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Jun 07, 2015

There are many ways to grow your company. Expansion isn’t something to be taken lightly, but sometimes you have to move with the times, keep up with new developments or simply look at new business areas. New challenges may seem intimidating but are rarely as daunting as they first seem. There are many organisations and individuals out there who can help you take the next step, from those offering opportunities to learn new skills through to business training companies and advice lines. You may even identify ways to manage the growth of your business by discussing your situation with...

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Jun 07, 2015

The most important thing about setting out to achieve your goals is to keep taking steps forward. But it is not about doing everything to a formula: there are no hard and fast rules as to how to achieve success. With your hectic day-to-day life as a mum, you already know all about being flexible. You are able to adapt easily when the need unexpectedly arises and ongoing positive progress will drive you on. If you feel you’re always taking steps forward no matter how small the step, you will find that this is a powerful motivator to achieve your aspirations and so much more.

Across The...

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May 24, 2015

Creating calm isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to make the most of it when the opportunity arises or alternatively plan in moments when you can devote some time to you. Calm is as much a state of mind as a physical environment, so uncluttering your thoughts and concentrating on positives can often be as beneficial to you as a physical rest from the day-to-day rush.

Unclutter Your Mind
You may find calm in many different ways. Every mum has their own concept of calm, her own ways of relaxing and switching off from a busy daily routine. Even half an hour of reading a good book or...

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May 24, 2015

Working from home can sometimes feel a bit lonely, so networking is the ideal way to connect with business people in your locality. If you’re juggling your busy family life with work commitments, networking offers an opportunity to reach out to a wider community and give you a sense of place. It’s easy to pick and choose the networking sessions that suit you, as generally there are sessions running throughout the day and early evening. Whichever type of event you choose, it is important you make the most of the chance to connect with people.

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May 10, 2015

Networking is an essential tool today for making new business contacts. It enables you to connect in a one-to-one environment with people who are actively seeking to connect with you. One of the most useful aspects of the networking process is that you can learn from other people, perhaps with more experience of running their own business, and quickly gain invaluable insight into everything from best practices to time-saving shortcuts.

Knowledge and Experience Networking offers you face-to-face access to a diverse range of people and this opportunity ought to be seized upon. The attendees...

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May 10, 2015

We’ve all been there. You’re doing too much, things are getting on top of you, there’s no end in sight and your life seems to be an endless merry-go-round of activities, car journeys, meals and sleep. Where will it all end? You’re burning up your energy, your emotional reserves and not allowing yourself some respite to recharge your batteries. Here are some thoughts on buffering against a burnout.

Know Your Limits
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of burnout is actually acknowledging that you may be approaching that situation in your own mind. If you think you may be...

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Apr 26, 2015

There is no single definition of perfection, as everyone has a different perception of what perfection is.  In the same way, there is no one way of being the perfect mum.  Every parent’s situation is unique and you will face different challenges and require different skills as your family grows up. It’s important not to judge yourself by other people’s ideals. Have the strength and confidence to live the life you want and deserve, on your own terms.

Measure For Measure
It is very easy to become caught up in the effort of meeting a certain standard and measuring...

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Apr 26, 2015

Organising your time is perhaps the most important factor in ensuring you and your business are both efficient and therefore productive.  Try to be strict and allot a certain amount of time each day, or each week, to your own work. Be realistic when allocating timescales to your work so you have enough time to complete each task effectively. This will make it a lot easier for you to know your capabilities and ensure you’re not snowed under by unrealistic deadlines, mountains of work and phone calls from angry customers.

Seconds Out Whatever you are creating, be it a physical...

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Apr 12, 2015

Running a business and taking on work projects isn’t easy when you’re already trying to fit everything in around your family’s hectic schedule. Planning and mapping out a life schedule is important to keep all your commitments in focus and in perspective. It allows you to see clearly where your life is going and how you are going to get there. However you plan your schedule, always align it so the tasks are congruent with your personal goals.

Reach For Your Goals What do you want to get out of work? It’s no use devoting time and effort to your own business if...

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Apr 12, 2015

Only you know the real you. Your unique qualities are what make you who you are. The most important thing is to be true to yourself. You are not ‘just’ a mum, a wife, a friend, a colleague – you are all those things and so much more. Have the confidence to say what you believe and value your own opinions. Remain focused and accentuate the positives. Have the strength to live the life you want and deserve.

Learning To Rethink
If you are not aware of the possible elements that are impacting on your life’s happiness, how can you make positive changes? Try to recognise...

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