You don’t ring, you don’t write, you don’t love me!

I felt it was time for a change of tune this week.  Maybe it's because it's holiday season, but my market engagement with new clients seems to have slowed down in the last month: the phone is ringing occasionally but not frequently, my inbox has gathered a small layer...

I wasn’t expecting that!

Building a business is tough, which is why everyone is not an entrepreneur or business owner.  In the UK, there are over 6million people who decided to take the plunge and start their own business for many different reasons.  It’s no secret that the lifeblood of every...

The responsibility is within you
The responsibility is within you

 The pursuit of happiness and fulfilment is a goal that almost everyone can relate to and for many of us, we achieve this regularly, but many of us don’t.  When things do go to plan, our default thought is typically self-congratulation.  However, when things don’t go...

Can you cut the mustard?
Can you cut the mustard?

The word entrepreneur is bandied around as if it applies to anyone that just starts a business and gets a website going.  Calling yourself an entrepreneur is easy; anyone can do that.  However have you really got what it takes and do you really know what it means?...

Computer says no
Computer says no

With it being now easier than ever to launch a business, it seems that the ubiquitous website or app is one of the first stages that a company takes in launching itself.  whilst I agree that a website and possibly an accompanying app is important to have, I believe...

I expect it and I expect it now!
I expect it and I expect it now!

  It's easy to start a business. It's not so easy to build a business.  In 2020 nearly 100,000 new companies were officially formed in the United Kingdom; this does not consider the hundreds of thousands of people that have set up sideline businesses and...

Head for the heart
Head for the heart

  Most people in business will have at some point worked for somebody else.  The vast majority of workers in companies are shaped to help that company become successful and more often than not, this is done by helping an employee to develop the right mindset and...

Aspirins and Vitamins
Aspirins and Vitamins

  There's a lovely expression which I use quite a lot when assessing a new venture which is…..”is the juice worth the squeeze”.  Balancing a good investment decision when considering “is this a great business versus just a good idea” or is it “a true game changer...

Reacting or Responding
Reacting or Responding

  We're all human and that means we do what we do, think what we think, feel how we feel and largely to the best of our abilities at any given point in time.   There is something that crops up quite regularly in the modern world for many people, which is...

Networking or Notworking
Networking or Notworking

It is unarguable that in business today, the use of “social” as a means to connect appears to be the best way to engage with people.  This is nothing new, as social engagement has been around since the beginning of time.  Humans are naturally social creatures and we...

Why is my business not successful… Doh!
Why is my business not successful… Doh!

Now the following advice may not apply directly to every business, but the principle certainly does.  Firstly, ask yourself honestly, are you really effectively selling. I have been working in and with start ups for many years and my shocking revelation is that I see...

Hope, Luck & Trust
Hope, Luck & Trust

Over my career I shudder when I try and think of the number of letters, emails, messages, posts, comments, meetings and telephone calls I have made and received…..hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions. Yet, a common series of words and expressions seem to...

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… Really?
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… Really?

  If it ain't broke, don't fix it... really? The vast majority of entrepreneurs I speak to believe they are quite happy with their journey, but more often than not this is just a tactic to stop people like me in my tracks in my relentless pursuit of finding and...

Rabbit in the Headlights
Rabbit in the Headlights

While everyone is still wondering, what do you need to be doing? With so much uncertainty and confusion in the world, many things are becoming more unpredictable.  Our senses are telling us to be cautious and careful and not take risks due to an unknown future.  I see...

It’s SME on my own
It’s SME on my own

Is there ever a better or worse time to be in a small business today?  Whatever you believe, the fact remains that the success of owning and running a small business ultimately is down to you.  Let’s look at the half empty glass for a moment: My lovely business that I...

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Here are a few of my thoughts on starting, growing and building a business as an entrepreneur.

I hope you like them.