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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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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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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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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Valuing Yourself, Pricing Your Business

Pricing strategy — it’s not all just about the numbers. That might seem hard to believe, but it’s true. It’s as much about how you value yourself and your business. Okay, so you have to get the numbers right, but if you don’t have a true, confident appreciation of your own value, you can get […]

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Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.

I write this at the beginning of August.  Two – three weeks until Josie, my 16-year-old daughter gets her GCSE results and all the possible angst that goes with it. When you read this, she’ll know those results, as will I.  We’ve had a great chat about it.  About what happens if she doesn’t get […]

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The Power Is In You: Leading as an Introvert

Anyone who wants to run a business has got to be an extrovert, right? They’re natural born leaders. Outgoing. Talkative. Sociable. Not afraid to be the centre of attention. At least, that’s what a lot of people think and is what they expect of an entrepreneur. Introverts, however, are a different personality type completely. Quiet. […]

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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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