The Virtual Entrepreneur: This Is The Life

To the uninitiated, I may look like a saddo because my Significant Other is my laptop. This is because all my working partners and trusted colleagues are geographically remote from me and all my clients too, so pretty much all my relationships involve a Skype connection. My WiFi just went a bit dodgy today and then it went down altogether at lunchtime for about an hour causing palpitations. A 3-way Skype conference had to be abandoned – shame, I’d been looking forward to that. Thank Heavens for my iPad and its 3G card which means I can email someone who’s standing […]

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The Flexible Entrepreneur: Creating A New Personal Reality

I’ve got dodgy knees and recently I have been affirming “I AM flexible” as a spiritual way of oiling them up a tad. But today I am thinking of flexibility in a whole new light. Recently I was chatting with some of my favourite entrepreneurs about matters of mutual interest. They were telling me stories about what had turned up in their respective businesses – opportunities in the main. Yowser! I love to hear about new opportunities, especially during a recession. Whatever market conditions pertain, there is always something for the died-in-the-wool entrepreneur to get her teeth into. One had been […]

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Entrepreneurs: How Can We Make A Bigger Difference?

I believe that just by employing ourselves we already make a difference. We aren’t on the unemployed list and thus not drawing from the State purse.   But I’ve been pondering a few ways in which we might make a bigger difference. Some are quite small and you may be doing them already. Or it may require a little thoughtfulness at first while we create new habits, but lots of little gestures will add up and may encourage us to do more. As an entrepreneur, perhaps the best thing I can do right now is to create even a part-time […]

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The Great I AM Worksheet

With thanks to Lotte Lane for putting me in touch with Alexandra Franzen and The Great I AM Worksheet. I am an…Entrepreneur Coach and Business Mentor But really, I’m …The Small Business Oracle And I’ve devoted most of my life to…Teaching solopreneurs how money works and how to work for themselves successfully, profitably and happily When you work with me, you can expect…A damned good listening to and some brilliant ideas And you’ll probably be surprised and delighted by…My effortless straddling of two worlds, the pragmatic (down to earth, feet on the ground, sensible advice, been there/done it) and the esoteric (woo […]

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Grand Designs for Your Small Business

When it comes to Channel 4′s Grand Designs I am uncharacteristically behind the beat. I have watched only a handful of episodes (and been inspired by them all) and I confess I have also had cause to write to friends who I know are fans and complain about Kevin, bless him. There are about 150 episodes of Grand Designs which have been filmed over the last decade. My limited exposure means I have probably watched about five to ten percent of that output and boy is it addictive! And whilst Kevin may be easy on the eye, at least at […]

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Focus: Has Anyone Seen Jack?

One of the vital keys to entrepreneurial success is focus. Those who can put away distractions and work effectively on one project will be the most successful. That’s the best route to business profits in a nutshell. But almost none of my clients do that. Heck, these days, even I don’t do it? And why’s that? Because we have lives too and increasingly those lives are taking up a space of greater importance and priority to us. And I’m rather happy about that, I think it’s entirely as it should be. Does that mean that small business owners don’t want their businesses […]

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The Beauty of Self-Employment: Every Day is Unique

The beauty of self-employment, for me, is that no two days are the same. Today, a Tuesday, always my least favourite day of the week at school, looks like this: First thing I will blog. This is it. Blogging is something I love to do, it is also a central plank of my marketing. I have also challenged myself to blog every day throughout 2014 and today is Day 77. Don’t they mount up quickly? Next, there is a call-in between 11 and 12.30 for the members of my Small Business Big Magic group. This group is now entering the 7th […]

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Consultant and Coach/Writer/Entrepreneur Wants to Make a Difference

I love the work I do and have no plans to do anything else. I coach and I write and I look after my own business interests. But it occurs to me I have time to do something else as well. Not all the time but maybe as much as a couple of days -or half days – a week if I am really efficient. I would like the opportunity to do something which draws on my forty years of work in accounting/finance, entrepreneur coaching/mentoring and writing, and which makes a difference to the world in which we live. I […]

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Celebrating Our Successes: Coaching’s Dirty Little Secret

My clients are modest and quite uncomfortable about celebrating their successes. But, of late, some have started deliberately to focus part of their weekly check-in reports on including an element about celebrating achievements, counting up precisely how much work has been done and how far they’ve come before rushing onwards and ever onwards to fix what’s perceived still to be wrong. It’s always been like this when it comes to celebrating successes; clients don’t like it. We are forward focused and desperate to get “there”, to that place of nirvana where everything is ship-shape and Bristol fashion, to a place […]

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Sharing the Entrepreneurial Love on Valentine’s Day and Beyond

2014 marks the fortieth year of my business career. Gulp. That means I have been out in the world of work, earning my own living, since 1974. And for 37 of those years I have been self-employed. I wouldn’t have it any other way, I love being self-employed and I am aware that I have long since passed my sell-by date when it comes to getting a job. Can you IMAGINE the CV? Ducking and diving, dodging and weaving, rebelling and creating for forty years. Hmm, Ms Left-Field Candidate, what makes you think you’d be suitable for this J.O.B? I […]

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