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This is where i will put blogposts where I am offering my personal opinion on issues.

How to build a business from your skills, domain knowledge and life experience?

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I recently wrote a blogpost for Tweak Your Biz discussing my answer to ‘What do you think of my business idea?’ To summarise, I always respond that it is your customers (and the market) that are the final arbitrator of whether you have a business. This blogpost is a follow up which asks, how do […]

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Service Moments during our recent holiday

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This is my first post since returning to work after a family holiday. It is not a post about my holidays in Blackpool, as no-one is really interested in another person’s holiday – admit it we only care about our own! It is rather some thoughts on our experiences as customers of various services providers […]

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How to ‘pimp’ your iPad 2 for business use?

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I  have had an iPad 2 for over a year. A few recent purchases, to include some hardware and business apps for iPad, have made it much more of a business tool for use in and out  the office – Noteability: an iOS app for for taking notes; a Maglus Stylus; a bluetooth wireless keyboard; […]

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Mayo Open Coffee Club : Setting Smarter Goals

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  I was delighted to be asked by Maria Staunton,of GMIT’s Innovation in Business Centre in Castlebar to speak at the first meeting of 2013 of the Mayo Open Coffee Club. I was asked to speak about ‘New Year, New You, Setting Smarter Goals for 2013’. I readily accepted as I have a keen interest […]

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Happy Christmas from Donncha Hughes

Happy Christmas from Donncha Hughes

I would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy Christmas to all the people who I met for mentoring, training and consultancy this year. 2012 was a very busy and productive year. I thank you all for making my ‘job’ very rewarding. And thanks to all my customers for their continued business. […]

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Diesel versus Petrol my motor cost comparison

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I changed from a petrol to a diesel car this year. I always wondered how much money this would save me in terms of motor costs. I estimate that the change has saved me 20% or approximately €108 in reduced fuel bills when I compare my travel in September 2012 to September 2011.     […]

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The biography of Steve Jobs is a brilliant read

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This blogpost will highlight some of my favourite parts of the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson – which i think is a brilliant read. I will focus on the parts which epitomize the role of Steve Jobs in building Apple – a company which changed the world. I will also pick out nuggets […]

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What is Dropbox and why I recommend it?

I use Dropbox every single day. Dropbox is described as a free* service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. The key for me is that Dropbox sits on the desktop of my laptop. I save files in the normal way into folders as I work on them. […]

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Alan Sugar and the success of Sky TV

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Chapter 12 of ‘What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography’ by Alan Sugar (2010) is fascinating. It tells how Amstrad reinvented itself by helping Rupert Murdoch to launch Sky. I love stories. This particular story is fascinating as it shows superb lateral thinking by Alan Sugar and his team. Around 1988, satellite dishes and receivers were on the market for approximately £5,000. In June of that year, Alan Sugar agreed that Amstrad would develop satellite receiving equipment which would sell in the shops for £199.

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How to reclaim your money from 57030?

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If a premium rate number operator like Zamano which manages the number 57030, take credit from your phone without your permission, you can get it back! You will need to text STOP to unsubscribe from the service, you will then need to contact your mobile phone operator, you should also contact the operator, and finally I would suggest contacting the very helpful Comreg.

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Happy St. Patricks Day

Lovely to have a day at home with the family in the middle of the week. Looking forward to the All-Ireland Hurling Club Final later. Best of luck to Clarinbridge, the Galway Champions.

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Why not buy a hands free solution for your car?

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My Parrot hands free carkit is a product I could not do without. I would recommend that everyone should buy a hands free solution for your car as we are all tempted to use their mobile while driving at some stage.

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No need to be afraid of the Irish Tax Office

The Revenue in Ireland are very approachable and user friendly. I recently transferred my tax credit to my spouse to assist with domestic budgeting. I got a nice cheque from the Revenue by way of tax refund. To get money back on bin fees, medical bills and my additional pension contribution was great.

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Three good reasons to choose self employment

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My reasons for choosing to set up as a Management Consultant on a self employed basis.

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Welcome to my blog by Donncha Hughes

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My first post just to say hi….

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