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How to respond to media request Media alerts are one of the best, and easiest ways to get featured in the media. They are sometimes posted on twitter with relevant hashtag, they may be sent to PR’s who respond on behalf of, or pass them onto their clients. We even send them our on our newsletter from time to time too. But there is a knack to getting your replies right. Journalists may be inundated with replies which means you may not even get a reply or acknowledgement, this is perfectly normal and you may need to grow a thick skin to...read more
Marketing on a budget When you are starting out in business and no one knows who you are, one of the greatest challenges you will face is how to drum up new business. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are some great tactics out there to get your business known; here are a few tips to get you started. And if you have a tactic we’ve not mentioned here, please share it with us in the comments. A mailing list If you’re just starting out then from day one you should be thinking about keeping records so start a database, even if...read more
5 great ways to stay motivated Staying motivated day in day out can be really hard in any business. There is the regular grind of tasks you would rather not do as well as the issues which can take the wind out of your sales and maybe make you wonder if it is all worth it. Running a business and a family can be particularly taxing as you can sometimes be torn between commercial success and caring for those around you. If any of this sounds familiar then here are 5 simple tips to help you stay motivated when the going gets tough or pick you up...read more
Beginners guide to Domain Authority Until fairly recently website owners and promoters were all about page rank, a saying emerged that said page rank is vanity, traffic is sanity. Today it’s all about Domain (DA) and Page (PA) Authority. The ‘vanity’ saying still applies with DA but don’t let that put you off! In reality, a high ranked domain indicates a potential traffic-attracting website so monitoring your site’s rankings will help you analyse your SEO and highlight areas for improvement. What is Domain Authority? Domain Authority is...read more
Since April, Google now gives more search results love to all businesses who have mobile friendly websites. Did you know that almost 70% of searches are now from mobile devices? Stats show that potential customers are 60% more likely to abandon their search on a non mobile site. Follow this link to check that your site is mobile friendly. If your web hosting is from MumClub and you’ve taken advantage of our website starter pack then you’re in luck because for some time we’ve been ensuring that our client’s sites are...read more
Free live webinars from HMRC in March 2015 Take a look at this month’s special webinar offering HMRC’s range of business webinars supports businesses making tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. Webinars last about an hour, they are live and interactive so you can ask questions. So, whether you want to find out about PAYE, Self Employment, VAT, Property Income, Record Keeping and other topics – these webinars are very popular, informative and can provide the answers. Take a look here at what’s coming up HMRC March webinars ...read more
This week, premium member Debbie Chambers of Cloth Nappies NI decided to switch her website to WordPress. Using the free web hosting package that comes with premium she found it really easy. We asked her for a step by step guide for anyone else who finds themselves in the same position and needing to use a test site, and then how to switch it over. Here’s what Debbie told us: As my current site was live, I didn’t want any down time, so needed a temporary test site to build the new one before switching over. To achieve...read more
Take a look at what’s on offer this month! HMRC’s range of webinars supports businesses making tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. The webinars last about an hour, they are live and interactive so you can ask questions. So, whether you want to find out more about tax returns and when to submit them, what to do if an employee tells you they’re sick or simply check what expenses you can claim, these webinars will give the answers. Join one by clicking on this link HMRC’s February webinar...read more
The 31 January deadline applies to filing Self Assessment tax returns online BUT ALSO to paying anything you owe. Any Tax or National Insurance owed for the year ended 5 April 2014 is called a balancing payment, and must be paid by 31 January 2015. You may also have to make a payment on account for the following year. To find out more follow the links: Take a look at Paying HMRC on our Working for Yourself e-Learning Our website contains useful information on How to pay your Self Assessment bill You can also join our chat service sessions...read more
Do you need help to complete your tax return? Tt try these successful online Drop-In sessions. This new service may give you the answers you need to complete your tax return online, which might be better than phoning the helpline. The help given by the advisers is on general matters as they will not have access to any personal Self Assessment accounts. The service uses the tried and tested webinar platform, so you can log in and ask a question at any time up to 30 minutes before the session ends. It’s convenient, and you can register even...read more