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How Many Hours Do You Need To Work To Run A Successful Business

It's not the answer you think. How effective are you if you work 70 or 80 or even 90 hours a week?
I get asked this all the time and some people have the expectation I’ll say 80-90 hours a week. They don’t know me very well as I WILL NEVER SAY THAT. It’s just not true in fact I… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/11/how-many-hours-do-you-need-work-run-successful-business/

Who Stole My Year?

Where has this year gone. Only 2 months left of this year? How's it been for you and what are you doing differently next year?
It's nearly November, so only 2 months left of the calendar year. I've had a great year overall, but like anyone it's had its ups and downs. A really good team member left and we'… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/10/who-stole-my-year/

Seth Godin is Right!

Recently Seth published a post called In Pursuit of Cheap. He gets this so right and I talk about my own experiences.
When I talk about prices and how difficult it is for us as small business owners to go down the route of selling cheap and in volumes that mean we can make a profit we can live on… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/09/seth-godin-right/

Changing from self-employed to business owner

Making the journey from self-employed to business owner can be difficult. So how do you do it?
The one thing that no-one tells you about in business is how do you turn yourself from self-employed to business owner to entrepreneur? It’s the hardest stage to get over and some… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/08/changing-self-employed-business-owner/

No Secret!

Debunking the myth that's there are secrets to running your business!
There is no secret to running a business, it's all about knowing what to do and when to do it and having the information you need at your fingertips. It also really really helps t… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/08/no-secret/

Exciting news!

Read the short blog and find out what it is. It's not to do with me being a granny, although I now am!!
When I'm on holiday I just love to switch off from electronic devices, so it took me a while to realise I hadn't said anything about my really exciting news. We’ve been shortliste… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/08/exciting-news/

It's shocking!

Do you think you should just 'know' how to run your business? We have to learn how to walk, learn how to drive, learn how to read. Why is it any different in business?
When I first started my own business as an accountant I was shocked in the first couple of years by the number of business owners that didn’t make any money. I got to see their fi… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/08/its-shocking/

Why am I hooked?


I’m not an avid sports fan so why am I suddenly addicted to the Olympics? There are certain sports I like (actually just the one – cycling), but I’ve found myself watching tennis,… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/08/why-am-i-hooked/

Hard Work Does Pay Off ....

Do you have the drive to make sure you're one of the best in your business?
Do you have the drive to be one of the best at what you do in business? It’s not enough to be technically the best, although that should be something we all strive for. I would ar… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/03/hard-work-does-pay/

It's all a struggle!

How do you set your prices? Are you sure they're right for your business? Here are some tips to get this right.
Price is one of those areas we all seem to struggle with. If we don’t get it right then it makes it difficult to get enough profit. AND not because we’re too expensive..... that’s… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/03/its-all-struggle/

I'm Annoyed!

Getting advice shouldn't be like pulling teeth!
I was in Portugal last week at a fantastic training event run by Dr. Joanna Martin and I met loads of small business owners. We had some really great conversations about business … http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/02/im-annoyed/

Could You Achieve More For Less Effort?

How to achieve more in less time!
I got back into the office early on Monday before the phone started ringing again as, it helps me put in place the goals I have for the next year and really plan for them. What I’… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/01/could-you-achieve-more-less-effort/

Best Year Ever!

Learning can help take you outside your business and help make little changes that can transform your business. Could this be your best year ever?
I spend a lot of time and energy on learning, whether it’s going to training courses or reading books or online learning. It’s what has led me through my life and the journey I’ve… http://murrayassociates.co.uk/blog/2016/01/best-year-ever/