Are you a quitter?

Lately I’ve been reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. You might have read this already, or have watched him on YouTube Very near the beginning of the book I read this: “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person…

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Getting started

Today, 5 years ago, was the first day my daughter started nursery and the first day I started working on Whiteacres Design‚Äč. A week later I started “properly” and it’s been a fantastic journey ūüôā One of the first things I did was work on a name and a logo. I still have the name…

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11 Colours: Yellow

Colour is really really important in design. There are only¬†11¬†basic¬†colour¬†terms although there¬†are¬†MILLIONS of colours so it’s essential to spend some time looking at your colours and making sure that they create the right impression for your business. Here is the next instalment¬†in the 11 colours series.¬†This month is all about yellow.¬† Yellow is generally seen…

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GUEST BLOG: 10 Benefits of using email marketing for small businesses, by Kate Barrett, Shine a Light Media

Small businesses can benefit enormously from email marketing but many are still not using it, or not using it to its full advantage. Here we explore 10 benefits of email marketing for small businesses.   A targeted, direct way to contact your subscribers   Email marketing allows small businesses to cheaply and easily communicate directly…

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Is your business ready for anything?

Lately there’s been a lot of preparation in our house. I don’t know if you’re aware but very very soon I’m going to be having a baby, so there’s been quite a lot to do! We’ve had to get everything out of the loft that we could reuse for this baby, buy things we didn’t…

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11 Colours: White

Colour is really really important in design. There are only¬†11¬†basic¬†colour¬†terms although there¬†are¬†MILLIONS of colours so it’s essential to spend some time looking at your colours and making sure that they create the right impression for your business. Here is the next instalment¬†in the 11 colours series.¬†This month is all about white.¬† White is clean, hygienic…

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Goal Setting Recipe

Tomorrow I’m being a guest on a webinar. I’ve never done a webinar before so I’m a little nervous, but it’s on the topic of Goal Setting – related to The Goal Setting Collective so it’s bound to be fun ūüôā Having a goal is a bit like baking a cake.¬† You know what you…

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Cookie cutter business

Every year I make shortbread for Christmas presents. A lot of shortbread. It takes me several evenings to make enough. I think people expect it now – I’ve been asked to give shortbread for presents and so I don’t think I can’t! I don’t mind. If shortbread is something I’m good at then that’s fine…

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Practice

When I was little my brother and I always used to make marzipan fruit for the Christmas tea. We’d colour the marzipan and roll it into balls, pinch it into pear shapes and lemon shapes, put cloves in as stalks, roll it on the small section of the cheese grater to make marks on the…

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Waiting

I love Christmas food. I just love it. I don’t mean Christmas dinner particularly – although I do really enjoy that, but I’d be just as happy with spaghetti bolognaise (apart from Mams homemade apple sauce and parsnips… I love eating lots of those, I even like sprouts.) I mean sweet mince pies, Christmas cake,…

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