How do I know if my idea is strong enough to start a business?

1:00AM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Phil Weinman

If starting a new business was as simple as having a good idea, there would definitely be more successful business stories.

How do you assess whether the time is "right" to start-up?

10:00AM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Phil Weinman

It’s always the right time to start a business. Even when there's economic uncertainty.

Is hiring a business mentor expensive?

5:01PM | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | Phil Weinman

The best mentors are those that don't need to charge a fee to mentor. They do it because they like the person who has asked them and they want to help in some way.

How much does an investor value an actual business plan compared with how you present it?

1:40PM | Tuesday, 17 January 2012 | Phil Weinman

Consider this, if the shoe was on the other foot and you were the investor, what would you want to see?

I’m keen to move my business away from its niche area, but my investor is against the idea. Now what?

8:03PM | Thursday, 18 August 2011 | Philip Weinman

You need to make your case compelling. Do your research, sketch a plan and do the numbers.

How can I be sure if I’m getting a good deal from my potential investor?

7:53PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 | Phil Weinman

There are no hard and fast rules about whether a particular deal is “right” or “wrong”, so you need to look at the elements of the deal, the person and think 10 steps ahead.

I need a mentor but I’m in a remote area and they’re in short supply. What can I do?

6:14PM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 | Phil Weinman

Being in a remote area can be difficult but it doesn’t have to limit your access to inspirational people.

I’ve got a great mentor but I feel I have to battle for her time. Should I just accept this and adapt or look for other mentors?

4:37AM | Wednesday, 13 April 2011 | Phil Weinman

From my perspective, it’s all about value. You don’t need to be in front of your mentor every second of every day.

Should I change my approach or just give up?

3:29PM | Monday, 14 March 2011 | Phil Weinman

Many start-up owners think that they have a great idea and that’s half of their job done. Well, unfortunately it’s not.

I’ve seen what looks to be a good start-up opportunity in the tech industry, but I have very little knowledge. Help!

1:03PM | Wednesday, 5 January 2011 | Phil Weinman

Every successful business starts with an idea. It’s how you apply that idea and put it in to practice that delivers positive results.

What are the first positions I should fill in my start-up?

11:09PM | Friday, 19 November 2010 | Philip Weinman

Ultimately the first positions you fill will depend on the type of business you have. Carefully assess the returns and value of each role before you commit.

How much time should an entrepreneur spend selling?

11:22AM | Monday, 1 November 2010 | Philip Weinman

Leave the back end of your business to the people who know it; you and your passion need to be in the thick of selling – all the time.

How can I combine my philanthropic work with my business?

10:07PM | Tuesday, 19 October 2010 | Philip Weinman

If you are passionate about charity work there are many ways you can incorporate it in to your daily life - and your business.