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About me and my business
Tara Dalrymple has a BA Hons graduate from Gloucester University in Human Geography and Business Information Technology.

Tara began her career in London working as an account manager for a business to consumer PR agency, moving to international publishers Dorling Kindersley in their marketing and PR department, from there a move into Financial PR for Financial Dynamics working with internet listed companies. With finance and IT industry experience Tara worked as an IT Consultant for investment, Tier one and two banks and financial software companies.

Before moving to Ireland Tara worked for Marks & Spencer in the head office in their licensing department with spend of £98.0m pa across GM and Kidswear spend of £55.0m pa. Internal liaison with film studios, legal, design & licensing agencies regarding contracts negotiation, property selection, deal memos, trend research and product sign-off. Part of DB07 (David Beckham exclusive license held by M&S) team, winners of the LIMA (International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association) Celebrity/Personality License of the year 2002/2003.

E-mail Tara at tara@busylizzie.ie
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Back office support for SMEs

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01 514 3401
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17 Friars Hill
Bishop O'Donnell Road
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Galway, Limerick, Dublin, Wicklow, Cork, Malta
Country
Ireland
Website
www.busylizzie.ie
College / University
Gloucester
Graduation Year
1999

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    profile 352 days ago
  • Galway Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art ICT cluster of international repute and reach. It has accommodated the needs of both indigenous start-ups and in-bound international companies ‘soft-landing’ in Ireland. To date, this highly wired and connected facility has supported over 120 companies employing in excess of 1,000 higher value jobs, with this number rapidly growing despite the on-going economic crisis.

    Some of their predecessors and now graduate companies of this facility are major employers. The likes of Duolog Technologies, Storm Technology, Abbott Vascular and BioWare joined the facility in 2010; an IDA supported global leader and major employer for Galway during their launch.

    Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation start-ups at local level is critical for Galway’s future and this purpose built facility contributes to providing the type of environment entrepreneurs and early stage companies need to develop their business ideas into commercial enterprise.

    The centre provides a complete solution to entrepreneurs seeking a high quality environment in which to grow their enterprise from concept to commercialisation and beyond. In the words of GTC’s newly appointed Manager Niamh Costello, “We take care of everything; GTC is a one-stop shop for ICT, digital media, games and other knowledge based companies, offering low cost office space for start-up and growing companies with access to connectivity and a range of services that is second to none in the Galway area. “

    The Centre is supported by Galway Chamber, Enterprise Ireland, Galway County & City Enterprise Board and WESTBIC. WESTBIC are located on site and according to Niamh, “provide support to high potential start-up companies in the form of mentorship and assistance with business plans and preparing them for investment funding. Our close relationships with Enterprise Ireland, The City and County Enterprise Boards, Galway Chamber and many others provide backup and support to companies located in the centre”.

    The GTC now houses over 30 companies and is growing in volume monthly. The centre provides flexible, high quality, serviced office space for early stage and developing enterprises. The integrated range of facilities and services are extensive and specifically designed to meet early stage enterprises with limited resources. The centre has invested in key ICT and facilities infrastructure and equipment so that the entrepreneurs can use their resources to concentrate on developing their products and meeting customer demands.

    Now after 19 years servicing the needs of start-up enterprises in Galway, the Centre is ready to support the next generation of knowledge based high growth companies into the future. This generation included BioWare/EA Games, an international company, which located itself temporarily while recruiting for their Customer Centre of Excellence and Network Operations Centre. Niamh comments that “As well as supporting start-up companies, the centre hosts some of IDA’s multinational clients as they establish a base in Galway, to have a readymade, serviced office space available where companies can be up and running with enterprise level ICT systems in the space of days has proved to be invaluable and most importantly allows these companies to concentrate on establishing and growing their presence in Galway.”

    The Centre is the perfect location for entrepreneurs with great ideas but limited finance who need the option to grow from one location without spending their cash on expensive telephony, broadband and firewall software and equipment. GTC’s serviced office space includes VOIP telephony, broadband, firewall, 24×7 access, a HP training suite, an on-site O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar and a range of other services.

    Frank Greene, Chairman of GTC comments “GTC is a not-for-profit entity set up by Galway Chamber, WESTBIC & Enterprise Ireland to provide over 50,000 sq. ft. ”Reference Point” for innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship in Galway City and County. GTC compliments the services provided by FAS, City & County Enterprise Board, Enterprise Ireland, Udaras na Gaeltachta, and the NUIG & GMIT Research centres. GTC provides a range of fully IT services spaces ranging from Singe Desk to up to 2500 sq. ft. units.”

    The centre will be holding a series of seminars given by GTC tenants in the coming months, on current topics surrounding social media in the workplace, app building and social management.

    Please contact GTC’s new management team, Niamh Costello or Ann-Marie Tiernan on 091-770007 or mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your queries about the services that GTC provides. www.gtc.ie


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    kunena.post 353 days ago
  • Galway Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art ICT cluster of international repute and reach. It has accommodated the needs of both indigenous start-ups and in-bound international companies ‘soft-landing’ in Ireland. To date, this highly wired and connected facility has supported over 120 companies employing in excess of 1,000 higher value jobs, with this number rapidly growing despite the on-going economic crisis.

    Some of their predecessors and now graduate companies of this facility are major employers. The likes of Duolog Technologies, Storm Technology, Abbott Vascular and BioWare joined the facility in 2010; an IDA supported global leader and major employer for Galway during their launch.

    Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation start-ups at local level is critical for Galway’s future and this purpose built facility contributes to providing the type of environment entrepreneurs and early stage companies need to develop their business ideas into commercial enterprise.

