and other ramblings of a small business owner

Other Ramblings

Should I care about 118?

Can anyone tell me if I should actually care if our business details are in the 118 directory? I’m pretty sure we don’t get any business from it. My problem is that every now and then I get a call from them asking to check my details. It’s supposed to be every 12 months but […]

Where are all the women business writers?

I think I might have started on an interesting journey. There are a few blogs that I follow because I really like the approach of the bloggers. When I say ‘follow’, I mean that I have subscribed to their sites and actively read the updates that land in my inbox. I know that I’ve found […]

Argh, need to listen to my own advice

OK, I’ve learnt an important lesson. I find myself quite often explaining to clients the importance of keeping their websites backed up and any software running on the up-to-date. Why is this? Because if you leave them too long without updating the software you stand a good chance of getting hacked. I’m currently working on […]

Great time management article

Just found this great article on time management by TentBlogger: My Time Management 101. Definitely worth a read. Every now and then I try categorising my tasks as: Urgent & Important Urgent & Not Important Not Urgent But Important Not Urgent & Not Important but end up with everything being ‘Urgent & Imporant’ or ‘Not […]

Relaxed on the inside?

How’s this for achieving relaxation inside and out? Last night I downloaded a guided relaxation recording to help me sleep. It was doing really well – had started at my feet and worked up to my head and I was really beginning to feel the benefit. And then the narrator started on the internal organs […]

Back on track

I’m pleased to say that we’ve got our worklog back on track. Digging out the previous week’s backup did unearth a couple more missing tasks but I’m now feeling much more confident that it’s up-to-date. The lesson I will take away from this is to not mess with Excel filtering on a vitally important spreadsheet […]

Technology or human error?

I’ve just discovered something rather worrying. We track our current task list on a spreadsheet which we call our ‘worklog’. It’s a central place for us to record everything that needs doing, whether it’s client work or business tasks, which we can both access. The idea is that we have a reliable place to track […]

The importance of business planning

My last post was a review of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People last September – now that doesn’t make me feel like a highly effective person! But I’m still here, check still reading lots of business books and working hard at my business. The last year has been an interesting one. We moved […]

Been on holiday … to Cornwall

Are you ready for a bit of a sob story? We had a holiday to Spain planned this week. It was going to be our first trip abroad for about five years. My parents flew out a few days before and we were to join them on Tuesday for some serious relaxation. But … the […]

Nearly managed it

I’ve got a confession to make. I didn’t fully complete the last week of my 28-day marketing program. I kept putting it to one side and then all of a sudden it was the end of the week. At the weekend I went through my list and was pleased to be able to tick some […]