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Entrepreneurs- Take Time to Recharge Your Batteries This Summer!

A new report has revealed that third of entrepreneurs are guilty of taking no time off over the summer!

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If you run your own business then more than likely, you’ll be familiar with entrepreneurial burnout- that feeling of exhaustion and overhwelm that seems to creep up after a busy period. Entrepreneurs are only human, meaning that even the most workaholic of CEOs sometimes need a break!

Shockingly, research provided by Sage reveals that last year up to a third of entrepreneurs took no time off for a break over the summer.

Work/life balance is something that more and more of us strive for, and yet, very very entrepreneurs consider themselves to be successful in balancing their business with family life and other commitments. Your business may be your life, but it shouldn’t take over your life!

There are many reasons why you should make time for holidays. Regular breaks from work will give your body and mind a well-deserved rest. A break will provide you with perspective, time to think and time to bond with your family. Going on holiday will allow your to return to your business feeling refreshed and more ready to take on challenging projects. A holiday may even give you time to come up with your next big idea!

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Before you go…

Make sure that you are able to delegate responsibilities before you leave for your holiday, to ensure that your staff have plenty to work on while you are away. Set targets and measure their productivity by what they achieve in your absence.

What about remote working??

At Flexiworkforce, we are fully aware of the benefits that remote working can bring to a business. Having the ability to communicate with anyone in the world at the touch of a button is nothing short of incredible. However, take care not to let your summer holiday turn into an extended business meeting! Check your emails a maximum of once per day, replying only to those that warrant your immediate attention. As for the rest, they can wait! Try to keep Skype meetings to a minimum .

Best Holidays for Entrepreneurs

A Spa Break

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What could be more revitalizing than some true R&R in a beautiful spa environment. This kind of holiday will be beneficial for mind and body, meaning that you will be sure to return to work in a calm and zen-like state! Try new treatments like mud wraps and botanical facials . Embark upon a detox programme and have soothing massages to melt away your entrepreneurial stresses!

The Great Outdoors

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Although the idea of leaving the metropolis might be scary to some city slickers, the countryside offers a unique sense tranquility that will no doubt be beneficial to your frazzled nerves. Life in the country forces us to slow down and enjoy operating at a slower pace. Make your holiday truly unforgettable by trying crazy new extreme sports mountain unicycling or perhaps even zorbing!

European Adventure

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If you’re more of a culture vulture, pack your bags and head to a quaint European city like Prague, or Tallinn. Experiencing new cultures is always great for inspiring new ideas, while allowing you to leave the daily grind of the office. If you like to always be busy, pack in a lot of galleries, exhibitions and museums, and by the time you return to work you will really feel as though you’ve some time away from your everyday life!

Happy Holidays, Entrepreneurs!


How Flexible Working Can Protect your Business


Source: News Shopper

Use Flexible Working to Strike-Proof Your Employees’ Productivity!

After recent news of the threat of London tube strikes, there are fears that further rows could erupt, with the potential to cause maximum disruption and widespread chaos.

A planned three-day strike by London Underground workers in a dispute over ticket office closures was abandoned after last-ditch talks. The breakthrough was made on Monday, resulting in the Rail, Maritime and Transport union succeeding in guaranteeing that all members who are relocated or who have their roles changed will retain the same pay.

But does this mark the end of the dispute? According to some, it is unlikely that this is the end of the matter. Despite negotiations, the threat of disruptive industrial action still looms large.

The possibility of strike action strengthens the case for flexible working. With new technology, employees are more and more able to work remotely, including from their own homes. This, coupled with new statistics on the efficacy of flexible working further questions the relevancy of the traditional office in a digital age.

These recent events (and the upcoming changes to flexible working) show that it is high time for businesses to reassess, and view flexible working as a means of protecting their business from the chaos that would result from transport strikes, while simultaneously building an infrastructure which promotes growth.

Homeworking/remote working refers to work done at home, or outwith the primary office environment. However, remote working may also refer to situations where only part of an employee’s workload is completed outside of the office. Therefore, it is reasonable to suggest that a degree of remote working could be introduced into the majority of employees’ schedules. For businesses wishing to check up on the productivity of their workers, there are monitoring systems in place and this can reassure employers. There is also much to be said about the cost-effective nature of remote working. In a recent study by Deloitte it was found that 30 to 40 percent of physical working environment are vacant at any given moment on an average business day. Decrease reliance on offices and cut overhead costs unnecessary costs. There is even evidence that allow workers greater flexibility will boost productivity. Finally, increased flexible working could also be beneficial for the environment, in that cutting commuter traffic in busy cities would dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

While no-one can say for sure whether or not the threat of London Tube Strikes has subsided, now certainly seems like a good time for employees to take into account the diverse benefits that remote working can bring.

Jobseekers- Stop Assuming the Worst!

