Archives for January 2016

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – The Ultimate Business Book?

Bearhhunt

I look forward to going home and reading to one of my kids of an evening. Well, most of the time. Not because I don’t enjoy reading to them, but because not all books are that enjoyable to read after 50 or so occasions.

Most children’s books contain some kind of feel good story and one that stands out is “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

The premise of the book (no spoilers here) is about a family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! It wasn’t until I realised that there’s a lesson on each page that is pertinent to all business owners.

The book starts with the narrator (a child) saying “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. I’m not scared”

Business translation: “I’ve got an idea, I’m going for it and it’s going to be great”.

Then the family take on a series of challenges. For example, “Uh-uh! Grass! Long wavy grass. We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!”

Business translation “You’ve got a challenge in front of you and you can’t avoid it. You’ve got to use the tools you have and face it, head on”

And that’s the difference between this children’s book and my business translation: The “tools”. The family only have to wade through some grass, or negotiate some mud. They can support each other through that. Who supports you through the challenges you face? Where you do acquire the knowledge and skills to ensure you’re able to go through the problems your facing?

For the narrator of the book, it’s the family; for you, it’s all the other business owners in your area. You just need to get out there and meet them.

Once you build a strong network, you won’t need to go over your challenges, or under them…you’ll be able to go right through them.

Action Point

Try coworking, visit a networking group or get in touch with a business mentor.

Ed’s Top Tips: Tip 2 – Backing Up Your Business Files

Ed Goodman, business mentor, author and co-founder of Cambridge Business Lounge, presents Ed’s Top Tips – a series of short and useful guides for starting and running a business.

In tip 2, Ed focuses on the importance of backing up your business files.

What’s the most effective way you use to backup your files? Do you use an external hard drive or cloud based storage like Google Drive or Onedrive?

Let us know your experiences with backing up your data in the comments below, or tweet us including the hashtag #EdsTopTips

CBL Network- A Business Network in That Works With You

CBL Network is a series of informative talks, surrounded by engaging conversations and informal networking, usually hosted at Cambridge Business Lounge. They are inspiring, engaging and an enjoyable way to meet new and familiar faces, as well as to get to know the people behind the businesses they represent.

The speakers who come to talk at CBL Network are there to share the stories of their professional journey, or they are experts in a field that challenges the status quo of traditional business and who’s knowledge can be applied to a wide range of businesses.

This video highlights two of our CBL Network events, from 2015, – hosted by Jeremy Waite and another by Cameron Webb – and captures the nature of our very informal and informative events.

To find out more details of our events, visit our Meetup Group, follow us on twitter or track the hashtag #CBLNetwork.

Ed’s Top Tips: Tip 1 – The Sweet Spot of a Successful Business

Ed Goodman, business mentor, author and co-founder of Cambridge Business Lounge, presents Ed’s Top Tips – a series of short and useful guides for starting and running a business.

In this first video, Ed gives you an understanding of the sweet spot to running a business and why it’s so important.

How did you find the sweet spot for your business? Are you still struggling to find yours – if so why not leave us a comment below or Tweet us using the hashtag #EdsTopTips