Category: Leadership

Minimum viable product

  • >Categories: Business planning
With the growing pace of transformation in the business environment – which is reflected in the constant and rapid development of new technologies, demands from customers and changing economic conditions – businesses are facing new challenges in how to enter the market and create competitive advantages. As a result, there arose a great need to rethink the basic process of creating value within the entrepreneurial community. Companies are no longer afforded the luxury of stable markets where it would be possible to invest large sums into the testing of viable models and selecting the best for a commercial launch. There ... Read more

Starting your own business? 4 Questions to ask yourself

  • >Categories: Business ideas
Learn the ins and outs of your chosen industry and focus especially on the things you find most difficult. Sometimes the perceptions of how a professional life in the industry looks quite different than it actually is. Every road to success has its challenges, and as you learn more about your industry, it will be easier to envision what kind of issues you may come across and what it might take to overcome them. Try it out Before you start your own business, look for a way of getting some hands-on experience. This may be easier in some professions than ... Read more

Top 10 TED talks to inspire your innovation and creativity

  • >Categories: Business ideas
If you’re desperately looking for business ideas but can’t seem to find any, you may be looking in the wrong place or may be doing something not-entirely-correct. Ideas don’t just light up like Christmas trees, they are rather the result of collaborative moments where amateur entrepreneurs have found ways to free a collective genius and trigger creativity. These 10 TED talks will illuminate how to become more creative and innovative. So free yourself of all strings, and let your group’s entrepreneurial creativity run free towards a new brilliant product! All you need is a few ‘partners in crime’ and lots ... Read more

How to work fewer hours than you sleep

It’s a typical trap: you come home from work and talk about… work. You get in bed at the end of a long day and check your phone for… work e-mail. You fall asleep and dream about… you guessed it… Work! The traditional structure of nine to five is no more – the average American works 47 hours a week. We’re working over the recommended limit and conversely, sleeping under the 7-9 hours per night that research suggests is optimal for our well-being. While it’s likely that most of us face a deficit regarding our sleep/work ratio Monday-Friday, this does not have to be the norm. ... Read more

60 Online business ideas that you could start today!

  • >Categories: Business ideas
Starting an online business is a tempting prospect – but that’s the easy part! The real challenge is to find out which opportunities are specific to your area of expertise or knowledge. To make your decision making a bit easier, we have created a list of online business ideas which shows you some specific examples of independent career paths suitable for various skill sets. Related: 100 business ideas you can start today Online sales business ideas 1. Affiliate Marketing As an affiliate marketer, you are earning commission from selling someone else’s products. You might need to make an initial investment ... Read more

Interview with Andrew Jervis, co-founder of ClickMechanic

  • >Categories: Leadership
Editor’s update: Click mechanic has recently raised $1 million and is expanding heavily. (1 April 2017) The London-based startup ClickMechanic connects car owners to mobile mechanics all over the UK. They tackle common problems of the automotive repair industry and aim to make car repair a consumer-friendly and transparent service. We talked to Andrew Jervis, the co-founder of ClickMechanic, about the early days of the company and how they scaled the business. How did you get your first 100 clients/users? Being a two-sided marketplace, we needed to recruit mechanics, but we also needed car owners who wanted to fix their car. Fortunately for ... Read more

5 Tips for motivating yourself

  • >Categories: Self development
I have always been into sports. Rowing, climbing, mountain biking, weights, the lot. I’ll give anything a go and get a total kick out of trying something new. From teamwork and motivation to discipline and the challenge, being a good sports person has taught me some important lessons. And it’s something I’ve taken to heart in all areas of life, including my career. A blast from the past – someone saying you can’t do something – is enough to put fire in your belly to succeed. So, how do my sportsmanship and motivation translate into business success? As a Sales ... Read more

Interviewing Bertie Stephens, founder of Flubit.com – demand a better offer

  • >Categories: Leadership
Editor’s note: Flubit recently raised £16 million and has launched a contender in the marketplace space, exciting times! (1 April 2017) What if I told you that there is a website which can create you the lowest price for any product on the web? Sounds like a great deal, right? That’s the idea behind flubit.com, a London-based startup co-founded by Bertie Stephens. We talked to the 26-years-old serial entrepreneur to find out more about his story. Related: 12 step guide to getting your dream startup job First of all Bertie, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What is your entrepreneurial background? ... Read more

Power breakfast or power lunch?

Once upon a time, the power lunch was all the sales rage. But then came the power breakfast which quickly became the darling of networking sales. Today, both are staple foods of the entrepreneurial sales person’s diet. But what separates a power breakfast from a power lunch? And what are the techniques that will make both or either work well for you? Related: The psychology behind better sales The power breakfast – eggs on acid Proponents of the power breakfast have a good argument. For a start, people are at their sharpest, mentally, in the morning. That means they’re more ... Read more

5 Ways to get your business in shape in 2017

  • >Categories: Strategy
The year-end brings with it a chance to step back and take a broader look at your business. It is so easy to get caught up in day-to-day operations that sometimes this is the only way to spot problem areas and capitalise on successful ones. Related: Focus on growing your business So here are five ways to review progress, plan for the future, and make sure you thrive in 2017: 1. Put your business under the spotlight Only by looking back and analysing what worked and what didn’t, can you truly understand how to move the business forward. This involves ... Read more

Do you have what it takes to be a good leader?

  • >Categories: Leadership
If you are one of those people who want to take on a leadership position in the future, simply being good at what you do is not enough. There are things that are found in some people that make them equipped to become great leaders. As you should know by now, leaders are integral to any company’s success. Whether you believe that leaders are born and not made or the other way around, you cannot question that the skills listed in this article are indeed everything you need to be a good and effective leader. Do you have a clear ... Read more

Dispatches from anywhere: life as a remote worker

  • >Categories: Work from home
White collar, professional work, is changing. Offices are no longer needed. Many might think the typical remote worker is a millennial working in a startup, an entrepreneur or a freelancer. It turns out that jeans, hoody and flip flop wearing twenty-something stereotype would be wrong. According to the New York Times, the average remote worker is ‘a 49-year-old college graduate — man or woman — who earns about $58,000 a year and belongs to a company with more than 100 employees,’ based on US census data. Remote work has been on the increase since the recession. At the same time ... Read more