Benchmarking artists vs. designer-makers (2008-9 data)

We’ve been comparing MyCake data for 2008-9 between artist users and designer-maker users. This makes for some really interesting comparisons between two types of object/product based practice. In both cases we are looking at sole traders (some have a ltd company others just registered as self employed). In both cases there are sets of figures Read the full article…

The IoD’s take on how to be a grade A failure

Here’s an article we came across this morning from the Institute of Directors. They argue that many great entrepreneurs have failed their way  to success and that the key characteristics include: Ambition Activity Astigmatism Amplification Aphorism Abidance We like it for it’s honesty that the path to success is rarely a straight line and that Read the full article…

How does your hourly rate compare?

What hourly rate do you use in your costings? Well here’s how MyCake users vary: Great news – there are a bunch of you in this top over £100per hr bracket. Mostly this crowd is selling time in various forms of service – design, management, web and graphic work. Reasonable news – the middle groups of Read the full article…

When a daily rate is not quite what it seems

I came across a case this week where an SME was being asked to provide a proposal to a large non-profit organisation to deliver a two day workshop. The SME was prepared to accept a lower daily rate than their standard to win a first job with a high-profile client however as the negotiations progressed Read the full article…

Percy Emmett’s new site

I would say that Percy Emmett has been giving invaluable advice to creative entrepreneurs for longer than i’ve been eating cooked breakfasts but that might conjour up the wrong impression of his age and my eating habits. However he’s been telling me about his impending website for an age so now that it’s launched I Read the full article…

Non-business books & films

If you listened to all the business advisors recommendations of books & strategies you’d never get to the bottom of the pile. Personally there’s only so much of that stuff I can handle and I’ve rather reached the ‘tastes good but I couldn’t eat a whole one’ stage. There are however lots of non-business books Read the full article…