SoleTrading Month 2011: Week two

Last week saw Smarta, not to mention Twitter and Facebook, buzzing with SoleTrading marketing advice - thanks for all your tips and suggestions.

Remember, SoleTrading Month is all about teaming up with your fellow solo entrepreneurs, be that exchanging experiences and insights or offering each other exclusive discounts.

Today the focus shifts to technology. We reckon a good sole trader thanks (not blames) their tools, so we want to hear how you're using technology to grow your businesses.

What gadgets are you using to deliver a better service, take on more work and ultimately make more sales?

To kick-start the debate we'll be looking into what essential apps sole traders should be using, what new gadgets can aid growth and drive efficiency and show why it pays to be plugged in at all times - whether that's to your customers or your fellow soletraders.

Still to come:

Week three: Growth

When you're trying to do everything on your own, it can be a struggle just to maintain the status quo, let alone try to grow a business. But we have some tried and tested tips for sole traders (time poor, resource poor to boot) to help them scale up and branch out.

Week four: Attitude

We mentioned motivation at the start of this blog. Week four will put attitude under the microscope and focus on the ways your can make sure you stay positive and active. We know that you can't be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all the time: when things go wrong, it's natural to be disappointed. But we will share ways to pick yourself up and carry on.

Live webchat

On October 28, we will bring you a live webchat with Smarta founder Shaa Wasmund, Viking head of e-commerce Stuart Carlisle and sole trader Georgia Campbell, founder of lingerie brand Miss Crofton.

Don't forget to tune in, set a reminder below...

To keep up with all the news and deals for Soletrading Month, follow the #SoleTrading and #Tech hashtag and Like us on Facebook.

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