MINT Members Blog

Below are blog posts submitted by members sharing their experiences, expertise and advice. 

LinkedIn Basics with Nicola Jayne Little

LinkedIn Basics with Nicola Jayne Little

Welcome to your Introduction to LinkedIn Training   Complete this ten-part short course to make your LinkedIn profile MINT and start using the platform to grow your ideal network.Setting up your Personal ProfilePart 1 : Profile Basics This lesson covers: Your...

Growing A Business… On Your Own Terms!

Growing A Business… On Your Own Terms!

What are the rules to running your own business? In short, there are none! MINT member Keely Pearce shares her story. For those of you who might not know me, I’m Keely and I’m a paper cutting artist. I wear all the hats at kppapercuts, which I started about four years...

Wholesale Selling for Makers

Wholesale Selling for Makers

Have you dreamed of getting your product on the shelves of your local stores? It can be simpler than you think, as MINT member Liza Johnson explains... As a producer and a retailer, I have seen both sides of this transition and wanted to offer my observations and...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Forsyth

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Forsyth

Reflections on my Business Consultancy in a year of lockdown craziness. Oh, my goodness, what an important and very interesting thing to do - to reflect over the past locked down year. Literally, a few days before lockdown #1 in 2020, I had a fab proactive business...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Dr Rebecca

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Dr Rebecca

Life in lockdown - is it possible to be joyous? That is quite a question isn’t it? Gosh! Have you had much joy in the last year? I bet you’ve had some disappointment, sorrow, frustration, restriction and maybe even depression. I really hope that you’ve not been...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Sarah Johnson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Sarah Johnson

I still can’t believe we are a year on after watching the televised briefing to the nation to stay at home. I remember breaking down in tears to my husband with shock. What did it mean? How was it going to affect us, our friends and family, our jobs, the life we knew?...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Samantha Hunter

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Samantha Hunter

Grab a cuppa... ...and enjoy 10 minutes reading my newest blog post, 'the last year' round up! We're all living and coping (just about!) through this crazy time of a global pandemic and all of the changes it brings with it. I have taken so much from this year, it will...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Lisa Cryer

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Lisa Cryer

On the MINT Business Club social media channels, we were asked to come up with one word to describe the difference in our business compared to 12 months ago. My word was ‘existing’. BlueJay Body, Mind & Soul came about thanks to the pandemic. I left teaching over...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Rachael Beattie

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Rachael Beattie

Another day of lockdown 3 in full swing which means homeschooling and juggling life, we are doing our best. I can feel our energy low today so we decided to have a cozy afternoon in our jammies, put the school work away for the afternoon and just be still together...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Carrie Pearson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Carrie Pearson

So looking back on the last year, there have been a lot of ups and downs, trying to juggle our own fears and emotions, while trying to be a functioning adult and look after our kids. Struggling with the idea of them being out of school, back in school, school working...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Thomson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Thomson

One year on… say goodbye to the side-hustle... March 2020 we added some new words to our vocabulary: Unprecedented Furloughed COVID-19 One word is the most prominent for me because it changed everything I knew… furloughed, within a few minutes of hearing the word for...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Alan Sawyers

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Alan Sawyers

I spent most of 2020 on our fortnightly MINT bootcamp calls slowly but surely seeing each and every member of the group go through low periods. Whether it was the impact the pandemic was having on their businesses, the pressures of homeschooling, missing loved ones,...

Digital: The Ultimate Blogging Guide

Digital: The Ultimate Blogging Guide

Blogging. It always seems to be on on the to-do list. Not for everyone mind, and those who blog regularly have a real connection with their audience, customers and raving fans. We asked our member Helen Bowman to write a comprehensive guide to blogging and she's...

Time, Value, Stability… adventures in lockdown

Time, Value, Stability… adventures in lockdown

In our Extra Strong MINT Bootcamp (the original and best - sorry other Bootcamps) a couple of weeks ago, I sat on the Zoom call having arrived late and with no preparation. That was normal in our face to face full-day Bootcamps back in the day, but we have less time...

Clarify and reset your goals in a Covid World

Clarify and reset your goals in a Covid World

Locking down has tough for everyone; whether you’re a parent juggling work and school from home, can’t work at all, or are busier than ever as an essential worker. Whatever your situation, hopefully, you’re on your way to establishing your new 'normal'. If you haven’t...

Online Accessibility Q+A

Hello, again MINTies! Thank's so much for the amazing feedback from training and a quick reminder than the special offer price of £70 for the MINT Mini Web Audit is only available for August! Joining the Waiting List means you'll get a mini-website audit - focusing on...

Coronavirus: What can you take control of?

So the next few months… This virus is gonna affect us in some way. I didn’t want to believe it. I’ve been ignoring it – it’s not gonna make a difference, things will continue .. but there’s no cure. It’s spreading and whilst there are infographics and stats flying...

Engaging an Investor

Engaging an Investor

If you're considering raising funds to grow your business, now or in the near future, please read on for our top tips on how to engage an investor . . . Do your research Most investors have an online presence and you can do your own desk-based research on which may be...

Sales: Build relationships

Sales: Build relationships

Hi, Moira here and I head up the sales for MINT Business Club as well as, leading the sales training for members who run service-led businesses. In this blog post, I explain how vitally important it is to build amazing relationships with clients and the time it takes...

Funding for Business Growth – Are You Ready?

Funding for Business Growth – Are You Ready?

If you're considering raising funding to grow your business, this one is for you. . . Business owners looking for funding to finance their growth plans have probably heard the term ‘investor ready’ used a lot! Unsurprisingly, investor readiness can mean a number of...

Sales: Make more money in your business

Sales: Make more money in your business

Hands up if you want to make more money in your business. (Hope you all have your hands up!?) Moira recorded this video for us a couple of years ago (before we were MINT and called The Savvy Solos Business Club) but everything is so relevant to our businesses now,...

Confidence – find your comfort cushion!

Confidence can be described as one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed. How confident are you? Do you go out there feeling you can conquer the world at any given moment or are you much more likely to feel a little unsure and holding back? In another lifetime I worked at the BBC. It was […]

Sales: Why Minties love buying off each other!

Sales: Why Minties love buying off each other!

Today is the start of another week and as I gear up to getting on with it, I am looking around me at the MINT purchases I’ve made of late.  There’s my mug I’m drinking my cuppa out of that I bought from Alan Sawyers of Muggins.biz. On this is my business logo that was...

Offer for Mint Members

Offer for Mint Members

I just want to remind everyone - I make all my skincare from scratch, they are my own formulations.  I would really like you all to try them and have arranged a 10% off for Minties.  If you are local to Consett, I will deliver them so just Private Message me and let...

Digital: Get Started with Facebook Advertising

Digital: Get Started with Facebook Advertising

With a little bit of planning, Facebook Ads can be an incredibly powerful tool for your business. In order to get the biggest bang for your buck, you need to know what you want to achieve, who you want to reach and what you are going to offer those you do reach. It...

What’s in the forecast?

What’s in the forecast?

When we set out on a fishing trip or hike, we always check the weather forecast. It’s no different in business. The forecast tells us if there’s bad weather (poor cashflow) in store based on the direction we’re heading. Your forecast will help you make informed...

Sales: How to Sell on Etsy

Sales: How to Sell on Etsy

I have been selling on Etsy for over three years now. I opened my first shop whilst I was still working as a teacher to sell my knit, crochet and embroidered items. I opened my second shop in February 2017 to sell craft supplies and kits that didn’t seem to fit in with my handmade […]