Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 

8 things only freelancers understand

 

What ‘office casual’ means to you When you see everyone on Twitter complaining about their commute When you say you’re ‘resolving an office conflict’ When your neighbours assume you’re watching daytime TV all day Getting an invoice you’ve been chasing for three months Finally figuring out your tax return When …

A normal day in the office: conversations in stock photos

 

Image source Woman on the left: “OH, you kissed Ben from accounts at the party last night? Good for YOU! Please tell me more!” Woman on the right: *nervously* “I’m sorry! It just kind of happened… I know how you feel about him, but when love takes over…” Woman on …

Why Dolly Parton is a small business inspiration

 

Working 9-5 – what a way to make a living! Yes, Dolly Parton knows how to follow a dream – leave the office drudgery behind, put on a little sparkle, and #achieve your goals. But she’s also a down to earth kinda gal who’s worked extremely hard to get where …

Tackling small business stress: calming inspirational quotes

 

Let’s face it, business can be super stressful. Suppliers don’t deliver on time, taxes trip you up, and you’re worrying about cashflow. However, if you’re stressed, you won’t be operating at 100%. It’s important to know how to keep calm and carry on – so we’ve made some little inspiration …

Small business ideas: world-changing products that started as accidents

 

Imagine a world without microwaves. Without Slinkies, without Silly Putty, without crisps. Bleak, isn’t it? Yet all these amazing inventions started out as accidents – complete and utter mistakes. It just goes to show that serendipity is everywhere… and if you’re a bit of an inventor yourself, take heart from …

If Politicians Were Small Business Owners

 

The UK’s ablaze with European and local election news, and our media’s been full of politicians kissing babies, making promises, scoffing bacon sandwiches and generally parading about. Politics seems like hard work – but we reckon small business might be harder. We had a think about what politicians would be …

9 business stock photos that will give you nightmares

 

Ah, stock photos – often useful, mostly cheesy, and occasionally downright weird. We’ve rounded up some of the strangest business stock photos we could find, but be warned – what has been seen cannot always be unseen… Man turns into pineapple Source Barry made a harsh trade-off for business success. …

“You had one job!” – 9 of the funniest retail fails

 

Whatever the size of your business, you’re never immune to a #retailfail – whether that’s an ill-chosen photograph, a grammatical error, or just pure weirdness. Here are 9 mistakes to learn from (and to chortle at). Placque vs Plague Kicking off is this #retailfail that has TWO mistakes – can …

The reality of small business life: in gifs

 

Life as a small business owner is filled with highs and lows – from working on a bank holiday to the satisfaction of a job well done. We take a light-hearted look at what being a small business owner is really like. When everyone squeals about the bank holiday and …

From pizza places to canned unicorn meat – 7 funny customer reviews

 

We’ve spoken before about how online reviews can help your business, but sometimes reviews, whether of products or of places, aren’t quite so helpful. Luckily, some of the less helpful are hilarious beyond words. Here are some of the funniest reviews of all time to be found on Amazon and …