Seeking new employment can be tough, but keep these tips in mind to prevent negative thoughts from helping you take positive actions when it comes to your career.

 – Believe that you are a highly qualified individual Employers specify that they want qualified applicants, but that does not solely refer to applicants with relevant educational qualifications and certificates. In many ways, real-world experience counts for more than qualifications which look good on paper, but in reality do not match up to relevant knowledge and skills. And do not be put off if your experience is not 100% relevant to the job you are applying for. Look for the transferable skills that you have gained from your experiences. This will impress employers and make you far more attractive as a potential candidate.

Words of wisdom from the inspirational Beyonce

-Believe that your confidence will shine through anxiety We’ve all been there. You’re in an interview and something happens which throws you way off course. Perhaps you stumbled over your words, or completely blanked for an awkward 30 seconds while desperately thinking of what to say in response to a question. You are not alone, this really does happen to everyone at some point. The important thing is to not let it get to you. Pick yourself up, take a deep breath and carry on! Your interviewer may pick up on your nerves, but exude tenacity, confidence and positivity, and your skills and experience will shine through your nerves.


-Believe that the opportunity is out there One of the biggest myths around is that there are no jobs. If this is that case, then why are so many great employers in constant need of skilled individuals to work for them? All too often, jobseekers assume that they hold no power and underestimate the value of their skillset. Keep yourself up to date by regularly checking job descriptions and think about which of your skills apply to these jobs and what you could add to your CV, in order to learn how to market yourself more effectively to employers.


– Benefit from your love of learning So you finished uni years ago. So what? Life is one long learning curve, and the most attractive candidates to employers are the ones that love to learn, and are always willing to expand upon their existing skillset. The world is rapidly changing and it helps to stay on the ball with the latest trends in employment, politics, culture and technology. Foster a love of learning today and you will be thankful for it tomorrow

   And go live your dreams!

How to interview your next boss-YES you can do it!



Job interview can be tricky. Turn the tables on your boss to be…

Job hunting is stressful. If you’re working and job-hunting, you’re anxious to make your move. If you’re not working, you’re under pressure to get a new job fast. As a job-seeker it’s easy to forget that you’re making as big a decision as your next employer is.

If a manager hires you and doesn’t like your brand of jazz, he can cut you loose and find someone new. That will cost money and time, but those are costs of doing business. If you take a job working for the wrong person, it can damage your resume and destroy your mojo. If you’ve ever worked for someone you didn’t mesh with, you know exactly what I mean.

On a job interview, you’re interviewing your next boss as surely as he or she is interviewing you. Your job is not to impress anyone. If you’re focused on making a good impression, you’ll be out of your body, evaluating your own performance, rather than squarely in your body, being yourself. In “Please like me” mode, you’ll contort yourself into pretzel shapes trying to say things the hiring manager will like. That’s beneath you.

Your job is to ‘stay yourself’ on a job interview whether the hiring manager likes you or not. If you aren’t a particular manager’s cup of tea, you haven’t failed — you’ve dodged a bullet. Only the people who get you deserve you, after all.

Your job on an interview is twofold. You’ve got to learn enough about the job opening — and particularly about the business pain behind the job, the pressing problem that warrants an expenditure of precious salary pounds – to be able to gauge whether you and this job are a good match.

Of course, the good match can’t just happen in your mind. If you decide that you’d love this job and thrive in it, you’ve got to make that connection clear to the hiring manager. You’ll do that by telling mini-stories which have a simple format. It starts with the problem your current or previous employer was facing, moves on to the solution you found, and ends by explaining why your dragon-slaying move was exactly what the situation called for. Here’s an example:

MANAGER: I know you’ve managed trade shows. We’ve got a big bottleneck getting new sales leads to the sales team after shows. Have you been around that process?

YOU: Absolutely – I look after that process now. Last year, we ramped up our trade show presence and had the same issue — a bottleneck, and leads going cold because we couldn’t get back to them.

MANAGER: What did you do?

YOU: We couldn’t keep feeding leads into a blocked pipeline. Our inside sales guys were swamped, which is a good thing, but there’s no use pushing on a rope. We jury-rigged an email campaign that got the trade show leads sorted into High, Medium and Low priority groups based on the prospect’s responses. Then I was able to make a case to the sales managers that their inside guys should drop other projects to call the High Priority leads. Two of our territories doubled their sales, and the others had big jumps.

MANAGER: What did you do with the lower-priority leads?

YOU: They got a bunch of email drips and calls to action, and we left the rest up to them. We toyed with the idea of getting some temps on board to call them, but we ended up using email to convert about twenty-five percent of them. The rest are still getting drips.

MANAGER: I like your practical outlook.

Now your hiring manager knows how you roll. Mini stories will make that part of your job easy. But what about your other priority – learning enough about the job, the company, your personal opportunity in this organisation and your potential boss’s style to decide whether or not you even want the job?

