Wrong Way Round

As you may have read in my newsletter today, one of my lovely clients reminded me of something I learned while working with him in November. I determined that day to write a blog post about it, but it is rather difficult to explain and so his December call came and went without my having found a way to write it. But today is the day, not least because another beloved client brought up a different iteration of exactly the same ‘problem’. We are doing things the wrong way round.   Let me explain. N wants to do one reasonably […]

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Women Who Work for Themselves

Women who work for themselves are wonderful. Men too. Fact. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Your pluck in deciding to work for yourself in the first place and then in setting out on paths unknown. It’s scary. You need to be brave. And you are. You are getting braver every day. Your willingness to learn and ask questions and implement the answers and experiment with finding your own way. Your preparedness to take risks and fail in small ways so as not to fail in the Big One. Your GSOH and preparedness to laugh with […]

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How to Stop Faffing About

I am obliged to my client this morning who reminded me how easy it is when you work alone at home to keep busy doing multitudes of chores and busy work which just keep on coming back to be done over and over and which make no real difference to improving our lot. I was sitting here and thinking about this while doing precisely that, no easy topic had come to mind for today’s blog post so I was making some lunch, reaching out on Skype to a pal for a chat, answering the door to the postman, doing some […]

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What Self-Employed People Do 9-5

I’ve been self-employed for nearly forty years but have never been able to shake the prejudice of those with “proper jobs” who think I am just mucking about. that if you don’t have a serious job, you aren’t serious. I was reminded of this today by one of my clients who reported in her weekly check-in that, despite a very busy and high achieving week, she was looking forward to some time for just cruising about. Since that’s what her friends think she does anyway, it’d be nice to find some time for it. I know her pain. But why […]

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All I Want For Christmas is a Digital Detox

My name is Judith and I’m addicted to digital. One of my Christmas gifts to myself is going to be some form of digital detox. I’m officially on holiday between Friday 19th December and Monday 5th January though it is a staycation. So what this means is that I won’t be doing any “live” coaching calls with my clients. I will still be keeping an eye on them online and finishing off the last few days of my 365 blogging challenge. But the trouble with addiction is that once I get online, getting off is very hard, nay impossible. There’s […]

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Making Magic with Small Business Owners

Sorry to keep banging on about this right now, but I am really in love with my own business! It’s the clients you see, the small business owners. They are lovely in every way, laughter, tears, learning, stalled… still lovely. Together we make magic each week. Today I am going to talk to you about Small Business Big Magic which is my group programme for beginners – solopreneurs, start-ups and the self-employed. I believe it is THE most affordable way for anyone to work with a business coach and mentor because it costs just £50 a month, less if you […]

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Thoughts About Selling

I love selling. My clients mostly do not. Here are some thoughts about selling which might help. The only thing we cannot control is when. When a client will buy. They will buy when they are good and ready. And their reasons for making that decision are not only about money. They are about how much desire you have created for the thing you are selling, product or service, and if they have enough room in their lives to focus on using well and enjoying their purchase from you. Yes, I know you CAN get them to buy within a […]

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Relentlessly Jolly and Can-Do

I am relentlessly jolly (ho ho ho) and can-do. It is just who I am. Allison G calls me the Queen of Positive Thinking. This is mainly true but I can moan with the best of them. I have a couple of people in my life I can moan about until the cows come home and others lose the will to live. And, as regular readers will know, I used to moan about Christmas a lot too. But no more. People don’t like moaners. They want you to shut the **** up, find a solution and move on. They wonder […]

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The Epitome of a Fast Start

On Saturday, three days ago, I was contacted by my former business partner in The Money Gym, Nicola Cairncross, and asked if I would like to be the Dawn French to her Jennifer Saunders in a 2-woman podcast in the area of our mutual interests, small business, entrepreneurship and digital marketing. Nicola is the very epitome of a fast start type. I thought I’d share the timeline of her initiative so you could see what this looks like, two Creators starting something in a matter of hours. Saturday 11.42 Nicola initiates contact via Skype. I am on a call with […]

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Christmas: The C Word

So today it begins. They tell me it’s alright to talk about Christmas from today, 1st December, or The C Word as it’s known chez moi. I might as well get this off my chest. I hate Christmas. Always have. Always will. I’m exaggerating for effect, of course. I haven’t always hated it. I have pretty much mostly always hated it. Unless you are a singleton, you cannot know the special hell that is Xmas and yes, I know, it’s not limited to singletons; you have my sympathies too, whoever you are and whatever your reasons for hating it. I […]

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