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BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod.

Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet).
https://brummies-networking.co.uk

Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk
Twitter: @audioshedstudio

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod.

Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet).
https://brummies-networking.co.uk

Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk
Twitter: @audioshedstudio

    The Xmas Episode - The Importance Of Multiple Streams Of Income

    The Xmas Episode - The Importance Of Multiple Streams Of Income

    In our final episode of 2022, and before we take our break for Christmas and New Year, we leave you with some thoughts to ponder, about the importance of multiple streams of income.



    With so much in the news that’s not altogether positive, we think it’s worth reminding everyone, ourselves included, that the future is very much uncertain, and it’s well worth being in the position where you can earn income via a variety of streams, so you don’t ever have to rely on one sole source.



    Easier said that done, perhaps. But there are many things you can do to put yourself in a better position going forward, so you can potentially earn residual income on an ongoing basis, from a few different sources than your usual ones. Especially if you’re a freelancer earning invoice to invoice.



    Consider creating content that can be sold many times over in the form of digital downloads. eBooks, courses, coaching material, creative content, videos, guides, consulting, presentations, whatever it might be - there are ways to monetise your knowledge so you can create something once, then sell it many times over.



    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    https://thedigitalgeneralist.substack.com/p/the-importance-of-multiple-streams

    https://withkoji.com

    https://payhip.com

    Another resource we talk about is Volley, a website that makes it fairly easy to sell what’s most important to us all - your time. 

    https://www.volleyapp.com



    And because there’s a dearth of good news stories in the world right now, it’s worth having a look at a newspaper (and social accounts) of one outlet dedicated to good news!

    https://thehappynewspaper.com

    Iwan’s story of the alternative Xmas advert, very poignant.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_KjgSyGhzQ

    All that remains is for us to thank you for listening throughout 2022, have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in January…



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk

    Twitter: @audioshedstudio

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because all of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (DoubleJ Consulting)

    Subscribe to Richard’s newsletter, The Digital Generalist on Substack - the best of the internet in online tools, platforms and news for creative businesses that you mightn't have seen before. https://thedigitalgeneralist.substack.com

    • 32 min
    Three Handy Tools You Might Find Useful

    Three Handy Tools You Might Find Useful

    This week’s episode is just a short burst of news and updates you might not have known about.

    First up, Canva.

    Canva announces the Canva Visual Worksuite, including Canva Docs at their annual conference. They’re not holding back when it comes to developing their platform even further. They are constantly upping their game!

    Canva info: https://thedigitalgeneralist.substack.com/p/canva-ups-their-game-again

    Next up; how to find out what your clients are searching for on Google - the non creepy way. (Trust us).

    There’s a tool we found called AnswerThePublic, which, when you add in a couple of key words relating to your industry, will show what the real time search data is, for what people actually search for on Google about those keywords.

    This can be massively useful when it comes to planning your blog or article writing content, knowing what things people are searching for, so you can plan your headlines and article content around just those topics, enabling you to directly answer what people want to know about.

    Find out more about AnswerThePublic in this article written by BrumPod’s own Richard:

    https://thedigitalgeneralist.substack.com/p/how-to-find-out-what-your-clients
    Finally, one more tool to add in to your bookmark folder for when you may need it - TinyWow.

    Little in name, but big on functions, it’s a completely free website with seemingly limitless tools, to help you convert any number of files into different formats. Anything from image file compression, to compressing and merging PDFs, you name it. It’s got it.

    One of those tools that you’ll be glad is in your bookmarks folder for whenever the need arises.

    https://tinywow.com

    That’s your lot for this week, catch you again soon!



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk

    Twitter: @audioshedstudio

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because all of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (DoubleJ Consulting)

    Subscribe to Richard’s newsletter, The Digital Generalist on Substack - the best of the internet in online tools, platforms and news for creative businesses that you mightn't have seen before. https://thedigitalgeneralist.substack.com

    • 8 min
    Creating A Happy State - We Ask The Author, Samantha Fitzgibbons

    Creating A Happy State - We Ask The Author, Samantha Fitzgibbons

    In this episode, we have a very special guest - and I say special, because our guest, Samantha Fitzgibbons, happens to be Rich’s bestie of some 17 years, and counting!

    Sam has recently had her debut novel, Happy State, published, so we decided to have a chat with her about the book, and the path which led her to where she is now.

    Having trained as an actress, then subsequently completing a degree in psychology, to being a professional copywriter for businesses, as well as now, a published author. She’s had quite the journey throughout her life, which has also impacted the way Happy State was written, and conceived in the first place.

    The book is a dystopian novel set in the not too distant future, in the former United Kingdom, now renamed Happy State under a new totalitarian government which seeks to eradicate all forms of mental illness in favour of creating a nation which is outwardly ‘happy’.

    Whilst the issue of mental health is handled in a very sensitive way, it’s been quite jarring for Sam to see so many things that have happened in the UK and the world over the last few years, end up being mirrored in some way in the book; even though the book itself had been conceived before many of these events happened!

