When Customer Demand Dies: What to do?
What to do when demand dries up? After 5 long hours stood by the roadside that hot summer's day back in 1988, I was beginning to doubt my lift chances. Bank Holiday traffic joining the M50 showed no interest in me. Could I get home? Could I even get out of Wales..? Read More
Medical injections and me are not the best of friends. Ever since childhood I have had a deep-seated fear & loathing of the needle. But whilst avoidance might work as a strategy for some of the time, a lack of desire to do anything only serves to create problems further down life's line. Progress requires me to befriend risk... Read More
The travelling entrepreneur: Catalyst for great ideas
South Africa is a captivating place for the travelling entrepreneur It didn’t take long, about 2 hours in another country and then I found it. With an eye for opportunity the travelling entrepreneur is never far from new ideas... Read More
How to Shape Your Business
After several years working very hard on my first venture, an experienced mentor and friend drew me a simple diagram to demonstrate how to run a much more effective company. "It's all about knowing how to shape your business and getting the direction right" Chris said, taking his pen off the paper and sitting back in his chair. I peered at the illustration. None the wiser I looked up at his smiling face and asked him to explain. What he told me influences my thinking everyday... Read More
Small Team Challenges
Small team challenges. Is the entrepreneur better working alone? Flush with hitchhiking success, I regularly encouraged friends to thumb lifts and wherever possible join me on my travels. I genuinely wanted to share the road freedom I had discovered. However, only a few ever followed. On the odd occasion I hitched in company, I discovered the differences small team challenges bring compared to working alone. Read More
Successful Job Hunting: How to Beat the Crowd
Successful job hunting requires entrepreneurial approaches When people ask for advice about finding meaningful employment, I always suggest they don’t waste time applying for jobs. The traditional job-hunting process wastes so much time and money. Money and time is lost because everyone is trying to go through… Read More
Figuring out pricing
Avoid guesswork when figuring out pricing Many start-ups wrongly copy the hitchhiker when it comes to figuring out pricing. An outstretched thumb works by the road, but a finger in the air almost always plucks financially flawed figures. Pricing products or services (especially the first time) isn't easy, but considered calculation based on some key principles can make all the difference between business success and failure... Read More
Playing the Business Dating Game
Playing the business dating game requires excellent communication skills This article may be about playing the business dating game, but it is accompanied by a warning: Networking is a very important activity for people running start-up businesses, but it can kill you..! Read More
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