Creating a Living Doing What You Love

I’m not sure that I loved every element of being an accountant, but I loved being able to help my clients through taking care of that burden for them. Same thing with being a business coach. While there are aspects of it which might become burdensome, that’s never going to be the clients who I still love to help in the way that I do now. What do you love? And are you creating a living doing it? That’s a perennial question in my world. Certainly it could be said that some elements of my first business robbed the joy out […]

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Ending the Struggle

The language that clients use, which I notice and which I know is unhelpful, either makes light of their achievements or makes it appear that what they intend is going to be harder than it needs to be. Let me illustrate. Firstly, use of the word “chat” to describe our calls. Sometimes they may be chatty and conversational but that makes light of the work we have done together, the thinking we have brought to your business, the achievements you have made and the time you have set aside to work on your business instead of in it. I think […]

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Selling Intangibles

Recently I was comparing notes with a client who also happens to be in a very similar line of work to me. What she does and how she markets it and her challenges are very close to my own. This is helpful for us both. Our niches are completely different but our services are the same, and many of our goals, aims and ambtions too, though there are differences there too, of course. My client has come up with a genius idea. Her niche also lends itself to things, as well as to services. And I was explaining my delight […]

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Comfort and Discomfort

There are places and times in our lives where it pays us to create comfort and discomfort. Not necessarily at the same time, though I don’t rule that out. It’s the juxtaposition that’s telling. In order to do my best work of any description, I need to be comfortable. Physically comfortable. I work at home so my home must feel supportive to me in every way. Emotionally and spiritually I want it to be nurturing and a sanctuary, a place of safety. With all mod cons! Practically I want my office to be warm and yet have fresh air. I […]

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20 Reasons to Work with Me as Your Business Mentor

Here’s a list of the ways in which my clients call upon me as their business mentor and ways in which I am happy to help. The list is in no particular order of importance and it certainly is not either exhaustive or definitive. Whatever you can think of, I’m prepared to help you with. Bring it on!   Encouraging and empowering conversations about business, life, the Universe and everything Money – anything whatsoever to do with money including changing your relationship with it, understanding what it means, how to price your products and services, spreadsheets and business plans, how […]

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Brazzlebox Entrepreneurs: The First 3 Things

I’ve been asked by a website called Brazzlebox if I would write a short post for my blog sharing the absolute first three things any budding entrepreneur should do when starting their business. Here are mine. These are in no particular order of importance, they all need doing at the beginning. Get used to juggling, People! Run Your Idea by Someone Who Knows  Run your business idea by someone who knows, someone who’s been there before you. Let them ask you the hard questions about how many of your new thing you need to sell to pay your bills. As I […]

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Small Business Expert – This Gun’s for HIre

Do you have an online platform which provides small business expertise to your clients? Would you like to add value to their membership? If so, I’d love to help. I am a Small Business Expert. Let’s talk! *** I’ve been self-employed for over 40 years, firstly as an accountant and then as a small business mentor and coach. I have helped thousands of small businesses with starting, growing, managing, replicating and selling their entrepreneurial ideas, marketing and making money. I am an expert in small businesses of all different types and in the business of being self-employed. I really love to […]

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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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The Importance of Focus for Creative Solopreneurs

Big hugs of gratitude to today’s client who reminded me of the most vital lesson I share with my clients, the importance of focus for creative solopreneurs. We are all over the shop. We are full of creative ideas. We could do this and this and this and this. And we want to do all of it. We want to chase two rabbits (catch neither). We want to be the jockey on every horse in the race (win none). We are creators and scanners and ideas people and we love the new, new, new stuff. We are seduced by ideas. […]

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With You

The received wisdom is that I should, by now, have created a book and a signature programme. It’s been twelve years and I don’t want to do either of those things, though I don’t rule them out.  I have coached countless other clients and coaches through creating them and those concepts were perfect for them. Just not for me. And here’s why. I want to be with you. I want to be with you, listen to you, hear you in what you say and what you don’t, keep companionable silence with you, teach you, hold your metaphorical hand and walk […]

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