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Google My Business is not the only tool……

Google My Business is just the beginning As usual we like to give away top tips, in the hope that you will come to use if you need that extra helping hand when it comes to promoting your business. Many people use Google My Business now to help promote their business, we have seen and continue to see great results. Let’s face it, everyone uses their phone now, so these little tools, help mobile users find your business, whether its from a Google search, or simply typing a destination into Google Maps. But……. What if your potential customer does not use Google Maps? They might use Apple Maps, and why not… but if you haven’t created a business profile on this, then you won’t appear What if your potential customer uses Bing as their search engine via Microsoft Edge? Bing My Places has it covered. (Plus you can sync your google my business data straight to your Bing profile As always our little business is just here to help other little businesses, and together we help us all make our little mark on the map Have a great weekend, from us all at Breakout, Farley, Andy and Jake Check out our printing services, business and social media support pages

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Summer 2022 Holiday Clubs

Summer holiday clubs aka lifesavers!  A working parent / carer? Self employed? Need help with childcare over 6 weeks off in the Summer holidays? We’ve got you.   We are so fortunate in Sudbury to have options for clubs, so, to help make it easier for you we’ve put the links in one place, book quick as so often they get booked up quickly!   Phillippa Gunn Art – Art workshops for the little creative artist in your life – these half or full days have art games and a work of art for your small human to bring home!   Phillippa Gunn Art Sports Camps at AFC Sudbury with SCS Suffolk, multi sport games for 4 – 12 year olds, these are 2 day camps with tournaments and competitions.   SCS Suffolk Maxim Sports – You can’t go without mentioning the very popular and very enjoyable Maxim Sports Day and Morning camps. Their awesome variety includes Dance, Nerf, Football and Multi Sports camps.   Maxim Sports Highbank Riding School – The local and well known riding school holds pony days in the holidays, check out their Facebook page to find out more.   HIghbank Riding School Dellar Sports Coaching – Check out their Facebook page for the Activity Days which sound like great fun!   Dellar Sports Beau Dance – Dance Workshops in the mornings, Tik Tok and Fairytale, there is something for everyone.   Beau Dance Little Oaks – Crafts and activities, outdoor adventures and so much fun, we wish we could go instead of work!!   Little Oaks These are the local clubs we are aware of, we have contacted another couple as no details are out yet and we can always update as we hear of things! However, we hope this helps, we understand the stress and difficulty it can be to cover 6 weeks off even without the work guilt, parent guilt and just some extra guilt for no reason whatsoever!!   Let us know if you know of any others and how you find each of them! At Breakout we have coworking desks for those admin days or mornings where you might need to have extra focus on the days the small humans are booked in.  

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Your Support Network

When starting your own business it can be tough. You have all the doubts, the why’s outnumber the why nots, you will talk yourself out of everything, overwhelm yourself by reading conflicting information and researching with results showing you the bad as well as the good.   It is good to have balance, be realistic, know that it may not work however we believe that whilst everything can (and sometimes will) go wrong, as in life, there are ways to make it work, succeed and smash everything you do to make your very own business a huge success.   Your person One thing or, should I say person, who will make all the difference is having your very own cheerleader. That person who will support you through the ups and downs. Celebrate with you but also tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear.   When I say cheerleader I am talking about Beth in ‘This is Us’ in Season 6, Episode 6 “Our Little Island Girl” who supports her students no matter what with the important part being that she believes in them. Beth follows her gut instinct and sees something in her students that they don’t even see so even when they fail, she knows they can fly and supports them in doing so.   Find that person for you. You have a natural talent? People are already asking you to make or do something for you and they will pay you? Then that is where you start. Just do and get feedback. That feedback should be the push you need to create a side hustle and then a business full time.   Where Breakout Long Melford can help As a business support centre we are a lot less corporate and will never tell you what to do. This is because your business needs to run your way. We are not that person, they are something different but we will give you honest feedback and tell you what you need to hear and give that little push in the right direction. You will always leave our workshops, courses and 121s re-energised and enthused about your business.   Find your cheerleader and network that you need. It is possible to achieve your dreams without them but, I promise, it will be so much easier with them.   Contact us for more information  

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Do you have or need a website? Is your current arrangement working for you?

