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Why I’d Choose a Woman Business Partner Every Time?

Ouch! I think that hissing is the sound of knives flying through the air aimed at my back. This is where I may upset most business women and most business men. I’ll be accused of stereotyping and other words I find difficult to spell. I’m old but not wise – who knew? However, I just…

‘Essence of Entrepreneurship Juice’ – anyone?

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and I’ve been busy speaking in all the major cities and on television. Not that I’m an Entrepreneur, hardly anyone that speaks on entrepreneurship is. I know as much as the next speaker, dress better, have been on television and I’ve written a best selling, funny book on enterprise. I also…

Three Olympics’ Biz Booster Tips

Lowering the Tone Stella McCartney, who designed the Team GB Olympics kit, said ‘You don’t need to sacrifice style for sport’. Stella clearly wasn’t aware that my hapless, hopeless, fashion disaster of an agent, Tony Robinson OBE, was going to attend two weeks of the Olympics. I blame your London Mayor, Boris Johnson. He had…

Five Ways To Handle The Big Boys

All that glitters…. Keep Up won’t you? I learned a new Brit word yesterday. Yes, regrettably I’m still in the sad land of fleeces and dodgy haircuts. The word I learned was ‘institutionalised’. I was at the home of my hopeless and hapless agent, the inept, fashion disaster, Tony Robinson OBE. I was helping his…

A People List – the secret of your biz success

Don’t believe all you read There is a better way to start up success than the business planning process. A lot of the same ‘must dos’, processes, are quoted by entrepreneurship academics, management gurus, glampreneurs and politicians as being needed for you to start and run your own business successfully. Training and supporting prospective entrepreneurs…

Why are women just better at it?

No use complaining Keep up won’t you? There’s no room for weenies in the global micro enterprise community. My hapless and hopeless UK agent, Tony Robinson OBE, sent me a press clipping of what Serena Williams said after winning the Madrid Open last week. He’s obsessed by how Serena and Venus have raised the game,…

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…

To take on a senior employee in your own biz – or not.

There is a better way of building your business than taking on a senior employee. Unfortunately, this better way is risky and certainly is not possible for all types of micro-business. My preferred options/alternatives to taking on a senior employee are: Option 1. using independent contractors/freelancers/other micro-businesses Option 2. taking on partners or if you’re…

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…

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