How To Say No

April 20, 2016 in Money, Small Business

by Marcia MacLeod

I turned down two pieces of work this year, much to the horror of some of my friends. “You can’t turn down work!” they screamed. “The client will never come back to you!” “Don’t you need the money?” others asked. But the best response was from a friend who asked “How can you do that? You’re in business!” when she, bless her, is near exhaustion because she is terrified of telling clients she will be late, or has to say no to new work,  because her mother is extremely ill in another part of the country and she has no siblings to  help take her to hospital appointments, try to organise social services, and do the shopping. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Succeed In Small Business

December 18, 2015 in Business Networking, Muswell Hill Meetings, Small Business Networking

How and why did you start your business?  For many, it was a lucky accident: they fell into it by being made redundant, being asked to help a friend, or invented something to solve their own problem.  For Priya Tourkow, her special interest in relationship counselling came about because most of the people coming to her psychotherapy sessions had problems in their relationships with partners or family members. Sarah Montgomery’s leap into promoting and selling Forever Living aloe vera products started from a desire to do something part-time from home that was more interesting, reliable and lucrative than her work as a  musician and aromatherapist.

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What Makes Your Business Stand Out?

April 28, 2015 in Business Networking, Marketing, Presentation Skills, Small Business Networking

How do you communicate the worth of your small business to potential new clients when you offer an intangible service, rather than a physical product? That was the key question emerging from the ‘Question Mastermind’ session at the latest meeting of the Small Business Network, held, as usual, at Sable D’Or in Muswell Hill.

And the answer? Visualisation. Small business owners must find a way to paint a picture of their service – of what they can do for their customers – through real or hypothetical examples, through videos on web sites, through detailed explanations. Read the rest of this entry →

The New SBN Bright Sparks Meetup – How Did It Go?

March 30, 2015 in Business Networking, Masterminding, Small Business Advice, Small Business Networking

by Liz BygraveSmall Business Network Bright Sparks Meetup

Our very first SBN Bright Sparks Meetup took place on Tuesday 24 March 2015.

I’m delighted to report that it was a fantastic success! This was largely down to business coach Rebecca Fishman’s skill and expertise in facilitating it. Read the rest of this entry →

Why Should Small Businesses Network?

July 10, 2012 in Business Networking, Small Business, Small Business Networking

by Marcia MacLeod

We all do it – often without even realising it. But mention ‘networking’ to some small business owners and they think it’s something luvvies do, or involves formal dinners and presentations, or costs too much. In fact, networking can be a simple as meeting someone at a friend’s house and discussing your hobbies – or even telling a friend about a new small business idea. It can be as basic as accepting a LinkedIn invitation to be someone’s contact or a Facebook ‘friend’ request.

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Small Business Network Muswell Hill Meeting Report June 2012

June 26, 2012 in Business Networking, Meetings, Muswell Hill Meetings, Small Business Advice, Small Business Networking, Small Business PR

23 people attended this June Muswell Hill meeting, including new members Idit Gold, who runs singing groups in Highgate and Islington, and Karen Knott who offers coaching to women in midlife.

Practitioner Jo Tocher, who specialises in helping people with ME, arrived with a noticeable glow and aura of wellness – apparently this was due to having just had a Chi Reflexology session with Louise Exeter!

During the One Minute Go Round, cake maker Debby Sass asked for feedback on her new paper decorative stars, whilst feng shui expert Chrissie Parker gave her tip of the month: to keep electromagnetic devices like mobiles and clock radios to an absolute minimum in the bedroom: time and again she has seen their removal solve long term sleep problems.

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Report on the August West Hampstead Meeting

August 12, 2011 in Meetings, West Hampstead Meetings

by Liz

For a change, I ran this meeting as Dominique was away in Canada – which I was really pleased about as it was a really enjoyable meeting.

Marcia MacLeod was there with the second edition of her new ‘Your Allotment’ magazine (yet again, great reading), and we had several new members ranging from copywriters to pilates to yoga teachers.

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