Utterly Unemployable: My Biz My Way

Well, what on earth took me so long to get around to creating this collection of ideas?  I wrote the book Your Biz Your Way  I asked 52 of my closest online friends to write up their stories of that on my Blogfest 2018 But I forgot to even think about doing it myself. Nutter. Sometimes you miss what’s right under your own nose! So, what’s it all about, Alfie…this solopreneur, work-at-home malarkey? I’ve tried it all ways – work at home alone, work at home with others, get an office almost alone, get an office with lots of others. […]

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Q8: How Do I Say NO Without Offending?

On the day I started writing this book, one of my dearest and oldest friends wrote to me. I am lucky to call her my friend and she is a very wise woman. This summer we’d had occasion to support each other through making a difficult decision. She went one way, I went the other. To my eyes, this makes her the better person. We’d both been invited to do something that neither of us particularly wanted to do. I’d consulted my friend about what she intended to do. She intended to do The Right Thing. I’d done what I […]

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Q7: I’m Unsure. What Can I Do and for Whom?

In my experience, this problem arises from the over-application of the logical brain. When I was grappling with this myself, it turned out it was right under my nose, the place where the answer to this question often resides. Of course, that choice of home for this little lovebucket makes it particularly invisible, especially to us, and blindingly obvious to others. Three questions might help. 1. What’s your cred? What’s in your life and in your career to date and in your CV that will impress potential future clients and enable them to resonate with your story and think “Yes! […]

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The Acid Test for My Book: Your Biz Your Way

Despite having taken all my previous books (such as they were) OFF Amazon in a fit of pique a couple of years ago because the income wasn’t worth the paperwork, last weekend I re-opened my account at KDP and uploaded Your Biz Your Way for sale there too. Now I’ve almost lost count of the number of different places and ways and formats in which you can buy all of the book, read some of it or get the first chapter for FREE.  This included re-opening my Amazon Author Page. It’s not perfect, and I notice they no longer allow you to hyperlink […]

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Q6: How Do I Decide What’s “Real” Work?

“Procrastination tasks that almost look like real work – the “I’ll just create some art for that calendar” detour instead of the harder, more linear tasks that would move me further forward.” When I wrote to my Small Business Big Magic group about why weren’t they blogging more, my Feedly feed being void of their creative output and me missing it, K replied: “I do a bit, but I seem to go through bursts. Right now it’s a “write articles and blog to avoid real work” phase that I need to break free from.” K’s distinction is very interesting to […]

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Q5: What Makes the Folly of Multiple Projects SO Seductive?

“The ‘there’s safety in numbers’ multiple-projects-on-the-go-at-any-one-time theory, despite all evidence to the contrary.” I love this. I love it especially because you tell me your own answer. “Despite all evidence to the contrary.” Quite. And you already know that playing with multiple projects simultaneously is precisely the way to prove yourself right, that it is a folly. I think it leaks. What I mean by that is if you don’t believe in your own project enough to make it your one and only (or your one and only for now) that vibe leaks and your ideal client/customer picks up on […]

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Q4: Why Am I Plagued by Apparently Insurmountable Obstacles?

This is Question 4 from my book Your Biz Your Way: Why Am I Plagued by Apparently Insurmountable Obstacles? “There appears to be a part of my personality that, having noticed a good plan and way forwards is evolving, slowly unravels the idea by placing apparently insurmountable technical, practical and/or financial obstacles in my line of sight until I lose interest in it.” Yep, I hear ya. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. It is a form of self-sabotage I believe. Those come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they, the little blighters? I vaguely remember that I won a consultation […]

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Blogfest for Solopreneur & Small Biz Bloggers

Are you a solopreneur/small biz blogger? If so I hope you’ll join my Blogfest. As you may know, I recently published my first proper book, called Your Biz Your Way. I wondered if you do that, run your own business in your own way? And if you’d like to blog about it on your own website and then be featured on mine and on my Facebook Page and in my newsletter as a way of carrying on the conversation that my book starts? Your Bit – Please take care to follow all these requirements for participation. I know us entrepreneurs […]

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Q3: Why Am I Always Compelled to Start a New Notebook?

This is Question 3 from my book Your Biz Your Way: Q3 Why am I always compelled to start a new notebook? “The ‘I’ll start a new notebook for that idea’ syndrome means I always have many, many, notebooks on the go at any one time, plus bookmarks in Pocket and in different browsers, helpful ideas and notes on my phone, books laid open where I was taking notes… the resulting visual chaos means that from time to time I simply tidy everything away and start again.” What happens when you tidy everything away? Do you lose your notes and […]

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Q2: Why Do I Feel I Must Do It All Myself?

This is Question 2 from my book Your Biz Your Way: Q2 Why do I feel I must do it all myself? Why can’t I accept help from my husband? A lot of my female (and male) clients share this particular brand of bonkersness and, in some households, you can’t accept help from your other half because it simply isn’t available or they are unable or unsympathetic, or both. Equally, many of us feel the pull to be independent, even within a marriage or a partnership. We want to earn money and pay our way. And how interesting this question comes […]

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