Your Vital Thing

An Hour a Day for You

For the longest time, my MO was to hope there would be some time left over for me once I’d taken care of the needs of all the others. And remember…I don’t even have kids or a significant other! Once all my clients’ accounting needs were met, the in-tray low, the inbox zero, the staff fed, watered and paid, and everyone was month-ended and invoiced and debt collected, there might be time for me to do something for me. Then I woke up and realised that if I left me to the end, there would never be any room for […]

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How to Change from One Business Career to Another

Change

How do you change from one business career to another? That was a question which came my way last week. Since I’ve done that, from small business accountant to entrepreneur coach, I thought I’d tell you how I did it. In 1977 I accidentally started my own accountancy business. I sold it twenty years later in 1997. I’d had enough of it by then. I am a starter, not a manager, and I was ready for a new opportunity. I’d already diversified into owning a travel agency and I managed to dispose of both businesses at the same time. I […]

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The Difference Between a Coach and a Mentor

What’s the difference between a coach and a mentor? This is a question asked last week on Facebook by a client/colleague. It is a very long time since I did my coach training in 2002 but I seem to remember that we took a lot of inspiration from Carl Jung who believed that all the answers are inside each of us. He said: “Your vision will only become clear when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” Coaches believe the answers are all inside, and our goal is to ask you a […]

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What’s Small About My Business?

When Barbara Winter shared this Seth Godin quote on Facebook, I knew my clients would love it. I also knew which of my clients would love it especially and I wasn’t disappointed. I thought “Oh, I’ll share that in my newsletter this week”. And here it is. What’s Small About My business? Headcount Overheads Outside influence Ambition (long since satisfied) Stresses and Strains Procrastination Perfectionism Comparisonitis What’s small and beautiful about your business? What’s Big About My Business? Creativity Thinking Heart Love Humour Dreams Duty of care to my clients Vision Variety Inspiration Time off Efficiency Planning ahead Self-care Respect […]

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De-Niching

Firstly let me apologise for bringing that word into your world. De-niching. Yes, I know. Yuk. Better or worse than uncoupling? Grim, both of them. But, this week, de-niching is my magnificent obsession. De-Niching It’s not what you are supposed to do. Nicola will go ballistic when I tell her on the podcast. It’s counter-intuitive as all hell, perhaps that’s why I like it so much. It feels right. Marketing experts will tell me I am wrong, and I may prove them right. I may need a new website for it, I already own the URL for it, but you […]

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Making a Small Business Work in 2018

On a June day about three weeks ago when House of Fraser announced they were closing 31 stores, a producer from a London-based national radio station emailed to ask if I would talk live on air during their drivetime show about making a small business work in 2018. Their drivetime show runs from 1700 to 1900 but you could probably guess that, right? Her email was timed after the show had started.  I declined. I wasn’t prepared to talk about such a big topic at such short notice. It’s all very well talking on the hoof to Nicola each week […]

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How to Treat Bar Staff, the Barista and Anyone in the Service Industry

Lovelies, when you approach the bar staff or the barista or the checkout person, shop assistant or waiter, here’s how to conduct yourself: Get off your effing mobile phone. End the call. This is another equally valuable human being you are in front of and with NOW. Be present to the transaction and learn to enjoy the human exchange. It is uplifting and can make someone’s day. Work out what you want in advance of arriving at the head of the queue unless the place is empty in which case they might have time and may even enjoy helping you […]

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Bullies

Last week I was having a memory round-up (unbidden) of fairly recent occasions when bigger businesses than me had sought to bully me – and won. I don’t always have the energy, as a solopreneur, to fight every battle that comes my way. It is a matter of conserving my time, my energy and my focus for what’s really important to me, my own wellbeing and peace of mind, and my work with clients. A British broadsheet newspaper took issue with our domain name and our business name, something we had been actively using and trading for profit for some […]

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A Different Perspective

Depending on what I’m doing, I change my working environment all the time. It is refreshing and it gives me a chance to see life from a different perspective. It is really quite miraculous that the impact of that is not just physical, but emotional too. My lovely scrubbed pine kitchen-table style desk looks out of a beautiful window at the tall trees and the view beyond which includes the sunrise. The sunset is also reflected on those same trees. The beautiful light is always uplifting and the view is ever changing. That’s inspiring in itself and I often gaze […]

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A Surefire Source of Motivational Nuggets

Recently I was interviewed by Helen Cross of SwitchMyBusiness who told me she’d be stalking me on social media for some time. Helen is my nicest stalker ever because she went on to say “Judith overflows with sage business wisdom and is a surefire source of motivational nuggets that just make you feel better about everything.” Helen picked my business on Brexit, balance and why working harder isn’t always better. I have her permission to reproduce the interview here. HI JUDITH! FOR THOSE WHO DON’T ALREADY KNOW YOU, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF My name is Judith Morgan. I […]

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