Ballooning over Cappadocia

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Waking to the sound of  an alarm shouldn’t be part of any holiday. But this morning, the family is ballooning over Cappadocia.

It’s 4am. In 20 minutes, a minibus will pick us up from our cave hotel. In little over an hour, and before the sun has risen, we will be climbing towards Turkey’s rich and loyal blue skies. The air will be warm, clear and still. The views will be breathtaking. And then the sun will rise… [Read more...]

Start exporting: A practical guide

Start exporting - Global opportunities are out there

Start exporting – Global opportunities are out there

Building the SimVenture brand has involved little hitchhiking but much globe-trotting over the last 8 years.

In this time exporting has become a key revenue stream. So what’s been learnt and how can you start exporting and thus build your business? Here are my top 10 tips… [Read more...]

Poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of poetry for entrepreneurs…

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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...]

Making successful telephone sales calls

Learn the art of making successful telephone sales calls

Learn the art of making successful telephone sales calls

People seeking to master the art of making successful telephone sales calls are often crap at their job. What’s worse is that many have received some god-awful training which might as well be called ‘How to shaft the customer’… [Read more...]

Make the most from exhibiting

Just how do you make the most from exhibiting?

Just how do you make the most from exhibiting?

To promote products and services, most small businesses need to know how to make the most from exhibiting.

Just like the hitchhiker, you put yourself right in front of passing potential customers, waiting for someone to take interest and stop by… [Read more...]

Become a better business writer

Sharpen your work and become a better business writer

Sharpen your work and become a better business writer

To become a better business writer it’s important to practice and learn from mistakes.

Several 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…

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