Posts with Category: Books
Review of Beyond Chocolate – by Sophie and Audrey Boss
Like so many women, I struggle with my weight. Having spent my teens and 20s quite effortlessly slim I started putting on weight gradually in my 30s. Then once I had children the weight started to creep on more insidiously until I am now the heaviest I have ever been. Some of the reason for this is I am far less active than I was before I had children but I can also see that much of my weight gain is due to eating through boredom, to ‘treat’ myself or for comfort.
What I immediately like about Beyond Chocolate was its frankness and honesty. It is written by two sisters, Sophie & Audrey Boss, who have both spent their lives yo-yo dieting, losing the weight and then putting it straight back on (plus some!).
Make It Your Business – The Ultimate Business Start-Up Guide For Women covers all aspects of starting a business, from time management, branding and PR to management, leadership and developing your business. It also includes issues specific to women, such as finding the right childcare and why women and men often have different reasons for starting a business. Plus it has an interesting chapter at the end covering the ‘Bigger Picture’ including women’s entrepreneurship around the world and what governments, banks and educators should do to encourage more women into business.
No – you haven’t misread the title – it really is Working 5 to 9 – How to Start a Business in your spare time by Emma Jones, founder of the home business website Enterprise Nation and author of the very successful book Spare Room Start-up.
From the Facts and Figures in Chapter 1 last year 5 million people were building a business at night and weekends in addition to their day job – that is a staggering 20% of the population. The reasons for this are many; people fear redundancy, people are looking to move away from employment and towards the flexibility of being their own boss and for others it is the extra money that drives them.
The Virtual Assistant Handbook by Nadine Hill is the only guide for Virtual Assistants (VAs) in the UK. I’m not just saying that as a compliment, it really is the only one! Fortunately, it’s an excellent book.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
If you’re not sure what a VA is, here’s a quick introduction. A VA works remotely on tasks like administration, bookkeeping, event organisation, telephone answering and personal assistance. Small businesses who need admin support but don’t want an employee can hire a VA by the hour. VAs usually work from their own home and many never meet their clients face-to-face.
Networking is a hot topic in business and I think that the 2 key parts to successful networking are firstly finding the right group, and secondly being effective in building your network relationships. Making Connections: How to network effectively to build better business relationships by Gail Gibson is a pocket size guide which takes you through all the key aspects of successfully building up your network relationships, and ensuring that you get the maximum benefits for your business.
If the title didn’t grab your attention then the bright pink & orange colour scheme on the cover certainly would! Every mum I know would love to be given an extra hour in the day – either for all the things they haven’t done – or just for themselves. This book just may have the answer…..
One of my first thoughts was – if I was manic how would I find time to read this book? Well the answer comes in the Introduction where that very point is addressed; Allison offers several suggestions, including a technique to speed up your reading. The book has been organised to be read in a variety of ways, including sequentially with ‘homework tasks’, however it is also possible to dip in and out of the specific chapters that take you fancy.
September 1st saw the launch of Antonia Chitty’s long awaited book, The Mumpreneur Guide, which was perfect timing for mums considering their working options now the school holidays are over and want to start a business that fits in with their family.
Mother and business advisor Antonia has put together this ultimate guide for parents which is full of practical advice to help you start a business. This book is for you if you are short on time and resources and have to stop at 3 every day to collect the kids, or can only work when the baby naps.
We recently posted a blog post, “From Mummy to Yummy in half the time!”, in which Tanith Carey, the author of “How to be an Amazing Mum…” shared some quick tips on how to look your best when the clock is ticking. Having read the whole of Tanith’s fabulous book of time-saving tips from cover to cover, we can now give you a few more reasons why this book may be just what you have been searching for to help you find a few more hours in each day!
Numerous people I have met harbour the desire to write a book at some point in their life and I am no different. However a whole book can seem a daunting prospect, leaving many people shelving their writing dreams altogether. Recently I have decided that in order to pursue my writing seriously I need to start looking at it from a business perspective rather than an artistic one – and to that end Antonia Chitty’s book Commercial Writing – How to Earn a Living as a Business Writer is precisely the book I have been looking for.