Was I an April fool to start my own business during lockdown?

On Tuesday 31st March 2020, I closed the lid of my work laptop and put it away for the last time. My career as a full-time academic had ended and I was about to join the ranks of the self-employed for the first time in 21 years. When I first worked for myself, some 25Continue reading “Was I an April fool to start my own business during lockdown?”

Making the most of lockdown networking

I started Mountain Top Perspectives in April 2020 – just at the start of lockdown. Hence, I’ve had to embrace virtual networking whether I liked it or not. Previously, my experience of face-to-face networking events had been hit and miss. I’m a shy extrovert and entering a room full of people I don’t know hasContinue reading “Making the most of lockdown networking”

Surviving Lockdown – Origin Fine Foods

This mini-series features several small retail and hospitality businesses who have survived, and, in some instances, thrived, during lockdown. The first case is about Origin Fine Foods – a small delicatessen and cafe in West Yorkshire. Local heroes – rising to the occasion While some cafes and small stores closed up shop and stayed atContinue reading “Surviving Lockdown – Origin Fine Foods”

How to be a successful entrepreneur

I love hearing the stories of how people have developed their businesses. Few have found the journey to success easy and most worked hard and made significant sacrifices before becoming successful. It is clear that there is no one reason or way to start your own business – each person has a uniquely individual journeyContinue reading “How to be a successful entrepreneur”