Ballooning over Cappadocia

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Waking to the sound of  an alarm shouldn’t be part of any holiday. But this morning, the family is ballooning over Cappadocia.

It’s 4am. In 20 minutes, a minibus will pick us up from our cave hotel. In little over an hour, and before the sun has risen, we will be climbing towards Turkey’s rich and loyal blue skies. The air will be warm, clear and still. The views will be breathtaking. And then the sun will rise… [Read more...]

Making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

Recent visits to the Far East as well as African continent have demonstrated that hitchhiking remains a popular means of transport.

But whilst dozens of people with outstretched thumbs lined my route from Uhmslanga to Durban, it was the mothers with babes on their backs, risking life and limb in the car-frenzied city of Jakarta, that really got my attention. I was to learn they were making a living on the road. [Read more...]

Flavour of the Umph

Get the flavour of the umph!

Get the flavour of the Umph!

Being 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.

The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more...]

The importance of uncertainty

The importance of uncertainty cannot be under-estimated when preparing people for work

The importance of uncertainty cannot be under-estimated when preparing people for work

Setting out for Loughborough University (to guest speak at their entrepreneur’s ‘ThinkBig’ awards) I was reminded of the insight and wisdom of Patrick Awuah. Earlier in June I had listened to him talk about the importance of uncertainty at the GBSN conference in Tunisia… [Read more...]

Revolutionary ideas in business

Bringing revolutionary ideas in business to life

Bringing revolutionary ideas in business to life

Revolutionary ideas in business change the way people think and work. And not so long ago, I witnessed the launch of ground-breaking communication technology that will open up a whole new era of global possibilities for smart phone and tablet apps… [Read more...]

Become a better business writer

Sharpen your work and become a better business writer

Sharpen your work and become a better business writer

To become a better business writer it’s important to practice and learn from mistakes.

Several years ago I co-wrote and published an on-line book. Entitled ‘Dexter Bentley: My first million’ the story follows the entrepreneurial journey of a young man whose academic failures prove to be the catalyst for his business success…

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Great alternative startup websites

Great alternative startup websites all entrepreneurs should use

Great alternative startup websites all entrepreneurs should use

The post ‘Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs’ highlights the most popular websites being recommended to start-ups. But when looking more deeply at the sites and social media sources not making top ten status, it was clear something lacking popularity still has game-changing value.

Much like the globally renowned Edinburgh Festival, you must visit its ‘Fringe event’ to unmask the future entertainment diamonds. Here are great alternative websites that will be tomorrow’s mainstream… [Read more...]

Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs

Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs

Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs

For 2 months I conducted some basic research to establish the top 10 websites for entrepreneurs. Over 500 individuals (who work in an advisory and business support capacity in academia, the public and private sectors as well as people running businesses) were asked for feedback on the single question “What are the really good websites you recommend people use..?” [Read more...]