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Is it time to start your own business?

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“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” Scott Belsky

Do you have an amazing idea? Was it a brilliant ’light bulb’ moment or a concept that you have been brewing for some time? Starting a business is an exciting time but one that should be well planned. Even if you don’t need much money to get started, you will still be investing time and energy so starting off on the right foot is essential. Here are six areas to consider when setting up your business: Read More

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Stop wishing. Start doing

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Make your New Year’s Resolutions happen

There is something about a new year that makes setting resolutions almost impossible to resist. A new year represents a fresh start. It is the anticipation of something new, change and growth. A new year brings with it a chance to break from the regular routines of life, allowing you time to pause and reflect on what was good and bad in the year that has past. Read More

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So you want to start a business

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50 questions to ask yourself before starting into a new business

Before you go any further, ask yourself why? Why do you want to start this business? People start businesses for numerous reasons. Some want to be their own boss, others want to follow their passion, many expect to get rich. Some say it is too risky, you might go into debt and there is no such thing as a work/life balance. On the other hand, being in charge of your own business means each day can be full of new challenges and opportunities and you are the master of your destiny. Can you clarify why you want to take a leap and start your own business? Asking questions is an important part of building a successful business plan.  Read More

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Fifty empowering and inspirational quotes

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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. Benjamin Disraeli

Why do we like quotes? Quotes that you relate to are not generally new information. They are well formed phrases that neatly express what we know or believe. They are bite size snippets of what people have learnt over their life and can act as reminders for values and behaviours that can get lost or forgotten in the whirlwind of life. They can also empower and inspire you to be the person you want to be. Here are just a few motivating words from  variety of sources: Read More

What problems do you solve?

What problems do you solve?

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Have you asked yourself “What problems do I solve?” This question is the essence of providing a service or products that people need. It is the question that unlocks the direction you want to move towards. It what your customer wants to know. “Can you solve my problem?” Educate prospective customers that you understand their problems, you can solve their problems and you are the best one for them to turn to for the solution they need. Read More

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Organising a successful blog

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Blogging is a powerful strategy for your business that can help establish your reputation, build authority in your industry and connect with your customers. Successful blogging takes work. Make sure you establish goals, clarify your audience and create a plan before you start publishing so your time is not wasted. Read More

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Are you pinning?

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The more we share the more we have – Leonard Nimoy

I  love Pinterest as a visual resource and a bookmarking site. However, it is also a great way to share images, ideas and links. When you see a pin on another person’s pinboard that you like, you have five choices. You can follow that person, follow that pinboard, like the pin, comment on the pin, or repin the pin onto one of your own pinboards.

You can use the search tool within Pinterest to find things of interest such as “pink”, or “pretty” or “classroom”. Most of the pins can be followed back to the website where they came from so you can source further information and images. Read More

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Where do ideas come from?

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesise new things – Steve Jobs

The creative process seems like magic. You pose a problem then create a solution. Rather like the magic trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Although somewhat magical, this process has got a method, however, there is not right or wrong way to solve a creative problem. This is the wonderful part of creativity. We all have our own processes. However, there are some aspects that help to make this process work more effectively. Read More