April 10, 2013
boating, brokerage, Business Blogging, clients, getting traffic, sailing
I’m delighted to introduce my newest client: Boatshed – the international boat and yacht brokers. I’ve begun contributing weekly articles to their blog and am assisting in the development of their Facebook page. You may already know I write for Boatshed Essex and Boatshed Grand Union. This new client is the Boatshed head office and the idea is to provide interesting content for anyone interested in boating. Whether you already have a boat or dream of becoming a broker the blog covers everything from galley recipes to money saving tips.
Boatshed is one of the worlds largest yacht brokerage groups with services offered across an international network of over 50 offices.
Visit the Boatshed blog to read things like a day in the life of a yacht broker, a book review of a family boating the French canals, how Boatshed registered their 500,000th customer and the night a carbon monoxide alarm saved my life.
If you like anything related to the boating or sailing lifestyle join us on our Facebook page. Their tag-line is “Life’s better on a boat!” Do you agree?
March 8, 2013
Freelance Writer, Freelance writing, Narrowboating, Newspaper articles, Towpath Talk, writing
Here’s a taster of a recent article I wrote for Towpath Talk.
Boaters Respond to CRT Moorings Consultation
On 24th January the Canal and River Trust invited canal users in the south to comment on some proposed changes to the maximum stay times at popular visitor mooring sites. The consultation ended on 1st March and the Trust hope to begin implementing changes in April.
The new board of Trustees and the Trust Council are seeking to improve the chance of boaters being able to find a visitor mooring space. The proposal refers to 22 specific locations on the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal.
Online canal discussion forums and Facebook groups have been busy with debate, particularly from those living aboard without a home mooring. They raise a variety of concerns, such as how much trade might be lost to popular canal side pubs in Berkhamsted.
Read the full story on page 2 of the March issue of Towpath Talk
February 26, 2013
Freelance Writer, Magazine articles, Narrowboating, Waterways World, writing
“There is something about boats that have history, individuality and have been worked by the hands of different people over many decades.”
Last year I visited Bates Boatyard traditional sideslip and dry dock facilities and spoke to Jem Bates about the unique services his company provides. It was a fascinating interview and I could have written a book about him and his work, but I managed to condense it into this little article for Waterways World. Grab yourself the March issue for only £3.75 and find out why people are attracted to wooden boats, how can you restore a vessel that is over 100 years old, and is Jem the only person doing this work on the inland waterways?
Do you love traditional boats? Would you take on a wooden restoration project?
January 2, 2013
Ace Vie, alternative lifestyles, Guest blogging, writing
My clients at Ace Inspire, Erica and Antonia, have created a new blog called Ace Vie. It’s about health and beauty, life changes, big decisions, writing, money and relationships.
It’s right up my street so I’ve written a couple of guest posts for them.
In Abundance Manifesto I wrote about my friend Star Khechara who wrote a manifesto that gives herself written permission to succeed in business.
In Alternative Lifestyles – life on a boat Erica Douglas interviewed me about my narrowboat home.
The tag line on Ace Vie ‘- everyone else is taken’ is an excellent quote from the gorgeously quotable Oscar Wilde.
If you’d like to contribute check out their submission guidelines here on Ace Vie.
January 1, 2013
About Me, Blogging
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. The visitors to this blog are a very select and special few people so the stats are not that ground breaking; but I am proud to have kept my business blog ticking over this year, and proud that I’ve built my little biz up into something that keeps me very busy and very happy. If you don’t already know; this blog is the sensible side-kick to my super-hero main blog: The Real Life of a Narrowboat Wife.
Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting my little business blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.
December 18, 2012
Ace Vie, Goal setting, Star Khechara, Visualisation
My friend Star is a blogger, business woman and author and is inspirational to me because she runs a successful online business from home. She likes to use visualisation to focus on her goals and wrote herself an Abundance Manifesto to focus her mind on building her business income.
So when she wanted a cute little writing desk for her home office she simply asked the universe. A couple of days later she was able to pick up a gorgeous shabby chic desk with a drawer. She found it in a second hand shop at a bargain price. I loved it, and said if she ever moves to Spain (as she keeps threatening to do) I will buy it from her. She laughed.
“I don’t think I will ever sell my little desk. I love it!”
“I s’pose I’ll have to manifest my own desk then,” I joked. I’ve been wanting a little work-desk in my bedroom for months.
The next day I was in town and I saw this cute little shabby chic desk with drawers at a very affordable price. It was just on a stall in the street market.
I love it when things happen at the right time in the right place but I also think that it’s great to focus on what you need in your business, whether you use images or words for your goal setting. From a vision board to a business plan, what tools do you use to focus on your business targets?