Money matters

Who’s the best judge of your talent – and of the value of your work?

Who’s the best judge of your talent – and of the value of your work?

…and it’s not your mother/brother/lover/best mate… Have you ever found yourself watching gameshow auditions, reflecting on how many of the failed auditionees could have been spared their pain and embarrassment if someone had done the honourable thing and been straight up with them about their lack of talent? Instead, some had obviously been told that they were really(…)

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Ready Reckoning

Ready Reckoning

Here’s a handy technique you can use to help you find the right balance of income earning and creative activity. I use this on a regular basis with clients, and it usually helps them visualise how to divide their time effectively. Once you have decided what the various parts of your portfolio (e.g. making, running(…)

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The Importance of a Cashflow Forecast

The Importance of a Cashflow Forecast

Mr. Micawber, in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, said: ’Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and sixpence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds and sixpence, result misery’.    Despite the fact that we all know this to be true, an absurd number of small businesses try to manage without any effective form of cashflow(…)

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Dashboard Data

Dashboard Data

If you are going to survive as a small business it is critical that you keep your eye on the ball.  By that I mean you need to keep your eye on all of your business processes. You don’t want to be running out of money, you don’t want to be running out of product.(…)

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Get Your Money Faster

Get Your Money Faster

How often do you get that sinking feeling when the payment for all your hard work fails to arrive on time?  It’s a truly horrible experience and one which happens to most freelancers from time to time. However - if it happens too regularly, it’s probably a sign that you need to tighten up your systems and adopt(…)

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