Category Micro Business

We’ve all got to do more to retain great people

We’ve all heard it before. Try and keep the best people, and surround yourself with people better than you. This is the secret of success, and apparently people like Branson are masters at it. However, many people have reported that small businesses suffer from ‘resource poverty’ when it comes to people management and business owners…

Together We’ll Level The Playing Field

Proud to be Micro Some of you know that I’m the co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers movement – a massive free-to-join-in, global, self help community to make life better and fairer for micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners. We launched in January so we’re coming up to our first anniversary. The Enterprise Rockers movement is unlike…

Beware the trademark conmen

I have a recent experience regarding trade marks which I should share. We may only be a micro business, but we feel our name and logo – our brand – is so valuable. We registered it ten years ago. It was due for renewal in January. During the summer we received an official-looking notification, complete…

‘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…

The Power of We = Enterprise Rocks!

Today is Blog Action Day and at the Small Business Blog we wanted to use this opportunity to highlight a cause that is very important to us: Micro Business survival. Micro enterprises are defined as any business from any sector with less than ten employees. These make up the backbone of the economy, so protecting…

Be Wary of the Dream Sellers

Unlocking the handcuffs No, I’m not talking about the bondage scenes in ’50 Sheds du Lait’ my latest, erotic fantasy novel. My next book is about a billionaire dairy farmer hooked on gorgonzola and addicted to early morning visits to the ‘Beyond the Pail Room’ with a trainee yoghurt maker. I’m talking about the multi-billion…

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…

Easy In. Easy Out.

Chic Lit Keep Up, Won’t You? Look I’m sorry, dear readers, that I haven’t been in touch for a while. I’ve been smack up against a publisher’s deadline. I’ve been finishing off my latest erotic thriller, ’50 Sheds du Lait’. It’s about a fit French dairy farmer investigating the disappearance of big supermarket bosses. Anyway,…

Rocking the Old Boys’ Clubs

Waspies mean business Keep up won’t you? News that there are now 395,000 independent, own biz, direct sellers in the UK, up 20,000 since 2009 with an increase of 120% in party plan revenue, got me thinking. You’d be right in guessing that I’m more Agent Provocateur than Ann Summers but what’s not to like…

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…

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