I learn from my clients every day. Today these are the lessons from my self-employed clients. Actually, these are just the highlights, there were many more. The reasons we became self-employed include the opportunity to do whatever we want, whenever we want. Which means we can craft each and every day, seven days a week, fifty two weeks of the year, uniquely and precisely to be just as we want. So if you want to go to bed with a book with cake and/or biscuits, you can. You can’t get away with that 365 but you can do it whenever […]
According to Sage, which also just happens to be my favourite accounting software, their research shows that three out of four business owners don’t consider themselves to be entrepreneurs. Fifty three per cent of us are happy to call ourselves business owners, twenty six percent self-employed and fifteen percent businessmen/women. The theory is that we believe entrepreneurship is more connected with innovation than business leadership. And I know many that agree, some of them are even friends of mine. As it happens, I don’t. And here’s why. I choose instead to think of the word entrepreneur as our collective noun. […]
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 […]
There is a saying in Baja “No Bad Days” and I have the bumper sticker to prove it. My first rather obvious reading of this saying was all about the weather, 350 days of sunshine a year, leaving only 15 slightly duff days with perhaps a bit of much-needed rain. My second – and favourite – is that whether or not you have a bad day is largely a matter of choice. Do I elect to let the grim journey home from a lovely trip, with all its horrific connections, mechanical failures, anger, despair, relief, tears and lost luggage, part me from […]
I love gadgets and I am strangely techie for a bird of my age. But it is often a love-hate relationship. Take me and my mobile phone. Yes, I’ve got one. No, I don’t know the number. Why’s that? Well it’s main two uses are to allow my niece and nephews and my cleaning lady to text me. That’s about it really. I don’t much care for texting. I don’t do it on the phone itself but on the T-Mobile website where I can type as fast as I think, well nearly. And I certainly don’t want my mobile telephone […]
How brave do you need to make a choice, a different choice today - and what will it be?