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Become a Micro Internet Service Provider

July 31st, 2007 » Comments (0)

Connected Internet has an interesting post about using mesh networks based on a product from Meraki to build your own wireless Internet Service Provider – a great idea for a small business – while I doubt you want to start trying to become your street’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) if you run a coffee shop, […]



BSkyB Buys Amstrad

July 31st, 2007 » Comments (0)

According to The Guardian BSkyB is set to buy Sir Alan Sugar’s electronics group Amstrad in a £125m takeover that will see the star of The Apprentice collect £34.5m. For BSkyB the deal means bringing one of its main set-top box suppliers in-house and should speed up the development of new products as it seeks […]



How To Sell To Women?

July 30th, 2007 » Comments (0)

In her post How To Sell To Women Rachel Elnaugh writes: Which lead me to thinking about how incredibly easy it is to sell to women: LISTEN – and then just give them what they want. I’d have to disagree though, that’s how to sell to anyone, not just women. Sure sometimes you can’t give […]



The 4 Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris

July 30th, 2007 » Comments (4)

Timothy Ferriss speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change. Described as a Serial entrepreneur and ultravagabond he has amassed somewhat diverse and interesting set of […]



Dealing With Difficult Customers

July 30th, 2007 » Comments (0)

If you’ve ever watched Airline you’ll no doubt have watch (probably with admiration) the check-in staff deal with some of the most awkward customers ever, while keeping their cool. Often the customers are particularly awkward as they feel stupid – lets face it if they’ve left their passport at home or tried to checkin 24 […]



Getting Into E-Commerce

July 30th, 2007 » Comments (3)

Selling a product online via an e-commerce website is the Internet equivalent to owning a high street shop. Much like a shop your customers browse through your products, selecting what they want before paying at the checkout. Your job is then to deliver their order to them in a timely fashion. The classic example of […]



Why Don’t They Advertise Themselves Directly

July 28th, 2007 » Comments (0)

Reader’s question: Why would cleaners get their employment through my cleaning company rather than advertise themselves directly do you think? I’m thinking of companies like Molly Maid etc. The simplest and most common reason is that not everyone wants to run their own business, some just don’t have the knowledge and skills, others just don’t […]



Trading Your Unwanted Stuff

July 28th, 2007 » Comments (0)

On Monday I had to visit a customer in London and while browsing the bookshop at Paddington station I came across the book of Kyle MacDonald’s One Red Paperclip. It’s an amazing story of how MacDonald made a series of trades starting with a single red paperclip and ending with a house. SwitchPlanet.com is a […]



Am I Being Being Too Cautious?

July 26th, 2007 » Comments (0)

Reader’s question: I have an excellent idea, but I was reluctant to go for it, because I felt it needed too much money thrown at it. Was I wrong to be so cautious. No I don’t believe you were. While all a successful entrepreneurs take risks (risks that often seem foolish to those on the […]



Rachel Elnaugh Asks Are You An Alphapreneur?

July 25th, 2007 » Comments (12)

Rachel Elnaugh recently blogged about me saying: John Crickett has taken exception to my Blog about Peter Jones’ new ‘Tycoon’ show, posing the question ‘Jones vs Elnaugh: Who Do You Think is the Better Entrepreneur?’ That last one is an interesting one John, and tells me instantly that you are an ‘Alphapreneur’ – one of […]