Is it better to be nice or kind?

Prompted by World Kindness Day and thoughts on why we need such a thing, I got to thinking about the difference between being nice and being kind. Someone much wiser than me said that your reputation is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. On that basis I doubt if I’ve […]

The art of subtle networking

In the past four years of running Drive, the Partnership Network, I’ve been witness to a very different type of networking.

What’s your why? Again.

Re-visiting the murky waters of Why. It seems like every couple of years the question of “what’s your why?” comes up. I blame Simon Sinek. He did a talk at TEDxPugetSound back in 2009 called “Start With Why. How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Sinek is a leadership guru and founder of a consultancy specialising in […]

From Freelancer to Business Owner

“I want to build a business that can run without me.” This is what people usually say when they approach me about moving on from being a freelancer. Some people love being freelancers and do it for many years but some people really get the itch to create something bigger, something that might be saleable, […]

How much should I charge?

The way you price your services or products has a huge impact on the success of your business. It’s the conversation I have with business owners more than any other. Go low – pros and cons New business owners sometimes feel they have to buy their way into the market by offering prices lower than […]