small business owners

To provide context, it's been an uphill struggle and I can't ever forget what I've overcome. After having a tough time at school, dropping out of University, finding out I'm in the bottom 2% of the world in reading due to my severe dyslexia, it was hard to believe I could achieve success. Especially doing it all on my own.
As you may well know, last week Labour leader, Ed Miliband, announced that if Labour were to form the next government they would encourage businesses to pay employees the Living Wage (approximately £8.55) by cutting business rates or tax levels for those that do. As someone who employees 20-30 people (some on PAYE and others freelance) at the London Jewellery School, I whole-heartedly welcome these plans.
As we start another marathon year, I'm sure you've reviewed the previous year and are spending some time planning to achieve more goals this year. I wanted to just quickly touch on the importance of keeping things real and simple in business.
I've been going it alone for more than a year and a half now, a sole trader running my own small professional services consultancy
In competitive marketplaces the web, related social media and even mobile channels can be unforgiving. The window of opportunity to entice and maintain interest is limited if the quite straightforward approaches aren't adopted. Fail here, and the task of 'turning the frown upside down' could become an impossible mission.
It did seem a bit mad though to pack everything up myself and just as I was thinking how on earth I would manage this myself, I bumped into some of the mums from my daughter's old school at our local Co-op and after telling them about my cacao butter sorrows, they immediately offered to come and help. So the next Monday morning three mad mums, armed with a digital radio, hammer, chisel, hair nets and gloves were ready to rock and pack!