Are you loved or just “liked”?
Are you loved or just “liked”?

In the business world, there is more and more of a shift and emphasis to building deeper and highly engaged relationships and less transactional ones, but does this happen in reality? With the plethora of tools and platforms that enable us to “do business”, we are...

Step back and see clearly
Step back and see clearly

Have you ever noticed that the closer you look at something the more out of focus it gets?  Try holding your business card at the end of your nose and reading it and you’ll see what I mean.  As entrepreneurs and business owners, we all get stuck into our businesses...

Do you really need funding?
Do you really need funding?

I have started many businesses over the years and only a small percentage of these actually required any real form of outside funding.  I am constantly amazed at the number of wannabe entrepreneurs who’s first objective is to get funding, when actually their first...

TNT’s… Tiny Niggly Things
TNT’s… Tiny Niggly Things

We all make mistakes, but TNT’s... Tiny Niggly Things, can explode and cause all sorts of havoc in your business (and career!); at the very least, you’ll more than likely look back in hindsight with an “oh…FFS!!!” mentality!  Very often TNT’s are at the foundations of...

Business Plan or Business Scam
Business Plan or Business Scam

No business should launch without a plan.  This is one of the most obvious tenets of a successful business and yet I see many business people who merrily skip along without a plan until someone important tells them they need one.  This is normally a lender/investor...

Why Me?
Why Me?

Why me? If you don't let people in on your dreams, then they can't help you accomplish them. As an entrepreneur, I’m sure you recognise the need to be supported. If you have a dream to start a business, then it is up to you and you alone to take action and do...

Some things can’t be measured
Some things can’t be measured

Some things can't be measured... I don’t know if this blog is good, bad or indifferent or whether it’ll make you pick up the phone to me.  To be honest, I’d be delighted if it encourages you to connect with me, but it’s just a part of my journey in sharing, helping...

Why you might need a Coach
Why you might need a Coach

Have you ever considered that you might need a coach? Ask any successful person about the value of having someone on the outside to help them on their journey; to see their blind spots and provide trusted support as you navigate the trials and tribulations of your...

EP2: The Head & Heart of business | w/Piers Mummery
EP2: The Head & Heart of business | w/Piers Mummery

GUEST PODCAST: EP2: The Head & Heart of business | w/Piers Mummery - The Business Distillery I had the privilege of being a guest on The Business Distillery Podcast hosted by Ketan Makwana. When you have been in business as long as Piers Mummery (30 years) you get...

There’s Innovation and Ridiculation
There’s Innovation and Ridiculation

Innovation and ridiculation both have a part to play in idea creation. I love a good idea as much as the next person and when I see or hear of a genuinely great business idea, I love it and find they tend to stand out, mainly due to simplicity and innovation. ...

Key Questions on Starting a Business
Key Questions on Starting a Business

 So you think you’ve got the makings of a great business idea? Here are 10 key questions to help you determine whether you’re onto a winner. 1) How is it different?  Your underlying business idea doesn’t need to be original, but you need to establish unique selling...

Start Up or Start Over
Start Up or Start Over

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.  That is the nature of entrepreneurialism.  Sometimes successful entrepreneurs get lucky on the first attempt, but more often than not, a successful entrepreneur will have made many mistakes before reaching...

The Big One
The Big One

Have you heard the expression “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”?  There is some truth in this, but possibly not through the serendipity that you might expect.  I believe that everything is connected and I am almost certain that everything happens...

Cogs in a Wheel
Cogs in a Wheel

Who thinks they’re important at work?  Well from the people I know and meet, it seems that we all like to think of ourselves as important and this is a spot on observation.  Whether you’re the CEO or the receptionist, the fact is that in the context of what you do,...

A Penguin can’t be an Elephant
A Penguin can’t be an Elephant

Entrepreneurs are optimistic, passionate, determined, driven, hard-working, fearless, risky, ambitious and single-minded and whilst the market is littered with many who’d like to call themselves entrepreneurs, true entrepreneurs are not as commonplace as you’d think....

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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.