When people decide to take that leap of faith and open up their own business, they often do so with an idea of where they want to go, and hopefully have some clients to help them along.
As time goes on though, new entrepreneurs can often get caught by cash flow issues. The only way they feel they can combat this is by throwing out their initial goals and taking on business from everywhere.
We can safely say that many of us have fallen to this, especially during testing times such as global recessions or pandemics. …
Have a think of the partners you have. Some of them were carefully recruited or looked for, whilst some others perhaps you just ended up with. Perhaps it started off as an interesting idea. The idea turned into a project and before you know it a company.
The honeymoon period soon passed and all of a sudden you woke up and smelt the roses. You are now staring at your partner and asking yourself why them, and why me!?!
Yet when it comes to this moment, it hasn’t been a day or a week, but months or maybe a year.
There are a few things I’m known for it seems. One is that I don’t have a problem wearing speedos, another is I’m a social butterfly and finally that I have an unhealthy love of goats.
I mean, who doesn’t love a goat or two. They beat kittens and puppies paws down, as these charismatic creatures both waste your time and provide the best cheese in the world.
My encounters with goats had grown strong over the years, having lived in various places where goats were a supply of milk, cheese, and meat. …
How did that all fit in there?
I thought to myself as I finally left tiny living to return to an actual house. A choice to some degree but with a certain nudge in the back, as my partners-in-crime had moved away to save for their eco-camp dream and in turn I decided to vacate their land onto pastures new.
I had enjoyed/endured almost 18 months in my personally designed, custom built tiny house, and saw it as a stepping stone in a three step plan.
Eighteen square metres in total, with a hand built compost toilet and unevenly tiled…
Whether it’s during a downpour during a traditional British summer or next to a fast flowing Ardeche on a warm spring’s day, being in a tent adds something to the occasion.
I am very fond of camping, and enjoy a multiday hike or kayaking trip that forces you to find your piece of, and peace in, nature. The thrill of being outside the whole time, the community that comes with it and the idea that you have become one with your surroundings.
Yet tents are such controversial spaces. …
If you can say I’ve got to go to work without implying something negative then you’ve pretty much made it right? Work will always imply that effort is being made but whether that effort is something you want to give to that activity is a whole other story.
As a jack of all trades and master of ceremonies, I’ve dedicated my life (all 35 years of it) to making sure work is play. That ‘work hard, play hard’ means just play all the time.
It’s had it’s ups and downs. Baking sausage rolls possibly one of the highlights, sitting at…
Having booked a flight almost 18 months ago, I finally got the chance to use it and get back to the UK after an absence of 12 months. Even that was quite lucky, as the last time I came here I took a risk and booked the flight just 4 weeks before when Croatia was on the red list.
But this time I made it — with caveats of course. I had to take a test before I got on the plane, and three more tests after, on Day 2, 5 and 8, as per legal requirements.
I arrived back…
It’s been three weeks of madness, but the good kind. Event after event, connection after connection, all following Covid-19 rules of course.
After each event, I received messages of thanks and congratulations on a job well done. Those attending were thrilled with what existed, and what was being created.
We welcomed newbies and veterans to each event, the old guard sharing what’s been going on and the fresh arrivals listening intently whilst offering their own contributions.
Despite each group being very different, as I’ll explain more now, the theme was the same. Community and its importance.
One of the first…
You’ve finally figured out what you want to offer and sell, and it comes to that final question. How much should you charge?
When you have a product, you do a bit of research, looking in shops and online, to see what other people are charging. You then adjust this a little, as you figure out where you want to position yourself. You take into account all the other costs that you’ve already paid during production.
At this point you might be blown away at how much or how little profit you’re going to make. …
She had already started referring to it as ‘my study’ in front of me. But I wasn’t to know what was to come.
You see, with this pandemic going on I had sacrificed a lot. I have become more and more isolated from the wider world and often spent my mornings lying in bed wondering when I could next explore.
I am young. I should not be stuck.
Finally we saw a break, the chance to escape. Restrictions were relaxing, I could now get the vaccine and be exempt of those intrusive cotton bud things that make you want to…