The Business Surgery – How to capture the right image for your business

“Have a decluttered background, things that don’t distract, always find good light… having a consistent look and planning. Planning ahead is a major thing – you definitely need to plan.”

Nicola Proctor, Nicola Jane Photography

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker – takes questions from The Mothership and puts them to our in-house expert. In this month’s Business Surgery, we speak to photography expert, Nicola Proctor, taking your questions on ‘How to capture the right image for your business’.

 

The Business Surgery – How to set up an eccommerce business

“I think you have to grow slowly and organically, the most important to think about, when you’re selling your product on line, is to think, who your customer is. How would they find you? If you were them, where would you go?”

Julie Cox, Founder, Luke Drew This

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, takes questions from The Mothership and puts them to this month guest, Julie Cox. As the woman behind the successful online business, Luke Drew This, Julie gives her insights when it comes to setting up an ecommerce business.

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The January Business Surgery

“It’s important to recognise your limitations and to recognise what motivates you. So I will always encourage people to have short term goals, that you can achieve along the way – and then when you get them, celebrate them”.

Linda Davies – Carr, aka The Master Fixer

The January Business Surgery with Linda Davies – Carr, aka The Master Fixer. January is typically the time of year when we set ourselves new goals – both professional and personally. But how can we keep ourselves in check and make sure actions and goals stay aligned?

Linda Davies-Carr, delivers some straight talking advice, to help you stay on track. Plus, we put her through her paces, as she takes questions from The Mothership.

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Becky Barnes Style Experience

‘Whilst I’ve always loved clothes and I’ve always loved colour, I haven’t always had the confidence to wear the looks that I wear now…. And by becoming professionally trained, it allows me to pick clothes that make me a happy person…. I like helping other women become all that they can be, seeing them evolve and just blossom and really reach their potential.’

Becky Barnes

Becky Barnes worked in a corporate world, for almost 20 years – before emerging with her own business. Years in HR brought out her love for bringing out the best in people. So she decided to do it in a more fun environment – through styling women and clothes.

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, discovered the Becky Barnes Styling Experience in a full immersive journey. From shopping, to styling and a complete wardrobe overhaul – Faye met women Becky has worked with along the way, and discovered for herself, the impact of happy clothes.

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Redmaids’ High Junior School

“‘Every body is an individual, we all have different strengths, we encourage the girls here to recognize their own strengths, but also to identify their own weaknesses as well, we all need to know those. We all need to counteract that to make the most of ourselves…. We help the girls to find those talents, within the classroom and outside of the classroom”

Mrs Lisa Brown, Headteacher, Redmaids’ High Junior School.

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, experiences a day in the life at Redmaids’ High Junior School. From maths, to music, science to sport, the opportunities are endless.

Faye found out what sets Redmaids’ High apart; interviewed teachers, parents and girls at different stages of their learning journey. Plus experienced just how much fun, a maths lesson can be!

With an in depth interview with headteacher Mrs. Lisa Brown, discover for yourself, the complete education they provide.

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Wild Country Woman

Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, joins Wild Country Woman, Lesley Waldron on a wet and wild fitness class!

She discovers the benefits of exercising outdoors, the importance of physical health in your 40s and exciting plans for Wild Country Woman.

“My aim with Wild Country Woman, is to inspire women, to really enjoy doing exercise and to do that outside. I think we need to connect a little bit more with nature, with what we do.

Lesley Waldron, Wild Country Woman

 

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Freelance Mum, The Business Surgery

“You can seek to understand why you procrastinate. Every body does it, I think the thing is to not feel guilty about it, because it’s quite normal…. Often it’s the fear of what you need to do, is worse than actually doing it.”

Linda Davies – Carr, The Master Fixer, Business Coach

The first of a new series of podcast, The Business Surgery is a monthly show, hosted by Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker, with business coach  – Linda Davies-Carr. Every month, we invite three small business owners, to put their business problems to Linda and get some smart results.

In this months podcast we are joined by, Sally Marks – owner of Tots Up Reward Bus. Michelle Abbasipour, from Pretty Horizontal Web Design and Claire Stone, from Claire Stone Nutrition. Three very different businesses, facing different challenges. Linda is put in the hot seat and delivers some straight answers.

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IPSE National Freelancers Day

“Take a chance, take a risk, failure is ok, failure is an option, if you haven’t failed, then you haven’t tried hard enough”.

Carl Camden; Newly retired CEO from Kelly Services.

Freelance Mum founder, Faye Dicker, put her microphone to good use when she attended National Freelancers Day, hosted by IPSE. A day to celebrate the achievements of freelancers across their fields, to provide support to the self employed and champion those who are flying the flag for freelancers across the country. Faye caught up with last years Freelancer

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“My father was an entrepreneur, he set up his own business…. I’ve always had that in the background, thinking I could do that. I left South Africa when I was 14, I’ve learnt to adapt to people – which is especially important when you come from another culture. I do the same thing in my writing – all I have to do is spend some time with them, say a solicitor and then I can mimic that quite well.”

Rin Hamburgh, Rin Hamburgh & CO

Rin Hamburgh – the voice behind the copywriting agency Rin Hamburgh & CO shares her story with Freelance Mum. With an entrepreneur as a father Rin grew up with a natural interest in business and inspired to start her own.

Moving from South Africa to the UK at 14, she quickly learnt to adapt to other cultures – a skill which she uses every day as a copywriter when it comes to finding the right voice and tone for a business.

With a background in journalism and regular writer for The Guardian, Rin now runs her own small agency Rin Hamburgh & CO – sitting quite nicely between the big agencies and freelancers. Rin has high standards and the capacity handle a wide breadth of clients. As Rin says, you don’t need many words, just the right ones.

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The Master Fixer

“It started at brownies at a very young age. I was always the one that got things done – I was always the one organising, say a little girls disco, or selling home made perfume in little jam jars. I was always the one that got people galvanised into action. I got so many badges! I’m not really competitive, but helping is something that drives me a lot. The fact that I had an armful of badges was lovely, but the fact that my mates did too, was even better”.

Linda Davies- Carr, The Master Fixer

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