Handover, what works for you?

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One day with the previous incumbent in the role and, hopefully, handover notes, containing useful or at least pertinent information.  Or in at the deep-end, role vacant, no notes, new line manager expecting you to have several months or years of background information stored in your head to draw on, and for you to get stuck in! Continue reading “Handover, what works for you?”

Chinese New Year

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Today, February 8, is Chinese New Year in 2016 – the year of the Monkey or Fire Monkey.

The monkey ranks ninth of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. The monkey is a clever animal and is frequently compared to a smart person. Pictures of monkeys are often placed on walls and doors to bring good fortune to your home or office. Continue reading “Chinese New Year”

Small Business Saturday – Shop Local

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This Saturday, 5 December, is Small Business Saturday and it’s a great excuse to go out and shop local.  Being true to our virtual nature Nicola and I are based in two different areas – Wokingham, Berkshire and South London. So we thought we’d bring you a few of our favourite places to shop local. Continue reading “Small Business Saturday – Shop Local”

Too busy for new ideas?

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Do you spend time developing new ideas for your business? A recent survey by Sage found that a third of UK entrepreneurs are too busy to come up with new ideas.  Even more worrying, they said they had lost customers as a result of not having sufficient time.  Lack of skills, too much admin and the pressures of keeping customers happy were cited as reasons they were unable to focus on their business.  Yet without new ideas, it is difficult for a business to grow and develop and without customers, you don’t have a business. Continue reading “Too busy for new ideas?”

Breaks, remember those!

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I’ll just do one more thing!  That has always been my mantra…….  I know it isn’t good for me and am making a conscious effort to take some short breaks during the day.  Knowing I do feel much better leaving my desk for a short break, it really is silly not to do it…..

To help me, I am putting down my thoughts on why to pause before starting the next item on my to-do list and sharing them with you.  Hopefully, from today, I will start to listen to my own advice! Continue reading “Breaks, remember those!”

Top tips for working from home…

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As technology and flexible working policies have improved over the years, more and more employers are allowing their employees to work from home.  A study by Stanford University economics professor Nicholas Bloom et al on working from home even suggests that it can make employees more productive and happier.

However, if you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, working from home can be a necessity rather than a choice.  Here are my top tips for working from home on a daily basis. Continue reading “Top tips for working from home…”