Winter is coming

Make no mistake, winter *is* coming. Just take a look at social media and you’ll see plenty of people complaining about the tumbling temperatures. Grumbling won’t make a difference though – it’s happening. So let’s be bold and face another brutal reality. How much money have you lost this year? Any small business that relies…

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frustrated

How do you make an appointment fit into your hectic life?

We’ve all been there. Where do I need to be? What time to I need to be there? Where do I need to be afterwards and by what time? Who’s having the kids? Who’s having the dog? These thoughts have to be considered before we start trying to book an appointment. It doesn’t matter if…

aristotle

You’re a time-waster

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle What an inspiring quote. It’s not quite so inspiring when you realise that what you repeatedly do is waste time. You’re a habitual time-waster. It’d be bad enough if you were wasting other people’s time, but you’re not,…

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insanity

The definition of insanity

Einstein said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Most people are guilty of that. For example: You want to book a restaurant, beautician, cleaner or even a driving instructor. You search online for someone (and there may be a big list of them), and…

time-4-change

Who gives a XXXX about small business?

I’ve thought long and hard about this particular topic. Ever since we started the me:now project, the small business has been at the forefront of what we do and why we do it. And it’s become obvious to me that the main reason there aren’t many B2B resources available to small business owners, is because…

media

Choosing the right social media for your business

Advertising when you’re a small business is hit and miss at best. Especially on social media. We’ve written previously about how all businesses need to take an active part in marketing themselves. It’s time to change The days of putting out a static advert and hoping people will flock to you are gone. What is…

small business

Oh! You’re on your own?

Do we assume that a small business is more likely to rip us off or be less reputable because they are just one person? Would we rather use a bigger company than a small business because of their reputation and the customer support they offer? The perception is that a bigger company has the people…

England

Is doing the right thing a new thing?

England made the semi-finals of the World Cup, and that’s a huge achievement. It’s not just our team performance that has stood out, but individual progress too. Just look at England manager Gareth Southgate and his methods. He’s come a long way since his penalty miss in 1996. It’s the small things that stand out.…

victim

Are you a victim of your own success?

Being successful as a small business is fantastic. You’re making money, filling your appointments, covering all your bills… life is good. So where is the negative? In business, the negative side to being successful is there, but only a small part is to do with success.  If customers can’t get an appointment with you because…

pencil me in

Who benefits?

Just who benefits when a small business is successful? The easy answer is ‘everyone’, but the devil is in the detail. So here are some numbers… There are 5.4 million private micro-businesses in the United Kingdom*. A micro-business is classified as any business that has fewer than 10 employees. You might be a little surprised…

social

Be active in marketing yourself

While we were building the me:now playtform, I listened to a lot of marketing people. Some offered pretty generic advice, talking about LinkedIn and Instagram, while others went into greater details discussing the minutiae of SEO, PPC & AdWords. The platforms are important: if your customer base doesn’t reside on your social media service of…

what

What have you done for me lately?

I wonder how many people read the title but hear it in their heads as if Janet Jackson was singing it? It’s a very selfish and expectant line, but also reflective. It questions whether a relationship can be considered an equal partnership. There is also a suggestion that someone has given more than the other.…

hand

Should big businesses support small businesses?

It’s an interesting question. Why should a bigger, potentially more successful company, support a small business? Do they have anything to gain by providing any help and what form should that help take? Without getting too detailed, let’s look at some of the numbers surrounding the small business community in the UK. *ONS 2017 UK…

winter is coming

Winter is coming

Make no mistake, winter *is* coming. Just take a look at social media and you’ll see plenty of people complaining about the tumbling temperatures. Grumbling won’t make a difference though – it’s happening. So let’s be bold and face another brutal reality. How much money have you lost this year? Any small business that relies…

frustrated

How do you make an appointment fit into your hectic life?

We’ve all been there. Where do I need to be? What time to I need to be there? Where do I need to be afterwards and by what time? Who’s having the kids? Who’s having the dog? These thoughts have to be considered before we start trying to book an appointment. It doesn’t matter if…

aristotle

You’re a time-waster

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle What an inspiring quote. It’s not quite so inspiring when you realise that what you repeatedly do is waste time. You’re a habitual time-waster. It’d be bad enough if you were wasting other people’s time, but you’re not,…

insanity

The definition of insanity

Einstein said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Most people are guilty of that. For example: You want to book a restaurant, beautician, cleaner or even a driving instructor. You search online for someone (and there may be a big list of them), and…

time-4-change

Who gives a XXXX about small business?

I’ve thought long and hard about this particular topic. Ever since we started the me:now project, the small business has been at the forefront of what we do and why we do it. And it’s become obvious to me that the main reason there aren’t many B2B resources available to small business owners, is because…

media

Choosing the right social media for your business

Advertising when you’re a small business is hit and miss at best. Especially on social media. We’ve written previously about how all businesses need to take an active part in marketing themselves. It’s time to change The days of putting out a static advert and hoping people will flock to you are gone. What is…

small business

Oh! You’re on your own?

Do we assume that a small business is more likely to rip us off or be less reputable because they are just one person? Would we rather use a bigger company than a small business because of their reputation and the customer support they offer? The perception is that a bigger company has the people…

England

Is doing the right thing a new thing?

England made the semi-finals of the World Cup, and that’s a huge achievement. It’s not just our team performance that has stood out, but individual progress too. Just look at England manager Gareth Southgate and his methods. He’s come a long way since his penalty miss in 1996. It’s the small things that stand out.…

victim

Are you a victim of your own success?

Being successful as a small business is fantastic. You’re making money, filling your appointments, covering all your bills… life is good. So where is the negative? In business, the negative side to being successful is there, but only a small part is to do with success.  If customers can’t get an appointment with you because…

pencil me in

Who benefits?

Just who benefits when a small business is successful? The easy answer is ‘everyone’, but the devil is in the detail. So here are some numbers… There are 5.4 million private micro-businesses in the United Kingdom*. A micro-business is classified as any business that has fewer than 10 employees. You might be a little surprised…