Top Five Practical Tips for Staying Motivated as an Online Start-up

11 Apr
11th April 2017

Self improvement and motivational speaking seem to be all the rage these days. And whilst reading a list of clichéd quotes about comfort zones and blue sky thinking may help inspire you momentarily, it can be tough to keep grinding away day after day when pursuing your own new online start-up idea. After the initial enthusiasm has evaporated and you’re left with a lot of hard work and uncertainty ahead of you, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain motivation. We thought we’d share our list of practical tips for staying motivated, which you can incorporate into your daily life to help give you that slight edge when it comes to remaining energised and inspired.

Build Good Habits

The measure of a person’s success can often depend largely on habits, whether they be good or bad. Habits can be surprisingly easy to develop, sometimes without you even noticing. Bad habits can keep you stuck and grounded whilst maintaining and nurturing positive habits such as exercise and healthy eating can do wonders for your frame of mind, creativity and motivation. The key here is to make small changes – don’t rush towards impossible goals straight away. Continually make small daily improvements with achievable goals.

Break Bigger Tasks Down

We’re all familiar with that daunting feeling of facing what feels like an insurmountable challenge. It’s very easy to procrastinate and put off making a start on a job which feels overwhelmingly large. But once you break it down into smaller jobs, you’ll be surprised at how much quicker and easier it can seem.

Love What You Do

Passion is a term that’s bandied around a lot these days, so much so that it almost makes us feel guilty if we aren’t gushing with complete enthusiasm and joy on a daily basis. There is a lot of truth to the wisdom that being passionate about what you do will lead to a richer life, both financially and spiritually. Passion can be that all important catalyst that drives ideas and encourages tireless persistence to give you that all important edge in the modern business landscape.

Maintain an Uncluttered Workspace

This one is easy to forget about and neglect, especially on a hectic day. But taking just a few minutes to de-clutter your workspace will vastly improve your frame of mind and clear your head. As well as papers, post-its and coffee cups on your physical workspace that need to be organised and tidied away, it’s also a good idea to keep your computer desktop tidy and organised as well – it gives you that small feeling of control and staying on top of things that will seep through into other jobs you are undertaking during the workday.

Take Breaks

This one can also be easy to forget about if you have a big workload before you. But the truth of the matter is that your focus, motivation, concentration and performance will all suffer if you work away too long without giving yourself a proper break. Short, regular breaks such as 15 minutes for every hour will keep you fully energised and motivated so that you can accomplish more when you get back to the grindstone!

Have we forgotten anything? If we’ve missed any tips for staying motivated, leave a comment below!

The Benefits of using a VPN Service

10 Apr
10th April 2017

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short, involves extending a private network over the Internet in order to secure and encrypt data. VPNs have many applications and benefits, both for companies and individuals. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at some of the main benefits of using a VPN service.

Increased Security

These days data breaches and computer hackers are very real concerns. By far the most obvious advantage of utilising a VPN is the extra security you are afforded. Connecting to a VPN typically involves logging in via a website or VPN client, after which the data you send and receive is encrypted. This is especially useful if you are connecting to a public network and you want peace of mind that your data will not be intercepted and exploited.

Increased Productivity

If you wish to work from home or wish to access company resources whilst travelling between meetings, a VPN can enable you to access information remotely. As well as having business applications, VPNs utilised in this manner can prove to be extremely convenient for students, researchers and government organisations.

Enhanced Connectivity

VPNs can be used to improve network performance, especially if you are connecting to a network which is far from where you are physically. In this instance you can use a local VPN to increase bandwidth and enhance network efficiency.

Anonymity

Whilst software which hides your IP or web proxies can be used to provide online anonymity, a VPN allows you to use web applications and access websites in total anonymity. This is handy if you don’t wish to fall prey to hackers or get pestered by marketing companies who are collecting information on you based on your Internet activity.

Change Your IP and Bypass Filters

You can use a VPN if you require an IP address from another country, for example if you wished to circumvent certain geographical restrictions. You’ll also be able to get past Internet filters which could theoretically prove useful if you are in a country where Internet censorship is in place. It’s important that at this point we mention that you should use your discretion – we are definitely not endorsing unlawful behaviour here!

As you can see, there are a multitude of uses and advantages when it comes to VPNs. Whether you are a business owner seeking a secure method of sharing files between employees or a person who is on the move a lot and wishes to retain privacy and anonymity when connecting to unsecured public networks, the benefits of using a VPN service are definitely something to consider.

More People Buying Flowers Online Than Ever Before

07 Apr
7th April 2017

As little as seven years ago, only 3% of Britons bought flowers online. By 2015 this figure had risen to 10% and now, at the time of writing, is at 13% according to a new report from Royal Flora Holland.

Flowers are perhaps one of those commodities that you wouldn’t traditionally associate with online commerce channels – local high street florists and supermarket bunches probably spring to mind more immediately. But as consumers turn increasingly towards the Internet for all their retail needs, it’s actually not all that surprising that there’s been a significant rise in online floral trade.

If you think about it, there are quite a few benefits to ordering flowers online. The most obvious one is that you don’t need to leave your house – you can have fresh flowers delivered at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen, which is convenient to say the least.

Another cool thing about enlisting the services of an online florist is that you can have flowers delivered wherever you wish. Is Mother’s Day coming up but your mum lives in a completely different part of the country? No worries whatsoever, it’s easy to have a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers sent directly to her. Or perhaps you want to send someone flowers for a birthday, an anniversary or another special day. Online florists such as Clare Florist have an abundance of bouquets and other gifts organised by categories such as type of bloom or occasion, making it easy to find exactly what you want. With Easter coming up, maybe you’d like to send Easter flowers to loved ones such as close friends or relatives. Lilies are one of the most popular choices for Easter, alongside irises and tulips.

Sending flowers to loved ones via online florists is perhaps part of a wider trend of using the Internet to send gifts to loved ones, which is especially convenient if they live far away. And even if they live close by or in the same house, it’s still a nice surprise when a courier shows up with a mysterious package filled which turns out to be full of fresh, aromatic, colourful flowers!