Working to rule

Working to rule

If you own your own business you almost certainly are doing something you love (and, if you’re not, maybe it’s time to sell the business and do something else). The challenge for most business owners is that they end up working long hours and the business pushes the...
Fail to plan … plan to fail

Fail to plan … plan to fail

When you’re running a business, no matter how small or large, you need to plan to ensure your business flourishes and grows. What happens if you don’t plan? You get offered opportunities – and you don’t know if they’re right for you or not, because there’s no frame of...
You get what you expect

You get what you expect

I meet a lot of business people when I’m out and about, networking and getting to know my existing connections better.  Most are entrepreneurial, positive people, but I meet the occasional Mr or Ms Negative! When someone starts telling me how difficult they’re finding...
The business of business

The business of business

If you own a business the day-to-day running of it can be diluted by the need to actually DO stuff.  Once your business reaches a certain size and you have staff who can take on some of your responsibilities, it gets easier to find the time to plan, develop and grow –...
Getting investment

Getting investment

Before I begin, let me say, I’m not a financial expert and this won’t give you advice on the right investment sources for your business. However, I have worked with many people who have been putting together business plans with a view to getting either a bank loan or...
5 things every business owner should know

5 things every business owner should know

Most people launch their own business without knowing if they’ll succeed or fail.  Given the statistics about the number of start-ups that fail in the first year, five years, etc. it seems sensible to do as much as possible to increase your business’s chances of...