Archives for April 2017

Ed’s Top Tips – Tip 8: Work For Yourself, Not By Yourself

Tip 8: Work For Yourself, Not By Yourself

Ed Goodman, business mentor, author and co-founder of Cambridge Business Lounge, presents Ed’s Top Tips – a series of short and useful guides for starting and running a business. This week: Work For Yourself, Not By Yourself.

When you work for yourself, you have that flexibility to work when and wherever you like! This has it’s up sides like being able to sit and work from your garden on a sunny day, or have two hour lunch break lounging on the sofa. The beautiful thing about working for yourself is setting your own rules for your working day.

It also has it’s downsides. Working for yourself can be pretty isolating and lonely, most of the time your day will go by without talking to another person (the cat or dog doesn’t count!). Overcoming problems when you have no one to air them to can cause you to feel frustrated  The great news is there is another way of working which isn’t so isolating.

Watch this video were Ed gives his top tips to avoid this situation.

Action Point:

Now you’ve watched this video, how do you think it would be advantageous for you to venture out and try a couple of different of working environments?

People who work from home don’t get the distinctive difference of separating work and home life. This could cause issues in the future.

If you’re not keen on meeting new people you could also look at different options like online networking groups. It’s a group which will provide you help and advice is Freelance Heroes. You can also find them on Twitter too.

Tell us if you do feel isolated or lonely when working by yourself  or how you overcame this. Leave us a comment below or Tweet us using the hashtag #EdsTopTips

What Do Coworkers Do at CBL?

Every day we welcome coworkers who choose to work from Cambridge Business Lounge for the day, rather than from home or elsewhere. On the surface, I know what they’re doing. For example, today working from here is an Architect, Design Agency, Events Management, Accountant, Web Developer, and Town Planner, amongst others. However, I’m always curious to know what it is they’re actually working on.

Therefore, today, I decided to go round and ask some of them “what are you working on right now?” and these are their answers…

“An analytics tool which reduces millions of lines of cloud billing data to useful charts for businesses and academia to work out how their money is being spent” – Dan Frost, http://www.3ev.com/


“Assessing the environmental impact of various worksites required for construction work to implement a major rail infrastructure scheme” – Sheena McCallum, http://cam-planning.co.uk/


“Right now I’m working on eating a pastrami and Gouda cheese sandwich I made using two Tesco bread rolls, leftover from a barbeque I held on Saturday afternoon, and other ingredients purchased from Waitrose.”

He added “I’m then working on designing integration workflows between our in house investor services and wire processing systems and our new Hedge Fund research and portfolio construction platform.”


“A large-scale support ticket session to help customers who we’ve migrated to our new platform.”


“Writing a job spec for a junior developer” – Kelly Molson, http://www.rubbercheese.com/


“I’m currently working on a company away day to Lisbon. The logistics of getting 75 staff plus their partners to Lisbon from a variety of airports is interesting!  We have a wonderful hotel booked, I’ve found a stunning water front restaurant for dinner and we have some fun activities planned.  I just need to get everyone there now!” – Sabine Edwards, http://pendletonevents.co.uk/


“Architecture design; I’ve just finished sketching an alternative floor plan option for a new medical practice in London.” – Jon Clayton, http://complete.archi/


So, there you have it. Each person is heavily focused on completing their to-do-list and has chosen Cambridge Business Lounge as their place to do it. Somewhere where they feel productive, with the benefit of other professional minds too.

Try it for yourself, for free, and see how coworking can benefit your productivity. Get in touch here for more details.

Ed’s Top Tips – Tip 7: Using CRM tools for your business

Tip 7 – Using CRM tools for your business

Ed Goodman, business mentor, author and co-founder of Cambridge Business Lounge, presents Ed’s Top Tips – a series of short and useful guides for starting and running a business.

When you start out in business you’re going to meet a huge number of people. Some of these people you might work with, some you might find useful to connect with in the future and some you might never meet again. This is where using CRM tools come in use for tracking these interactions.

How do you track all of these connections? It’s a lot more powerful and personal if you’re able to log where you first met and what interactions you’ve had. Once you’ve logged you can easily go back to your CRM tool and remind yourself what the last interaction you had or how you met.

Watch this video where Ed explains how a CRM tool will help your business:

Look at the massive pile of business cards you’ve received, what do you do with them?

Firstly, you need to make sure you’re tracking these connections so now or in the future you can draw on that connection. Go test out one of the CRM systems Ed suggested and tell us how it went. leave us a comment below or Tweet us using the hashtag #EdsTopTips your experiences.

Ed’s Top Tips – Tip 6: Answer your phone!

Tip 6: Answer your phone!

Ed Goodman, business mentor, author and co-founder of Cambridge Business Lounge, presents Ed’s Top Tips – a series of short and useful guides for starting and running a business.

We all own a smartphone, but are more likely to use it’s smart functions such as email and social media than it’s original function of making and receiving calls. Some new business owners are reluctant to put their personal number out there but all of these things could stop potential business coming your way.

Watch this video where Ed focuses on the reasons why you should answer your phone.

As a business you need to consider what form of communication is going to be most effective for the task you have in hand. A phone call can be more direct and productive than an email conversation.

Action Point:

What solutions have you found to help you answer your phone? Comment below or send us a Tweet including the hashtag #EdsTopTips.

Ed’s Top Tips – Tip 5: Using Social Media for your Business

Tip 5: Using Social Media for your Business

Ed Goodman, business mentor, author and co-founder of Cambridge Business Lounge, presents Ed’s Top Tips – a series of short and useful guides for starting and running a business.

Many fall into the trap that social media is a tool to sell more of your product or service, but the key is in the name. Be sociable and treat it as a communication tool to enable interactions between you and your customers.

Watch this video where Ed goes into detail on the right way to use social media for your business.

Action Points:

Now you’ve watched the video, have a look at your social media channels and see how much of your content fits into the following categories:

  • Enthuse
  • Empower
  • Entertain

Do you have any questions on how to improve your social media efforts? Share them below or send us a Tweet including the hashtag #EdsTopTips