James McBrearty

James McBrearty started his own business from scratch in 2006, to help the self-employed. He helps people to escape from the corporate world and shares his thoughts here on the changing world of work, technology and personal finances; as well as the occasional travel post. Over the next 10 years things are going to change significantly. James is a follower of frugality and minimalism; and an advocate of F.I.R.E. to minimise the coming disruption.

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Let’s visit Newlands Corner

Located in Surrey, Newlands Corner is an excellent viewpoint looking over the hills towards the South. You might be surprised to find out just how near this viewpoint is to a large town and from London or the South coast… Newlands corner is actually only 4 miles from Guildford town centre – so easily reached by car or… Read More »

Big company suicide through cost cutting

There is a danger in trying to increase your profit through cost-cutting – you may find that you cut the very things that made you have a successful business. It’s something I’ve noticed with big businesses where their industries have new competitors, rather than focus on the quality and difference of their products – they instead just cut… Read More »

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower

With the average country road speed limit in the South UK now being around 40mph, I predict the rise in popularity of places that can be reached by motorway/multi-lane A road/train. Attractions that rely on the ever slower country roads could find that their visitor numbers drop – particularly when congestion slows the average speed even further. One… Read More »

Crossing a river

As the summer holiday season continues, some Zen wisdom this week: Two monks came across a shallow river they needed to cross. On the bank was another person, wondering how they could get across without getting their clothes wet. The elder monk offered to carry them across, above the water. On reaching the other side, they just huffed… Read More »

Financial wisdom from 1987

This week’s post is somewhat different, as many people will be away on holiday/vacation. You may think that the principles of frugality, minimalism and FIRE are fairly new, but a surprising amount of wisdom in these areas can be found in the lyrics of the 1987 song Dignity by Deacon Blue: Lower earnings aren’t a barrier “He’s a… Read More »