Meet Simone. She’s bright, well-educated, honest and hard-working. She holds down a dream job, earns a fantastic salary, is virtually guaranteed of a healthy performance bonus each year, is frequently showered with accolades…. and she’s just handed in her resignation. Simone’s boss is unable to mask her shock when confronted with the bombshell, and rapidly sharpens her pencil and hauls out her calculator. Whatever the competition’s offering, the company will match it and some. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that Simone – her star employee – will be earning…. nothing. At least, not until her new business venture is off the ground and making money. What drives a person to leave a stable job and guaranteed salary for the instability of self-employment and zero guarantee of an income? Let’s face it. Starting your own business requires money, many (many!) hours of hard work, the patience of a saint and a positive attitude even in the face of adversity. Not to mention a healthy dose of realism, understanding that you may not be seeing much of an income for the first year or more, and may well face closure before then if the stats are anything to go by. According to Fin 24, small business failure rates are as high as 63% in the first two years of trading! Yet people still start their own businesses on a regular basis. Why do people choose to start up their own companies? What drives an entrepreneur to do what they do? Are they born, or are they a product of circumstance? Read More.....

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Welcome to Agreements Online’s leisure corner. Here you’ll find our selection of legal, business and general motivational quotes, sayings and images, carefully selected to inspire and motivate. We’ve also included a selection of lawyer jokes and images for your amusement, and as further proof that not all lawyers are stuffy and lacking in a sense of humour. Read More.....

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Yes, we know the story. Life is simply far too frenetic to worry about drafting your Will right now. The routine sounds oh-so-familiar. Wake up, shower, get dressed, grab a protein shake as you rush out the door, drop the kids at school, go to work, juggle meetings, phone calls, emails, go home, hopefully have time to go for a run with Fluffy, help the kids with homework, shovel down a meal while watching last week’s episode of Big Bang Theory on PVR, shoot off a few more mails on your phone, go to bed. Repeat. Read More.....

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