SMOB – Website builders: WordPress vs Squarespace vs Weebly vs Wix vs Shopify

In the last post, I talked about buying a domain and sort out hosting. This time, I am going to talk about the actual making of a website. Unless you are a skilled programmer and you really want to make your website from scratch, you will probably end up using one of these website builders. Website builders have completely changed the world of web design. Gone … Continue reading SMOB – Website builders: WordPress vs Squarespace vs Weebly vs Wix vs Shopify

SMOB – Register a domain name and get hosting

When I am hanging out on SMEs forums or talk to anyone who wants to start a business, I can’t believe there are still people asking such a question… ‘hey, do I need a website?’ If you are still wondering if you need a website, you might have a very wrong idea what running a business entails these days. Check my post again to see if … Continue reading SMOB – Register a domain name and get hosting

SMOB – Sole trader vs partnership vs limited company

In the last post of the Start My Own Business (SMOB) series and the last post of the Start My Own Petsitting Business (SMOPB) series, I have talked about naming a business. So now that you have an idea of a name of your business, the next thing you need to decide is on the type of structure. In Ireland, you can set up a business … Continue reading SMOB – Sole trader vs partnership vs limited company

SMOB – business name

It goes without saying having a good business name is extremely important for a business. My business name Maow Care came to me because ‘maow’ is nickname my husband has been calling me for many years, which means ‘cat’ in Chinese…   So I thought Maow Care sounds like me. Notice I did add a ‘w’ at the end of just ‘Mao’ due to obvious reasons… When I … Continue reading SMOB – business name

SMOB – Friends and family

Back in the days when I attended the fabulous Start Your Own Business course by Dublin Enterprise Board, we talked about the role of family and friends for an SME owner. My first reaction was, ‘what? I don’t need help from them, I don’t want to bother them or rely on them. I will do everything myself and I will be FINE!’ I was naïve. … Continue reading SMOB – Friends and family

SMOB: Are you cut out for it?

After spending a long time in my last post to explain you how easy to start a business, unfortunately I have to go into the negative bit in this post – you might not be cut out for it. Honestly, I am not trying to sound snobbish but starting a business is really not for everyone. Are you a workaholic? Do you enjoy working all day … Continue reading SMOB: Are you cut out for it?

Start My Own Business (SMOB) series

I started my own business on 2009. Since then I am asked regularly if: 1. Can you make money out of it? 2. Do you get any customers? It’s recession! 3. I want to be self employed too! But I don’t know how to start, I will think about it. I notice I keep repeating myself answering these questions (and many others FAQs), I decided to start … Continue reading Start My Own Business (SMOB) series