Simplifying your systems doesn’t have to cost you money

When we start out running our own businesses, it is all spreadsheets, Word documents and notebooks. We know that larger companies have whizz bang systems that automate everything and make it look shiny, but we also know that these things cost money, and we’re...

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...