Planning is crucial, even more so if you’re running your own business. Preparing a realistic, working business plan can be the difference between you getting your hands on the required capital needed for your start-up, or your business closing up shop a few months or years down the line. As Churchill alluded to, planning can […]
Feeling the excitement of actually building something that people wanted and were willing to pay we obliged. Our developers spent many hours adding in features that our clients wanted. However, overtime it dawned on us that many of the features we were adding could only be used by the requesting client.
Once you set a precedent with the client that its okay to ring you out of hours to talk business or deal with an issue it becomes almost impossible to change and the client will end up abusing it.
I like to think, respect is the gift you receive when people trust you. Do you remember Rodney Dangerfield’s comedy line “I get no respect”? I believe leadership and respect are connected at the hip and if you get “no respect”, the problem is your own.
This is a hard for me as I spent my 20’s in the military and my 30’s in a professional kitchen – both lean towards heavy swearing and yelling as both are (still) considered male domains – where men-are-men.
‘Cloud computing’. It’s a bit of buzzword at the moment. Even if you’re not the most techy you’ll have probably come across the term, such is its growing prominence in the IT industry.
Here is a faraway story you may have missed. It starts out when a two-year old girl’s father, the leader of Burma, is assassinated. Later in life, with two sons and a husband then in England, she returns to her country to try and help her people get freed from a totalitarian regime. The people […]
My late father used to always watch the conventions on C-SPAN. He would then check-in with the “talking heads” to see what they were saying. He was a very bright, well-informed, retired Admiral in the Coast Guard. Late in his career he served as the Chief of Congressional Affairs and then Chief of International Affairs […]
There are many innovative approaches that both big and small business can use in order to make the most of all the great incentives that the government is offering for greener businesses. Due to the threat of global warming the government is doing everything that it can in an attempt to reduce the country’s enormous […]
Last week I was pleased to see the Boston Red Sox trade several of their expensive, all-star players to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Why was I pleased? Because I had stopped watching my favorite team and wanted a reason to watch again.
‘Time is money’ is an age old mantra you’ll have probably heard time and time again. As with many of these age old mantras there’s got to be a grain of truth in it. Why else would it have lasted so long?
Networking is fundamental to how I run my business and how I create relationships. I love networking because it has given me so many amazing opportunities and experiences in my life and I have met some incredibly inspiring and nurturing individuals with the advent of social media.
For me a business ‘plan’ is a guess – a ‘stab in the dark’ so-to-speak. Its a guess that you will still be doing the same thing in 1 year, its a guess that you will still have a market in 3 years, its a guess that your business partner will not have a stroke […]
I have already mentioned these two brilliant ideas on how to secure your first client(s) in my post “How do I leave my day job? The Pre-flight Checklist” but I thought they should also be within their own post for people who have already left their day job but needed some ideas for attracting clients.
Are you a Leader? – If you say yes, then what kind are you and how do you make a difference? If you say no, then why don’t you believe in your own leadership and how can you become one? The most popular question I hear from my audiences is “Are Leaders born or made?” […]
Every business wants to grow. Ideally the best way is your idea is revolutionary and demand skyrockets into huge sales. Sadly that’s not how it works for most entrepreneurs. It can take years to build up a comfortable base.