The Ideas Loop

I am indebted to my client, M, for this expression – the ideas loop. M has a part-time day job, and a significant other, a cat, a dog, and lots and lots of ideas. She has worked on some fascinating projects of her own creation, it was why I was drawn to her. She’s already embarked very seriously on the planning for her 2017 idea. And it’s a Big One. And, for November, she’s joined one of those thirty day challenges to put to bed one of her previous ideas. Finally. She confessed that as soon as she sat down […]

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How Best to Organise Your Time

Today I am having an email correspondence with a client about how best to organise your time. She’s telling me that she’s gone from “bonkers busy to now, scarily, having a little time”. She doesn’t know what to do first. There’s loads to do and she’s started by making a list, of course, as I would. She’s losing herself in some busy admin tasks and doing paperwork as it comes in. She’s hoping that she’ll get round to sorting what needs to be done and mostly/hopefully within the timescales that need to be met. She says she always hopes she’ll […]

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Marmite, High Energy, Top Systems and Travelling with Kids

All of the speakers we have interviewed so far for Own It! The Summit – Beyond the Laptop Lifestyle – have inspired me in different ways, but the unique insights I got from Justin and Chaunna Brooke were about travelling the world with kids. Can you imagine how much more complicated that must be than just you and your laptop?? The Brookes are not alone in this. Ka Sundance also described himself as a father first, and a businessman second. Chris Barrow is known for being Marmite and he tells us about being on TV in Bear Grylls’ The Island […]

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Launching The MORE Mastermind with Victoria Casebourne

I’ve been talking for sometime about a couple of joint ventures I’ve been co-crafting, and finally I am able to go live and announce that I am happy to be working in a project called The MORE Mastermind with its creator, Victoria Casebourne. Victoria and I met via a Facebook group. She’s a mum with two small children and she was already pretty much sold on the idea of working school hours in term time only. And I’ve been saying for sometime that I wanted to work fewer hours too, why should it be only mums who get that? She […]

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The Call to Greatness

I sometimes have a debate with myself, either consciously or sub-consciously. It goes something like this…can I be bothered to be the best version of me? Will I step up? There’s both a fear that I will and a fear that I won’t. It’s a matter of balancing the two sides of me, the unstoppable entrepreneur, leader, ambitious, financially motivated me -v- the calm, peaceful, relaxed, grateful and happy, living-in-the-moment me. And sometimes I am easily both in the one woman, and other times I cannot be bothered to step up to my destiny. Life as a challenge all the time gets pretty tiring. […]

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7 Tips for Home-Based Solopreneurs

1. Get clear about what you really want to be doing in your self-employment or business and why. Don’t go for the sensible option because you think you should. You are going to need passion to drive you when it gets tough, as it might from time to time, so make sure you are either doing something easy which fits in with your other commitments for now, or something you can’t help yourself but do so much that you are highly motivated to make time for it. I believe you really can find a way to do what you love […]

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Small Business Expert – This Gun’s for HIre

Do you have an online platform which provides small business expertise to your clients? Would you like to add value to their membership? If so, I’d love to help. I am a Small Business Expert. Let’s talk! *** I’ve been self-employed for over 40 years, firstly as an accountant and then as a small business mentor and coach. I have helped thousands of small businesses with starting, growing, managing, replicating and selling their entrepreneurial ideas, marketing and making money. I am an expert in small businesses of all different types and in the business of being self-employed. I really love to […]

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VAT Changes on 1 January 2015

Over the weekend I wrote a 1500 word rant about the current storm surrounding impending VAT changes on 1 January 2015 but out of deference to the people I care about who are fronting the campaign, I have trashed it. I don’t want to rain on their parade. Suffice to say that here is a piece written by a woman whose opinions closest to my own, by Rosie Slosek of One Man Band Accounting.  Nice job, Rosie! And this is also a useful piece to read, by Heather Burns of Idea 15 Web Design. And so is this, by Tim Gray […]

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How I Motivate My Entrepreneur Clients

The short answer is, I don’t. Either my clients are motivated or they are not. I don’t see it as my job to motivate them, carrot and stick. But I do have a trick or two up my sleeve if they have a very special need. Usually such a need is to make a specific sum of money within a certain time frame for a particular purpose. So, for instance, clients might want to make £1,000 before Christmas, or to move house, or to fund a special trip or urgent project. Or they might need to get a certain number […]

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