Why Solopreneurs Fail

Clients often ask why solopreneurs fail. I often think about why they fail too. I am the Queen of Positive Thinking so I probably wouldn’t choose to think of it as failure, rather as learning I could build on in the next phase of the Working for Myself Plan, but here’s what I see. Lack of money. You don’t need money to set up a business working from home (depending on what you do) but you probably need money behind you to pay the bills during your start-up phase. So you either get a part-time job, or rely on a […]

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Business Coaching is about the Business Owner

Just under half of my clients this week have wanted to talk about something other than their business. And when it’s not about the business per se, it’s about the business owner. I am grateful to these clients for the occasional break in routine questions about how to make more money more easily, although I love both halves of my work equally. This week the “problem” was that people were feeling down or bleurgh, they just couldn’t make themselves work but they feel guilty when they take time off when there’s so much to do. Or they were feeling financially […]

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Why I Won’t Be Watching The Apprentice

I didn’t own a TV during early series of The Apprentice so I was slow to catch on to what is now regarded as unmissable telly. And uniquely I seem not to be excited about next week when a new season returns with his Lordship, his team and another clutch of ghastly, egotistical, self-important jobsworths who have been set up for a big fall on prime-time TV. Humiliation goes with the territory. I think I can just about see why it’s such a popular TV show if you can bear to watch, rather than squirm behind your laced fingers as […]

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Lessons From My Self-Employed Clients Today

I learn from my clients every day. Today these are the lessons from my self-employed clients. Actually, these are just the highlights, there were many more. The reasons we became self-employed include the opportunity to do whatever we want, whenever we want. Which means we can craft each and every day, seven days a week, fifty two weeks of the year, uniquely and precisely to be just as we want. So if you want to go to bed with a book with cake and/or biscuits, you can. You can’t get away with that 365 but you can do it whenever […]

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How To Be An Overnight Business Success

When I was interviewing a business colleague who designs and makes websites, he reminded me of something I know very well but it was good to hear it come out of the mouth of another small business owner. He said that now he had been in business for six years he gets plenty of word-of-mouth referrals, enough to make a truly significant contribution to his business. He may even have said “of course”. Certainly that was his implication – that it was natural and normal and a fact of his business life now. And all he has to do to […]

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Kick or Cuddle?

Reading through the 30DC questions, some write in for a kick and others for a cuddle.  I am always happy to supply either – or both! Let’s talk about cuddling first. I trained once (and briefly) to teach shorthand. I love Pitman shorthand, it is gorgeous and beautiful in every way and I used to be able to take dictation at 120 words a minute, way back in the Seventies. I regret I have lost this skill. I do still use the odd bit now and again, but I am so rusty its quicker to write in longhand. I like […]

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The Entrepreneur In Her JimJams

I’ve got a new neighbour and, for a couple of days running now, he’s been popping by for the sort of favours which new neighbours require. Will I be in later if his Sky man wants access? Could he borrow a telephone handset to check his new phone line is working? And so on. And I comply with alacrity, I’m a good neighbour, moi. What must be confusing him a tad is that whatever time of day or night he rings the doorbell unexpectedly, I need to keep him waiting at the front door while I put some clothes on […]

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What A Speeding Entrepreneur Can Learn From Observation

Once, I had to go to court to defend my driving licence for a serious speeding offence. I know, doesn’t fit in with what you know of me does it? Here I am, sensible, dependable, legal, decent, honest and truthful. And yet there I was, caught speeding across the nation’s highways, bang to rights. I was a bit terrified, I don’t mind sharing that. I’d never been to court before just like I’ve never been to hospital, except as a visitor. As an entrepreneur, I’m particularly terrified of institutions; you know – the sort of places where you have to […]

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Too Nice Or Too Nasty To Be Successful In Business?

A friend sent me an email which said I was too nice. Those weren’t the exact words, but that was the message. And then I read in the papers that a couple of the athletes had been exhibiting behaviour which some have decided is too nasty. Actually the precise quote was this: “…what it showed was that for these athletes, it’s not just the taking part that counts. The Paralympics, like all sport, is ultimately about “hard bastards trying to win stuff”. Ooh, that’s quite in yer face, isn’t it? Is either opinion true, I wonder? Am I too nice? Are […]

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Three Years of Inspiration and Perspiration

What inspires you? When I am wearing my writer’s hat, I take inspiration from the words of others. When I am in my writing chair, I find tuning into the nature outside my office window and the breeze rustling the leaves on the trees is uplifting. I also love books and cinema, meditations, high-quality TV drama, music, people doing their utmost, the sea, and the stars and the moon. There’s more, obviously. I find clients going out of their way during their precious leisure time to learn more about their relationship with money also very inspiring especially an entrepreneur, setting out on […]

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