Ask The Oracle: When’s Judith’s Next Small Business Drop-In Call?

When’s the next drop-in call for Judith’s Small Business Big Magic group Friday 22nd June at 1600 BST Tuesday 26th June at 1100 BST Thursday 28th June at 1900 BST Monday 2nd July at 1700 BST Wednesday 4th July at 0800 BST Friday 6th July at 1600 BST Tuesday 10th July at 1100 BST Thursday 12th July at 1900 BST Monday 16th July at 1700 BST Wednesday 18th July at 0800 BST Friday 20th July at 1600 BST Tuesday 24th July at 1100 BST Thursday 26th July at 1900 BST Monday 30th July at 1700 BST Wednesday 1st August at […]

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What to Do About Toxic People: Podcast Ep 185

What do you do about the toxic people who may be in your life and/or your work? And what can you do if, worse still, they are a member of your own family? This is a question which has been sent in by a listener for us to address in today’s radio show and it is meatier than either of us expected. I assumed we would both say the same thing – move away from them – but perhaps it is not as simple as that especially with family. My strategy is threefold: Let them know the impact their toxicity […]

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Facebook is My Garden

Facebook is my garden. I make it nice for you. And for me. I want it to be inviting, a place of peace and inspirations of all sorts, somewhere we can enjoy together. It isn’t just for me and you, my Gentle Reader, although you have accepted an invitation to come in and hang out. It is also for the delight of the passer-by who will enjoy my garden every time their life brings them round this way as they lean on the garden wall and breathe and drink deeply of nature, pausing for thought and reflection. They might also […]

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How to Treat Bar Staff, the Barista and Anyone in the Service Industry

Lovelies, when you approach the bar staff or the barista or the checkout person, shop assistant or waiter, here’s how to conduct yourself: Get off your effing mobile phone. End the call. This is another equally valuable human being you are in front of and with NOW. Be present to the transaction and learn to enjoy the human exchange. It is uplifting and can make someone’s day. Work out what you want in advance of arriving at the head of the queue unless the place is empty in which case they might have time and may even enjoy helping you […]

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Are You a Copycat? Podcast Ep 184

Are you a copycat? There’s someone else in your very specific niche. She’s ace. She’s brilliant. You admire her and she’s been at it a couple of years longer than you. You don’t want to watch her creative output for fear it will influence you accidentally. You don’t want her to think you are muscling in on her territory. What to do? Should you have a conversation with her? Is there room in the niche for both of you without fear or scarcity? Will she think you are copying her or riding on her coattails, stealing her thunder and all […]

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Q52: Why Can’t I Suffer Fools Gladly?

“Not suffering fools gladly – the dreadful realisation that even if I was offered a conventional job, my dislike of being told what to do by someone I don’t respect wouldn’t be pretty.” I don’t see the problem here. Surely this is precisely the reason we are self-employed, so we don’t have to? Crack on! There are an awful lot of fools out there, you are right. And the good news is they are not in here. Well, most days they are not in here where the only numpty is, on occasion, moi!

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Q51: Why Do I Wake in the Night with Remorse and Terrors?

“The overarching optimism of a new idea that makes anything possible during the day, followed by the 4:00 a.m. sudden waking to remorse and terrors, depending how far I’ve got embroiled in the idea.” Wow! Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. I don’t know that I wake at 4 a.m. with remorse and terrors except if I have bitten off more than I can chew. Which isn’t necessarily a reason to stop the idea in its tracks, unless you decide that it is. Or maybe this is just your psyche keeping you safe for good reasons, or for small […]

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Q50: How Much Time Should I Put Into a New Area of Business?

“How to discern how much time to put into a new area of business (outside one’s sweet spot) that could be of real benefit further down the road e.g. training work flows to me but I am interested in building up my list to generate more affiliate income but right now I find the creation of videos a bit tedious because I am still making a lot of mistakes.” How long is a piece of string? I know you to be a wise bird, and vice versa, and were this me I would put in as much time as I […]

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Q49: How Do I Decide Whether and When to Expand?

“I am freelance and have been for 20 years but I wonder if you have any advice about knowing when to stick with freelance or move to expand, possibly using associates. I really like the freedom of being freelance but I sometimes wonder if I am leveraging my skill set enough.” This is a fascinating conundrum. I’ve been freelance, self-employed, a business owner, a director of a limited company, and a partner in a business. I think I have tried on every variety of working for myself that exists. Mostly, they aren’t better, they are just different. No, I lie. […]

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Q48: How Do We Respond to Unfair Online Reviews?

“I think my main ‘issue’ is that we are judged on the Internet with reviews – sometimes fairly and sometimes (it feels) unfairly, irrelevant, off topic, bizarre and totally randomly. We know we can’t please all of the people etc., but how to stick to cancellation Ts & Cs when someone you know WILL write you a bad review because they feel it’s not fair you have charged them even though it was the contract they signed up to.” I would find this very difficult myself, not being a fan very much of feedback or criticism or misunderstandings and, funnily […]

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