Small Business Mindset

In order to build a successful small business infrastructure, you must think strategically and that means having a business mindset. 

But for every small business owner, entrepreneur and SME it’s not always the case about being strategic; it can also be about having things like ‘imposter syndrome’, worries about success and failure as well as having to deal with mental well-being, stress, anxiety and burnout. Here is our take on those subjects…

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When is it he right time to quit? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owners
  

When Is It Time to Quit?

“Don’t quit” is popular advice for anyone who is trying to start or grow a business (or, frankly, achieve any other goal.) And I think it’s good advice… up to a point. Giving up too quickly or not persevering through difficulties is pretty much a guarantee of failure. Setbacks are a part of life, and certainly a part of business.  But when is there a right time to quit?

Is #GIRLBOSS Culture doing more harm than good? Is it 'sexist'? article and feature for YBKBS Small business News for Smart Business Owners www.ybkbs.online
  

Is #GirlBoss Culture Doing More Harm Than Good?

Monikers like “girlboss” and “boss babe” have been used to describe women in business for some time. Aside from the unfortunate associations with shady business models like pyramid schemes, these well-intentioned attempts at fighting sexism have always seemed… well, kind of sexist…

Small Business owners mental health has been badly effected by Lockdowns but Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz has been there for them ybkbs small business news for smart business owners
  

365 Days and 1000’s of Men No Longer On The Edge

For many men the thought of talking about their issues and mental health fills many with a sense of dread. (There’s one writing this.) But thanks to Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz, there are thousands more that have had the space and time to talk of their issues over the last twelve months. And what a twelve months it’s been. 

loneliness in business by Marc Ford MBA ybkbs magazine
 

Loneliness For Business Owners – a Silent Killer?

Being self employed and running your own business can be one pf the greatest thing you can do for yourself and your family in your life. It can open so many doors, so many opportunities and lead to a legacy that your friends, family and customers will benefit for years to come. But it’s also one of the loneliest places on earth too…it could be one of the deadliest things we don’t talk about.

how not be ill when you are self employed
 

Don’t Neglect Your Health When You Work for Yourself

When you work for yourself, it’s super easy to neglect your health in favour of just working all the time. But if you want your business to be sustainable and keep going from strength to strength, make it one of your new year’s resolutions to take better care of yourself in 2021.

how to take a proper holiday when you are self employed
 

How to Take a Proper Holiday When You’re Self Employed

Self employment can be stressful. So how do you switch off and actually take a holiday when you are working for yourself?

how to start the day right even if your not a morning people ybkbs magazine
 

How to Start the Day Right When You’re NOT a Morning Person

Ah, mornings. Whether you’re a “spring out of bed and leap into action” type or a “don’t even talk to me until I’ve had my second cup of coffee” type, many people have strong opinions about mornings. 

how to keep going if covid19 is destroying your mental health
 

Keeping Yourself and Your Business Going if COVID-19 is Destroying Your Mental Health

It’s tough right now…here’s a personal reflection on keeping going if your mental health is being destroyed by CoVid19 by Jess Dixon

how to diagnose and fix burnout by ybkbs small business magazine
 

How to Diagnose and Fix Burnout

So how do you know if you’re suffering from burnout? And if you are, how do you treat it? Read on to learn how to diagnose and fix burnout.

presentation tips for shy people in business for ybkbs small business magazine in leicester
 

Presentation Tips for Shy People

Fear not! The hard sell is dead. Most people can see straight through the sleazy tactics people often think of when they hear the word “selling,” and they don’t like it. So I’m not going to tell you to use those methods, partly because I don’t think they’re ethical but also because they don’t even work.

a guide to your success in business your best kept business secret magazine.
 

A Guide to Your Success: Obtainable or Sustainable?

In pursuit of a greater quality of life, most people lose sight of the real reason why they actually want to be successful in business in the first place. It is never the “things” but rather the way you believe these things will make you feel once you’ve got them.

are you afraid of success ybkbs magazine
 

Are You Afraid of Success?

