I find it is often that case that whenever any form of new media makes an initial big splash a death is announced – television will make movies obsolete, for example.  Hence the announcement by the pop group Buggles that music videos will mean the end of radio.

Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, famously said that “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

I wonder if you have ever thought about this – have you ever wondered why some businesses succeed and others seem to constantly struggle?

Some people are unaware that I am happy to take Direct Debit payments for our services.  

There are a number of benefits to using Direct Debits:

Deadlines – some people love them and use them to get their work done efficiently.  Others simply hate them.

One of my favourite quotes is from Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  “I love deadlines.  I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

The festive season is over and it’s back to business.

January is a time of year where we all start to think about where we would like our business to go in the next 12months.

Now that we are in March, and hopefully Spring is around the corner, this is a great time of year to carry out some Spring cleaning on your business and to help keep you on track for your 2017 goals.

When it comes to small businesses where you may be a sole trader, you and the business are one and the same, at least as far as marketing to the public is concerned.

There is no way of avoiding it – you are going to have to do some selling.

Now I know a lot of people shy away from the very idea of marketing but with a small business there is simply no getting away from it.  Here are a few ideas to help you along the way.

Spring is on the way and it’s an ideal time to tie in a promotion with one of the many notable dates.  Here is a brief schedule of some of those coming up in the next three months:

Wed 1st March    St David’s Day & Ash Wednesday
Fri 17th March    St Patrick’s Day
Sun 26th March    Mother’s Day & Daylight Saving Time starts

Can you believe it’s December!
Where did 2016 go?
How has the year been for you? Have you met your targets and goals for the year?
Have you thought about what you could improve and implement for next year?

This is a great time of year to start to think about your deadlines for next year.

It has been said before, but the best part of working for yourself is that you are your own boss, and the worst part of working for yourself is that you are your own boss.

This is a great month to think about your relationships with your customers and what it is you could be doing to show your customers some LOVE.

You can’t put it off any longer – Xmas is coming! These are some important dates to think about for your promotions for the next three months:

Fri 16th Dec Schools break up for Xmas*
Wed 21st Dec Winter Solstice
Sat 24th Dec Xmas Eve
Sun 25th Dec Xmas Day

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