#PIB81 Conscious Communications with Mary Shores

Conscious Communications with Mary Shores

Mary Shores spends her career as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur, generating positive and pragmatic solutions for people who are freaking out. Mary blends personal experience with her extensive knowledge of neuroscience and human behaviour to guide businesses and individuals to defeat the freakout and create their ideal life.

Mary is offering a free Daily Desires Diary bundle which includes the Daily Desires Diary, a new daily practice to help you reflect, set goals, and take action, as well as a bonus excerpt of Conscious Communications to jumpstart your motivation. Get yours here.

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about her business and family
  • Details about her book Conscious communications
  • What Cleanse or Clog is?
  • How to create a daily routine of gratitude
  • Details on the free daily desires bundle

Links mentioned:
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Daily Desire Diary Bundle
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Best Ways to Get a Creative Web Design

Best Ways to Get a Creative Web Design

As designers, web developers, thinkers, and marketers we make choices based on the understanding of our target customers. Starting up a web design project is one of the hardest parts as it is to pile up the ideas that are swimming in the head and then give it a final look. Many parts are going on such as there are clients with high expectations to get the project done in the best way. A web design project is not a simple design that can be designed in few stages rather it is a complex process and involves multiple stages. The initial phase of a website design is to identify a goal, scope, wireframe, UI design and web content that further leads to testing to make sure if all the parts are in line and functioning well.

Design with a Visual Hierarchy in Mind:

Best Ways to Get a Creative Web Design

With multiple screens such as desktops, computer screens and smartphone and evolving technology, a professional website designer’s job is to make the design look the same and well on all screen sizes. You only have a few seconds to grab someone’s attention and tell them what your site is about and if your website does not have a clear and listed hierarchy of your information, then the user will eventually switch off from your site. Creating a clear hierarchy of information with adequate colors, content and page layout, you gain your user’s attention, and the website becomes a clear and a neat digestible piece of content.

Create Unique And Easy Web Content:

Best Ways to Get a Creative Web Design

Readability measures how easy it is for the people to recognize words, sentences, and phrases. The web content is supposed to be readable and informative, so the readers can grasp the required information they need.

Tips to Improve Readability

  • Don’t let your reader struggle with reading your content. The best rule of thumb is to keep the body text 16pt to make it readable.
  • Feel free to play with colors and add contrast to the page to make the content readable.
  • Try using not more than two fonts in the content. Even if you are using too many fonts in the content, make sure to have a harmonious effect and not a cluttered one.

Keep Easy Navigation:

Best Ways to Get a Creative Web Design

Your website supposedly is not a treasure hunt where your visitors will wander. A website with good navigation help the search engine to index your site and makes it readable for the users and thus improves the user experience.

Tips for Better Navigation:

  • Add the link to your homepage on your logo design for user’s convenience.
  • Work on your footer and add all important links there.

Role of Analytics:

The best way to check if the website is doing its job or not is to monitor its functioning. The final design should include functionality to gauge key indicators such as traffic, goals, and conversions. Your analytics will tell you how visitors are navigating your site and you can also track your performance goals, conversions, and other similar metrics.

SEO Savvy & Security:

Best Ways to Get a Creative Web Design

When designing a website, do not ignore the power of optimising your site for search engines along with humans. Create fresh and unique content, add all important SEO tags and prepare your site for search engines. When you are putting in efforts of creating an SEO and mobile optimised website, then do not compromise on security. Get SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) as it creates an encrypted path for the user’s information and protects user data.

In a nutshell,

Never stop looking for inspiration, always looks up for ideas to improve your website’s efficiency. Remember that users are looking for the least resistant way to accomplish their task, so, simply don’t make them think. Bring in all your creativity when it comes to visual design. You may use colors that reflect your brand and blend it with different font combinations and make sure to check the functionality of your website along with the creative visual design.

Loius Martin is a Digital Marketing Manager at Invictus Studio. He has been transforming businesses into brands by connecting all the dots of branding. With a passion for writing, he has covered major areas of marketing and design.

Invictus studio website

Getting Started in the Gig Economy

Getting Started in the Gig Economy

According to a recent government report, 4.4% of the population of Great Britain has worked in the gig economy in the past 12 months. This may not seem like much, but that is 2.8 million people who have taken control over their working hours and earnings, embracing the freedom and flexibility of freelance and gig-based work. Here’s what you need to know if you are thinking of becoming one of them.

