Rewarding talent

There’s a good discussion in the video below between Jason Fried and Scott Heiferman on employee stock options.

When stock options and equity plans are discussed in a business, many times it can be in the context of what the employee will get should there be a sale of the company. Of course, the business has to show significant potential, profits and / or revenue grow before the sale happens. Read More…

Insider Tips #8 – Choosing a niche is not a risk

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This week in our Insider Tips interview we spoke to Alex O’Byrne, the co-founder of WeMakeWebsites – an agency specialised in building ecommerce sites. In the interview you’ll learn about how Alex and his co-founder decided to focus on a niche area and how they have gained from it. Enjoy! Read More…

Less frustrated vs happier

The difference between making someone less frustrated vs happier is huge. He / she might be happier that they are less frustrated, but they are still frustrated. Making someone happier as the default – instead of less frustrated – should be your goal.

What’s your service’s angle on that? What are you striving for? If you’re striving for a slightly better experience than that of your competitors then you’ve missed the boat. Read More…

Is your agency thinking big enough?

As you’ll see in our Insider Tips series, many of the tips come from agency founders and how they have grown their agencies. In the video below from The Drum’s Agency Acceleration Day, we’ve pinched a tip from Rob Shaw, the CEO of Epiphany on thinking big.

If you’re trying to grow your small business we think Rob’s tip of running the business as if it’s “already the scale you hope it to be” is spot on. Watch the clip below for more.

My experience of being in a mastermind group

“Where does trust come from? It never comes from the good times and from the easy projects” – Seth Godin

About a year ago, I dedicated some time to a new online start up community. I wanted to make new connections and grow my network. In November, the community was put on hold. So I offered to keep part of the community alive.

The part I was most interested in were the mastermind groups because I believe in the power of having real relationships.

In January 2014, I started my own mastermind group with 4 other single founders. And it’s that experience I’d like to share with you in this article.

Side note: A mastermind group is a group of likeminded founders that meet regularly. The important thing in a mastermind group is accountability. The group is also there to support one another and help each other out when needed, from snippets of code to making introductions. It is a fantastic thing to be part of.

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