Copywriting

Another Election?

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In 2015 we had a General Election. In 2016 we had the Referendum. And guess what, in 2017 we’re back for another General Election. A lot of us are fed up with voting and get cynical about the point of it. After all, whoever we vote for, we end up with the Government. If a Read More

Writing Advice

Painful Apostrophes

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Most, if not all, areas of expertise or professional interest come at a cost: the instinctive pain caused by non-experts getting it spectacularly wrong. I’m sure, for instance, it annoys doctors to hear popular medical fallacies, or accountants to come up against misinformation about tax obligations. I’m a writer, both by personal interest and profession. Read More

Business

Should Priorities Always Come First?

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It’s been far too long since I posted my last blog. That’s largely for the positive reason of being busy, but there is an irony that I’m overdue on my own blog because of making sure clients’ blogs get posted on time. “Do as I say, not as I do” certainly applies here. We all Read More

Writing Advice

Typos

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Everyone who writes makes typos. I certainly do. A while ago, I was writing a piece about insurance and discovered I’d invented an entirely new type of policy — against fire and food. Needless to say, I corrected it, and that’s really the point. You won’t avoid making typos, but the aim has to be Read More

Business training

Planning to Train

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For some time now, I’ve been considering the idea of adding a training side to my business. Having now done a number of 4Sights for 4Networking meetings on “How to Write Right”, I’ve got to that awkward stage between considering and arranging which we call planning. And so I’m using this blog essentially to think Read More

Business

Two Excellent Training/Networking Events

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In recent months, I haven’t ventured far outside the excellent 4Networking and Business Buzz for networking and picking up tips. So it’s a little surprising that last week I went to two different events on consecutive evenings. Both were excellent, and both were very different. Digital Networking Evening — The Lodge, Ware Wednesday’s event was Read More

Business

Plain Sailing on a Bumpy Road

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In a recent speech about Brexit, Theresa May claimed that the process wouldn’t be “plain sailing” and there would be “bumps in the road”. Politics and Brexit opinions apart, the comment did leave me wondering why anyone would attempt to sail on a road — with or without bumps. This isn’t May-bashing — she was Read More

Business

Michaelmas and the Work Ethic

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On the 29th, it’ll be Michaelmas, not a day that features on most people’s calendars these days. At one time, though, it was the most important date in the financial year, when annual rents and many other payments were due. It might seem an odd date to pick, but the reason would be obvious to Read More

Business

A Question of Balance

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When you’re building up a business, especially when you’re doing it on your own, it’s tempting to throw yourself into working 24/7. After all, the work’s got to be done, or the clients might not come back. That’s not 100% wrong, of course. It’s hard work to build up a business, and you have to Read More

Business strategy

Specialist or Generalist?

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A few days ago, I was asked what my speciality was in copywriting. It’s a question I’m often asked, and a fair enough question. It’s just not easy for me to answer. The reality is that I don’t specialise. If I were going to choose to concentrate on areas I love, I suppose it would Read More

Business Expo

The Hertfordshire Business Expo 2016

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My last experience of a business expo was the Business Show at ExCel. As I mentioned in my May newsletter, I found that interesting but rather over-large and overwhelming — I needed a map to find my way around, and the dozen or more seminars going on at the same time were often directly competing Read More

Business

Can You Network Too Much?

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As you may know, I’m enthusiastic about business networking. Although my website has helped (I currently rank second on the Google search for “copywriting services Hertfordshire”), it’s mainly been networking that’s allowed me to build up a solid client-base over the past two years, whether from direct contact or from referrals. My regular groups are Read More

Business

What Kind of Business Person Are You?

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I’m not a natural business person. That may seem an odd, even risky, thing to admit to, but I don’t think it’s all that unusual among small business owners, especially sole traders. And it doesn’t mean I can’t learn to run a business. It seems to me that two kinds of people start small businesses Read More

Writing

Less is More?

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The kind of job I do most frequently is a blog post, typically around 400 words. Not always. Sometimes I might be asked to write an article many times longer, or dozens of pages of a website. Sometimes it’s just a hundred word as a brief profile. The actual writing on these jobs is rarely Read More

Business advice

Like Riding a Bike

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Until last month, I hadn’t driven a car for more than twelve years. The reasons are many and various (though, I should stress, purely to do with not having access to a car) but with the upshot that, when I was finally in a position to buy a car late last month, I was expecting Read More