The Blog

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

Looking Back on Your Hidden Success

We’re at that time of the year when many people are starting to reflect over the last twelve months and consider their accomplishments or successes.  Given that it’s also the end of a decade, this has started a trend towards sharing accomplishments over the past 10 years.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen […]

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Outsourcing — How to Hire Good Freelancers for Your Team

Freelancers — some people like hiring them; others are more reluctant to take them on. Hiring a freelancer can be very hit and miss. Choose a bad one and it could damage your business. Outsource the work to a good one and you could save money, get the job done and run a more profitable […]

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How to Manage Your Time Better

Let’s face it: when you start a business, you feel almost like you’ve got to be a superhero. You have so many hats to wear, so many tasks to juggle, and it’s a struggle to manage your time well. But the better you can manage your time, the more productive you can be and the […]

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Aim for Progress, Not Perfection, and Get Things Done

A lot of planning and preparation goes into launching a new product or service and, of course, a business. You want to be successful. I get that. You want everything to be the very best it can be. I get that, too. There comes a point, however, when you’ve got to stop seeking perfection and […]

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The Importance of Taking a Payment Upfront

How many times have you had to pay a deposit or make a full payment upfront for something? You put a deposit down on a house. You might pay one if you’re buying a car. You may also pay some money in advance when you book an event space. It’s perfectly normal, so are you […]

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How to Generate Warm Leads

Stop Trying to Get Leads Into Bed With You Straight Away Ever been to a conference or networking event, had someone introduce themselves to you and, the minute they have your attention, launch immediately into a sales pitch? It’s excruciating, isn’t it? Not a good sales tactic, as far as I’m concerned, and I certainly […]

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How to Overcome Overwhelm

How to Overcome Overwhelm If you’re going to start a business, it’s a fact that you’re going to be under pressure.  A lot of pressure. You must live with the uncertainty of whether it will work out or not, not to mention with the constant financial pressure of supporting the business and keeping it going. […]

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Write your own rules in business

Recently, I received an email from my golf club with the subject line of “Cheating!” There have been enough conversations about the perceived bending of the rules to warrant communication to all members. We know it shouldn’t happen. We hope it never does but it has. It’s a nasty word – “cheat”.  It conjures up […]

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VAT and Why You Shouldn’t Create a Glass Ceiling For Yourself

How much is the threshold before you start paying VAT? It’s £85 000. You want to earn more than that, though, right? That’s the plan when you start a business. You want to build something. If you’ve not registered for VAT, it’s time for you to stop getting in your own way and do it. […]

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The Power of Community

Starting out on your own is brave. You just never know what lies ahead. This journey is one of the things — if not, the thing — that makes self-employment so damned exciting. What’s important to realise, however, is that you don’t have to do it all on your own. There’s only so much you […]

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