    Think along the lines of The Hunger Games meets ’24’, with a little Black Mirror thrown in, and you’re in the right ballpark with Happy State - and Sam leads us through how it all came to be, and what might be next. It truly is a fantastic read, and would thoroughly recommend you pick up a copy. If you’re into anything dystopian, you’re going to love Happy State.

    Find out more at https://www.happystatenovel.com



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk

    Twitter: @audioshedstudio

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because all of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (DoubleJ Consulting)

    • 37 min
    What The Business World Can Learn From The Commonwealth Games

    What The Business World Can Learn From The Commonwealth Games

    At least for as long as The Apprentice has been on air, our lives have been filled with such phrases as ‘smash it!’, ‘knocking it out of the ballpark’, ‘doing it for the team’, ‘absolute home run!’, ‘MVP’ etc.

    However there are some legitimate ways running a business is very much like sports psychology; so given the Commonwealth Games are well underway in Birmingham, we thought we’d take a little look into the concept.

    Just like in sport, running a business is a marathon, not a sprint. You’ll have to train, get your business fit, constantly overcome obstacles, and you may not necessarily win the gold. However, judging business success is different for everyone.

    Some see ‘success’ as being multi-award winners, and then proudly showing off the fact via social media etc. But sometimes in business, awards aren’t the be all and end all - especially when some awards are merely ‘bought’, in cynical terms.

    So if you’re not an ‘award winner’, does that mean you or your business are ‘failures’? Far from it.

    Same goes for business networking - there are common tropes that go along with networking that some people still carry to this day - concepts like having ‘competition’ in the room, and some being put off by that.

    Whereas in more cases than not, there will be common ground and complimentary skillsets that will enable collaboration; creating a new ‘team’.

    So have a listen, and see what else the Commonwealth Games can teach the business community.

    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk

    Twitter: @audioshedstudio

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because all of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (DoubleJ Consulting)

    • 21 min
    Running A Business During Disruption

    Running A Business During Disruption

    With rail strikes looming and petrol prices at record highs - just how much does this kind of disruption affect modern business operations?



    With more people continuing to work from home post-pandemic, and the business landscape looking like it’s probably changed for good, are there as many people likely to be as affected with these disruptions as there once were?



    If even more people have flexi-working arrangements and work from home continues to be even more commonplace, will these disruptions be problematic for most?



    Obviously fuel prices are crippling a lot of people, and so many are struggling to afford to fill their cars in order to get to work. So perhaps even more will work from home?

    There are reports of some people requesting mileage allowances from their employers to cover the fuel costs, which of course has some tax relief benefits for the company. Will more companies adopt this mentality? It’s not mandatory, but would help a lot of people. 



    There’s currently a petition calling for just that - on Change.org, a petition to get the government to reduce fuel duty by 50%..



    Conversely, one disruption that could cripple the country far more would be mass broadband outages and strikes from companies like Virgin Media and BT! That would be horrendous. Which would affect offices and WFH workers!



    What can we do as small businesses to defend against these and future disruptions?



    Companies may be forced into becoming even more flexible with staff in-office, in favour of WFH arrangements and remote working, and requirements to be in the office only for certain days of the week.



    Conducting more meetings through Zoom etc to reduce the need for potentially unnecessary travel.



    Ultimately, it’s going to have to be down to all business owners to work out the best options for them to help get their business and staff through a very challenging time.

    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk

    Twitter: @audioshedstudio

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because all of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (DoubleJ Consulting)

    • 29 min
    Elon Musk Buys Twitter? How Does This Relate To Our Own Networks?

    Elon Musk Buys Twitter? How Does This Relate To Our Own Networks?

    Elon Musk is purportedly in the closing stages of buying Twitter for a cool $44Bn - there have been extremely mixed reports online as to whether people are all for it, or think it’s the worst plan ever.

    Twitter has been likened to a cesspool for many years - does this mean he’s now going to come in and clean it up and make it a more positive environment? Or will it just make things worse?

    Then again, as we’ve said many a time, your experience on any platform is predominantly decided upon who you follow and interact with - if you don’t follow or get involved with toxic discussions or viewpoints, regardless of platform, then your experience will be wildly different to those who do.

    We are all in charge of our own networks, both personal and professional, and we are all the masters of who and why we interact with certain people. The network and results we see, is what we deserve, because we are all capable, and should, maintain our networks to keep them positive, useful, and forces for good.

    So will Elon buying Twitter make a massive difference? Or will the majority of us not even notice a thing, for the most part?

    Is it not simply better to just focus on our own personal and professional networks, treat them like a garden - nurture them, give them life, feed them, so they can be the best they can be?

    There’s no short cut to creating a powerful, useful network that’s helpful to all parties. It takes time, patience, maintenance and a lot of nurturing. But the results when done properly can be absolutely fantastic.

    • 34 min

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