Category: <span>Inspiration</span>

December 5th sees the return of Small Business Saturday, the one day of the year where customers are encouraged to rebel against the retail chains, overlook the massive online shops, and buy from local stores instead.

This year marks the eighth anniversary of the event, and all small businesses are being encouraged to get involved, from family butchers to online sellers.

And this year’s event takes on even more significance as it’s set against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and comes just as the UK comes out of nationwide lockdown. Small business owners arguably need your custom now, more than ever.

The theme this year is to “Find your local hero” – if this sounds like something that could give your business a boost, here’s how to get involved…

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2020 has been a tough year for all of us, and if you’ve been placed on furlough during lockdowns or you’ve had the misfortune of losing your job – even if you’ve just had enough of everything want to work for yourself –  it might be worth considering starting up your own venture.

This could either be by doing your current job on a freelance basis or starting up your own new business.

Starting out can be costly though, in terms of both time and money, so it’s often a good idea to kick things off by working from home – you may even have no choice but to do so in the current climate.

But what businesses work well when started from home? Here are our top home business start up ideas.

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Although never the healthiest of pursuits, post-work drinks – whether alcoholic or otherwise – offered an opportunity way to wind down after a day at work and connect with colleagues outside of the nine-to-five.

The coronavirus pandemic has all but put paid to this ritual and, more seriously, an end to us even mixing in the workplace.

Although we’re big advocates of the benefits of working from home, lockdown has taught us that it can lead to unhappiness and mental health issues when it’s forced upon people and it’s full time. Especially for anyone who struggles to separate home and worklife when the commute is taken out of the equaiton.

That’s why Jimmy Williams of Urban Jungle is now putting money into mental health, rather than team socials.

Inspiration Small business Work from home

If you’re in business and not using social media to promote your products you’re missing a trick – not only do platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram offer free, effective marketing tools, they also provide a great way to interact with customers in real time.

And, as anyone who knows social media knows, hashtags are a vital marketing tool – so here are the top 20 Twitter hashtags for business…

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Autumn is upon us and you’re still working from home. The novelty of working from home has most certainly started to wear off. Without the re-assuring repetitiveness of your daily commute and the friendly banter from your team, you may be feeling as bleak as the weather.

Not everyone finds it easy to work from home, especially if you are distracted by children, your partner (who is also trying to work from home), household chores and the doorbell constantly ringing. Here are some suggestions on how to keep your motivation levels up whilst working from home

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