I guide and support you to beat your business challenges by thinking differently.
About this site.
The Small Business Ideas Guide website is a partner to the book of the same name. The book provides a complete step by step guide for you follow, showing you how to beat your business challenges by thinking differently. This site both supports the content of the book and provides a comprehensive resource on beating your business challenge by thinking differently and introducing new ideas.
This is where I am coming from.
I have been working on a very wide range of problems inside of businesses for over 3 decades and with those 30+ years of practice I have become pretty good at problem solving and generating new ideas. What I have found is that it is much more important to understand the true problem and what it is that you really want to achieve than to try and defeat what you are immediately faced with. I have also determined that the best person to resolve your challenges is you. This is because only you have your knowledge; your experience and the full awareness of your situation.
Why am I doing this?
Selfishly I want to feel like I make a difference to people where that difference is important. The people I want to help the most are small business owners. They face the broadest range of the toughest challenges with real and important consequences from success and failure. So for those people who want to work with me I want to share all that I have learnt on how to beat challenges and produce great new ideas.
What can you expect from The Small Business Ideas Guide?
- A step by step guided process for you to copy, to enable you to think differently and produce great new ideas that will work.
- A guide to enable you to look at your challenges in ways you have not done before.
- A guide to enable you to find new ways to beat your challenges.
- A guide to empower you to see opportunities and possibilities you have not seen before.
- The respect and recognition that you are the best person to produce new ideas for your business
The structure of this site.
The articles on this site are each assigned to a category following the guidelines set out below.
These are articles about great ideas that others are using either right now or are in a state of development. Where appropriate I’ll add comments, perhaps how you might implement something similar for yourself sooner rather than later.
You will find in The Small Business Ideas Guide book the details of a process to produce great new ideas in your business. This category contains the tools, techniques, processes or approaches which I know or find to help you on your journey to success through the application of great new ideas. The range of tools available is very broad and covers the Why, the What and the How of new ideas.
This is a pretty eclectic but very important category which contains information on two related subjects.
Firstly, content to lift your spirits and expand your thoughts, by sharing details of human endeavours or natural phenomena that are; Just Great. The idea being to encourage you to recognise that the world is a bigger place than that which you see around you every day.
Secondly, to share some of the research on happiness and positivity and their impact on your emotions, on how you feel. This is important because how you feel directly effects the way that you think. That in turn affects your ability to produce or adopt new ideas and that affects your level of success.
The category which contains articles on subjects that you might spend some time considering or pondering. The content may be stimulating or thought provoking or words from capable people sharing their knowledge and experience.
This is my library of quite interesting content which I know will come in useful one day!
All of the content which I have gathered together to share on this site appears here in chronological sequence.
Basic information first. I have been married over 30 years, have three grown up children and am over 50. I live in Bristol in the UK and you can send me an email at gmail.com by using the user name tsbigjohn.
The largest proportion of my working life has been spent in Engineering of one type or another. I have worked in the UK and overseas as a contractor, an employee, a manager and as a business owner.
So why does what I have done qualify me to produce this site and why should you pay any attention to what I say?
There are an extremely small number of people who know who I am, but put bluntly I know about generating new ideas. That has been what I have been doing inside businesses for a very long time and I have the patents, prizes and promotions to show that I am good at it.
Companies that I’ve worked for have seen the benefits from my ideas in the form of; New processes; New designs; New products; New markets; New customers; Product improvements; Performance improvements; Process improvements; Reduced headcount; Customers saved; Money saved and repairs to products in service valued at tens of millions.
But in 2011 I had an extended period of illness which gave me time for some serious thought.
I realised that I had lost my energy and enthusiasm for the work I was doing, but it wasn’t because of the subject, it was because of the environment I was in. Not just the company, but the claustrophobia of large companies.
More than that, I realised that the application of new ideas is much more important than what I had been doing. New ideas are not the privilege of big companies or of high tech start‐ups. The opportunities exist for everyone and the most important thing I realised was that everyone has the ability and the right to experience success through their new ideas.
So I decided to start my own business, The Small Business Ideas Guide. The very reason for the existence of my small business is to guide people on the why, the what and the how to produce their own new ideas in their small business. The success of each small business is so significant because when combined our success can change the economy. However, more important to the individual, the success of a small business can change people’s lives.
Through my small business I will do everything I can to bring success through new ideas to those who choose to spend their time with me.