Sunday, 30 December 2012

Quotes of the Week

If you missed them on Twitter - via @MYOBShow - here are this weeks pint sized nuggets of wisdom.

"If at first you don’t succeed; you are running about average" - M.H. Alderson

"Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things" - TS Eliot 

"Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy" - Spike Milligan 

"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure" - Mark Twain

"Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes" - Lewis Grizzard

"The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you" - Bette Midler  

I like to give you a mix of quotes each week, some funny, some to the point and others can even be controversial. What do you think of this weeks? Do any ring true with you?

Take care,



Thursday, 27 December 2012

Love Talk Radio? Be Our Guest

What is MYOB Show? We are a Podcast, radio show and blog designed for people like you to help (and entertain) while you live the dream. 

We’re a platform for you to get your message out to the people who matter - your customers, your business contacts, and potential new clients, colleagues, suppliers, services and or investors.  

Each week in 2013 (online and on air) MYOB Show will discuss everything you need to know to help you live your dream. From reviews to news and everything in between that affect you nationally, locally and world wide. 

The show has a mix of guest contributors and experts addressing current affairs, news, technology, entertainment and business related issues.

In 2013 it could be you telling your story on the online and on air. You can join us in the studio, via the phone or using Skype. 

From early 2013 you can hear shows on-demand throughout the week via this blog.    

Do you have a story? Want to chat? Contact us via the email [email protected] or via Twitter @myobshow

Take care,


Business: The Three Elements Sucess

A short blog about the 3 basic elements of success (in my opinion as a long time freelancer).
In essence you need at least 2 out of the 3 below to have success in business…


You need either lots of...

Time & money 
money & people 
People & time

If you have all 3 (plus lots of hard work) then you are cooking with heat (as they say).

Are you self employed, MD of an SME or freelance? Find out which jobs are worth your while by reading the blog The Three Elements to Self Employed Success.

Take care

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Quotes of the Week

If you missed them via @myobshow on Twitter here are this weeks snack sized bites of wisdom - some inspirational, some funny and others are simply weird. 

"Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more" 
- Oscar Wilde

"There’s no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting" - David Letterma

"You never become a howling success by just howling" 
- Bob Harrington (very true for Twitter)

"When you’re up to your armpits in alligators, it’s hard to remember to drain the swamp" - Ronald Reagan

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary" - Vidal Sassoon    

"Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes" - Lewis Grizzard

"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure" - Mark Twain 

Do any just out and inspire you? Do you disagree with any? 

Take care,


Friday, 21 December 2012

10 Ways To Make Your Business Environmentally Friendly

In a hurry? To save time I can read this blog to you, click play on Audioboo player below.

A scene from last summers wild weather.
Did climate change cause these conditions?
If so, can we afford to avoid being green?
1. Turning off equipment when it's not being used. If you don’t need it, you don’t need it on.

2. Buy recycled paper, print double-sided and encourage staff to use electronic documents not paper ones. Also if possible try to send items via the internet rather than the post.

3. Encourage car pooling by offering car pool passes, which allow those partaking in the scheme a guaranteed spot right outside the office.

4. You can buy products to fit in your toilet reservoirs to reduce the amount of water they use. Also don’t leave taps dripping; a drop a second can waste 10,000 liters per year.

5. Use glasses and mugs rather than disposable cups.

6. Try to source products and supplies from local companies and distributors. The further an item needs to travel, the higher the carbon cost to your company.

7. Don’t just recycle but re-use, if an item can be fixed, why not try and fix it rather than buying a new one.

8. If you can, let yourself or some of your staff work from home a couple days a week, this can reduce the amount of carbon expended by the daily travel to work.

9. When using portable technology use rechargeable batteries as much as you can.

10. Finally when you by electrical goods, windows, insulation and heating system in the UK look out for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label.

Take care,


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cottage over a hostel, a cop out or quid’s in?

I feel it is important to take a break for time to time. Cash flow can be an issue so I often set a budget for my travels. When traveling on a low budget I usually book myself into a hostel. However on my last trip to Islay - a beautiful island in the west of Scotland - some travel buddies and I decided to hire a cottage.

I took the ferry over from the main land but you can fly with Flybe.

Some of the group felt hiring a cottage wasn't in the spirit of traveling and would cost too much. However I disagreed.

The view from the cottage.
My cottage: Number 11 Shore Street, was a hop, skip and jump away from Port Charlotte’s beautiful yet petit beachfront.

As there were a number of us staying in the cottage so it worked out much cheaper per person than the local youth hostel.

