Category Business Ideas

Stuff the Dinosaurs

Keep up won’t you – most websites that promote ‘how to successfully start and run your own business’ are sponsored by big companies and government bodies and written by people that are in jobs and have never started their own business. The advice is so yesterday. It is stuff from antiquity that belongs in a…

Who can you trust to help you and your biz?

Who can you trust to help you to survive and thrive? There is a better way of getting help than from Government and Big Company funded start up and micro business support programmes. That’s not to say we don’t want their help and a lot of these free offers of help are good and needed.…

We may have got the T shirt but it’s still to be earned.

We don’t know what we don’t know I always chuckle to myself when big companies that sponsor awards to start up and existing small business give, as part of the prize, mentoring or advice from a senior executive in their company. Perhaps it is no laughing matter. Firstly, it’s arrogant to assume that starting and…

The Real Deal – Don’t Accept Anything Less

Entrepreneur Conferences need a business health warning. November and March are always the biggest months for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship conferences. Last week, I was lucky enough to be in Liverpool for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Last year it was in Dubai and next year it’s in Rio de Janeiro so we were lucky to have…

Building Trust With Your Customer

Recently, I read 12 Most Simple Ideas To Build Trust With Me As Your Customer, a post by Andy Hanselman on 12most.com. To read this article in its entirety, do visit 12 Most. It did remind me of something else that I have been thinking about lately: Skepticism is rife and trust is not easily…

3 real ways to help you stand out and build better relations with your customers

Readers of this blog and my own across at www.adrianswinscoe.com know that I write about building better and more valuable relations with your customers and your people as a way of growing your business. Over the festive break I spent quite a lot of time ‘unplugged’ from the digital world thinking about how we can…

Mirror Mirror on the wall…’tis the season to reflect

I have often been quoted as saying you need more than just a good idea to get a business off the ground.  I’m sure over the festive season many people taking a rest from work will be hearing the cogs whizzing as they take some time out to ponder on a new business idea, and…

The Best Biz Mentors Can Be A Tad Crazy

My Dad I reckon my first business mentor was my Dad. He started his own business, working from home, because, like many people I know, it was the best way of earning a living. His health was very poor so he had to pack in his job. In the five years between me being 13…

Building better relations with your customers starts at the end

Today, I want to tell you a personal story of doing new things, taking risks, being innovative and being willing to fail in the quest to create something of value for my business, the people that I know, the small business community and my customers. View the story “RARE Forum, The Drill Hall, London 3rd…

The Inception of a Business Idea

Every successful business starts with an idea. If you haven’t been immediately struck with inspiration, then coming up with a concept for your small business can be difficult and frustrating. However, there are some tried and tested methods you could use to come up with an idea that suits you. Firstly, you could try doing…

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