Business

Sometime Starts with an N

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How often do you say “I’ll do it sometime”? If you’re anything like me, it’s probably very often indeed. All those tasks that don’t have hard deadlines, so it’s OK to put them off in favour of the ones that do. You can do them tomorrow. Or next week, perhaps. Or sometime. The problem is Read More

Business

Silence Isn’t Golden

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“Silence is golden”, according to the classic Sixties song, echoing the old proverb “speech is silver, silence is golden”. Profound philosophy, perhaps, but definitely not a philosophy to be applied to your business. Silence isn’t golden so much as likely to cost your weight in gold.   Getting the Word Out You can build your Read More

Business

Self-Employment — the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Nick Blatchley Copywriting

I’m self-employed. Alternatively, I can (and do) legitimately describe myself as the owner of a business. But, as the only participant in a sole trader organisation, self-employed is a good description. Perhaps you have the same status, or a similar one. If so, you’re probably concerned by Chancellor Philip Hammond’s recent pledge to crack down Read More

Business advice

Without a Paddle?

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Like all business owners and self-employed people, I have the annual task of doing my tax self-assessment. I’ve been receiving polite requests for this from HMRC each year since 2014, and before this year I’ve always been in the habit of getting it done straight away. It isn’t a difficult job, as my financial affairs Read More

Business advice

Don’t Try to Be Good at What You Do

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Whether you’re an accountant, a business coach or a piccolo player, it makes sense that you want to be good at it. The trouble is that, unless you’re in a really niche sector, you’re surrounded by competitors who are also good at the same thing. How do you stand out from the crowd?   Try Read More

Copywriting

The Land of the Vikings

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I normally use my blog to talk about business affairs, but I couldn’t resist writing about my recent trip to Iceland. It had been a dream for a long time. I studied the Icelandic sagas at university and loved them, and I’d always wanted to see the country where it all happened, but somehow never Read More

Business advice

Promising and Delivering in Writing

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Promising and delivering are fairly central to any business. After all, if we don’t promise, no-one knows what we have to offer, while if we don’t deliver on the promises, our reputation won’t last long. So how does that apply to writing? The Promise Why should anyone read anything you write in connection with your Read More

Business Development

Welcome to My New Website

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There are very few areas of life that stand still, and web design moves faster than most. I’ve been in business for four years now, and the original design was fine back then. The site has had some tweaks, but the design has remained broadly the same. I’ve realised for a while, though, that I Read More