running a business

Competitive Advantage – how to gain it !

Competitive Advantage – how to gain it !

The key factor in maintaining long-term viability for any business is having a competitive advantage. Probably the best book written on the subject is ‘Competitive Advantage – Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance’ by Michael Porter in 1985. Essentially it boils down to 2 factors – in summary you win by…

Early warning signs of business failure

Early warning signs of business failure

Entrepreneurs and managers need to have their finger on the pulse of the business and the sure sign of impending disaster is running out of cash! Running out of cash is always a symptom of bigger problems within the business, which have to be put right. There are early warning…

Growing your business – 3 Key Tips

Growing your business – 3 Key Tips

There comes a point when entrepreneurs/founders want to expand and grow their business, be it adding a new service/product, opening a new location or adding staff to grow existing services. I would recommend 3 key tips for businesses to consider before embarking on a growth phase. 1. Planning for growth…

Profit or cash – what is more important and why?

Profit or cash – what is more important and why?

This is a question every entrepreneur should know the answer to. The answer is that cash is more important in the short-term but both are as important in the long-term. In the short-term, you can make losses and as long as shareholders have put in sufficient cash into the business,…

How to deal with failure in Business – 5 Key Tips

How to deal with failure in Business – 5 Key Tips

We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of life. The key to success is how we deal with failure and overcome the negatives. Whether it’s a business startup or your business hitting a recession, failure can be painful. In business, failure can be even more difficult to deal with. Or…

Celebrating Success – why it’s important in your Business

Celebrating Success – why it’s important in your Business

How many times have you celebrated achieving goals in your business with your team? Once a year, once in two years? Or is it more? If you celebrate success more than once a year, you’re probably on the right track. We all get sucked into the daily grind and pay…

Why startups fail – 5 Key Reasons for failure and how to overcome them

Why startups fail – 5 Key Reasons for failure and how to overcome them

Startup failure rates are enough to put any budding entrepreneur off – in the UK it is estimated that 2 in 3 businesses fail in the first 3 years and from the Department of Trade and Industry figures, stats show that 70% of businesses fail in the first 10 years!…

10 minute Guide to understanding a Balance Sheet – Follow up

10 minute Guide to understanding a Balance Sheet – Follow up

My blog on the 10 minute guide to understanding a Balance Sheet is┬áthe most read even though it is also the longest and tries to deal with some complex items in a simple way – http://bit.ly/XMTzfa I used Apple’s balance sheet for 2012 and since a year or more has…

How to Startup a Business – 5 Practical Tips for Success

Advice on how to start up a business has been written about almost every day and the advice follows the usual steps. 1. Come up with the business idea 2. Research the market for the product or service 3. Write your business plan along with your forecasts for the numbers…

4 Top Tips for Negotiating in Business

Every entrepreneur and business manager has to learn the skill of negotiating at an early stage. Not everyone is an expert from the start and it takes time and a few hard lessons to get there. Here I will stick to my experience of business deal negotiations. The easy way…