It’s Hard Grind

12-05-2017
It's Hard Grind
I have a list I keep on my desk, tucked away down the side of my in-tray. I don’t look at it often, but I know it’s there. It’s on a tatty piece of A4, two styles of handwriting with
06-03-2017
It's Hard Grind
I’ve been self employed for a good while now, and as my business gets older and I get older, I’m convinced time is accelerating. Days feel like hours, weeks feel like days and years fly by. On the downside, the
24-01-2017
It's Hard Grind
I wonder what proportion of cafe owners are genuinely trying to make a living from their business? How many saved up, went to a bank for a loan, borrowed money and really stuck their neck out to open something that
23-12-2016
It's Hard Grind
I want to share the story of how I bought my cafe, partly because it was the best business deal I’ve ever done, but mostly because I feel guilty and this is a form of therapy. My old job had
20-10-2016
It's Hard Grind
In my early teens I was a bit of a dork. Unlike most of my fellow teenagers I was blissfully image unconscious. My school uniform code was pretty strict, but most of my classmates would go to great lengths to
28-09-2016
It's Hard Grind
One of my favourite business quotes is by Charles Revson, the founder of cosmetics giant Revlon. “In the factory we make cosmetics, in the store, we sell hope.” Revson was a notoriously unpleasant man and a hard nosed businessman, another
11-08-2016
It's Hard Grind
When the weather’s nice and I’ve had to drive to work, I’ll often park on the outskirts of town and take the foot bridge over the river, wander across the cricket ground, through the park and into work. It’s a