Welcome to the Humble Entrepreneur Podcast - my own personal take on life and business.
I’ve been in business since 2005 and am co-owner of Nationwide Ventilation Ltd, installing commercial kitchen ventilation systems. We’ve worked with some of the biggest names in our industry including KFC, Gordon Ramsay and even Taylor Swift! The podcast gives you an insight in my journey and what I’ve learned along the way. #humble.
In this current client and lockdown, holding yourself and your business accountable is ever increasing difficult!
This episode was originally the 5 things I do to make myself and businesses accountable that work. But I got so much feedback from my community on what works for them, that I did a further update. Which then includes 3 fur ways to help you are your business be more accountable.
Please tune in for a listen and let me know your thoughts or if you have any further ways that work for you for me to add!
In this episode I discuss the three big things you can do to build your business fast, generating more leads and sales, that cost you noting only your time!
Everyone wants to generate more leads and sales right? Well follow these three steps and you will do so without actually have to spend any money and only some of your time. Besides they are free so what do you have to lose?
Nothing... Thats the beauty...
So all I see is people giving it the big on about what hours they are working, like a badge of honour! People getting up and being so productive 10x'ing at 5am in the morning. Yet In truth they are just up and d!cking about on facebook.
The real key to working hours is discussed in this rant episode and also the need not to fit in with what other are telling you!
In this episode I runt through the 12 tips, tricks and hack to re-purpose you social media like a pro!
You think all of the top social media influencers are always one facebook and posting, but they are not! They are being very clever and leveraging one post across all platforms and here is how you can do it also.
This will save you time on social media and also get you better reach and gain more followers!
My 80/20 principle for posting on facebook, to make sure its not Spam! To many people are chucking out content on facebook but most of it is spam to people following you, follow this simple rule from me to ensure you are engaging and not spamming!
Trust is a fragile thing — slow to gain, quick to lose, and even slower to regain.
You need to build trust with people before they will buy from you, especially on social media. Would you loan someone money you don’t trust!? in this Episode we discuss the 4 main reasons you need to build trust in the sales process and also what you can do that will help to build trust with your customer and clients.
Definition ~ A serial entrepreneur as someone who starts and leads one business after another or, multiple businesses at the same time. This is opposed to an entrepreneur who starts a single business and runs the day-to-day operations of that business until exit or retirement.
Now so many of us just assume that a serial entrepreneur is just after the money, they are some hard nosed businessperson trying to make a buck at whatever cost. But in this episode I discuss and from my experiences on dealing with and talking to serial entrepreneurs what their true driving force is!
Over the past 8-10 months I have been testing and working on a morning routine. I know it sounds tree hugging, hippy stuff, but I have tested and tested it and it works for me. You really need to have a morning routine so its work for you and sets your day up to be the most productive it can truly be!
From the 5am club to many others, people are starting to understand the benefits of a morning routine for life and business!
Mentor ~ an experienced and trusted advisor.
Therefore a business mentor is just that but for business. And they can be one of the biggest tools you can us to move you and your business forwards. In this episode we explore what a business mentor is and what the benefits of using one in business can be for you. The pros and cons, so to speak but also, what you need to do to get the best from them. They hold a massive amount of experience so you need to make sure you do enough to get the required benefits from them.
With the explosion of Facebook and social media, selling your products or services is now big business!
But there like many things in life is a right and wrong way to go about it. Here I talk about the best ways I have found that work to sell your stuff on Facebook. BY MY STUFF post don't work that's a fact. But there are a couple of easy simple strategies that will helps you to sell and to do so with less friction!
You can’t get help unless you take the time to actually ask people. I didn’t learn that lesson right away as an entrepreneur, but as soon as I did, my business, my reputation, and my network grew in ways I never thought possible.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is suck it up and ask for help, get over yourself trust me it helps to ask others for help. I discuss why you should ask for help, the benefits of asking for help and even who you should ask for help!
Tune in and take a listen!
At times there are certain projects or work that you simply have to keep doing for long enough for them to work.
To gain traction or market share, sometimes its about consistently doing something time over time and keep on keeping on to reach the goal. As Rob Moore would say you don't plant a seed and turn up the next day saying "Where's my fu(king tree?" It can take time to build a brand, a product or services.
And one of the failing of many entrepreneurs is shiny penny syndrome, take time to water and look after the grass on your side of the fence before jumping over it!
Collaboration is a powerful business tool for companies especially if you are a small business, regardless of their industry. It typically means organisations working together to address problems and achieve goals that seem to be out of reach when working alone.
By combining the effort, skills, technology, systems and expertise of different organisations, all partners in the network are better able to innovate and grow, and increase their competitiveness on many levels.
Marketing or sales, which is most important to your business?
This is my take on the age old question of whch one is most important for you and you business.
Let me know if you agree, or not. Both are going to be massive for your business, and no one buys from a business if it not visable.
