A SWOT analysis is a simple way to discover positive and negative factors in any context. Specifically, it’s a 4-quadrant diagram that will force you to critically examine your circumstances and find out which obstacles must be overcome or minimised
Instagram has become one of the most successful social media platform in recent years.
Setting your goals is one of the most important activities you can do in your business. Laying down plans for your business and drawing up a list of goals will help you stay focused and will prevent your business from becoming stagnant. Your business goals keep you moving forward and set the stage for ongoing success.
Marketing and sales experts have for many years used a simple tool to create the anchoring effect.
If you are running a successful business you will know that good marketing isn’t just about choosing the appropriate market or having a high quality product. Although important, it’s also about developing and using the right kind of marketing techniques in order to reach your potential customers and converting those leads into sales!
We are now in the final run up to Christmas day and so is the opportunity to sell your wares and be part of the buying frenzy that is about to commence.
Why You Should Give Yourself Permission to Quit Your Business (The Ultimate Taboo)
Overcoming the fear of failure is one of the most challenging aspects of running your own business and being an entrepreneur.
Social media is constantly evolving and has become a vital tool for businesses to use to maximise their marketing. Anyone who is serious about marketing their business must learn how to properly leverage these platforms to their advantage. Being active on social media is huge, and it’s absolutely necessary for your survival. However, that alone… Continue reading Social Media Trends in 2018
Choosing a name for your small business is probably one of the most fun and exciting aspects of starting a small business. But naming your small business is also serious business 💶 Your decision could affect your ability to reach a broader audience and grow 📈 The key is to find a name that fits… Continue reading Naming your Small Business (Short Read)
Not Everyone is Your Customer!
Entrepreneurs Need Work Life Balance
The more time I spend mentoring business owners the more I realise that without consistency, the chance of success is reduced significantly. There are so many business models, concepts and theories out there advising you to run your business a certain way, spend money on copious amounts of social media and above all be positive!… Continue reading Consistency is the Key to Success
Did you know that many successful entrepreneurs, such as Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson, attribute their success to having a mentor to guide them regularly through the various business decisions that they faced? A business mentor will help you improve your business and increase profits faster and better than you are likely to do on… Continue reading The Benefits of Business Mentoring
Many business owners struggle to work out pricing for their products, particularly if the product is hand made. Here is my quick formula! Cost of Supplies + €10 per Hour Time Spent = Price A. Cost of Supplies x 3 = Price B. Price A + Price B divided by 2 (to get the average… Continue reading How to Price Your Product (Short Read)
“Refer a Friend” is the ultimate compliment!
Finding and retaining those profitable customers can be a real challenge for any small business! There is a business adage that you need customers with a problem only your business can solve and it’s for you to identify that USP and communicate it clearly to that customer. The best way to understand your customers and… Continue reading Know Your Customer (Short Read)
Starting a business or running an existing one is never easy. There are so many things to think about and decisions to make on a continuous basis, it can be difficult to know if you are doing things right. Sometimes the pressure can cause you to make a poor decision that can hurt your potential… Continue reading The Most Common Business Mistakes (A View from a Business Mentor)
Why oh why do people expect your time, goods or services for free when you’re running a small business? This is often the biggest complaint from artists, photographers and professional experts who give their time and knowledge to so many for free! I say stop!!!!! My advice is you need to be savvy enough to… Continue reading Don’t Work For Free (Short Read)
The world of business is changing rapidly and it can be a real struggle to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments to attract and maintain your existing customers. A business needs to continuously adapt to new marketing channels, in particular the ever growing online market that is expanding at an incredible… Continue reading The Challenges Facing SME’s
According to the content marketing institute “Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience and ultimately to drive profitable customer action”. Relationships rely on honest, relevant, and respectful two way communication. The content you create and publish as… Continue reading What is Content Marketing?
History has shown that those with an optimistic outlook or open mindset on life are the ones who usually find the most success. One of the most important steps you can take towards achieving your greatest potential in business is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance. We all… Continue reading Positive Mind Set in Business – The Key to Success
Happy customers can make your business! One of your business goals should be to satisfy your customer needs so that they come back for more, whilst spreading the word about their experience to others. Have you been in the situation where a customer buys something from you but never returns for a repeat purchase? Here… Continue reading Customer Service To Build Relationships
Now that Christmas is nearly over and we are fast approaching 2018, the New Year is a perfect opportunity to develop a plan to get your business operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. As you prepare to take your business into 2018, it’s time to create a plan for how you’re going to best… Continue reading Get Your Business Ready for 2018
All businesses have weaknesses, strengths along with opportunities and external threats so if you want to sustain and grow your business, it’s imperative that you identify and manage these effectively especially when looking to achieve long-term success. A Business Health Check involves sitting down and asking yourself some key questions about your business and as most… Continue reading What is a Business Health Check?
Marketing is changing rapidly and with so many emerging technologies and platforms to leverage, there has never been a more exciting time for businesses to connect with new and existing customers. However, the key to successful marketing is to identify which platforms and technologies present the best opportunities for your business and your potential customers.… Continue reading Predicted Marketing Trends for 2018
November is a great month to market your products and services by creating some excitement around the many events occurring during the month. Take the opportunity to publish and distribute event related content with the overall goal of attracting, engaging new and existing customers. Here are some important events and dates to help inspire your… Continue reading November Events to Market Your Business
If you are having problems with your craft sales or experiencing a downturn in sales, then take a few minutes to read these common mistakes and hopefully they'll point you in the right direction. Are you under price and undervaluing your product? If you are under pricing it says you don’t believe in your product. Customers will pay a… Continue reading Common Mistakes When Running a Craft Business
Rosser Reeves considered by many as the father of modern advertising was quoted as saying "adverting is the art of getting a unique selling proposition into the heads of most people at the lowest possible cost" Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what makes your business stand out from the crowd and tells your customers… Continue reading How to Discover Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
Sometimes as a business owner we can lose sight of how our business is perceived by prospective customers. It is important that we make our products and services as easy as possible to access whilst making it attractive to the buyer to engage and purchase. Here are just a few simple tips that will improve… Continue reading Small Changes to Grow Your Business
Branding, especially personal branding is such a crucial component of success and can open up new opportunities and help you fulfill your business goals. Building your personal brand is just as important as building your company’s brand as customers tend to buy and stay loyal to companies they like. Fine tuning your personal brand will ensure… Continue reading Building Your Personal Brand
If you are running an SME, continuous improvement and development is the name of the game as businesses are not static. It is important to accurately identify if your business is either on an upward track or if it is on its way down. So making consistent improvements to make your business better and continuously… Continue reading Tips on Improving Your Business