Key Education and Skills in Starting, Building and Scaling Business Success

Key Education and Skills in Starting, Building and Scaling Business Success

By Nick James

Nick discusses business and education on the British Online School Podcast and shares his own alternative education along with the key skills needed to start and successfully build and scale a business.

He also explains the importance of traditional education in building strong foundations and the role that facing and overcoming the challenges in life plays in developing mental and emotional resilience.

Nick shares great advice based on his own learning about how to start a business with the best chance of success, listen in and find out more.


Telling people what you are doing or aspiring to do is a much stronger statement about who you are

The person who successfully starts, builds, and scales a company is someone who is a really good communicator

I developed my communications skills through my alternative education travelling the world learning from experts like Tony Robbins and other coaches

Traditional education is important and creates strong foundations

Working for someone else is a fast way to learn about business before you start up on your own

I have a vision about what we are creating and building but I’m always looking for constant improvement

Initially, I didn’t realise the lengths you need to go to get a business up and running

Bumps in the road, challenges and conflict all help to build character

The number one skill set you need in business is sales

The more resourceful you can become to overcome the more likely you are to be successful

Understanding how to manage your mental and emotional state makes everything in life easier

All we want in life is to be happy so working out  how to be happy regardless is the key



‘Through my alternative education when I was relatively young I got exposure and met people who were running highly successful businesses’

‘I’ve always been a really good communicator’

‘Communication skills and being able to effectively channel a message makes a difference in all aspects of life’



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Nick James

Nick dropped out of university at the age of 21 and failed spectacularly with his first coaching business, which forced him to take a £16k/yr telesales job. 

Within 12 months he was the top performer and left to start his second business at 24. This time he discovered a winning formula and before long had a multi-six-figure company.

He then made a huge mistake which nearly put him out of business and cost him £50,000 in personal cash!

Fortunately, Nick kept it afloat, turned it around, and sold that business 2 years later in a seven-figure deal. 

He then co-founded a multi-million-pound marketing company, which he exited in 2015, and created Expert Empires.

Today, Expert Empires is known as the UK's number one business event for Experts, with world-renowned celebrity speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, Chalene Johnson, David Goggins, and Lewis Howes gracing the stage.

Nick also specialises in helping Coaches, Consultants, Speakers, Trainers, and Authors take their businesses from zero to six figures and beyond through his Expert Empires Mastermind programme.

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