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We Hate Accountants

January 24th, 2008 » Comments (7)

When most entrepreneurs and small business owners choose an accountant they look for a firm that can help them handle the bureaucracy involved in running a business and most importantly can save them money by structuring their business to be as tax efficient as possible. Yet shockingly in a recent survey only 9.7% of business […]



To The Edge – Malcolm McClean

January 23rd, 2008 » Comments (0)

“If you are not living on the edge, then you are taking up too much room” Proclaims the back cover of this book. It goes on to say: “Think of the richest square mile in Britain and your thoughts turn to The City of London or Chelsea. In fact, a small village in Cheshire is […]



Entrepreneur Or Salesman?

January 23rd, 2008 » Comments (3)

For all that is written about business and business skills there is only one skill that determines the success or failure of your business. That skill is selling. Don’t be fooled by all the talk about entrepreneurs and their varied entrepreneurial skills, the one skill they all have is the ability to sell. Put simply, […]



Globalisation Goes Small

January 22nd, 2008 » Comments (0)

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2007 Global Report was released last Friday. It’s a global report on entrepreneurship directed by Babson College and London Business School. I’ve yet to find time to read the full report, but their press release notes that: Entrepreneurship is going global—in some GEM countries, 40% of early-stage entrepreneurs expected 24% […]



The Pink Laptop As A Business Opportunity

January 22nd, 2008 » Comments (3)

For ages computers were beige, that kind of horrible beige plastic that changes colour with age so it starts to look dirty, grimy and greasy. The we started getting black computers hurray! Henry Ford would be proud. Nowadays it’s great to see manufacturers starting to experiment with other colours, the Asus EEE PC for example […]



The Illusions Of Entrepreneurship – Scott Shane

January 22nd, 2008 » Comments (0)

The Illusions Of Entrepreneurship explores the myths that entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers live by. We believe that entrepreneurs are special, somehow different to the average man on the street, they know something he doesn’t. The reality is different. We believe that entrepreneurial businesses – start-ups – create more jobs and drive economic […]



Over Deliver

January 21st, 2008 » Comments (1)

We all look favourably on suppliers that, in our opinion, provide best value for money. This can sometimes be the cheapest. Most of the time it is one of the more expensive options and we chose them because “They go the extra mile”. In our own businesses it also pays to deliver that bit more. […]



Business School In A Box

January 18th, 2008 » Comments (26)

Several years ago I met up with a successful entrepreneur in London to discuss a business idea, the idea was a “business in a box” – everything you’d need to start your own business in one go. Unfortunately I let that opportunity slip through my fingers because I didn’t feel in a position to really […]



Reputation Management

January 18th, 2008 » Comments (0)

I can hardly get through a day at the moment without coming across an example of why offering online reputation management is a good business opportunity. In this case it’s the Stockport teacher who has been suspended by her school after pupils found her on the internet simulating sex in a “raunchy” advert for workwear.This […]



Winning New Business – Richard Denny

January 17th, 2008 » Comments (0)

Winning New Business: Essential Selling Skills For Non-Sales People is a very easy to read guide to selling aimed at non-sales people like you and me. Lets face it unless you’re a professional salesperson selling is not something that many of us enjoy. We’d rather be thought of as solicitors, web designers, business consultants and […]