The coronavirus shutdown could mean bulging waistlines with most of the nation’s favourite sports and activities banned for a extended period of time.
But being trapped in the house doesn’t have to mean being stuck on the sofa, and going crazy! Most people are still using this time to make sure they are productive and keeping fit and well. Here are my personal 5 tips that I do to make sure I am fit and hopefully staying mentally well. Others rather than coming out of lockdown with a new skill, I will have a liver problem or a obesity issue…
Many people tell me they are feeling overwhelmed by running their own small business. Especially at these trying times we are having under lockdown.
It doesn’t matter whether your business is brand new or 20 years old, there are so many things to juggle as a business owner. You are not alone in feeling this way, and there are some very common reasons why we feel overwhelmed.
Here are 9 things that I personally do when I become overwhelmed that help to deal with the situation.
If we are heading for a recession or not we are still waiting to find out, and the Corona Virus looks set to help tip the balance! The time are seriously troubling for many business. And people are looking at cutting budgets where they can.
And marketing is one of the first things to get hit and hit hard. But that's the wrong thing to cut first trust me, if anything you should increase your spend. And certainly make sure you are using all the free channels that social media brings you!
We are always trying to to be more productive you have to work hard and succeed. Which is simply not true, yes hard work cannot be beaten. But there are other things we can do to make us more productive.
This is what I have found over the years, hard work alone is not enough. You have to combine a number of things to get it working for your productivity.
“When life throws you curveballs ~ swing at those mother*(kers like Stevie wonder with a light saber” ~ Shaa Wasmund MBE
Get the inside track on how to box clever in business from a master in your corner. From former boxing promoter to MBE (For service to business and entrepreneurialism) Shaa has accomplished so much in life and business with balance. And has worked with people from former boxer Chris Eubank to James Dyson.
Shaa shares her story and background, plus how boxing helped her in business. And gives advice for start up business that will help you to roll with the punches in the early days.
Shaa Wasmund, MBE, is the author of the number one bestsellers Do Less, Get More and Stop Talking, Start Doing. She has been a lifelong supporter of encouraging more women into business. In 2015 Shaa received an MBE for her services to business and entrepreneurship. She was recently named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in the UK by the Sunday Times. Today she runs one of the biggest and most active business Facebook Groups in the UK, The Freedom Collective, and has built a multi-million-pound online business from her back garden. Over the last five years Shaa has completely revolutionized how she works, and today she is proudly able to take seventeen weeks' holiday a year ... albeit not all in the Maldives or Marrakesh! Shaa inspires positive action with her no-nonsense, no-excuse advice and has made it her mission to help as many people as possible to create a life and business on their terms.
With special thanks to Graham Todd from Spaghetti Agency for writing this special podcast title, why not go say howdy at https://www.spaghettiagency.co.uk/ or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SpaghettiBesties/
What you should know to get better engagement, more likes and followers. Facebook lives and all lives are massive for content marketing and we all know the benefits in doing them! Facebook love keeping you native and on its platform and lives really help this.
Here are some tips and hack I have found that will help you with setup through to helping to promote and gain more viewers. Facebook lives should be fun and simple and are great for anyone to be able to promote their content, so get on the band wagon and give a live a go!
In this episode we talk about making small changes and implementing them constantly. In the long term they benefit your business by the compound effect. Just the same as compound interest works for you, small simple changes work also to benefit you in the long run, longer term.
A blast cast episode on ghosting and how to deal with it!
Definition ~ the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication.
Ghosting someone is just a form of rejection, all be it a harsh one. As the person doing the ghosting is more often than not still very active on things like facebook or linkedin. But is completely ignoring you or your attempts at communication.
Trust me and speaking from experience if you are trying to complete on price and price alone you are on a rat race to the bottom of the pile in business. And it is far more damaging to you and your brand than losing a few sales.
There are many alternatives to competing on price. The first is to make quality your selling point or simply add more value!
“Never depend on a single income.” — Warren Buffet
Most rich, millionaires or billionaires have 3 or more streams of income.
You would not have a business with one customer so why have one source of income. It makes no sense, if that customer stops giving you work you are bang in trouble with no income. The same is true with one source of income.
I don’t subscribe to this thinking of if you have a plan B people won’t believe in plan A. It works for some and that’s great not knocking it but not for me. And I will give you seven reasons why!
An over saturated business market can be a absolute nightmare to break into, or tough to generated sales from if you are in one. It does however mean that there is a massively strong demand for the product or service!
Here are 5 tips from me the humble entrepreneur on how to break into the market of if you are in the market make your company stand out amongst the crowd, to help you dominate or generate new sales or leads.
After 15 plus years of working with bigger business and high street brands you get to learn a thing or two about them! We have worked with some of the biggest names in our industry and whilst it is often seen as a silver built to business success it can at times often be a poisoned chalice instead.
