Making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

Recent visits to the Far East as well as African continent have demonstrated that hitchhiking remains a popular means of transport.

But whilst dozens of people with outstretched thumbs lined my route from Uhmslanga to Durban, it was the mothers with babes on their backs, risking life and limb in the car-frenzied city of Jakarta, that really got my attention. I was to learn they were making a living on the road. [Read more...]

Flavour of the Umph!

UmphTrophyBeing 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.

The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more...]

It could all go horribly wrong…

HorriblyWrongSetting out for Loughborough University (to guest speak at their entrepreneur’s ‘ThinkBig’ awards) I was reminded of the insight and wisdom of Patrick Awuah. Earlier in June I had listened to him talk at a GBSN conference in Tunisia… [Read more...]

Great ways to sharpen your writing

Pencils2Several years ago I co-wrote and published an on-line book.

Entitled ‘Dexter Bentley: My first million’ the story follows the entrepreneurial journey of a young man whose academic failures prove to be the catalyst for his business success… [Read more...]

Digging for fire will spark your thinking

Fire_TreasureThe previous post entitled ‘Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs’ highlighted the most popular sites being recommended to people starting in business. But when looking more deeply at the sites and social media sources that didn’t make top ten status, it became clear that something that lacks popularity may still have game-changing value.

Much like the globally renowned Edinburgh Festival, you must visit its ‘Fringe event’ if you want to unmask the future diamonds of entertainment… [Read more...]

Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs

Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs

Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs

For 2 months I conducted some basic research to establish the top 10 websites for entrepreneurs. Over 500 individuals (who work in an advisory and business support capacity in academia, the public and private sectors as well as people running businesses) were asked for feedback on the single question “What are the really good websites you recommend people use..?” [Read more...]

Meeting the world’s greatest entrepreneur

It started with a cold call.

“I’m sorry but Nick never gives interviews” I was informed. The PA on the other end of the line was pleasant but firm. “But please give me your details. Someone in PR will be in touch I’m sure.”

Two days later the phone rang. To my astonishment I learnt my wish had been granted. Even though he had a hectic schedule, the world’s greatest entrepreneur wanted to meet me in person; and he had even insisted on making all my travel arrangements… [Read more...]