SBO Give before you receive

Give before you receive

‘Giving before you receive (or ask)’ is an attitude central to every religion and is a fundamental component of all successful relationships. Collaborating and being willing to share is vital if humans are to coexist fruitfully. And this philosophy applies to business relationships as much as it does to life.  But the thing that frequently…

SBO So, what the hell is a Startup

So, what the hell is a Startup?

The term ‘Startup’ has been thrown around with increased frequency over the past few years. It’s become the new ‘sexy’ way of describing your business/hobby/piece of software/concept. The problem is that it’s used in so many facets that I don’t know what it actually means anymore.  The Government thinks Startups are just small businesses. TechCrunch…

SBO Happy 1st Birthday SmartBooks

Happy 1st Birthday SmartBooks!

Twelve months ago today Rowan and I had a a vision of disrupting the bookkeeping arena by offering automated, timely and subscription priced bookkeeping solutions to small business owners and accountants.   We were sick and tired of the cost inefficiencies faced by both small business owners and accountants due to inconsistencies and errors in record…

SBO Going out on your own… Should you take the jump

Going out on your own… Should you take the jump?

I read an interesting discussion on Quora this week about society being conditioned for employment as opposed to other sources of income, presumably being in business for yourself.  I then recalled three conversations I’ve had this week with different friends, who each expressed how unhappy they were with their jobs – all good paying stable corporate…