    The centre provides a complete solution to entrepreneurs seeking a high quality environment in which to grow their enterprise from concept to commercialisation and beyond. In the words of GTC’s newly appointed Manager Niamh Costello, “We take care of everything; GTC is a one-stop shop for ICT, digital media, games and other knowledge based companies, offering low cost office space for start-up and growing companies with access to connectivity and a range of services that is second to none in the Galway area. “

    The Centre is supported by Galway Chamber, Enterprise Ireland, Galway County & City Enterprise Board and WESTBIC. WESTBIC are located on site and according to Niamh, “provide support to high potential start-up companies in the form of mentorship and assistance with business plans and preparing them for investment funding. Our close relationships with Enterprise Ireland, The City and County Enterprise Boards, Galway Chamber and many others provide backup and support to companies located in the centre”.

    The GTC now houses over 30 companies and is growing in volume monthly. The centre provides flexible, high quality, serviced office space for early stage and developing enterprises. The integrated range of facilities and services are extensive and specifically designed to meet early stage enterprises with limited resources. The centre has invested in key ICT and facilities infrastructure and equipment so that the entrepreneurs can use their resources to concentrate on developing their products and meeting customer demands.

    Now after 19 years servicing the needs of start-up enterprises in Galway, the Centre is ready to support the next generation of knowledge based high growth companies into the future. This generation included BioWare/EA Games, an international company, which located itself temporarily while recruiting for their Customer Centre of Excellence and Network Operations Centre. Niamh comments that “As well as supporting start-up companies, the centre hosts some of IDA’s multinational clients as they establish a base in Galway, to have a readymade, serviced office space available where companies can be up and running with enterprise level ICT systems in the space of days has proved to be invaluable and most importantly allows these companies to concentrate on establishing and growing their presence in Galway.”

    The Centre is the perfect location for entrepreneurs with great ideas but limited finance who need the option to grow from one location without spending their cash on expensive telephony, broadband and firewall software and equipment. GTC’s serviced office space includes VOIP telephony, broadband, firewall, 24×7 access, a HP training suite, an on-site O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar and a range of other services.

    Frank Greene, Chairman of GTC comments “GTC is a not-for-profit entity set up by Galway Chamber, WESTBIC & Enterprise Ireland to provide over 50,000 sq. ft. ”Reference Point” for innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship in Galway City and County. GTC compliments the services provided by FAS, City & County Enterprise Board, Enterprise Ireland, Udaras na Gaeltachta, and the NUIG & GMIT Research centres. GTC provides a range of fully IT services spaces ranging from Singe Desk to up to 2500 sq. ft. units.”

    The centre will be holding a series of seminars given by GTC tenants in the coming months, on current topics surrounding social media in the workplace, app building and social management.

    Please contact GTC’s new management team, Niamh Costello or Ann-Marie Tiernan on 091-770007 or mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your queries about the services that GTC provides. www.gtc.ie




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    kunena.post 353 days ago
  • friends Tara Dalrymple and Margaret Blake are now friends
  • 3 new client wins this week, nice way to end a weekend
    profile 370 days ago
  • One of the biggest debates for any freelancer looking to branch out on their own is whether to work from home or from within a dedicated office. There are naturally pros and cons for both options and it is therefore important to evaluate these before you start working remotely for yourself as a self-employed professional.

    As more of us appear to be earning at least part of our monthly salaries as a freelancer, finding the best working environment that encourages you to be productive is vitally important. Here are the advantages of both sides of the self- employment coin, as well as our own concluding thoughts.

    Pros of working from home

    Better use of time

    Undoubtedly when you work from an office there is very often a decent chunk of your day taken up by travelling to and from work, as well as coffee and lunch breaks that can add up to two to three hours of a working day. By working from home you can get down to business at a time that suits you without having to leave the comfort of your own study.

    Low overheads

    Are you a start-up freelancer that is looking to keep their overheads low in the initial stages of finding work? If you have a number of expenses that you have to fork out on a monthly basis just to survive it makes sense to save on the additional cost of fuel or public transport and work clothes you invariably have to buy to maintain your professional image.

    Reduced stress

    As well as wasting large parts of your day travelling to and from work, by working from home you will also avoid the undue stress that comes from being stuck in traffic or having to negotiate busy train or bus stations.

    Freedom

    If you choose to work from home – or telecommute as it is otherwise known – then you have the freedom to dictate where and when you work, anywhere in the world. Whether it’s a coffee shop, library, or even your own living room you have the flexibility to connect and get down to business wherever you like.

    Pros of working in an office

    Learning experience

    As a freelancer you may choose to obtain a membership to a co-working space or rent a small serviced office to use as your place of work. This can be a very useful learning experience, particularly in a co-working space, as you will be working alongside like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals. It is always great to chat to fellow professionals about your work to bounce around ideas and solve problems.

    Sociable

    Working from home can be a very lonely, insular way to earn a living. If you work in a shared office with people that have similar interests it is likely you will develop new social friendships, while forging potential working relationships.

    Amenities

    Although it is possible to set up your home office just how you like it you may be able to gain access to a similar level of amenities as a member of a co-working hub or within a serviced office space for a fraction of the cost. You’ll be able to take advantage of free Wi-Fi, meeting and conference rooms, printing and scanning facilities and potentially call and mail forwarding that all works to create the image of a professional business.

    Conclusion

    While it is always nice to be able to work from the comfort of your own home there is the potential to be distracted by outside influences and other issues that impact upon your productivity.

    Keep in mind that productivity is the primary consideration for any freelancer – the more work you can get through at a reliable rate the better chance you have for securing recurring work. A professional co-working or serviced office space gives you all the tools you need to do your job in a professional environment, giving you the edge in an ultra-competitive marketplace.

    More About Workspace


    This blog was contributed to us by Workspace, the leading providers of commercial property space to let across London and the outer areas of the capital. With over 100 properties and 5.4 million sq ft of work space they provide businesses with the means to grow.



