5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Own Business

I like being my own boss. Actually, I love it. There are so many benefits to running your own business – you schedule your days, so your lifestyle can be family-friendly, and you have low overheads working from home. However, there are some things I wish I had been aware of right from the get-go, as they would have saved me time and hassle down the track…

5 things I wish I knew before I started my own business

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How I Stay Productive

I work from home every day (often including the weekend, which I know is not healthy, but sometimes needs must!) and I can honestly say I love it. Working from home is not for everyone – some people need a boss to tell them what to do, or co-workers to throw ideas around with and chat to, and that’s a lot of fun. But here’s the thing for me: I get so much more work done when I don’t have colleagues sitting next to me. In previous roles the social element of work was fantastic, but it also eats into your actual productive work time. Here at home, the only distractions are housework and cooking. Not as exciting as a half an hour gossip session about someone else’s debauched weekend.

How I stay productive

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My favourite social media scheduling tools

I’ve mentioned in other blog posts that I use social media scheduling tools – if I didn’t, it would be a hell of a lot harder to do my job! I am a big fan of a couple of the more well-known scheduling platforms, and I wanted to share my thoughts on my favourites, and give you some knowledge of other platforms out there too.

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Top 5 social media blogs to follow

There’s a lot of information out there about social media – what to do, what NOT to do, when to do it and why you should do it. Often it’s hard to separate the information that’s most worthy from the thousands of blog posts that are posted every day. I’ve put together a list of the top 5 social media blogs I follow that give me the most bang for my buck so to speak…top 5 social media blogs

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Social media New Year’s Resolutions you can stick to!

We’ve all been there, done that – made some resolutions on 1st January that are probably more influenced by the hangovers we’ve had than any internal reflection we’ve done. Setting your personal New Year’s Resolutions aside, there ARE some quick and easy social media goals you should think about adding to your life. Here they are…

social media new year's resolutions

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Social media time management

So you own a small business, or you work in a marketing role for a large organisation, and you want to manage your social media but you can’t seem to find the time, or it all sounds like too much work. Sound familiar? I hear it from a lot of clients, which is why I am working for them! However, if you really would like to do it yourself, here are my top tips for managing your time to create meaningful social media content…

no time for social media

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Setting SMART goals

Most people will have heard of SMART goals: in order to have the best chance of succeeding, goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based.

Which is nice in theory, but can often be quite hard in reality. You may know that you want to increase your Facebook likes by the end of the financial year, but how much is a realistic level of growth to aim for?

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6 Reasons To Get On The Social Media Bandwagon

If you’re in business today, whether large or small, it’s not enough just to have a website. You need to be on social media platforms, and you need to be on them ASAP. Here’s why:

  • Your competitors are already there – Whatever industry you’re in, I can guarantee you that your competition is already on social media, and is reaping the rewards as a result.
  • It’s the best way to connect with your customers – Customers are online more than ever. If they have a question, a query, or just want to show their high regard for you business by liking your Facebook page, you should give them the chance to do so.
  • You can respond to problems quickly – As soon as an issue is flagged by a complaint on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform, you can jump on it and respond online. Better to deal with issues that customers bring up, than have them badmouthing your company online somewhere else.
Social media is word of mouth

Social media is word of mouth

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