First Forays into Delegation

Two of my clients have recently experienced disappointing results from their first forays into delegation. Part of me wished I had prepared them better. Another part of me, after the event, remembered the enormous value I acquired from my own first (failed) experiments in outsourcing way back in the Eighties when I took on my first assistant. It isn’t always better for me to over-prepare a client for every situation. And sometimes we under-estimate a threat and are surprised by the outcome. Sometimes there isn’t time. Sometimes we only remember to look at the good bits and forget to manage […]

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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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7 Tips for Home-Based Solopreneurs

1. Get clear about what you really want to be doing in your self-employment or business and why. Don’t go for the sensible option because you think you should. You are going to need passion to drive you when it gets tough, as it might from time to time, so make sure you are either doing something easy which fits in with your other commitments for now, or something you can’t help yourself but do so much that you are highly motivated to make time for it. I believe you really can find a way to do what you love […]

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Outsourcing Resources for Small Business Owners

It can be exhausting trying to learn and do all of the things which need doing in your own small business, not to mention the ones for which you do not possess either the skills or the aptitude. So today I bring you news of two outsourcing resources which may help, and a little special offer if you click my special link and/or mention my name. For a monthly fee, CMS Assist offers unlimited WordPress and Joomla CMS support and small jobs. They help business owners with their website by performing time-consuming tasks such as adding new pages, tweaking the […]

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Tara Brach and True Refuge at Alternatives

On Monday night I went to Alternatives in St James’s Piccadilly. The nice man who opened proceedings asked people to raise their hand if they’d never been before. About half of the audience did so. He said, very humourously I thought, that Alternatives had been there for thirty years and what’d kept them! And it reminded me (marketing insight) that however well-known you are to some, you are still a well-kept secret to most. All day Monday I was thinking about going out in the evening and wondering who else was going. I thought about putting it on Facebook as […]

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How to Prioritise When You Work for Yourself

How do you prioritise what’s important on your To Do list, if you have lots of calls on your time today and every day? I don’t think there’s one “right” answer to this. Personally I prioritise based on what’s important to me. And I try to keep life really, really simple. I’ve long since stopped trying to keep abreast of all the information in the world and learn every new thing which comes my way.  I know I know enough. I’m a big fan of the Scan/Delete strategy with everything electronic and incoming. Firstly I scan it to see if […]

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How To Trick Yourself Into Being Successful

In all the different areas of my life, there is always one thing – a “trick” – which if I just do that one thing, success will follow inevitably. Let me give you some examples: In my Cleaning Biz, if we just send out the direct mail postcards then all the rest follows as night follows day. The telephone rings with clients wanting cleaners, so we have to find cleaners and connect the two parties and do the contract paperwork to clinch a sale. So in that example, ALL we have to do is make sure the postcards are delivered […]

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I Am An Entrepreneur

I believe anything is possible. I see opportunity when others see impossibility. I take risks. I’m focused. I hustle. I know that nothing is unrealistic. I feel overwhelming love. I embrace my childlike wonder and curiosity. I take flying leaps into the unknown. I contribute to something bigger than myself. I create. I learn. I grow. I do. I believe it’s never too late to start living a dream. I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR. With thanks to The Flip Flop CEO.  

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An Empty Inbox By Bedtime

I’ve written before about the glow I get from an empty inbox, but yesterday a couple of beloved colleagues asked me to re-visit my strategies for managing my email and avoiding inbox overwhelm. Here there are. Warning: They are draconian, enter at your own risk and be prepared for some characteristic plain talking, I take no prisoners. My Goal? An empty inbox by bedtime, every day, without fail, 7 days a week. Yup, told ya. No prisoners. My work IS my email, mainly. So I have to be very efficient with it.  I have it open all day and some of […]

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Wild Money, Magnetising Money, Daily Om, Happiness and Lucky Prosperity

I am always on the lookout for nice resources about the more esoteric side of wealth creation so I can use them and test them myself and then share them with you – my readers, friends, followers and clients. Here are a couple I discovered recently. I hope you enjoy them. If these are too woo woo for you, keep reading. Something more “normal” is bound to come along shortly although normal is not our thang round here, I’ve gotta be honest with you. But down to earth does also get sprinkled into the mix most weeks. Love Letters to […]

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