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? Tuesday 24th April at 1100 BST Thursday 26th April at 1900 BST Monday 30th April at 1700 BST Wednesday 2nd May at 0800 BST Friday 4th May at 1600 BST Tuesday 8th May at 1100 BST Thursday 10th May at 1900 BST Monday 14th May at 1700 BST Wednesday 16th May at 0800 BST Friday 18th May at 1600 BST Tuesday 22nd May at 1100 BST Thursday 24th May at 1900 BST Then I’m having a week off and calls will re-start on Monday 4th June at 1700 […]

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Q18: Why Do I Live in Endless Fear?

“The endless fear that any idea, no matter how noble and/or amazing, will never generate enough money to support me.” Endless fear just goes with the territory of self-employment. Until you adapt. Until it becomes your new normal. Until you no longer notice. Be brave, me hearty. You can do this. Avast! However, as you embrace those fears, I don’t want them to do internal damage, I want them to embolden you. I want you to bust through them and stand on them to tackle the next one. I am careful to point out here that this isn’t all there […]

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Leave the Pieces on the Floor

The theme of the week on my Facebook Page has been moving on because that was what I was obliged to do – ready or not – recently. And I wasn’t ready. But what choice did I have? None that I could see. So I looked for some wisdom I could share which would help me and others work out how to handle our worlds when things appear (briefly) to be happening to us rather than for us. Even as I went to write this, a client was PMing me saying that was precisely what happened to her yesterday and […]

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Sparky Creative Heaven

Barbara Winter shared this meme on Facebook. Barbara and I take joy in many of the same things so I’d recommend discovering, befriending or following her. She also happened to give me a cracking testimonial for my book on Amazon.com but I’m not showing favouritism, honest! Barbara on Facebook. I got to thinking about the clients in my diary this week and how they share their gifts with the world. Rather quirkily three of them have been writers, one a publisher, another a hypnotherapist (she and I were very much on the same wavelength). Obviously, the writers are sharing their gifts […]

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Q17: Will My Efforts Result in My Becoming a Bag Lady?

“The overwhelming ‘bag lady’ scenario that screeches into panoramic view whenever an idea that stretches me appears.” OK, let me see if I get this one. The overwhelming bag lady scenario only screeches into view with a stretchy idea, but not with easier ones? That is a form of delicious bonkersness, of course. Thank you! I have been prey myself to the bag lady thing, on occasion. We all are. So what I and my self-employed pals do is go into it, explore it, see what it would be like and what might happen. If you ended up in a […]

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Incandescent with Rage: Podcast Ep 177

I’m incandescent with rage in today’s podcast, and more about that later. Our focus for today’s show is this wonderful quote from Jim Rohn “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” This thought takes us in lots of winding different directions, from the logical to the illogical. The logical include how not to devalue your time by putting an hourly rate on it and how to demonstrate to your potential clients the value of your expertise. The illogical covers what Nicola and I will and won’t pay for by […]

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Q16: Why Would Anyone Want to Buy My Stuff?

“Nobody will want to buy my artwork when there is so much choice out there.” Ooh, I’ve got another client talking to me along these same lines right now. My favourite stat in answer to this question, you’ll remember, is that there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. That’s a lot. And as a coach, I only need about 100 of those a year to make a cracking living in My Biz My Way. Yes, there’s a lot of art in the world, but there are a lot of business coaches too. And this is an entirely good […]

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What Price Education: Podcast Ep 176

What price a university education in 2018 in an era when information is free? Inspired by a post I saw on Facebook from Erica Blair, Nicola and I debate something I already know we agree on, whether or not to get into lifelong student debt for yourself/your kids in an era when information is free. Erica brings up YouTube and iTunes U, and I bring up James Altucher and Nicola Gary Vee. We are both lifelong learners and have paid for that too, and the conversation segues into what Nicola paid this week to sort her Facebook Ads problem and […]

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Q15: How Can I Lessen the Feelings of Utter Chaos?

This is Question 15 from my book Your Biz Your Way: How Can I Lessen the Feelings of Utter Chaos? Towards the end of the summer term, a client of mine confessed to feeling “utterly chaotic”. Don’t all mothers feel like that at the end of term? Aren’t we all hanging on to get as much of our work done alongside all the other duties and responsibilities in our lives and businesses, especially if we know we are going to switch off for a couple of months to be with the kids? Chaotic doesn’t feel nice, I know. When I […]

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Q14: How Can I Step Up to a Bigger Game?

The full question #14 from my book Your Biz Your Way is “How Can I Step Up to a Bigger Game Without Feeling Exposed? What if exposure isn’t what it takes, just visibility? My client who offered this conundrum is on the cusp of playing bigger. She is a woman who has more than enough capacity for that. She has capacity in bucketfuls. Her capacity is full to overflowing. We all have this. We all have the capacity to be extraordinary if we choose. Her anxiety is around feeling exposed. This is just a re-frame opportunity. You need never do […]

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