Seth Godin: freelancing and the hard work of being an entrepreneur

Freelancers get paid when they work. Using our own fingers, our own skills, we do the work. So when I’m making a podcast, it’s me. When I’m writing, it’s me. When I’m giving a speech, it’s me. We get paid…

Compound interest

We all know about compound interest in the world of money. Save £100 a month for thirty years at one percent interest** and you’ll have a little under £42,000 by the end of that time (compared to £36,000 at zero-percent).…

In their hands

Make something people can use. Put it in their hands. See what happens. If they’re eager to pay – attention, time, money – you’re onto something. Watch them. Listen to them. Tweak it. Make more of it. See what they…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation – Playlist

This is the final post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. It’d be tempting to say ‘it’s finished’, but I know I’ll be coming back to these. For now though, here are the 20…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 9

This is the ninth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 9: Become ever more professional Professionals do it right, they make it work, and they don’t take it personally. Seth Godin Of…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (bonus episode)

This is the eighth-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Finishing the last post triggered a final thought – the most important boundary you set for yourself…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 3)

This is the eighth-and-a-third post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Where should you focus? A big part of the answer to this question is the choice we…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 2)

This is the eighth-and-a-half post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Many of the boundaries that we face are immovable, like limits to the time available to us, or…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 1)

This is the eighth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Create boundaries for yourself. What do you do? What don’t you do? This is a variation on “It’s not…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 4)

This is the seventh-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) A last argument for applying this rule in non-profit context is…