When charitable donations aren’t as generous as they sound

A twist of fate, a wrong decision, a stroke of bad luck. All of a sudden, you find yourself face to face with an almighty struggle. One unpaid invoice leads to rent arrears and a mountain of debt. Then, a charity may be your only hope. A food bank, or an organisation that helps people to get back on their feet. The big corporation and the charity I know enough about life’s cruel blows to understand that destitution often arrives through no fault of its victim. And that charities can be a lifeline in such a situation. And yet, I received an…

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It pays to be friendly in business

Before going self-employed I held numerous roles, all of which put me in contact with questionable characters. And I don’t mean clients, I mean my colleagues. Since then I’ve worked hard to put myself into a position where I take on the work I want to do and turn down the rest. I charge set fees but better still, I choose who I work with. My criteria for working with someone 1. Respect If someone emails me asking me to do something for them and they’re going to give me the sum total of nothing in return, they don’t respect me. That…

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Inspirational Parents #8

In the latest in my inspirational parents series, the dads are coming up on the rails. Stuart Allen is a gentleman who I’ve never met but I can’t help but feel his influence on Twitter, where his account @StuartAllenFCMI has over 68,000 followers. Stuart runs The Sales Performance Company and he was also the founder of the amazing #WorcestershireHour.  This hashtag and weekly chat has been an incredible help to Worcestershire businesses. It has enabled them to support each other, shop locally and boost the local economy. Stuart has been kind enough to take time out of his incredibly busy schedule to…

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Inspirational Parents #3

Last week, Sally was featured in my Inspirational Parents #2 post. When asked who inspired her, she mentioned her business partner, Sam.  I have to agree with Sally in saying that Sam is a truly inspirational person and someone I admire, look up to and aspire to be like in so many ways. I first met Sam when we played water polo together. As two of the more senior member of the team (sorry Sam), we naturally stuck together and got along well. When I found  myself with a three month old baby and a full time job that was an…

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