Be selfish. Work to your schedule, not someone else’s

Selfish? Who writes a blog about being selfish?! Being selfish isn’t usually seen in a positive light, but we think if you look at it from a different angle, being selfish can be a good thing. I know… it’s a tough sell, but stick with us, we’re going somewhere with this. is free to all businesses…

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Life doesn’t have to be so complicated

After writing 17 blog posts about the same problem, it feels a little strange to be finally writing about the solution. To save you looking back to see if there was an underlying pattern I’ll help you out. Life is hectic, stressful and at times damned complicated. We’re constantly running around to fit other people’s…

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Being at home is more than just being at home

Whether you’re housewife, stay-at-home dad or you work from home, it’s never just being at home. During the day the home is a hive of activity and often it’s no more than a base we return to, to drop stuff off before heading out again. Take an average day in our house… Empty dishwasher –…

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Change – without it progress is impossible

Change is a funny thing. Some hate it, some embrace it and some people try to ignore it. But change is inevitable. We’re constantly changing, whether that be as we age or as we grow as individuals. So, what is it about change that causes people to react so differently? Change has an air of…

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How much do you put up with at Christmas?

It’s quite a strange question, but how much do we put up with just because it’s Christmas? We put up with having hoards of people over for dinner, we put up with food we don’t like and maybe (just maybe) we tolerate people that we possibly wouldn’t so easily do at other times of the…

Santas Naughty List

Life is full of lists. Christmas edition

Even as I create this blog post there’s a list of ‘features’ down one side of my screen. Our lives have become one big endless list. There’s the bucket lists, shopping lists, to-do lists, the check list and – as we have previously discussed – waiting lists.

Cheese

Dream cheese and business misunderstandings

‘Sweet dreams are made of cheese’ – not sung by Annie Lennox It’s one of the world’s greatest misheard lyrics and possibly the only one mentioning cheese, but then there are other misheard gems such as: ‘We built this city on sausage rolls’ – Starship ‘It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not’…

Time is money

Time: how much does yours cost?

It’s interesting just how much value an advertiser puts on your time. Or rather, how much monetary value is put on it. How much value would you put on your time? If you’re paid hourly, then I guess you’d apply your hourly rate to your personal time. So, say you earn £10 an hour, then…

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Automatic booking – but it’s good to talk

Maybe the headline above should read – are we becoming less social? It might seem a strange question to ask given the amount that is being shared on a daily basis across Facebook and Twitter, but sharing thoughts and experiences online is easy. Let’s face it, with the advent of the emoji you don’t even…

Traffic Jam

The Problem With Traffic

The problem with traffic is that it effects us all.     In the UK, the average motorist will spend on average 32 hours a year stuck in traffic. In the US that increases to 42 hours a year, and it’s getting worse. The impact this has on small businesses is immense.

Blind to responsibilities

Shirking our responsibilities

So here’s a thought… with the growth of the service app, are we shirking our responsibilities? Which responsibilities? Well, usually if we want someone to come into our homes to fix the cooker or repair the heating we would do due diligence with regards to how competent they are. We might ask friends for a…

small business

Let’s hear it for the little guy/small business

In the Western world (rather than the Westeros world), the bulk of an individual country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) comes from small business. They are businesses that provide some form of service to other companies or individuals, such as accountancy, computer support, hairdressing or even dog walking. The fact that the service sector is so…

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Rip-off Britain… but who’s being ripped off?

I don’t like being ripped off, taken for a ride or simply overcharged. No one does, do they? Yet increasing numbers of us are being ripped off, and worse still, we’re blind to it. You see, for years there have been services (now apps) that offer to find you the right business depending on what…

selfish

Be selfish. Work to your schedule, not someone else’s

Selfish? Who writes a blog about being selfish?! Being selfish isn’t usually seen in a positive light, but we think if you look at it from a different angle, being selfish can be a good thing. I know… it’s a tough sell, but stick with us, we’re going somewhere with this. is free to all businesses…

escharian_stairs_fb

Life doesn’t have to be so complicated

After writing 17 blog posts about the same problem, it feels a little strange to be finally writing about the solution. To save you looking back to see if there was an underlying pattern I’ll help you out. Life is hectic, stressful and at times damned complicated. We’re constantly running around to fit other people’s…

pegs

Being at home is more than just being at home

Whether you’re housewife, stay-at-home dad or you work from home, it’s never just being at home. During the day the home is a hive of activity and often it’s no more than a base we return to, to drop stuff off before heading out again. Take an average day in our house… Empty dishwasher –…

Change

Change – without it progress is impossible

Change is a funny thing. Some hate it, some embrace it and some people try to ignore it. But change is inevitable. We’re constantly changing, whether that be as we age or as we grow as individuals. So, what is it about change that causes people to react so differently? Change has an air of…

sprouts

How much do you put up with at Christmas?

It’s quite a strange question, but how much do we put up with just because it’s Christmas? We put up with having hoards of people over for dinner, we put up with food we don’t like and maybe (just maybe) we tolerate people that we possibly wouldn’t so easily do at other times of the…

Santas Naughty List

Life is full of lists. Christmas edition

Even as I create this blog post there’s a list of ‘features’ down one side of my screen. Our lives have become one big endless list. There’s the bucket lists, shopping lists, to-do lists, the check list and – as we have previously discussed – waiting lists.

Cheese

Dream cheese and business misunderstandings

‘Sweet dreams are made of cheese’ – not sung by Annie Lennox It’s one of the world’s greatest misheard lyrics and possibly the only one mentioning cheese, but then there are other misheard gems such as: ‘We built this city on sausage rolls’ – Starship ‘It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not’…

Time is money

Time: how much does yours cost?

It’s interesting just how much value an advertiser puts on your time. Or rather, how much monetary value is put on it. How much value would you put on your time? If you’re paid hourly, then I guess you’d apply your hourly rate to your personal time. So, say you earn £10 an hour, then…

maureen-4_3474774b

Automatic booking – but it’s good to talk

Maybe the headline above should read – are we becoming less social? It might seem a strange question to ask given the amount that is being shared on a daily basis across Facebook and Twitter, but sharing thoughts and experiences online is easy. Let’s face it, with the advent of the emoji you don’t even…

Traffic Jam

The Problem With Traffic

The problem with traffic is that it effects us all.     In the UK, the average motorist will spend on average 32 hours a year stuck in traffic. In the US that increases to 42 hours a year, and it’s getting worse. The impact this has on small businesses is immense.