Thursday, 9 September 2021

5 More Ways To Unlock Business Funds*


Launching a small and independent business is no easy task. However, if you want to free yourself from the restriction of being an employee in an office, becoming your own boss is a refreshing experience. However, it comes at a hefty cost. Joining an office as an employee costs you absolutely nothing. When you launch a business, you become responsible for the cost of administrative processes, equipment, marketing, maintenance, etc. In other words, you may need to secure funds before you can get started. \In a previous article, we’ve listed some of the most popular methods to get money for your new business

Indeed, working with reputable marketing agencies to get your venture off the ground can contribute to unlocking your growth potential fast. You can also use your branding presence to appeal to investors in the equity crowdfunding scene. New ventures can sometimes get access to affordable business loans that can support the launch. More often than not, a company that’s already defined its brand and business plan can start selling right away to build up its capital. 

You can also manage your fund using your personal finances, using your credit card to finance the launch while your savings keep the debt under control. Alternatively, many solo entrepreneurs choose to borrow from friends or family to keep interest rates manageable. Finally, second-hand markets can be a source of financial power, allowing you to purchase used equipment at a low cost and sell your unwanted items to raise capital. 


But what if those tricks are not enough to launch your venture? Here are 5 more ideas to unlock business funds.  


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#1. Turn your spare bedroom into a rental 

You can monetise your spare bedroom by turning it into a rental. Becoming a landlord, however, is no easy task. However, you’ll find the maintenance costs less significant when your tenants live under the same roof as you than if you had to look after a second property. To appeal to tenants, you want a cosy, elegant, and comfortable bedroom that is fully furnished. It can be a good idea to opt for quality bedding, such as supplied by Richard Haworth, the favourite supplier of luxury hotel chains. Why? Because the bedding is robust and designed for frequent use. You don’t want to replace the bedding fabrics after a few washes. Additionally, it enhances the bedroom atmosphere. 


The rent of room scheme is best suited for students or anyone new to the area who doesn’t have a permanent property. If you live in a touristic city, you can also open your room to weekend travellers, creating a reliable source of income for your business funds. 



#2. Become a recognisable expert

As a business, showcasing your expertise is key to attracting customers. But as a newly launched business, your expertise can also become a source of funding. YouTube channels are one of the most effective approaches to monetise content. As a solo entrepreneur, this means you could get paid for your expertise even if you do not have any customers yet. Many business professionals use their channels to educate and inform the audience. They also can raise sponsorship money through partnerships and patron platforms. Additionally, being visible and recognisable can also make it easier to appeal to an angel investor.  



#3. Can you be an influencer?

The other valuable use of social media for solo entrepreneurs is to build an influencer platform. Platforms such as Instagram are best suited for influencer activities. An influencer doesn’t need to share their business expertise, which can be a good idea if you are uncomfortable with a YouTube channel. However, you will need to make your personality and lifestyle relatable to your followers. Influencers can often receive free products for testing or a sponsor partnership campaign. Depending on your niche, you could secure your business equipment entirely throughout your influencer activities. 


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#4. Be a beta tester for new products

Similarly, becoming a reviewer or tester for digital or technical products can give you early access to solutions that are not released on the market yet. This could be a fantastic way of equipping the business without spending a penny for entrepreneurs who need highly specialist tools. But remember that brands will expect a complete report on each item. 



#5. Check local business grants

As the government and local institutions are working hard to recover from the pandemic crisis, grants for new businesses can be available in some industry sectors and regional areas. The purpose is to encourage small businesses to flourish and grow to recoup the economic loss suffered during the pandemic. So it’s worth reaching out to your local chamber of commerce and other governmental institutions to discuss your options. 



Can you kickstart your business without breaking the bank? The answer is yes. It may not be easy or immediate, but you can focus on your capital and assets if you can’t secure funds for your venture right away. Good luck as an entrepreneur! 



