We have no time…

 

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‘WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?’

Hi, there.

Whichever way you look at it, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. One of my favourite poems called  Leisure by W H Davies, sums up 21st-century living. We don’t have time to enjoy the simple things in life. We sometimes fail to notice life around us.

Stand and stare

Well, I can’t add more hours to your day, and if we’re honest, some of us start counting down our days until Friday. So,

Do we really want to count our hours, or do we want our hours to count?

Okay. I am not going to get on a soapbox to try to convince you that you’re living all wrong, I’m just going to throw some ideas out there, and you can decide what to take and what to discard.

I don’t need to tell you that our time should be a balance between work and enjoyable stuff. Of course, this is easier said than done when you work for yourself and you do everything yourself.

Since we can’t increase the time we have, we need to use time management skills.

So, What is Time Management?  According to Mind Tools, it is….

‘Working Smarter to Enhance Productivity.’

What does this mean in practical terms?

In How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work, Entrepreneur.com gives some practical techniques which should help.

More useful tips come from Life Hack, with 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management.

Managing time effectively is not just about work, it all starts from home. The following feature, Home Organization and Time Management Tips from Huffington Post refer to ‘moms,’ but we can all take something away from the systems that have been put in place and business advice given by the guest speaker on the video.

Once we implement all the tips and techniques for saving ourselves some valuable time, what should we do with that time?

Well, I don’t think that this should be spent on work.

Hang out with family or friends more.

Take up an old hobby.

Find a new interest and develop it.

Take long walks and explore open spaces.

Eat better and exercise.

Rest and relax.

Trees in the woods

I hope that soon, we’ll all be able to

‘..stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows..’

Take care.

Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Calm!

KEEP CALM

Hello there.

I’m not sure if you have noticed, but my website is down. BUT fear not! Down is not out! I am getting some expert help with a new site, so hopefully, it won’t be too long before everything is back to normal.

With the temporary absence of a website, I say,

Keep Calm and start blogging

 

Why? Well, there is a lesson to be learnt when things happen unexpectedly and ‘keep calm and…’ seems to fit the bill.

If you’re wondering where this phrase originated from, stay tuned. If you already know the back story bear with me.

So, according to good old Wikipedia, the slogan was one used to motivate and raise the morale of the British public ahead of the World War Two.

The slogan has been around such a long time, why the rise in its use?  Maybe the word austerity has something to do with it.  According to the Guardian,

‘It is the ruling emblem of an era that is increasingly defined by austerity nostalgia.’

 

If you want to wander down memory lane, read the rest of the article in the Guardian.

So, going back to what lesson we can learn. I guess it’s to do with what the British do best. To keep a stiff upper lip!  In my case, I decided that despite having no website, I would keep calm and start blogging.

If you find yourself or your business in a tricky place, keep calm and start blogging. Seriously! Think about it. Writing down what you’re going through could encourage others who are facing the same issues as you. It may also make business decisions a bit clearer.

As SMEs or as part of the self-employed workforce, there are times when we feel as though we are on our own and what we are going through only applies to us.  This is of course not the case and as a couple of the attendees of the Introduction To Blogging Workshop mentioned – blogging is a way of documenting your day to day journey. This is so true!

Blogging can help

  • you to record activities within the business
  • you to interact with your clients
  • document past and future plans

If you need more of a reason to blog, read this.

Do you need help to start or maintain a blog? I write blog articles and website content.

Do you want to learn the basics of blogging? I run workshops. Get in touch. My email is here.

No excuses then!  Keep Calm and Carry on Blogging.

Take care,

Tricia

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How do I get my blog noticed?

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Hi there.

Yesterday was my Introduction to Blogging Workshop and the attendees had some great questions for me, which I hope I answered. Today’s blog answers another important question. How do I get my Blog noticed?

All of us want the amazing content that we’ve written to be seen by as many people as possible, to help as many people as possible. Right?

Okay, so since this blog is on WordPress.com, why not start the tips with the support section of WordPress.com. It reads,

Tell people in your social networks about your new post.

Promote your posts across your social networks with WordPress.com’s Publicize feature, which will automatically tell your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and more as soon as you publish a new post. You can find more ideas in our Social Tools support pages.

Advice from Forbes includes,

Speak your audience’s language

“Sometimes when marketers start the blogging process they start typing words that sound more like a press release than a conversation,” Shah says. “You benefit more (both from an SEO perspective and general engagement) from using terms that resonate with your end customers, so don’t use your blog to impress your high school English teacher–try to impress your customers instead.”

In his 7-step tutorial, Matthew Woodward mentions that you should come up with…

Ideas that you could easily create and can be digestible in less than five minutes

A reoccurring theme that WikiHow is to read other blogs and they say,

Interact with other blogs

This helps create relationships with both the blogger whose blog you’re interacting with and the people who follow that blog.

Hubspot is one of the leading marketing companies and therefore their website is a treasure trove of information.  On their checklists it says,

Make sure your blog is mobile-friendly

It’s been over a year since Google revealed that more people use the search engine on their mobile phones than on desktop. And for all those valuable search queries being done on mobile, Google displays the mobile-friendly results first.

I hope that this has helped you on your blogging journey. Remember I can help with blogging and website content, as well as delivery of blogging workshops. You can check out my website here.

Take care,

Tricia

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The people have voted…but what does it all mean?

