Category Archives: Business tips and advice

20 ways to improve your CV today

Whether you’re looking for your first job, a new role or simply want to give your ol’ CV a spring-clean, make sure you read this first…

#1 Make sure your contact details are right.

There’s little point in submitting the perfect CV if you’ve listed the wrong phone number or email address.

#2 Fit it onto one side of A4. Or two sides of A4. But never one-and-a-half sides of A4.

Them’s the rules – don’t ask me why. Continue reading 20 ways to improve your CV today

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Five ways to take better photos for your blog

Taking photos – for your blog, your Facebook page, your Instagram account and everything inbetween – is very easy to do. However, it’s not so easy to do well.

Want to start snapping better pics? Follow the five tips below for a beginners’ guide to making the most of your photographic prowess, whether you’re using your phone or an actual camera…

#1 Clean your lens. Now!

It might sound like obvious advice, but honestly – how many times have you cleaned the camera lens on your phone or camera? You’ll be amazed by how much it will increase the clarity of the image, as well as the camera’s ability to focus. Continue reading Five ways to take better photos for your blog

20 THINGS TO BLOG ABOUT WHEN YOU’RE STUCK FOR INSPIRATION

If you’re a regular blogger then you’ll have come up against the wall before: whether you write posts daily, weekly, monthly or, er, yearly, there will be a point where you’ll be stuck for ideas.

Which is where this handy little list of blog-spiration comes in to play. Enjoy!

Continue reading 20 THINGS TO BLOG ABOUT WHEN YOU’RE STUCK FOR INSPIRATION

What it feels like to have your book manuscript rejected (and three things I learnt from it)

This is quite a personal post – I don’t usually write from a ‘me’ point-of-view on here but I thought it would be interesting to share my experience in trying to get my story book published.

I’m going to skip through the borrowing pre-amble bit: basically, I have a manuscript (90,000 words) that I have been working on for, ooh, two years, and I decided that I should try and see if I could get it published.You know. Turned into an actual – eek – book. (I’ve always had this weird aversion to calling my ‘stories’ books. It just sounds so formal and serious and grown-up – and also further serves to emphasise that it is actually the very opposite of a book. Sob.) Continue reading What it feels like to have your book manuscript rejected (and three things I learnt from it)

10 New Year resolutions for an even-more creative 2015

January gets a bad rep. Not only does it offer the come-down after Christmas and NYE excitement, it’s also characterised by bleak days, terrible weather and a never-ending stretch until payday. Ugh…

But equally, it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start. Whether it’s instigating an idea you’ve had been playing around with, or something as simple as rearranging your working space, it’s the ideal time to make a change and get doing, rather than just thinking. So with that in mind, here are 10 simple resolutions that every creatively-inclined soul might want to consider this year. Continue reading 10 New Year resolutions for an even-more creative 2015

Five tips for selling your work online

Planning to take the plunge and sell your work online? We’ve got five tips to start you off…

#1 Have your own website

Well, duh. There are endless pros to having your own little piece of the internet – not least the fact it makes showcasing your range of skills in one place very, very simple. Whether you’re looking to sell your words as a copywriter or your art as an illustrator, make sure your blog/website reflects your talent in an appealing way. Continue reading Five tips for selling your work online

How to write the perfect About Me

Ah, the ‘About Me’. Whether it’s on your website, your Twitter page or your dating profile, what you write in this box has the power to shape opinions in a flash; for people who don’t know you and have somehow stumbled across your online presence, a well-written bio can be the difference between a follow or an, er, not-follow.

But how do you write the perfecto ‘About Me’, that sells yourself to a stranger? We’ve got five tips right here… Continue reading How to write the perfect About Me