Here I talk about three of the biggest things we have learnt whilst working with the business giants, at Nationwide Ventilation.
This episode we talk about 10 simple easy things that anyone can do, that don’t require any talent or no money. You don’t have to try and implement all ten of them at once, even picking on or two of them will massively help move you or your brand or business forwards. What else would you add to the list?
Persistence is a vital characteristic of successful entrepreneurs, well all business people.
As you and your business build up there are going to be loads of no’s. Its a stream of false starts, winding detours and even some divesting losses. But the key to all of these business speed bumps is to persist. In some cases there is no option but to succeed...
It has been said that men become great mariners when sailing on troubled waters, not calm seas. And it is the same for business and entrepreneurship.
All business people and entrepreneurs i speak to are all 100% behind the fact that you cannot succeed in business alone. You can achieve much more and faster by having the right people working with you or at your side.
Jim Rohn, renowned businessman and personal development guru, said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and that means everyone in your life counts.
We all get problems in business well in fact in life itself also. Over the last 15 years in business we have had our own share of them both in business or in our private lives. These seven simple steps I and the business have found is the best way to deal with issues to make sure they are resolved so everyone is happy.
Breaking the problem down into these 7 simple logical steps, helps to give you the tools to resolve pretty much any problem that crops up.
And they are taking action and being consistent!
It does not matter what kind of business you a have or are, if you nail these two thing I can guarantee that they will help drive your business forwards to the next level. Try them for a week or two and see what effect they have on your business, and lets be honest they will not cost you a great deal. Take action today! Now! Get that marketing plan out there to your customers. Pick up the phone and call a new customer. But be consistent, find what works and do it repeatedly.
I get asked a lot about what business people can start that has no setup fees or has very low initial setup fees. And once again there are no right and wrong answer. And a lot of it will depend on a person’s skill set.
But here a 12 business that I know are low to no fee startup’s, some can be done part-time along side a full time job. So will bring in six figure plus yearly fees. Some anyone of any age can do and some will require a specific skill set. But all work…
And 5 reasons I believe this to be true! Many people struggle to understand that their own network has value, as you cannot actually see any pound notes to it like you can a bank account. But it is one of your biggest assets and in this episode I discuss how and why that is!
I am a firm believer in outsourcing task to a VA or anyone to leverage your time. So you can spend more time working on key areas in your business. Many of you have actually asked what should I outsource to a VA, so here are 12 of the main task we have outsourced to free our time up.
As start ups or early stage business it’s easy and tempting to get a family member or friend to help out, everyone loves a bit of free labour. And we have done that over the last 15 years also. From employing my brother to build our first website for free! To a friend that’s now our sales manager. These are the 7 things we have found that make the process easier!
An expert is a person who is very skilled at doing something or who knows a lot about a particular subject or field.
We all look to experts when we are looking for advice on a subject, so in this podcast I explore reasons to become a expert and give you fu e tips to help you come a expert in any field.
4 great pieces of content all mashed up into one podcast for your listening pleasure. From the easy way to help generate content for social media like podcast of blogs, to a great tip to grow and scale your business if you are a one man band!
A number of people are struggling and have asked for a few pointers to help them out when it comes to delegating in there business. In this podcast I give you five things that we have found help out when it comes to delegating to others. These will work if you are delegating to a employe or a sub-contractor.
This is a blast cast a shorter episode that is more direct and to the point!
Trust me everyone in the world is a expert in the field at something. It might be something easily monetizable like art or playing a instrument. Or your a expert fisherman or have totally green fingers in the garden...
Do you know what the difference between a business coach or a business mentor is? Do you know hat you need them for? In this episode I give you what I believe to be the differences between the two, and what they will or want do for you and your business.
If you want to talk more about the two please get in touch or if you want to in fact be mentored by me drop me a line.
Haters ~ having anger toward everyone reaching success! That’s the true definition of a hater, but it’s not all bad having haters. Believe it or not there is a plus side of a silver lining to them and in this episode I explain that to you!
Hi everyone this is a new idea of mine a trial podcast episode called a mash cast! It's 4-5 shorter bits of content all rolled into one episode, in a sound bit style. So from when to work and not to work to your to your network, plus going the extra mile for your customer, there should be something for you all.
Let me know what you think does this style of podcast episode work for you?
Marketing and sales, whats the differeance? I still here loads of people getting this worng and selling when they should be marketing, and marketing when they should be selling. Both are linked to here is what marketing is and what sales is, and when to market and when you should be selling.
This is taken from a facebook live I did that had massive views and loads of interactions.
I have studied some of the greats in our era in business, the likes of Rob Moore, Lawrence Jones MBE and even the great american Tony Robbins and have found one common thread that runs through them all. And it is how they schedule their life and block book their time to work towards goals! I give you seven things and areas scheduling will benefit you and all areas of your life.
