Change Is All Around…

Ray Stewart Marketing, TCM4000 2 Comments

Change is certainly surrounding me at the moment.  It was a big step for me to allow a web expert to take over the updates to this website and look after the essential Search Engine optimization bits and bobs.

Sadly though, after just a couple of months, I received an email to say he was giving up his business for personal reasons which remained un-explained.  So I have to take this back myself again.

We were on the point of totally changing the whole look of this little site to include a membership structure and a full blog e-commerce shop which would handle the email subscriptions, regular billing etc.  I am determined to push ahead with this though so I apologize again in advance if the site keeps changing appearance and sometimes looking totally distorted whilst I play with the new theme and all the available options.

When this site first appeared as a blog, it was simplicity itself to swap themes and have a fresh look every day if I fancied it, but now it has grown to more than a blog, swapping the theme is still easy but making it look and present the right pages in the right places is not!

In the meantime, because I had become, and so had some commentators, totally bored with the amateurish look that has been the site for the past months, and because it had always been upside down on the front page (bet you hadn’t noticed that!), I have swapped for a “safe” look until the new one is sorted.

I am really tired today as the last couple of weeks have been really busy.  I have celebrated my 25th (silver) wedding anniversary with Sue last Tuesday, been working hard with the TCM developer on a new accounts integration coming soon to this site via the paperless office program, been to lengthy client meetings, taken Matthew to school for 6.45am yesterday for his London trip and then went to the local Federation of Small Business breakfast meeting at 7.30am yesterday.  Today I was due to go to another breakfast network session this morning at the Leciester Tigers Stadium but I just couldn’t get up in time (Sorry to the organizers for letting you down).

At the FSB meeting yesterday I met a number of really interesting business people, including an Independent Financial Advisor who I was actually impressed with (that hasn’t happened for quite a few years!).  I have asked her if she will write an article for me to post here about why talking to an IFA is essential for every single person in business.  She promised to do this and you will then be able to read for yourself that an IFA is not the enemy these days, but actually a really useful source of information and lifestyle guidance.

That’s for a day in the near future – hopefully.

Watch this space for more change over the next week or so…

~Ray

Ray Stewart
I am a qualified Certified Practising Accountant having passed my final exams way back in 1981. I actually can’t believe that was 33 years ago!! Anyway, I am now in my 50’s and I have been running my own business since May 1983. And before you ask, no, I have never regretted a moment of it! Part of the membership requirements of my professional body now dictate that I spend quite a lot of time on “CPD” - continuing professional education (one of their better ideas) - and over the last two years I decided to study business growth and marketing. I have learnt such a lot and that knowledge has radically changed my old “accountants” approach to business. It has made such a difference to the way I work and operate I feel that I just have to pass on this knowledge. It is simply too powerful to hold back!! - but I will try and do it in simple terms rather than expecting you to spend hours, as I had to, working through the difficult language that trainers seem to use to pass on their concepts. I hope you find the blog a useful resource and interesting place to visit as the months pass. I will do my best to keep up the flow - but if there are any topics you would like me to cover, then please let me know. Ray Stewart
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