In The Press


James McBrearty and taxhelp.uk.com received extensive coverage locally, nationally & internationally following the launch of James’s first book:

Mensa magazine

Take flight and launch your own business

With much talk of government spending cutbacks leading to unemployment, Mensa businessman James McBrearty’s new book arrives in a very timely fashion.

Because if you are facing the threat of redundancy and want to take the plunge and start your own businesss this is a very useful work.

James, a 40-year-old tax specialist from Cobham in Surrey, started his own business, taxhelp.uk.com, in 2006 and in just a few years he has grown it into a thriving and established business. Now he wants to pass on tips from his own experience in the book, Chocks Away:
Achieving Freedom from the 9 to 5.

James said: “In our current economic climate when companies are looking at cut backs and ways of saving money, many staff are facing the threat of redundancy. My book is about taking control of your own life, about setting your own goals and achieving them.”

His book, he says, is different from other self-help business books because it tells the story of starting a business from scratch and not growing an established one.

James said: “I decided to take the plunge in 2006 and start-up my own business. I didn’t buy an established practice so it wasn’t an easy thing to do. I’ve learnt many lessons along the way, including the most important… online and offline networking.

If you want to escape the 9 to 5, here are some of James’ practical tips on how to succeed:

• If allowed by your employer, start your business up while still at work. You can build it up slowly in the evenings and weekends. If you lose your job, or want to make the transition into self-employment, you will have an established business waiting for you.

• Look for support and advice – don’t be afraid to ask. There is a lot of help out there; it is just knowing where to find it.

• Investigate the change in markets – as well as traditional avenues there are a wealth of online opportunities such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

• Join a networking group. Before I joined BNI I found it difficult walking into a room and talking about my business. Now I’m a team leader, train other BNI members and I’m comfortable talking to large audiences.

• Believe in your own ability, if you don’t no-one else will!

 

SuccessNet

If you’re facing the threat of redundancy and want to start up your own business James McBrearty’s new book is a must for you.

The 40-year-old tax specialist from Cobham in Surrey has just published Chocks Away: Achieving Freedom from the 9 to 5.

James started taxhelp.uk.com in 2006 and in just a few years he has grown it into a thriving and established business.

James said: “In our current economic climate when companies are looking at cut backs and ways of saving money, many staff are facing the threat of redundancy. My book is about taking control of your own life, about setting your own goals and achieving them.”

James says his book is different from other self-help business books because it tells the story of starting a business from scratch and not growing an established one.

He said: “I decided to take the plunge in 2006 and start-up my own business. I didn’t buy an established practice so it wasn’t an easy thing to do.

“In 2008 my business started to take off when I both joined Business Network International (BNI) and entered into the world of online networking. I achieved more in six months through the combination of social networking and BNI than in the whole first two years of self employment.”

If you want to escape the 9 to 5, James offers some practical tips on how to start up a new business, how to find the support you need, the importance of understanding market trends, and why you should join a networking group.

 

BNI.com

“Chocks Away: Achieving Freedom from the 9 to 5” — New Book Highlights BNI

BNI member and Assistant Director for BNI in the UK, James McBrearty, is also a qualified pilot and a tax specialist who built his company, taxhelp.uk.com, from a startup business in 2006 to the thriving and established business it is today.

James, who has written a brand new book called Chocks Away: Achieving Freedom from the 9 to 5, says:

“In 2008 my business started to take off when I both joined BNI and entered into the world of online networking. Effective networking has made such a massive difference to my company that I wanted to share my experiences with others. I achieved more in six months through the combination of BNI and social networking than in the whole first two years of self employment, struggling to find things out myself. Joining networking groups has been one of the best decisions I ever made.”

With Chocks Away, James outlines strategic ways in which people can immunize themselves from the threat of company cutbacks and redundancy by taking control of their own life, starting their own business from scratch, and setting their own goals and achieving them. The book mentions BNI extensively and there is even an entire chapter devoted to telling the story of James’ journey with BNI and how it has helped him in both his business and his personal life.

Chocks Away has already earned rave reviews from BNI’s Founder, Dr. Ivan Misner:

“James McBrearty, through sharing his own experiences and knowledge, provides an invaluable guide to business owners worldwide. Businesses, like aircraft, can experience times of turbulence; Chocks Away Achieving Freedom from the 9 to 5 will show you how to help your business takeoff, expertly navigate through economic fluctuations and changes in the global business climate, and land safely at the destination you planned for—instead of ending up somewhere else!”— Dr. Ivan Misner

Plain and simple, if you want to take control of your life and allow your business to really take off, this is the book for you.

 

Elmbridge Guardian

Pilot from Cobham launches a book to help businesses get off the ground

By Clare Buchanan

A Cobham pilot has published his first book, which navigates the highs and lows of starting up a business.

After launching taxhelp.uk.com, 40-year-old James McBrearty, decided to write Chocks Away: Achieving Freedom from the 9 to 5.

The book practical advice on starting a business from scratch, rather than growing an established one, and uses Mr McBrearty’s real-life knowledge, having developed a business of his own.

He said: “My book is about taking control of your own life, about setting your own goals and achieving them.”

Outlining the importance of successful networking, having joined Business Network International (BNI) in 2008, Mr McBrearty said: “I achieved more in six months through the combination of social networking and BNI than in the whole first two years of self employment struggling to find things out myself. Joining networking groups has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Mr McBrearty is a keen private pilot, having logged more than 350 hours in the air.

The book is available to download on Kindle and will soon be available from amazon.co.uk.”

 

James was also featured in his Association’s professional journal, Tax Adviser, as well as on the ‘This is Spain’ website:

This is Spain

Tax Adviser magazine