It is well documented that many people fail to achieve their goals in life due to the phenomenon known as “fear of failure” but are you aware that a major factor that is often overlooked, is a state known as “fear of success”? 

how to fight freelancer loneliness ybkbs small business magazine Jess Dixon
 

How to Fight Freelancer Loneliness

Being a freelancer is amazing. But…Income insecurity and having to get your head around the intricacies of the tax system are two of the most obvious. The other one, though, is the loneliness.

don't let worry bust your businesss article by Marc Ford MBA business coach for YBKBS magazine
 

Don’t Let Worry Bust Your Business

So today is June the 1st. Today some of the lockdown restrictions that have plagued our lives let alone our businesses are relaxed and over the last few days and weeks I’ve noticed some distinct splits in the mentality of the small business fraternity.

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What is this 'culture' thing anyway? And what does it mean for small businesses? ybkbs small b business news and features
   

What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

Lockdown Extended. What Now for Small Businesses, the Self Employed and Hospitality? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owner
   

Lockdown is Extended. What Now?

Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

Calls For The Right To Disconnect - A message to the self employed? - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
   

Calls For The Right To Disconnect – A Message To The Self Employed?

Employees are finally getting what many self employed business owners have almost taken for granted – working from home. But there is a growing realisation for the employees and employers that will not only be familiar to the self employed small business owners, but what potentially happens next could effect them for years to come.

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YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners Chris Ducker Interview and Podcast
   

Chris Ducker – Future Proof Your Business – The Business of You

Best Selling Author of ‘Rise of the Youpreneur’, International Entrepreneur and Podcast Host, Chris Ducker talks to us about future proofing your business, Clubhouse and what to expect coming out of Lockdown
Read/Watch/Listen to the full interview only at YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners

New York Times Bestseller Mike Michalowicz, talks to YBKBS about how to 'Fix' your small business easily. A must read for small business owners.
   

Mike Michalowicz – How To Fix Your Small Business Easily

New York Times Bestseller Mike Michalowicz, talks to YBKBS about how to ‘Fix’ your small business easily. A must read for small business owners.
Read/Watch/Listen to the full interview only at YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners

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How to Break Up with a Client

Whatever the reason, sooner or later there will likely come a time when you have to break up with a client. But there’s a right and a wrong way to do that. Here are a few things to bear in mind as you navigate the sometimes-messy process of ending a business relationship. 

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Lockdown Extended. What Now for Small Businesses, the Self Employed and Hospitality? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owner
   

Lockdown is Extended. What Now?

Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

  

Only Some Small Businesses and Self-Employed Helped in Budget 2021

As the dust settles on a Chancellor’s Budget speech that was more an animated short, rather than the summer blockbuster we all hoped for, there is a sense of relief for the majority of self-employed and small business owners around the UK. But there are still over 2 million self-employed and small business owners that are shaking their heads in further frustrations as quite simply, nothing has changed.

Small Business and Those Excluded Are Waiting To See What Help is Available in Today's Budget - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
  

Small Businesses Wait to See What’s in The Budget For Them

Some are saying this is one of the most important budget speeches since World War 2. Others are frustrated at the Governments continuous ‘leaks’ to the press about what’s going to be announced later this afternoon. But there could well be more help for the self-employed which are due to be announced in the Budget, including the possibility of first grants for an estimated 600,000 people.

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Small Business Growth

Small Business to Create 1.2 Million UK Jobs in 2021/2022 YBKBS Small Business News fro Smart Business Owners
  

Small Business to Create Over 1.2m UK Jobs

With optimism coming from the vaccine rollout programme, UK SMEs expect to be hiring 1.2m staff over the next year.

Renewed optimism is the driving force behind these hiring plans, with an added desire for SMEs to grow their workforce diversity and prioritise employee wellbeing.

From Bond Street to High Street TO YOUR STREET, HOW COVID CHANGED FASHION FOR EWVERYONE
  

From Bond Street to High Street to Your Street, How CoVid Changed Fashion for Everyone

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.

ecommerce simple steps to embrace it for small businesses and the self employed your best kept business secret small business news for smart self employed business owners
   

E-commerce: Simple Steps to Embrace It In Small Business

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.