By: Kelly Long | October 20, 2014


It's not easy staying positive when something doesn't work out the way it was meant to.

Failure can be a cue for the pessimistic voice inside your head to awaken and rear its ugly head. 'I told you this wasn't going to work out.' 'You're just not good enough.'

Even if failure doesn't send you into a mini spiral of self-doubt, it can still be disheartening. Especially if you're self-employed, or run a small business. The stakes are higher than they would be otherwise. This is your livelihood!

So what's the best way to bounce back after a set back? Get straight back on the horse, take some time out?

No, actually. The best way to ensure a healthy mindset in the midst of a trial is to train yourself to think that way. The brain is naturally draw...

Category: Small Business 


By: Kelly Long | October 13, 2014


It can get pretty depressing watching the news. Aside from all of the serious stuff on the national stations, even the local segments are filled with talk of unemployment and job losses.

According to recent statistics released by the Conservative government, unemployment is decreasing, and this is something we should be happy about. But where are all of those people getting back into work going?


Despite the doom and gloom of the job market, there are some statistics worth celebrating. The Home Office has declared self-employment is at its highest level in 40 years.


So why is that worth celebrating? Well, figures show that 15% of everybody currently employed is self-employed. Whether as a freelancer or as a small-b...

Category: Small Business 


By: Kelly Long | September 15, 2014

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life

It’s true! And it doesn't matter what job you do, if you love what you’re doing it’s not work. I see what I do as part of me, the only thing I regret is that I didn't figure it out earlier. I wanted to be a Graphic Designer and studied very hard to become one, I bounced out of KIAD Rochester, Kent (now known as The University of Creative Arts) portfolio in hand and fully armed with all the qualifications and the hunger to succeed. But along the way I got lost, I got confused and started questioning ‘is this really what I want to do?’

So I took a job in retail to give myself a chance to figure this career stuff out. And after several different jobs in retail I knew ...

Category: Small Business