Press Forward!

Hello there.

It is the last Saturday of January; can you believe it?

Did you dive into the New Year full of ideas and goals and now 28 days in, you have lost enthusiasm?

Well, stick around for some words to help you press forward! Some well-known names have provided the quotes, which can all be found on Brainyquote.


First up, this Eleanor Roosevelt quote reminds us that if things do not go well:

With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.


Whether we have set goals or not, Tony Robbins says:

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.


If we feel that we have not done very well with our goals, Maya Angelou said:

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.


Something to bear in mind when trying to motivate others, as per Dwight D Eisenhower:

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

Just remember that whatever you are facing, whether in business or in your personal life, there is always someone else who is going through, or has been through the same situation. You are not alone. Knowing this can sometimes be the best motivation to press forward.

Take care,




Make your mark with Marketing! Part Two


"This is where to look!"

Hi there.

Welcome to the second part of this marketing blog, which should really have been called This is where to look!

Now, last week I mentioned a very simple marketing definition and websites where you can get more information; this week I will be referring you to some of the top names in marketing and social media. Whether you are a marketer or an SME you can pick up a few pointers for your next marketing strategy campaign as well as keep up to date with what is going on in the marketing world.

Where marketers go to grow!

On my ‘go to’ list is Hubspot.  Why do I like Hubspot? Well with a bold statement like Where marketers go to grow, much is expected but to be honest much is delivered.  The site is fresh, easy to navigate and full of ideas for marketing campaigns.  Their marketing packages start from £140 through to £1,680 per month. Now for many, these prices may be out of reach, but the great thing about Hubspot is, the website is full of useful free content and when you subscribe to their newsletter you get even more engaging information sent to your inbox.  You can start by checking out the amazing range of blog articles here –

If you are someone who uses social media management platforms, then you would have heard of Buffer. Well, they have an extensive list of ‘go to’ websites for The Best Places to Learn About Marketing.  Check them out –  By the way, if you haven’t heard of Buffer, it is a straightforward (content publishing) platform.  They have free and paid plans which enable you to schedule posts across multiple platforms.

It can show your brand values and prove that you are switched on and up to date.

Next, on the ‘go to’ list is a new find – Marketing Donut. A brilliant fount of information for SMEs and Start-ups. They say of marketing content – It can show your brand values and prove that you are switched on and up to date.  Here’s the site –

If your preferred social media platform is Facebook, then check out Happy Social – for shared social media and marketing posts.

It is fantastic that there is so much help out there, However, it can probably all seem a bit much. Well, my advice would be to take your time and start slow. Have a look at the sites get a few ideas and think about what best suits the needs of your company.

Remember you can always get in touch with me via the website – I would love to hear from you.  Who knows, in no time at all you too, could make your mark in marketing!

Take care,



Make your mark with marketing! Part One



Hello there!

Welcome to Part One of this blog about marketing. It is a huge area to cover, so before I offer suggestions as to how to make your mark with marketing, I thought we should look at what marketing is.  In this first of two blogs, I start with a few definitions.

A simple term would be to say that it is the promotion and selling of goods and services. This, however, does not fully represent the many different levels or functions of what can be achieved through marketing.

This Introduction to Marketing video gives a straightforward easy-to-understand explanation.

In Marketing Is More Important Than You Think, Mitch Joel makes some good points:

It’s about how your business connects in a world where everybody is connected. It’s also about how your messages are created and spread. We no longer have the luxury of communicating to consumers as we see fit (mostly through the muscle of mass media), because now there are many online channels where thousands (actually millions… actually billions) of people are connected (and chatting) about your business or the industry you serve.

The full article can be found –

The Business Directory also mentions product, price, place and promotion.  See for more information.

Hopefully, this information has made you think more about marketing.

Join me next week when I will be mentioning where to get advice and resources to help with your own marketing campaign.

Take care,


P.S You can contact me via the contact form here – with any marketing and grammar-related questions.




Let’s talk about tax!


Hi there!

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first blog of 2017.

To many, a new year means a new, fresh start. If you are self-employed what better way to start 2017 right than to make sure your tax and self-assessment are up to date. I know it’s not exactly the most exciting subject to talk about, but it is important.


There is nothing worse than picking up a newspaper and seeing a full page spread informing you that your tax return deadline is around the corner. No one needs that kind of stress.

Don’t panic!

I am no accountant or tax specialist, but then I don’t need to be, and neither do you. You can access all the help you need from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  At GOV.UK  you can register and sign in to complete your tax return, to check what tax you need to pay and ways to pay.

As well as you self-assessment, you can sign up to have email alerts reminding you of key dates.  Emails are also sent to invite you to join relevant webinars like:

Business expenses for the self-employed

Find out what business expenses you can claim.

Simpler Income Tax for the self-employed

All you need to know to help make Income Tax easier.

How to complete your online tax return

This guides you through the self-employed pages of the tax return.

If you would like face-to-face advice about working tax credit and HMRC rules, then Enterprise Enfield offer sessions to help. You can find further information –  here.



With so much information just a few clicks away, you really can’t go wrong, can you?

I hope that you have found this helpful.

I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017!

Take care,