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Tao’s Top 5 Tips for Effective Networking

I first had the idea of working for myself sometime during 2011, after ranting to my partner how unhappy I was in the job I was doing at the time. He actually planted the first seed, and yes, I laughed! As I thought about it, the idea grew on me and a battle plan was

Jan 10, 2015 admin

Monthly Mentoring – and moving forward

In March 2014 I signed up with three fellow small business owners for a monthly mentoring group. We’re all from different business sectors so there’s no clashing in terms of clients or “trade secrets” and we’re pretty much all “one man bands”, although the fourth member of the group is experiencing rapid growth in his

Oct 12, 2014 admin

The 10 Commandments For Business Owners

Thou shalt not be perfect, or even try Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin Thou shalt learn to say NO! Thou shalt schedule time to thyself Thou shalt switch off and do nothing

Aug 28, 2014 admin

It’s A Holiday – leave the gadgets at home!

You’ve worked hard all year for your holiday and the time has finally arrived to think about the packing.  If you’re anything like me, numerous lists are compiled – the packing (suitcase and hand luggage) lists, the books I want to take list, the documentation list, the things I need to do before I go

Aug 09, 2014 admin

School’s Out! How Do You Cope?

For the kids, it’s the highlight of the year.  Six week off school to have fun and generally let their hair down after a year of lessons and homework.  The days are long, with little structure and lots of (perceived) freedom. For working parents the school summer holidays can be a nightmare.  The days are

Jul 23, 2014 admin

1-2-1s – The Art Of Planning

Anyone who has met me will know that I am passionate about, and believe in the power of networking.  Anyone who read my last blog will also know that I am meticulous about planning my working week. When I sat down at my desk the Friday before last to plan for the following week, I

Jun 08, 2014 admin

Distractions Beware! Top 5 Tips For Staying Focused Working From Home

Running your own business can be the most rewarding thing you may ever do in your lifetime.  It can offer you flexibility that those in paid employment may never experience.  It can give you a sense of self-worth and achievement when you receive positive feedback and glowing testimonials  from happy clients and eventually it will

May 15, 2014 admin

Seize The #Hour!

Once you’ve got yourself set up with a Twitter account, the next step is to grow your following, after all, tweeting to no followers is akin to shouting to an empty room – nobody will hear you!An effective way to gain followers is to make the most of the various #hours which run on Twitter

Mar 10, 2014 admin

Facebook & Twitter Updates – To Link, or Not To Link?

I have to admit that the main social media faux pas that really makes me cringe is when I see Tweets posted from a Facebook status update.  This is one of the most common mistakes made by many social media users, but is also very easily avoided. Maybe you can be forgiven for not realising

Jan 10, 2014 admin

TripAdvisor – Embrace It, Respect It and Learn From It ……

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning” – Bill Gates How many of us are guilty, both in business and everyday life, of coasting through on the positive comments given by others yet burying our heads in the sand, and ignoring the negatives?   In business, we are all very proud of what

Jun 04, 2013 admin
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