Accountability: You Can’t Do It By Yourself

Yesterday was the monthly meeting of my virtual book club. Although we’ve been together for a number of years now and in those years I’ve often been the rebel, the one who refuses to finish the book, of late I’ve become a bit of a Girly Swot. I’ve been the one to finish both our last two books by the deadline. And as I said to my I-Love-Reading pals, if it wasn’t for my accountability to the group I definitely would not be doing that. Because we pick “hard” books. What would be the point of picking something easy, something you […]

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Weekly Accountability Means Stuff Gets Done – in the End!

Mondays are weekly check-in days for my clients in Club 100. My Mondays belong to you. Firstly you are encouraged to send in a weekly report picking a couple of things you will do this coming week over and above normal business workload. These are the things which count, which make a difference when you get them done. And then you are to report back next week and tell us how you got on, and pick a couple more things if all of last week’s got DONE or bring them forward, if not. We are on a roll right now […]

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Reasons to Hire a Business Mentor

Here’s a list of reasons why clients hire me as their business mentor: They are self-employed and skint and sick of just scraping by They are still in a part-time or full-time day job but the yearning to be their own boss never goes away They have been self-employed for a while but still can’t seem to make it work They have all the right ideas but the money doesn’t seem to follow They want their businesses to work better, recognising that what they’ve created is another version of a job They’ve taken a career break, they couldn’t carry on […]

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Turning Entrepreneurial Dreams Into Reality

I like to think about my clients when I’m not with them and I find myself pondering such things as what they have in common and what distinguishes them. What motivates, inspires and excites them enough about their own entrepreneurial dreams? Here are some typical scenarios which might prompt a client to get in touch and ask for my help. 1.   Getting out of the day job. “Day jobs” come in all shapes and sizes these days. Clients might have enjoyed a career for quite a long time and it’s served them well historically, taken them to interesting places, offered […]

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Entrepreneurs: What Hours Will You Choose To Work?

Without doubt the beauty of self-employment is the sense of freedom and choice it brings and that includes choosing what hours you will work in your business. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to this. I sit down at 9 a.m. approx and get up when I’ve finished for the day, whether that be 3 p.m. or 10 p.m., when I’ve met all my commitments and achieved what I set myself for today and when my inbox is empty. When I’ve done enough. I don’t go for perfection, just good enough. But you don’t need to do it like […]

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Can You Create A Business Doing Only What You Love?

I am always very interested in my clients’ weekly check-in reports, specifically in what gets done and what remains undone, especially those tricky or challenging items which get stuck there, week after week. Last week in the UK was the 31st January tax return submission deadline. Every one of my clients who intended to get that done last week succeeded. Why? Easy! Because there was: A deadline and A penalty (£100 for non submission on time) A deadline is the single most useful thing for getting things done. A penalty is even better. So here’s my first thought for you. […]

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The Special Challenges of Starting a Part-Time Business

I have clients who can only work in their businesses part-time. The reasons for this include being a parent of small children and only having part-time childcare for say three mornings a week, or two to three days a week. I have other clients with full-time or nearly full-time jobs who may be hoping for redundancy and prepared to work double-time for a bit while plotting their escape from the rat race. One client told me this morning that negotiating a 9-day working fortnight in her day job was one of the best things she’d ever done. I remember at […]

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Monday Morning Accountability With My Club 100

Its Monday morning again which  means I attend Facebook live between 10 and 12 to help my Club 100 clients work out what they want to celebrate having achieved last week and what they intend to complete this coming week. I know its accountability which makes all the difference to my clients. Someone’s watching, someone cares and in Club 100 that’s not just me, that’s their virtual pals as well. And we are not just virtual pals either, this coming Friday six of the Club 100 members are coming together in my garden shed for the first time since our […]

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Club 100: Affordable, Flexible and Really Useful Mastermind Group

Have you ever been part of a Mastermind Group or wished you could afford to be? I’ve been in them and led them for many years now and they are very powerful. One of my very earliest clients runs groups for those who choose to invest a minimum of £1,000 a month in themselves. But it occurred to me that these benefits might be enjoyed by all if I could shape a group which was affordable, flexible and really useful to small businesses and creative types who want accountability and more, including 1-2-1 mentoring with me and all the benefits […]

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