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Treat All Leads as Equals

I’m moving home. There’s a whole bunch of companies I need to get in contact with. Companies to quote for work, companies to check over the property, companies to update my details with—the list goes on. One thing that’s become clear though is the lack of urgency when it comes to email leads or enquiries. Sadly, this seems to be more evident in small local businesses.

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8 Ways to Create a Social Network Nightmare

It doesn’t take long before you stumble across some nightmare social network accounts. It’s often small businesses I’ve found. To quote Gary Vaynerchuk, “There is no sale without the story; no knockout without the setup.” Here’s what I often find people are doing to disrupt the sweet dreams on social media.

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Weekly Industry Team Talks

Last week I attended Industry Conference in Newcastle. One of the takeaways for me was to conduct a weekly Front End Development Talk. It’s a weekly meeting where people on the team get the chance to talk about something related to their industry.

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Just Do Stuff

If work constantly lands on your lap; way to go. Let me know what you did. If you’re like me and it’s not always there, what are you doing to change it? Sitting around waiting on work to come your way isn’t a solution. Here’s some stuff I’ve been doing to get more work in—either directly or indirectly.

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The Solo Daily Stand-up

Working on your own doesn’t mean you can’t take the benefits from a daily stand-up meeting and apply it to your work. If you’re not familiar with a daily stand-up, it’s a quick meeting to go over what you done yesterday, will do today, and any potential roadblocks. They provide the team with a status update on what everyone’s working on and any potential challenges.

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A Year On

It’s been a year since my day job switched from IT to web design. A year since my job title changed from IT Support Technician to Web Developer. It still sounds a little weird to be honest, although my title has switched to Designer recently which feels like a better fit. I had been freelancing outside of the day job for four or so years previous. It’s only been this last year though, where I’ve had a design job which took up all my working week.

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Connecting and Reconnecting

We all know keeping in touch with friends and family is important, but the same applies to colleagues and customers. Checking in with previous clients can spark off work, make new opportunities and open a door to meet new people. It doesn’t take much to drop someone a message who you’ve not spoken to in a while to see how they are doing, and how their business is going.

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