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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Two Years in Business

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Today marks an important anniversary for me – two years ago, Nick Blatchley Copywriting was born. It had a fairly long gestation period, although (belabouring the metaphor to death) I didn’t indulge in the latest trend of going on a “babymoon” before the birth. My business plan confidently predicted the amount of work I could Read More