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Inspira, breathing life into business

April 2016



We’ve all been there. Those days when you get to the office with a long ‘to do’ list only to find the day zooms past and you’ve only achieved a fraction of what you wanted to.

All is not lost according to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. The trick is to practise mindfulness and to train your brain to focus better.

Mindful working means applying focus and awareness to everything you do from the moment you enter the office. Focus on the task at hand and don’t be sidetracked by low priority emails or social media. Part of being focused is recognising those pesky distractions and not allowing them to seduce you from your work priorities.

This month we’ve been looking at how technology can help save valuable time and money by changing the way we work, improving our productivity and ultimately making our working lives easier.

As business owners, it’s vital we stay sharp and focused to ensure we make the right decisions for our business and maintain the highest possible standards of quality and service.

Being ‘mindful’ throughout the day and using the online tools and apps we have at our disposal can go a long way to making our businesses and our lives better.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter - as always we welcome your thoughts and feedback.


Top 10 ‘must-have’ apps for small business owners in 2016

It’s hard to remember what life was like before we had our smart phones, tablets and laptops. They have become an intrinsic part of our everyday lives. And now apps are proving to be essential tools in our armoury making work life go smoother. We give you the lowdown on the top 10 must-have apps for busy business owners in 2016.

Our favourite Xero add-ons to help you run your business better

It’s no secret we’re huge fans of the online accounting services provider, Xero, to help small business owners increase efficiency and save valuable time and money. If you think Xero is just an online platform to access financial data, then think again. It boasts a significant number of essential add-ons that will transform the way you do business. Read our guide to some of the best Xero add-ons in the marketplace.

Introducing the ‘gig economy’

It’s predicted that more than 50% of the UK workforce will consist of freelance workers by 2020. The so-called ‘gig economy’ is on the rise throughout the world as businesses wake up to the benefits of having a flexible, well-trained workforce. We outline the main business benefits of hiring freelancers.

"Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time."
Bill Gates

Some useful articles we have read over the past few months…

Why cloud accounting is good for business

Five HR tips to help you hire the right people

Mums are formidable in the workplace – we need to hire more

When was the last time you asked, “Why are we doing it this way?”