Brazzlebox Entrepreneurs: The First 3 Things

I’ve been asked by a website called Brazzlebox if I would write a short post for my blog sharing the absolute first three things any budding entrepreneur should do when starting their business. Here are mine. These are in no particular order of importance, they all need doing at the beginning. Get used to juggling, People! Run Your Idea by Someone Who Knows  Run your business idea by someone who knows, someone who’s been there before you. Let them ask you the hard questions about how many of your new thing you need to sell to pay your bills. As I […]

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Your Primary Aim: Your Big Why

Do you know WHY you want to create a business to love? When I run workshops based around Creating a Business to Love, using E-Myth techniques, I ask you to paint your Primary Aim and to get in touch with a bold, colourful and exciting vision of how your business will serve your life not the other way around, which is how most of us in the self-employed sector work. This frequently causes tears and laughter, not least from those of us who are a bit shy of our drawing skills (!). But you don’t need to be a great […]

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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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Entrepreneurs: Learning to Trust Yourself

Yesterday was Day #1 of the 30 Day Challenge, let’s just call it 30DC now, shall we, since I will be blogging on this topic every day throughout June and I must, perforce, keep them short in view of the fact that I am already putting in an extra six hours a day as it is. And anyway, you’ll know what I’m talking about already, won’t you? My plan is just to take one thought from each 30DC day and share it here, for the value of us all, and here’s today’s thought: Learn to trust yourself. Whilst I can […]

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Logic -v- Desire for Entrepreneurs

Yesterday was the first day of the Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge. OK, doors officially open today but the early adopters and keenies and girly swots are allowed in early. And I spoke to one and worked online with a whole lot more and they were all deciding what they would focus on for 30 days straight, always a challenge for yer basic entrepreneur. Ideas R us. As with my own clients, the decision is always between what we think we ought to do, the sensible thing which we erroneously believe we have to do, however much of […]

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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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Entrepreneurs: What Hours Will You Choose To Work?

Without doubt the beauty of self-employment is the sense of freedom and choice it brings and that includes choosing what hours you will work in your business. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to this. I sit down at 9 a.m. approx and get up when I’ve finished for the day, whether that be 3 p.m. or 10 p.m., when I’ve met all my commitments and achieved what I set myself for today and when my inbox is empty. When I’ve done enough. I don’t go for perfection, just good enough. But you don’t need to do it like […]

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Making a Business Out of Who You Are…Ready or Not

I am drawing to my coaching business a lot of clients who, whether they realise it or not, want to make a business out of who they are. OK, a lot of them are Stars. But not exclusively so. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are fed up with the division between their personal life and their professional life, they want to merge the two. Two clients alone (out of three so far today) have talked about this and they are not alone. This is a conversation I am having all the time. Not to worry, I enjoy it and it […]

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Win a Year of Big Magic Business Coaching for your Small Business

Yesterday I launched my new business coaching group for small business owners, Small Business Big Magic. And today I am launching a competition for the first ten free members. I’m a bit over-excited to tell you the truth! If you would really appreciate some free business coaching, here’s everything you need to know. What is Small Business Big Magic? It’s a group coaching programme for small business owners. My ideal client is a solopreneur or start-up who sometimes feels isolated or stuck, working alone at home, and would like to belong to an online community of others just like her. She’d […]

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Where Can Entrepreneurs Get Affordable Small Business Advice?

Club 100 is nearly full up and I am closing the doors and creating a waiting list. So, how can I help small business owners, solopreneurs and start-ups in other ways? I am creating a new group called Small Business Big Magic where everything is done within a group. This allows me more time to serve more people at a price you can easily afford – £50 per month. Small Biz Big Magic will include: 1. Several Live VOIP conference calls each week where you can join the conversation and talk about your business, pick my brains and learn from listening to me working with other […]

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