We review the 2018 Christmas ads!

We review the 2018 Christmas Ads!

We’re mere weeks away from Christmas, so it’s not surprising that every other advert on TV follows the same festive theme. Have you seen this year’s offerings? We asked some of our team to review them – here’s what they thought:

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An interview with Julie Holmes, co-founder of Hey Mic!

HeyMic! Founders

Tell us a little bit about your company. What is your business in your own words? How long has it been running?

I’m Julie Holmes, the creator and co-founder of a company called JUST Innovate Ltd which manufactures and sells a neat little gadget called Hey Mic!. Hey Mic! is a Bluetooth wireless microphone explicitly designed to connect with smartphones to capture great audio with your videos.

Our business has two founders: Steve Clarke and me. We’re both professional speakers who decided to work together early last year, and we’ve been running since June 2017. We launched Hey Mic! within 90 days!

Was there a lightbulb moment?

It happened when I was working at a trade show, where I was speaking to a group of about 200 people. I wanted to capture some audio of the essential messages I had put together for this presentation and the questions asked by the audience so that I could share them back with other people in my business, namely sales and marketing.

I’d done recordings on my phone before, but they were never good enough to be used as it was often hard to hear in big, busy rooms. I knew at that moment I needed to create something that would make it easy for me to capture and reuse the audio, so that’s where the idea of Hey Mic! was born.

Were there any big pain points when you were starting up the business?

One of the most significant challenges we had was purely finding time to get things off the ground.

Both Steve and I are busy, full-time speakers and business leaders, so carving out and creating another company was incredibly hard. So, as you can imagine, we were both working evenings and weekends as we tried to get Hey Mic! off the ground and it often felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day – we got tired! But we believed in our product, so knew we had to make it happen.

What has the high point been so far?

We donated a couple of Hey Mic!s to the Professional Speakers’ Association in the UK to help raise funds for their Foundation, which collects money from its members via auctions for other speakers when they fall on hard times, or just need a helping hand.

I was amazed to see how excited everyone was to bid on our product! It was so rewarding to see how much money we were generating for the cause, but it also reinforced that people in our marketplace; our friends and colleagues, saw how valuable Hey Mic! could be for them.

Have there been any low points and how did you overcome them?

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Give your business a workout

Give your business a workout!

We all know the promises we make at the start of the year to get in shape, feel fitter and be stronger, but do you think about your business in the same way? Forget signing up to the gym, give your business a workout instead and get a head-start to 2018. Ready, set, go!

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An interview with Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi from Calio

In the age of social media, putting aside real time for friends can feel a little, well, old-fashioned. Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi want to change this with Calio, an all-encompassing calendar app for your phone that makes organising get-togethers simple (we’re always big fans of that). We caught up with the guys last month to see how business was going. Continue reading An interview with Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi from Calio

10 resolutions for entrepreneurs to action in 2018

The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on achievements from the last 12 months. But the pressure we put on ourselves to fulfill promises for the next year often fall to the wayside after a few weeks of effort. So we’re sharing 10 small resolutions that you can easily implement in your business that could mean big things. Make these your resolutions, then go forth and action them in 2018!

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The basics of Self Assessment – what you need to know

What is Self Assessment and how might it affect you as a business owner? Emily Coltman FCA, chief accountant to award-winning online accounting software provider FreeAgent, explains all. Continue reading The basics of Self Assessment – what you need to know

We review the 2017 Christmas ads!

There’s no use burying your head in the snow, Christmas is here, along with those all-important festive adverts. Now that all the big players have shared their offerings, we thought we’d ask around the office and find out what our team thought of the ads. Take a look, then let us know what you think on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Continue reading We review the 2017 Christmas ads!

Not convinced by coworking? Here are 5 reasons to get onboard

Coworking has fast become big business, and it’s only prescribed to get bigger. According to Small Business Labs, the amount of people coworking will rise to 4m by 2020, compared to the still hefty 1m in 2016. The way that people work is changing, in fact, do a quick google on flexible working and you’ll find a number of reports about the future of working that cite ‘flexibility’ as a top priority. At Work Hub MadeSimple we think that’s terrific. And not just because it’s good for business. There are many benefits – so here are just five reasons to get onboard with the coworking revolution. Continue reading Not convinced by coworking? Here are 5 reasons to get onboard