Business

Rest is not a reward

It’s something I read on Twitter that got me thinking. Far too often we talk about “deserving a rest” but we don’t earn rest. Rest is fundamental to a good…

Business

How to manage two businesses, write two books and look after yourself and your family

When I’m introduced at speaking events it usually includes something about how I run two businesses, write my books and look after two teenagers. It sounds a lot but here’s…

Business

Do you invest in yourself?

As I write this I’m halfway through a two day coaching course which is really making me focus. I did my first coaching qualification about 10 years ago but never…

Accountancy

What’s in the tin?

When I was a kid my Mum had a special money box with separate slots and compartments to save for each bill. It’s how she taught us about budgeting. These…

Business

You’re not alone

It can be lonely running your own business. You are expected to present a positive (but not dishonest) image to your clients, prospects, and even to your team. It is…

Accountancy

How do you work smarter?

There are all sorts of ways to work smarter rather than harder. I usually speak and write about systemising, automating and delegating work but you can achieve a whole lot…

Business

Do some people work faster than others?

We’ve all observed that some people work faster than others but by how much? The numbers I’ve heard (sorry I can’t find the source) are that the variation in manual…

Business

Myths about setting up your own business

There are lots of myths about setting up your own small business so I thought I’d address some of them here.   You can work shorter hours – I run…

Accountancy

Things to think about when pricing

Whilst I would encourage people to value price where possible it is often more practical to quote fixed prices. Here are some of the things to consider when setting your…

Business

What if I had never got back in the water?

When I was seven I nearly drowned! I was a strong swimmer so I was doing a personal survival lesson in oversized pyjamas as I was the smallest, skinniest kid…