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Appvent Day 11 – Podcasts

Appvent Day 11 – Podcasts

A super quickie today as I'm nursing a poorly child.  Yesterday I shared Audible as a great way to listen to more books and use up 'dead' time like when I'm washing up or driving. I also spend a few hours a week listening to podcasts. Podcasts are hard to describe if...

Appvent day 10 – One of my very favourites!

Appvent day 10 – One of my very favourites!

It sounds a bit dramatic but audiobooks have changed my life. When I was younger used to read a LOT.  Then I had kids, you know the story... But a couple of years ago I discovered Audible. It seemed expensive at £7.99 a month when the library is full of free books but...

Appvent Day 9 – Days Counter

Appvent Day 9 – Days Counter

Today's app is a quickie as it's the weekend! But it saves me having to do maths on the spot when the kids ask... how many sleeps and it motivates me to get on with things! It's called Days Counter and it does what it says on the tin. It counts down (or in fact up)...

Appvent Day 8 – LastPass Password Manager

Appvent Day 8 – LastPass Password Manager

Yesterday I mentioned how easy it is to miss things at this busy time of year and I've heard anecdotally that there are more scams going on because we are all so busy we just don't pay proper attention. One way of being safer online is to use good passwords. Ideally...

Appvent Day 7 – PayPal

Appvent Day 7 – PayPal

I'm spending money left right and centre at the moment. Christmas is rushing towards me and I am making the most of the convenience the internet offers to get some of the gifts bought in good time. Today's app is the PayPal app. I'm making lots of online payments via...

Appvent Day 6 – My favourite List App (Google Keep)

Appvent Day 6 – My favourite List App (Google Keep)

I use 2 different list apps. The first, and the one I am talking about today, is for things like shopping lists rather than to-do lists (which I will come to later in the month) and is another small bit of software that does just what it says and no more. And I think...

App-vent Day 5 – Focus with Forest

App-vent Day 5 – Focus with Forest

We all do it... you have 100 things to do, you write a list, get started then you think you'll just check your phone. 5(0) minutes of wasted Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Candy Crush (insert platform of choice) you get back to what you were meant to be doing. Somehow...

App-vent Day 4 – A little bit of inspiration when searching

App-vent Day 4 – A little bit of inspiration when searching

Make your Google look beautiful! This is a tiny bit of software that makes a big difference. I nearly didn't add it in because it's really small but then I thought about how many times a day I oppened a new tab in Google Chrome (my recommended browser whatever type of...

App-vent Day 3 – RingGo Parking App

App-vent Day 3 – RingGo Parking App

There are lots of little ways that tech makes life easier that we almost forget. With just 22 days left till Christmas and everyone in a shopping frenzy, one of the things I've come to rely on is my on-phone parking app. This nifty little app means I no longer need to...

App-vent Day 2 – An App for Brain Training

App-vent Day 2 – An App for Brain Training

As it's the weekend I've gone for an app that's a bit of fun. Luminosity is a 'brain training' app which claims to improve the way your brain works. If you like having a game to play for a few minutes then their free version allows you to play just 3 of the many games...

App-vent Day 1 – First clear your head

App-vent Day 1 – First clear your head

Welcome to day 1 of my app-vent calendar! Over the next 25 days I am going to be sharing an app a day, kind of like an advent calendar but for apps. I'll be giving you and overview of what it does, how it works and how to set it up. I'll try and keep them free where...

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday Deals

I’m pretty ambivalent about Black Friday. Firstly I’m not a big fan of black. It’s a gloomy colour. I’m also not so keen on the rise of consumerism but that’s a whole different subject. What I am a fan of is a good deal for a small business owner so this post aims to...

Did I catch the worm?

Did I catch the worm?

In a previous blog post I shared how I was a bit fed up of all the specialist marketing tactics I was being urged to employ by 'experts' to get me better sales. It's not that they are wrong, or that they are even particularly heavy handed, it's just that they weren't...

Alternatives to Mailchimp

Alternatives to Mailchimp

Mailchimp is probably the most commonly mentioned email marketing tool but just because it's mentioned a lot doesn't mean that it's the only one out there. In this post I'm going to share some alternatives to Mailchimp so you can make your own choice. What is email...

3 Lessons from the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

3 Lessons from the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

When you work from home it's important to get out an meet people. Last week I went to the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, run by Enterprise Nation, it is a chance to meet other women (and men) in business and celebrate some of the successes, share some tips and...

Why Onpage SEO matters

Why Onpage SEO matters

I was asked to write a post for a business friend who specialises in marketing for small businesses. Pip runs the Marketing Architect where she helps smaller businesses to get their marketing working hard for them. We can all write blogs and faff about of Facebook and...

No Early Birds Here…

No Early Birds Here…

... does this mean I won't catch the worm? This is a post about why I'm not doing early bird pricing for my upcoming website course (more here). This is also a non tech related post, unusual for me. I usually like to tell you about nice, logical things that you...

3 ways with websites – which sort of website to have?

3 ways with websites – which sort of website to have?

For many new businesses a website can be their biggest initial investment. I get asked lots of questions about websites and which are the best. I thought a post outlining some of the most common options might be useful. So what are the options for a website? I am...