#MicroBizMattersDay, New Website & More…

#MicroBizMattersDay, New Website & More…

So here I am, it’s 2016 and already February and I feel that I should write a blog post. I am a little out of practice but I do have so much to tell you that I really need to get this written before something else stops me from doing so.

Top on my list is, I have a new website, and new branding… My old company name has disappeared along with 2015, and I can’t say I’m missing it. I wanted something simple which I can use for years to come, my name isn’t going to change anytime soon, well no plans for it to anyway. What do you think?

The lovely Gaynor at The Smart Station did my new logo and banners, and I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out. I met Gaynor at #MicroBizMattersDay in January, which is the next piece of news I want to share…

My very first non-virtual event as a virtual assistant was #MicroBizMattersDay on Friday 8th January. I left for London the day before, and had a really great couple of days in London. It was certainly not what I was used to, I was in the thick of people, traffic, noise and general UK chaos, nothing like my rural life here in France, but I enjoyed it.

The day was a massive success and I feel privileged to have been part of the whole thing, even if I did try and hide in the corner of The Green Room. This year I didn’t take part in the live streaming (which suited me fine), but I did get nabbed by Ed Goodman of The Cambridge Business Lounge while he was whizzing around the place on Periscope. Tina Fotherby of Famous Publicity also caught me on camera a couple of times too. I also did a quick interview with Nick Peters of Share Radio, certainly not used to all the attention!

You may have heard of some of these business celebs, I didn’t really get a chance to speak to many of them as they were busy doing interviews… Tim Campbell MBE (winner of The Apprentice), Emma Jones MBE (Enterprise Nation), Charlie Mullins OBE, Chris Percival, Penny Power OBE and the rapper Sway.

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I did meet some great people on the day, difficult to name them all… Tina and Tony did a fabulous job of organising the day, and I am really made up that they have invited me back next year when the day will be held on Friday 13 January 2017. You can watch all of the live streaming from the day, behind the scenes footage and some radio interviews on the #MicroBizMattersDay website.

It’s been a really busy time for me, in December I was asked to format two books, Shadow Tag and The End Game for New York Times Bestselling Authors, Raymond Khoury and Steve Berry. I was really pleased they came to me, and hope to work with them more in the future.

One of my favourite client’s *they’re all my favourites* Positive Sparks are now doing a weekly podcast, and after the event in London I took part in one with Phil talking about #MicroBizMattersDay and also my favourite apps of 2015. This will be a monthly thing for me, so do subscribe if you’d like keep up to date!

As well as taking on a number of new clients in January, and being snowed under with work… I did have a little time to do some dating (I know, not work related, but some of you like to keep up with me on a more personal level), and pleased to say I am now officially in a couple. So you can see, not a lot of time for blogging! 🙂

So it’s February, my new website is live, a few tweaks here and there, but pretty much finished. I have a few big website projects coming up this month, and lots of exciting things to look forward to in the months to come.

If you are in contact with me by email, then please do update your records with my new email address which you can see at the very top of this page.

…And do check out #MicroBizMattersDay if you’re a small business owner, next year we have so many exciting things happening, with live streaming from around the world… I can’t wait!

My Top 10 Posts of 2012

So my very first post of the Ultimate Blog Challenge… Firstly I’d like to wish your all a Happy New Year, or Bonne Année as they say in France!

As I am technically not meant to be working today, I thought I would choose something easy to start with, but I hope that my top 10 posts of 2012 will provide you with lots to read and if anything particularly peaks your interest leave me a comment – most of these posts from 2012 are still relevant for 2013.

I think I’ll start from the bottom up, give you something to scroll down for… so at…

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Get Organised with this Free Resource

Nine

Who do you Follow on Twitter?

Eight 

3 Tools to Optimise your Twitter Account

Seven

How I added a week’s worth of content to Buffer in 1 Hour using Flipboard…

Six

Self Publishing your eBook the DIY Way!

Five

5 Followers NOT to Follow on Twitter!

Four

5 Ways to Analyse Twitter with SocialBro

Three

10 Virtual Assistant Resources

Two

Is Twitter Unfollowing People Randomly

One

5 Little-Known Tips to Improve eBook Formatting

 

Remember that I will be alternating my posts for this challenge, so tomorrow’s will be on my eBook formatting blog.

Exciting News & 11 Articles I have Read Today!

I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  After weeks of work, a holiday and getting used to entertaining the demands of a new puppy I am starting to see the wood from the trees.  I can now continue to spend my time building my business, getting back to social media, my blog and most importantly entertaining YOU!

Update

First and foremost, I have some exciting news… well it’s exciting to me!  As I have been so successful in the eBook formatting side of my business, I decided to purchase a couple of new domains, www.ebook-formatting.co.uk and www.kindle-formatting.co.uk. At the moment they both reach my eBook formatting service page on this website, but very soon, in a matter of weeks they will point to my brand new website dedicated to eBook formatting. I managed to find a few testers out there to have a sneak peek and give me some feedback, which has been a great success as they came up with some important points.  

I haven’t decided on a launch date yet, but I will be hosting a great giveaway on that day… so be sure to keep an eye on my blog here so you can come and take part.

Great Content

I wanted to give you some great content to read today, so while sitting after lunch and flipping through Flipboard (one of my most used iPhone apps), I decided it would be a great idea for a blog post to share with you the articles I have picked out today to add to my Buffer (again, another overused app).  

Here they are, in no particular order… I hope you find them interesting, these should be popping up on my Facebook page, LinkedIn profile or Twitter soon, so you’re seeing them in advance!

10 Ways Leading Brands Use Facebook Ingeniously For Their Marketing  via @JeffBullas

Smashwords Acquires 100,000 New ISBNs

WordPress for Beginners: The Best WordPress Tutorial Blogs via @danielscocco

75 Tips to Manage Your Social Media Efforts in 2012 

12 Revealing Marketing Stats About Facebook for Business 

A Detailed Anatomy of the New LinkedIn Company Page Design 

Social media – the new cure all pill or not? via @LilachBullock 

How to Create Your Self-Improvement Plan 

The Five Laws Of Micro Business Success via @MicroBizHub

A Comprehensive Guide to Formatting Your WordPress Posts and Pages

3 Ways to Create Highly Valuable Blog Content 

Remember, I’m hosting a giveaway soon to launch my new website… a great way of staying in touch is by signing up to my RSS feed, or following me on Social Media.