Tagged: Entrepreneurship

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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How do I retain valuable employees?

You’re a leader. You speak to a lot of people every day. You issue a lot of instructions. They must listen to you, but do you listen to them? Listening is more than just an important skill when it comes to communicating in business. It’s paramount. You can build strong relationships with your employees and […]

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Isolation in Business & How a Community Helps

Isolation — it’s one of the harsh realities of business. You’re the one in control. You make the decisions. Often, you work by yourself and you don’t see many people. Let’s face it: it gets lonely. It doesn’t have to stay that way, though. You can change it all by joining a community. Why join […]

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How do I appropriately determine my business value?

Pricing strategy — it’s not all just about the numbers. That might seem hard to believe, but it’s true. It’s as much about how you value yourself and your business. Okay, so you have to get the numbers right, but if you don’t have a true, confident appreciation of your own value, you can get […]

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The Power Is In You: Leading as an Introvert

Anyone who wants to run a business has got to be an extrovert, right? They’re natural born leaders. Outgoing. Talkative. Sociable. Not afraid to be the centre of attention. At least, that’s what a lot of people think and is what they expect of an entrepreneur. Introverts, however, are a different personality type completely. Quiet. […]

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It’s All in the Asking

When a problem arises in business, we dive in and scramble around, looking for a solution. We ask what the problem is; we identify it; we find a solution; we implement it. That’s how it works. At least, that’s how it should work, but you see, business isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes, a solution that should […]

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The Learning Curve: The Importance of Failure in Business

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight. It’s a Japanese proverb. And they’d be right. In business, you’re going to fail sometimes. It’s a dead cert. But you can’t lose heart. Failure is an important part of life and of business success. We should embrace it, learn from it and, as the proverb advises, keep […]

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Ready for Business: Why Sleep Is Important for Success

How much sleep do successful people get? Depending on the person, anything between 4 and 8 hours, according to Forbes. The NHS suggests we should sleep 8 hours per night, although some people need more than this and others need less. The one thing several of the world’s most successful people have in common is […]

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Forget the new, make progress instead

I appreciate that it’s March as you read this. Yet, as I write this article, I’m surrounded by the most beautiful snow filled landscape that is smothering the orchard with whiteness.   We’ve passed the 21st January which according to “experts” is also known as Blue Monday. The day in the year that is said to […]

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