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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Are You Really Being a Business Owner?

You’re probably looking at this title and thinking ‘What a dumb question! I started the business, so I can’t see how I wouldn’t be the owner, so yeah, I’m really being the owner.’ I’m not trying to confuse you here. This isn’t a trick question. I’m asking because I believe there’s a distinction between being […]

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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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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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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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Things Happen, But We Need to Deal With Them

Name me someone who’s never felt frustrated. You can’t. It’s impossible. We all get frustrated at some point, either in business or in life. A payment doesn’t come in on time. A service provider lets you down. A washing machine goes on the blink. A flight is delayed. Things like this happen all the time […]

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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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It’s All in the Asking

When a problem arises in business, we dive in and scramble around, looking for a solution. We ask what the problem is; we identify it; we find a solution; we implement it. That’s how it works. At least, that’s how it should work, but you see, business isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes, a solution that should […]

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Focus: Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

You’ve seen the job descriptions. Maybe you’ve written them yourself and used phrases like ‘fast-paced environment’ and ‘must be able to prioritise tasks’ etc. Then you see that familiar phrase: Must be able to multitask The advert specifies this in the mistaken belief that the person they hire will be more productive. The thing is, […]

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