Posts tagged business
You Can't Be Good At Everything

Even writing this makes me smile because, as an entrepreneur, I would rebut this statement if someone else said it to me. After all, an integral part of the entrepreneur DNA is being confident and determined, so it’s quite natural to us to believe that we can put our minds to anything.

However, take it from me, a seasoned entrepreneur of 17 years – and a business coach who’s worked with hundreds of start-ups and growing businesses, right up to multi-million pound organisations – you can’t be good at everything.

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How A Business Spring Clean Can Help You To Make More Money

I don't know about you but I quite like having a business spring clean; at any time of year, actually (and often multiple times in a year!).
Having a good clear out of stale processes, re-visiting products and services in light of customer feedback, combing financial records for savings, and updating sales and marketing resources/collateral, which then sharpens and clarifies the overall business message, just puts a new sense of purpose into what I'm doing.

Given that spring is a while away yet, I thought I'd preempt it by sharing some of my fave tips from my e-book '88 Ways To Make More Money From Your Business - Starting Today'.

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Three Suggestions For Great Business Reads

If you've been playing close attention to my blogs, you'll know by now that I am an avid reader, so it's probably not going to be much of a surprise to you to learn that I will be settling down with a couple of books over the Christmas and New Year break.

So, in the spirit of caring and sharing, I thought I'd give you a heads-up on five of my all-time favourite business books - if you're looking to boost your knowledge around all things entrepreneurial, these are definitely worth a read.

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5 Point Checklist For Starting Your New Business

Starting a business is an adventure; the chance to build something that’s yours, that reflects your passion and hard work and enables you to do the things you love most. However, it can also be fraught with challenges, particularly in the early months so, as with all things, it’s best to be ultra-prepared before you kick off.

1.    Write a plan

I get it. Writing a business plan is not much fun.

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How To Bring In Clients You Really Want To Work With

When we start a business, we will take any clients we can get our hands on. Sometimes they don’t even fit our product/service brief – we just want the income. And that’s understandable.

The problem is that working like this over a long period of time sets us up with the wrong mindset. It means that we will often end up continuously working with clients who don’t pay our desired rate (often we discount to get them), can be time consuming, and leave us feeling stuck with our ‘lot’.

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What To Do If A Client Goes Bust

The news this year has been dominated by a range of UK businesses announcing profit warnings, and even going into administration, including construction firm Carillion, restaurant chains Jamies and Prezzo, and retailers New Look and House of Fraser, amongst others. 

Much has, rightly, been made of the employees whose immediate futures are now in the balance, unsure of what will happen next. 

However, there's also a significant group of people whose plight hasn't made the headlines - the contractors and suppliers further down the chain whose businesses may well also go bust with a raft of unpaid invoices. The impact and ripple effect is likely to be monumental.

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5 Reasons To Be Authentic In Business

I am an incredibly honest person. I was brought up in a family that lied as easily as you might take a breath, so I made a conscious decision when I was very young that I would be the opposite. I would be honest to a fault.

Since making that earnest promise to myself, I've come to realise that honesty - authenticity - isn't always valued. I've learned to temper my honesty with a cushion of kindness here and there, sometimes people don't want to hear the truth so it's better to say nothing than to lie but mostly, I like to think, people want to know where they stand and what their options might be.

As much as I like to tell the truth, I also appreciate hearing it. There have been notable occasions over the years when it's hurt a bit (OK, a lot!) but I'd much rather know than not know. It's how I've brought my sons up too, and the big pay-off has definitely been that they have told me all kinds of things that they could have kept secret, or even been too scared to share; and certainly things that my friends don't hear from their own children. 

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15 Ways To Find Inspiration

As an entrepreneur, and particularly as a writer, I like to be able to tap into inspiration at the drop of a hat.

Luckily, there are many things that inspire me - watching the world go by from my balcony next to the sea, spending time with my kids, listening to a piece of music or reading a book - but sometimes even my regular go-to inspiration injections don't quite cut it, and I need to really up the ante to get that hit.

So what can we do when we need a shot of inspiration but it's just not happening?

Here's my top fifteen suggestions:

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