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Do you know the fine line between crazy and entrepreneur?

To succeed as an entrepreneur you need to harness a little bit of crazy – or hire it in! “Entrepreneurs are all a little crazy. There is a fine line between an entrepreneur and a crazy person.” These are the first words Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop wrote in her 2000 autobiography, […]

  • by Ryan Welmans
  • November 15, 2021
6 ways you can test your new business product or service for free

A trio of lads were selling smoothies at a music festival. A sign above their humble stall reads: Should we give up our jobs to make these smoothies? Festival-goers could answer the question by throwing their empties into two bins: one marked YES, the other marked NO. By the day’s end, the YES bin was […]

  • by Rob Harlow
  • November 1, 2021
The ABC of FP&A (financial planning and analysis) for founders

Let’s take a look at the basics of financial planning and analysis and why it is critical founders understand its principles and its uses. We’ll start with a definition and move on to look at some guiding principles behind the best FP&A. What is financial planning and analysis? Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is how […]

  • by Matt Freeman
  • April 29, 2021
Recruiting, engaging and retaining talent: how founders can wear their HR hat with panache

Founders wear many hats but the HR hat often sits uncomfortably. In fact, for many founders the HR aspect of their role is seen as more of a ‘gut’ decision than one that comes from the head. And it’s not just the recruitment hat that gets worn at a jaunty angle: onboarding and effective management […]

  • by Matt Ansell
  • April 29, 2021
Lessons in leadership: the three essential qualities founders need to grow successfully with their team

Starting a business is tough. And then it gets tougher. Founders face a huge challenge as their leadership role evolves with their company’s growing success. And more often than not these challenges come from within the growing team rather than from a hostile, indifferent or inflexible market. How open is your vision, your blueprint and […]

  • by Ryan Welmans
  • April 29, 2021
Finding wellbeing for founders

We’ve all read the stories about entrepreneurs who work 16 hours a day and don’t take a day off for months on end. But I personally believe that balance is key to success. Working hard is necessary, but so is rest. I’ve learnt from experience that spending time away from work to refresh will only […]

  • by Rob Harlow
  • April 29, 2021
8 self-development activities founders should never sleep on

With our focus so heavily on business development it can be easy for founders to overlook self-development activities. And yet, we invest so much of ourselves into our businesses that the link between our own personal and professional growth and that of our business success shouldn’t be too hard to grasp. There is, after all, […]

  • by Ryan Welmans
  • April 29, 2021
5 planning and financing elephant traps – and how founders can avoid them

To create a blueprint for success, founders must first of all map out some of the largest planning and financing elephant traps that may lay in front of them. By avoiding these hidden traps, the path ahead to success is much clearer. 1. Underestimating your operating costs  Founders tend to be optimistic by nature – […]

  • by Matt Freeman
  • April 29, 2021