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Diary of a start up: Learning to walk before I can run

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I’m now more than halfway through my first year working only for myself and I’m quietly optimistic about the prospects for the business. Flexibility As with anything, things have developed and changed so I’ve had to adapt the balance of what I do. For example, the business is called Your Virtual PR because I anticipated providing my PR skills to small and medium businesses. But one of the things which has brought me the most work so far has been copywriting. I love writing, so doing the work isn’t a problem, ... Read More »

The day I put the start into startup

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It is 8.45am on a drizzly and soggy Saturday in June, (got to love the British summertime!) and I am sitting, shivering, on the doorstep of a trendy west end restaurant. Clutching my bag of props and laptop I await the arrival of a staff member to let me in. This is it. It’s D-day! Why do we always give ‘firsts’ a war reference? Maybe it’s Do-or-Die Day! I take a few moments to gather my thoughts and reflect upon the journey so far. The start up honeymoon  I settled on the ... Read More »

Networking Tips for Starting up!

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So now you’ve chosen a career that right for you. What’s next? Our networking tips can help you! It feels great to know what you want to do, but how do you make sure that the opportunities will be there for you when the time comes? The answer is simple… Networking! Relationship building and networking are the key to getting your foot in the door to many careers. Have you ever heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While we’re not saying that your knowledge ... Read More »

Business Attitude or Business Idea: Which is more likely to lead to your success?

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What did your friends and family say to you when you told them you were off to start your own business? And how did it affect the way you went about creating your business? When I first started telling colleagues and friends of my plans to start my own life coaching business back in 2004 [this is where I started 5 years ago], I remember all too well the sucking of the teeth and the “you’re very brave” comments. Read More »

The top 5 home business occupations in 2009

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You can guarantee that the number of businesses started at home will increase in 2009. That’s for sure. And it’s on account of lower start-up costs, lack of commute and the fact that many more people will launch a part-time business; holding down a day job and returning home to build a business at nights and weekends. Read More »

Working 5 to 9

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Adjust your clocks as the world of work is changing. People in their thousands are heading home from the day job to build a business at nights and weekends. It’s what we call the 5 to 9 economy and it’s a great way of starting a business as it means low cost and low risk. Read More »

Diary of a startup: Prune and Reflect

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Whether or not you have been lucky to escape on holiday and leave this dismal UK Summer behind you, as we settle back into an early Autumn – and for me with that lingering post-holiday minimalist clarity of mindset and aspiration – never is there a better time to do a bit of Autumn pruning for your business and clear the slate for a renewed business season. Read More »

Diary of a Startup: Sun bed perspective

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I lie here on my sun bed in Spain soaking up the sun while relaxing by the pool and reading those women’s magazines – as we all do – profiling all those inspirational career change stories of brave and creative business women who have pursued their “eureka” moment. As I read the stories of these female role model entrepreneurs – this year is different. I too have left the security of my permanent job – mine with a City and Westminster based pr agency – to strike out with my ... Read More »

Thinking about starting a business? Read this first.

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Deciding to start your own business can feel like a big step and isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Though, in my opinion it is more rewarding and fulfilling than working for someone else. Before you get started though, the first step is to decide what type of business you want to run. Read More »

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