The Virtual Entrepreneur: This Is The Life

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To the uninitiated, I may look like a saddo because my Significant Other is my laptop. This is because all my working partners and trusted colleagues are geographically remote from me and all my clients too, so pretty much all my relationships involve a Skype connection. My WiFi just went a bit dodgy today and then it went down altogether at lunchtime for about an hour causing palpitations. A 3-way Skype conference had to be abandoned – shame, I’d been looking forward to that. Thank Heavens for my iPad and its 3G card which means I can email someone who’s standing […]

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Successful Entrepreneurship: Is Discipline What It Takes?

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I participated in a lively discussion on Facebook with someone who opened up the debate by asking: “Discipline – do what’s right and necessary before what’s fun & easy – you got any thoughts?” Oh boy, did I have thoughts! I started in with a relatively peaceful “I’ve done it that way all my life but I’m swapping over now that my egg timer might be the other way up. And I find it works better, to my surprise. Now my watchword is ‘when it’s right, it’s easy’. My days of struggle are so over.” A client (and friend) weighed […]

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Creating A Business To Love: Taming The Monster

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If you are self-employed, what I am about to say now may not apply to you. Because you might like pottering about at home, working when you choose and for whom you choose. You may have got used to your income being lumpy and not mind, because you enjoy the freedom it brings. You are your own boss, and leaving aside various uncertainties and the fact that you do everything that needs doing, it’s great. And if that’s you, I’m happy for you; some days that’s me too. But what happens if you are lucky, or successful, or both, is that […]

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Could a Franchise Accelerate Your Business Results?

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How can we entrepreneurs, self-employed people and small business owners earn more money from less time with less hassle? If you start by reading The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber, he explains why most small businesses don’t work and the conflict in each of us who have created a business around doing what we love, and why this leads to the risk of our not loving it quite so much anymore. It all starts with the entrepreneurial seizure, the good idea you had which caused you to start your business. Usually this is about not liking working for a boss, or not being […]

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The Flexible Entrepreneur: Creating A New Personal Reality

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I’ve got dodgy knees and recently I have been affirming “I AM flexible” as a spiritual way of oiling them up a tad. But today I am thinking of flexibility in a whole new light. Recently I was chatting with some of my favourite entrepreneurs about matters of mutual interest. They were telling me stories about what had turned up in their respective businesses – opportunities in the main. Yowser! I love to hear about new opportunities, especially during a recession. Whatever market conditions pertain, there is always something for the died-in-the-wool entrepreneur to get her teeth into. One had been […]

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What Do You Believe About Your Business?

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I was listening to a very thought-provoking CD in my car this week as I was going about my business.   It was about happiness, how we choose it, or not.   And I realised the same principles apply to our businesses as to our lives. What do you believe about your business? Do you believe, for instance, that it takes three years to get a business off the ground?   Then it will. Do you believe that it will be hard work, a struggle? Then you’ll prove yourself right. Do you believe that good staff are hard to find, and retain? Then […]

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Where Do You Get Your Motivation?

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A friend and colleague who is a born again Christian once asked me: “Judith, where do you get your motivation from?” I must admit I had never considered it until that day.   Lots of energy and can-do are just “me”.  I leap out of bed in the morning, eager to attack my projects, hang out with my beloved clients and cool colleagues and get my writing done. I think I must have replied to the effect that my energy is God-given, not God in the sense that she would use it necessarily but God nonetheless, in that the divine spark […]

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Growing Your Business Via Marketing: Who Can You Help Today?

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A prospective client asked me how long I thought it would take for her to achieve her goals if she were to undertake coaching with me. The answer to this question is how long is a piece of string but I said, rather wisely, as it turns out she has been able to make lots of use of this thought: “My gut feel is it depends how long you resist what most needs doing to move your business forward. What has worked dynamically for you in the past and how can you do more of it? May I suggest you […]

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5 Things I Do Every Day to be Successful

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Sometime ago I was asked about the five things I do every day to be successful. About three of the five I quoted still hold good. A couple have slipped out of my top five and been replaced with others. If I am 100% honest, I might confess that my business is missing those two and maybe my list should now be seven items long, but here are those things I do which I feel are of most value to my business right now. Managing Cash Flow Keeping an eye on the sums, particularly cash flow, is what keeps a […]

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