    Workspace Ltd: www.workspace.co.uk

    Twitter: twitter.com/WorkspaceGroup

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Workspace-Group/111945592155898


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    kunena.post 372 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Evaluate Your Website Today in the forum.
    Pull up your website. Pretend you are a new prospect and ask yourself the following questions. Or better yet, find someone who has never seen your site before and ask them to answer these questions:



    1. Where do your eyes go first? A visitor to your website typically has an attention span of only a few seconds. That means your website must “hook” them in that amount of time. Make sure the first thing they see/notice is something interesting enough to buy you more time.



    2. Do you know right away what this website is about? Again, you have limited time to get your message across. If there are too many distractions, a site visitor may not ever know what you are selling.



    3. Is the important information “above the fold?” Most site visitors want to know the details without doing a lot of work. If they have to scroll down to find the main idea, they will likely leave earlier than you’d like. Make sure that your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is clearly spelled out. This is a piece of information that says in one sentence or less why someone should do business with you. Make it clear and prominent on your site.



    4. Can you easily find the benefits of the product/service? A visitor to your site wants to learn as much as possible about the benefits of your product or service. Features are important, too, but the most important thing a visitor can take away is a sense that this product or service will make an impact in their life…for the better.



    5. Is there a clear call to action? If customers like what they see, it is important to move them along quickly. There should be a prominent, clear call to action on your website. Your call to action may be to buy now, start a free trial, learn more or something else. Make sure that you are not sending mixed messages with too many calls to action. Choose the one or two that matter most and make them easy to find.



    6. Are the colours and images aesthetically pleasing? If your website is too busy or jarring, you will lose visitors. Take a little time to coordinate colours and to implement high quality images that add to your message.



    7. Is the font easy to read? Make sure your font is easy to read and is not distracting. Don’t get fancy; just stick with a simple, sans-serif font in a contrasting color to the background.



    8. Are there bulky sections of writing anywhere on the page? Long, bulky paragraphs are likely to get skipped. Try breaking up your copy into smaller sections that get the point across quickly.



    9. Do the menu items clearly tell you where they will take you? Site design and usability are important considerations that often get overlooked. Think about what information you would want to find if you visited this site, and plan your menus accordingly. There should almost always be an “about us” and “contact us” page.



    10. Is there an easy way to contact the business? If your website does its job, you will likely have interested prospects who want to learn more or simply have a few questions. Make sure they have an easy way to find you. Potential customers also want to know that they will be able to get a hold of you if needed in the future, whether for warranty service or support.



    11. Can you find out more about the owner or employees of the company? Visitors often want to know that they are dealing with real people. Having an “about us” page is a great way to show the world why you are the best one to handle the job. Include photos, too – everyone likes to associate a face to the business.



    12. Do you feel personally connected? Visitors who feel personally connected will be more likely to stick around and/or become a customer. Tell your story, and tell them why you are the right choice. You can personally connect with your visitors by being honest, using a conversational writing style and including real testimonials from other customers.



    13. Is the writing corporate or conversational? Corporate writing is good for…well, big corporations. But a small business shouldn’t pretend to be a big, formal entity that is disconnected from the public. Your ability to relate to your customers is a big reason why they will eventually choose you – start right away with engaging, conversational tone in your writing.



    14. Is there a web form above the fold? A web form is really the only way to capture leads from your website visitors. Make sure that it is in a visible place above the fold. The better it looks, the more people will fill it out.



    15. Is the offering appealing enough to make you want to give your email address? Your web form should also offer an incentive piece to spark a visitor’s interest and convince them to give you their information. Make sure that this incentive piece is appealing – offer real tips, actionable advice or special deals that will immediately help your prospects.



    16. Is there multimedia? Multimedia is a great way to add character and interest to your website. Videos, podcasts, tutorials and other multimedia options allow you to present your message to your visitors in a way that appeals to them.



    17. Are there links to social media? Social media allows you to communicate with your prospects, and it allows them to communicate with each other. Include links to your blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. Make it easy for everyone to find you on social media…even if they don’t fill out your web form, they may choose to follow you in some fashion.



    Busy Lizzie Lifestyle Management

    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist in Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist in JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist in The Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008



    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Office: 00.353.(0)91.399.950

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    Website: www.busylizzie.ie
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    kunena.post 381 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Social Media Stories of the Week 25/03 in the forum.
    For the second week running, Busy Lizzie decided to look into the biggest social media stories of the week previous and bring you the top stories that are worth your attention.

    These are never breaking news stories, but rather some of the deepest thinkers and smartest minds from the world of technology and social media, offering their thoughts and views regarding the biggest stories of the week.

    You won’t make it through them all in one sitting, but it’ll bring you up to speed with this week’s happenings. So just sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy.





    Let’s start off with the most ‘shared’ stories on Facebook this week.



    Facebook Announces New Look For News Feed


    The “new version of Facebook designed to reduce clutter and focus more on stories from the people you care about”. The changes are rolling out slowly and include new feeds and Facebook will now have the same look and feel on mobile, tablet and web.



    Introducing New Apps for Timeline


    Once you’ve added an app, you can begin updating your timeline with your activities as they happen. For example, if you love design, shopping or fashion, you can add the Pinterest or Pose apps to make your favourite items part of your timeline.



    Facebook Introduces Graph Search Beta


    Facebook announced this week that they are introducing an upgraded search tool that will scour the massive social network to answer more sophisticated questions. It will replace the traditional and basic method of only sourcing the Facebook page in your request.



    Despite only expressing itself in 140 characters and moving at the pace it does, Twitter is still one of the best platforms to find out what’s going on!

    Twitter has had its fair share of the limelight this week! Their blog reported that they had roughly about 250, 000 tweets yesterday about the #Spill (twitter.com/TwitterAU/status/314847155787538432/photo/1)



    More to see on iPhone and Android


    In the past few months, the people at Twitter have expanded the tweet so that we can enjoy more than 140 characters. You can now view article and photo previews from more than 2,000 partners or view photos and videos in full screen



    Sharing Tweets Just Got Easier


    Twitter have now introduced the ability to email a Tweet directly from twitter.com and this feature will be rolling out very shortly. You can now email a tweet to anyone over the coming weeks, whether they are on Twitter or not.



