The one with the Herculean Task

Here we are, another Friday, and the end of the first full week back in the office for 2017. I thought, after only doing three days last week I would really struggle, but to be honest, it’s flown by and so far has been a bit of a breeze. Yeah, I know, famous last words.

What have I been up to? Well, as ever it’s been pretty varied.

So far this week I have already completed and signed off four CV revamps, with one more to finalise today. I’ve also conducted one interview preparation consultation for a lovely young man who was looking for his first job in customer service. The interview is next week and I can’t wait to find out whether he’s got the job.

I have written a total of 18 blogs for clients, including three on Friday the 13th! I’ve also had an enquiry from a web designer who was interested in us offering a white label service for content, to ensure he has a monthly income from clients aside from web hosting charges. We had a long chat, bounced around some ideas and have come up with a perfect pricing structure. It’s a great local company and, to be honest, I am really looking forward to working with him and his team.

My biggest challenge

At the end of last week I had a call from a new contact who had been given my contact details by a business coach I’ve worked with previously. He has just upgraded his CRM system, and is concerned that a lot of information he holds for customers may be out of date, or incomplete. Over the next few weeks we will be working through an extensive database to ensure everything is in order.

The work isn’t hard, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is time consuming, and with a large number of contacts to work through it seems like a Herculean Task at the moment. As with any job there are certain things you prefer to do more than others, and I have to admit, data cleansing isn’t one of them for me. However, I do see the value of it and obviously have no problem with helping out. It’s just one of the more trudging-through tasks we see, though I know there will be a huge sense of achievement when we (finally) get to the end of the list!

My highlight

I was concerned after the high of last week (in case you missed it, meeting Janette Tough – aka Wee Jimmy Krankie – and John Barrowman) that I’d have nowhere to go this week. However, I needn’t have worried.

Tuesday saw a return to networking following the Christmas break, and by 7am I was back at The Red Hall Hotel with the rest of the members of Bury Business Group. It was great seeing everyone again after what felt like an age, and the room was full of positivity as people shared their goals and aspirations for the next 12 months.

When you are self-employed and work predominantly on your own it can get pretty lonely. I don’t necessarily mean from a human contact perspective (chance would be a fine thing in this house), but in the sense you have no one to talk to about running a business. I love networking because it gives you a chance to see what other people are doing, find out what works for them and doesn’t, see what opportunities are out there, learn from them, commiserate and celebrate with them and generally feel like you are a part of something.


I hope whatever you’ve been up to this week you’ve had a good one, and you have a great weekend!

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