The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

How to Manage Your Time Better

Let’s face it: when you start a business, you feel almost like you’ve got to be a superhero. You have so many hats to wear, so many tasks to juggle, and it’s a struggle to manage your time well. But the better you can manage your time, the more productive you can be and the […]

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Aim for Progress, Not Perfection, and Get Things Done

A lot of planning and preparation goes into launching a new product or service and, of course, a business. You want to be successful. I get that. You want everything to be the very best it can be. I get that, too. There comes a point, however, when you’ve got to stop seeking perfection and […]

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The Importance of Taking a Payment Upfront

How many times have you had to pay a deposit or make a full payment upfront for something? You put a deposit down on a house. You might pay one if you’re buying a car. You may also pay some money in advance when you book an event space. It’s perfectly normal, so are you […]

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How to Generate Warm Leads

Stop Trying to Get Leads Into Bed With You Straight Away Ever been to a conference or networking event, had someone introduce themselves to you and, the minute they have your attention, launch immediately into a sales pitch? It’s excruciating, isn’t it? Not a good sales tactic, as far as I’m concerned, and I certainly […]

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How to Overcome Overwhelm

How to Overcome Overwhelm If you’re going to start a business, it’s a fact that you’re going to be under pressure.  A lot of pressure. You must live with the uncertainty of whether it will work out or not, not to mention with the constant financial pressure of supporting the business and keeping it going. […]

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Write your own rules in business

Recently, I received an email from my golf club with the subject line of “Cheating!” There have been enough conversations about the perceived bending of the rules to warrant communication to all members. We know it shouldn’t happen. We hope it never does but it has. It’s a nasty word – “cheat”.  It conjures up […]

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VAT and Why You Shouldn’t Create a Glass Ceiling For Yourself

How much is the threshold before you start paying VAT? It’s £85 000. You want to earn more than that, though, right? That’s the plan when you start a business. You want to build something. If you’ve not registered for VAT, it’s time for you to stop getting in your own way and do it. […]

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Case Study – Martin Gladdish

The Business Ghost Martin Gladdish aka The Business Ghost has made a successful business from helping clients create their strategy, develop their style and craft their story by ghostwriting and co-authoring their blogs and business books. Using the support of Ash’s Mastermind Group sessions he’s made the transition from average paid copywriter to sought after […]

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Case Study – Dan Harrison

Customers on Tap Dan Harrison is the Director and Lead Developer at Customers On Tap. He founded the company (formerly WordPress Doctors) after beginning his career in 2010 as a freelancer specialising in WordPress development services. Since that time the company has progressed; through customer demand and Dan’s recognition of what established companies need. Customers […]

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The Power of Community

Starting out on your own is brave. You just never know what lies ahead. This journey is one of the things — if not, the thing — that makes self-employment so damned exciting. What’s important to realise, however, is that you don’t have to do it all on your own. There’s only so much you […]

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