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Emma Jones

Emma Jones is Founder and Editor of Enterprise Nation, the home business website. She has successfully started two businesses from home offices in London, Manchester and rural Shropshire. Following a career with an international accountancy firm, Emma started her first home based business at the age of 27 and successfully sold it just 15 months after launch. Redbrick Enterprises Ltd was founded in 2002 to advise the public sector on effective homeworking. Spotting a gap in the market to provide information and inspiration to homeworkers, Emma launched Enterprise Nation [www.enterprisenation.com], the home business website, in January 2006. The website is a free resource for people starting and growing a business at home and has a readership of more than 390,000 people. As well as site content, there is also a free fortnightly e-newsletter and podcast. Emma’s first book on how to start a business from home Spare Room Start Up: How to Start a Business from Home will be published by Harriman House in May 2008.

Five tips on how to make the most of a business break

When you start and grow a business, you’re involved each day in the detail of running the business; perfecting customer service, ensuring positive cashflow, making new products, and so on. This is all good and right but to plan for business growth, it’s important to step away from day-to-day affairs and take a good look at the business from a distance. Leave Home Years ago someone told me the story of a successful business owner who, once a year, would pack his bags, leave the family home, and head off …

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5 Tips for Graduates Going Self-Employed

A recent feature in The Guardian ran with the headline: ‘Graduates warned of record 70 applicants for every job’ The next line went: ‘Class of 2010 told to consider flipping burgers or shelf stacking to build skills’ Was I the only one thinking flipping burgers and shelf stacking is a flippin’ great way to earn part time income whilst building a business. For all graduates considering self-employment, here are five tips along with stories of those who’ve been there and done it. 1. Start now! If you’re an undergraduate and …

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Five questions to come up with one idea

Whether you’re thinking of an idea to start off in business or mulling over how to grow, Emma Jones suggests ideas will come from asking five straight questions. Starting out If you’d like to start a business and become your own boss but haven’t come up with an idea, start by asking yourself these three questions: 1. Is there a gap in the market? Have you tried to buy something that just can’t be found? If so, others may be looking too. Carry out research to gauge the number of …

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5 businesses you can start for/with the neighbours

A recent report (Co-operative Streets report) reveals the UK is less than half as neighbourly as it was three decades ago with 49% of Brits saying people know more about their favourite celebrity than they do about their neighbour. But neighbours can make for good business; Emma Jones suggests we get to know them and offers five business ideas that are plain perfect for the folks next door.

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4 ways to grow your business

Are you wondering how to grow your business and develop it in a way so it’s not wholly reliant on you? Have you considered outsourcing/franchising/productising as a way to achieve that growth? Emma Jones outlines the options with tips for each strategy. Grow, grow, grow! Fellow business owners will understand when I say having a business often feels like having a child; you conceived the idea, you nurtured the business in its early stages, and it can feel tough

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8 steps to becoming a 5 to 9’er

There are over 5 million people doing it and today a book is launched to help many more follow in their footsteps. We’re talking about ‘Working 5 to 9’ which involves holding down a day job and building a business at nights and weekends. The book’s author, Emma Jones, offers 8 steps showing how you can do the same. Don’t give up the day job (just yet) start by ‘Working 5 to 9’ If you are in a job but not sure for how much longer, or wanting to turn …

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10 sites for selling your wares

Whether you’re selling knowledge from your head or products crafted by your own hands, there are online platforms to help you reach an audience of customers and make sales. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation offers a top ten listing. Business services Are you an IT contractor, graphic designer, business coach or expert translator? These sites are a good match for your talents:

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The art of PR

You have a new project to launch, a new product coming to market, or something to tell the world. The plan is to communicate through PR but first off, you need a plan! Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation sets out four steps to see you through to success. PR planning If you’re starting or growing a business from home, there’s never been a better time to be heard as the media looks for interesting stories of start-up success. Here’s how to go about achieving your column inches and headline quotes.

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Is party planning the right opportunity for you?

If you would like to start your own business but just don’t have an idea of what that business could be, why not consider a home business franchise/party plan opportunity. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation sets out the options. Franchise/party plan/consultant Home business opportunities come in a number of guises but what they all offer is the beauty of being your own boss, with the support of a central team. Skincare products company, Arbonne International sums it up well with their line “You’re in business for yourself, but not by …

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