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Did you know Northern small business owners are the UK’s happiest?  New research from Yorkshire Bank 62% of entrepreneurs in Leeds and Edinburgh rating themselves as happy in their day to day working lives.  I live within walking distance of the New Forest and 20 minutes drive from the ocean, I’d say I was pretty happy! But why is happiness important to SME’s and freelancers?  Happiness, in my opinion, is an underrated emotion. Small businesses, freelancers and actually EVERYONE should be paying more attention to how happy we are.   What benefits are there for being happy at work?  Improved Health…

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I cannot believe that we are literally single figures away from the SUMMER 🌞 HOLIDAYS! As I may have mentioned once or twice we are off to Corfu for 3 whole weeks! I cannot wait! I have made loads of plans for once we are there but oh boy the journey from home to the airport is just as important! I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about everything! Passports. Insurance. Flight information! Argh already breaking out in a cold sweat! 4 Hot Tips For Flying With Children :  Planning : Gone are the days of winging things once you have…

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“Mortgage” (CC BY 2.0) by Got Credit Applying for a mortgage can feel like an uphill battle at best and crossing a financial minefield at worst. Even with a clear credit score and some cash in the bank, no applicant is ever guaranteed to get the mortgage they want. When you look at the numbers, the total value of gross mortgage advances in Q1 2019 was 1.4% higher than the same period in 2018. That’s clearly a positive, but it’s important to understand this doesn’t tell the whole story. Basically, if you don’t fit into the standard mould, i.e. you’re young,…

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One of the things I love about running my own small business is no day is ever the same. One day I could be fencing with my buddies, creating content, watching Olive’s Sports Day or writing my second book. Each day is new. Each day is different. Each day gets my creative juices flowing, but on the downside, there are so many many things that you are responsible for that aren’t fun such as accounts and essential maintenance checks.  In my line of business, my tablet and laptop are really important for creating content and building my brand. However, if…

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Lots of people work from home nowadays. Many employers actually offer it as a perk for the job, so it’s not just self-employed people and freelancers who have the luxury of rolling out of bed and into their office. If you have a home office, you’ve probably decked it out all nicely with a little desk and a comfy chair. But did you remember to think carefully about the lighting? An online lighting design company has put together the following advice to help you choose the right office lighting. As human beings, we are wired to work through the day…

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As the owner of a small business, it’s likely that you want to see your profits rise. In order to achieve this goal, you will have to pay close attention to your finances and carefully manage your outgoings. Start by identifying what you spend the most money on and ask yourself if it’s an area you could cut back on. For example, are you paying hundreds of pounds on a piece of software you barely use? Alternatively, you might be spending a fortune on broadband when you could nab yourself a much cheaper deal. There are lots of things you…

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If you have a blog or another type of website, you probably know by now that every page needs to be optimised for search if you want people to find it. Unfortunately, many bloggers and content writers skip the keyword research stage and therefore miss an opportunity to attract potential readers.  Here is some advice from an SEO agency in Hertfordshire on how to target your keywords within your blog posts. Before you start your keyword research, you need to think about what you hope the blog post will achieve. If you’re sharing something on a trending topic, Google Trends…

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It’s that time of the year when you might be starting to think about Teacher Presents. A chocolate box or bottle of wine and a homemade card. Someway to express your thanks to your child’s teacher for all their hard work over the last year. But how often do you say thank you or praise someone in your small business network? Or a service you have received? How often do you remember to say thank you? Or show your appreciation?  Why are we so quick to make sure everyone knows about something we don’t like but less quick to shout…

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You’ve finally made the decision to drop your steady-paying job with security, in favour of a life of entrepreneurialism. But although you may be starting off alone, a daunting experience in any industry, there are advantages of breaking off from the main piece to thrive elsewhere. It takes a great deal of financial backing and careful strategic planning to get into that position, and after years of working within someone else’s project, it’s time to build. Below are just a few of the reasons why going it alone can be very beneficial for yourself but also those that come under…

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