Gig Economy Jobs

Many people are curious about the gig economy but are not sure what they can contribute. Some opt to offer freelance services through online portals like PeoplePerHour, in which you can sell a variety of skills. Popular freelancing skills include writing, editing, design, coding, online research, social media management, and translation.

If you do not feel like you have the skills for these jobs, there is plenty of other work available. Love animals? Dog walking and pet sitting are great examples of gig-style businesses. Were you particularly good at a specific subject at school? There are plenty of tutoring platforms online. Have a bike or a motorbike? Become a delivery courier.

Getting Started

The huge wealth of online freelancing and gig-based platforms available means that it is easier than ever to get started. Each gig-based job works differently though, so it is useful to do your research before signing up.

For instance, bicycle courier jobs are quite easy to get started with (you can be up and running within a couple of days), but there may be upfront costs to signing up. For example, bicycle couriers for popular food delivery services Deliveroo and Uber Eats have to pay £100 and £30 respectively for their basic kit.

For freelancing and skill sharing sites, set-up is often free and straightforward – although some do charge commission per project. You are better off spending some time building a good profile and portfolio on the site, as most of these platforms are highly competitive. A little effort goes a long way to stand out.

Your Online Presence

Online platforms are a great way to get your foot in the door when it comes to freelancing, but if you want to make a career out of it you should be looking to build a brand and an individual online presence.

A website and email with a custom domain (e.g: without a “.wordpress” or “@gmail.com”) address are essential, as they make you seem much more professional. Web builders allow you to put together a sleek-looking website with little to no coding skills, and the cost of domain and hosting can be extremely affordable.

Caveats and Warnings

Be careful when using freelancing platforms, as they are a magnet for scams. Do not accept any work that seems illegitimate or sketchy (mailing parcels on behalf of someone is a common one), and make sure to use a payment release system.

If you want to make a career out of freelancing, you may only want to use these sites to get some experience for your portfolio. For most jobs, you are competing within a global marketplace, including freelancers who can afford to charge much less for their service. You will need a combination of cold-pitching and regular old job hunting on sites like Indeed and LinkedIn to find higher-paying freelance jobs.

It is worth noting that in 2016, Uber lost the right to classify its drivers as self-employed within the UK, which has potentially huge implications for the gig economy. The Guardian reported that cyclists and drivers from several prominent courier companies are trying to achieve the same status, meaning the future of the industry could be very different.

Joining the gig economy is a wonderfully flexible way to increase your income. You can do jobs on the side in your free time, or you can decide to become a remote freelancer with the power to work from anywhere in the world. The gig economy is relatively new and uncertain and may change significantly in the coming years, but it is also filled to the brim with opportunity. Be smart, proactive, and savvy, and you can succeed.

Lucy Reed has been starting businesses since she was a kid, from the lemonade stand she opened in her parent’s driveway at age 10 to the dog walking business she started while in college. She created gigmine.co because she was inspired by the growth of the sharing economy and wanted to make it easier for entrepreneurial individuals like herself to find the gig opportunities in their areas.

#PIB80 Share your journey: Ngozi Weller

#PIB80 Share your journey: Ngozi Weller

Ngozi Weller is a married mum of two, with a fun but often frantic life. Ngozi states that she loves life and loves people. She loves getting to know their stories, where they’ve come from and where they’re headed. Two years ago her life was completely different. She was working in a steady corporate job, trying to win the rat-race. From the outside her life seemed great a good job, loving family, busy social life. But inside she was falling apart the crunch came in the form of a breakdown. She was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and I eventually started Aurora as a way to help other women to learn to be happy and live their best lives.

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about Ngozi’s business and family.
  • How he got started with Aurora Wellness.
  • What they do at Aurora Wellness and details about the wonder woman project.
  • Fears she has had along the way such as leaving her corporate job to starting a business and how she overcame them.
  • Ngozi talks about how she overcame imposter syndrome.
  • Ngozi talks about the breakdown she had a year and a half ago.
  • How she creates harmony between business and family.
  • What she outsources and advice about outsourcing.
  • Advice for parents who are looking to start a business
  • Tips and advice on things she has learned on her journey
  • Future plans

Links mentioned:

Aurora Wellness
Aurora Wellness Instagram
Aurora Wellness Facebook
Facebook group

Thanks for listening!  

