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Business Bites: Three Ways to Prepare for Time Away From Your Business

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I used to make so many excuses for not travelling. “Oh I like being at home”, “I’ve just got too much work to do” and “I hate airports” were my favourite justifications. And then The Blogcademy came crashing into my life avoiding travelling just was not an option!

Now, I literally can’t get enough. I love love love experiencing new places and meeting new people. I’m even starting to weirdly enjoy airports.

But let’s not forget that when you run your own business it’s much harder to take off and leave it all behind. If there is no-one else that can do what you do, or can hold the fort while you’re away just how do you physically tear yourself back from your desk without worrying that your livelihood is going to come crashing down in your absence?

Well, in preparation for this latest jaunt I’ve learnt three very valuable lessons.

1) There’s no way around it, you need to work your butt off to get as much done before you go as possible. For me that’s meant long days and even longer nights writing and scheduling blog content and letting people know that I’m going to be harder to get in touch with for a few weeks.

2) You have to realise – and be OK with the fact – that when you run your own business you really can’t ever take a proper and complete break. I’ve bought myself a new laptop and I fully intend to keep up to date with as much work as possible while I’m down under (coming back to 1000 emails sucks balls. Believe me, I’ve done it).

3) Ask for help. I’ve enlisted some amazing guest contributors to send me a couple of articles for the blog which have massively taken the pressure off having to produce so much advance content myself.

If you haven’t travelled for a while I can’t encourage you enough to just do it. It’s now one of my favourite things to do and I can’t believe I put it off for so long! As long as you’re willing to put the effort into to being prepared in advance, it really doesn’t have to be that stressful.

LET’S ALL GO AND EXPLORE THE WORLD!

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“The biggest branding mistake companies and organizations make is using an acronym or abbreviation for their company name. Acronyms can be convenient for internal use in your office, but they should never be used in public communications, including social media.”

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Business Bites: Ideas are Pointless

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Can I let you in on a secret? Ideas are pointless. How many people do you know that have ‘brilliant new ideas’ all the time but never actually do anything with them? How many people have you heard say “Well, if I did that, I’d do it sooo much better”? How many Pinterest boards do we see full of amazing recipe ideas people will never cook or home décor ideas they’ll never implement?

If you’ve been sitting on an idea for a while, today I’d like to encourage you to actually do something about it. Maybe you just need to start some research, or send a few emails. Remember the first few steps are often the hardest. If you don’t, well that’s fine, but maybe it wasn’t such a brilliant idea after all.

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Science reveals what really increases Twitter followers

“Expressing negative sentiments in tweets is the second most harmful factor to growing a Twitter audience. This might be because Twitter is a medium dominated by very weak social ties, and negative sentiment from strangers may be unpleasant or uncomfortable for a potential new follower to see.” – Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology

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Business Bites: Business Plans and Blogger Meets

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Photography: Chris Craymer for British Glamour

How am I going to Australia in three weeks?! But more to the point, where the hell is this year going?! So much to do, so little time… Ah sod it, I’m just gonna stop for a while and read some inspirational business articles instead. Who’s with me?

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“‘Making books’ is not my primary source of income as a writer. And probably never will be. Some writers might find that depressing. I don’t. I think it’s liberating.” Alexandra Franzen

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Business Bites: Nerd Out!

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Photography: Feather and Stone

Oh I do love a good workshop. This week I spent most of my time at the Photography Farm where a bunch of wedding photographers and I spent the whole time getting to know each other and gassing about our favourite topics – weddings, photography and blogging! There really is nothing better than spending time with like-minded nerds. I always leave these kinds of environments feeling super inspired and invigorated push myself and my business to the next level.

So I have some homework for you this weekend. If it’s been a while since you hung out with some industry friends in real life (Twitter chats do not count!) and nerded out, then do it… do it now! I promise you’ll feel better for it afterwards and head home with a brain-full of new ideas or at least a big boost of motivation!

Be sure to let me know how you get on…

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“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.” Neil Gaiman

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Business Bites: Vulnerability and Value

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This week I should have been really getting down to the grind and cracking on with my mammoth to do list. There’s always something to fix, or perfect or organise isn’t there? But despite supposedly having a busy week in the office, I allowed myself to do something I haven’t for a long while. I procrastinated.

I watched some crap daytime TV, Gareth and I went out for lunch (and stayed out until 5pm) and I even slept until 11am on Wednesday! It was awesome. Sure, maybe I didn’t power though my ever expanding to do list as quickly as I might have hoped, but you know what, that’s OK. As long as you don’t make a regular habit of slacking off, I don’t think there’s anything too terrible about just allowing yourself to be once in a while. The work will still be right there when you get back.

So why not allow yourself to slack off a little bit and read some of the fantastic business articles that I uncovered this week?

Just go home
Taking a breath
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“The more I embrace the new, the more I feel at home on a path of growth and change. Going outside my comfort zone ceases to feel scary and stressful, and instead it becomes fun, stimulating, empowering, and even playful. I become comfortable in those spaces of awkwardness, confusion, and mistakes, knowing that whatever happens, I can deal with it and learn from it.” Steve Pavlina

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Business Bites: Bigger Goals and Geekery

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Photography: Edward Addeo Photography

Spending two weeks away from my beloved computer doesn’t half make me desperate to crack on with work as soon as I get back. It’s totally geeky I know, but that’s just me! As soon as I’d gotten through all the emails (oh so many emails!) that had build up over the past fortnight I was straight onto plowing through my RSS feed to devour all those business articles that I’d missed.

My geekery is your gain… and there’s plenty to gain from this week’s selection, I promise!

Staying organised with an editorial calender
How can you develop an authentic brand?
Your goals are too small
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They throw rocks at things that shine

“What you need to know is the following: some people just won’t like you. And some people won’t like me. They’ll spend hours plotting to dismantle your name and shake the love you have for what you do. What I’ve come to discover is that these people are unhappy, disillusioned, and frustrated with their current state so they want to hurt others they way they themselves are hurting.” Jasmine Star

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