Thursday, 19 November 2015

HR? Lawyers? Marketing... Puh-leeze!

The way most industries work is quite unlike you imagine when you start out - and nobody tells you about it - yet countless people grow through it and come to the same insights.

I have been involved in several businesses in several industries. At university, I studied everything except business, so I learnt the hard way. Much of business is common sense - but what I learnt the hard way is that there are limits to how much one person can do, and to how big a company can grow if it's run off a spreadsheet - and that accountants, lawyers, sales-people and HR really do have a place, in fact, they have a critical place, especially once you reach a certain scale.

But this blog won't be about that. Not yet. Not for a long time. Because none of that is relevant to an entrepreneur with a product or service that is in demand. An entrepreneur who is in survival mode - and don't have the time, need or luxury to care about any of the above, or about what's coming.

An entrepreneur who simply needs to have enough money in the bank so he can buy the next batch of stock in order to do the next batch of work.*

I will use this blog to share what has held true for me, from the countless pieces of advice that has been given to me over the years.

Advice that has allowed me to think clearly about complex things, in order to make decisions *today*. Okay, well maybe *today* is not yet your *today*, but tomorrow might become your *today* quicker than you might think.

* By the way: you can save yourself a lot of pain if you refuse to work without getting paid up-front.

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