Category: General

How I made money while I slept

What would you have done with this moral dilemma? It’s 6am one morning. While my first coffee is kicking in, I go online to read the news. This day, I also checked my bank balance. I found a deposit there that wasn’t mine. What should I do? Call the bank and ask them to remove …

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One of the most under-rated benefits of crowd-funding

Want to know one of the most under-rated benefits of crowd-funding? It’s something I learnt from a world-class expert… Slava Rubin is the CEO of one of the leading crowd-funding platforms – Indiegogo. I met him in Chile when we were both speakers at a conference about creative business. The obvious benefit of crowd-funding is …

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Synergy Online Forum: “Creativity in a Crisis”

David spoke in August 2020 at the international Synergy Online Forum on the subject of “Creativity in a Crisis”. Synergy Global organizes massive, top-notch business forums, workshops, and seminars worldwide, presenting our guests with world famous expertise in the fields of business, science, sport, and art. In his speech to Synergy Online Forum, David spoke …

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We can play the game our own way – and win it.

Business ideas crop up in unusual places. Here’s one I had on Mount Errigal. I’d coached creative businesses in Ireland during the week. On Sunday I had some free time. So I drove through the beautiful countryside, to climb the highest peak in County Donegal. The day was sunny and warm. The cooling breeze became …

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DON’T do the thing you’re BEST at…

Don’t do the thing you’re best at. In business, it can be a bad idea. As a creative entrepreneur, you’re great at some things. Less good at other things. That’s OK. That’s normal. So it makes sense to focus your business on the things you’re best at. Right? Wait a minute! Not so fast… You’re …

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Does Size Matter?

Does size matter? Is bigger better? Is small bad? Of course I’m talking about the size of your creative business. (What did you think I meant?) You can look at size in different ways. The size of WHAT exactly? The number of employees? Clients? Offices? Awards? Do you focus on the size of your sales? …

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Losing Customers is a GOOD Thing

Crazy thought of the day: losing customers is a GOOD thing. Pricing is a big issue. I’ve advised countless creative businesses about it over the years. You want to raise prices to make more money. But then your customers might go to cheaper competitors. That’s the fear. And it might be true. If you can’t …

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People tell me I’m lucky. But I’m not.

People tell me I’m lucky. But I’m not. And I’ll explain why. They say I’m lucky because I can choose the clients I work with. I’m lucky because I have the freedom to take time off work. I’m lucky because I’ve got a wonderful work/life balance. But it wasn’t always that way. In my first …

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Milan Design Week – online presentation on Innovative Diversification

David gave a presentation at Fuorisalone, the digital version of Milan Design Week 2020, in partnership with the WORTH Partnership Project. The topic was “The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Innovative Diversification” and participants also have the opportunity to take part in Open Forum online business advice sessions with David following his online presentation. In …

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Better Online Pitching – presentation for APFI Finland

David delivered an online presentation on Better Online Pitching for Creatives International as part of a Pre Mission Briefing for a Virtual Trade Mission to Germany for APFI (Audiovisual Producers Finland). The online Pre Mission Briefing was hosted by Simon Preston and featured an in-depth presentation from Nicola Pinder about the German market for audiovisual …

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