#PIB79 Share your journey: Dr. Pragya Agarwal

Share your journey: Dr Pragya Agarwal

Dr. Pragya Agarwal is a designer, social entrepreneur, writer, TEDx speaker, mum of three and a creative coach (not necessarily in that order!), crafting words and things to inspire, empower, dream and think. She is the creative director at Hedge & Hog Prints, a design studio making original and thoughtful art and illustrations. She is also the founder of a social enterprise, The Art Tiffin, campaigning for creativity and cruelty-free art materials, and Editor of the newly launched magazine ‘CreŌ. She was born in India and now lives in the North-west of England, near the sea, with her family.

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about Pragya businesses and family.
  • Pragya shares details about her educational background.
  • How she got started with Hedge Hog Prints and The Art Tiffin.
  • Fears she has had along the way and how she overcame them and the advice she passes on to others.
  • The challenges she has faced and the challenges she is currently facing.
  • How she creates harmony between business and family.
  • Pragya gives insight into her work and home routine.
  • Advice for parents who are looking to start a business.
  • The work she is doing with parents who want to start a creative business.
  • Tips and advice on things she has learned on her journey
  • Future plans such as a magazine and another Ted X talk.

Links mentioned:

The Art Tiffin
The Art Tiffin Twitter
The Art Tiffin Instagram
The Art Tiffin Facebook
Hedge Hog Prints
Hedge Hog Prints Twitter
Hedge Hog Prints Instagram
Hedge Hog Prints Facebook
Let’s Create Happy Instagram
Facebook group for parents

Thanks for listening! 

#PIB78 Share your journey: John Lamerton

Share your journey: John Lamerton

John helps small business owners think bigger, work less and design their business around the lifestyle they want.

John Lamerton is just an average bloke who has gone from being an unhealthy civil servant to living the dream. He tells stories from when he was a clock watcher, working in a stressful work environment, to leaving his career to experience doing business the wrong way with hustle and grind, to his breakthrough moment soon after the birth of his first child.  He now lives the dream life, working” 20-25 hours a week in his business allows him the flexibility to live the life he desires, contributing significantly to raising his two young children and being more present with the family than most fathers can only wish for.

 In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about John’s business and family
  • How he created a lifestyle business
  • Fears he has had along the way and how he overcame them
  • John discusses the stress he experienced when he was employed
  • The challenges he has faced
  • How he creates harmony between business and family
  • John gives insight into his work and home routine
  • John talks about his book Big Ideas for small business
  • Advice for parents who are looking to start a business
  • Tips and information on things he has learned on his journey

Links mentioned:

Big Idea Website
Big Idea Book 
Big Idea YouTube
John Linkedin 
Big ideas for small businesses Facebook group
Book Rich Dad Poor Dad

Thanks for listening!  

5 Reasons Co-working Spaces Work Best For Startups


Startup entrepreneurs all struggle with the lack of manpower and financial resources. However, this does not stop them from creating and bringing out a new product/service out to the market. As proven by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Steve Jobs (Apple) and Elon Musk (Tesla), establishing a startup company is just the first step towards bigger and better things.

This does not mean however that the journey would be easy. Even though tech billionaires prove that it is possible to grow a startup company into a multi-million dollar one, the success rate of startups in the U.S. is only at 10%. The remaining 90% of startups closed shop just after 3 to 5 years of business.

One significant factor of startup success is the right management of funds. With the very limited resources a startup has, founders should be very careful and smart about where they put their money. This, of course, would involve cost-cutting, and this is how the need for coworking spaces come in.

Coworking spaces give startup entrepreneurs and their team a place to converge and work in. Unlike traditional office spaces, coworking spaces are more affordable – making them the perfect fit for a startup budget. Aside from that, there are more reasons why coworking spaces are best for startups, such as:

  1. Provides a good place for networking

A coworking space is the best place to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and skilled freelancers who can contribute to the growth of your company. You can strike partnership deals and even find mentors who can help you brainstorm new ideas and improve your product or the company itself. You can also find talented individuals there that can become a great asset for your company’s growth.

  1. Improves productivity and creativity

Notice how most coworking spaces have a modern minimalist look? This is because it encourages creativity and focus for everyone who chooses to work there. The usual office cubicles are so uninspiring. Coworking spaces give people a spacious work desk, good lighting and even some artful pieces to get inspiration from. Some spaces also have game rooms, cafes, creche, kitchens and nap rooms where workers can rest and recharge themselves.

