The Blog

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

Outsource and Make Life Easy For Yourself

When you start a business, one of the first things you’ll think about is who you’re going to employ for it to be a success. You interview people for various roles. That takes time and effort. Then you’ve got to monitor them once they’re in the role and check they’re the best fit for the […]

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Fight your fears: let your training take over

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the sport that we are surrounded with.  Given my background it’s not surprising that I feel this way and I do enjoy getting caught up in the excitement and passion of the various competition that are taking place.  We’ve got the (women’s) football […]

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The Heat Is On: How to Cope With Pressure

This heatwave has got me thinking about how we cope under pressure. It’s not very pleasant working in this heat (unless you’re lucky enough to have air con) but we can’t change it, so we have to learn to cope. This goes for any kind of unpleasant circumstances in business. ‘With great power, comes great […]

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Do You Have Presence? Boosting Your Business Networking

If there’s one truly valuable skill in the world of business, it’s the ability to network. Chances are, a large percentage of the people reading this met me through networking originally. We may be in an age of social media marketing, but networking face-to-face is still an incredibly powerful tool … and you should still […]

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It’s Not the Flow, But You’ve Got to Go With It

A business isn’t something you can just wing. It takes careful planning to succeed. Yet despite your very best efforts, business and life will throw curveballs at you. They’ll throw you off course and try to pull you down. You’ve got to roll with these punches, adapt and mobilise because it’s how you react to […]

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How Much Are You Worth And Are You Charging It?

If you read my article last month, you’ll be aware that it was written amongst the build up to our wedding and my stag – do, the location of which was a mystery at that point.  I eventually found out amongst various shenanigans that the trip was to be to Budapest.  This surfaced about 40 […]

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Rise Above: Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths

You’re a leader. You’re human. You try to be the best you can be, but, like everyone else, you have your failings. That’s just the way it is. It’s not, however, the way it’s got to be. Not by a long shot. A good leader (that’s you) will acknowledge their weaknesses and rise above them. […]

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Case Study – The Good Marketer

The Good Marketer is a successful digital marketing agency based in London (although with clients throughout the UK). They specialise in helping small businesses to be successful through exceptional, results-driven solutions. Bridging the gap for growing businesses who don’t want to deal with expensive agencies and a host of freelancers; but would still like to […]

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Things Happen, But We Need to Deal With Them

Name me someone who’s never felt frustrated. You can’t. It’s impossible. We all get frustrated at some point, either in business or in life. A payment doesn’t come in on time. A service provider lets you down. A washing machine goes on the blink. A flight is delayed. Things like this happen all the time […]

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Are you self-sabotaging your inner maverick?

I remember having a conversation with Kay early in our relationship that has stuck with me. It was one of those conversations in passing.  One that you don’t think much of at the time but becomes a bit of a cornerstone of the way your relationship then evolves.   It was less of a conversation than […]

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