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How to work – and break – smarter. It’s all about balance.

So As we come toward the end of the year and people look back on what they have done, can you say you got the balance right in 2016?  But what is the right balance?  Here’s a couple of questions for you – what’s the right amount of work to do in a day? And how much downtime should you be factoring in too?  Is it all about ploughing through the whole eight hours of

It’s a sign…

It’s a sign! It’s time to start your own business! We’ve all been there. Sat working at your desk and watching the clock, waiting for the time to go home. Or worse still sat in your sofa on a Sunday night and wishing you didn’t have to go back to the office tomorrow.  The hands seem to go ever slower, and you start to wonder just how on earth you ended up there in the

The Rise of the Mumpreneur

Some people really dislike the word, but for many it sums them up perfectly.  Either way you can’t ignore the rise of the Mumpreneur.  If becoming a ‘mumpreneur’ is something you’re considering, then you’ll find yourself in amongst some very good company here in the UK. For the uninitiated, it’s a term being applied to female business owners who also happen to own and run their own businesses while simultaneously being the mothers to children aged 18

Have you got the time to run a business?

I can guarantee that, at some point, you’ll have thought about running your own business. Maybe you’ll have looked on enviously from your world of 9-5 at a friend who works for themselves, or just wondered what it might be like to enjoy a rewarding career filled with the freedom and flexibility of working from home. Then you start to do the maths. Running a business takes time. Time you don’t have because you have

50 Questions to ask your Franchisor.

When starting any business or new venture, asking questions is critical. And for us – it genuinely is the more the merrier. The British Franchise Association (BFA) has put together a series of 50 questions that anyone thinking of franchising should put to their potential Franchisor. We welcome these questions and indeed we are heartened when prospective franchisees get into the detail. You should never be afraid to ask these or any relevant questions. Carefully note

Discovery Day Questions

We are just back from our open days, which is where people who are beginning to think about starting their own franchised business come along meet us, our franchisees and find out more and the opportunity. As always there were a lot of questions and as is often the case the same ‘topics’ tend to come up more than once. So we have brought the most asked questions together bring them all together, because if they

Is Franchising For Me?

Are you at a stage in your career where you’re thinking about making a change? Maybe your job is not quite as satisfying as it once was. Maybe your family situation has changed with the arrival of your first child (and if so – congratulations!) or you’re moving to somewhere new. Whatever your reasons might be, you might find yourself considering franchising. Perhaps you know someone who is already a franchisee, who works from home. Chances

Worried about what happens after maternity leave finishes?

Maternity leave provides you with many things. Along with the excitement (not to mention the occasional bouts of discomfort, the sleepless nights and so on…!) you’ll often find yourself with time to think and reflect.  Not surprisingly, many women give their careers a good bit of thought. Whatever your situation before and during your maternity leave, you might find yourself weighing up what to do after it – and just how you’re going to cope!