My environmental impact statement

My environmental impact statement

Are you talking about environmental impact in your business? I’ve been environmentally aware since we were taught about CFCs and the ozone layer in school in the 1980s. I grew up assuming everyone was. I find myself in 2023 horrified that we still haven’t got a grip on climate change and despite knowing there are […]

8 practical steps I took to develop my business

8 practical steps I took to develop my business

“I need to be like Frodo at the end of the Fellowship of the Ring and go and find my own way for a bit.” I said as I left a group programme at the end of 2021. Little did I realise quite how apt that description of what I was about to do would […]

63 ways to boost your business from Kickstart Dublin

63 ways to boost your business from Kickstart Dublin

Are you looking for some top tips to boost your business? I headed over to Ireland recently for Kickstart Dublin, organised and hosted by my friends Amanda Webb and Louise Brogan, in association with Atomic.   I love going to events like this. There’s nothing like being in a room with other people building their […]

5 personal highlights from my 5th year in business

5 personal highlights from my 5th year in business

I feel like this, this week!  via GIPHY It’s 5 years since I sent off for my first pack of business cards and barely handed any out. My company had a different name and totally different services but I have managed to stay the course.    Last year I wrote about 21 things I did in […]

What do you want to upgrade in 2022?

What do you want to upgrade in 2022

There’s an awful lot of talk about goal setting and what you want to do differently at the start of the year. I view it as a time to reset, mainly by doing nothing for a week if I possibly can. It gives my brain a chance to rest. As December crossed into January this […]

Doing more by doing less: why I’m creating more free time

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I’ve recently realised that I’m trying to cram too much into my days and weeks. For every hour, there are always at least two things I want to get done, and those two things probably require at least two hours each. That means work frequently spills over into evenings, weekends, and despite my best intentions, […]

How bedtime reading benefitted my business

How bedtime reading benefitted my business

When I was a journalist I used to joke that I had a voice for newspapers. There was no way I would do radio, let alone TV! There are a couple of reasons for that, including messing up on live TV when I was 6! But also, I couldn’t stand the sound of my own […]

Are you capturing your ideas and making them happen?

Are you capturing your ideas and making them happen?

“Ideas are like rabbits,” John Steinback wrote. “You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” The trouble is, that much like rabbits, if you’re not careful, the ideas scamper off. Which idea do you chase? Which one do you spend time on and which ones do you […]

9 lessons I have learned about running a business

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Just over three years ago my job was made redundant. I was on maternity leave and got a call to go into the office. That there were redundancies wasn’t wholly unexpected, but I was shocked when I was taken into a room and warned I was about to hear my job no longer existed. I […]

How being retrospective can change your story

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Looking back at the decade which has just ended throws up many forgotten highlights. My husband and I began the last decade with our epic trip down the east coast of America. (Spoiler alert: he wasn’t my husband then.) We flew into Boston and took the train down to Washington, exploring Cape Cod, Providence, New […]

14 inspiring quotes to help you build your business from the Youpreneur Summit 2019

14 inspiring quotes to help you build your business from the Youpreneur Summit 2019

I enjoyed a brilliant weekend at the third Youpreneur Summit, listening to expert speakers and hanging out with business buddies from around the country and beyond. If you haven’t come across the Youpreneur Summit before, it’s a two day conference for entrepreneurs, with the option to spend a third day masterminding to develop your business. […]

How to draw up a content plan for your blog

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Are you writing without a plan? Or do you have a blog on your website but you’re not sure what to write about and so you don’t? Either way, you need a content plan. In this article I’m going to take you through what a content plan is, how it can help you, and how […]