How to Grow Your Platform

That was the expression Susan used which stayed with me and shone out glowingly from my notes. She said that one of the things she knew she had achieved in the last six months was that she had grown her platform. What does that mean? Well, to Susan it means that she is more visible and more people know about her and what she’s up to and how she can help them. She’s like that yellow tulip in my photo there, we can spot her a mile off. It also means that some of those people are offering to pay […]

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Early Morning Ideasfest with Susan and SBBM

I’d travel quite a long way for a good idea, me. And often ideas get a bad rap in my world because the last thing us creative entrepreneurs need is another good idea before we have fully explored and implemented the last one. Luckily for me, I no longer have to travel for them, my SBBM clients bring them to me in our Facebook Group and in our Webex calls. And last week was a corker for great ideas, a veritable ideasfest I am grateful to my client Susan who brought me at least two good ones because they will be […]

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Podcast Ep 119: Brain Picker or Joint Venture Partner?

The topic of today’s episode 119 of Own It! the Podcast is what to do when someone approaches you with the prospect of a tempting and lucrative joint venture in which you might be interested; a share of the profits in swap for your expertise? You give them a free consultation and advise your prospective business partner how to handle their opportunity but they keep coming back and back and wanting to pick your brain for free, at unsociable hours, without an appointment, via Facebook Messenger. What would you do? Nicola and I debate the number of times this has […]

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Double Lively: Me and Danny Dyer

My not-so-secret guilty pleasure is Danny Dyer. Him off EastEnders. Not that I would know that as I haven’t watched it for twenty years. And my guilty pleasure is not so secret either since I tell you all over Facebook whenever I get the chance. My favourite DD moments are: Him calling lexicographer Susie Dent “a raving sort”. Would that he would call me that. Him discovering on Who Do You Think You Are that he was related to the British Royal Family all the way back to Edward III in the 1300s (and I’ll forgive him his truly awful […]

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Creating a Living Doing What You Love

I’m not sure that I loved every element of being an accountant, but I loved being able to help my clients through taking care of that burden for them. Same thing with being a business coach. While there are aspects of it which might become burdensome, that’s never going to be the clients who I still love to help in the way that I do now. What do you love? And are you creating a living doing it? That’s a perennial question in my world. Certainly it could be said that some elements of my first business robbed the joy out […]

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Podcast Ep 118: A Week Without a Challenge

This week in episode 118 of Own It! the podcast we don’t have a Client Challenge or Opportunity of the week to debate. After 118 shows we’ve run out. At Christmas I handed over the baton to Nicola to come every week with a new challenge as I was finding it too stressful and I am gratified that she’s run out so quickly. Now she understands why I passed on that particular monkey. A week without a challenge sounds like a good thing, but not if you are a podcaster it isn’t! There he is… said monkey, without a challenge, […]

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Old Things, New Ways

I used to be a person who had multiple businesses. But no more. One woman, one website. Remember? So this is a story of how I used to do things, back in the day when I had multiple businesses all being juggled at the same time. Don’t do that by the way! There’s no profit in that which is precisely why I don’t do it anymore. I’ve already proved that so you don’t have to. In 2001 I started a business which went on to be very successful, perhaps my most successful in many ways. It relied upon direct mail, […]

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Podcast Ep 117: Your First Online Product for Sale

They say you never forget your first, the income from your first online sale that is, and I always tell my clients that and indeed it is very exciting. The irony today is that I have forgotten my first ROFL! But I do still get a thrill from the PayPal notifications and it is no suprise to me that we are known as a nation of shopkeepers, because it feels like the tills ringing to me. I don’t know why people are apologetic about that? Ka-ching! In today’s episode #117 of Own It! the Podcast, Nicola leads a discussion about […]

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Joyful January

Joyful January. It all began with the launch of my new group called I Love My Life (all existing paying clients welcome to join for free, just ask). Our focus is on having a wonderful life now, without waiting a moment longer. And we talk to each other in the Facebook group just enough to keep us on the happiness track without being overwhelming, ‘cos what would be joyful about that I ask myself? Overwhelm, non merci. What you focus on increases. And the things we have been joyful about in January have included: daffodils training ourselves to be less busy […]

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