Tagged: small business owner

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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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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There is no point crying over spilt coffee

Several years ago, my daughter got me a mug for Father’s Day.  I’ve treasured this mug as she hasn’t always had the opportunity to get me something and often, if not reminded, would not be aware of the day at all. Now she’s a teenager she probably “chooses” to forget, but that’s another story. Anyway, […]

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Zoom not zzzzz!

This whole videoconferencing thing is working well.  The whole world seems to have discovered that it’s possible to stay connected and even meet new people via the screen on your laptop, phone, tablet or TV screen.  It’s meant many businesses can continue functioning, networking is thriving and many work- from-home employees are able to do […]

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We can choose a better way to behave

One of the things about having a bad back is that it’s always there.  You’re always aware that one false move and you kick off a spasm that sees you walking like you’ve forgotten how to use your hips properly. You take on this half shuffle, half limp lopsided gait.  And it hurts. It doesn’t […]

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Helicopters, heights and conquering fears

There are few things in life that I’m scared of, in a phobia sort of way. I understand you can’t “sort of” have a phobia but you get the drift.   I don’t like slug type things, but I’ll squish them if needed. I’m not a fan of ladders but that’s more related to a […]

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Be Ready to Follow Up

Why do we attend networking events? To make contacts and create opportunities to do business, normally, and sometimes to just get out ourselves out there and away from the office. Typically, we go to the event, chat to people, exchange business cards and (maybe) get in touch with them after the event. The thing is, […]

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Are You Really Being a Business Owner?

You’re probably looking at this title and thinking ‘What a dumb question! I started the business, so I can’t see how I wouldn’t be the owner, so yeah, I’m really being the owner.’ I’m not trying to confuse you here. This isn’t a trick question. I’m asking because I believe there’s a distinction between being […]

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Slow Progress Is Still Progress

Overnight success? For me, there’s no such thing. We might see and hear stories of online entrepreneurs who have built mind-blowingly successful businesses in very short spaces of time, but I’m not a fan of this kind of approach. How fantastic it would be to start a business one day and wake up with a […]

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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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