, I’ve become aware of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital strategy. Don’t doze off at the back. This is important. Did you know that in the near future self-employed people (and some landlords) earning more than £10,000 a year will have […]
What can you do when you offer a valuable service but feel a little uncomfortable about marketing and promoting yourself? About the need to get visible, to get seen online and stand out from the crowd? When you run your own business you can’t really afford to be shy or to hold back. You want […]
We’ve all done it – taken on a client we shouldn’t have. Sometimes the warning signs are there when you meet someone for the first time. And at other times you discover too late that you’ve taken on a client you don’t enjoy working with. And by that time you probably regret it as working […]
It was the Queen’s (actual) 90th birthday last week and, having switched off my computer for the day, I decided to join in the celebrations in Windsor. The happy atmosphere was infectious. Everyone enjoyed it, not just the locals or the foreign tourists – Sandra and Sandy from the reality TV show Gogglebox were in their […]
Three years ago I started delivering workshops for a business start-up initiative that helps new business owners launch their ideas. The content is roughly aligned with a business plan template that the participants work on throughout the course. Sooner or later I always notice some of the start-ups get a little bored. It’s not always […]
The other day a client asked me what marketing activity helps me to get noticed as a business coach/mentor that leads to more business. I didn’t have to think long about my answer. My No.1 activity happens to be blogging. She was rather surprised because she had expected me to mention networking, social media and speaking […]
Have you ever wondered whether your strengths are more important than your weaknesses as you improve or grow your small business? It’s a question I get asked a lot, especially when people have carried out a SWOT exercise to help them identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. By the way, a SWOT is a […]