The Blog

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

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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The Learning Curve: The Importance of Failure in Business

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight. It’s a Japanese proverb. And they’d be right. In business, you’re going to fail sometimes. It’s a dead cert. But you can’t lose heart. Failure is an important part of life and of business success. We should embrace it, learn from it and, as the proverb advises, keep […]

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Are potholes in your business making you lose momentum?

  It’s pretty where I live.   In the country. Lots of green space, fields, woodland and farms.   Once you get past our tiny hamlet of four houses the only dwellings for about a mile are three stables. We live on a single-track road (with passing places) in South Buckinghamshire.   It’s surrounded by […]

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