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5 Minutes With… Mary Cummings

5 Minutes With… Mary Cummings

Welcome to the latest in an ongoing series of entrepreneur interviews for The Small Business Blog. These short Q and A sessions are conducted by myself and feature some of the most exciting figures in the business world. Our latest interviewee will be familiar to any regular readers of the blog. Mary Cummings is the…

Summer Holiday Working Tips

Summer Holiday Working Tips

For parents that work at home, the summer holidays present a whole new set of challenges that have to be met. The giant six week break is brilliant for your kids, but what about you as a freelancer or home-based entrepreneur? Although people might say it’s great that you don’t need to pay for childcare,…

The importance of learning new skills to diversify your freelance career

The importance of learning new skills to diversify your freelance career

An experience with a client of mine highlighted to me the challenge that we as Freelancers, or indeed any micro-biz service provider, can have in keeping abreast with new skills. “I don’t suppose you know anything about pay per click campaigns, do you?” She asked, “Would be great if you could handle this for us.”…

Why I’d Choose a Woman Business Partner Every Time?

Ouch! I think that hissing is the sound of knives flying through the air aimed at my back. This is where I may upset most business women and most business men. I’ll be accused of stereotyping and other words I find difficult to spell. I’m old but not wise – who knew? However, I just…

Why some business owners fail to collaborate

While some research indicates that SMEs have changed the way they work and are showing a willingness to collaborate with others, I have found that many business owners are still reluctant to do so. On 9th March, I co-hosted the London Mums and Work Your Way annual International Women’s Day Conference at London’s City Hall,…

Ways Your Small Business Can Go Green

Ways Your Small Business Can Go Green

Living in the greatest technological time in the history of mankind, it is foolish for small business owners to not take advantage of all that technology has to offer. Why would a company knowingly contribute to the abundance of paper waste this country produces every year if there were digital options available? Luckily, there are…

Freelance Success: How to keep the work flowing in

The biggest challenge we face as Freelancers is finding work. It’s not that it isn’t a challenge for anyone else in business, of course. It’s just that when you’re spending 80% of your time delivering, it feels as if there is little time left to get out there and promote yourself as much as you’d…

Desperately seeking support for your business? 3 tips for finding it without blowing your budget!

I remember once receiving an invitation to join a ‘mastermind’ group of female entrepreneurs. “Become part of an intimate, band of leaders who understands your trials and tribulations,” it beckoned. “Together, we can take your business to giddy heights.” I eagerly clicked on. “WARNING!” It cautioned. “This level of support does not come cheap. You…

Battling cash flow issues

Cash flow is crucial. It is the lifeblood of any company and directly affects the scale of operations that the business can manage at any point. There can be several causes of your income stalling beyond bad planning and it’s not always something you can control. Writing from an insurance company’s point of view, we’re…

Raising Your Fees: Tactful Ways to Approach Your Clients

The recession has been very beneficial to freelancers and the self-employed, as it has managed to throw more work their way. However, there comes a time when even the best freelancing en entrepreneurs out there have to bite the bullet and raise their fees in order to make a living. No freelancing professional wants to…

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