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Top 4 Tips for Writing A Business Plan

If you are looking for funding from investors or a bank, or any other financial instutition, for your start-up, odds are you must write a business plan. Perhaps you are competitively pitching for a place on an incubator programme for start-up businesses ? Then you will most likely be asked to submit a business plan ...

Signs That You Are Not a Good People Manager

You don’t remember your team’s names (upto a reasonable number of people! I’m talking more about the early stages of scaling your business). You mispronounce your team’s names. You cancel meetings with your team. You don’t turn up for meetings with your team. You don’t acknowledge good work. You struggle to accept other people’s ideas if they differ to your ...

How to Be a Good People Manager

So you have a team of people around you. That’s a great step to get to in scaling your business.  You can afford to pay them, you have defined roles for them. It’s a good feeling. It’s not just you anymore. Kudos! Watch out for a few things though. You have big decisions to make now that ...

If You Are Not Holding All Staff Meetings, Start Now.

Most people hate meetings. In my opinion they don’t hate all meetings, they just hate badly run and drawn out meetings. (That’s another blog post). If you are an entrepreneur and you are post start-up, in growth phase, I believe it’s critical that you form a team, the team that will help you to get your ...

Follow the Money

When working with early stage entrepreneurs who are at concept researching stage, I always encourage them to “follow the money”. I get it. You have spent months and maybe years thinking up your product idea. You have saved money or gotten a loan or capital investment. You have given up the day job. Its exciting and ...

Using Calls to Action

Sometimes people say to me, that marketing campaign didn’t work. Or, we tried that, and it didn’t work. Show me, is my usual response. Then I read the marketing piece and can instantly understand why the company has perceived the marketing campaign didn’t work. Have you included a Call to Action ? It didn’t work as there was ...

Love Your Competitors

Competitors are incredibly useful to you when planning your start-up business. Ignore them at your peril. Use them to your gain.( I particularly love competitors who might have 2-3 years headstart on my start-up. Its just long enough to learn from their mistakes and their successes. Those with decades ahead of me are useful, just ...