This started out as a facebook live but got such great feedback on it I had to make it a podcast episode.
I fucked up this week, I assumed I had done enough communicating and marketing of myself so that other knew who I am and what I do. Remember its your responsibility to let other know what you do, not theirs to know!
This episode is about your own personal network of contacts. Building them and knowing when and why to build them. I also give you five tips that I have found help and assist you in doing this. This is not to be confused with networking, but its your own personal network of people and contacts.
If you call yourself a businessman or a entrepreneur its really up to you to decide and don't let anyone take that away from you. You could be the CEO of your own empire and still just be a business or a self styled entrepreneur but its your call to make.
A common and recurring thread or theme with Entrepreneurs and business owners is time. Or a lack time to be dining what we want or need to be doing. This is my seven tips to help you manage your time. We all get the same 24 hours in a day, and it’s how you manage them that counts so these seven things should help you out!
I am always being asked how we get to work with companies like KFC, so thought I would tell the story on my Humble Entrepreneur podcast. It is not a complicated story, it’s simply as case of helping the customer out by listening to what they want and responding to it.
Rhys Smith from the popular facebook live show "The Business showcase" interviews Robert Terry, The Humble Entrepreneur. They talk about business and how Robert got started, podcasting and business mentoring.
Imposter syndrome do you even know what it is? Many don’t, but the groups that I am in I have seen many post of people suffering. Now there are seven key traits that could mean you are suffering from it. And following that there are seven things or hacks, workarounds you can do to help with it.
We are all taught at school from a early age that practise makes perfect. No it does not practise makes us better at what we are practising, not perfecting it. Practise make permanent! If you practice something in the wrong way you will learn it in the wrong way.
This is a #blastcast, short quick couple of tips for you in business! if you are running a business you need to get comfortable in these two areas to help massively grow and expand your brand and business! These two simple easy things will help turbo charge your business to achieve the success you are looking for! The two things are SALES nand MARKETING.
So many of us struggle when it comes to getting paid in business for all our hard work. Here are my top ten tips that will help you to get paid on time, and for the right amount with no delays or hold ups. These are proven tips that work for our business, so many of them will work for you!
Sir Winston Churchill said “When you are going through hell, keep going!”
That’s all well and good but how do you do that when the shits hitting the fan. We have all been there, and are not alone. In this podcast I share some of my tips that I use and do to keep motivating myself and other and keep on keeping on!
Striving for perfection in business will kill you business. You don’t have to be perfect but you need to know when good enough is in fact just that, good enough! If you suffer from perfection paralysis have a listen to this podcast and the benefits of releasing your product when it’s good enough! If you are a product based or service based business this will benefit you!
As we all know business is a tough and lonely place. At times we all feel we cannot or don’t want to talk to someone, but that’s where your business buddy will help you out. Trust me I have had a business buddy for years now and it will really help you out in your business and move you forwards!
And how to do it more often...
And to be in the right place at the right time, you must be in the right place at the right time!
These are my 4 tips that will help you to be in the right place at the right time. We all know or have heard of that one person being in the right place at the right time and landing that killer role or winning the multi million £££ contract.
Carry out these 4 things and see if you can be in the right place at the right time.
This episode details 5 hint or tips that I have found work to help you sell more or sell easier. Use these tips in your business and it will help to supercharge your sales, and help get the orders in with less friction. These do and have worked for us in Nationwide Ventilation and will work for you also regardless of what product or service you are selling! Another little tip for you set your phone to air-plane mode before recording videos, so phone calls don't interrupt!
So my new Zoom H1n and wanted to give it a quick test run! And there is a offer for you the listener, review this podcast on Itunes and I will give you the listener a £10 amazon voucher, valid for the first 10 reviewers and on Itunes only.
Just a quick update on the Humble Entrepreneur podcast to let you know what’s coming up for episode 10 as I wanted it to a little different. I was undecided what to do and then a opportunity came along, which I think will make a great 10th episode. Plus what we are doing moving the podcast forwards and maybe doing a little competition for you guys to get involved in!
I have been told that being to humble does not get my image out there enough. I should be banging my drum more to promote myself. Well this is my take on why I have a more humble approach, as opposed to carpet bombing social media live videos etc.
It’s a simple thing business is not all plain sailing. There is going to be ups and downs, a series of problems to deal with. And once that’s solved you gonna get another one dumped in your lap to deal with. As they say shit happens deal with it. Being a entrepreneur is simply about getting up one more time than you get knocked down.
Putting your stuff out there, a little story about putting whatever it is out there. In this case it’s a physical product but I could be your time or knowledge. Then letting it go and it will in the long run come back and benefit you!
Bigger business can at times be the holly grail that people are looking for. But it can be a minefield of ups and downs. There are a great many benefits from working with bigger business provided you do you due diligence.