Tagged: small business owner

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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What can I do to make sure I hire good team members?

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 long does it take for a business to be successful?

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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How can you maintain profitability?

  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 […]

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How do I generate more leads for my business?

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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Pros and Cons of Being VAT Registered

Should you register for VAT? That’s one of the big decisions you’ve got to make when you set up your business. If you have reservations about going with the ‘Yes’, I can totally understand that. At the same time, however, I believe you’re missing out if you decide not to. Missing out on fulfilling your […]

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