Recently I was asked by an ERDF funded programme The Big House in Nottingham to give a talk on starting a business from your home, so I thought I’d share my learnings with you too!
So here goes my guide to starting your business from your home…
We all get in the funk sometimes! The internet goes down, we feel grotty, we've just lost a client, we had an argument with our loved one, we just can't seem to get in the mood.
Life throws all sorts of curve balls at us, and as small business owners, we still have to keep the ship moving and do the things we need to do to keep our business afloat.
So here's some tips when you're feeling funky!
My beloved Great nan Ruby once told me that you never stop learning no matter how old you are. To me, she seemed very old, and that idea amazed me.
I thought we went to school, college and maybe university, and then phew stopped. ‘That’s it I’ve stopped learning’, on with the real business of being alive.
I never knew that the real business of being alive was learning and ostensibly growing.
Blimey, being an entrepreneur is busy! I connected with a new business woman, and once I’d told her all the things I did, running my own business, marketing for other business, First Tuesday, Blue Stockings, Nottingham Soup and being a mummy, she had no idea how I managed to fit it all in!
Sometimes I’m not so sure either. But I know I wouldn’t be half as happy as debbiedooodah if I didn’t have all the side projects going that help me support the business community in Nottingham!
So how do I all manage it?
First thing I wanted to say here, is that around 99% of us are not happy with the first, second or even third version of their website. Either it just doesn’t feel right, we know it should be working harder, the messages can seem a little muddled, we’re not sure if anyone is going there, how to get them there, or even if we want to send them there.
However, your website is your shop window to the online world.
Now we all know businesses should be on social media these days. If you aren’t there exciting your future customers, your competition will be. But how can you work smarter with social media so that it gives you better results and saves you time?
This is the number one question my clients want answered! And while I won’t be able to give you all the tips I give my clients, I’m going to lay bare my top 5 tips!
Time. It’s a measured thing, it never stops ticking away, and there is a finite amount of it. Alongside marketing, you’re actually running your business, getting new customers, networking, invoicing, emails, sorting tax returns and on and on. So we’re agreed time is a resource we all want more of!
In this blog we’re going to be talking more about the timing of things, well the timing of Facebook precisely, so that we can save time on other areas of our business.
We all get it sometimes, even the best of us. Looking over the garden wall, seeing what they’ve got, wishing you had as much energy, style, charisma, clients, twitter followers, knowledge & anything else they’ve got that you want more of.
It can be tiring constantly wishing you had more of everything. Also down right depressing! We all want more, of everything, all the time!