Having said that the youth hostel and the pub were just across the road from the cottage, which meant we could still socialise with our friends and mingle with the locals

Our large warm kitchen became a Mecca for my buddies - who were staying at the hostel - when they were turfed out of their room at 10am.

Having my own room, comfy bed and a clean, private shower made the trip more relaxing. I had more cash and energy to put into my travels during the day and on into the night. Unlike my friends in the hostel who were kept awake by the snoring Dutch bikers who were sharing their dorm.

Staying in a cottage can provide inexpensive accommodation for the savvy voyager who is traveling as part of a group.

Happy travels.


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Quotes of the Week

If you missed them on the twitter feed @myobshow here are this weeks Quotes of The Day...

"The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat" - Lilly Tomlin

"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity" – Oprah Winfrey

"Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?" - Steve Jobs   

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!" – Henry Ford 

"You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills" – Jim Rohn

"If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late" - James Goldsmith

"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart" – Thomas Watson, Sr

Let me know which ones you like?

Take care.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Travelling First Class Can Save you Money!

Last summer I managed to book train tickets from Edinburgh to Newcastle Upon Tyne (during the Edinburgh Festival) where a 1st class ticket was 50p cheaper than 2nd. How was that? Was it a fluke? I was interested to find out more.

After some research I found out that cheap 1st class ticket are more readily available during school holidays. The 2nd class coaches are full of families while 1st class business commuters are thin on the ground. There will always be a set amount of cheap 1st class tickets on every train. During school holidays the cheap 2nd class tickets often sell quicker than the cheap 1st class ones.

During the day is a good time to get cut price 1st class tickets. Business travelers usually need to be in the office by 9am and wont leave till 5pm. Between 9am-5pm there will be less 1st class business travelers. So you are more likely to get a cheap ticket if you search for tickets on trains which travel during the middle of the day. For more advice on how to make real savings on train travel in the UK read the blog: Making Train Travel Cheaper

A week after my Edinburgh trip I needed to book a journey from Newcastle to Glasgow. The standard price on the 18:15 to Glasgow was £23.15. I checked 1st class ticket prices, they were only £1.35 more expensive.

That was still a good deal - in first class the train operator (East Coast Trains) provided free hot drinks, wi-fi and a selection free food (at set times) to premium passengers. Which is a bargain at an extra £1.35 as wi-fi alone would have coast me £9.95 in 2nd class.

If you have the time to go online and filter through ticket prices plus you have the flexibility on when you can travel it’s always worth having a look at the 1st class tickets, you can often be surprised.

Happy travels.


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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Business Quote of the Day for 25.11.12

"To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult". – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, artist, and politician. He wrote epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of styles. Click here to find out more on Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Friday, 23 November 2012

When do you leave the Office at home?

Business Quote of The Day for 23.11.12

"The only limits are, as always, those of vision". – James Broughton

James Broughton was an American poet and filmmaker. He was part of the San Francisco Renaissance movement. 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Business Quote of the Day for 22.11.12

"Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them"! – C.J. Walker

C. J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove), was born into a former-slave family. C.J. Walker was an entrepreneur who built her empire developing hair products for black women in the early 20th century. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Business Quote of the Day for 21.11.12

"The golden rule for every business person is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place". 
- Orison Swett Marde

MYOB Show is an online community and radio show for SME’s & start-ups. Let us know what you are up to.

Email [email protected] if you have any stories we should be talking about.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Business Quote of the Day for 20.11.12

"The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time". 
                                                    – Henry Ford

Monday, 19 November 2012

Can Community Radio Help Your Business?

Welcome to MYOBShow! 

You can hear the show by simply pressing play on the embedded audio player below.

On the show today presenter Dom O'Neill asks how can community radio help your business? Dom was joined by Tony Beards of Radio Stitch plus Fred Marden and Anna Allchurch of 107 Spark FM @sparksunderland.

Further questions:

What can community radio stations offer a business?
Who listens to community radio?
How do they listen?
How are audiences measured?
Has community radio got a future?

To get the answers listen to the embedded audio player above.

Dom also talks over the weeks business news with Miranda Dobson from – The UK’s Fast Growing Business Network.

Below are the top stories:

Story 1: The North East Needs a Strong Leader

The North needs a strong leader to push for devolution of powers to help its economy, a report suggests.

