Communication is the key…
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…how many times have you heard that? It’s important in all aspects of life but as small business owners we have to ensure we keep our communication as open, effective and informative as possible to provide the best possible service … Read More

Get productive on Social Media – our top 10 tips!
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Could you benefit from being more productive? It means better time management and we all know time is money, and on social media it means a more focused approach which will yield higher quality interactions and connections. 1.  Look at … Read More

Easter Escape!
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I have just taken the two weeks over Easter off from Mushroom Soufflé and loved every minute of it! Well, that is after I’ve panicked about making sure my extremely capable holiday cover and team member Ali had instructions to … Read More

15 Ideas For Posting On Your Facebook Business Page
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There is one issue that keeps raising it’s ugly little head when I talk to small business owners who have just started using social media or who are still debating taking the plunge… “I don’t know to talk about!” “What … Read More

Making it a great 2012
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What a great start to 2012! I am officially loving this year. Since I woke up on 1st January life and business have just got better and better. But why? Because I have a really positive feeling about it and … Read More

Do you like sitting at your desk?
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Whether you have rented office space or work from home you need to make sure that you are comfortable and that you make the most of the space. Too many business owners restrict themselves by only allocating a small desk … Read More

10 Ways Being Organised Saves £££s!!!
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We are always looking for a way to save money but had you thought that being a little more organised could do that for you? This works for everyday life as well as in our businesses! 1. Knowing where things … Read More

Is Facebook the Child of Satan?
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I recently joined Toastmasters and two weeks ago I gave my 2nd 5 minute speech. The worst part for me is deciding on the topic and then the title of the speech and eventually I settled on this one. It … Read More

Outsourcing – Should You Or Shouldn’t You?
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Is outsourcing the right thing to do for you and your business? I have met quite a few people out networking who want to outsource but are nervous as to how would it work, how do they find someone they … Read More

Seven Steps to Achieving Your Lean Business Model
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This week the fabulous Jan Campbell of Jan Campbell Associates is our guest blogger. Jan is a Management Consultant creating lean and flow in businesses to ensure they work efficiently and effectively to provide the best service possible, as profitably … Read More

How To Write Your Own Press Release
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If you have some news you would like to tell your local or trade press, you could write your own press release.  Naturally for a proper PR campaign you might want to hire a PR consultant but here are a … Read More

What are your thoughts on social media etiquette?
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This is something that has been bothering me for a while. Social Media is getting bigger and bigger but etiquette seems to be getting lost in the excitement. Whether it is for business or personal use on Facebook or Twitter there … Read More

The Power of Testimonials
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This week we have a fellow VA, the fabulous Lisa Chaffey of In A Pickle from Reading, as our guest blogger. What can testimonials do for your business? Would it make your sales process easier if potential customers could see … Read More

The 10 Step Recovery Program for Your Time Management
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Amusingly I haven’t blogged for a while because I’ve been busy so today I’m talking about Time Management!! Do you suffer from running late for meetings, appointments and deadlines? Time management can be a big challenge for the small business … Read More

A little rant about business cards!
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Your business card is important for your company image. At a networking event it is what potential clients and associates have to remember you by (apart from your sparkling conversation) so the freebie option from Vistaprint isn’t generally the best choice. But … Read More

What a day!
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AMAZING is the only word I have to describe it. Yesterday Mushroom Soufflé and Red Shoots held our first Business Exhibition to help potential start-ups, new and existing businesses at the gorgeous venue of The Lambert Arms. To be completely … Read More

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