100 Gratitudes: What I Learned About My Own Entrepreneurship

A friend and colleague challenged me to participate in Dr Robert Holden’s 100 Gratitudes.  I accepted with alacrity, as is my wont, and then repented at leisure, as is also my wont, when I worked out how time-consuming it would be for me to fully participate. Then I sulked for a bit, resentful of the ‘work’ I had taken on. Then – as luck would have it – I leaped out of bed on a Sunday morning, early, and they all just flowed out of me. Gorgeous when that happens, when I allow. As I prefer to write everything online, I […]

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Entrepreneurship: A State Of Mind Or A Choice?

According to Sage, which also just happens to be my favourite accounting software, their research shows that three out of four business owners don’t consider themselves to be entrepreneurs. Fifty three per cent of us are happy to call ourselves business owners, twenty six percent self-employed and fifteen percent businessmen/women. The theory is that we believe entrepreneurship is more connected with innovation than business leadership. And I know many that agree, some of them are even friends of mine. As it happens, I don’t. And here’s why. I choose instead to think of the word entrepreneur as our collective noun. […]

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What Are You Good At? A New String For Your (Business) Bow

I wonder what you are good at and if you are turning that into a business? I had a realisation that I am good at emotions, by which I mean to say that I am easy with them and, I hope, non-judgemental. People seek me out when they want to discuss their emotions; friends, family, clients. And yet this isn’t the core theme of my business and expertise. It’s part of it, for sure. But it isn’t the main thing. I started to wonder if perhaps I am missing an opportunity. Ostensibly I teach self-employed people how to be more […]

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The Story So Far: What I’ve Learned from 37 Years of Working for Myself

After only four unsatisfactory years in employment between 1973 and 1977, I accidentally started my own first business. And despite struggling with maths as a teenager, this only turned out to be an accountancy business. Although I knew by then that I wanted to be self-employed, what I didn’t know was that I was not really an accountant, more an entrepreneur and later a serial business owner. The cross which the creative entrepreneur has to bear is waking up every day with a new idea for a business, each more exciting and compelling than the last. But focus and follow […]

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