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When Home Turns Into An Office

How do you turn it back?

It’s 10pm. You turned the TV on two hours ago with a view to stopping work, yet there you are with a tablet in your hands, glasses hooked behind your ears and a “don’t even think of bothering me” expression on your face.

You’re in the same environment you’ve been in all day. You know – the one you’ve cleverly moulded into a place for productivity – so we don’t blame you. The problem is, you may have gone too far.

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3 Ways To Make Freelancing Work For You

Do you sometimes contemplate what it would be like to give up your day job and start something fresh and new? Ever wondered if there’s a way you could make freelancing work for you? Today we’re sharing 3 vital ways you can make your dream become a reality:

Make a decision and stick to it because if you don’t you’ll never reach your full potential. Although it is a smart idea to start your freelance venture on the side of a full-time job (as many people do), there will come a time when you have to decide which pathway to take – after all, if you want a business to work you do have to put your all into it and doing so with a full-time job on top of things can be highly stressful, and sometimes impossible.

Showcase your experience well or otherwise you’ll miss out on great opportunities that could have worked perfectly for you. Knowing that you can deliver the service well is one thing, what you need to worry about as a freelancer is convincing everyone else. Freelancers work on so many different projects, many of which will be small and short term, with multiple clients, meaning that writing a CV to represent the work you’ve done can be a difficult and usually requires a large process of elimination. Learn and develop a way that you can showcase your work better. It may be a case study to take to client visits, or an online portfolio to hold multiple projects.

Seek out the right projects and have a clear vision in mind before you start. If you begin taking on masses of work that you’d rather not be doing, it’s likely you’ll continue to attract similar projects. To attract the right projects you need to seek them out, as they won’t always come to you unless your advertising is completely on point and successfully reaching all the right people. There’s an old-fashioned way to do this and that’s networking – but remember that you can now do that online too! Build relationships with the people and companies you want to work with, join business communities in your area and make it clear what you do.

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B2C Twitter Series: Why Customers Love Twitter For Customer Service

The customer isn’t always right. We all know that. Nevertheless, a good, helpful and effective customer service is an integral part of any successful business, big or small. Overlooking your customer’s needs and feedback is like signing up to fail. Instead you should always work on improving your customer service, ensuring that it is always as up-to-date as it needs to be to satisfy your clientele.

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Top Tips On Proofreading Your Own Work

As professional copywriters, proofreading is a vital part of our everyday process. It’s vital to us because we understand the powder of words, and the difference between the almost-right word and the right word. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make proofreading an easy task. In fact, proofreading your own work can be a mammoth task simply because of the fact that you read your work as you think you’ve written it – not always as it is actually written.

To help you master the skill of proofreading your own work, we’re going to share our top tips, so grab your reading glasses and get ready to take notes!

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How We Deal With Writer’s Block

If Little Miss Content had a pound for every time a writer had a creative block, we’d be far bigger than we are right now! The truth is, at some point it happens to every writer. For creative workers, it’s inevitable.

The question is how do we deal with writer’s block when we have a deadline to meet? How do we get those creative juices flowing again?

Much like anything in life, what works for some may not work for others. However, if you’re desperate to tackle the problem below are a few solutions that have helped us in the past.

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The Worst Advice For Business Start-Ups We Ever Received

When you’re starting up a business, there are a lot of people who want to be somewhat involved in the process and during this time pretty much anyone you speak to will be eager to dish out some advice. Even people you’ve only just met have an opinion on how you should do certain things, their own ideas about what you should do in the future and sometimes even how they can contribute.

Most of the time, this free advice-giving tool is warmly welcomed and highly useful, but sometimes it attracts the wrong people and the wrong advice. Nevertheless, if you have your head screwed on tight you’ll be able to turn really bad advice into good advice just by flipping it in reverse.

During our time as a start-up, which of course we still are, we did learn (and will probably never stop learning) a few valuable things from the bad advice that was dished out to us so willingly. To help you get a head start, we’ve put together a list of the worst advice we ever received so that you can learn from other people’s mistakes.

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Top 5 Social Media Tips For Businesses

For many people, social media is a completely new concept. A few years ago the importance of social media in business was debated, but now there’s no argument. Making your mark in the digital space is vital, especially for a brand, product or service provider. More and more companies each day are realising and accepting that social media marketing has to be a component in their overall marketing and PR mix. This is simply because the online world is so vast that you can’t afford to miss such a large opportunity for brand awareness, increased traffic, improved sales and reduced marketing expenses.

You may find it unnerving if you are uncertain of how social media works and what you need to do to get the most out of it, which is why we’ve put together a few tips that you can refer to along the way.

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