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How to Turn Your Garden into a Social Hub for Summer Parties 🌞🌻

The garden is an often underrated part of the property, and this is a shame as it plays such a huge role. Your garden is a place that can really complement the rest of the property and make it as great as you want it to be.

Another thing to remember is that it’s such an advantage to have an outside space these days, so you absolutely have to make the most of it.

Start using your garden more and making it a bigger part of the home. You need to do as much as possible to ensure that your garden is as practical and sociable as it can be. You can host gatherings here, and spend more time as a family outside. These are a few of the tips to make your garden a more sociable space.

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Create a Chill Out Area

There are so many excellent ideas for making the garden more sociable and beneficial to the property. And one of the best ways of achieving this is to create a chill out area in the garden where you can relax and hang out together. Think about seating arrangements, and try to choose something comfortable for people to enjoy.

You’ll need enough seating, as well as soft cushions and blankets. It will also be important to make sure you have covering to protect the area and make sure you can still use it even when the weather is bad.

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Add Lighting

If you’re serious about using the garden as much as possible, you will probably want to use it at night as well as during the day. This means you need to assess what the lighting options are for the garden and use them to really make this a great place to socialise.

Having the right kind of lighting can make all the difference, and there is a lot to be said for making use of solar lighting. This is an excellent way of lighting the garden and also helping to keep your property as eco-friendly as possible. Lighting can help transform the garden into the perfect social environment for summer nights.

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Make it Functional

If you want the garden of your dreams, you have to make sure it is functional. This is important because it makes it a more attractive prospect for hanging out. Think about the layout of the garden, as well as the size, and make a decision about what you want to do to improve functionality.

For instance, you may like to add a new set of table and chairs. Is there room for a gazebo or a hot tub? It is really important that you do what you can to improve the functionality of the garden and provide more places for people to sit, relax, and enjoy themselves.

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Making the garden more of a functional and social area really helps to improve it and add value and worth to the property. The best gardens are the ones you can make use of, and they will help you ensure you get the best out of your home. You also need to think about how to sell your home, and what is involved in making it more appealing to buyers.

May 20, 2018|Home Decor|

5 Things You’ll Need to Set Up Your Own Business

This time 2 years ago launched my own digital marketing agency, Float Digital. Quitting your job, risking your mortgage and going out on your own it daunting but it was undoubtably the best decision I’ve ever made. In such a short space of time we’ve come a long way and it’s crazy to think how much has changed. I’ve written another post over on the company blog about what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months, if you want to have a snoop.   

A recent study conducted by International Marketing at ABE revealed that 90% of young people would like to start a business. These days, it’s easier than ever to start your own business. No matter what your skills or interests, it’s easy to set up a business to profit from them. While it may be easier to get a business up and running, there’s still quite a lot of things you’re going to need before you start. Take it from the horses mouth.. 

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Did you know that the majority of start-up businesses fail within their first year? If you want to avoid becoming one of them, here’s 5 things you’ll need to set up your own business.


Understand the tax and legal implications

One of the first things you’ll absolutely want to do is look into the tax and legal implications of starting a business. Dealing with HMRC might feel a little scary and even a bit boring, but you’ll need to deal with it. 

As you’ll be self-employed or an employee of your own company, you’ll be responsible for your own tax. This is something you really don’t want to mess up because it’ll get expensive. Depending upon what sector you’ll be working in, there may also be numerous legal implications you need to consider.

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It’s a good idea to look at the government self employed guide to learn more about the legalities of setting up a business. Brush up on everything you need to know, then get some recommendations for professional help. Hiring a lawyer and an accountant is a wise investment – they are worth their weight in gold.

Have a little patience

You can’t expect to start a business and instantly become successful. It’s going to take a lot of time, effort and hard work. Anything worth having doesn’t come easily. If you don’t have much patience, you’re going to easily become frustrated, especially during the early days.

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When I first started I only had a handful of clients, and it took a few months to gradually build up my business. I’m so glad that was the case though because it meant I had time to tweak my website, develop my brand and get my processes in place. I’m always busy now, so I appreciated that time to get things right. 

You can just jump into the deep end (you wouldn’t want to, it would be horribly stressful!). 

Don’t neglect having a business plan

Even if you don’t intend to seek financial backing for your new business, you’ll still need a solid business plan in place. These can be pretty tedious and difficult to create if you’ve never done them before, however, they help you to plan the business and set goals to keep you motivated.

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I created a business plan with the help of Unlocking Potential when I first began trading, but the busier I got, the harder I found to keep on top of developing my goals. I now block out time on a Friday to focus on my business and spend time defining my objectives. It makes a world of difference, so make sure you find the time for it.

Meticulous plan your finances

Not all businesses require a lot of money to get started. I’m so lucky that I’m essentially just selling my time, and our largest overheads we have are software and salaries. This meant it was easy for us to enter the market and it was low risk for me, in terms of jeprodisring my personal life. I just made sure I had enough savings to last me up to 6 months (if things went south!), and needed to be 100% committed to my business. 

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This isn’t the case for everybody though, for example, if you’re setting up a hairdressing business. In this scenario, you’d need quite a lot of equipment to get started, even if you only plan on running a mobile hairdressing business. Of course, there are ways to save money on the things you need. Choosing suppliers, such as Capital Hair & Beauty, which offer bulk supplies at discounted prices, is a great way to cut the cost of setting up. 

Invest in a good website

It sounds obvious, but it’s so important to get a website up and running as this will be used to market the business. Every business is expected to have a website these days, so make it one of the first things you do. 

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You don’t have to spend a fortune on a website as there’s plenty of great cheap templates out there available for platforms such as Shopify and WordPress. Once you’re up and running and making a good profit, then you can consider investing in a bespoke website using a freelancer web designer or agency. 

The above is just a very small number of things you’re going to need to set up a new business. If you follow each of these tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming your own boss. Trust me, you’ll never look back. 

May 17, 2018|Blogging Tips|
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Strawberry Squeeze is a UK lifestyle blog written by me, Sam Charles! Ranked as Up and Coming on Bloglovin’, Strawberry Squeeze publishes content from health and beauty to travel and adventure.

I aim to updated the blog at least once a week (usually much more often!) with guides, inspiration and reviews. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook to keep up to date with all my posts 💕

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Strawberry Squeeze is a UK lifestyle blog but what exactly does that mean? Mediakix defines a lifestyle blog as “digital content representation of its author’s everyday life and interests”. This is perfect for fickle little me, that changes what they’re doing every 5 minutes.

Whilst my career, my fiancée and my home is consistent, my hobbies and interest are all over the place. Life is too short and I want to experience EVERYTHING. One weekend I’ll be climbing a mountain, another I’ll be surfing, then the next week I’ll be watching learning how to create macrame wall hangings.

I always wonder how successful I could make the blog if it was in a niche with a focus but alas, it just wouldn’t be me.

Do you run a UK lifestyle or fitness blog, and want to contribute to my Strawberry Squeeze? If so, I want to hear from you!🍓hello@strawberrysqueeze.co.uk