Business operating hours – Future Dates Away, office closures

You receive personal service because this is a one-person show.  Unfortunately this does mean that when I’m away, the office is closed.

Some of the days I’ll be out of the office:

  • 2016 – Perhaps 3 weeks away during January (dates TBA).
  • 2016 – mid Mar-early Apr;  I’ll be at the Sydney Royal Easter Show My stand is in a fantastic spot in the Home Garden & Lifestyle Pavilion – just a couple of aisles from the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome (stand number TBA).  The Sydney Royal Show runs from 17 to 30 March; however I will be travelling either side of this, so likely to be away from 13th March until 4th April, approximately. It’s a one-off (not annual – I couldn’t afford the time), so if you’re in Sydney, please do call in for a chinwag.
  • 2016 – a few days in Sept – QRRRWN conference in Roma (Qld)

Generally – usually the best way to contact me while I am away:

  • Twitter:  I check twitter messages daily where there is mobile phone reception & I have a data connection. So this is the best way to contact me if you require a speedy response.
  • LinkedIn: I also check Linkedin daily; as above.
  • Emails:  Emails are checked on a computer once weekly if possible but only urgent emails are responded to, before I return. And sometimes I’m not able to check them at all.  Hundreds of emails are received weekly, so it’s a good idea to throw a reminder rock my way after I return, too.  (When going through thousands of emails, it’s easy to accidentally delete one in error.)
  • Facebook: My Facebook use is erratic (it’s not my preferred medium); however I endeavour to check it weekly while away.
  • Phone:  If I’m away for longer than 2 weeks please don’t leave phone messages, as Messagebank automatically deletes phone messages past a certain age and they cannot be retrieved.

General notes:

  • If ordering a special-event gift, please order well in advance to ensure your delivery deadline is met.
  • I am home most of the time, but sometimes travel at short notice, taking photographs or for other business reasons.  It’s the nature of the beast-I must travel away to take pics, attend conferences etc.
  • When there is a special offer deadline, all orders received prior to the specified deadline receive the special offer.
  • When I am away phone messages, emails and social media accounts are checked as frequently as possible however it is sometimes difficult.  I am single-minded and work long hours when away, extracting the most out of every minute. In any case, I’m often a large distance from the nearest mobile phone reception or mains power supply.  And if out of Australia, the SIM card I’ve bought often gets used up too quickly, because I tweet images!  When travelling in Australia, I often drive 1,000km/day or more, so it’s not feasible to be checking & responding to messages en route. Please note any specifically mentioned contact methods listed for specific trips away, above, as each journey is different.
  • If you have any queries when I am away, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the methods mentioned above.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by office absences.  Ideally I’d have a bevvy of slaves, but alas not.