Category Small Business Stories

The richest U.S. entrepreneurs ever

The richest U.S. entrepreneurs ever

It might surprise you to learn that in a list of the top ten wealthiest United States entrepreneurs of all-time, only one of them (Bill Gates) was actually born in the twentieth century and is still alive today. So, if you are starting a new business today in America, it would perhaps be a little…

Micro Business Online Retailers

Micro Business Online Retailers

Since it has now become so simple for people to start a micro business from the comfort of their home, there are some great success stories out there. This article on the Guardian Small Business Network contains the testimony of a number of small business owners that started out with just an online storefront. Some…

Recovering from a Disaster

Recovering from a Disaster

It’s well-known that the majority of small businesses affected by natural disasters never get to open their doors again. Usually either too much is lost or the business had insufficient insurance to cover the cost of damages, so they could never replace what was lost. This interesting interview on The Guardian Small Business Network is…

Will your business last 350 years?

Will your business last 350 years?

You might have designs for your business to be around for a long time, but could you ever conceive of it outliving you by centuries? For one seventeenth century scissor-maker in China named Zhang Jiasi that’s exactly what happened, because the fruits of his labour are still very much alive today. The Hangzhou Zhang Xiaoquan…

Brainstorming on your office wall

Brainstorming on your office wall

IdeaPaint is a company that allows you to turn your entire wall into a whiteboard, so as you might imagine they have some great ideas for how best to brainstorm in your business. In this useful article from OpenForum they provide seven great tips for making the most of your brainstorming sessions, ranging from obvious…

Small Independent Publisher finds International success

We always like to highlight success stories here at the Small Business Blog. I was impressed to hear about a small UK business book publishing company named Panoma Press that has been very successful in the international market. Panoma have just licensed another ten of their titles for distribution in Malaysa and Singapore during the…

It’s those banks again!

Recently I was looking to open a business bank account for a new venture I’m looking to start- so I thought I would do the rounds with the banks to see what was on offer. I’m not going to name names here, but I was actually quite shocked at what I found. I went in…

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…

Making do is no longer an option

OK, let me start to paint you a picture of office life at Mother’s Garden, the English/Catalan micro business based in a little office in our old farmhouse in The Priorat, Catalunya, north east Spain. It will be self evident why we need to evolve. Perhaps this is how things are for a few of…

Work within reason, wise Dad advised

My father, who worked for himself all his life, either alone or running his small business, said to anyone thinking of going for it (me included) that it would take ten years to get established. I couldn’t see that at the time but I now fully understand what he was getting at. Dad died in…

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