31 12, 2012

New Year, new start?

By |2017-05-23T09:45:40+00:00December 31st, 2012|Business Management, Motivation|0 Comments

On the last day of the year it is traditional to make your New Year's resolution. The stroke of midnight signals your new start. You will be resolved to achieve that weight loss goal, to spend less time watching TV, to ring your friends to talk rather than just sending a quick text message... or [...]

5 12, 2012

Burden or bonus?

By |2017-05-23T09:45:40+00:00December 5th, 2012|Business Management, Hiring and Outsourcing, Small business employers|2 Comments

I recently had an interesting discussion with a successful entrepreneur about the current trend amongst the small business community to outsource tasks and responsibilities, rather than hire employees and keep the work in-house, which is his preferred model. It prompted me to ask him what his level of turnover was when he first took on [...]

18 11, 2012

The power of the pause

By |2017-05-23T09:45:40+00:00November 18th, 2012|Hiring and Outsourcing, The best of the rest|0 Comments

Ever think someone is trying to tell you something? In various forms, from various sources, I have received one message very loudly, and very clearly recently - the power of the pause. “Music is the space between the notes.” French composer Claude Debussy expressed it so well. The spaces between the notes add expression, allowing [...]

23 07, 2012

Hiring for success in a small business

By |2017-05-23T09:45:43+00:00July 23rd, 2012|Hiring and Outsourcing|0 Comments

Most small business owners fairly quickly get to the stage where they need to hire in help to free themselves up to continue growing their business. Sometimes these businesses are hiring employees directly, but it is much more common for them to build up a virtual team of contractors to support their business needs. So [...]

3 07, 2012

Six months on…

By |2017-05-23T09:45:44+00:00July 3rd, 2012|Business Management|0 Comments

Yesterday marked the end of my first 6 months trading, and so today is my half year business birthday, a significant date for Just leave it with me. Inevitably this landmark has caused me to reflect on my first 26 weeks trading - the highlights, the lowlights, and the funny moments. Highlights 1 I love [...]

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