Introduce your business and tell us what you’ve been up to recently?
I run a career ad time management coaching business. I help people of middle management level and above with career change and development and SME owners with their time management. recently I have been working with someone who has made a very skillful sideways career move within the same organisation work to his advantage and I have helped an SME owner to refine her time management so that she gets more done in less time.
What makes you different from other similar businesses in the area?
The coaching I provide is different in that I help clients improve their quality of life dramatically. .
What flexibility does being an independent business give you over a national chain / business?
The flexibility that I enjoy is that I can implement a new or different idea whenever I want to. If I want to change my way of working I don’t have to ask permission from anyone, I just do it. In the same way, if I find that a certain work practice is no longer effective, then I will stop doing it and replace it with another.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for small businesses at the moment?
To find enough business to make a living and enjoy a balanced life, it is better to have a business in which you can work a certain number of hours, take adequate time off, have a holiday and have a balanced and enjoyable life.
Looking back, which piece of advice would you give to somebody setting up their own business today?
Ensure that you market yourself in the most effective way possible. make it your business to see how Social Media can work to your advantage and study your competitors activities, so that you can describe your business in a way that appears different to theirs, which in turn make your business stand out.
What part does Social Media play in your business?
Social Media is my way of introducing myself to prospective clients by posting regular messages and useful tips. I use Twitter 6 times aa day and Facebook once a day, as well as participating in LinkedIn discussion and posting blogs on LinkedIn. It is an effective way of marketing my business.
And Getting To Know Your Town:
I would sum up my town in one line as:
Chorlton is arty, entertaining, good for wining and dining.
Where do you eat / take out in Chorlton?
I eat at Mezzauno or Pi.
Which is your favourite pub or bar to drink at in Chorlton?
My favourite bar is de Nada.
Where is your essential must visit shop in Chorlton?
The essential must visit shop in Chorlton is Unicorn, the best supplier of organic fruit and vegetables for miles around.
What’s been the most impressive new business you’ve seen open in Chorlton in the past 12 months?
The most impressive business I have seen in the last 12 months is de Nada.
Which local towns do you feel Chorlton could learn from and why?
Chorlton could learn from Cheadle in that it could make its main street more attractive
In an ideal world what major improvement would you like to see happen in Chorlton?
In an ideal world I think Chorlton could smarten up its shopping precinct and encourage someone to open up a cafe serving a varied menu of food and drink. This would bring an attractive business to the precinct and attract more shoppers.
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