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Hello there.

Last week, we looked at the countdown to the UK General Election.  Now, a week later the people have voted (whether with pencil or pen- there were debates on social media regarding the validity of votes with the use of pen or pencil); and our voices have been heard. So, now we have a hung parliament. What exactly does that mean?

Here is a round- up of the latest news which should throw some light on the whole affair.

From the GuardianWhat is a hung parliament and what happens now?

From the Telegraph – What happens when no party wins an election

How does a hung parliament impact UK businesses? Carl Reader explains,

“As you can see, a hung parliament raises far more questions than answers, and in business uncertainty can often lead to a downturn in output. All I can do is advise businesses to keep focused on what they can control, and work within the landscape that they find themselves in. In fact – keep calm, and carry on.”

The full Real Business article can be found here, called, What does a small business mean for SME businesses?

One of the hot topics prior to the election was Brexit. So, what happens now?  The Financial Times looks at how the results will impact Article 50.

The last hung parliament was in 2010 which resulted in a coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and if you need a reminder of how successful (or unsuccessful) that was, here’s some light reading from The Political Studies Association.

In this period of uncertainty, all we can do as Carl Reader suggests is to keep calm and carry on.

Take care,

Tricia

P.S. If you know that you need help with your business blog, book tickets Here for my Introduction to Blogging workshop on June 16th. See you there!

 

 

UK General Election Countdown

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Hi there,

Unless you live on another planet, you will no doubt be thinking about the 2017 General Election, due in a few days’ time.

Love it or hate it, party politics affects everyday life. So, what impact will the election results have on your business, whether you are self-employed or an SME?

While there can be no definitive answer, I have put together a few articles which I hope will help to shed some light on the matter.

In the first article by Tim Wallace called How will the General Election affect the pound? in the Telegraph, we are given facts and figures which highlight fluctuations in the market and what this means to the economy.

“Small businesses are by nature less diversified and less able than larger firms to weather big changes in economic conditions.”

We are given further insight by Jonathan Watson in an is4 profit blog when he addresses likely results on business by the election and how to prepare.

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If your business is linked to investments or European/Foreign trade, then read this CITY A.M article.

Are you still undecided about who to cast your vote for? This may help. The Guardian have produced their own guide called Who should I vote for?

An alternative view of how the parties compare can be found in this BBC News piece.

This has just been a very short piece, amongst the myriad of information which is out there concerning the Election.  As usual, I always advise that you do your own research.

I hope that this has been helpful.

Take care,

Tricia

P. S. Do you live in Enfield or surroundings? Need some ideas about how to sort your blog out? Need to start a blog? Remember that my Introduction to Blogging workshop is on the 16th of June. There are still some tickets available via Eventbrite.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Introduction to Blogging Workshop (June)

 

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Introduction to Blogging Workshop – Enfield

 

 

Hi there,

Are you a small business owner who has always wanted to write a blog or do you have a blog which seems a little neglected?

If that’s a yes, then come along to my Introduction to Blogging Workshop – The Five Ws (and One H) of Blogging!

This is a half-day workshop and by the end of the session you will know:

What a blog is and What platforms are available.

When to write one (times of the day/how many times)

Why you should write a blog

How to get started

Who you should write for (who are your target audience?) and Who to follow for tips

What you need to write

 

If you need some help, then come along to the workshop on June 16th.  You can book your Eventbrite tickets here.

See you there,

 

Tricia

What’s a vlog?

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Hi there.

Hopefully, you have been reading my blogs for a while so you’re well aware of what a blog is. If not here’s a blog definition from Blog Basics.   Okay, so now, you know what a blog is and why you need one, what about vlogs?   Here’s what a vlog is according to WhatIs.com from Tech Target.

To be honest as someone who loves the written word, I hadn’t given much thought to vlogging until the subject was raised during my Introduction to Blogging Workshop. Liz Sorton of Enfield’s Mumpreneurs mentioned that she wanted to start vlogging and has since attended The Vlog Academy. I am now expecting to hear great things from her in vlogsphere.

So, this got me thinking about the numbers of vloggers and how popular they are. In this article from the Guardian about YouTube vloggers, Stuart Dredge quotes Global World Index:

“It’s clear that vlogging is still heavily associated with entertainment, comedy and advice – rather than a space for overtly commercial activities,”

Now although Zoella, is one of the most well-known vloggers and bloggers, she does have sponsored content on her sites. However, she also redresses the balance with snapshots of her life. As a business owner, what this says to me is that popular vlogs are those –

  • which an audience go to, to interact and engage with
  • has great content which is relevant and informative
  • does not have too many sales pitches

This also works for business social media. If you live in the Enfield area and have ever visited Enterprise Enfield, you have more than likely had advice from Sara Carter. She has always maintained that you should share other people’s posts more than your own. No one wants the hard sell every time they watch or read something you’ve posted.

 

 

Who are the movers and shakers in the vlogging world, and can we learn anything from how they operate? Have a look at Business Insider ‘s The UK’s most popular YouTube Channels, and check what the demographics are, as this may help you, depending on who your target market are?

So, if you feel that this medium is for you, check out Inside Silicon Valley‘s video How to Start A Company Vlog.

I hope that this has been of some use to you.

Please follow me on Twitter – @PMNobleConsult and like me on Facebook.

Thanks for reading.

Take care,

Tricia