Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Lancashire Business Fair

For anyone in the Southport area next Wednesday 7th November then the Lancashire Business Fair is taking place at the Floral Hall.
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£60 Yahoo advertising voucher

Just had a mail from Yahoo offering £60 advertising voucher for any new people who I recommend to sign up. Both sides get the voucher so if anyone is interested send me your email me and I'll send it on.
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Friday, 12 October 2007


Grab this swicki from

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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Filling in the spare time

In between jobs at the moment so filling my time doing the brain numbing task of added my site to business listing sites, gad it's boring! At least most of the data stays in autofill so not as much to do. My main problem is trying to figure out what the ruddy security codes are. No wonder it stops spammers but how many normal folk have trouble working out what some of them say?

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Tuesday, 18 September 2007


win prizes by clicking using a search engine!

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Facebook group

I've entered the realms of and created a group for anyone who has set up in business on their own. Just search for 'I got fed up of working for others and setup my own business'. Feel free to join

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Friday, 31 August 2007

End Of The Month

Well it's the end of my second month and it was a busy one and I'm now in profit! If I can get the same next month with a bit more on top then I'll be more than happy. One thing that has made me happy to be working from home is that the train service to Liverpool is having problems with it's trains meaning 2 trains hour instead of 4 (even more at rush hour). Most summers see the number of carriages reduced but this time the wheels on the trains aren't going round and round so can imagine I'm missing an absolute nightmare at the stations with people desperately trying to cram into carriages like sardines. All I have to do now is walk down the stairs. Can imagine it would add an hour or two on to my day if I still had to make the journey.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Wheels In Motion

My first customers are now starting to trickle in about 2 months after first putting my site up. Strange feeling to start with as people have seen what you have to offer and happy to take a punt on you. Gives you a bit of a buzz. In fact so much of a buzz that I didn't get to sleep til 5 the morning after my first job came in! Think if you are offering any business over the net then you need to pay for google and yahoo ads to start with as it takes ages for your web page to get noticed. The ads get you on the first page for as little as a £1 a day. Well worth it when you only need one customer to pay for it.

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Saturday, 21 July 2007

spreadsheetsdirect forum! has now got a forum! You can discuss spreadsheet stuff but anything else goes too.

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Thursday, 19 July 2007

If anybody fancies joining a mini league for the Daily Mail Fantasy Football League click here...

Just enter pin# 1235 in the join a mini league bit. Might get round to offering a prize for overall winner of the mini league.

Website designs

I saw my website on somebody elses computer screen the other day and was surprised how massive the page looked, half the screen was taken up with the spreadsheets direct logo! I've therefore decided to redesign my pages and put them in what is (hopefully) a more fluid design. Sounds easy but only when you start creating the pages do you realise how IE and Firefox show them in different ways. What looks spot on in IE is usually way off in Firefox. On further investigation I've discovered that it is IE that is at fault as it doesn't conform to the proper standards. Assuming most people still use IE as their browser it's just a case of getting it looking good in that and ok in Firefox. You can check the new look out at

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Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Cleaning Windows

Just replaced Windows 98 with Ubuntu version of Linux on my old desktop and I'm very impressed with it already. There are free programs galore available for it, everything from games to spreadsheets. Takes a bit to de-windows yourself but then it feels far more natural than windows ever did. You think how do I do this then you realise it's right in front of you.

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Friday, 29 June 2007

I never thought setting my own business up would occupy my brain so much. Working 9-5 I found that I could just turn off as soon as I left the place now because it's my own business I'm thinking about what I need to do until I manage to get to sleep. Spent most of the week trying to sign up to free listings, forums and search engines which takes ages. I've starting listing all the useful sites I've found under so it might save others in the same situation some time.

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Monday, 25 June 2007

setting up

I'm currently in the process of starting my first business. After years of working for others I'm having a go myself and thought I'd write about my experience, somebody out there might find it useful if they're thinking about doing the same. My main business is going to be but I'm also going to be offering and to the Southport, UK area. It's amazing how many little bits and bobs there are to do from registering as self employed to getting all the webpages looking how you want. I've found myself thinking about things that I can offer while I'm trying to get to sleep. I've now got to the stage were I'm advertising on google and just waiting for the first client to turn up.