The Blog

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

How to Systemise Your Business

Starting a business is not for the work-shy, I can tell you that right now. It takes grit and elbow grease to get things up and running and make a success of the venture. There will be late nights and there will be early mornings. It won’t be forever, though, and it doesn’t have to […]

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Living a Life Like Ash

I love my life. Love it. I work hard running my business, but I get to play hard, too. I often find the time to get in a round or two of golf. I enjoy going to watch a number of sporting events, I even get to Wimbledon each year to watch a game. Then […]

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Slow Progress Is Still Progress

Overnight success? For me, there’s no such thing. We might see and hear stories of online entrepreneurs who have built mind-blowingly successful businesses in very short spaces of time, but I’m not a fan of this kind of approach. How fantastic it would be to start a business one day and wake up with a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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