Do What You Love! (Part 2)

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Hello there!

Last week in Part 1, I wrote about St Valentine and mentioned a great article about why you should do what you love.

So we know that in the work domain if you do what you love, the benefits speak for themselves because you will be more productive. So what do you for pleasure or in your leisure time?

Whether you have had a hobby for years, or are contemplating taking up a new one, you never know where this may lead- you could end up making a million from it, or maybe just ending up loving something new.

There are some really good articles out there that:

give good advice –

See, https://themuse.com/…/5-strategies-for-turning-your-hobby-into- a and www.forbes.com/sites/…/six-tips-for-turning-your-hobby-into-your-job/

suggest ideas for hobbies for jobs-

see money.usnews.com/…/7-hobbies-you-can-turn-into-a-second-career and www.goodfinancialcents.com/hobbies-that-make-money

And have some real life stories –

See, http://www.netmums.com/…/jobs/career-changes-turning-hobbies-into-paid-jo.

Speaking of real life stories, check out http://www.wowthankyou.co.uk/crafty-cavy and https://www.facebook.com/Kcreativelimited, where you will find some local business owners, who have turned their interests (traditional crafts) into a business and it looks like they do what they love!

Now, I did say that during the course of the next few weeks I would mention my interests too.  So if you haven’t already guessed, one of my interests is writing.  I do what I love every time I blog, and there’s a good article about the difference between a hobby blog and a professional blog.  See,http://www.shoutmeloud.com/hobby-blogger-to-pro-blogger.html.

Another really interesting article is called Why some people make money writing and others never will by James Chartrand. He again tells you the difference between professionals and those who write as a hobby.  See, http://menwithpens.ca/make-money-writing/.

I hope that you enjoyed Part 2, and will join me next week for more Do What You Love.

 

Take Care,

 

Tricia

 

 

 

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Do What You Love! (Part 1)

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Hi there!

So just to re-cap. Last week I mentioned the V word and sorry about this, there is more to come.  Don’t go anywhere though as you may as well stay for the duration and see what enfolds over the coming weeks.

For those who don’t know what St Valentine is really about, let me give you an abridged version, which has folk arguing about whether its origins are indeed fact or fiction.

In AD 269 Emperor Claudius II was known to persecute the church and wanted to stop marriages of young people fearing that this would affect young men’s ability to fight in his army. A Roman priest called Valentine seeing how permissive the society was at that time assisted young people to marry secretly, thus helping to preserve marriage and the Christian faith. Valentine’s actions were discovered and he was then tortured and sent to prison.

I hope that you are keeping up!

Now once in prison Valentine prayed for the daughter of Asterius (a jailer) with miraculous results. Witnessing his daughter’s sight being restored, Asterius became a Christian.

Unfortunately there was no happy ending for Valentine. He was sentenced to a horrific death for his disobedience to Emperor Claudius II. While he awaited his death, Valentine wrote a note to the daughter of Asterius in which his last words were signed off with ‘Your Valentine.’ So now you can see the link to modern day Valentines cards.

For the full legend see http://www1.cbn.com/st-valentine-real-story or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day.

If true, this is a story of faith, courage and love. So now what does that have to do with Business or Leisure, do what you love? Well, sometimes we need faith, courage and love to step out and pursue something that we are passionate about.

In business you are supposed to have faith in the product or service that you are providing as well faith in your own ability to deliver on your promise.  This in turn takes courage as economically, we are still in uncertain times. Lastly, if you do what you love, or what you are passionate about, you are more likely to succeed.  This is backed up with a really good article by Business News Daily called 12 Reasons to Do What You Love for a Living. See, http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7995-reasons-to-do-what-you-love.html

So now you know a little more about St Valentine and are feeling more inspired to do what you love, I hope that you will join me for Part 2.

Take Care,

 

Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do what you love! (An Introduction)

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Hello there!

Do you remember about a month ago I wrote Love what you do? What I really wanted to add was that you should also do what you love. By that I mean, do something that makes you smile, or makes your heart beat just tiny bit faster or something that motivates you to jump out of bed, even on a cold morning!

Okay, so you are probably wondering what it is I am going to say that I haven’t already said in, Love what you do, well stay tuned!

WARNING! I am about to mention the love-it or hate-it most, romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day or to use the proper title St Valentine’s Day.

I know your eyes are rolling and you’re groaning, but Valentine’s Day along with many other festivals and celebrations have become so commercialised that the intended meaning has been lost in translation.

So is this going to redress the balance? I hope it will to some degree. Yes I will be jumping on the band wagon in as far as I will be focussing on love, but I won’t be selling you dodgy roses or cheap perfume. Not a single penny or pound needs to leave your purse or wallet (unless you really want it to).

