Ask The Oracle: When’s Judith’s Next Small Business Drop-In Call?

Small Business Big Magic

When’s the next drop-in call for Judith’s Small Business Big Magic group? Wednesday 1st April at 0800 BST Tuesday 7th April at 1100 BST Thursday 9th April at 1900 BST Monday 13th April at 1700 B ST Wednesday 15th April at 0800 BST Friday 17th April at 1600 BST Tuesday 21st April at 1100 BST Thursday 23rd April at 1900 BST Wednesday 29th April at 0800 BST    

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Business Lessons My Clients Teach Me: Feed Your Inspiration


Business and life lessons I’ve learned from and taught to my clients this week so far: Sometimes there’s no substitution for grabbing the instruction manual and digging in to your own learning. Rather you than me! On Monday my clients reported themselves as feeling “meh” or even “wayward”. The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak and, in some cases, the spirit was weak too. Go do a little self-care instead, perhaps some clearing up and/or pottering. Never get so busy with work that you forget to have a life. Working styles for introverts and extroverts are different. Do […]

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The Coming out of Corporate Life Over-Correction


Big changes in our lives take time to assimilate, and coming out of corporate life is no exception. It would be foolish of me to encourage you to believe that you will take to self-employment like a duck to water. It’s very different. There’s no team, no water-cooler, no drinks after work, no IT department (that’s you), no HR (that’s also you), no perks and no pension. It can be lonely. And scary. There are upsides and they might include no commuting, no need to dress up, longer hours at home with your loved ones, a better quality of life […]

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Business Lessons My Clients Teach Me: Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions!

We are wiser than we know. Each week I like to share a round-up of the wisdom I have learned from my clients. Here’s this week’s (so far!): Decisions, decisions. “I have made a decision” – when a client says that, I really appreciate the energy behind it. It’s not just the decision made and the feeling of having done that, it’s the knowing that we are decisive and can stop that energy drain of humming and ha-ing. Doesn’t mean thinking through everything isn’t important. But so is the decision to know when you’ve done enough of that. Making a […]

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What Happens When You Become a Business Mentoring Client

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What happens when you become a business mentoring client of mine? Whilst I do not have a one-size-fits-all intake process, you might expect most or all of the following. 1. First off, we always have an induction call. This might happen either just before or just after you become a client. In this call I am going to want to know all about you: How old are you? Are you married or single or what? How many kids do you have and how old are they? Also stuff about childcare arrangements so we can work out how much time you […]

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2015: My Year of Miracles – Miraculous Daily Reading

A Year of Miracles - Daily Devotions and Reflections

Having designated 2015 My Year of Miracles, I thought I’d update you with the miraculous daily reading resources I’m using to support me on this journey. All three of the books are connected to A Course in Miracles which means the God-averse might prefer to click away immediately. One day soon I shall stop apologising for that. I’m sharing recent excerpts from all four books so you can see how they interconnect. My first and most obvious choice was Marianne Williamson’s A Year of Miracles: Daily Devotions and Reflections. Here’s the entry for Day 73 which, according to my calculations, was […]

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How Does Group Business Mentoring Work?

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My raison d’etre as a business mentor and coach is to make small business ownership easy for work-at-home solopreneurs. The best way I have found to do that is in affordable business mentoring groups, starting at just £50 a month. If you are wondering how group business mentoring works, let me explain. My small business incubator group for beginners is called Small Business Big Magic. It costs fifty pounds a month to be a member and there are fantastic bargains for paying a year in advance. This is how SBBM works. We start with a 1-2-1 personal induction on Skype, […]

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A Great Attitude and Serendipitous Opportunities


I was much taken by the words of Earl Nightingale on this meme as it fleeted past me on Facebook on Monday: “A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” Noticing and studying this message made me realise I had been putting my focus on all the wrong things. When it comes to my clients, my attitude is great and I encourage a great attitude in them too and I see them manifesting all sorts […]

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An Abundance of Gifts from Generous Clients


Recently I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of an abundance of gifts from generous clients. I do not invite or solicit or expect gifts. No gifts are required. If you are a client, please do not immediately rush to send me something. Honest! However I do think it is important to be grateful and therefore I am going to list the gifts incoming and be thankful for them. One of my clients makes crafty things. She sent me a little pink duvet for Mitsy. Mitsy studiously ignored it except once to be sick on it. […]

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Business Lessons My Clients Teach Me: Your Internal Compass


Here are the nuggets of golden wisdom I gleaned from my Club 100 clients in this week’s check-ins: Work hard but never force it Feeling tired can be a boon, it obliges us to strip out everything unnecessary Powering down for a week can be efficacious (in every way) Confidence is important and, as you work in your own small business, confidence grows Connections are vital and surprising – expect the unexpected Follow your internal compass, it’s always right Keep open to opportunities – there’s the unexpected again Break out of the endless cycle of research and start to get […]

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