Quite suprisingly … this blog has been nominated for an ‘Innovative’ MAD blog award! YAY
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You see other people promoting their business online and want to do it too
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You don’t really see how a blog will add business anyway
You’d love to have a list of thousands to mail your latest offers to, but don’t know how to get the right people on your list
You’ve been promoting your business online for a while but have yet to see results
You’re fed up with tweeting or blogging and are starting to wonder whether it is worth it.
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There’s lots going on at Family Friendly Working. You have just one more day to enter a competition to win some Snazaroo face paints. I have got news of an opportunity to sign up as a mystery shopper. There’s news including a report on why becoming a mum cuts your income and how being a working mum won’t harm your child. And I’m now looking for business mums and dads to feature in Family Friendly Working in December. Ideally your business will have some sort of seasonal theme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We’ve been enjoying a fabulous weekend with beautiful weather. It is Dh and my 12th wedding anniversary too so we had a lovely lunch out with the kids – all good.
Now, I’m just catching up with a little work, planning for the week ahead and trying to work a little in advance to make some time for networking events for Business Mum Week and The Mumpreneur Conference which I’ll be attending in Birmingham on the 3rd of October. I’m mildly terrified about the conference purely because I’ll be driving up on my own (well, with Kit too) and I hate long drives … since we were driven into about 10 years ago. The drive will take around 5 hours.
Anyway, apart from that, this week I’m writing about gifts and traditions for one of the blogs I work on, plus personal finance and money saving for another. I’ve done a good update for Family Friendly Working which should see me past the conference – I schedule features well in advance and have mumpreneurs booked in for the profile slots right up until the end of October.
I’ve done the first chapter for the book on Down’s Syndrome. It is not totally complete and I suspect I’ll need to revise it as I work on the following chapters but it is good to make a start. I aim to do two chapters next month and two in November which shouldn’t be too much pressure.
Writing that up all feels quite under control. The things I can’t control are the volume of sales for the Mumpreneur Guide. The special offer ends on Wednesday, and if there is another big sales day this could push aside all my plans for a week of writing.
I’m also due to do some work on the business. I’m meeting a business adviser next Wednesday, need to do the end of month invoices and have a couple of stray invoices to chase up plus missing parcels to claim from the post office. Such excitement! Let’s hope the weather stays good so I can get all this done in the sun.
Getting Ink is a site where journalists post case study requests. It is worth signing up for daily updates as you may be able to get some free publicity for your business. Today, a freelancer for a national parenting magazine is looking for birth stories. Follow the link to find out more here.
It is harder to stick with writing a blog than you might think. As part of a busy day, your blog can be seen as an ‘extra’ – but it can be a fun way to really improve your search engine results. I’ve seen visitors more than double since starting to blog on www.acpr.co.uk and www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk. I really enjoy tracking down news for women in business and mumpreneurs, and have started getting a steady flow of useful books to review on the sites too. So, if you have a dormant blog, think up some themes and ideas to make sure you are posting every day or two. Sign up for some relevant press release feeds to give you some new ideas. And ask some guest bloggers in to help you keep things going.
Life coach Lynette Allen has set up a new campaign to inspire women to use their natural talents in business. I’m on her blog, and if you can come up with the key talent that has helped you in business, you could feature too.
I’ve been using a site called Website Grader in the last few days. It will appeal to you if you know a few things about SEO but are unsure what to do next to improve your site rating. Website Grader looks at everything from your tags to your sites listings on directories, and makes suggestions about blogs and contact forms. It has helped me pick up a few things that were wrong on my site and hopefully improve the way www.acpr.co.uk is picked up on search engines. I’m also using it for www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk, where I have started a new blog about flexible work and mumpreneurs. Hope you find it useful too.
I love the look of clean surfaces, and now I know that I’m not the only one. Over at Second Cherry, Patricia has been filling us in on Wabi Sabi, the japanese art of styling your home. Well worth a read.