The time of year when people leave work stress behind… Not always the case for SME owners.

The time of year when people leave work stress behind… Not always the case for SME owners.

According to research carried out by Sage more than 30% of small business owners in the UK did not take a summer holiday last year. The smaller the business the more likely this is to occur. Ironic really, as most small business owners work far longer hours than the average, certainly not the nine to…

Preparations to Jump Ship

Preparations to Jump Ship

Well, of course we are not talking about ships but jobs. During the recession many people have been working in jobs that they find unfulfilling or dissatisfying as they should feel ‘lucky to have a job’.  Having a steady income and keeping safe during the recession were the priorities.  But now the water has calmed…

Achieve optimum productivity by reaching ‘flow state’

Achieve optimum productivity by reaching ‘flow state’

To produce our best work and achieve optimum productivity we need to get into what psychologists call a ‘flow state’. According to positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow state is the mental state of a person fully immersed and focused on performing an activity.   In a working environment flow is likely to occur when you are…

Flexible working ‘cuts cost to employers’, say business leaders

Flexible working ‘cuts cost to employers’, say business leaders

The Times reported today that a group of 22 of Britain’s biggest companies, the “Agile Future Forum”, have signed a commitment to flexible working rights after finding that “agility” in staff hours and locations can cut workforce costs by as much as 13%. Richard Nissen, the founder of The Virtual Office, is also a guest lecturer…

Instinct & Planning

Instinct & Planning

According to The Telegraph Online most entrepreneurs rely on instinct to make business decisions. This is not a surprising statement as it is the general business savvy and passion that drives entrepreneurs to success. The report, commissioned by T-Mobile, goes on to state that many entrepreneurs are too busy to or even nervous about making…