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Diary of a start-up: Nearly There!

When I set out on the roller coaster that is running my own business in December last year I was determined not to be a statistic. I can’t remember the statistic (and for once, Google wasn’t that helpful) but a large proportion of small businesses apparently fail within their first year. Now, I’m not one for jinxing things, but I’m just three short months away from that golden landmark for my business and (I’m crossing my fingers here) it looks like we’re going to be okay. Read further blogs in …

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A busy start to 2010: Diary of a startup

Well I have to say I am not sure where the last 9 weeks have gone and it seems like it was only yesterday when I was wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas tree, now we are gearing up for Easter and looking forward to the seeing lambs skipping around the fields and daffodils emerging from the depths of the cold earth like little teasers of sunshine – something I cannot wait to see more of as we begin to crawl slowly out of the darkness of winter that always …

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Shine4Life – Reflection on 2009

Well what can I say – It is six months since I left full time employment and my life could not have changed much more! Firstly I am writing this article and ‘start up’ blog twice a month which has given me a hunger for writing! I have found myself engrossed in putting words to paper, the images and colours in my head in some way making their presence on paper. Maybe it is because on a daily basis I have found myself experiencing so many different things,

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Computers are the way forward… aren’t they?

If you have been following my last few articles you will have quickly realised that my IT skills are nothing to write home about. Actually a single celled Amoeba would have more success than me at the sensitive interaction with a computer. I still struggle with the fact that for the whole of my working life and relationship with a computer I have had the ‘tech desk’ to hand at every blip or issue – it has to be said they knew me so well that they would see my …

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Getting used to no routine

Wow what a change! – from a strict routine of, up at 5, gym by half past and at my desk by 7 , to freedom, time, space and the ability to waste a morning watching Jeremy Kyle and GMTV – taking full advantage of the tips about optimum eye shadow techniques and recipes to confuse even Gordon Ramsey. After a few days of this ‘freedom’ I found myself craving some sort of structure again! So back to routine it had to be and starting with making packed lunch for …

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Working 9-5 – not anymore!

Growing up was non-conventional and certainly an experience, moving from 47 degrees to minus 20 was a memorable occasion but a realisation at a tender age of 5 that the world was a huge place! My father was in the Oil Industry and oil rigs combined with many different places in the world became a way of life; we of course followed him, although not onto the rigs!! Moving from Oman being looked after by my nanny called Goulam and fed curry every night to a remote croft in Scotland …

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There’s no business like snow business!

This was going to be an article about how there had been a slight slow start for the New Year for some of us – especially those boringly like me that were struggling to overcome flu – but then how things but how things had thawed and with renewed cooler focus the business ball really got rolling despite the credit crunch. And then we were completely taken over by the snow and its aftermath and that’s much more fun!

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Diary of a startup: Prune & Reflect … part 2

Well continuing the pruning theme, I’ve finally shifted and streamlined my paper mountain! – the skip has now been removed – and re-emerged blinking into a brave new and leaner world – slightly scary actually. Now it’s time to sit down and see with new clarity if my business is still on track after its first half year. Am I staying true to my core proposition and does anything need pruning here?

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