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Dragons’ Den Series 5 Episode 9

December 21st, 2007 » Comments (2)

This weeks pitches on Dragons’ Den were: Tidy Tree Sack – Which is a “Two-in-One Christmas Tree Skirt & Tree Removal Bag”. Looking for £150K investment in return for 40% equity. I can see it selling, I’d buy one, but I don’t see why an investment of £150k would be needed. Nor do I believe […]



Got Business Problems?

December 14th, 2007 » Comments (7)

Dear reader, I’d like your help please. I’m putting together some articles and tutorials that will be posted in the new year and to make sure they are as useful as possible I’d like to gather up a list of the problems faced by businesses. I’m also interested in the problems that those wanting to […]



Questions To Ask An Entrepreneur

December 12th, 2007 » Comments (5)

I’m planning to start interviewing some entrepreneurs in the new year and for this blog. I have a list of the questions I’m planning to ask: Why did you become an entrepreneur? How would you describe your business? How did you come up with your business idea? How did you know it was the right […]



Dragons’ Den Series 5 Episode 8

December 11th, 2007 » Comments (5)

This weeks pitches on Dragons’ Den were: tingotang – is a symbol for single people, described as a simple way to show people you are single, friendly and approachable. They were looking for an investment of £100K and offering 20% equity in return. They were intending to spend £13K on a PR campaign but didn’t […]



Left Handed Guitars

December 10th, 2007 » Comments (13)

For just over 15 years I’ve played the guitar on and off, I’m not very good, I’m certainly never going to be anywhere near as good as Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, I just don’t have the talent, but I do enjoy it. It’s also very frustrating though, as guitars vary and you need to […]



What I Would Do With $25

December 9th, 2007 » Comments (17)

I’m often asked to suggest cheap business ideas or home business ideas that can be started with little or no capital so when I heard that Just Make Money Online is running a group writing contest asking bloggers to write about what you would do if you had $25. I though it would be fun […]



Features Or Benefits?

December 6th, 2007 » Comments (2)

Many businesses make the simple mistake of promoting Features when they would profit far more from promoting the Benefits of their product or service. One of the hardest tasks is writing words that encourage people to buy from you. It isn’t enough to say that you sell the “best product ever” or have the “largest […]



Are You Having Trouble Collecting Money A Client Owes You?

December 5th, 2007 » Comments (0)

Owed Money? Lucky you. OK, I am in the murky world of collecting money and I can exclusively reveal that many businesses both large and small are owed money. Really? I hear you ask. OK, it’s not that incisive. Lets face it, unless a business operates on a strictly cash on delivery basis, its bound […]



How To Apply To Be On Dragons’ Den

December 5th, 2007 » Comments (0)

A reader asks: How do I apply to be on the Dragons’ Den business show? While I do regularly comment on the business opportunities and ideas that we see pitched on Dragons’ Den, I have no direct relationship with the show. That being said I do seem to be asked this question rather a lot… […]



Strategy Business Thinking With An MBA

December 4th, 2007 » Comments (5)

Rob at BusinessPundit recently asked “Who needs an MBA?” and a comment by Andy Swan caught my attention, he says: The strategic thinking aspect of an MBA is worthless. Why? Because it is EXACTLY the same strategic thinking that your competitors are using. Think of business like a poker game or trading the stock market…if […]