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Monthly Website Maintenance

For many new businesses, a website is one of the biggest investments they make, either in time to create it themselves or investing in a professional to do it for you. And while your website will probably run fine without your intervention most of the time,...

Creating a shared Google Calendar

Shared calendars are super useful, particularly for group programmes or anywhere where you want people to be able to plan around your events. By adding a shared calendar to wherever they are doing their day to day planning, they are more likely to avoid clashes and be...

Setting your signature in Gmail and Outlook

Adding a signature to your email is a quick way to look more professional and help people to connect with you. You can add a signature in about 10 minutes and I've made some videos to show you how. In the videos I talk about Wisestamp, a tool you can use to easily...

Email Setup – POP vs IMAP and why it matters

About 10% of the people who ask me about emails are struggling with accessing email on several devices (phone, laptop, tablet) and finding things disappearing from one place or not appearing in another. Before we begin sorting out Inboxes it is important to make sure...

Have you thought about the impact of your emails?

The start of the year is a time for goal setting and resolutions. Lots of the resolutions I've seen people sharing this year are about reducing things. Reducing waistlines is always a pretty common January theme but this year, after the startling revelations about the...

How do you know if you’ve ‘made it’?

I took the train into London a couple of weeks ago and passed some time reading the Metro as whizzed through the frosty countryside. One thing that caught my eye was was an article on how you know when you've 'Made it'. A survey showed the top 40 things that people...

What Are Your Terms of Employment?

Last week I sent a more personal email out to my newsletter subscribers than I would normally. It was inspired by an unfortunate coincidence of quite a lot of bad news for friends and hearing a few 'inspiring speakers' talk about how much they had sacrificed in terms...

3 Reasons I don’t like Mailchimp

Is Mailchimp making you frazzled? Mailchimp is a very poular email marketing tool and almost seems like a right of passage for new business owners. A part of the initiation test of whether you have enough tenacity, grit and determination to make it as a small business...

How to set up Google Local

Google Local is what you see every time you look for the nearest chip shop or try to find a plumber in your local town. But to be found you need to set up your business. This short video shows you how:<script...

What is Guttenberg and what do I need to do about it?

Sorry about the awful lighting... I can't complain about the sunshine but it does make recording videos tricky. This week I'm talking about Guttenberg, a new version of WordPress which is being released soon. I'll show you how to stop it if you would prefer to stick...

How to backup a WordPress website

This post is a plea for all WordPress website owners to ensure they have a their site backed up and that they have a copy of that back themselves. You never know what might happen to your website, hacking is all too common and it is devastating to discover that...

Super System Spotting No.1

I try not to work while I'm on holiday, which includes trying no to thinking about work related things but sometimes it's hard to ignore people who are doing things brilliantly. This happened over the summer on our big family trip to the US where we were ate out a lot...

4th Time Lucky?

Since I left paid employment nearly 4 years ago, I've struggled with the summer holidays. Part of my reason for leaving work was that I wanted to be able to be around for the children. I wanted to be able to pick them up from school, take them to the park to play and...

Should you be an Experimenter? Or a Systemiser?

I'm on a mission... to help small business owners find the right systems and technology to save them time and money. I've been on this mission for a few years now but I've often struggled to articulate how I can help people.  I knew that deep within me there was a...

How to run a webinar

After I shared my last post How to run a paid webinar I realised that I wasn't approaching things in the most logical order. I really should have started a post on How to run a webinar! So here I am. There are a few different parts to running a webinar and what...

How to run a paid webinar

Next week I'm running an online training session. It's the first time I've run an 'paid for' webinar in this way and as I was working through my options I thought you might find it interesting to see what choices I considered and what my final set up looks like. As...

What to look for in website hosting

I get asked the same techie questions a lot so I have decided to turn them into a blog series. Question no 1 is: "What website hosting do you recommend?" Often when I respond to questions about tech I have a few options available. This question is one of the few where...

GRPR – Where are you now?

In my last post I covered the principles of GDPR and what they mean in simple English. In this post I am moving on to starting to take some action to get my business ready for GDPR. If we go back to the principles in the previous post it was clear that (among other...