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How to use Evernote to get you and your Business finally Organised

I’ve had Evernote on my PC and on my phone for quite a while.  I’ve been using it here and there  - mainly to take text notes when I’m out and about for projects, blog ideas etc.

How to use Evernote

But I have recently been looking at all the other things that you can do on Evernote and now I realise that it is just the most useful app I possess, bar none.  Here are some of the things i have done with my Evernote set up just recently. Continue reading

Win 1 month of Social Media management from Social Exposure



Today on Motivating Mum, I am giving away one month’s free social media management from Social Exposure, the social media experts.

Here is what they have to say about themselves:

Here at Social Exposure, we have a fabulous team of qualified social media professionals who will create, manage and develop your social presence to give your business a constant return on investment.

Our ambition was always to redefine the way companies promote themselves online. With so many agencies out there talking about brand awareness and search engine optimisation, we wanted to create something that was much more focused on that all important return on investment and not just creating a big hola!

It wasn’t easy, though it did work, we started the service with 5 test clients and within the first 12 months we were helping over 50 businesses to make a return from social media.

This number has continued to increase every month since the launch yet our founding principles of not tying clients into contracts, not charging setup fees and never setting minimum terms have remained exactly the same.

We are an ever growing business that prides itself on delivering value for money, continually pushing ourselves through training and internal investment, along with a clear understanding that if our clients are successful then so too will we be.

If you would like to see what Social Exposure could do for your business in a month, then please enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Motivating Mum Conference: 14th May Bishops Stortford – Win a Free Ticket

I am delighted to announce that the first Motivating Mum Conference will take place on Wednesday 14th May, between 10am and 2pm at the Great Hadham Golf Club, near Bishop’s Stortford.

A dedicated information and networking day for women in business and those who are starting up or thinking about it: 


  • Speakers on topics including: social media, free marketing resources and practical techniques to maximise your time
  • Dedicated times for informal networking during morning refreshments and a light buffet lunch
  • An information and product area to browse
  • A conference guide and information pack to take awayacheivment41

Click here to visit the Conference website for more details and to book.


The Motivating Mum Conference 2014 speakers

  1. Keynote speech from Saira Hamilton, MasterChef 2013 semi-finalist and owner of her companysmall aubergine
  2. Practical tips on how to develop a social media strategy from Debbie O’Connor, Master Franchisee for Motivating Mum UK
  3. A brief overview on support for local businesses from Liza Armstrong, My Incubator Ware Business Advisor
  4. Free marketing resources for small business from Dawn Southgate,  Head of Knowledge, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  5. Practical techniques to maximise your time across business and personal life from Sanchia AronbergAronberg Trainingsuccessquote19

Thank you to the sponsors and supporters of this event:

My Incubator
Shine Salon Ware
Liberty Wills and Trusts Ltd

Don’t miss out!  Click here to visit the Conference website. 

If you live anywhere near Bishops Stortford (or if you have friends that are interested in business that do) – then please let them know about this event – we would love to see you there.  In order to maximise the publicity for this event, I am offering one free ticket to a lucky reader who promotes the event for us – please enter via the Rafflecopter below.

If you are the winner of the competition below and you don’t need a ticket (because you have already bought yours or because you cannot go to the event personally) then there is the option of a £40 Amazon voucher instead.  So please go ahead and book your ticket and then tell the rest of the world about it.

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Get your Business Idea off the Ground with the Fast Start Up Course

The Fast Start Up Course is a new video course which will give you everything you need to launch your home business successfully. Sign up using my link, and get some extra freebies from Motivating Mum and Mum’s the Boss (see below)…

The Fast Start Up Course and Community

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British & International Franchise Exhibition: 14 & 15 March at Olympia, London

The British & International Franchise Exhibition is taking place on 14 & 15 March at Olympia, London

  • Set up a family-friendly career in a franchised business
  • Free entry to exhibition – save up to £10

Franchised businesses are often a family affair, with many husbands and wives or siblings teaming up together to run a them. Multi-generational partnerships in particular are on the rise.

They are ideal for professionals who want to integrate work life with family life. Running your own franchised business allows those with children the flexibility and the chance to spend quality time with their families.

