I’ve never been one to court any form of media, be it new social media or traditional media. I just couldn't stand the publicity and being camera shy, I stayed away from it as much as I could. This was…

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Its amazing how quickly we forget the old tried and tested methods when new things come along.  The result of this is that we never actually stay with an approach long enough to get any serious results from it. This…

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Everybody has a different pain threshold but I think it is safe to say that everybody struggles to deal with rejection and lack of responsiveness from others. As business owners, every day brings it own share of joyful interactions, successes and sometimes unwelcome…

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It is almost impossible finding data on how much the average entrepreneur earns in the UK. However, I guess the fact that over half fail in th e first year and close to 97% in the first first years implies…

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“I don’t need a coach, I’m already successful!” This was the indignant response of a lady to whom coaching was suggested by one of my clients. This unfortunately is a wide spread misconception about coaching. I myself once believed this…

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Most of us business people tend to focus a significant part of our time and energy on improving our technical abilities. We want to be better accountants, designers, consultants etc. to the exclusion of all other skills. For many years I…

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Have you been rewarding your staff just for turning up to work?  The world of business has changed since the global recession started in 2008. Prior to the recession, it was OK to increase salaries annually and pay your staff…

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A common struggle of entrepreneurship is demotivation. Everybody wants tips and short cuts on how to start and stay motivated as a business owner.  Below I have shared some of my most effective habits that have helped me stay sharp…

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The first part of this article is available here 4. Start measuring the return on any cash spent What return did you get on the last £2000 you spent on your last exhibition? Did you get any results (sales, referral…

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In the aftermath of the horrendous London riots, everyone seems to have settled back to business as usual. Well, except the unfortunate business owners who have had their livelyhood and security ripped to shreds in minutes. Their years of hard…

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A lot of us have some idea of the things we need to do to transform our businesses but few of us follow through on all the advice that is being generously given out by the consultants, coaches, accountants etc…

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Everybody is complaining about time, the lack of it and the lack of it! It is the number one complaint of all my clients! In fact I also STRUGGLE to fit all my commitments into the 24 hours.   But,…

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Running a business is a life long journey. There is always something new to learn, much like a baby learning to crawl, walk and then run. That is why I believe that it’s better to focus on getting better at…

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 Lately, I have been spending some time helping business owners plan for growth and also critiquing business plans.  I have to say its become apparent that there are a lot of misconceptions about the business planning process.  A lot of businesses are…

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Read the first 4 tips here 5. Feel the fear but do it any way This is title of the book written by Susan Jeffers and it speaks volumes to all of us in business. You may be afraid of losing…

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  Are you working with friends, spouses, children, nieces, cousines, nephew etc? Then this article is for you. Family firms account for 65% of the total 4.5 million private sector enterprises in the UK economy and are a crucial breeding…

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It's been an amazing few days. I had my first mastermind group session with 3 lovely business owners and also held  a workshop for Afford UK (an NGO that supports entrepreneurs to sustain and create jobs in Africa). What the…

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Name: Lindsey Davies Company Name: Open Communications Website: www.opencomms.co.uk Location: Nostell Priory Estate Yard, Wakefield 1. Tell us a little bit about your background? I was born in a small village at the bottom of the Yorkshire Dales before moving…

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Yep! That is Zappos’ promise to you. Remarkably unbelievable isn't it? I was wowed when I saw that.This level of service is all about what the customer wants. Zappos, has not been successful because they sell shoes (and now other…

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I know, we are all pushed for time so I’ll keep this short and sweet. In my last post, I promised to write about the benefits of incorporation so here goes: Incorporating your business means that: Your personal assets are…

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