VII Tips to Give You a
I: Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur and extreme sportsman, has been using A4 rollerbound notepads to keep a clear mind since the sixties. He writes down all his thoughts, business contacts and notes in them and refers back from time to time. As the Chinese proverb goes, ‘The weakest ink is better than the strongest memory.’
II: Elizabeth Sweetheart, fabric designer, simplified her life by having all her clothes in one colour…green. That way she could always look stylish without having to use the energy to think about what went with what.
The Wandsworth Business Forum has traditionally been a well attended series of events, and the creative panel held on 17 November 2010 was no exception. The "Creative Function at the Junction" brought opinions from a variety of creative professionals into the Battersea Arts Centre hall, filled with 200+ delegates and was a roaring success.
This might sound like a rather negative title, but if you read to the end you’ll see a rather surprising answer. Can’t be bothered to do that? OK, I’ll give you my view in the first paragraph. You see the truth is, you can only trust someone else as much as you can trust yourself.
Battersea Power Station is one of London's most iconic landmarks, and incessant debate about its future has continued since its decommission in 1983. Things are changing in the area that surrounds it, and Nine Elms, which sits between Battersea and Vauxhall, looks set to become a massive hotbed of industrial, diplomatic and commercial activity.
SugarSync - an online backup solution which provides users with security, versatility and some powerful features that are rather unique to online backup programs. For starters SugarSync is continuously backing up your files. Most other online backup solutions will only update your files on a daily basis, but SugarSync offers real-time backups. Not only does it offer real time backups it lets you pick from the last five versions of a file that has been backed up.
In my few years as a creative professional, I’ve worked with people all over town - from leafy small-town Farnborough to the self-proclaimed digital headquarters of Soho and Old Street. I’ve run music events from LA to Lagos, mixed records with musicians from New Zealand and successfully spun rap music in goth clubs up North. My LinkedIn connections are diverse, to say the least.
But until last year, I’d never thought to look for work in my own back yard.
Silicon Junction – a place that right now exists free of definition and constraint. Should we be pressed on expressing a Mission Statement, we might say that we’re looking to provide the Creative and Digital Community in and around Battersea’s Clapham Junction in Wandsworth with a lobbying voice and a platform from which to launch initiatives and large agency-type pitches in the “Real World”.
“Do I need a website at all?”
It seems as though it was a hundred years ago that companies, new or established, were asking that question when considering their digital options. These days businesses no longer need to be persuaded since they know that their “digital presence” is as essential as their need for computing power. That said, the conversation continues as to how best to use the available platforms. Social Marketing, Newsletters, Video, News feeds, and perhaps most importantly, Search all form part of a wider, more comprehensive approach to Online Marketing.
Everyone’s always on about networking being a magical way to meet perfect clients but it just doesn’t seem to be like that to me. Whenever I walk into another networking session in my best designer suit I’m always a little self conscious of the fact that everyone’s instantly judging me whilst juggling their canapés, handbags and cheap wine.
I keep on going back though, because it’s not all about first impressions, it’s about deeper relationships with people you’d like to chat to regardless of where you are.
Price: Free for under 3 clients
FreshBooks - a web-based accounting, time billing, cost estimate, and invoicing application that has been dubbed “the leader in online invoicing”. It’s designed to help users save time and money in performing such accounting tasks as tracking income, managing estimates, creating and sending invoices, receiving customer payments, and generating accurate year-end financial reports.With FreshBooks you can streamline and automate the whole invoicing process – painlessly.