Sticks and carrots

In my last blog post I talked about giving your team clear expectations so that they know how to do their best for you. This is the second part of that thought process – being clear about rewards and consequences. Some people are motivated purely by the...

Want your team to perform? Tell them what you expect.

You work 12 hours a day on your business, you are constantly thinking about ways to improve things, you find it hard to switch off at weekends and getting a new client is cause for huge celebration. So why don’t your team seem to give a sh*t? Firstly, if that...

Let’s get things done! From the sofa…

When it comes to productivity you will find an endless supply of hints and tips online. Many of which are very valuable. The most important question though? What works for you? If you run your own business then you have the freedom to work in a way that makes you the...

Being your own boss – and being the best boss

As a self employed sole trader I can use that phase “I am my own boss”. We hear that one all the time right? “I’m my own boss” – and to those in employment that might sound like wonderful freedom. Which of course it is! But only if...

Finding Your First Clients

You’ve got your business idea, it’s all planned out, you know you can do it, the next step is to get your message out there and find your first clients. So you need a big shiny website, all the social media accounts and a colour coded strategy right? Not...