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Sunday, 29 August 2021

How to Get Money for Your New Business*


Starting a new business is an exciting process, but it can also be stressful. You might have some good ideas for your business, and you might know the industry you want to work in, but where do you start? How do you get money for your new business? This blog post will give you all of the tips that are needed to help answer this question!


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Work With the Best Agencies


Did you know that many agencies can help with your startup costs? While finding the right agency for you is essential, there are plenty of reasons why they should be at the top of your list. If done correctly, working with an advertising agency will allow you to get a return on investment and improve growth potential.


A design studio can also be a great option to help with your startup costs. They can create new logos, graphics, and other marketing materials that will increase traffic and revenue for the company.


Use Equity Crowdfunding


Another great option for startup costs is equity crowdfunding. Equity crowdfunding allows companies to raise money from a large group of people instead of one or two investors you may know through friends and family. Most importantly, you can complete this method online, so it's simple to use!


Sell Your Products and Services


Many new business owners don't realize that you can sell your products and services. Doing this might require a lot of time, but the extra cash will be worth it in the long run!


Get Affordable Loans


Did you know that there are loans available for new businesses? The application process can be a little complicated, so it's best to work with an agency like TFS Capital, but once the loan is approved, you will see how much money they can provide!


Use Credit Cards


Another option for startup costs is using your credit card; this is an excellent option if you have some money saved up in your account, but it can also be risky. You don't want to rack up too much debt before the business even opens its doors, so make sure you prepare for this method of getting startup costs.


Borrow From Friends and Family


If possible, borrowing money from friends and family is an excellent option for those looking to get startup costs. Of course, this method might not be the best in some situations, but if your parents or close friends have money saved up, then it's worth asking!


Buy Used Equipment


If you can't afford new equipment, buying used items is perfectly acceptable as well. It doesn't have to be top of the line, but it will still help with startup costs.


Sell Your Old Stuff


What do you have sitting around in a box somewhere? If there is anything that you haven't used in over six months, then now might be the time to sell it! Whether it's furniture from college or an old video game system, you might be surprised how much money you can make through selling old items.


Find Creative Ways To Make Extra Cash


Do you love creating art? Then, start designing logos and business cards for other companies in your industry! If you have a specific skill, then it's time to shine with this method of getting startup costs.


In conclusion, there are several different methods for getting startup costs. Which one you should choose is up to you, but don't be afraid of new business ideas!



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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

The Little Barn Of Dreams - Lucy Knott | Book Review


The Little Barn Of Dreams

Author: Lucy Knott

Find Lucy: @LucyCKnott  | @TheBlossomTwins

Released: July 8th 2021 (E-book) | October 14th 2021 (paperback)

Format: Paperback | E-Book

Purchase From: E-Book - Amazon - £2.59 | Paperback - Amazon £8.99 | Book Depository £8.99 | Waterstones £8.99

Plot'Can two dreamers find love in the real world?
When quirky bookworm Florence Danver loses her job, she knows it's time to make some serious changes. Nanna Margot encourages Flo to spend a week at Camp Calla Lily, where she hasn't been since she lost her parents. Her return is filled with bittersweet memories... until she meets Jo Hadlee. 
Soon enough, Flo and fellow dreamer Jo are inseparable as they connect over books and build castles in the air. But when Jo leaves suddenly for his job in London, the fantasy bubble bursts and real-life comes roaring back in.' (taken from Waterstones)

My Rating★★★★★



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I love how the characters feel so real.  I find this isn't always the case with some books, but this one they just do! They make you want to go and grab a drink with them and listen to the 'how they met' story! Florence has this determination in her that makes me love her so much!

The book has a very warm feel to it, so would be a perfect summer or autumn read, as the words 'campfire' popped up! I've not been to a camp before in my life, but Camp Calla Lily sounds like some cute little place, tucked away and just waiting to be explored! The fact the characters are so book obsessed is something else that made me love them - as I can totally related to this! 

