Tagged: small busines

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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Should you ever compare yourself to someone else?

I did the three peaks challenge recently. Impressed huh?  Except it wasn’t the one (three) involving Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowden.  In fact, it was the three peaks challenge comprising…  Wait for it… Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon. And no, I didn’t run it.  I walked.  There were three options for this challenge.  […]

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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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Why the VAT Barrier Isn’t a Barrier

£85 000 — that’s the value added tax (VAT) threshold. Earn anything below that annually and you don’t have to register for the tax. If you’re starting out, £85 000 might seem a long way away… unachievable, even. It isn’t. Maybe you just don’t want to charge it. Maybe you’re waiting to cross the VAT […]

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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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Outsource and Make Life Easy For Yourself

When you start a business, one of the first things you’ll think about is who you’re going to employ for it to be a success. You interview people for various roles. That takes time and effort. Then you’ve got to monitor them once they’re in the role and check they’re the best fit for the […]

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Fight your fears: let your training take over

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the sport that we are surrounded with.  Given my background it’s not surprising that I feel this way and I do enjoy getting caught up in the excitement and passion of the various competition that are taking place.  We’ve got the (women’s) football […]

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The Heat Is On: How to Cope With Pressure

This heatwave has got me thinking about how we cope under pressure. It’s not very pleasant working in this heat (unless you’re lucky enough to have air con) but we can’t change it, so we have to learn to cope. This goes for any kind of unpleasant circumstances in business. ‘With great power, comes great […]

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