UK Entrepreneur

Why Are We So Afraid of Failure as UK Entrepreneurs?

Michelle Wright | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

I've been thinking a lot about failure recently. Over the years, I shudder to think about how much time I have wasted worrying about whether I have failed a test or haven't done 'well enough'. And when I did fail something, like my first driving test for example, it undoubtedly only served to make me a better driver in the end. The angst of worrying about the failure was pointless...

Top Tips For Landing A Job In Tech

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Trying to break into the tech industry can be tricky, particularly for an industry newcomer. Whilst technology firms are flourishing, landing a job de...

Keeping Business Overheads Low With the Help from Public Libraries

Stephen Fear | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

For newly launched businesses, keeping control of finances is a necessity and those that act nonchalantly about expenses will often pay the price later down the line. Many start ups fall into the mistake of taking on too many overheads...

Never Stop Dancing - A Year in the Life of a Business Startup

Hannah Saunders | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Hannah Saunders

It's been over a year now and, as I hoped and feared, it's been the most fun/interesting/terrifying year I've had for a few decades. On the whole, it would have been cheaper to buy a sportscar and less time-consuming to have an affair with a 25 year old, but, as I can't drive and am happy with my fella, this 45 year old's mid-life crisis is a "follow your dream" business startup.

Entrepreneurs All Have One Thing in Common... We're All Slightly Crazy

Paul Lees | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Paul Lees

It takes a certain type of person to make a business successful, not everyone is cut out to start a business. The harsh reality is that the vast majority of businesses will fail, one in three start-ups collapse within the first three years, which is often down to having an insufficient support and expertise network.

How to Hire the Best People for Your Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

Often employers forget that they are surrounded by people who might just be looking to move jobs. If you do know someone, ask them if they want the job! You just never know, your perfect employee might be right under your nose!

The Big Fat Coaching Lie

Claire Mitchell | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Claire Mitchell

I blame coaches. And I might get a bit sweary so you'll have to forgive me.

What My Mentors Taught Me

Frances Dickens | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frances Dickens

The bottom line is that you've got to be tough if you're leading a company -people's livelihoods and careers depend on you making cool, calm decisions. Christine and Annie are both very calm under pressure. Come to think of it I've met way more panicky blokes at the top than panicky women.

Why You Need a Mentor In Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

Every person who has ever built a successful business has had a mentor - usually more than one at different stages of the company's growth. They might not have called these people mentors or viewed them as such; they might just have thought of them as a friend.

What to Do When You Feel Useless as an Entrepreneur

Jo Gifford | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Working alone as a solopreneur means there are no pats on the back after an awesome brainstorm, no validation from colleagues on that amazing piece of coverage you just got, and no certainty of pay at the end of the month, either.

How to Change the World and Still Be Home for Dinner With the Kids

Linzi Boyd | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Linzi Boyd

Think back to when you were in your 20s. If you were anything like me you had a BIG VISION to change the world and become the next Oprah Winfrey - mo...

Why Now Is a Great Time to Start a New Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

I've met so many people with great business ideas who have never had the confidence or courage to just do it. It's so very easy to keep telling yourself that you'll start a business one day but in the end, never even try. Everyone has the ability to start a business and these days everyone can use a second or third income stream.

An Entrepreneurial Scotland May Not Be a Scotland for Entrepreneurs

Doug Richard | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Yogi Berra, the famous baseball coach once said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." Scotland is free to choose its identity; but the rhetoric in support of the Yes vote conflates two very different courses of action, which are at odds with one another.

Free Up Funds By Choosing Freelancers Over Full Time Talent.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Remember, freelancers are their own bosses. Their reputation for efficiency and quality work is their lifeblood, so they will be driving themselves. Every second a freelancer has that commission in their lap, it's their one and only focus.

Authenticity: Being Yourself In Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

In life being different is a strength not a weakness. As an entrepreneur I have always wanted to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate my individuality. I learnt very early in my business life that you do not need to imitate others and found many people try so hard to be different that they actually just become poor clones of someone else.

Getting the Word Out on Your Small Business

James Caan | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
James Caan

Once you've made it through the development phase and hired your team - you certainly feel you're ready to get out there and sell your product or service. But how exactly do you get the word out? I've found that many entrepreneurs struggle with this. It's important to remember that marketing and PR is not an afterthought to your business plan. Marketing and good PR is essential for the success of any business. It may not matter how great the product or service you are offering is if nobody knows about it.

A Nation of Part-Time Portfolio Entrepreneurs

Adam Afriyie | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

It's perfectly possible for people to start a business from home. Today there are more people running their own businesses around full-time work than ever before. The Internet allows portfolio careers to flourish and the government must support this groundswell of eager new business people.

Slashing Benefits Won't Make Entrepreneurs, IDS Warned

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is "wrong" to suggest that the coalition's benefits cuts were helping create a new generation of entrepreneurs, a think-tank has war...

How Are You Getting Paid?

Dan Sullivan | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
Dan Sullivan

When most entrepreneurs think of getting paid, they think about money--a cheque, a big contract, a client bringing in a lot of new business.

Migrant Workers Could Be the Key to Unlocking Britain's Business Potential

Rupert Lee-Browne | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Rupert Lee-Browne

Britain is a country that has gained a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience from the diversity of cultural backgrounds and its international reputation. As the recent debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage on immigration demonstrates, this heritage is often maligned and the incredible opportunities it affords us are wasted.

Ten Things That Will Make You More Productive

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Any business owner will tell you that there are never enough hours in the day and since founding PeoplePerHour I have been on a mission to become as productive as I possibly can. I've put together the ten tips that have worked for me over the last ten years.

Tripping Up Trunki - What Every Design-Focussed Business Should Know

Ilya Kazi | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Ilya Kazi

Having taken on the 'Dragon's Den', been sent away penniless, and gone on to develop a multi-million pound internationally-successful business, there are few that would begrudge the Trunki suitcase inventor Rob Law his success.

Lessons in Becoming a Young Entrepreneur: Learning How to Support Young Talent

Kimberly Dickson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kimberly Dickson

As a young female entrepreneur, meeting other like-minded individuals has become the weekly norm. I have been lucky enough to talk to some of the most inspiring young people in the UK, and understand the challenges and obstacles young people face when starting up a business...

The Only Way You Can Go From Monday Morning Sinking Feeling to Floating on Air by 5pm Friday

Chris Ward | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

I am writing a series of features to inspire people to break a 200-year-old bad habit we have, to stop doing the one thing that that kills most of our time and energies - going to the same place for eight hours of every day, of every week, of every year, to do our work.

Diddy Buys His Own Drink Brand

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Sean Combs, better known as the rapper P Diddy, has taken over his second drinks brand as he teamed up with drinks goliath Diageo to buy the luxury te...