Podcast Ep 139: Setting Your Business Boundaries

Today’s challenge is a deliciously emotionally messy one for us to get our teeth into and all about setting your business boundaries and policing them. It’ll be perfect for my book too. You know how when someone pushes you an inch and you don’t like it but you go with it ‘cos well… it’s only an inch. And then they do it again and you can’t complain ‘cos you didn’t last time and it’s well… still only an inch, though it adds up to two inches now. And next thing you know you are seventeen inches away from where you […]

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Podcast Ep 138: Getting Off the Starting Blocks

In today’s episode of Own It! the Podcast Nicola and I debate how our entrepreneur clients seem to crave certainty. As I write that I am aware that that sentence makes no sense whatsoever, since being an entrepreneur is absolutely the antithesis of certainty LOL! In fact, after a while, it is precisely what you will like best about working for yourself, that there is very little certainty, lots of variety and that everything changes all the time. Just. Like. Life. What are we like with our cravings? Nevertheless we debate what we of us would try to get clients […]

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Podcast Ep 137: Nobody Likes Change

Nicola has a client who is going through some changes in her business and attempting to take her clients with her. They are cutting up rough, and I’m not surprised. When I sold my accountancy business, my staff didn’t like it and my clients weren’t all that keen either. When my optician sold his business, well… suffice to say I’m still not over it yet. When Sage and Facebook make changes, I’m grumpty. When Anne French discontinued their fragrance free cleansing milk in the Nineties, I’m still mourning that loss too! Nobody likes change, despite it being our only constant. […]

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Lucky Girls, Lost Mojos and Strangers in My Diary

This week I’ve spoken to a lady between jobs, which isn’t my expertise especially, though helping her to find a lost mojo very definitely is. And a businessman with his finger in many pies who I tried to persuade to focus on just one or two of the meatier (veggier?) ones. I am not sure yet whether I succeeded, time will tell! And a personal development hero of mine who is making major life changes for himself and his family, all designed around moving ever closer to work that makes him feel happy and relaxed. Just think of the knock-on […]

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Podcast Ep 136: An Ounce of Courage Every Day

Nicola has flown all the way to Brisbane, despite the laptop ban (which turned out not to affect her outward journey) and my advice LOL. She’s speaking this coming weekend for Neil Asher at his Aussie Entrepreneurs event as is fellow Brit Matt Duggan who we often mention on the podcast. Neil is with Nicola during the recording of our shortest show ever, #136. This is partly due to her jetlag and also that he offered us Fear of Failure for Client Challenge of the Week, a topic which neither of us turned out to have very much to say […]

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Your Best and Worst, Glorious and Unrepentant

My best and worst clients are one and the same. I had an idea for this post which was too clever by half. I was going to be all ironic and funny about my “worst” clients until I realised that they are, in fact, my best clients because they provide me with the opportunity to do my best work in helping them to do theirs. I also couldn’t be sure you’d get the joke, since irony doesn’t always translate in the written word. It could just have come across as sneery when I meant it as anything but. I’ve been caught […]

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Doin’ Me

Yo! Sorry. Going to go a bit street on you today, because this post has been inspired by a rapper. Yes, I know! And me (technically) a pensioner. I am a sucker for an empowerment song. I know this about myself. And one whiff of this song during a TV ad break and I was hooked. Doin’ Me by Mikey Mike. I shared it on Facebook. Clearly I am alone in this as it drew precisely zero interaction. No, I lie. One Like – ha! Presumably everyone else was ff-ing through the ads? OK, some of the lyrics and ideas […]

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A Surefire Source of Motivational Nuggets

Recently I was interviewed by Helen Cross of SwitchMyBusiness who told me she’d be stalking me on social media for some time. Helen is my nicest stalker ever because she went on to say “Judith overflows with sage business wisdom and is a surefire source of motivational nuggets that just make you feel better about everything.” Helen picked my business on Brexit, balance and why working harder isn’t always better. I have her permission to reproduce the interview here. HI JUDITH! FOR THOSE WHO DON’T ALREADY KNOW YOU, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF My name is Judith Morgan. I […]

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Podcast Ep 135: Jack of All Trades

Spookily, the Client Challenge of the Week that Nicola brings to today’s show is precisely what I was talking to a new client about yesterday. In anticipation of our first call, he sent me four weblinks to current projects, and when I laughed and asked if he’d read my One (Wo)an One Website post, he sent me a whole load more! I decided to withhold judgement until I’d spoken to him, but we did end up going to the place I thought we inevitably would, that of streamlining his existing commitments to ensure he continues to earn the reliable income […]

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Podcast Ep 134: Creating an Audience

In episode 134 of Own It! the Podcast, Nicola and I get the chance to advise a couple of her clients on creating an audience and marketing from scratch. I didn’t know this one was coming so when Nicola asked me what I would advise clients to do in mid 2017 I am initially a bit stumped. I have a sense in which if I were starting over now, I wouldn’t do what I have done. Not because it hasn’t worked wonderfully well, because it has. But because it was perhaps particularly suited to its time (2003 to date). If […]

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