Karl Craig-West – Website Builder, Public Speaker and Writer Sharing helpful stuff; one page at a time

7Oct/130

Quick tips for coping with work overload

In my view the biggest challenge when running a small business is coping with work overload. There is always more to do than time available for doing it and it can quickly become overwhelming to the point where you feel paralysed trying to work out what to do next. But while it’s difficult to reduce […]

23Sep/132

Make what you can sell, don’t sell what you can make

A few months ago I went to a seminar on Lean Startups which was aimed at tech firms looking for some startup ideas etc. While there the speaker threw out the phrase “Make what you can sell, don’t sell what you can make”. And this got me thinking (when I got to grips with what […]

16Sep/139

Getting started with new work habits

We all have habits. These are the things we do very regularly without even thinking about them, such as getting up and putting the kettle on before you do anything else. You just do them without even knowing that they’re habits. Work habits are just the same, you get to your desk and without even […]

28May/1313

What should be on a business card?

Ever wondered what should be on a business card? Well, let me share some insights into how you can get a better response from your business cards: The thing is, it always amuses me that, in all the networking I do, I rarely see a business card that really gets my attention or encourages me […]

6Mar/130

Some important business startup lessons

How about some important business startup lessons from a good friend of mine who recently started her own coaching business? Hi, my name’s Claire Gallear and I’m a qualified Personal Performance Coach. I’ve been coaching since August 2010 and I started a business doing full time coaching in September 2012. I thought it would just […]

21Jan/133

How to recognise potentially good business ideas

One of the biggest challenges that many of us in business have is the sheer number of potentially good business ideas or potentially profit-making concepts that we tend to generate. Now I say that’s a problem because very few of us have the resources available to have someone else do some digging to work out […]

9Nov/120

How to assess a business opportunity Part 5: Motivation

OK, so this is part 5 in my series of articles on ‘How to assess a business opportunity’. This time we’re looking at (cue uplifting music and training montage…) motivation Motivation is best described as the reason or reasons that anyone does anything. But let me expand on that just a little: Always bear in […]

5Nov/120

How to assess a business opportunity, part 4 – Experience

Since beginning this series on ‘how to assess a business opportunity’ I’ve realised that writing just 4 or 5 articles was simply not going to be enough. In fact I could write a dozen articles and something else might occur to me for consideration. However, this time we’re going to look at ‘Experience’ or ‘Expertise’. […]

22Oct/122

How to assess a business opportunity, part 3 – Money

The third part of this series is a very important part of ‘how to assess a business opportunity’ and it’s all to do with money. You see, despite what many people say, money is incredibly important. In fact, some folks even go so far as to say that it’s almost as important as oxygen in […]

16Oct/120

How to assess a business opportunity part 2: Interest

The second part of this series on ‘How to assess a business opportunity’ is about: Interest Now it’s nothing to do with the pitiful amount that your bank will give you for looking after money, it’s all to do with the level of interest you have in your business, it’s products and how it helps […]

10Oct/121

How to assess a business opportunity part 1: Time

Since I’m self-employed and do quite a lot of networking I’m often approached by people trying to get me interested in their business opportunity. And that made me ask the question: Is there a process for ‘how to assess a business opportunity’? Now I’m very keen on doing business and I know that many people […]

8Jun/120

How to focus on your customers and not your internal problems

This great real-life lesson on “How to focus on your customers” was contributed by my good friend Paul Kaerger: “My father-in-law had an issue with his van recently and it had to be recovered to the garage for some work. It took over five hours to get the insurance company and the recovery company to […]