How do you interview your next boss as he or she is interviewing you?

This technique is powered by your personal mojo. Finding your voice in a job interview, like using your influence at work, is not a radical thing to do. It is a matter of remembering your value in the talent equation.That is the one thing that many brilliant, talented professionals fear to do. They are hesitant to try. They’ve staked their self-image on their Good Boy or Good Girl credentials. They’re not used to stepping outside the velvet ropes, and saying or doing unexpected things.

Yet finding your voice in a job interview, like using your influence at work, is not a radical thing to do. It is a matter of remembering your value in the talent equation.

If your mojo is low, you’re likely to scoff and say “I can’t interview my next manager! How absurd! I’m a job seeker, and I have no power.

If you don’t feel ready to do it yourself at this moment, don’t despair! We are all growing new muscles and mojo for the new-millennium workplace. We are doing it together.

ou can interview your next boss to a greater or lesser degree depending on your mojo level. If you happen to have a job interview on a day when your flame is high, you can interview your next boss more aggressively. If you interview on a low-mojo day, use our Low Power setting (below).

Don’t try to interview your next boss in a panel interview or one where the questions are highly scripted. If you see your next manager reading from a script in his hands, you may have difficulty getting him off the script.

At the same time, a manager who reads interview questions from a script is not your ideal next boss if you’re over 21 years old. We forgive baby supervisors for scripted interview questions, and hold everyone else to a higher standard.


If you’re new to the Whole Person Job Search and the idea of interviewing your next boss freaks you out, try this approach. The hiring manager will ask you interview questions, and you’ll answer each one. After each answer, you’ll ask a question of your own back, like this:

MANAGER: So, what made you move to Edinburgh in 2007? That’s a big move.

YOU: You’re right! I’d never lived in a snowy climate before, but I love it here. My fiancee at the time was in University here. We got married two years ago. That reminds me, I notice that since your merger with Acme Explosives last year, you’ve added a lot more jobs in Birmingham than here in Edinburgh. Do you see that shift continuing?

MANAGER: Sharp eye! Yes, I definitely see more of our operations moving to Birmingham, but the corporate headquarters is staying here, including Finance, HR, IT and my Sales Administration group. That’s the plan. Since you asked, how do you feel about travel to Birmingham?

YOU: Love it! It’s just that my wife is now getting her PhD and we wouldn’t be able to move any time soon.

MANAGER: I hear you. That’s fine. So many things are virtual now anyway, right?

Try the Low Setting if you’re new to interviewing your next manager. It isn’t difficult, but it may take a shift in your perspective.

Most of us have grown up with the idea that the manager is in the driver’s seat at a job interview, and we fall into Student mode, sitting quietly and answering questions as they’re put to us. We can shake off that old training and have a normal conversation with our next boss, just the way we’d chat with anyone we’re meeting for the first time.


If you’re already comfortable ‘spinning the table’ the way we described above — answering a question and asking your own question back to the hiring manager — try taking your interviewing-your-next-boss practice up a notch by helping your hiring manager get off the script entirely.

You’ll do that by using some of your airtime during the interview to learn more about the pain behind the job ad.

Here’s an example:

MANAGER: So, you’ve dealt with this trade show hand-off thing before?

YOU: For sure. I’ve got a story to tell you about that, in fact. Can I ask you a quick question about that issue first, though?


YOU: You’ve got sales leads not getting out to the field, and I would imagine that causes some headaches. You’ve seen those lead forms and business cards, and you know some of them are hot prospects.

MANAGER: Not only that, I made commitments to some of them in the booth.

YOU: Exactly! So you come back to headquarters, and weeks go by, and the leads sit in the queue and nobody calls them. That’s frustrating.

MANAGER: It is. It’s a huge problem.

YOU: At the same time, it’s hard to imagine that that one problem gave rise to this £60,000 job, which reports to you directly. Would you say the sales lead bottleneck is the main reason this job is open, or are there other pressing issues? I would love to get the full picture, from your perspective.

MANAGER: The sales lead thing is the most top of mind. There are two other big items on my plate. Our sales reporting has to get a lot better. We’re hamstrung in a number of ways that I’ll share with you. The other issue is sales training. It’s all OJT and catch-as-catch-can stuff right now. So that’s my trifecta.

YOU: Thanks for that explanation. I get the picture now. Let me tell you that trade show story with that added context.

MANAGER: Please do.


When your mojo is high and your spinning-the-table muscles grow, you’ll make every job interview a conversation about pain. You won’t sit meekly like a lamb and answer interview questions, then go silent and wait for the next question. It’s much more fun and more interesting to dig into the pain behind the job ad — and more useful for the hiring manager, too!

