Working from home inspiration

The Floating Mentor

The Floating Mentor

We’ve met Archie Workman before on the blog, and he’s kindly returned to tell us about his latest incarnation as the Floating Mentor: Archie, tell us about the floating! We’ve had a narrowboat for about 14 years now, 7 of which were on the Shropshire Union canal. But 3 hours on the M6 there & […]

Making Money

Do you need to sack a client?

Do you need to sack a client?

What freelancer doesn’t work hard to please and retain their clients? Especially when we constantly hear that it’s much easier and more profitable to keep the ones we have than go out and find new ones. We dread losing a client, not just for the lost income, but for fear of what they might tell […]

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From employee to freelance

From employee to freelance

Alan Williams has entertained us with stories of home working with his dogs, and now he’s taken the leap into freelance working: Just over a year ago, I took voluntary redundancy from my job. After several years of cuts imposed by government I decided that my time had come. It wasn’t an easy decision but […]

Home working joys

Home working joys

As we’ve discussed before, little things matter when you work from home. My routine consists of lots of little activities as well as working, and here are a few of my latest home working joys: 1. Afternoon break in a cafe – I haven’t had any commitments away from home this week so I was […]

Unusual home office furniture

Unusual home office furniture

Working from home means you lack the input provided by a commute, colleagues and a separate place to work. So it’s vital that you like your home workspace, that it’s a place you want to be, and that your immediate surroundings are both comfortable and inspiring. Once you’ve decided where you’re going to work in […]

How to keep up with the news without overwhelm

How to keep up with the news without overwhelm

Yet more shocking news has exploded over us. Terrorist attacks, natural disasters, economic crisis, government shenanigans, lately it has seemed like a constant barrage of bad news. As business owners we want to keep up with the news, but working at home in isolation we can be vulnerable to getting sidetracked, demoralised and depressed by […]

Never ignore an 8 year old!

Never ignore an 8 year old!

by Liz Proctor When you were an 8 year old, if someone had asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what would you have told them? How close are you to having that thing in your life and business now? OK, so being an astronaut, professional Lego builder or the World’s […]

Portfolio working – 5 ‘outside’ jobs

Portfolio working – 5 ‘outside’ jobs

Lately I’ve noticed that more people are doing more than one job, and possibly running their own business as well. This is called portfolio working, and when Sophia Moseley mentioned in a Twitter conversation that she has 5 ‘outside’ jobs, I asked her to tell us more: Hi Sophia, I understand you have a number […]

Flower vases for your home office

Flower vases for your home office

Neat flower vases to sit on your desk We probably all spend too much time sitting down working at our computers. As well as making a point of getting up and moving about a bit more, it’s nice to bring some of the natural world to your desk. I discovered this little Consilium vase at […]

PR for rural businesses

PR for rural businesses

I spotted Megan Allen on Twitter and thought what an excellent business idea! She specialises in PR for rural businesses. We don’t all live in London or the big cities and Megan understands the needs of a country business: Hi Megan, what gave you the idea to start doing PR for rural businesses? The concept […]