I won’t spoil it and tell you anything more than, over the following four weeks, I will be sharing what I love (or like a lot!). I hope that you will join me on my campaign trail called Business or Leisure – do what you love.

I hope by the end of it all, I’ll get your vote. See what I did there?

 

Take Care and thanks for reading.

 

Tricia

 

 

Don’t Get Blogged Down Again!

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Hi there!

Last week I wrote about blogs and the really useful information that is out there, but I didn’t really cover why you should write a blog.

Cast your mind back five months ago to when we had lovely weather (I know it seems hard to believe), I wrote ‘Don’t get blogged down,’ see https://wordpress.com/post/pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/119, and like last week I mentioned some great sites that really give you a good indication of what a successful blog looks like.

Well now, why should anyone want to write a blog?

Well, there are many reasons, but let me start with a few thoughts of my own.

  1. Blogs are a way of keeping track of what is going on in your business/organisation.
  2. Blogs help you with your on- line presence.
  3. Blogs allow you to have a voice.
  4. Blogs help you communicate with your customers/clients.

So firstly, blogs are on- line diaries. If you write a blog each week about what is going on in your business, it is a record of weekly goals/achievements etc.

Secondly, the more you do on the internet is the more chances you have of being visible to potential customers. Of course there is more to SEO than this, but it all helps.

Thirdly, the blog can be a voice (like a spokesperson) and the voice of your business.

Lastly, it allows you to connect and interact with your customers. Be careful about what it is you want the ‘voice’ to say, as the idea of the blog is to be helpful and appealing to existing and potential customers.

Okay, so don’t just take my word for it, what do other sources say?

According to www.sproutcontent.com/blog/19-Reasons-Why-Your-Business-ShouldBlogging helps you to connect and share, it fuels SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), it helps you to acquire more customers, it creates a two way conversation and writing a blog makes you think.

blog.wishpond.com/…/4-reasons-why-blogging-is-important-for-your-b… states the blog does the following:

  • Drive traffic to your website
  • Increase your SEO/ SERP (Search Engine Results Page)
  • Position your brand as an industry leader
  • Develop better customer relationship

The point about leadership is confirmed when www.openvine.com/…business…blog/5-benefits-of-blogging-for-your-s says that blogging can:

‘Establish Your Business as an Industry Leader-No matter how small your business is, you can build trust and clout within your industry by providing valuable, expert information in your blog posts. Over time, you become a “go to” resource for helpful, informative content, which can ultimately lead to higher customer conversion rates. This is especially important for small businesses looking to gain credibility to compete with larger companies.’

If you are still not convinced see, recruiterbox.com/blog/9-reasons-why-your-small-business-should-have– who state that a blog will help to share your expertise and create a buzz by acting like free PR for your company.

With all this superb information online and the help of your Grammar Concierge – PM Noble Consultancy Services, there is no reason why you should not start you online blog today!

Take care,

 

Tricia

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

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Hello there, and Happy New Year!

It’s January, you’ve already decided whether you can be bothered to do the New Year Resolutions ‘thing’. Whatever you decide, remember my advice from last week – be realistic. Do your research, gather as much information as you can and speak to people who have ‘been there and done that.’ Then go for it!

Something that you may decide to do, is to write a blog. Whether it is for business or pleasure, hopefully the information in this week’s blog will be helpful.

Whilst the examples primarily deal with business, there will still be useful ideas which can be applied to any type of blog.

Blogs are big business, so looking for examples of the good, the bad and the ugly of the blog world should be really straightforward. Blog subject matters range from good causes/charity, life experiences, fashion and food, just to name a few.

First of all what is a blog?

According to Kenneth Byrd of Blog Basics, a blog is:

A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. See www.blogbasics.

The following websites are really useful as they have listed their own recommendations of top blogs. This should help you to gain information concerning business matters and get a good idea of how blogs work.

 https://www.clearbooks.co.uk/…/top-10-small-business-blogs-resources-i

http://www.workspace.co.uk/community/…/20-top-uk-based-business-blogs

goodmanbusinessparks.co.uk/blog/start-ups/top-uk-business-blogs

startups.co.uk/blog/

Whilst these blogs are just a small number of the many out there, I believe that they are a good representation.

If you want to start your own blog and don’t have the time or are not sure how to start, please get in touch with me at pm.nobleconsultancyservices@gmail.com or through the website http://pmnobleconsultancy.wix.com/1-pager-bio.

I would love you hear from you, and help you with your new blog in the New Year.

Take Care,

 

Tricia