"Think-tank IPPR says the northern economy is unable to dispatch a single ambassador to Westminster who can argue for more powers... The Borderland report says the Scottish economy is able to “speak with one voice”, while the North’s LEPs pale in comparison". 
- Quote from Tom Keighley

Want to know more? Click here to read the story via

Story 2: Clegg introduces more flexible working

"Working parents will be able to share up to a year’s leave after the birth of a child, the Deputy Prime Minister has announced. Legislation is planned for next year that will introduce more rights to flexible working in 2014, and parental leave in 2015". 
- quote from Tom Keighley

Want to know more? Click here to read the story via

Story 3: £1.3bn 4G auction timeline set out

"Ofcom has confirmed details of the timetable for the 4G mobile spectrum auction, the largest sale of mobile airwaves in the UK. The auction will have a £1.3bn reserve price, and Ofcom has said companies can begin in January". 
 - quote from Tom Keighley

Want to know more? Click here to read the story via

To get involved with the show remember our Twitter handle is @myobshow or you can email us with your stories on [email protected]

Have a good week and enjoy the show via the embedded player at the top of the page.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Can Community Radio Ever Become a Viable Business?

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

MYOBShow: Having a go at an Expo & the recession is over. Episode 3 of Series 2

This week the show was on the road at the North East Expo. While out and about Presenter Dom was joined by Ahmed Khan - a successful North East McDonalds franchisee, Mike Lever - from New Results Training and Tom Keighley - Editor at 

We started the show with the week’s business news:

Story 1: The US Election - Barack Obama won

Story 2: North East Expo - What was it all about?

Story 3: UK car market recovered in October

"Sales in new cars recovered in October after registrations increased by 12.1% to 151,252 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The UK car market defied European trends where demand is down, and brought the total number of new units to 1.8m over the last year.

This figure demonstrates an 83,823 increase in new car units from 2011, and SMMT predicts the total for the year will reach over 2m units.

Contrastingly, the UK commercial vehicle market suffered an 8.1% fall in registrations from September toOctober, although this represents a 16.3% year-on-year". Miranda Dobson -

To find out more: Click to read the article UK car Market Recovers in October

After the news the show moved onto topic 1, Dom asked how do you make an impression at a big event such as the North East Expo and how do you measure expo success?

Further questions:
Are you there to sell a product, the company, yourself or all?
How do you get people to your stall?
What do visitors want?
Do you have any tips on preparing for a show?

Topic 2 was about the UK being out of recession! Dom asked: What dose that mean to SME's in the UK?

Click here to read more on the subject via the article UK Economy Grows

Further questions:
The GDP numbers are so small; will they make any difference in day to day business?
Have you seen any difference in your business?
Is it still too early to tell what might happen?

To find the answers to the above questions and more click play on the embedded player above and enjoy.

Remember you can hear us live every Monday on 107 Spark FM and on at 12:00.

If you want to get involved our Twitter handle is @myobshow

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Hello, I'm Dom O'Neill and I run t.UK.e Productions. 

My team and I make MYOB Show (Mind Your Own Business) - a new multi-platform Radio and Online Show designed to help the small to medium sized business communities in the UK and beyond connect, share information, promote their business and network. 

MYOB Show airs at 12pm on Mondays (from 19th November 2012) on 107 Spark FM. You can also listen online at From January 2012 we will also be webcasting live shows so watch out for more info coming soon. 

You can keep in touch with what's happening on the show, or contact us if you want to be a guest, via Twitter at @MYOBShow, on Facebook by searching for MYOB Show or by emailing [email protected] 

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy the show and my posts.

Monday, 5 November 2012

MYOB Show: Creativity & Business

Welcome to MYOB, the show for those who do business online and on the radio.

You can hear the show by simply pressing play on the embeded audio player below.

On the show today presenter Dom chats chats with guests about the trials and tribulations of making money out creative projects. Dom also asks the question can the UK regions retain their top arts and media talent? To answer these questions Dom chatted to Paul Dunn from Sunderland Rep and Josh Coles of Contrapunto. Also
Shyqo talks over the weeks business news with Tom Keighley from – The UK’s Fast Growing Business Network.
Story 1: Lord Heseltine has a big report on growth 

Lord Heseltine has released an economic review, entitled No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth, and outlined plans for recovery in the UK.

The peer made 89 recommendations to the Government, which included advice to maximise potential in different regions, rather than focusing on London, and stimulate local growth in partnership with central government.

Want to know more?  Click to read: Lord Heseltine review welcomed by Government and business

Story 2: £7 million for 3D printing R&D 


£7m of Government investment is to be targeted at 3D printing technologies, the Universities and Science Minister has announced.

