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It's been seven years since I launched Word Gets Around. My own design business. My own rules. It's been quite a ride and opened up lots of opportunities.
8 months in and I suddenly found myself setting up WGA Networking, having never even been 'networking' before. I thought it was something to do with wires and cables.
We celebrated 6 years in October last year. I wanted to thank everyone who has helped the group grow. I love hearing your stories of who you met and where it took you.
2018 sees a new website for Word Gets Around. One website to showcase my expertise in all things design, digital and print, and the networking which runs alongside.
I have a real ambition to grow the design side, to help more people push their business forwards and collaborate with equally ambitious people.
It's time to take things up a level. There are some exciting plans in place.
Thanks for supporting me over the years. Take a look at my new site and let me know what you think.
If you’re new to the business world or just haven’t been to many networking events before, it can all seem a bit daunting to attend your first networking group session. For a lot of people, approaching people to talk about business can see really scary at first and it can be tempting to stand in the corner waiting for people to talk to you. However, networking sessions are a really valuable tool for new businesses, so getting the most out of your first session and being able to fight off those nerves is really important. We’ve got a few tips to help you out and make sure you leave your networking session feeling like you’ve taken something great from it.
When it comes down to it, many businesses will shy away from networking, either because they’re not exactly sure of what they will get out of it, or just because they don’t see it as a priority. However, we know that networking is an invaluable tool for any business, whether you’re a local start-up or a large multinational company. Our attitude at Word Gets Around is that we are stronger together, and for that reason we feel that it’s important for local businesses to make the most of each other by meeting up and talking business.
By Jo Middleton
Congratulations! You’ve done it. You’ve taken the plunge and written a blog post for your website. Everyone has been telling you how important a blog is for your business, and finally you’ve put pen to paper, virtually at least.
So now what? It’s all very well having written it, but how are you going to get people to read it? It can take a while to establish a regular readership, but here are a few tips to point you in the right direction
By Jo Middelton
Six strategies for balancing work and family life
When I made the decision to become self-employed several years ago, it was mainly driven by the need, as a single parent, to be flexible around my family life. At the same time, I was wary of how working from home might spill over into time with my children, and so along the way I’ve developed several strategies for ensuring that elusive work-life balance.
By Paul Elliot Smith
In recent times there have been significant changes in how business is carried out, and how relationships are forged.
Social media has made the world more transparent, giving the consumer more 'power' and 'control' over the information they receive, and how they are choosing to use it.
You can add real value to your business by focusing on how you package your content, how shareable it is, and how people connect with you.
Your brand proposition is still important, but people now want the promise, plus the proof.
Many large companies have publicly fallen foul for not delivering on this. It is important to under promise & over deliver, to wow your customers and exceed their expectations.
With this in mind it is imperative that you invest time in fine tuning your website and social media profiles.
Traditional cold marketing methods are giving way to warm inbound marketing.'People buy from people' we often hear. Well, it's true.
If you are self employed then you probably are 'the brand'. Be true to yourself and dare to be different to reflect who you are.
The 'about us' or 'meet the team' or 'blog' webpages become more important to convey your brand personality, background, passions, expertise and views, highlighting the real people that drive your business.
Remember that prospective employers and clients have more channels to research you with, and make decisions, without you even knowing.
Finally, get out there. Don't just exist online. Meet people in person offline through business networking groups, and carry on the conversation online. You will find that this mix will accelerate any business relationship.
By being authentic people will come to you. Investing in people creates relationships nurtured by building rapport, which in turn creates advocates, credibility, key contacts in your industry and solid relationships based on trust.
By Adam Townley, Townley Insurance Brokers
I am regularly approached by start-up businesses who wonder what insurance they actually need. I thought it worthwhile forming the basics into a blog post.
The only legal insurance requirement is Employers’ Liability and only then when you have employees. There are exemptions – the most applicable perhaps being when all the employees of the business are closely related, e.g. husband and wife, parent and child etc. – but that exemption doesn’t apply if the company is Limited.
By Jo Middleton
Being self-employed is a double edged sword for me. On the one hand I love the flexibility it gives me; I can be around for school plays, sick days and to ferry in the inevitable forgotten PE kits, and it’s brilliant not to have to be forever letting Belle down because I can’t get time off work.
By Jo Middleton
According to my daughter I have a satellite delay when I’m working at home. Conversations go something like this:
“Mummy, blah blah blah…”
(I know she uses words here but they don’t reach my ears.)
Six second pause before I reply.
It’s not cool.