It was so easy to fall into this book, and Lucy has a wonderful talent for describing different locations and places, so much so that you can picture your own interpretation of how it all looks!


And finally, to my lovely blogger friend Lucy - congratulations! So glad I found you and Kelly via The Blossoms Twins a few years ago and have been able to get to know you both a little bit, and get to see you release your many novels now! I can't wait to see what else you release over the coming years!!

If you've already read this book, what did you think? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)



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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

3 Awesome UK Day Trips For the Whole Family*


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When you are stuck in your home country for the summer, you might be tempted to feel upset. Of course, we all want to go off on our jolly holidays to Europe or even the rest of the world, but with the current travel restrictions in place, most people can agree that it may not be worth the hassle.


However, do not despair! The UK might be made up of tiny little islands, but it’s a brilliantly versatile place when it comes to holiday opportunities. If you have opted for a “staycation” - i.e, taking time off work but staying at home - then you might be searching for day trips in the UK that are fun for all the family.


Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are 3 awesome UK day trips for the whole family. 


Cheltenham Horse Races

You might be thinking, ‘Is horse racing a family activity?’ Yes, indeed it is! While the adults might enjoy a few glasses of champers and placing a couple of bets, kids also love horse racing for its fast pace and for the beautiful horses. See the horses whoosh by with their riders - it gives you goosebumps every time!


Racing at Cheltenham is also an outdoor activity that keeps you away from crowded indoor spaces. Take your family for a fun day in the sun at Cheltenham Races in the summer!


Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter

This tour, commonly known as ‘Harry Potter World', is one of those places that you go to for the kids, but end up enjoying it as an adult too. Just like Disneyland, Harry Potter World is a veritable smorgasbord of Harry Potter themed delights - from drinking “butterbeer” in the Leaky Cauldron, to practicing magic on your very own broomstick, to seeing how the movies actually got made. For the adults, there’s the excitement of nostalgia and interesting facts - and for the kids, of course, the wizarding world simply comes to life before their very eyes. 


The Warner Brothers Studios are located in Watford, just outside of London. Are you ready for a fun staycation adventure to the Wizarding World?


Stonehenge

If you are a family who love history and enjoy exploring cultural artefacts, you will love Stonehenge. Although Stonehenge is a staple of British history, many Brits have actually never visited it, simply because it is off the beaten track.


You might think that Stonehenge is just sitting there, unaided by any kind of institutionalism. But you’d be mistaken! There is actually a small entryway, a museum and a cafe just a few miles down the road, and then a bus will take you to the actual site - or, if it’s a lovely day, you can walk there too. 


Stonehenge is a great way for the family to learn about ancient British history and see an amazing heritage site!


Overall, staying in the UK for the summer isn’t that bad after all! Make the most of this awesome country by playing a tourist in your homeland this summer.



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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Tips For Enjoying Your Summertime At Home*


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What's summertime without some quality outdoor experience, right? Unfortunately, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced so many people to remain locked indoors, observing summer pass by from their windows. Things have improved this year, but there are still many people who might not find it safe just yet to hit the outdoors this summer. Are you one of those people? Do you want to find ways to enjoy yourself in your home? Then these tips might help.


Start a garden

Backyard gardening is one of the most relaxing and rewarding hobbies you can ever pick up during summer. In fact, according to some experts, gardening offers so many benefits to the mind and body. Plus, if you decide to grow a vegetable garden, then you'll have the added benefits of saving up on some things on your grocery list. If you can't take a vacation this summer, try starting a garden instead. You don't need to have ample backyard space to grow the perfect garden, as there are several ways to use the smallest area you may have. You can even choose to start an indoor garden if you want. But no matter what type you choose, starting a garden is always worth it.


Have a backyard camping time

Do you love camping, and are you tired of being locked up indoors all the time? Do you have some backyard space? Then how about you try having a backyard camping time? If you already have some camping experience, this shouldn't be any different - except for the location. Prepare your backyard like you would any campsite, set up your equipment, and enjoy a beautiful night outdoors under the stars. You can try every camping activity in your backyard and even bring your family in on it. Quality family time and loads of fun guaranteed!


