This is the time of the year when you’ll usually find people out in their gardens. Whether they’re having a barbecue with their family, sitting on the patio enjoying drinks with friends or just simply trying to tidy up and sort the garden out in preparation for the summer months, you can guarantee that once the weather gets a bit warmer there will be a lot more people spending time outside and making the most out of their back gardens.

If you’re one of those people who is lucky enough to have a beautiful garden and you’re looking for some new garden furniture well it could be your lucky day! Rattan Direct are currently running a competition to win a £500 voucher to spend online on their website. All you need to do is take a photo of your garden and send it in to them. You can find more information and enter here.

Although I live so close to Birmingham, the last train home is at 23:15 which means that when I go to a gig I often have to miss the last couple of songs to ensure I make it back to New Street Station on time. Once I get back it can cost me up to £15 for a taxi back to my house, so I was really pleased to hear that Birmingham was getting its own Easy Hotel with rooms starting from just £23.99. When I found out, I decided to book myself a room for when I was going to see Band of Horses at the O2 Institute – it was only going to cost me an extra £9 and it meant that I could stay for the full set and then be in bed with a Starbucks within 20 minutes of leaving the venue. View Post

It’s something most of us aspire to – the dream of waking up each day and indulging in a hobby that doubles as a profitable business.

For some, the sudden, unexpected loss of a job can force them to look at the money-making opportunities under their nose, while others will plan the launch of their hobby-based business for many years.

Whichever camp you sit in, turning a hobby into an enterprise is no mean feat. There are, however, five things every entrepreneur can do to give their personal business the greatest chance of success. View Post