All coached up!

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Well, seeing a business coach was DEFINITELY a good idea. In our first session, we managed to thrash out the answers to three of my four questions (the only one we didn’t tackle was where I see the business going in the short and long term). We also covered various practical things that I didn’t even realise I should be doing ( ‘unknown unknowns’ …

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Making a plan …

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I see that back at the beginning of December I was blogging about how I had set a date to make a business plan. Well, that didn’t happen, and I still have no plan, not even a 1-page one.  So, I’ve bitten the bullet and got myself a business coach. We have our first appointment tomorrow, and I’m hoping that she …

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Yet another tool, and an XO laptop

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This week I bought yet another electronic editing program. This one is called PerfectIt, and it’s designed to find errors and inconsistencies in MS Word. So far I’ve only used it to check a scientific paper that I’d already edited. It picked up a few errors (inconsistent use of hyphens and capitals).  Now I plan to trial it on an unedited document, …

Hilary CadmanYet another tool, and an XO laptop

More new tools!

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This week a friend introduced me to Dropbox – a system for storing, syncing and sharing files online. I love it ! My usual system for making a quick back up is to email a file to myself, but Dropbox seems a much more professional solution. It’s also a good way to share files with clients. I’d previously looked at some of the free online …

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Copyediting tools abound

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I mentioned recently that I had found lots of editing tools through my membership of the Copyeditors and proofreaders section of LinkedIn. In the past week I have bought two of these tools –  the Editors Toolkit Plus and Edit Tools – and now I’m trying to work out how to use them. I’ve started using Edit Tools for stylesheets – for example, …

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Taking stock

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Now that I’ve been running the business for four months, I feel that I’m really getting into the swing of it. I’ve got my admin organised (updating the blog is Tuesday’s task, so I’m already behind for this week …); I have six clients, spanning threee continents; and I’ve established my backup team, which spans two continents. One thing I haven’t done yet is …

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Social networking is working for me!

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I’m not much of social networker. I could never see the point of Facebook (probably because I’m way outside the demographic, so don’t have many friends using it), and I gave up ‘tweeting‘ after a couple of weeks (a common phenomenon apparently). A post on the BELS discussion list persuaded me to join LinkedIn, and for a while I thought it was yet another time-wasting activity. However, now …

Hilary CadmanSocial networking is working for me!

Micro planning

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Last week I got a good idea for organising my time from a networking meeting (actually coffee and chat) for people running small businesses. The suggestion was to have a day plan, and stick to it – that probably sounds fairly obvious as a time management tool, but I have to admit I hadn’t thought to do it! The day plan that we …

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Greening my signature block

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One of things I love about working for myself is that I can take a decision and then implement it, without having to hold a meeting, start a discussion with colleagues or wait for a ruling from someone more senior. Thus, I took an executive decision to add a line to my signature block saying what I was doing to be more ‘sustainable’ …

Hilary CadmanGreening my signature block

To publicise or not to publicise …

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I haven’t done much to publicise my business, so recently I looked into the idea of making my website more ‘visible’. I wanted my site to be the first to appear if someone searched using a term such as  ‘medical editor Australia’ or ‘science editor Australia’. Unfortunately, the quote I received for having this done professionally was way beyond my budget. When I talked to …

Hilary CadmanTo publicise or not to publicise …