The Blog

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

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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Looking Back on Your Hidden Success

We’re at that time of the year when many people are starting to reflect over the last twelve months and consider their accomplishments or successes.  Given that it’s also the end of a decade, this has started a trend towards sharing accomplishments over the past 10 years.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen […]

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Aim for Progress, Not Perfection, and Get Things Done

A lot of planning and preparation goes into launching a new product or service and, of course, a business. You want to be successful. I get that. You want everything to be the very best it can be. I get that, too. There comes a point, however, when you’ve got to stop seeking perfection and […]

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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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