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Tina Boden CREDIT TO Diana Bonner

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Tina Boden

As well as co-fronting Enterprise Rockers, Tina is a wife, mum, founder of Only Me Here, director of Priorat Provenance, and trustee of Ellie’s Fund – Brain Tumour Trust. We catch a glimpse of a typical day…

6.15am – It’s the second alarm of the morning signaling my youngest son needs to be up and out for his paper round; this alarm is preceded by the one that rudely awakes me every week day at 4.45am when my husband gets up for work.

I am not a great sleeper and I always seem to just be dropping off when an alarm starts ringing!

7am – It’s amazing what great conversations you have with people on social media at this time of the day and some fabulous business contacts have been made thanks to early morning virtual networking. A spot of tweeting followed by a cup of Yorkshire tea is my usual way to start the day.

8am – I cannot face what the day has in store without a tidy house. Whether I am working from home or flying out of the door to present a workshop, speak at an event, or meet a client everything has to be in place at home; I am constantly missing trains because they do not wait while I puff the cushions!

8.30am – Today is a working from home day and I have the pleasure of Grand-dog sitting as well. Olly, a one-year-old black Labrador belonging to my eldest son and his girlfriend, gets me out in the fresh air two or three times a week and I love it. Dog walking is a great way to help you focus on your business plans.

10am – Priorat Provenance distributes awarding winning Mother’s Garden extra virgin olive oil and I spend time chatting to stockists and chefs about their businesses whilst taking the weeks orders and sending them through to Spain.

1.30pm – It’s time for a catch up with Tony about some Enterprise Rockers developments and we meet for lunch at our favourite tapas bar – great food and a glass of wine makes the plans come together a whole lot easier!

4.15pm – Back at my desk to put together a presentation for an Only Me Here networking support slot I have next week – helping micro business owners understand how to network effectively is something I really enjoy doing and I never tire of speaking about it or delivering workshops on the subject.

7.30pm – Dinner time; it is important that we sit down together as a family whenever we can, even more so now the boys are older as they are off doing their own things and catching up with them can be difficult.

8.45pm – While the tale end of the football is enjoyed by three quarters of my household I use the time to catch up with some emails and create a list of ‘to dos’ for the following day – I couldn’t function in my life without lists!

10am – Bath time. At the end of a long day there is nothing better than a nice relaxing bath before climbing in to bed to read a book, though I rarely get further than a couple of pages before I start dozing off – it takes me months to read a novel.

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