    Celebrating #Twitter7


    There’s a saying that goes; “keep a thing for 7 years and you’ll always find a use for it.” Well today is Twitter’s 7th birthday! Twitter has over 200 million active followers’ users that create over 400 million Tweets each day. Twitter has grown to be one of the most famous social media platforms to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people in real time.



    Most people see Instagram as a visual Twitter but the truth is that it has fast become an excellent sharing visual hub for people and businesses alike.



    Raising Awareness on World Water Day


    Around the world more than 780 million people live without ready access to clean, safe drinking water. For 85% of the world’s population that lives in the driest half of the planet, existing resources are becoming increasingly scarce. To raise this awareness, the United Nations has designated March 22nd as World Water Day.



    2. The Netherlands Celebrates the Start of Spring at Keukenhof



    Wednesday marked the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This date, known as the vernal equinox, also marks the annual opening of Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden in the Netherlands. Though the park is only open for eight weeks every year, it attracts around 800, 000 visitors looking to photograph the world famous Holland tulips.

    3. Happy 81st Anniversary to the Sydney Harbour Bridge



    On the 19th of March, Sydney, Australia, celebrated the 81st anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge was constructed in 1932 to connect the North Shore to the Sydney central business district. The bridge, affectionately known to locals as ‘the coathanger’ because of its distinctive shape, supports a six lane highway, a railway and paths for both pedestrian and bike traffic and at 160 feet wide, it’s one of the widest long-span bridges in the world.



    Happy Monday from all at the Busy Lizzie Team!
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    kunena.post 389 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Are You A Graduate? in the forum.
    Busy Lizzie are still on the look out for a new recruit to join the team!
    Have a look at the picture about how to get in contact....
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    kunena.post 394 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic How To Get Your First Customer Today in the forum.
    Starting a new business is always tough. You have spent hours and hours putting your Business Plan together, sorting out the financing, arranging your office and buying equipment. And the big day arrives you have to get out there and secure your first customer. It all looked so easy when you were planning, but now this is real and doesn’t seem as effortless as you thought.

    What practical steps can you take to ensure your business gets off to a flying start?

    Put a Plan in Place

    If you didn’t write a Business Plan then putting pen to paper is your first step. You have to careful plan what you want to achieve and what you are trying to do. A Plan will help crystalise your thoughts and ideas and act as a spring board for creative thought.

    It also will be a useful boost when you come to review your progress against what you set out to achieve.

    The key element in your plan is to spell out exactly who your typical customer is going to be. Are they young or old? Well off, or on the look out for bargains? Single or married? Once you have clearly defined who you are after then chasing your first sale becomes easier.

    E-Mail All Your Contacts

    You may not think that personal friends and family may be interested in your product or service, but don’t forget that they have friends and family as well and so can help spread the word!

    E-mail every one in your address book and tell them, if they don’t already know, that you are starting up in business and need their help. In your e-mail describe what you do and the products you offer and request that they forward it to everyone in their address book. For those family and friends who don’t have e-mail, call them; write to them, to officially launch your business. Very quickly word will spread and enquiries and orders will start to flood in.

    Ask For a Referral

    It’s possible you may have ‘road-tested’ your business before you decided to go full time. In that case you will already have a small database of customers. Ask them if they can provide you with some names of people or businesses whom they think may be interested in what you have on offer.

    A referral, or positive recommendation, is a powerful and easy way to give your business a kick start. If you want, why not offer a small gift, or a discount on the next sale, for all customers who refer someone to you? This gesture will further cement your relationship.

    Tell Everyone You Meet

    Be a walking advertising board for your business! Find any opportunity to tell people, especially strangers, what you do. Be enthusiastic! Have a rehearsed opening which encapsulates everything about the benefits and problems your business offers and solves.

    Take your business cards wherever you go and leave them all over the place! Supermarkets, restaurants, shops, anywhere where people will find them.

    Be a Media Star

    The local newspaper or radio stations are always on the look out for stories which are of interest to the locality. Don’t expect them to run a story along the lines of ‘and today, Joe Bloggs has just started in business doing’. Your story needs to be interesting and have an unusual slant.

    Did you travel the world and come up with your idea whilst riding a train in India? Did you have a flash of inspiration following a shocking experience? Carry out a survey which shows that local people are crying out for a service such as yours. Think of something that will grab the editor’s attention and this will increase your chances of appearing in print.

    Build Relationships

    Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get a sale on the first approach. Sometimes you have to patient. A way of achieving your batch of first sales is to concentrate on building a relationship with your prospective clients. Keep in touch, remind them you are still around and, assuming you have targeted correctly, they may eventually place that coveted order!

    If you are about to start your business get planning right now and start to implement some of these ideas to get your new business off to a flying start.


    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist in Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist in JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist in the Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008

    Finalist Network Galway Self Employed Business Women of the Year Award 2009

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    Direct Dial: (091) 399950

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    kunena.post 395 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic How To Get Your First Customer in the forum.
    Starting a new business is always tough. You have spent hours and hours putting your Business Plan together, sorting out the financing, arranging your office and buying equipment. And the big day arrives you have to get out there and secure your first customer. It all looked so easy when you were planning, but now this is real and doesn’t seem as effortless as you thought.

    What practical steps can you take to ensure your business gets off to a flying start?

    Put a Plan in Place

    If you didn’t write a Business Plan then putting pen to paper is your first step. You have to careful plan what you want to achieve and what you are trying to do. A Plan will help crystalise your thoughts and ideas and act as a spring board for creative thought.

    It also will be a useful boost when you come to review your progress against what you set out to achieve.

