A little help from my friends!

guidesSince starting my business 10 years ago I have been very lucky to have been surrounded by a network of great people who have given me help and advice, helping me develop my company in the best way for me.

Much of this advice has been freely given, without any thought of direct benefit to the adviser – most of the advisers believing in the mantra ‘what goes around, comes around’.

I believe this too.

If you treat people as you would wish to be treated you can’t go wrong. Further, it is those people who give most freely of their time and energy who have the most successful businesses – not just in terms of money but also in terms of the enjoyment and satisfaction they find in their business life.

Of course, you have to make a living and it does not do to give away the crown jewels for free if they are your source of income. However, there may be people who will never become clients, who can be assisted along their journey.

So I have similarly tried to help small business owners by mentoring and helping where I can. Five years ago I wrote some guides covering key topics relating to business finance and planning. They are designed to help owners of small (and also larger) businesses to get on top of issues which give them sleepless nights, or which are holding their businesses back.

Excitingly I had the opportunity to do some radio interviews based on the guides a couple of years ago and these can also be downloaded and listened to at your leisure.

These guides are my way of giving back so if you are interested in downloading them go to: http://www.fionabevanfinancialmanagement.co.uk/guides.php

You do not need to register with me to down load the guides and they really are free.


Fiona 🙂

Happy 50th Birthday – to me!

2017 is a big year for my family and me.

On a business note it is 10 years since I started out on my own so I would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to all my customers, suppliers and supporters over the years.

Red Berry Recruitment will also be celebrating 10 years in business – a big contrats to Helen Lacey and all the team.

On a personal note I reach my half century during February – as do quite a few of my friends and the odd client. 1967 was clearly a bumper year – even if it was in black and white!

On top of that I have a silver wedding anniversary to look forward to and my boys will be 21 and 18. So lots of opportunities for reflection and celebration.

Society encourages us to make a big deal out of certain events in our lives. The cynics will say it is so that shops can market unnecessary tat to us. But I think these important points in our lives are often when we muse over what we have achieved and think about where we want to go in the future.

How often do you hear some one say “by the time I am 30, 40, 50 … I will have acheived…” or “My goal is to have a business which turns over … in …years”.

Without these focus points we run the risk of just floating through life without any reference to where we have been and where we are headed.

Some people go a bit mad and have a complete mid-life crisis, because they realise time is running out. They will go overboard and throw out the good as well as the bad in their lives. But most of us will have a bit of a refocus and perhaps tweak the odd thing or two we don’t quite like about our work or family lives.

So if you, like me, have a big year ahead of you, embrace the chance to celebrate who you are. Parties are a great way to get together with those you love – aren’t they Angela – and who doesn’t like a good party?

Or you may decide to treat yourself to a super holiday to somewhere you have always wanted to visit but not got round to – after all time is slipping away and we never know when it will run out.

Fiona 🙂