The Blog

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

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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Pros and Cons of Being VAT Registered

Should you register for VAT? That’s one of the big decisions you’ve got to make when you set up your business. If you have reservations about going with the ‘Yes’, I can totally understand that. At the same time, however, I believe you’re missing out if you decide not to. Missing out on fulfilling your […]

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Should you ever compare yourself to someone else?

I did the three peaks challenge recently. Impressed huh?  Except it wasn’t the one (three) involving Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowden.  In fact, it was the three peaks challenge comprising…  Wait for it… Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon. And no, I didn’t run it.  I walked.  There were three options for this challenge.  […]

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Are You Listening Carefully Enough?

You’re a leader. You speak to a lot of people every day. You issue a lot of instructions. They must listen to you, but do you listen to them? Listening is more than just an important skill when it comes to communicating in business. It’s paramount. You can build strong relationships with your employees and […]

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Isolation in Business & How a Community Helps

Isolation — it’s one of the harsh realities of business. You’re the one in control. You make the decisions. Often, you work by yourself and you don’t see many people. Let’s face it: it gets lonely. It doesn’t have to stay that way, though. You can change it all by joining a community. Why join […]

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Valuing Yourself, Pricing Your Business

Pricing strategy — it’s not all just about the numbers. That might seem hard to believe, but it’s true. It’s as much about how you value yourself and your business. Okay, so you have to get the numbers right, but if you don’t have a true, confident appreciation of your own value, you can get […]

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Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.

I write this at the beginning of August.  Two – three weeks until Josie, my 16-year-old daughter gets her GCSE results and all the possible angst that goes with it. When you read this, she’ll know those results, as will I.  We’ve had a great chat about it.  About what happens if she doesn’t get […]

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Why the VAT Barrier Isn’t a Barrier

£85 000 — that’s the value added tax (VAT) threshold. Earn anything below that annually and you don’t have to register for the tax. If you’re starting out, £85 000 might seem a long way away… unachievable, even. It isn’t. Maybe you just don’t want to charge it. Maybe you’re waiting to cross the VAT […]

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