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Setting up good foundations to grow

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How systemising your small business by managing your workflow will save you time, give you control and deliver results that enable growth

Do you spend all your time working in your business, not on your business? Is this because you are too busy to do anything about this? As a business grows, things get more complex and it becomes difficult to keep an eye on everything that is happening. Before you know it, mistakes can be made, things forgotten and you feel swamped. It seems easy if you work alone to not prioritise systems as you are not accountable to others. However, here are a few reasons why clarifying workflow systems are the foundations for building a business of any size: Read More

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6 apps to boost your business

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Running a small business means juggling. Some skills and tasks can be outsource but this can be tricky on a tight budget. Thanks to technology, there are some great apps that can help to provide a secret support team to a small business manager so you can have numerous balls in the air and keep your cool! Here are a few of my favourites that support me in my daily operations. Read More

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Technology- friend or foe?

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Is technology making our lives easier? Better?

In our always-connected world, we have come to reply on our devices and applications to keep our work and life running smoothly. Yet the road of technology is a bumpy one with dead ends , stop lights and forks in the road. Read More

Be the boss of your time

Be the Boss of Your Time

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Four Steps to a More Productive Day

Time management is an important life skill that we can all constantly reflect and improve on. Practicing strategies and techniques to manage time enables you to embark on new challenges with confidence. Time management is mainly about controlling your environment, rather than allowing your environment to control you. If you tolerate and allow the interruptions and demands of others then you effectively encourage these time management pressures to continue. Although everybody works differently, the following four steps are a framework to enable you be the boss of your time. Read More

Organising a successful blog

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 moving forward?

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The main reason people don’t reach their goals is that they don’t define them – Denis Watley

How are you going with achieving the goals you set for 2014? Is it time for a quick check to see if you are on track?

Goals go hand in hand with motivation. Setting long and short term goals help keep you moving and gives you the direction where as motivation gives you the energy. Goals and objectives both involve forward motion. You define a destination so tactics can be developed to enable you to get there. A goal define the big picture, the destination. Objectives are about the tactics, the action plans, the method to accomplish the goal. Read More

Stop procrastinating

Stop procrastinating!

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Procrastination is the thief of time ~ Edward Young

Why do we procrastinate? Have you taken on too much and don’t know where to start?  Is the task too hard or do you just not want to do it? The first step to moving forward is to recognise the reason why you are avoiding the task. By identifying the problem, you can find a solution and less procrastination will happen. Below is a list of common sources of procrastination. Read More

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~ Ferris Buller ~

Is it time for a break?

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Are you too busy to take a break? Would you like a few days off? This can be a difficult decision when you run a small business. After all, there is always something to be done. Are you be able to completely switch off and stop working? Do you still feel the need to check voicemail, emails and post messages on social media?

I reflect on my decision to take a few days off over Easter and I am glad for the break. It has been great to recharge and spend time with my family. Here are a few tips to help ensure you can make the most of some time off from work. Read More

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Good habits

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Successful people are simply those with success habits. – Brian Tracy

Most of life is habitual. You do many of the same things you did yesterday and the day before. Unfortunately, not all habits we have are good. There are plenty of distractions to lead us off in another direction. Habits, good or bad are what make you so even the smallest effort can make a change. However change is hard work and there are no shortcuts to achieving it. Why do you want to change it? What would happen if you didn’t make a change?  What’s in it for you if you do? Weigh up these questions and then you make the choice. It is no longer an automatic action because every time you perform the action, you know you will be making a choice. Read More