Small Business Diva

January 5, 2009

We Have Moved

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The Small Business Diva blog has moved.

As part of a series of business changes and improvements I have in store, the Small Business Diva blog is now incorporated into my website at www.Donna-MarieCoggins.com.

All of your favourite posts from here have been transferred over and all new content will be added to the new blog at www.Donna-MarieCoggins.com/blog.

I hope that you will bookmark the new site – or even subscribe to the feed – and visit often.

Warmly,

Donna-Marie

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December 17, 2008

Unique Gift Ideas

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If you are having trouble choosing a gift for a female in your life, have a look at the wonderful designs made by Annette Piper.

Annette makes stunning jewellery… you are can be sure you’re getting a unique, stylish and quality piece of jewellery (or piece of art). This ring is one of my favourites.

Warmly,

Donna-Marie

September 29, 2008

Computer Error Messages We Can All Understand

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Here’s a tip… right now, take 2 minutes off work and head over to JibJab.com to see some computer messages I can understand. 

Okay, they may not be real but I’m sure we can all relate to them.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

September 5, 2008

Something Special Just For Blondes…

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Even though I’m not blonde I wanted to share this cool new t-shirt with you, in anticipation of the Blondes Inc. up-coming website launch.

Blondes Inc. will be launched very soon to put a fun slant on their amazing and more serious humanitarian plans.

These cool blondes’ t-shirts are available in various sizes (the large size is the equivalent to a size 12 in Australia). Although the company is based in the US, they can be mailed to Australia too.

July 9, 2008

Are All Business Mums This Helpful?

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The Business Mums Network is holding their second annual Business Mums Conference in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend – July 12th and 13th. In a wonderful gesture of generosity and appreciation for what she gained from last year’s conference, Kylie Short from Tilda Virtual Services (and Business Mums member) kindly offered a Big Girls Boots Scholarship for someone deserving to attend the conference.

In a similarly generous statement, Lucie Battaini from MultimediART also paid another member to help her to be able to attend this weekend’s conference.

I think these two ladies have demonstrated wonderful acts of generosity and I know the recipients of their gifts are incredibly grateful.

In another act of generosity, I checked my mail today to discover a lovely gift – a bottle of wine from Mandy Stevens of Direct Digital. This was a ‘thank you’ gift for something I helped Mandy with last week – something that was very simple for me to do and really didn’t require any form of payment or thanks. Receiving the gift has really made my day (and will be very much enjoyed!) – THANK YOU! And yes, Mandy is also a Business Mum.

Here’s to your success in business,

Donna-Marie

May 5, 2008

Telstra Business Award

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I recently found out that one of my long-term clients nominated me for Australia’s prestigious 2008 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards.

When I look back over some of the amazing women who have won this award in previous years, I can’t begin to imagine that I would win it. However I am over the moon by the fact that someone else thinks I deserve it.

I am truly  honoured to be nominated. This, to me, is a reassurance that I’m doing things right and an encouragement for me to continue helping others to successfully establish and manage their own business.

Thank you.

Here’s to your success in business…

Donna-Marie

April 14, 2008

The Origins of Mother’s Day

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For anyone whose business caters to Mother’s Day, I’m sure you are all set for this special day by now, having planned your promotions and special offers some time ago.

Did you ever wonder when the concept of Mother’s Day began? Apparently this day originates from Britain during the 17th Century. It was a day when servants and apprentices were allowed to travel home to see their mothers, usually taking a gift with them. The day became known as Mothering Day. If you would like to know more, read all about The Meaning of Mother’s Day at My New Shiny Shoes – it gives you all the facts and makes for an interesting read.

Here’s to your success in business…

Donna-Marie

April 7, 2008

Having a Bad Day?

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Think you’re having a bad day at the office?

Have a look at this quick little clip over at The Tall Poppy. Short, sweet and good for a giggle.

I hope you have a great day today 🙂

Here’s to your success in business…

March 5, 2008

Being Grateful

Here’s a great article I thought you might like – Being Grateful. This was written by Sharon Clark for her Dreaming Miracles website. When you read this, keep in mind that Sharon’s husband was recently diagnosed with Cancer so they’re facing a pretty rough time. Yet Sharon & Colin, most days, still share a positive energy, love and optimism with everyone around them.

I know sometimes, when my day doesn’t seem to be going that well, I can turn it around just by changing my attitude. This often begins by being grateful for the little things… the good things. This helps take the focus off the not-so-good things.

