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.

Flexible
Remote working has shifted from a quirk to the near-norm. And whilst home may be the obvious destination for the remote worker, it’s not always the most productive environment. A coworking office is perfect for people who don’t spend all week in an office but want the flexibility to work in an office environment when it suits them, whether this is a couple of days a week or month, or full-time.

Affordable
The growing costs of renting, or indeed buying an office (not to mention the associated overheads such as lighting, heating, business rates etc) make it an unrealistic prospect for many new businesses. When compared to these costs, the price of renting a desk in a coworking space is minimal. This makes it an attractive alternative for smaller teams, one-man bands and freelancers.

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Location
Coworking spaces are usually located in desirable, business-centric locations. Not only does a great location make a space a pleasure to work from (thanks to easy transport links, bars, restaurants, etc), it also makes a good first impression for any clients you meet with. Very handy when it comes to recruiting team members and attracting new business.

Comfort
As well as being aesthetically attractive, coworking spaces are typically convenient and comfortable to work from. Standup desks, comfy seating, breakout spaces, meeting rooms…  there’s bound to be an arrangement that suits you. When partnered with high-speed WiFi, unlimited tea and coffee, daily networking opportunities and other amenities (free beer Friday, anyone?), you may find yourself struggling to leave at the end of the day.  

Collaborate
When it comes to coworking, the people who work within the space are just as – if not more – important than the space itself. This is why all good spaces vet applicants before allowing them in. Understandably not everyone gets involved, but if you do go into a space with an open mind, you will find ample opportunity to collaborate, upskill and maybe even get new business.

Convinced? Work Hub MadeSimple provides flexible coworking from the heart of London’s startup scene from only £10 a day. Perfect whether you’re a new and small business, or if you work alone.

Simple, affordable pricing – No set-up fees or lengthy contracts with flexible options for all budgets
You’re in safe hands – We’ve helped over 600,000 companies get started
Collaborate and learn – Join a friendly community of small businesses, just like you

Find out more about Work Hub MadeSimple now

An interview with Anna Ward from CakeDrop

Anna from CakeDrop

It’s often said that you should love what you do. Well, it’s safe to say that Anna Ward loves what she does – after all she gets to work with cake every day, and who doesn’t love cake?! Anna launched CakeDrop – a cake delivery service for offices –  in July 2017 (still fresh!) and she certainly knows what it takes to get started. Here Anna talks to us about her inspiration for the delicious idea and how life has changed since launching. Enjoy…

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Are you a business owner? Here are 10 tips to help you relax on your next holiday

Relaxing on a hammock

Summer may be coming to an end but it’s not too late to take some well-earned time off if you haven’t already. Of course, as a business owner, if you do manage to get away it’s hard to switch off and there’s always the temptation to take work with you. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to help the business owner relax on holiday…

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Entrepreneurs and their holidays

Entrepreneurs and their holiday's

If you’re a small business owner it’s likely that you don’t take a break as often as you should.

CITY AM recently reported that half of the UK’s business owners take less than six days off a year, ‘with one in five taking no time off at all’. Whilst it’s easy to see why business owners are reticent to step away from their business for a week or so, it really can be beneficial in the long run when you consider the positive impact a holiday can have.

To inspire you to take a break, we thought we’d take a look at some famous entrepreneurs who recognise the importance of a holiday and where exactly they go! Enjoy…

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An interview with Sophia Matveeva, Co-Founder & CEO of Style Counsel

 

Ever wondered if a clothing combo looks great, or is just plain … plain? Sophia Matveeva has come up with an app to help; Style Counsel. Simply take a snap of what you’re wearing and send the picture to the Style Counsel community, who’ll then share their expert opinions. We caught up with Sophia to chat about the app, and what it’s like running her own company. Continue reading An interview with Sophia Matveeva, Co-Founder & CEO of Style Counsel

Are your team taking enough time off? It’s more important than you think!

Did you know that 73% of UK employees don’t use up all of their annual leave? That means that only a quarter of us are actually making the most of our time off allowance. It’s no wonder that more people than ever are reporting feelings of burnout, listlessness and tension at work.

Even if you let your team roll-over their days, here are five reasons why you should be encouraging them not to stick around at their desks for too long: Continue reading Are your team taking enough time off? It’s more important than you think!

Are Napoleon’s comments about the English still relevant in today’s business climate?

According to sources, Napoleon once said “L’Angleterre est une nation de boutiquiers” – “England is a nation of shopkeepers”.

Whilst the number of shops on the average UK high street has certainly diminished greatly, we may well still be a nation of entrepreneurs. Continue reading Are Napoleon’s comments about the English still relevant in today’s business climate?

Looking for free images for your website? Find out where to get them here.

Turtle from Unsplash

Keeping your online content professional is one of the many obstacles you face when managing a website. Especially if you don’t have the skills or the resources to create your own images. But good news… there are websites out there that let you use images for free – where attribution is not needed (but it is appreciated). These are ideal if you’re constantly creating new content (or aim to be), and we’ve selected some of the best we’ve come across so you can get off to a good start!

Before we start looking at these websites, please note that some of the copyright restrictions vary, so don’t forget to double check before using it in your own work.

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