  1. Provides all the office amenities without additional costs

The good thing about a coworking space is that, with just a fixed fee, you already get an office that is equipped with all essential tools and furniture in it (such as desks, chairs, fridge, printers, etc.). Thay may also include restrooms, parking spaces and utilities such as water and Internet services. Since these are all provided for, startup entrepreneurs can better spend their funds and energy on improving their business and processes.

  1. Gives legitimacy to the company

Without an office, clients and investors alike may doubt the credibility and future of a company. With a coworking space, startup entrepreneurs can have an official place for meeting clients, partners, and investors who are interested in doing business with the company. It also gives employees an alternative space to work in (if the main arrangement is telecommuting or working from home).

  1. A benchmark for expansion

A coworking space can also work as a temporary office for startups that are transitioning into a bigger company. Most coworking spaces offer a flexible leasing contract where companies or freelancers can just rent a desk on a weekly or monthly basis (no minimum number of years, unlike traditional office spaces and commercial buildings). This way, startup entrepreneurs can save up more funds that can be used for the big transition.

For startup entrepreneurs, renting a coworking space should not be the end goal of the company. Sure, it could mean that your company has a more stable income, but a coworking space only serves best as a temporary office.

It should only be a temporary office because as your company grows, you would need more privacy and exclusivity. Your team eventually needs to hold more frequent meetings, some business processes should be kept private, and you would need more space to accommodate a growing number of employees. These will not do with just a coworking space. By then, you would need to move to bigger and exclusive office space that can best suit the company’s growing needs.

5 Reasons Co-working Spaces Work Best For StartupsGemma Reeves is a seasoned writer who enjoys creating helpful articles and interesting stories. She has worked with several clients across different industries such as advertising, online marketing, technology, healthcare, family matters, and more. She is also an aspiring entrepreneur who is engaged in assisting other aspiring entrepreneurs in finding the best office space for their business.

Check out her company here.


#PIB77 Share your journey: Cheryl Price

Share your journey: Cheryl Price

Cheryl is passionate about working with parents to set up and run the financial side of their business using #Xero cloud software. Cheryl has over 11 years’ experience working in large accounting practices and dealing with a range of successful, fast-growing businesses. Cheryl is AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualified, and she prides herself on her commitment to her clients and the high-quality service that she provides. Cheryl has 5 children 3 of which are stepchildren. Cheryl is also a Xero Certified Advisor.

Winner – Accountant of the Year – Essex in the 2016 Global Accountancy Awards

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about Cheryl’s business and family
  • How he got started with CH Accountancy
  • Fears she has had along the way and how she overcame them
  • Networking tips
  • The challenges she has faced
  • How she creates harmony between business and family
  • Cheryl gives insight into her work and home routine
  • Advice for parents who are looking to start a business
  • Tips and advice on things she has learned on her journey
  • Future plans wedding bells and business

Links mentioned:

CH Accountancy 
CH Accountancy Twitter 
CH Accountancy Facebook
Cheryl’s Linkedin 
CH Accountancy YouTube

Thanks for listening!  

#PIB76 Productivity & Outsourcing with Rob Rawson

Productivity & Outsourcing with Rob Rawson

Rob Rawson originally trained as a Medical Doctor he is from Sydney Australia. Rob has built his successful venture with remote teams and has years of experience managing virtual teams.

Rob is the founder of Time Doctor is time management software for employees that track time and activities. It sends daily reports to managers of current tasks and the time log for the previous day. This software also tracks websites visited and applications used. It is designed specifically for remote working teams to ensure that employees are working and track the hours worked.

Rob is also one of the organisers of the running remote conference.

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  • Details about Time Doctor
  • Productivity tips
  • Time tracking advice for outsourcing
  • The books he recommends and the value he got from it
  • Information on the running remote conference

Links mentioned:

Time Doctor 
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Time Doctor Twitter 

Running Remote Conference

Thanks for listening!

#PIB75 Quarter 1 Recap

#PIB75 Quarter 1 Recap

In this episode, I recap the last quarter and tell you what to expect for the next quarter.

In this episode you’ll find out about:

  •  Recap of share your journey episodes the tips and advice that parents shared.
  • Recap of the single parent entrepreneur series.
  • Want to be a guest on the podcast email me [email protected]
  • What happening with me and future things for parents in biz.
  • What questions would you like me to ask guest?

 Links mentioned:  

Tools and resources page 

Parents in Biz Be Inspired 


Thanks for listening! 

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