Summer cookout

No matter what the current pandemic can take away from you, it cannot rid you of the joys of having a good cookout time in your backyard with your loved ones. If indoor meals are becoming too boring, take the cooking outside and create a new cookout experience for your family. If your backyard comes with a grill, now is the time to clean it out and get your BBQ groove on. Impress your family with your grilling skills and let the aroma waft in the homes of your neighbours. A good summertime brings the family together for quality time, but it doesn't mean you can't treat yourself if you live alone. 


Spruce up your backyard space

Perhaps you're not a fan of camping and BBQs. Perhaps all you want to do is enjoy some peace in your home's outdoor space. You want to relax, chill out, and take it easy while the golden beams of the summer sun caress your skin. In that case, why don't you spruce up your backyard space for that purpose? Get together a set of outdoor furniture or choose the one you prefer the most, grab a bottle of wine (or beer), create your favourite playlist, get your earphones, and enjoy a good day out in your backyard. To create the perfect outdoor environment, you may need to spend some time weeding and clearing. Or you can even go for a complete backyard facelift if you want.


Don't forget the indoors

While you work on your outdoor space, don't forget the indoors. One tip to enjoying summertime at home is to prepare your home for the season. For example, you can add a touch of nature to your interior by opting for silky breezy curtains and bedspreads. This is not the time to keep your windows shut and draped with thick curtains. You want the gentle summer breeze to make its way into your home. You can add some indoor plants to create pockets of summer spots in your home. Also, add the right furniture pieces that will improve your living, depending on what you need - from the perfect nursery furniture for your little ones to the more chic designs for the adults.


Take care of yourself and those around you 

The most important thing is to ensure that you remain in good health through it all. So while you're putting plans in place and preparing your home, ensure that you take good care of yourself and those around you. Slow things down and embrace the simple life if you can't have that dream vacation this year. Why stress or worry about something you can't change? If you're fortunate to have your family with you, spend time with them and cherish each moment.



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Thursday, 10 June 2021

A Life Catch Up!


Oh hey there everyone! Hope you're all doing okay!

Had a little while away from here as I'm mainly just focusing on my YouTube channel these days, but I like to try and pop on here now and then with a post for those of you who are still around!! It's not a lot of content for you in this post, but I wanted to share a little life catch up with you. 


So what have I been up to over the last couple of months?
  • We had a week away to Center Parcs at the end of April, and it was sooooo good to get away from the 'normal' routine we have right now, and to also get out of the house for a little getaway together
  • Started watching Law & Order SVU for the first time - I'm already on season 5 after 3 weeks!
  • I had my first dose of the vaccine on Tuesday
  • It has given me some joyful side effects thus far, but hoping that will go away after a few more days
  • I finally met Nicola's 3rd daughter, Chloe, last night and she is SO CUTE
  • Thanks to Jodie, I am now addicted to the Berry Cooler drink from Costa
  • Work has been exhaustingly busy, with new summer lines of food arriving
  • I've done a LOT of shifts on the ovens recently, and only burnt 4 ovens worth of food so far due to mis-reading the operations manual 
  • I've watched WandaVison, The Flacon and the Winter Soldier, and now onto Loki - all on Disney+
  • Had quite the heatwave here in the UK, which has been lovely to be able to get out in the garden more often
  • Started planning out things for a Florida holiday next year!
  • Got to spend a few days here and there with my Mum, who I hadn't properly seen since November last year
  • FINALLY got to see my Auntie Jackie, and cousin Daniel for the first time since the pandemic started, and it was such a great feeling to finally see them after the longest time

That's about all I can remember from the last two months, and my arm is still so sore from the vaccine that I'll have to stop here and think of the rest for another post when I eventually do one. What have you all been up to recently? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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