James McBrearty

After building up 17 years experience in industry and practice, James started his own business from scratch in 2006. He now helps others to do the same, while minimising both the risks and costs. James is dual qualified in tax and accounts, and has won multiple awards for small business. In 2014 he was invited to Downing Street, as one of the Small Business Saturday 100 winners.

Author Archives: James McBrearty

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 »

Make your own sushi, have fun and save money

I have a fondness for vegetarian sushi, something that is easily obtained through various supermarkets and high street shops. It is somewhat expensive to buy ready-made though, at £2.70 per portion that works out to be around £21 per kilo – similar to steak. I had noticed a guidebook to make your own sushi on the cakeswithfaces website,… Read More »

How to fund your side hustle

When you are starting a new business, the absolute best way to fund it is via cash savings – there are actually several hidden benefits of doing it this way: 1) No interest payments – if you borrow money then there will be an interest charge. Instead, the money you would have spent on interest is available to… Read More »

Start a side hustle

If you have always wanted to start your own business, the best way to do it is part-time initially – what is now known as a side hustle. Starting part-time has many benefits, indeed it is the method I recommend myself. People are often unprepared for what lies ahead when starting a business, so a side hustle gives… Read More »

My top tip for using a smartphone

Smartphones have many benefits, and with perhaps the only smartphone you’ll need costing £150 they are affordable too. However, there is one major drawback to using a smartphone – but thankfully it’s fixed very easily. Advantages Camera – as the saying goes “the best camera in the world… is the one you have with you.” By always having… Read More »