The Blog

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

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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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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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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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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You’re Busy, But Are You Productive?

Do you know something I can’t stand in business? It’s the concept of ‘busy’. People say it and, in the process, convey the impression they’re successful, they’re effective. They might be successful, yes, but if I ask them what they’re working on and they can’t tell me exactly what they’ve been doing — or what […]

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Success Is What You Make It

What does success mean to you? Find out how to set goals and learn to achieve on your own terms, not someone else’s, in my latest business coaching blog post.

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