• Wittering

    Dealing with procrastination-itis

    It’s Tuesday morning. The sky is blue and the sun is shining. Outside is calling and I can’t get motivated to tackle my never ending Hadrian’s Wall of a to do list. In the past half hour at my desk I’ve made a coffee. Replied to a WhatsApp message. Glimpsed briefly at my inbox. Stared blankly at my screen. Looked at my to do list. Drunk my coffee. And….looked at the blue sky a lot. When it comes to procrastination, there is nobody to rival my incredible talent. Why is it that sometimes you just can’t get motivated? I know that once I get going I’ll be fine, but today…

  • Wittering

    Being a self-employed mum with a child with additional needs

    I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not to share this. I guess I’m usually of the ilk that I don’t post loads of personal stuff in my business context because it detracts and maybe even devalues the business stuff. But you know – personal circumstances play a huge part in your life as a solopreneur and it’s time to get real. Last week, our 8 year old son was diagnosed with autism. We kind of expected the diagnosis – goodness knows we’ve had a pretty tough time managing his challenges, and fought long and hard for the assessment. Yet, having two professionals with a list of qualifications as…

  • Learnings

    Best laid plans…

    Sometimes, one just pulls a doozy. This week has been one of those times for me in my little world. Keen to try something new, I decided to have a go at a mailing campaign. A kick-ass offer I’d send to suppliers I love to raise awareness of what I do and get them on board. Fun idea: check Designed print: check Envelopes: check Gimmicky gift: check Stamps: check   I spent hours lovingly hand addressing envelopes to my selected few. Stuffing envelopes, sticking on stamps and lugging the whole lot to the post box. Imagine my horror when my phone rang, one of my lovely recipients at the end…

  • Learnings

    Business tools I just can’t live without

    I’m a systems girl. I like processes and programs and ways to keep everything in order. There are a handful of business tools I just couldn’t live without and figured it might be useful to share, so here goes…   Freeagent This one covers the accounting side of things. I can invoice which is nothing new, but it also allows me to set up direct debits, and automate invoices and payment collection which is awesome. It also syncs up to your bank account, provides handy accounting reports and does some kind of magic link to HMRC for tax returns too but I haven’t used that feature yet. Cost – £9.50 /month + VAT for…