The Blog

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

How to Let Go of Control When You Work With Freelancers

When you start a business, there’s a lot of pressure to do well. In fact, you want things to go well so badly that you can turn into a control freak, especially when you’re dealing with freelancers, who may work and organise themselves in a completely different way to you. As a business owner, you’ll […]

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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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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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Outsourcing — How to Hire Good Freelancers for Your Team

Freelancers — some people like hiring them; others are more reluctant to take them on. Hiring a freelancer can be very hit and miss. Choose a bad one and it could damage your business. Outsource the work to a good one and you could save money, get the job done and run a more profitable […]

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How are you feeling, really?

This past week was ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. Mental health is such an important message to me because I have suffered from depression. It may seem hard to believe, because people tend to only see the happy, jolly Ash. However, as it is with many people who suffer from a mental health issue, even I […]

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Take Annual Leave

We’re entrepreneurs. We love what we do — so much so that we hardly feel as if we’re working at all. The thing is, we get so caught up in our passion that we hardly notice time ticking by and we work longer hours than perhaps we should. Not that we choose to. It just […]

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Ready for Business: Why Sleep Is Important for Success

How much sleep do successful people get? Depending on the person, anything between 4 and 8 hours, according to Forbes. The NHS suggests we should sleep 8 hours per night, although some people need more than this and others need less. The one thing several of the world’s most successful people have in common is […]

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Stop Beating Yourself Up (Nobody Else Does)

This Wednesday was World Mental Health Day and it got me thinking about the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others and the gap in between.   One weekend last month I was really lucky and played a lot of golf.   I played 9 holes on the Friday night, 18 Saturday, […]

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5 tips for couples in business

Running a business is really tough, making a marriage work can also be very challenging. When you combine the two by running a business with your significant other it can be double the trouble. However, if done right you’ll have an incredible bond with your other half and the recipe for a successful life together.Here’s […]

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Do yours fit?

I really like holidays.  It seems like an age ago but when you read this, it will only have been about eight weeks since my last one in sunny (genuine) Norfolk. We love it up there.  Obviously, up is all relative.  If you’re reading this in your bath in Manchester it’s down there.  I digress. […]

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