Next time you’re having a bad day at work, think about the good things related to your work – perhaps the flexibility, the pay, the benefits or the fact that you get to go home soon! If you’re having trouble balancing work and family responsibilities, start by being grateful that you have a family and that you have work. If you’re really stuck for ideas, be thankful that you’re breathing – that’s always a good start!

Right now, I am grateful to you for reading this post  🙂

Thank you Sharon, for reminding us to appreciate the little things; the things we often overlook.

Here’s to your business success…

February 21, 2008

A MUST Read Article – 1943 Guide to Hiring Women

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I know many of you are going to love this – whether you’re male or female, it makes for very interesting reading.

This article, the 1943 Guide to Hiring Women, was printed in the September/October 2007 edition of Savvy & Sage. I am so glad we’ve come a long way since then!

Here’s to your business success…

January 24, 2008

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

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Okay, I know I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never, right?  🙂

My friend, Ingrid Cliff from Heart Harmony, put together this video to share her tips for setting New Year’s Resolutions, infused with Ingrid’s personal style. Enjoy!

Here’s to your business success…

January 16, 2008

A brilliant idea for laptop users

Recently I met Karin Bryer who runs Global Innovations. One of the products she supplies is this PORTAnoteBOOK (as well as PORTA-Books). This nifty gadget is ideal for resting your laptop on and has many benefits including being ergonomically friendly and helping to increase airflow (thus reducing the heat build up). Plus, it has built in storage space.

At such an affordable price I know I’ll be getting one.

Have a look at this video for more info or visit Karin’s site.

Here’s to your business success…

January 4, 2008

Exquisite Christmas Ornament

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One of the Business Forums I’m a member of, Business Mums Network, have an optional Ornament Exchange each Christmas. It’s like a Secret Santa where all participants send a small gift of a Christmas ornament to another participant.

My received gift for Christmas 2007 is this exquisite hand-stitched ornament from Bernadette at the Needlework Boutique. My Mum and sisters all enjoy stitching so I truly appreciate the work that Bernadette has put into this (and feel quite lazy for buying my recipient’s gift from a shop!) I’ve taken a close-up photo to show you however I don’t think any photo will show all the intricate detail nor do it justice.

Thank you Bernadette.

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For those of you who are into needlework, the Needlework Boutique is full of everything you need. If you hurry, Bernadette is having a huge New Year sale that ends soon.

December 31, 2007

Don’t let temporary setbacks defeat you

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“One of the secrets of success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us,” Mary Kay (1915-2001) Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Imagine where we’d be if everyone gave up when faced with a setback? The only way to succeed is to keep trying 🙂

Here’s to your business success…

December 27, 2007

All women blogging carnival

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Anne at My Day Off is this week hosting a fantastic All Women Blogging Carnival, with lots of great posts about pets, health and beauty, money, shopping, family and heaps more.

Blogging carnivals can be a fantastic way of ‘meeting’ more bloggers, attracting visitors to your site and building worthwhile relationships, not to mention learning about all manner of things! Best of all, there are carnivals to suit everyone – business, craft, women, pets, various hobbies and special interests.

So what are you waiting for? Start searching the blogosphere to find carnivals that you can participate in.

Here’s to your business success…

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

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Just a quick post today… no matter what your Christmas plans are, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas spent sharing happy moments with loved ones.

December 21, 2007

The things we do for our clients

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If you’re like me, you often go out of your way to help your clients, particularly those who have been loyal to you over the years.

One of my friends and business associates, Ingrid Cliff from Heart Harmony, certainly goes the extra mile for her clients and this Christmas was no exception. When one of Ingrid’s clients asked her to help them out “with a little job” for the local Christmas parade she willingly agreed… then she found out what this little job entailed!

Here is a photo of Ingrid aka Christmas Bon Bon. Good on you Ingrid, that truly is going the extra mile for your client  🙂

Ingrid Cliff aka Christmas Bon Bon

 Here’s to your business success…

December 14, 2007

Which do you find – ways or excuses?

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“Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses,” Anonymous.

Next time you have an excuse for not doing something (or doing something perhaps), stop and think about why you’re really making excuses. Is it because you don’t want to do something and you’re trying to get out of it? If you really want something, you’ll find a way.

Here’s to your business success…

December 10, 2007

Time for a coffee break

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Okay, time for a break…

I’ve just been reading Jenni’s Papercraft Designs’ blog and found her post about Maukie – the Virtual Cat. This is just gorgeous!

It’s not at all business-related… but lots of fun.

December 8, 2007

What do you use to build firm foundations?

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Here’s another quote I love:

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him,” David Brinkley.

 Here’s to your business success…

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