The Grand Plan

Somebody I know a little bit seems to have moved herself into a campervan with her dog and be living her life on the move. And today I asked her on Facebook if she had a grand plan, or if she was just going with the flow. Right now, she’s in beautiful photogenic coastal Cornwall. Bliss. The reason behind my question was I didn’t know the whole back story, as we say these days. I hadn’t been watching as she’d made up her mind to do this, so I didn’t know what was behind it, if anything. I didn’t know […]

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A Good Plan or Some Great Intentions?

Some of my clients want to have A Good Plan. And I understand why, I really do. A Good Plan makes you feel like a proper businesswoman, someone who looks like she knows what she’s doing. You hope it might guide you through your foggy procrastination and be a roadmap out of the headless chicken space we so often occupy when working alone at home, especially those of us used to working in a team in the former day job where we had a boss breathing down our necks and where we had to be productive. I think I’ve only […]

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Let Your Business Serve Your Life, Not Consume It

The topic of having a business plan or, more importantly, a vision for your business is always on my agenda with clients.   They are not necessarily the same thing.   Your vision must come first and from there you can start to create the plan of how you are going to achieve it, and the monitoring systems to keep you on track. I’m working with a young woman who is starting her own business and wants to do it right from the outset.   She says she has observed it done well and done badly and she knows how she wants […]

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Tips For Getting A New Business Off The Ground by Luke Johnson

Over the weekend, in The Week, I read these start-up tips by Luke Johnson which were originally published in the Wall Street Journal Europe.   Luke Johnson, chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners, has made a success of businesses as varied as Pizza Express, bingo and dentistry. Here are Luke’s tips if you are contemplating going into business for yourself: Consider moonlighting or going part-time. A steady income to cover personal overheads can be a life-saver while you develop your concept. Do what you know. Don’t plunge into a new sector without doing extensive homework. If you start up in […]

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Why Do I Need An Exit Strategy?

One of the first pieces of advice you will receive when you start in business is how to end it.   Thank heavens we don’t get that advice when we are born, right?   Why on earth would you want to be thinking about ending something when you are just starting out? Well the honest truth is, most don’t.   It’s all so exciting at the beginning, we are a nation of shop-keepers which these days equals your own virtual shop for your business and there’s so much to do at inception, it’s just like playing post offices.   Weighing scales, stamps, stationery supplies, […]

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