    The key element in your plan is to spell out exactly who your typical customer is going to be. Are they young or old? Well off, or on the look out for bargains? Single or married? Once you have clearly defined who you are after then chasing your first sale becomes easier.

    E-Mail All Your Contacts

    You may not think that personal friends and family may be interested in your product or service, but don’t forget that they have friends and family as well and so can help spread the word!

    E-mail every one in your address book and tell them, if they don’t already know, that you are starting up in business and need their help. In your e-mail describe what you do and the products you offer and request that they forward it to everyone in their address book. For those family and friends who don’t have e-mail, call them; write to them, to officially launch your business. Very quickly word will spread and enquiries and orders will start to flood in.

    Ask For a Referral

    It’s possible you may have ‘road-tested’ your business before you decided to go full time. In that case you will already have a small database of customers. Ask them if they can provide you with some names of people or businesses whom they think may be interested in what you have on offer.

    A referral, or positive recommendation, is a powerful and easy way to give your business a kick start. If you want, why not offer a small gift, or a discount on the next sale, for all customers who refer someone to you? This gesture will further cement your relationship.

    Tell Everyone You Meet

    Be a walking advertising board for your business! Find any opportunity to tell people, especially strangers, what you do. Be enthusiastic! Have a rehearsed opening which encapsulates everything about the benefits and problems your business offers and solves.

    Take your business cards wherever you go and leave them all over the place! Supermarkets, restaurants, shops, anywhere where people will find them.

    Be a Media Star

    The local newspaper or radio stations are always on the look out for stories which are of interest to the locality. Don’t expect them to run a story along the lines of ‘and today, Joe Bloggs has just started in business doing’. Your story needs to be interesting and have an unusual slant.

    Did you travel the world and come up with your idea whilst riding a train in India? Did you have a flash of inspiration following a shocking experience? Carry out a survey which shows that local people are crying out for a service such as yours. Think of something that will grab the editor’s attention and this will increase your chances of appearing in print.

    Build Relationships

    Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get a sale on the first approach. Sometimes you have to patient. A way of achieving your batch of first sales is to concentrate on building a relationship with your prospective clients. Keep in touch, remind them you are still around and, assuming you have targeted correctly, they may eventually place that coveted order!

    If you are about to start your business get planning right now and start to implement some of these ideas to get your new business off to a flying start.


    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist in Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist in JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist in the Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008

    Finalist Network Galway Self Employed Business Women of the Year Award 2009

    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Direct Dial: (091) 399950

    Skype: busylizzielifestylemanagement

    Website: www.busylizzie.ie

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    kunena.post 395 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Writing Press Releases For Online Use in the forum.
    Self-promotion is an important factor for the success of a business. One way to achieve this is through properly written and promoted press releases.

    The first thing you should ask, before writing press releases, is when it is appropriate to use them. A news release can be used, for instance, when you win an award, introduce new products or services, open a new office or sponsor an event. The press release aims to connect with the media and is usually the first expected form of communication with the media.

    Writing press releases comes with a number of benefits:

    Free publicity. If your press release is deemed newsworthy by the editors of the websites you submitted it to, then it may be published, which means free advertising for you.
    Improvement of your search engine rankings. The more links you have that point in the direction of your website, the better your rankings will be.
    Keeping your business fresh in the minds of your customers.
    To increase the chance of having a story published, make the editors’, freelancers’, reporters’ or journalists’ job easier by presenting the release in a format and style that appeals to them.

    Considerations before writing the press release

    1. Why the release is being written: to broadcast information, increase business, update target audiences?

    2. Who is the audience?

    3. Does the press release contain invaluable or newsworthy information that will be used by the target audience?

    4. Is there a just cause for release the information that you wish to broadcast?

    5. What do you want recipients to take away from the press release?

    Overall tone and structure of the press release

    1. Content – ensure that the release is grammatically correct and doesn’t contain any spelling mistakes, errors, and sources are quoted correctly.

    2. Concise – keep it punchy and don’t use unnecessary flowery language e.g. cutting- edge, revolutionary.

    3. Factual – present the information for distribute that is true, correct and doesn’t embellish anything that to be communicated.

    4. Objectivity – virtually impossible to do, but refrain from using over hyped quotes from sources as they will be presented as being too biased.

    5. Timing – The press release may not be topical, but it may be able to incorporate the release with a more recent news event.



    Tara Dalrymple

    Busy Lizzie



    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist in Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist in JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist in the Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008

    Finalist Network Galway Self Employed Business Women of the Year Award 2009



    Busy Lizzie strives to improve our clients’ lives with our time saving services.

    Tel: (091) 399950

    Skype: busylizzielifestylemanagement

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    kunena.post 417 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Time Management Facts & Figures in the forum.
    -The average working person spends less than 2 minutes per day in meaningful communication with their spouse or “significant other”.

    -The average working person spends less than 30 seconds a day in meaningful communication with their children.

    -80% of employees do not want to go to work on Monday morning. By Friday, the rate only drops to 60%.

    -The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.

    -The average person gets 1 interruption every 8 minutes, or approximately 7 an hour, or 50-60 per day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes, totalling about 4 hours or 50% of the average workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically rated as “little value” or “no value” creating approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day.

    -By taking 1 hour per day for independent study, 7 hours per week, 365 hours in a year, one can learn at the rate of a full-time student. In 3-5 years, the average person can become an expert in the topic of their choice, by spending only one hour per day.

    -97% of workers, if they became financially independent, would not continue with their current employer or in their current occupation.

    -20% of the average workday is spent on “crucial” and “important” things, while 80% of the average workday is spent on things that have “little value” or “no value”.

    -In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%.

    -A person who works with a “messy” or cluttered desk spends, on average, 1 1/2 hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things or approximately 7 1/2 per workweek. “Out of sight; out of mind.” When it’s in sight, it’s in mind.