Becoming a franchisee offers the ideal solution. It provides the flexibility and freedom needed to make time for loved ones. At the same time, operating it under the umbrella of an already established brand and business model with the security of franchisor and franchisees’ support increases the likelihood of success.

Aspiring franchisees can find out more about the franchising industry and the exciting opportunities available to them at The British & International Franchise Exhibition, taking place at Olympia, London on 14 & 15 March 2014.

The exhibition will cover a wide range of sectors including food and drink, finance, property and travel. Some of the major exhibitors who will be at the exhibition include: McDonalds, Kare Plus and Anytime Fitness,  while overseas based companies present include Llao Llao, Mobalpa Kitchens, Fibrenew, Sanoserv, Shawarma Xpress and Crestcom International.

The British & International Franchise Exhibition is the only franchise exhibition in London this spring that is supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa). Only companies adhering to the bfa’s strict code of ethics can exhibit. Visitors can therefore have full confidence in all of the franchise opportunities on offer.

Visitors will be able to attend informative seminars throughout both days on a range of aspects of franchising including ‘An introduction to franchising’, ‘Executives in franchising’ and ‘Hands-on franchising.’ In these, expert consultants, solicitors, bankers and franchisors will cover all the essential aspects to be considered while planning a new career as a franchisee.

The Children’s Activity Centre, once again provided by the award winning Creation Station, is another popular feature of the exhibition. It aims to support families and mums who want to investigate the work-life balance opportunities that running your own franchise can bring. Visitors to the exhibition can explore everything on offer, safe in the knowledge that their children, accompanied by a family member or friend will be able to play with imaginative arts and crafts for the duration of the exhibition.

The Children’s Activity Centre is free, and children and parents can drop in throughout the day. Parents will also have the chance to speak with The Creation Station about its own franchise packages.

To register for The British & International Franchise Exhibition, please visit Visitors can gain free admission by using the promotional code BFEFAM for when booking tickets at saving up to £10 on the door.

The British & International Franchise Exhibition is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday.

For the latest news and updates about The British & International Franchise Exhibition, follow the exhibition on Twitter, join The Franchise Exhibitions Group on LinkedIn or become a fan of the FranchiseInfo group on Facebook.

Why should you write out your your Goals and Resolutions?

So here we are just over half way through January, and half way through my monthly focus on goals and New Year’s Resolutions.  How are your resolutions going?  Have you managed to keep them all intact or are you slipping with some of them?


This is the time of the year when most resolutions and goals fail. So why is this and what can you do about it? Continue reading

Make it Happen in 2014 – and Win an iPad Air

Following on from my monthly topic of Goals and Resolutions comes this great opportunity from Lloyds Bank.  They would like you to visit their facebook page and make a pledge  of your goals for 2014.  One lucky Motivating Mum reader who pledges on the site and fills in the Rafflecopter below, will win an iPad air, and you also stand a chance of featuring in the Lloyds Bank advertising (and of course of achieving your goal!) Continue reading

What are your Business Goals for 2014

While everyone is busy with making all kinds of New Year’s Resolutions, have you thought about what your business goals are going to be for the upcoming year? If not, now is the time to do so. What better time than the month of January to focus on a direction for your business?

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How to Choose Your New Year’s Resolution This Year

Are you making  New Year’s Resolutions this year? If so you are like many millions of people around the world that are preparing to do the same thing.

New Year's Resolutions

Some people just make a huge list of all the things they would vaguely like to change.  I need to lose weight, to get fitter, to stop smoking, to drink less coffee, to start jogging, to tidy my house more, to be nicer to the children, to swear less, to be more organised….  Have you ever come out with a similar list to this on January 1st?  Do you write then down and do anything about the list?   And how many of those things are you still working hard on and achieving by the end of January? Continue reading

Happy New Year to you All!


Happy New Year to you all from Motivating Mum and Mum’s the Boss!

Welcome to the dawning of another New Year.  I hope that, hangovers aside, you have woken up with a smile on your face, and optimism for the future.

New Years Resolutions

I hope that whatever 2013 meant to you, good or bad, you are looking forward to 2014 as an even better year for you and your business. Continue reading