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Perspectives - 3 min Read

Turning your hobby into a side hustle – Starting out

Joanna Nurse shares her know how about turning a hobby into a side hustle business whilst working full time.

28 min Listen

Work in Progress Episode 4 – Collaborate or Die (Part 2)

United we stand, divided we fall, or so the saying goes. But how do you find great people and organisations to help supercharge your company’s growth? Discover the secret to forming smart partnerships in part two of Collaborate or Die.

Perspectives - 4 min Read

Rushina shah on the importance of resilience as a small business owner

Everyone told her that she couldn’t do it, that her idea was too ambitious, and that seasoned entrepreneurs had failed trying. Rushina Shah, founder of popped sorghum brand Not.Corn learnt that being resilient pays off.

25 min Listen

Work in Progress Episode 3 – Collaborate or Die

To be successful in the modern age, do entrepreneurs need to learn to collaborate with other bright and innovative organisations? We find out how to make working with others work for you.

Perspectives

Managing diverse projects in a multi-hyphen career

Neil Hughes shares his tips on how to juggle multiple roles and projects to achieve a healthy work life balance as a multi-faceted sole trader.

Perspectives - 4 min Read

Starting a business? Don’t forget to look after your mental health

Many people start a new business or go into freelancing hoping they can ultimately fulfil a dream to achieve a better work life balance.

Perspectives - 4 min Read

Sustainability – what can small businesses do?

Flora Davidson, co-founder of Supplycompass shares her tips and insights on sustainability for small businesses.

Perspectives

Five ways to be your own PR firm

PR Jess Ratty, founder of Team Jess shares her top 5 tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to boost your business on your own terms.

23 min Listen

Work in Progress Episode 2 – Life outside the London bubble

Could your location make or break your business? This is the topic being discussed on this episode of Asto’s Work In Progress podcast.

Founder Stories

Personal stories of business founders sharing their challenges, their passion and success in starting and running a business.

Founder Stories - 3 min Read

The highs and lows of a social enterprise start-up

Alan Mahon is the co-founder of Brewgooder, a brewery with a conscience. Now that his start-up has turned two, he looks back on the pros and cons of launching a social enterprise.

Founder Stories

Dealing with personal pressures as a business owner

We spoke with Nina Clark, small business owner and founder of Nightire about her journey managing the pressures of starting and running a business.

4 min Watch

Business growth with Andy Holland – How to grow with little time

Taking your business up a level isn't easy. By the time you've done your day job, and all the business admin and paperwork – you've little energy left.

Perspectives

Helping you save time with quick and easy to digest perspective from business owners and general information for running a business.

Perspectives

Starting a business: finding your place within a community

Rachael shares some of her experiences and advice from setting up her small business, Isla Ray – an independent coffee shop – amidst a community as embedded and established as Deptford.

Perspectives

How I made it on my own: turning an idea for a business into a reality

Tom Evans, founder of BleepBleeps talks us through the challenges he faced when turning his idea into something profitable, successful and viable.

Perspectives

Making it work as a digital nomad

Meaghan Johnson, a Fintech Research and Strategy Consultant, shares her story on creating a successful career as a digital nomad.

Podcasts

The Work in Progress series podcasts tracks the highs and lows of starting and running your own business. Each episode gets to grip with a different challenge of being a business owner.

40 min Listen

Work In Progress season 2 – Entrepreneurial Mindset: Innovation, change and being reactive

In this episode, Angelica Malin is joined by three entrepreneurs to talk all about mindset, innovation and being reactive to changes in circumstance, both personally and professionally.

28 min Listen

Work In Progress season 2 – Money Talks: Creating a positive relationship with cash

Money – it can be a tricky thing to talk about, but it’s a core aspect of running a business (or making the world go round…). We’re talking to two experts in this episode, diving into the conversations on spending, saving and salaries.

30 min Listen

Work in Progress season 2 – Project you: Finding your niche & building your community

In this episode we discuss how to find your focus, why it’s vital to try and innovate, and the importance of building and supporting your community.