Interview: The Huntingdonshire Business Fair

Interview: The Huntingdonshire Business Fair

In April 2015, at the Huntingdonshire Business Fair, I was vox-popped by the Huntingdonshire Business Network to talk about networking, Cambridge Business Lounge and my top business tip. You can watch the whole four and a half minute chat, with the brilliant Chris Thomas,...
How Business Mentors Help Freelancers

How Business Mentors Help Freelancers

Being a freelancer, especially for the first time, means that you will often come face to face with challenges that you weren’t expecting, weren’t prepared for and don’t have the knowledge needed to overcome it. Through experience and knowledge, the right mentor will support you in making the right decisions you need to make for your business to grow. They will also hold you accountable for the actions you need to take to get your business and lifestyle to where you’d like it to be. In short, working for yourself does not mean having to work by yourself and a business mentor will empathise with the challenges you’re facing, and help prepare for the ones that you don’t realise are ahead of you. I have trained, coached and mentored thousands of businesses since 2003 and often get asked what I will and won’t do to help someone who is running a business on their own. This list will explain: How I will help you? • Provide an outsiders perspective on both you and your business • Listen and understand the issues that are worrying you about your business • Provide honest and constructive feedback as well as acting as a sounding board for ideas • Inspire you to help you realise your potential • Where appropriate, seek advice or refer you to another point of contact What I don’t do? It’s equally important to understand exactly what it is that I won’t do. For example… • Provide a counselling service • Give specific technical business advice that would normally be provided by an expert business adviser • Take responsibility for success away from you • Create...
39 Tips To Help You Start Your Own Business

39 Tips To Help You Start Your Own Business

From time to time on my twitter account, I post a few tips for anyone thinking of starting a new business. Here are those tweets and a few more tips too…. 1. Get a CRM, even a spreadsheet, to record the details of those new relationships you’re going to develop 2. A sale is not a sale until you’ve been paid. Sort out your payment terms before you agree to do any work 3. Before you deal with the ‘what’ and ‘how, be clear on your vision & ‘why’ you’re starting a new business. 4. Grow the business step by step, keep overheads to a minimum & avoid unnecessary purchases 5. Do your research. The more information you gather, the more likely you are to set up a business that is going to succeed. 6. Get out there and spread the word. Whether you’ve started trading or not – now is the time to start networking. 7. Speak with an accountant. The right support can so often make a difference between a successful and unsuccessful business. 8. Not everyone has what it takes to start a business. Ask yourself if you’re motivated enough, adaptable and resilient to do the job 9. Take advantage of free resources available, such as the gov.uk website. 10. Be patient and always keep in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight. It will take some time before you make a profit. 11. Get a online financial management system in place straight away, to help you stay on top of your cash flow. Without cash, you don’t have a business. 12. Don’t worry too much by the economy. Any time is the right...