    -The average reading speed is approximately 200 words per minute. The average working person reads 2 hours per day. A Speed Reading course that will improve the reading rate to 400 words per minute will save an hour per day.

    -90% of those who join health and fitness clubs will stop going within the first 90 days.

    -9 out of 10 people daydream in meetings.

    -60% of meeting attendees take notes to appear as if they are listening.

    -40% of working people skip breakfast. 39% skip lunch. Of those who take a lunch break, 50% allow only 15 minutes of less.

    -It takes approximately 30 days to establish a new physical or emotional habit.

    -The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day.

    -49% of workers complain that they are on a treadmill.

    -Angry people are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as a person in better control of their emotions.

    -75% of heart attacks occur between the hours of 5:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., local time.

    -More heart attacks occur on Monday than on any other day of the week.

    -25% of sick days are taken for illness. 75% of sick days are taken for other reasons.

    -95% of the things we fear will occur, do not occur.

    -Taking 5 minutes per day, 5 days per week to improve one’s job will create 1,200 little improvements to a job over a 5-year period.

    -1 out of 3 workers changes jobs every year.

    -1 out of 5 people moves every year.

    -70% of workers desire to own their own business.

    -75% of workers complain that they are tired.

    -The average worker gets 6 hours and 57 minutes of sleep per night.

    -80% of “Crisis Management” events are preventable.

    -The average worker spends 35 minutes per day commuting.

    -When someone is asking for our time for a meeting, 80% of the time, there is an alternate date and time that will be acceptable.

    -Good Time Managers do not allocate their time to those who “demand” it, but rather, to those who “deserve” it.

    -The most powerful word in our Time Management vocabulary is “no”.

    -70% of business and professional people use a “to do” list on a regular basis to administer their “have to’s”.

    -5% of business and professional people use a “to do” list on a regular basis to administer not only their “have to’s”, but also their “want to’s”.

    -”If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.”

    -It almost always takes twice as long to complete a task as what we originally thought it would take.

    -”A project tends to expand with the time allocated for it.” If you give yourself one thing to do, it will take all day. If you give yourself two things to do, you get them both done. If you give yourself a dozen things to do, you may not get 12 done, but you’ll get 7 or 8 completed.

    -Delegation is an unlimited method to multiply time for achieving results.

    -The hardest part about delegation is simply letting go. “If you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself.”

    -1 hour of planning will save 10 hours of doing.

    -The “20/80 Rule” tells us we will typically accomplish 80% of our results through 20% of our effort. The other 20% of additional results comes from about 80% of additional effort.

    -We retain 10% of what we read. We retain 20% of what we hear. We retain 30% of what we see. We retain 50% of what we hear and see. We retain 70% of what we say. We retain 90% of what we do.

    -Half of what is known today, we did not know 10 years ago. The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the last 10 years. And it is said to be doubling again every 18 months.

    -Time Management is not doing the wrong things quicker. That just gets us nowhere faster. Time Management is doing the right things.

    -”If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always got.” To change our output, we must change our input.





    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist The Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008

    Finalist Network Galway Self Employed Business Women of the Year Award 2009



    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Phone: (091) 399950

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    kunena.post 420 days ago
  • Maintaining a business-like manner is important in all facets of corporate life. The voicemail message you leave, on someone’s machine, is equivalent to a handshake in today’s business world. Think about it. Would you like it, if you call your company’s accounts department, and the voicemail message went “We are closed, call tomorrow”? Or if a colleague, John Smith left you an urgent message, but did not give his extension number or department?

    There is etiquette for voicemail, and it is important to know the difference between casual and corporate voicemail rules.

    SPEAK SLOWLY, CLEARLY AND ENUNCIATE.

    Speak directly into the phone. This action may seem obvious, but many people become destracted when speaking on the phone and do not speak directly into the receiver. Have you ever had to replay messages because you could not understand the call? Frustrating, isn’t it?

    KEEP IF SHORT AND SPECIFIC.

    Voice mail messages are not appropriate channels of communication to chat or to explain detailed steps or instructions. Be direct. Give your answer first and then add explanations for clarity. Start your message with your name and phone number.

    BE PREPARED AND PLAN AHEAD.

    Every time you make a phone call, be prepared to leave a voice mail message. Before you make the call, take a few moments to review the purpose of your call. Your message should include:

    your name
    company name
    phone number
    reason for the call
    when and where the person can return your call if needed
    MAINTAIN AN EVEN AND GENTLE TONE.

    When leaving repeated voice mail messages, keep your frustration and anger in check. If someone does not want to return your call, anger will not help your chances for a return call.

    TURN OFF YOUR SPEAKER PHONE.

    Speaker phones detract from a personal touch and increase static in the message.

    LIMIT EACH MESSAGE TO ONE SUBJECT.

    Your call may need to be forwarded to another person, and by keeping your message to one subject, the recipient is able to forward your message without any other, possibly inappropriate, content.

    IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

    Clearly identify yourself in your outgoing voice mail message. Include your name, department and company name.

    WHEN WILL YOU BE BACK?

    If you are out of the office, be sure to let your callers know when you will be returning calls. Let them know that you may be unavailable for a few hours. Always give the caller the option to talk to a real, live person.

    IDENTIFY WHO TO CONTACT IN YOUR ABSENCE.

    If you will be unavailable when you go on holiday, change your message, and tell your callers when you will be able to return their call, or who to contact during your absence.



    Tara Dalrymple

    Busy Lizzie



    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist in Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist in JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist in the Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008

    Finalist Network Galway Self Employed Business Women of the Year Award 2009



    Busy Lizzie strives to improve our clients’ lives with our time saving services.

    Skype: busylizzielifestylemanagement

    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Web: www.busylizzie.ie



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    kunena.post 422 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Top Tips for a Better Business Voicemail in the forum.
    Maintaining a business-like manner is important in all facets of corporate life. The voicemail message you leave, on someone’s machine, is equivalent to a handshake in today’s business world. Think about it. Would you like it, if you call your company’s accounts department, and the voicemail message went “We are closed, call tomorrow”? Or if a colleague, John Smith left you an urgent message, but did not give his extension number or department?

