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The Work / Life Balance is a Myth and That’s OK

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You’re an entrepreneurial spirit, you love your work and you’re constantly up against yourself to deliver the best results; you feel bad taking time off and feel like you have to be productive all of the time – even taking phone calls with clients at unholy hours. You’re on holiday generating ideas whilst you ‘relax’, thinking about the next innovation for your company or planning a fun little side-project; you’re always late whilst you “just finish this one small thing…”. Sound familiar? The life of any business owner is a…read more

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Planning Your Mobile Site

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Part two of this mini-series focusses on helping you decide just how to plan for adapting your website to the array of devices on the market. Before we begin, a note on who this article is for: Marketing managers, marketing teams & marketers Business owner / managers Content marketers Anyone else responsible for your online reputation And who this article isn’t for: Designers Web developers I won’t be going into any coding or design practices herein, instead I’ll be focussing on helping along the process from the perspective of someone…read more

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How a small business can optimise a website for mobile and tablet users

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Mobile browsing now accounts for approximately 31% of all Internet traffic in the UK. Perhaps a more startling consideration is that mobile commerce has grown by a massive 554% between 2010 and 2012, with this trend showing no sign of slowing down as 2013 progresses. Tablets are proving to have significantly higher conversion rates than smartphones, with nearly 70% of tablet owners making a purchase on their device every month. As a business owner, these trends cannot be ignored. But, as with search engine optimisation and every other web trend…read more

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The Curse of Mega Success

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Whilst delayed on holiday recently I had 9 hours to kill. Like any good geek my iPad is filled with books, one of them being Hank Haney’s “The Big Miss – My Years Coaching Tiger Woods”. Now, I’m a big Tiger fan. There’s no doubt that he is one of the best golfers, if not the best, to ever play the game so the opportunity to take a look into his notoriously hush-hush private life (despite his well publicised infidelity) really appealed to me. Regardless of what you think about…read more

Staying Productive As a Small Business Owner/Manager

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Running a successful business requires excellent plate spinning and navigational skills. In the early days, self-employment is all about turning your hand to every aspect of the business. One minute you’re juggling invoices, the next you’re thinking up marketing strategies. In between you’re trying to simply do whatever it is you do and keep your customers and clients happy. As a business grows, the challenges increasingly revolve around staffing, legislation, compliance and turning a year on year profit. The day-to-day challenges may have evolved in their size and complexity but…read more

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Effective Small Business Networking – Making the Most of Your Valuable Time

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As the owner-manager of a new business one of the greatest challenges you’ll face is the age old problem of developing the business whilst physically doing the actual work. One of the most effective ways of developing the business without allowing the production work to suffer, is through networking events that take place in your town or city. With many of these events taking place over breakfast or after the working day has ‘finished’, they can be the perfect way to alleviate some of the pressure in new business development….read more

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Encouraging Youth Startups – A Refreshing Approach from Schools & Colleges

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking at Barnsley College at its Enterprise Society event. Speaking with my good friend Daniel Maw, also a partner at DMSQD, we addressed the 15-18 year old audience (including a large group from Horizon Community College) with a view to providing some insight into what it takes to start a business. What actually came out can be paraphrased thus: Find something you love, get great at it and then figure out how to make money from it. The talk went well but…read more