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Small Business Coronavirus Lockdown Help

Wales is entering another COVID-19 lockdown (as of October 23rd). Folks found this post helpful back in March, so I’m updating it with some new offers.

As small business owners in these dif­ficult times, we need to remember:

  • Adaptability is the small business advantage.
  • Negativity under­mines cre­ativity and planning.
  • Our fam­ilies and teams need to see con­fidence, not fear.
  • Stress under­mines the immune system. Breathe, and calm.
  • Mutual support, determ­in­ation and flex­ib­ility will win.
  • No entre­preneur sur­vives without being able to see hope in adversity. Silver linings may be a razor’s edge at times, but that’s where we find the silver.

Business Reality Check

Choose opportunityMany UK firms pan­icked at the first lockdown, fretting about remote working and scaling back on expenses.… Read the rest 

Want A Free Small Business Marketing Tool?

So Newport is back in lockdown, and Cardiff and Bristol may soon follow. Whatever happens, with everyone now online, this autumn’s mar­keting season will be more com­pet­itive than ever, and there’s no time to waste in getting started. So this seems a good time to mention that I offer a FREE social media dash­board to save tons of time with your social media marketing.

Social media mar­keting doesn’t get any easier. This dash­board helps you to create, schedule and re-use posts across the main social media channels, with a simple cal­endar interface. Just create a few days’ worth of posts whenever you have time, and set them for when your audience are online.… Read the rest 

5 Top Tips For Working From Home

Working from home during coronavirus lockdownThe coronavirus out­break means many people are sud­denly remote working for the first time, and quite a few are already strug­gling psy­cho­lo­gically. I’ve been doing it for over fifteen years. So here are my five top tips for working from home:

  • Routines help. Make sure you change them on the weekend, though. Otherwise you’ll soon stop noticing that weekends exist. Build in some flex­ib­ility too, if pos­sible. Work with the needs of your household, not against them.
  • Stop telling yourself, “It’s only for three weeks” (or whatever the expected dur­ation is in your region). It may be, but it may be longer. This is your new normal. Accept that, or however long it ends up being, it will seem a lot longer. Also, if it turns out to be longer, you’ll be more stressed about that.
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