Archive for August, 2009

To Buy a Business, or to Start from Scratch?…

Is buying an existing business a viable option rather then starting from scratch? Picture this, you’ve just received that redundancy money you’ve been dreaming about, and you’re looking to start the next phase in your working life. The thought of going into business sounds very appealing and is probably where you want to go. But now you’re wondering whether to buy an established business or start a business from scratch… It is a question that every person thinking of starting their own business should consider before committing their efforts to starting that brand new business from scratch. Before looking at the…

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F2 – Firefly Manifesto: Remixed…Career Renegade

by Jonathan Fields for ChangeThis.com “Try this career choice standard on for size… Will this choice allow me to: Spend the greatest amount of time – Absorbed in activities and relationships that fill me up – While surrounding myself with people I cannot get enough of, and – Earning enough to live comfortably in the world?” If not, why not? read on… This little gem sounds like one I could have written myself! If you’re career/business choice cannot tick off these 3 things, then my to review your current situation to work out why not. Whilst you may not like…

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Free…The new revenue model, or is it?

by James Tuckerman for Anthill Magazine… well worth the read. …It’s no good applying the free models unless you can understand how your consumer will interpret them (whether they will work for or against you). The psychology of ‘free’ is a powerful force. There is a chasm between cheap and free when a decision hangs in the balance. So, when presented with a free option, are we able to make our decisions freely? The answer is a definite ‘Yes’, for two reasons. Firstly, ‘free’ still lacks ‘believability’. Secondly, there are some things we prize more than money (or the monetary…

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Jen McLennan – what a champion!

I’m an older woman, disillusioned with corporate life, and needing a change, but wanting very much to be in a position to enhance other people’s life experience. I have always been drawn to the vocation of civil celebrant, so took formal training and began to set up my business. I became very ill and had to freeze all my plans for eighteen months until I recovered, and then found myself totally lacking any motivation to start again. At that time I was presented with Denise’s story, and I realised that I could get up and get going again. True grit…

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nothing like a cash flow issue to get you focussed!

Sometimes you are forced into paying attention to cashflow, and one of those times for me is right now. Even more importantly for me is that I am the sole bread-winner, so I don’t have a choice; whether I want to curl up in bed in a foetal position or not is irrelevant! Hence why it’s been a little quiet on the blog front of late, and it may stay that way for a little while longer yet. Whilst there are quite a few irons in the fire right now (and if they all come off at the same time…

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