For those of you who don't know me, I am Laura - the owner of Zubu Ltd, wife to Al, mother to Jemima and Barnaby and homemaker to a 60s house in Lutterworth, Leicestershire in the UK.
I bought the business at the beginning of the summer and I have really enjoyed the marketing side of it - creating a website, making use of social media and designing all my flyers and business cards, but I just haven't had enough sales to cover all those costs! I've recently found myself at a couple of free seminars on start-up business and I've found out 2 major things:
1.) There's loads of money and free expertise out there that any small business can tap into
2.)The best way to get better SEO for your website if you can't afford to pay Google lots of money is to blog. BLOG BLOG BLOG!
And that's why I'm here, sat at my computer on a Monday night when the kids are in bed. But I'm going to make the most of it.
In a former life (ie that before kids) I took a course in Therapeutic Counselling of Adolescents using the Arts - I bet some of you who know me didn't know that!- and as part of the course I HAD TO have ten sessions with a psychotherapist. I went into that room for my first session, very apprehensive and came out a changed woman, but I couldn't afford to carry on after that and I've never had an hour to just talk about myself since (I had Jemima half way through the course). So although I'm not going to make any Freudian revelations here, I'm going to talk about what I want to, as much as I possibly can, to raise my SEO and just because I can.
I can see my blogs falling into one of three catagories: Home, Children and Business. I'm not great at any of them, but I like to think I'm good at some bits of all of them.
Hopefully there's something for everyone - particularly those of you, who, like me, are just keeping their heads above the water.