Why People Who Work For Themselves Are Happier Than Those Who Don’t

I’ve said it before, multiple times, I LOVE being my own boss. I can’t imagine anything better, and every time I work for someone else – much as I enjoy working with other people in a different environment – I yearn to be back in my business again pretty quickly.

Every day I spend running my own company, despite the challenges and the occasional 3am worry, is a happy day.

I’m sure, on balance, you’d agree.

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5 Reasons Why You Need To Write A Business Plan (And Use It)

When I started my first business in 2000, one of the things I knew I had to do was to write a business plan. It’s number one on the official checklist of Things to Do When You Start Your Own Business.

I spent a week or two hunched over my computer, researching potential customer groups and competitors, and pulling together all manner of financial information, before assembling it all in a folder, bought especially for the job; and then filing it away on the shelf above my desk and never referring to it again.

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Does Being A Woman Make A Difference To Starting A Business?

I’ve read lots of reports over the years stating that women need more support when it comes to starting, and running, a business. They are less likely to apply for finance, less likely to receive funding from investors when they do apply, and less likely to grow a large business.

Women are more cautious and considered when it comes to predicting financial forecasts and growth, and female founders make up only 17% of business owners in the UK.

It all sounds pretty negative, doesn’t it?

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10 Top Tips For Finding New Customers

Every business needs new customers/clients, it's an ongoing process. However, in the rush to actually do what we need to do to bring in the money (and keep our customers happy), owners can often forget to keep their pipeline of potential customers primed full of leads and prospects.

So how can entrepreneurs make sure that they have a ready stock of new customers, and potential customers, to keep their income flowing?

Here's my top tips.

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What's in a name? Quite a lot, it would appear...

Happy Get A Different Name Day!

There are many stories of businesses, and brands, that have, over the years, got a different name. Some have worked out, most haven't.

I always say that naming a business is a little like naming a child; it's stuck with what you decide on, for life. So on that basis, and because it's one of my favourite talking points, here's an excerpt from my book How To Be Your Own Boss As A Single Mum, that explores the naming of your company.

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Make Your Dreams Come True Day

It’s Make Your Dreams Come True Day on January 13th.

Every day is Make Your Dreams Come True Day for me, because I run my own business. I get the opportunity to do something I love, that I’ve loved doing for many years, work with people I really like (and if I don’t like them, I don’t have to work with them) when I want/if I want and where I want, and I finish work EVERY day feeling that I’ve accomplished something.

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