See great local Forest of Dean Businesses below

  • A R Website Design, based in The Forest of Dean offers bespoke, simplistic and easy-to-use websites. With over 4 years experience, contact us today for help with your website, SEO & Social Media. Website Design packages start from just £850.00.

    07564 920055

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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  • A 5* home from home day & holiday dog boarding service licensed under Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 standards in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Pet sitting, dog walking and wedding services available. Fully insured and police checked. Providing a professional & reliable service.

    01594 563707
    07582 784417

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  • Based in the picturesque Forest of Dean, JB Leasing offer industry leading service as well as competitive pricing on both business and personal contract hire vehicles. Whether you‘re looking for a Peugeot or a Porsche, get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat today.

    01594 369088

  • Crossroads is a charity supporting unpaid carers, people living with a disability or in social isolation. We aim to improve health and wellbeing of service users and promote their independence, empowering them to remain living safely at home.

    01594 823414

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  • Honey Bee Collection and Removal Services
    Professional and Ethical Bee Collection or Removal at Its Best.
    24/7. Call Now! on 07840 874567 or 07483 242141.
    Best Advice and Survey for all Bee Problems.

    07895 677123

  • Peachy Impressions design and create both luxury handmade and cost effective e-mailable/printable wedding and party invitations. All of our work is printed in-house using professional printers, high quality materials and assembled and finished by hand.

    07870 681752

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I don‘t have time to invest in my business - 13/06/2018

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Recently a local business spoke to me about their marketing. Sales have decreased, interactions are lower since the new Facebook algorithms came in and business is generally slow. When we chatted about it, they told me that they don‘t do much in the way of marketing other than Facebook.....problem solved I thought, with some training in Twitter, Instagram and perhaps Linkedin, their sales will boost in no time with higher brand awareness. Perhaps some shows, open mornings and links with other fellow businesses would boost this even more. However the suggestions I made were met with the same answer..........“I don‘t have any more time to invest in the business”. Leaving them with a decision, run the business at a loss with the hope that things will improve or close down.

However, what if that‘s not the only 2 options? Okay so they have approximately 3 hours a week to invest in the business (they also work full time) therefore the first thing to do is to look at what they are currently doing with the 3 hours. This includes their marketing, stock taking, shipping and databases. Just how is that 3 hours being spent…….. only then can they work out where time is being wasted. Time saved = spare time so where things can be streamlined, this needs to be implemented. Having schedules and structures will eliminate the chance of procrastination or time wasting from bits that inevitably pop up.

Once they have sussed out what time they are spending where, they can sit down and evaluate what is working and what isn‘t. If you are spending 30 minutes posting into Facebook groups but getting no joy then cut that from your plan. Perhaps instead those 30 minutes can be spent making a video about the business, a virtual newsletter weekly that can be uploaded to a YouTube channel and spread on social media.

Perhaps you spend 10 minutes a week checking out where the cheapest shipping supplies can be bought from? Instead contact a local company, get yourself a good deal and use them weekly for your repeat orders. That 10 minutes could then be spent scheduling tweets on relevant # hours to your business style. Covering yet another platform but within the same time.

The list goes on and on but the idea is, you don‘t necessarily need more time to improve your business. It‘s very easy to get in a rut and keep doing the same thing because it‘s common ground. Its also simple to find something that works and stick with it without realising it‘s no longer working for you.

If this sounds like you, follow the steps above and see what you can change. I think you‘ll be very surprised......! We‘d love to hear what changes you have made!


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