The Blog

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

Be Ready to Follow Up

Why do we attend networking events? To make contacts and create opportunities to do business, normally, and sometimes to just get out ourselves out there and away from the office. Typically, we go to the event, chat to people, exchange business cards and (maybe) get in touch with them after the event. The thing is, […]

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Getting What You Are Worth

I love training. There’s something about going to the gym regularly, that energises me and makes me feel good about myself. When I’m training, it does a lot to help manage my low moods. It changes the whole way I approach my lifestyles, such as eating and drinking. It’s good for me. Except that for […]

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December 2019 Event

Our December event was a great success.  We had stories, awards, content and Christmas dinner.  Below is a selection of images of the day by the the brilliant Emma Hollings Photography Please let us know if you’d like to join us at the next event on June 10th 2020!

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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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