    There is etiquette for voicemail, and it is important to know the difference between casual and corporate voicemail rules.

    SPEAK SLOWLY, CLEARLY AND ENUNCIATE.

    Speak directly into the phone. This action may seem obvious, but many people become destracted when speaking on the phone and do not speak directly into the receiver. Have you ever had to replay messages because you could not understand the call? Frustrating, isn’t it?

    KEEP IT SHORT AND SPECIFIC.

    Voice mail messages are not appropriate channels of communication to chat or to explain detailed steps or instructions. Be direct. Give your answer first and then add explanations for clarity. Start your message with your name and phone number.

    BE PREPARED AND PLAN AHEAD.

    Every time you make a phone call, be prepared to leave a voice mail message. Before you make the call, take a few moments to review the purpose of your call. Your message should include:

    your name
    company name
    phone number
    reason for the call
    when and where the person can return your call if needed
    MAINTAIN AN EVEN AND GENTLE TONE.

    When leaving repeated voice mail messages, keep your frustration and anger in check. If someone does not want to return your call, anger will not help your chances for a return call.

    TURN OFF YOUR SPEAKER PHONE.

    Speaker phones detract from a personal touch and increase static in the message.

    LIMIT EACH MESSAGE TO ONE SUBJECT.

    Your call may need to be forwarded to another person, and by keeping your message to one subject, the recipient is able to forward your message without any other, possibly inappropriate, content.

    IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

    Clearly identify yourself in your outgoing voice mail message. Include your name, department and company name.

    WHEN WILL YOU BE BACK?

    If you are out of the office, be sure to let your callers know when you will be returning calls. Let them know that you may be unavailable for a few hours. Always give the caller the option to talk to a real, live person.

    IDENTIFY WHO TO CONTACT IN YOUR ABSENCE.

    If you will be unavailable when you go on holiday, change your message, and tell your callers when you will be able to return their call, or who to contact during your absence.



    Tara Dalrymple

    Busy Lizzie



    BPW Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2005

    Finalist in Midlands and West of Ireland Regional LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005

    Finalist in JCI Galway Entrepreneur Award 2006

    Listed in Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business 2006

    Double Finalist Network Galway Business Women of the Year Award 2006

    Listed in Top 100 Women in Business by Entrepreneur Magazine 2006 & 2007

    Finalist in the Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2008

    Finalist Network Galway Self Employed Business Women of the Year Award 2009



    Busy Lizzie strives to improve our clients’ lives with our time saving services.

    Skype: busylizzielifestylemanagement

    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Web: www.busylizzie.ie



    Sign Up for Our Free Newsletters Online: www.busylizzie.ie/index.php

    Read What BUSY LIZZIE Client’s are Saying: www.busylizzie.ie/testimonial.php
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    kunena.post 422 days ago
  • friends Tara Dalrymple and Colm O'Reilly are now friends
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Why Not Do Your Own Company PR? in the forum.
    Articles are a great way to build up your credibility – especially if you’re a service based business – and here are five things you need to know about using articles as part of your PR campaign.

    1. Don’t even think about writing the articles first. Always contact your target publications before hand to “sell the article” in as they want a completely different style or angle. And you don’t get discouraged because you’ve spent two weeks writing this thing no one wants. You approach publications with a synopsis of your idea, plus give them an example of your writing style, as well as any relevant qualifications which means that you’re the best person to write the article.

    2. Despite the kudos of writing for traditional printed publications it may be easier and more effective marketing wise to focus your attention on online destinations for your work. Many websites have a problem getting hold of good content which makes your job easier from the start, plus people can easily click through to your own site, instead of having to remember your name and web address.

    3. Having good photos to go with an article can mean that it gets more space….great for you. It also adds that slightly more professional look too.

    4. Don’t, whatever you do, write about more than one thing under one name. You may have more than one business but setting yourself up as an expert on too many things just makes you look like a dilettante (hope I’ve spelt that right!). Just use a different name!

    5. Recycle. Tweak articles to make press releases and then use them in your newsletter, break them down to go out as tips to the press and use them on your own website too. Why do all that work and not eek every last crumb you can out of it!!!?
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    kunena.post 430 days ago
  • Tara Dalrymple created a new topic Do Your Own Company PR in the forum.
    Articles are a great way to build up your credibility – especially if you’re a service based business – and here are five things you need to know about using articles as part of your PR campaign.

    1. Don’t even think about writing the articles first. Always contact your target publications before hand to “sell the article” in as they want a completely different style or angle. And you don’t get discouraged because you’ve spent two weeks writing this thing no one wants. You approach publications with a synopsis of your idea, plus give them an example of your writing style, as well as any relevant qualifications which means that you’re the best person to write the article.
    2. Despite the kudos of writing for traditional printed publications it may be easier and more effective marketing wise to focus your attention on online destinations for your work. Many websites have a problem getting hold of good content which makes your job easier from the start, plus people can easily click through to your own site, instead of having to remember your name and web address.
    3. Having good photos to go with an article can mean that it gets more space….great for you. It also adds that slightly more professional look too.

    4. Don’t, whatever you do, write about more than one thing under one name. You may have more than one business but setting yourself up as an expert on too many things just makes you look like a dilettante (hope I’ve spelt that right!). Just use a different name!
    5. Recycle. Tweak articles to make press releases and then use them in your newsletter, break them down to go out as tips to the press and use them on your own website too. Why do all that work and not eek every last crumb you can out of it!!!?
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    kunena.post 430 days ago
  • friends Tara Dalrymple and Pat Fitzgerald are now friends
  • Basing or clustering is considered as a way or process of collecting and grouping observations that come with similar characteristics. Clustering is done for the purpose of regrouping the entities from a larger population into smaller ones. The fact is that clustering or basing has a massive use and application in the world of business [...]

