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 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

Are You Creative?

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A few weeks ago, I attended The Creative Expo at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. It was a business show specially geared towards the creative industries, and I found it an excellent event, although it could have done with being better attended. At the same time, it was mainly (though not entirely) focused on 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

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

Blogging

A Dark and Stormy Blog

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Everything around us is a story. Whether it’s the way reality is, or whether it’s how we’re programmed to see the world, we seem to be surrounded by meaningful sequences of events that tell us how and why things happened. They range from great world events to jokes or urban legends, and to some extent Read More

Business news

Government Support for the Self-Employed

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I was interested to read on the BBC website about a report commissioned by the government which recommends more support for the self-employed. Having recently had a taste of the fragility of the status after being (thankfully only for a short time) unable to work through illness, I wondered what they had to say. In Read More