When you really understand what’s keeping your hiring manager up at night, you can talk with him or her about more important things than when you first learned to use Excel or if you were an animal, what sort of animal you’d be. Hiring managers only ask brainless interview questions like “What sort of animal would you be?” and “With all the talented candidates, why should I hire you?” because they don’t know any other way to get through a job interview.

ou can start interviewing your next manager any time the spirit moves you! Here’s a sample High Power Setting interview to get your wheels turning:

MANAGER: So, how long have you been using Excel?

YOU: Oh, my goodness, when did that program come out? We can say forever. Can I ask you a quick question?


YOU: You said this is a new position. What would you say gave rise to this opening, more than anything else? Was it the acquisition last year, or a change in strategy, or something else?

MANAGER: The acquisition was part of it, but it’s really just taking our decision-making platform to the next level. This job is about taking our whole sales operations outlook up a notch. We’re keeping up with sales growth, but the analytics aren’t there. We need more altitude.

YOU: That’s really helpful. Can you tell me a story that gives me a feel for that — how that shortfall in analysis hurts you?

YOU: That’s really helpful. Can you tell me a story that gives me a feel for that — how that shortfall in analysis hurts you?

MANAGER: Okay, sure. I can tell you what we sold last year and last quarter by product, by territory and by sales rep. I can tell you which products and regions had the biggest growth. But I can’t tell you the trends, anything longitudinal, or anything related to specific marketing campaigns and their effectiveness beyond the gut-feel level, because we don’t have the data.

YOU: Okay, fantastic. So the ideal scenario would be…

MANAGER: The ideal scenario is that we choose twenty or thirty key metrics and we are on top of them by the day, by the hour, by the minute. That’s not my only goal for this year, but it’s a big one.

YOU: And when this person joins you, how will they start that process? Is it primarily an IT initiative?

Now you’re talking to your next boss about things that matter, not goofy trivia items like where you got one of your certifications. Important things are happening on both sides of the equation. Your conversation becomes a million times more real to the hiring manager, and that’s good for you as a candidate, one of several.

At the same time, you’re getting a feel for the guy (a unisex term) opposite you in the room. Can you work for this person? What is his or her worldview? What does s/he care about? Could the two of you make a powerhouse team? Your job at the job interview is to answer these questions. If you can’t get your hiring manager to open up about what’s not perfect in Denmark, what does that tell you?

It’s a new day, and no one is responsible for your career but you. The old-fashioned measure of a successful job interview (“They really liked me!”) is the booby prize now. What good is a winning interview if the people who like you aren’t people who can grow your flame?

Once you step up to this level of interviewing, you will never, ever go back to being a lamb in a visitor’s chair. Your mojo will be far too big for that. Start with the Low Power setting and work your way up. It’s a new year, and a new day in the talent marketplace. It’s a great time to find your voice!

(Liz Ryan-CEO and Founder, Human Workplace)

I have started my own company Flexiworkforce, which will launch early this year. I would so very much appreciate interviewing people that have an opinion, personality and the CHUTZPAH to question me on my ideals, struggles and future plans for my business. I want to know that the people wanting to work for my start-up have the passion that I have and how they think they could fit in and help propel the business forward.

What kind of Entrepreneur are you?


1. Superpreneur

The Superpreneur needs little introduction, mostly because you know and feel them when you see them. Their entrepreneurial pursuits span space, time, countries and nations. They typically bite off more than they can chew in one, let alone four, lifetimes. Think Richard Branson and Steve Jobs.

Want to become a superpreneur? Good luck. They’re as chaotic as they are awe-inspiring: Their road to success is a labyrinth of disconnected strokes of good fortune and unpredictable market timing infused with unparalleled genius.

2. Localpreneur
This particular type of entrepreneur shares qualities with the Superpreneur, minus the mammoth global focus. Their ambitions may be smaller, but their efforts can also be life changing.

3. Wingpreneur
The Wingpreneur can be likened to Batman’s Robin. Without her, the entrepreneur would not be nearly as powerful — or likeable for that matter — as the “wing” has a specific talent for assuming leadership when appropriate but happily taking the passenger’s seat so the entrepreneur can shine.

These folks are often found in “COO” or “co-founder” positions and are best suited to partnerships where they are not assuming all the risk. Typically, they are also adept at providing order to the chaos.

4. Productpreneur

This is the type of entrepreneur who places product at the center of his/her vision.  “Typically, these folks are engineers who have technical expertise, but very limited experience in leadership, management or what it takes to build a significant company. While they are innovators in terms of envisioning a new product idea, they are best served finding a partner who can build a company around the product.

5. Fauxpreneur
As startups explode in number, and having one is this generation’s version of having a band in the 90’s, another emerging type of entrepreneur is what I tenderly refer to as the Fauxpreneur. If you don’t speak Frenglish, or haven’t heard of “faux fur” this will sum it up:

“Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.”
– Paul Graham

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229975#ixzz2mh6FYrEe by Rebekah LLiff