We Are Closed: Life’s Occurring

We are closed round here while life’s occurring. Here are some of the reasons why my clients cannot make as much progress in their business right now as perhaps they’d like: They’ve got family stuff going on, or relationship issues They are poorly They are buying, selling or moving house – or country (!) They are coping with bereavement and grief They are having a baby They are away on holiday They’ve still got a day job Whilst you can, no doubt, in the fullness of time, set up your business so that it works without you, in these early […]

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Wiser Than We Know

Timid, fearful or undecided? I believe we are all wiser than we know and that often we know the answers but seek the reassurance of others before making a final decision. There are often no right answers except your own. So the muscle you are learning to flex and strengthen here is to trust yourself more often. I hardly ever ask anyone else’s opinion. I’d need to be really stuck. I’m not sure why this is. It could be that I don’t know who to ask. It’s definitely because when I see it happen in groups of which I am […]

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Why I Love Working on Saturday Mornings

Friday is my day off, mostly. At least Friday afternoon if I can swing it. Because I work on Saturday mornings and I love working on Saturdays, always have. Saturday morning coaching slots are very popular and therefore I am being of service to my current clients. And when I was an accountant it was the only time I got the peace and quiet to catch up with a lot of admin without the phone ringing all the time and so three powerful hours were really useful to me and allowed me to go off then and enjoy the rest […]

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I’ll Show ‘Em! A Red Rag To This Entrepreneurial Bull

A few years back I decided I was going to grow tomatoes. A friend had grown some tiny tomato plants from the seeds of another, real tomato and a second friend had been given some free tomato plants. And so it sort of fell to me to provide the real estate, the grow bags, the compost and the sunny fence – and to hold the vision. At several stages after I was committed, but before the plants were actually dug in, I received a lot of advice about growing tomatoes, mainly in a negative vein. ”Oh, we’re not doing it […]

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Business Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Some weeks the business lessons come thick and fast. Despite having been in business for myself for nearly forty years, I still continue to learn every day. There’s no such thing as being “done”, knowing everything you need to know. Everything changes all the time, we have to keep flexible and with at least one eye open for opportunity. Here are a dozen business lessons which have shown up recently for me and my colleagues and clients. 1. Look after you, because without you there is no business. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a proper holiday, or […]

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The Received Wisdom or Your Own?

I am working with a lot of wannabe entrepreneurs right now in the 30DC or wannabe-more-profitable entrepreneurs and start-ups and I am answering scores of questions a day. Last night it was our weekly webinar when they get to call in and listen to my voice as I answer their questions. In both these scenarios I often find myself giving them two answers to their questions, the “received wisdom” answer and the “way I do it” answer. In my businesses I borrow from the former to create and then follow my own wisdom. Let me explain. They ask me questions […]

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Entrepreneurship: A State Of Mind Or A Choice?

According to Sage, which also just happens to be my favourite accounting software, their research shows that three out of four business owners don’t consider themselves to be entrepreneurs. Fifty three per cent of us are happy to call ourselves business owners, twenty six percent self-employed and fifteen percent businessmen/women. The theory is that we believe entrepreneurship is more connected with innovation than business leadership. And I know many that agree, some of them are even friends of mine. As it happens, I don’t. And here’s why. I choose instead to think of the word entrepreneur as our collective noun. […]

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Change Starts With Me

Matthew Parris writing in The Times (a couple of years back) said: “We have been paying ourselves more than our efforts were earning. We sought political leaders who would assure us that the good times would never end and we voted for those who offered that assurance. We sought credit for which we had no security and we gave our business to the banks that advertised it. We wanted free and better health care and demanded chancellors who paid for it without putting up our taxes. We wanted salacious stories in our newspapers and bought the papers that broke the […]

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Entrepreneurs Need Ordinary Heroes

I have a Google Alert set on the word Entrepreneur and every day Google sends me a list of pieces published around the globe on this topic. If I get another story about the Zuckerbergs and the Bransons of this world, I’ll scream. Anyone would think there are only a handful of success stories and role models in our world and that they are all terribly wealthy. I was chatting this through idea with my pals in our virtual book club. Someone brought up the New York Times Bestseller List and there we go again. Yes, awesome what those best-selling […]

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Financial Coaching: Start A Business Part-Time

Recently I was delivering a day of financial coaching using Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow 101 game to a handful of self-employed clients. I highly recommend this if you are interested in improving your finances or the way you are with money. Robert Kiyosaki is the Author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books and it was there that my journey to financial freedom began over ten years ago. In the game you get the chance to play with the sums of those financial opportunities you are considering in real life. You get to play with the maths and try […]

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