I had lunch earlier this week with an old colleague. He currently works for a global business, gets paid well, but feels no joy in the work. He'd love to setup his own business, but doing what? He just doesn't know. We spoke about different ways to start the idea generation process. When I worked … Continue reading Where do good ideas come from?
Yesterday I travelled down to London to attend my first Xerocon - the accounting software giant Xero's annual conference for it's accounting partners. Although we've only been in business as an accountant for a couple of months, our history with Xero goes back a few years. Last summer I delivered a webinar & Masterclass Programme … Continue reading Xerocon day 1 – highlights
Dundee’s a great place to live, we’re well connected by road & rail (just need to work on air!), which means that most of Scotland is little more than an hour away. These days I prefer to take the train wherever possible. It’s less stressful than driving, and it means that I can get some … Continue reading Making life easier
Running a business can be lonely. The buck stops with you. Having someone to join you on the journey not only shares the burden, but as the old cliche says, two heads are better then one. So, should you have a business partner? Maybe. I've been in business since 1992 and over that time I've … Continue reading What I’ve learned about business partners
When I worked for Ernst & Young back in the early 90s, we had to account for every 10 minutes of our time. Each hour equated to 6 units, and we had a weekly target of billing a minimum of 75% of chargeable time. In reality, most of us were billing over 100% of our … Continue reading Why are you still charging by the hour?
As you may have noticed, I've been playing around with different themes the past few weeks. I've also been consolidating a couple of websites I own into this one. Previously I'd had a 'business-focused' site at http://www.alasdairmcgill.com, and a separate 'personal' blog, where I mainly wrote about running & cycling. However, like many people, my … Continue reading Time for a refresh
At the Athens Olympics, GB won 2 gold medals - Sir Chris Hoy in the Kilo, and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Individual Pursuit. Fast forward four years to Beijing, and Team GB won 8 cycling golds, with the first being a memorable win from Nicole Cooke in the Ladies Road Race. It was repeated … Continue reading Controlling the controllables
I spent a fun evening yesterday delivering a workshop for students on the Enterprise Challenge at the University of Dundee. I love teaching, and take every opportunity to get in front of a group of people to help them learn new things. This week I've run three workshops, as well as a full day of … Continue reading Marketing 2.0
Yesterday's post about standing out from the crowd seemed to strike a chord. I got a tonne of responses across Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn. Thank you. One of those was from my buddy Kev Steel. We worked together when I lived in Aberdeen. I've had some great times with Kev, one of which involved the … Continue reading The best ideas are usually stolen from someone else….
Last night I spoke to students at Aberdeen University about Sales. I was given total flexibility about content, so I decided to speak to them about how to sell themselves in a crowded job market. Let me give you some context. Depending on which publications you read, the average graduate job will have between 60 … Continue reading Standing out from the crowd