Having spent the past 30 years in the business world, I’ve learned countless lessons and made more mistakes than I care to remember! Constantly learning and developing, I’ve picked up more than a few pieces of advice to help me reach my goals along the way.

I’m always incredibly flattered when people ask me for business advice and I think it is important to always share what I’ve learned along the way. I’ve spent many years learning from the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Jim Collins; had I known in the early days what I know now, I would have avoided many of the pitfalls of the business world.

With this in mind, I wanted to offer guidance from a first-hand perspective. Whether you’re already in business or are contemplating the first step, hopefully this will help you along in your journey.

If you ever have any questions, please contact me on social media or comment on my blog posts.

  1. Starting Up: All the Right Reasons

    Having recently been invited to meet a group of aspiring entrepreneurs and offer them a few words of support, I thought back to a time when I was starting out in business and the uncertainty that time brings. That is why my first series of posts is focussed on starting up. Whilst it may sound obvious, before anyone enters the world of business they must be 100% certain they are doing so for the right reasons. What is your why?

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  2. Both Sides of the Coin: The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

    Are you ready to be self-employed? There are real positives and negatives of self-employment – undeniably, one of those is sacrifice.  It is easy to forget the early days of UKFast, having evolved so much over the past 17 years. Looking back, I am certain that all the sacrifices we made in the early days have led to the position we are in now.

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  3. Starting Up: Creating your Business

    There are three key elements to creating a successful business. I learned these a long time ago from an inspiration of mine, Jim Collins. With only two of these elements, your business will fail. Once you have ticked these three boxes, where do you go from there?

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  4. Starting Up: Choosing your Business Partner

    The best experiences are ones shared and in the case of UKFast this couldn't be more true. My wife Gail and I started UKFast together 17 years ago and I can't imagine doing it without her. Not only does it make perfect business sense, the journey has been all the more fun with her by my side. Interestingly, when UKFast was just an idea in my mind, Gail was busy applying for jobs, neither of us realising we both wanted to be business partners.

    So here we are now, happily married and running what I believe is the greatest hosting provider in the world. That being said, entering into a business partnership is a serious decision and if you're on this road, there are a few things to consider first.

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