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Roaring Jabra Home Working Music

Roaring Jabra Home Working Music
When it comes to checking out the music scene, I'm always up for plugging into home office music technology. Being a freelance DJ and music producer, I was keen to check out the latest...

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Sanyo Power To Mobile Working Tools

Sanyo Power To Mobile Working Tools
Let's just say that every home based business owner and freelancers on the hop out and about working with mobile tools need them to be charged and pumped at all times. That said ... Can...

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Have Shed, Will Start-Up A Business

Have Shed, Will Start-Up A Business
If you've got a shed at the bottom of your garden the chances are it's full of odds and ends: lawnmowers, barbecues and children's play equipment. Askar Sheibani, founder and CEO of...

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A Fighting Fit Bedroom Start-Up

A Fighting Fit Bedroom Start-Up
Here at iHubbub we're all about keeping home working fit; believe us when we say we know how easy it is to let this slide when your home office is only feet away from the tempting foodstuffs...

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Skin Care Spare Room Start-Up

Skin Care Spare Room Start-Up
Starting a home business is hard work and time-consuming in its own right (although definitely worth the slog I hear all you start-up business entrepreneurs shout from the comfort of...

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Xposing Herself In Her Spare Room

Ok, so she's not actually exposing herself, but Jill Tipping's PR business is instrumental in promoting other people's businesses ... so in a sense she is not only xposing herself but...

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Twitter For Home Business Success

Twitter For Home Business Success
When it comes to using Twitter or any social media platform as part of your home business online marketing plan it helps to know what you are doing for effective Twitter marketing. Thankfully...

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Building Up A Bubbly Home Business

Building Up A Bubbly Home Business
Now, my kitchen is mainly used for throwing meals together, as well as being the scene for many messy toddler activities, but entrepreneur Paola Dyboski-Bryant utilised hers...

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A Home Business Goes Commando

A Home Business Goes Commando
Most of us use any excess space that we have in our house for storing all those things we don't actually use but can't bear to throw away. Not Mike Hamilton though - this spare room...

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Is Working From Home Balanced?

Is Working From Home Balanced?
Most of us start our home businesses with the idea that it will improve our worklife balance. The joy of being where you want to be is great, and as a work from home mum or dad you...

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RosalindBrookman's picture
23 May 2013 - 11:55 by RosalindBrookman

Ok, so she's not actually exposing herself, but Jill Tipping's PR business is instrumental in promoting other people's businesses ... so in a sense she is not only xposing herself but her clients' too!

Jee Jill - you get up to some nonsense ... err fun ... err exposure in your home working day.

Seriously though, Xposure Ltd could accurately be described as a home business start-up, a spare room start-up and even a wardrobe start-up!

Jill says she's not kidding - she's used just about every room in her house whilst setting up her home-based business, but the wardrobe was the most unusual. She would open the sliding door, move the chair over and slide out the keyboard onto an open drawer.

Suzanne Daykin's picture
22 May 2013 - 12:31 by Suzanne Daykin

When it comes to using Twitter or any social media platform as part of your home business online marketing plan it helps to know what you are doing for effective Twitter marketing.

Thankfully Nicky Kriel’s How To Twitter For Business Success does that really well.

RosalindBrookman's picture
21 May 2013 - 10:52 by RosalindBrookman

Now, my kitchen is mainly used for throwing meals together, as well as being the scene for many messy toddler activities, but entrepreneur Paola Dyboski-Bryant utilised hers far more imaginatively by starting a home business.

Not just a home business start-up, Dr Zig's Extraordinary Bubbles started out as a kitchen business start-up!

So I practised some lip-limbering exercises and popped over to Dr Zig's to blow some home business bubbles!  

RosalindBrookman's picture
21 May 2013 - 09:34 by RosalindBrookman

Most of us use any excess space that we have in our house for storing all those things we don't actually use but can't bear to throw away. Not Mike Hamilton though - this spare room start up entrepreneur used his extra bedroom to establish and grow his highly successful educational fitness programme Commando Joes'.

Commando Joes' trains ex-military personnel to take fun, soft-style military fitness type classes into schools, helping students to improve their self –discipline, boosting attendance and attainment. The company has recently won backing from the Department for Education, allowing Commando Joes' to take their activities into schools at a subsidised rate.  

I dug out my leg warmers from the back of the wardrobe and jogged on down to find out more about how this sweaty start-up got moving!

Suzanne Daykin's picture
20 May 2013 - 15:41 by Suzanne Daykin

Most of us start our home businesses with the idea that it will improve our worklife balance. The joy of being where you want to be is great, and as a work from home mum or dad you can be the one to do the school run and your commute to work is never that long. 

I mean it must be really easy to strike a balance between your work and your home life when they are in the same place, or is it?

02’s recent Small business survey has found that “Nearly half (49%) of small business owners forgo a work life balance and spend time outside of working hours to get things done” That’s a shocking statistic but one that I can easily believe.

iHubbub's picture
16 May 2013 - 14:30 by iHubbub

OK, I can see why this was such big news, and in saying exactly that, I think Marissa Meyer and Yahoo! got what they were hoping for. 16,200 Google results do not lie.

However, the focus all seems to be on home working and its pros and cons.

I think the key points which have been left out of the limelight, are the fact that this is clearly (at least partially) a clever PR stunt, and that that one of the reasons for the media attention is that Marissa Meyer is a woman.

It’s no secret that there are relatively few women in high power positions, and Yahoo! have played this to their advantage in a great PR campaign. As they should.

Yes, this is a genuine

Suzanne Daykin's picture
14 May 2013 - 09:09 by Suzanne Daykin

Being a mum and feeling guilty seems to go hand in hand – or that might just be me. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything. Take this morning for example I had pack lunches to make that fit in with the school’s healthy eating plan, last minute spellings to test, school shoes polished while on their feet, washing to put on and then think about what I was going to cook for tea that will be healthy.

I know that I am not alone, there must be thousands of us rushing to get ready for work and get the kids ready for school. However, I have a big advantage over the mums who go into work every day and that is that I work from home, well to be more precise I work from my office in the garden a.k.a. The Shed.

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11 May 2013 - 15:31 by Paula Wynne

I’ve waited for some time to put up this review Revision and Self Editing for Publication by James Scott Bell because I wanted to test the techniques that James Scott Bell suggests will transform a first draft into a novel that sells.

So I blew the dust off one of my novels that I really didn’t think needed a rewrite … after numerous rewrites under its belt. But once I started applying some of the principles outlined in Revision and Self Editing for Publication into notes it was stunningly obvious how much the book would help my rewrite.The Revision and Self Editing book has so many tips to up the ante on your writing so where does a writer begin?

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11 May 2013 - 14:23 by Paula Wynne

Another amusing article I found in The Week reveals secrets of unusual working lives. They interviewed a priest, a dominatrix, judge, undertaker, call centre worker, taxi driver and paramedic.

Now, which one do you think works from home, running a own business? You’ll never guess.

The dominatrix.

Paula Wynne's picture
11 May 2013 - 14:11 by Paula Wynne

Mr partner Ken also subscribes to The Economist and tags articles for me to read such as the one on women and work.

The Economist says working women today have it better than ever before. They also talk about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In where she concludes that its partly womens’ fault because they do not lean in and ask for promotions, or pipe up at meetings or insist on taking a seat at the table.

Another book they mention on the subject of women in business is Barbara Annis and John Gray who co-wrote ‘Work With Me’. The authors believe (and rightly so!) that women and men are biologically wired to think and react differently.


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