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    kunena.post 640 days ago
  • friends Tara Dalrymple and Philip are now friends
  • Job Specification:

    Person required running warehouse office in Blanchardstown Tuesday to Thursday, as well as providing holiday cover for management team when required. The role will have a mix of administration and sales and marketing support activities.

    Initial training will be required for 2-3 weeks in Kildare office, and after this time the role will be based in Blanchardstown.

    Professionalism

    •Build a positive relationship with in-house team and clients, projecting a professional and caring company image.
    •Maintain a well groomed appearance and adhere to “do the right thing” standards and codes.
    •Operate in accordance with Company policy and procedures at all times.

    The role will include but will not be limited to the following:

    •Take orders over the phone
    •Create and issue invoices/statements and update system with payments received
    •Credit control of ageing invoices
    •Prepare shipment of orders
    •Manage stock control
    •Organise expense claims
    •General back office administrative duties
    •Knowledge of Sage would be a bonus but not a must.

    The Ideal Candidate will have:

    •5+ years’ experience in an office managerial role
    •Excellent attention to detail, communication and interpersonal skills
    •A self-starter with an ability to get things done
    •Excellent Computer skills with strong knowledge of Microsoft Office especially database management skills
    •Fluency in English both written and spoken
    •Evidence of good time-keeping skills

    Next Steps

    To apply please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a cover letter outlining why you would be suitable for this role, as well as a full CV.
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    kunena.post 666 days ago
  • If you are a work at home parent, you certainly have realised it involves a lot of hard work. But at the end of the day, it also comes with many wonderful rewards. It is not easy to raise a family and juggle the kids and work is proved to be even more difficult.

    Work at home businesses for parents are such a great way for them to make extra money or full time income. But time management is one of the serious issues for working from home. Of course you want your home-based business to be successful but you certainly do not want to neglect your responsibilities of managing the kids especially because in the first place, they are the reasons why you choose to work from home.

    While you may be taking advantage of bedtime and naptimes, but there are certainly additional ideas that can make things easier for you while you work. To have effective time management for your home business, you should follow these important tips.

    First you need to have a clear purpose when going online. The moment you turn on your computer, you should have a clear purpose in mind. It would be very helpful if you have a notebook beside your computer to keep your goals and to do lists in one place. This is a great way to prevent from aimlessly checking your emails. Make sure you know what needs to be accomplished, list it down and move on to your next activities.

    Some parents who are working at home and need to manage their kids at the same time especially when school is out is not easy. Parents are faced with distractions from their kids not only by the noise they make but also when their children want to go out to shop or stroll. If you feel guilty to say no to your kids every time because you still have a lot of deadlines to meet, it may be a good idea to hire a virtual assistant (check out www.busylizzie.ie) who can do administrative tasks.

    When it comes to household time management, one of the most ideal things parents can do is simplifying meal preparation as well as shopping with the kids. This means creating simple meals that you and your children can prepare. There are many recipes that you can find online (www.waitrose.com) which require fewer ingredients and easier preparation. It is also helpful to have a good routine to make menus and shopping.

    In order for you to manage your time efficiently and effectively, first you have to identity those things that can waste most of your time during the day. It can be TV, friend calling to chat or other things that are not really productive such as posting in message forums. Whatever these activities are, make sure to identity and eliminate it or minimise it. If you can’t resist calling friends or watching the TV, make use of a timer and allot time each day to do these activities.

    Parents working at home and managing their kids at the same time may sound to be a little intimidating. But by managing your time and planning your activities, you will be able to accomplish more tasks every day without depriving your children with attention.
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    kunena.post 666 days ago
  • Facebook credits became the mandatory virtual currency for purchasing virtual goods in most apps and games designed for Facebook. According to experts, Video commerce professionals must consider Facebook credits as it has already achieved significant traction as virtual currency.

    For most businesses, having a Facebook page becomes a very essential component of their marketing strategies. Since Facebook started encouraging businesses to deploy thumbs-up button all over the web, brands raced to rack up as much ‘likes’.

    In order for businesses to succeed in the ‘like’ phase of marketing through Facebook, companies have to bring excitement to their fanbase by posting some compelling blogs, creating interactions spurring a sense of community and giving fans a sort of offer or rewards for their continuous support. Brands that don’t consider marketing through Facebook will risk seeing the ‘likes’ they worked hard to earn go away.

    Some companies have started realising the way to help in building and maintaining audience interest is offering them with rewards program. Facebook credits are in their experimental stage, first with retail advertisers testing out with display video ads on this social media platform. However, it was said that paying consumers in Facebook credits can be a viable way of getting them to engage with specific types of branded video content.

    In the last few months, Facebook has been testing offers and now the website rolls it out to the public. Amusingly, Facebook is not making big deal about it by making posts on their blog and are perhaps trying to roll it out slowly due to the failed attempts at offers in the past. Essentially, these are coupons and they can be massive leap towards social commerce and in assisting brands to make money.

    Currently, Facebook offers are available only to those managed advertising clients. You can start reaching out to them and posting offers from your page. The good news is that it won’t cause anything for you to post or claim offers from Facebook. In order for you to increase the number of people that will see your offer, it is advised that you consider running an ad or sponsored story.

    This can be one major step businesses can take in order for them to advance and reach out to as much clients. If your Facebook page does not offer this, chances are online visitors will go to other pages where they can see these freebies and they will start subscribing with the page to see and take advantage of more offers in the future.
    This works because the offers are very easy to claim, and viral in a way that those who have received the free offers can spread it to their network friends and this can help you in monetising your fan base. It is very surprising to see these won’t cost you anything to use, but in the long run, Facebook will probably benefit as advertisers are willing to spend in exchange for the increase in their fan base.
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    kunena.post 724 days ago
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