Start with the basics – a quick guide to launching a startup

(This is a sponsored post) In 2012, more than 484,000 businesses were started in the UK. On average, only around one fifth of these will succeed. The difficulty of launching is often overlooked by eager entrepreneurs with an eye on the Fortune 500 and little experience in the field. For the business newbie, the key […]

Why Walking On Sunshine Could Be Just The Ticket For Your Micro Business

I’m writing this post just after clearing away the remnants of a great day in the garden. It’s been blazing hot, clear blue sky and the kids have had a great time playing with their 75p water pistols (thanks Tesco’s!) bubbles and the paddling pool. In between crazed water fights and sun cream, my husband […]

Have You Got The Information You Need?

Ever heard the saying, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”? I used to hear it a lot back in my corporate days. There used to “Management Information” everywhere, with whole departments just to produce the stuff. Which is great, as long as it’s used effectively. How about you? Did you think when […]

How To Bin Your Low Value Customers And Replace With High Value Ones

When you start up your own business it’s very easy to fall into the trap of working with anyone who will pay you (and even some that don’t!). You’re desperate to get experience and also to have some customers to validate your reason for being in business. That’s okay right at the beginning. It is […]

What Highly Productive People Know That You Don’t

Ever feel like your time is out of control? The days seem to go by faster and faster. You are really busy but still not getting everything done. There seems to be a constant line of new things to be tackled, ready to jump in as soon as you’ve finished something else. It doesn’t seem […]

5 Steps To Go From Idea Overwhelm To Focused Action

Do you have so many ideas that you don’t know where to start? They come to you at all times of the day and you often wake up in the middle of the night with another great idea. (Though these don’t always look so great in the cold morning light, eh?J) That’s okay – it’s […]

Here’s Why You Need A Compelling Vision

“If you don’t know where you’re going, then it doesn’t matter which road you take, does it?” The Cheshire Cat, Alice In Wonderland Do you remember back when you started your business? All those dreams you had then? Maybe you wanted some flexibility; to give you time to do other stuff in your life. Maybe […]

What Is Good Value For Money?

I heard the expression “value for money” for the first time nearly 30 years ago. Since then it has always been important for me to give value for money and to ensure I get value for money. The expression means different things to different people. To understand people’s views on the subject I started a […]

Proven Strategies For Holding A Positive Attitude (even when times are tough)

A powerful way to combat stress is to develop strategies to help you adopt a positive attitude. For sure there will be days when you’re just not feeling it, however, choosing to hold a positive view of your business, your life and your experiences is an attitude that can be developed. And just like muscles, […]

7 Ways To Build Confidence (It’s Your Stress Busting Secret Weapon)

I’m sure we’re all aware of the impact that stress is having on the UK. The news is full of statistics and stories about how many working days are lost each year to stress. At the moment, it seems to me, that there are a lot of people living in fear: fear about their jobs, […]