The Flex Network - Week 10

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september 7th 2018  

Good morning Flexers, 

The next meet-up for The Flexwork Network has been announced. If you're a parent in business with a side hustle or small biz in the children's products & services industries, then come along. It's on 24th September at 10.30am at Takes A Village in East Dulwich SE22

Here's this week's headlines...
 


Social Media, Marketing & Tech

Twitter really need to raise their game. They sent out an email showing 'best practice for B2B' with some examples of 'great engagement'... which turned out to be a grand total of four likes. Oh dear Twitter, surely you can find a better case study than that?

Want to know more about Instagram Stories? Here's five charts, fresh out the kitchen, about how to advertise on the platform

While we're talking about Insta Stories, did you know can create a link to your "highlights"? For example, check out my highlights here. Just click on your highlight, click on the 'more' tab and then click on 'copy highlight link' (H/T to @MrsRuthieWebb for sending this tip in)

Did you also spot that you can now add a selfie to your Insta Stories? Just click on the Stickers tab, and then click on the selfie button. This means you can now do a face on any pic.. which is slightly creepy! There's loads of information on Insta Stories in this article, here.

I've started using Canva to create simple graphics and social posts. It's free, but you can pay for a premium service, or buy premium images. Perfect for small business owners, it's got a range of templates for social media, designed to spec. Just swap out the copy and imagery for your own
 


Flex, flex, flex

Natural light is the #1 "office perk" (I hate that phrase) according to a new US study. Well, if you flex like us then you can choose a different sea/park/cafe/living room/mountain top view every day! 

No surprise here for working parents - childcare costs outstrip wage rises. Fees have soared by 52% over past decade, compared with 17% rise in earnings

Fancy an evening of inspirational chat about flexible working with speakers like Mother Pukka, Deb Khan from She's Back and Eleanor Denton, founder of Flexible Working Mums in Hertford? It's on September 13th and costs just under £30 including a book and glass of prosecco. Get your tickets now!


That's all for this week, see you next week!
 

I'm Angharad Salazar Llewellyn. I'm a freelance social media consultant, brand editor and journalist available for hire. Just email me if you'd like to work together. Like this newsletter? You can buy me a coffee, here.


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