Some of you may have noticed that there was no round-up last week.

I know there would have been immense disappointment while eating your roast dinners and creme eggs and for that, I apologise.

The bank holiday weekend got the better of me a bit, I was away from home and my usual routine was all over the place.

Weirdly, I had written most of the post but just didn’t get round to finishing it, giving it a little edit and posting it.

It had been a quiet short week as has this one just been so will roll them…


Highlight Reel:

  • When lots to be done — process is key.
  • Inaugural Sunday 7 is live — see it here or sign up to get it in your inbox every Sunday.
  • Always be learning, so many great resources out there.
  • Impostor Syndrome — everyone has it to one degree or another.
  • I’ve been invited on the Ahead in Tech Podcast/YouTube channel.
  • I’ve started a 30 day challenge to improve my social media engagement. Follow on Twitter
  • Started a ‘what’s your biggest win of the week?’ movement to inspire others.
  • Had two invoices paid this week!
  • eOpinion hit 100 followers on Linkedin

Full episode:

Yet…


This week has been a bit of a whirlwind.

One minute it was Monday morning. A packed week ahead of me, lots of things to get done and the next thing I knew, the drinks trolley was being wheeled into the home office, and it was Friday afternoon.

Despite not knowing where the week went, on the whole it was pretty successful.

Growth

I’ve mentioned before the importance of growth but eOpinion is a little different to most companies. We are B2C (the panel) as well as B2B (the clients).

The growth strategy needs to take this into account because the…


Today is my 30th daily blog post in a row.

Even typing that feels a bit strange, but as I come to the end of #ship30for30 I’ve been reflecting a lot on the last few weeks.

Firstly, I’m very surprised that I didn’t miss a single day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not a quitter, but when I started I assumed that with everything I have going on at the moment, life would get in the way occasionally and just make it difficult.

I think my biggest takeaway from the whole experience was around managing expectations.

Before it began…


I’ve mentioned in this blog before that I am prone to a bit of procrastination.

Procrastination is a productivity killer! But, it’s an easy trap to fall in to with so many distractions around.

Ironically, everything changed when I was procrastinating listening to a podcast from the Creative Rebels.

David and Adam were interviewing Nir Eyal. I’ve been a follower of Nir for a while and he was discussing his latest book, Indistractable.

Nir is a very interesting guy!

During the podcast, they talk a lot about why to-do lists are toxic and not a good way to go about…


On the whole, this week has been a good week. 😀

Early on in the week the news agenda was focusing heavily on Harry & Meghan and also International Women’s day.

In situations where the news is like this, I find myself a little conflicted.

I know from a growth perspective, content covering these topics has potential to get press or shares, but there is already so much of it. Everyone has an opinion, including many who probably shouldn’t.

I feel a bit reluctant to jump on the bandwagon unless we can add a differentiating voice to the narrative. The…


I get taught this lesson on a pretty regular basis.

One day maybe I’ll learn.

My latest misadventure was around tax, pensions and PAYE which I mentioned briefly here and led to the idea for this post.

Other examples include, but are definitely not limited to, website building, legal issues, data analysis, paid social media marketing, copywriting, DIY and I’m sure you have plenty of your own too!

I enjoy working things out for myself but I have to decide what is more cost-effective at times.

Is it worth it when a specialist could probably do it in a fraction…


We all have them.

And with everything happening in the world at the moment, maybe you’re having more than usual.

Trying to grow a business at the best of times can all get a bit much.

I’m prone to letting a frustrating hour, bad day or slow week have too much headspace, and forgetting the bigger picture.

We all know progress isn’t linear, there’s going to be plenty of ups and downs.

The key thing I try to remember when I see the red mist on the horizon is perspective.

Over the short timeframe, things might be a challenge.


I write a very short daily journal.

Every day, at around 8pm, I note down a one-line overview of the highlights of my day and also something that I am thankful for.

Last night without really thinking about it, I wrote that I was thankful for the technology which allows me to chat with people.

I for one know that I take it completely for granted.

Yesterday I had a really interesting chat with a founder of a charity that wouldn’t have been possible if not for video chat.

I also know that, for all the criticism tech companies often…


I’ve been a big fan of AARRR for some time now.

Growth is essential to new businesses. Adopting this framework makes it easier for me to keep the focus on what I should and shouldn’t be doing.

I’ve used it in roles in the past and, as I look to grow eOpinion, I’m incorporating it into my plans again.

There are other growth frameworks out there but I like the simplicity of this. If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know I love simplicity.

Here is my simple overview:

What is the AARRR framework?

The AARRR framework was devised by…

Chris Hutchings

Founder at eOpinion. Further details can be found at https://chrishutchings.online

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