Who

I meet lots of interesting people on my business travels.  The “who” section of the blog is all about people we can learn from, people who are behind the latest interesting trends and people who do things differently.

  • Best blog for small business

    Obviously, I think this is the best blog for small business, and you should definitely read it all the time. And get the extra stuff from my weekly emails.  And apparently, I’m not the only person who thinks this, because I got two awards for my blog for small business this year.  Woohoo! Best small […]

  • Want to build something that lasts?

    Once upon a time, a couple of thousand years ago, there was a guy. He saw a lot of things wrong with his society, and he spent a lot of time thinking about how he wanted to change things. This was before Facebook and Snapchat, so he had to go round just telling people about […]

  • Online marketing intern wanted

    I’m looking for a online marketing intern who is keen on learning more about online marketing to come and help me with marketing my digital products and face to face business coaching and mentoring services at the Joy of Business. The right person will start in mid December or early January.  It’s a trainee position, […]

  • No regrets – how to deal with failure in business

    Last year, I chaired a panel at the Brighton Summit on the theme of “No Regrets”.  I was joined by some great business people, Nigel Lambe, Nigel Berman and Arjo Ghosh, to talk about their experiences of when business got difficult and how to move forward with a “je ne regrette rien” attitude. The Brighton […]

  • Why you need to read Seth Godin

    A long long time ago, and when I first set up in business for myself I discovered Seth Godin’s blog. I can’t remember how I found it, somebody probably mentioned it or linked to it. And I’ve been addicted to it ever since.   I’ve bought and read a number of his books since then, […]

  • Life. Time. Value. Conference – hot news!

    Hot news! You’ll know that I’m a big fan of new ways to make you the money that you deserve from your lovely business. One of those ways might be to develop a digital product. There are lots of variations on this, you might already be thinking about developing an online course, writing an e-book, […]

  • The habits of successful business owners

    I’ve worked with hundreds of successful business owners over the past 14 years of being a business adviser. Some people were already successful when they came to me, and some people had businesses which weren’t doing so well, but we managed to turn them around. By hanging out with all of these people, I’ve been […]

  • Move on from the hourly rate

    Many of us sell our skills and experience for an hourly rate for a living.  If we have skills in gardening, we charge people for designing their garden, or cutting their hedge, if our skills are in hairdressing, we charge for a cut and blow dry.  I’ve called this the prostitute business model before, as […]

  • Revealing my secrets over breakfast

    After many years of introducing the speaker at the Brighton Chamber Inspirational Breakfast, I’ve been persuaded to be the speaker myself in March. It’s slightly strange to be talking about myself and my own business journey at the breakfast, but here are some of the highlights of what I’ll be talking about. Everthing will come […]

  • Where most businesses go wrong with their surveys

    I love a survey. I’ve just filled in a customer survey for the Co-operative bank about their ethical policy. Presumably, the Co-operative are trying to reinforce their marketing message about being an ethical bank, to try to keep hold of customers like me who only put up with their terrible online banking system because we […]