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6 Steps to Improving Your Business by Looking After YOU

I used to believe that the harder you worked, the more successful you were. I worked myself into the ground repeatedly for years, out of sheer determination to achieve my goals. It’s not until recently that I discovered the big secret – it’s not about working hard, it’s about working …

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How to Create an Invoice

You’ve got your first client, woohoo!  They’ve chosen your services and signed the contract, but now you need to send them a professional looking invoice to seal the deal.  A badly formed invoice is a huge tell tale sign of a novice, and while we all have to start somewhere, …

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6 Things I’m Thankful for this Thanksgiving

It’s my very first ever Thanksgiving! Having moved to Canada from the Scotland a few months ago, it’s not a tradition I’m used to celebrating – but I want to jump in headfirst and get truly into the spirit – so I thought I would share some of the things …

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How to Prevent Burnout for Overloaded Entrepreneurs

This is a guest post by Kate Waggle of My Sailor’s Defender Once you start to hit that burnt out feeling, it can be extremely difficult to rediscover your motivation and energy again. As a military spouse with a full time job, school, dogs, volunteer obligations who’s building her own …

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5 Reasons You Should Travel Solo

I would be lying if I said I the thought of traveling solo wasn’t daunting at first.  When people ask who I’ll be traveling with I casually say I’m going alone as if it’s the most natural thing in the world – but it’s not. I used to feel that experiences …

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SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is a useful tool both when starting a business and periodically as your business is going through changes or you are in the process of making big decisions.  The purpose of a SWOT analysis is to look at all the factors that are influencing your business – internal …

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New Blog Post Checklist

So you’ve become a dab hand at writing perfect blog posts.  But there so much more to a blog’s success than just creating fantastic content – you have to know how to put it out into the world in the right way to make sure it has it’s best chance …

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How to Handle Customer Complaints

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine and fellow entrepreneur had her very first customer complaint. Leasa is an incredible woman – she runs her business, Little Freckles, from home while also raising a young family and she always seems so energetic and bubbly.  I am in awe of …

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Quit Your Job for Your Business

Starting a business at any stage can be scary, exciting and maddening all at once.  There are a hundred different milestones and goals you set yourself in the process of launching a startup, but arguably the most daunting of all is reaching the stage where you quit the day job …

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Why the Startup Community Is Failing Us

The startup community in Scotland has come on leaps and bounds in the past decade. You don’t have to look hard to find news stories about young, ambitious entrepreneurs starting on their journeys into the business world.  To our credit, we have gotten a lot better these days at encouraging …