The Blog

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

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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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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