Grants for collaborative R&D projects are available for 3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing.”The Inspiring New Design Freedoms in Additive Manufacturing competition will be administered by the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Want to know more? Click to read: £7m available for 3D printing research and development

Story 3: Hitachi buy Horizon Nuclear Power 

Hitachi have agreed to buy the Horizon Nuclear Power project from E.On and RWE.The project involves plans to build reactors at sites in Wylfa on Anglesey, and Oldbury in Gloucestershire.
Up to 6,000 jobs are expected to be created in the construction process, with a further 1000 in permanent roles at the completed plants.

The new plants are expected to power up to 14 million homes over 60 year, and the first feed into the grid could come as early as 2020.

Want to know more? Click to read: Hitachi bolster UK nuclear plans

To get involved with the show remember our Twitter handle is @myobshow 

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Monday, 29 October 2012

MYOBShow Leaving the 9 to 5 & Women in Business Episode

On this episode of MYOBShow we look into why people leave the 9 to 5 and what is it like to be a women in business in 2012.

You can hear the show by simply pressing play on the embeded audio player below.
As ever we start off with the weeks business news with Tom Keighley (Editor) at

Story 1: The UK is out of recession… but only just

"Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal the UK economy has climbed out of recession.
GDP was estimated to have increased by 1% in the final quarter of 2012, flattered by the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations, analysts suggest.

The output of service industries was estimated to have increased by 1.3% in the quarter, while construction sector output was estimated to have decreased by 2.5%.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “There is still a long way to go but these figures show we’re on the right track and are a sign the economy is healing."

To read more click on news: UK Economy Grows

Story 2: Black cab maker Manganese Bronze calls in administrators

"The taxi firm, Manganese Bronze Holdings, who manufactures the iconic London black cabs, has gone into administration.

PricewaterhouseCoopers have been unofficially named as the administrators for the firm, although this remains unconfirmed by the company.

Manganese Bronze said on Monday that attempts to secure funding to support the company had failed, after it recalled 400 of its TX4 taxis because of a fault with the steering box.

Further sales of the model were halted as a result of the defect, which has been connected to a part manufactured in China.

In a statement earlier this month, the firm said: “The suspension of sales will have a very material and detrimental impact on the Group’s cash flows and the board are working to establish the options available to the business given the impact on working capital.”"

To read more click on News: Blck Cab Maker calls in administrators

Story 3: Could SME be a smart first move?

"In the current job market, it would be fair to say that the opportunities for graduates remain thin on the ground. As the recovery falters and businesses of all sizes look to get more out of their existing workforce rather than take on new recruits, many graduates are taking jobs that they may not have previously considered, even if it means compromising on their ‘dream career’.

Nowhere are jobs more sought after than at large multinational corporations, where the number of candidates applying for one position can run into the hundreds. It is for this reason that very talented and intelligent graduates are now knocking on the door of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs)."

Also on the show this week we find out why people leave the 9 to 5? Plus we talk about what it is like to be a woman in the modern business world.

This week we are joined in the studio by Alison Davies of Danusha plus Tom Keighley (Editor) and Si Bales (MD) of, the UK’s fast growing business network.

Remember you can hear us every Friday on 107 Spark FM and on at 12:00 and if you want to get involved our Twitter handle is @myobshow

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

MYOBShow multi-platform Pilot

We get the weeks top news stories from Si and Tom from - the UK's fastest growing business network. Plus PR expert Sally Pearson is in the studio to give her take on the weeks news.

Story 1: "Owner-employee" contract exchanges shares for worker rights

Story 2: Did NUFC make the Wonga move?

Story 3: Video games need definition for industry tax relief

We also talked about making the most of a press release & your online presence.

MYOBShow the Place to B2B... We love SME!

If you want to get involved contact us on Twitter @MYOBShow

How Healthy are you and your Business?

The Podcast below is presented by Dom O’Neill (@Dom__ONeill) his guests are Alison Davies (of Danusha – Jewellery business) and Mark Earnden (The Food Education Company).

We are looking at a healthy body for you and your staff but also a healthy soul for your business.

Dom asks the questions…

Is keeping healthy an important part of business?

If you are working hard, how do you make sure you get a good lunch?

Will it pay to be prepared?

How can fair trade products help your businesses social health?

How can you tell if a product is fair trade?

How can businesses make sure they are fair trade friendly, less wasteful and ensure they buy local?
To find out all of what our guests have to say, why not check out the Podcast above.

         An apple a day keeps the Doctor away and a healthy diet is not as hard as you think.

Finally: The fact of the show has to be that the UK wastes 2 million bananas every day!!!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sick of your job? Want to make a positive change?

Here to help you live the dream! On the radio & online with presenter and blogger Dom O'Neill. Supported by English in Newcastle. Make your dream a reality!

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