Month: February 2018

Why Set Up An Online Business

There has been a rise in online businesses and now there are hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos offering tutorials on how to set up an online business, detailing different kinds of online businesses whilst also boasting of their own success (who can blame them). Having your own online business well and truly opens up the world and allows you to live your life they way you wish to, rather than the way you were told to.


When working and running a business online, this gives you the freedom to choose your own hours. It allows you to pick and choose your business times and work that around your lifestyle.  Whereas if you were working as an employee you would not be able to do the things you want when you want, working from a much tighter schedule.


How about waking up for a morning surf followed by a coffee in a local Spanish café and a quick check of your emails? Owning an online business allows you to work anywhere in the world. As long as the location has good internet and in my case a good coffee shop then you really are sorted. This is probably the biggest reason so many people aspire to having their own online business. So they can explore the world and bring their job with them.

hot air balloon

travelling the world

Financial Success

Online businesses offer low over heads and high margins. They often have very few costs compared to offline. Avoiding massive expenditures such as office or retail space, this pays a huge part in making it a much financially successful industry. In addition to this, there is no geographical or time boundary, meaning your business can be making money around the clock.

Starting up a business of any kind can be daunting, but imagine taking the leap of faith and then having the life you always wanted. I think its worth the chance!

Pros and Cons of Owning Your Own B&B

In the past I had owned my own B&B, it was a fantastic establishment and I had formed incredible memories with my staff, my family and my customers. There were many highs and there were also bumps, but seeing that this is a popular choice in business for families and one of which many are looking to get in to, I thought i would give you my pros and cons of owning your own B&B.

Pros and Cons of Owning Your Own B&B

The Pros

You’re the Boss

Owning your own B&B allows you to make the choices that you know will benefit both business and customers. Holding the rains, means you can try out new ideas and put your spin on making it stand out from the crowd.

tea set

creating a nice atmosphere

The Atmosphere

Running a B&B in a holiday destination is so enjoyable. You surround yourself in people that are there, purely to have a good experience and relax. There is nothing better than getting to know interesting people and hearing their stories over a clock off beer in the evening.


The Cons

The Hours

As owner you are responsible for everything. This unfortunately means that when the fire alarm goes off at 3AM you are the ill-fated sod that is in charge. In addition to this, your peak season is during the holidays, this means unfortunately that the majority of major school holidays, bank holidays and festive seasons will be spent working your socks off.

man shouting

Horrible customers

Inconsiderate Guests

It doesn’t happen often, but, on occasion all B&B owners will have inconsiderate guests. This can scale from messy people, to hard work and drama. How you deal with them is dependant completely on your attitude, how short for time, and how many times you have dealt with a similar situation.

Ultimately, the ups and downs are all apart of the game and having your own B&B is a fantastic way to start yourself off in the business world and live a nice and comfortable lifestyle, meeting new people everyday. 

3 Ways To Receive Customer Feedback

It can sometimes be very difficult to measure the success and performance of your own business. Things may feel and look good, but ultimately, it is those who we provide our services to that has the final and most important say in the matter. It is important to keep on top of customer satisfaction because word of mouth can spread like wild fire or flood the gates of your establishment. Here Are 3 Ways To Receive Customer Feedback

Via email

A brilliant way to find out what your customers thought of their experience is to send a quick email. The email should be short and sharp, check back in with them with positive and polite language, ensuring you are asking not begging. Another great thing about an email is that you can link in your review pages there and then, mean you are making it quick and easy for them to do as you’ve asked.

digital feedback

get your feedback through email

Ask in person

If you are face to face with you client then ask them! Especially with technology moving as it is, people love to be chatted to and feel like they have spent time with real people who are providing a good service. Simply get the customer talking about their experience and what they enjoyed, then ask them to kindly post that feedback online. If someone is asked face to face, they are much more likely to agree.

shaking hands

talking to your customers

A feedback form

Prior to them leaving your establishment, ensure your customer receives a feedback form. This should thank them for coming and ask them to leave a review. For your older customers this is probably the best option, it allows them to write down any positive or constructive feedback they have, whilst also making them feel their custom is appreciated. A little tip; you can ask on the leaflet if this feedback can be published online, that way you can add any lovely comments to your website.


online feedback form

Make sure you know how your customers feel, this way you will always know the direction you need to take your services and create the best customer satisfaction ever!

3 Reasons Why Owning Your Own Business Is Great

If your are like me, then you likely find it incredibly difficult to work as an employee instead of having your own business. There isn’t a hierarchy of character between the 2 positions, it is simply a case of preference. If you have found yourself uncomfortably wedged between a rock and a hard place regarding the decision process to take the leap of faith and start your own business, here are 3 reasons why you should!

3 Reasons Why Owning Your Own Business Is Great

The Money

You are your own boss. If you are passionate, business minded and ready to excel, then owning your own business can be your money maker. With a business that aims at a wide market with high demand, a successfully run company can produce a brilliant annual salary. Match this with your ability to make your own choices and not answer to anyone, you could not ask for more.


shaking hands in agreement

making the money you work for

Living the Lifestyle

Another brilliant reason to own business is that you have the flexibility to work the hours you want. Once you have trained you staff to the highest of standards, it is then your time to sit back and reap the rewards, for many this would mean jet setting as often as possible and taking that important time out to be with family and friends.

man playing gold

living the life you always wanted

You Passion and Love For challenge

If you have never owned your own business then this will be a completely new experience for you, a person who loves getting stuck into something new and watching it grow and expand will excel as a business owner. The success of the business really does lie in your hands, and what a better way to prove yourself than to absolutely smash it.

laptop on table

Getting ready to follow your dream

Remember that starting a business is scary and it can be difficult, but nothing will feel better than taking the leap of faith and finally living life on your terms. GOOD LUCK!

The 3 Most Cliche Gifts on Valentines Day, Which are Amazing!

Valentines day is full with cliche everything’s and for some (mainly singles) it is absolutely unbearable. However, for those who for no fault other than being in love, these cliche’s are a source of great joy. And no matter how much we look down on cliche presents, the moment they are on your lap, opinions rapidly change.

Here are The 3 Most Cliche Gifts on Valentines Day, Which Are Amazing

1. Red Roses

Naturally, these are the highest magnitude of cliche’s but they literally ooze romance. Let’s face it ladies, if you were minding your own business at work and in pops a  delivery man holding a mass of perfectly pruned roses, you would be beside yourself!

bunch of roses

Cliche present on valentines day

2. A Poem

These are usually given by the brave, it is incredibly hard to express you feel in a way which is massively cliche and thus, it takes time to put your originality into it. However, when it is nailed, every woman and man alive love being told how much they are loved through the form of a poem.

a book of love poems

love poems for valentines day

3. Jewellery

Another massive cliche, but what makes jewellery such a perfect gift is that it lasts longer than just the day its self. It can also have many representations for various aspects of your relationship and who knows, 50 years on you could still be wearing it. Imagine just how special it will become over time.

a couple holding one another

presents that last

Ultimately, you can’t really fail to impress your loved one if you have generally made a real effort. So if you are going to go the way of cliche, you have to make sure its done properly.

Fingers crossed the are endless streams of happy couples walking the streets tonight, heading towards the restaurants and with massive smiles after receiving all of their romantic presents.