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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