Time and time again we are hearing customers that have a website, but are unable to maintain it themselves, or it’s too costly make simple changes, or they have forgotten about it due to high costs. We have partnered with one of the leading hosting companies IONOS, as a registered partner, we have access to competitive rates which we pass direct to our customers. We would rather watch you succeed and have a website that works, and one that you can update yourself and together with our training this is entirely possible whatever your skill level. However if you need our help we are just a quick phone call away. No maintenance contract.  You pay the annual hosting fee if hosted with us and pay for the training as and when you need it. Of course if you don’t have the time to maintain it, we can come to an arrangement where we can step in and take the hassle away. But in any event, Breakout host, create, and maintain websites from a variety of platforms. Such as Wix, Godaddy, Square, WordPress. Need help with your existing site then just give us a call. What to know more about DNS and how your website and email works, then our Nerd will quite happily go through this with you. Just one of the many tools in our toolbox here at Breakout. Your small business to help your small business Have you seen some of our latest projects?

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Spot a scam

Fake social media profiles Have you seen a friend share a post, promising them that they have been entered into a competition? Does it seem too good to be true? The first thing is check the profile of the business, how many followers do they have? Search for the real page Check how many posts they have made and do they appear genuine Is there a verified tick next to the business name? for such a large company, this should be done Does the page name have any unusual characters in it? Such as a (full stop) at the end? This would indicate that it is fake. So many people fall for these tactics, the pages are invented to create that “dream”, or that must have item. When your friends share it, it gives the post credibility, “Well Doris shared it so it must be true”  The sinister part of this scam is to eventually lead you to a way of gathering personal information about you, your passwords and indeed your accounts, and if you use the same password elsewhere then things could get serious very quickly. See one of these being shared again?  Tell your friend immediately, do not comment on the post,  it only adds to the credibility as your friends will now see the same post because you commented on it. So keep an eye out, don’t be afraid to question and keep yourself and your friends protected. If you need anything else, computer related or help with your business needs, such as social media, bookkeeping or a place to work for the day that isn’t home, but its our home 😍 full of friendly staff doing their best to help,  Then get in touch! Breakout the small business dedicated for your small business and the ones who like to keep our followers safe online Here are the links to the genuine pages Disney World Southwest Airlines

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Poor wifi?

A customer came to breakout this week complaining of a poor internet connection. BT had been out and changed the router but his connection was very poor. We quickly attended the same day and diagnosed the fault as being poor wifi reception in the home. The routers that are provided by internet service providers such as talk talk, BT, virgin etc only provide a limited connection around the home. There are various situations that this will hamper the signal from passing through walls or getting interfered with by other devices within the home. The solution which is now outdated was to install a wifi extender to help cover those dead spots, however these come with their own issues. They appear to increase the wifi signal, your device will show a better signal, but it’s false becasue the speed of the original connection will drop. Try it for yourself, run a speed test on your phone whilst stood next to the router, then move to the furthest point then run the same test. . The more extenders you have the worst this becomes, especially if they are daisy chained to each other. A typical wifi extender setup credit to signalboosers.com for the image. This image from this article explains the issue with extenders, as you can see the a wifi extender takes the edge of the signal where its already poor, to then create a hotspot based on that poor connection. The solution to this is simple, wifi mesh system is the answer. Wifi mesh system This image shows the difference, using a series of nodes they all communicate with each other, sharing the internet speed across the whole home There are various solutions available but from as little as £180 we can look to install a mesh system in your home without fuss. Case study I attended a clients address, they had 70Mbps download and 20Mbps upload, a great connection when stood next to the router, the system was a sky system which has various extenders throughout the home. As I left the room and moved to the next room, the signal on my laptop was still showing full. I ran a speed test. The results were 5Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. A huge drop, paying for broadband in one room that no one uses, to then get such a poor speed was not acceptable. I quoted and installed a Eero mesh system. The result throughout the whole 5 bedroom home, upstairs and downstairs using 4 nodes was incredible. The 70Mbps and 20Mbps utilised everywhere. Contact us Contact us today, arrange us to visit your home and check your system and see where we can help. Contact us have you seen our new website design page?

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