The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Are you any good with a hammer?

We live an old house.  It’s not a rundown ramshackle affair but it was built in the 1850’s.  This inevitably means that there are bits of it that are worn, tired and in places, falling apart. For instance, there’s a point at which the conservatory meets the original roof line and it leaks.  We have […]

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You and the Spice Girls!

Is it just me or is the line between work and play becoming more blurred the deeper we go into lockdown? There seems to be a general sense of all work and no play making everyone a dull boy or girl. There’s an irony in finding motivation to stop working as opposed to the lethargy that usually accompanies […]

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Oh… Jimmy, Jimmy!

I’ve just finished watching the end of the remarkable first test between India and England, and there was a subtle little stat hidden away amongst all the figures that caught my eye. It’s one of the things I love about cricket, the numbers, the stats, the ebb, and flow of what those numbers tell you, […]

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What on earth are you doing?

Hold on… No hitting…. I was thinking yesterday, whilst practicing a few golf swings in the garden, about my self-talk. What I mean is, I found myself telling myself off (read abusing myself) every time my swing wasn’t quite right. “that was rubbish, Ash” “Ash, you’re an idiot” “FFS Ash, sort it out” When I’m […]

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Are you running your business by your bank balance

Here’s a quick question for you.   Do you know your numbers? For example, do you know how many leads you need to reach your targets each month? If you don’t – you need to.   Because the problem is: if you’ve got money in your business bank account (or if you’re a sole trader […]

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Are you in Danger?

Or surrounded by opportunity? Whilst thinking about what to write this Friday morning, it occurred to me that that we’re very quickly coming up to a year since we started to be aware that this “bat thing” might affect us in some way or form. Some way or form I don’t think anyone expected the […]

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How you do anything is how you do everything

As you may know, Kay and I start the day each morning by walking the dog.  It was wet this morning.  It had been raining all morning and the air was still damp and mizzly, permeating through our clothing and Rodney’s smart new grey woolly coat. On the way back we have to walk along […]

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Are YOU managing your time, or is time managing YOU?

This month, as you know, we’re focussing on time management. Because heading into 2021, I guarantee that nailing this will play a key role in your success – especially if you’re a business who’s had to put many of the usual daily routines and focus on hold while we’re in the current (hopefully final!) lockdown. […]

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We think he stood on a box

One of the positive things to have happened through lockdown one, in March last year – in fact a whole year ago, is having Rodney with us full time. If you’ve been living under a rock you might not know about Rodney, my daft, fifteen-year-old Jack Russell cross Whippet (we think the Jack stood on […]

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Same but different….

Why things are different in Lockdown 3 Much as I’m sure you have too, the TBC team has had to “pivot” (ugh) and adapt how we work and behave as a business through 2020. We’ve had to balance a new way of working and living to take us into 2021. These are my observations on […]

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