Q44: In Emergencies, What Should I Focus On?

I think the short answer is the thing right in front of you. The longer answer is what is the nature of the emergency? If the house is on fire, or you’ve hurt yourself or a member of your family is poorly, then you know what to do. Dial 999 and get the emergency services onto it. If what you mean is in our businesses, then what sorts of emergencies are there? Deadlines Running out of money Threats various e.g. a solicitor’s letter The government changing the rules endlessly and trying to catch you out with a fine What else? […]

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Giving Birth to a Creative Project

Regular newsletter readers will remember that last week we had no heat. This week we have no internet! As I’ve already confessed to my I Love My Life group, I am struggling to interpret the messages from the Big U right now, especially in regard to my book. Makes it a little bit trickier to love my life too, though far from impossible. I decided to spend my holiday month of August writing my book. Three weeks’ of evil back-ache arrived in my life which meant it took me two months instead of one, taking me up to the end […]

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Kill It Off or Keep It Going: Our Podcast! Ep 156

After 156 episodes the focus of the show turned to should we find a way to keep Own It! the Podcast going, or kill it off? Two reasons: It is almost impossible to come up with something by way of a Client Challenge of the week every week and Nicola was suffering from comparisonitis today, watching younger podcasts achieve what she considered to be better results. She asked me what we should do about it, and weirdly I had been thinking similar thoughts. We are going to get our heads together next Monday to brainstorm some marketing ideas but we […]

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The Importance of Focus for Creative Solopreneurs

Big hugs of gratitude to today’s client who reminded me of the most vital lesson I share with my clients, the importance of focus for creative solopreneurs. We are all over the shop. We are full of creative ideas. We could do this and this and this and this. And we want to do all of it. We want to chase two rabbits (catch neither). We want to be the jockey on every horse in the race (win none). We are creators and scanners and ideas people and we love the new, new, new stuff. We are seduced by ideas. […]

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Reasons to Hire a Business Mentor

Here’s a list of reasons why clients hire me as their business mentor: They are self-employed and skint and sick of just scraping by They are still in a part-time or full-time day job but the yearning to be their own boss never goes away They have been self-employed for a while but still can’t seem to make it work They have all the right ideas but the money doesn’t seem to follow They want their businesses to work better, recognising that what they’ve created is another version of a job They’ve taken a career break, they couldn’t carry on […]

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Focus and Discipline: How To Get Things Done

Working for yourself without a boss requires focus and discipline. I don’t think many of us are born with these qualities so we have to find different ways to learn them, ways which suit us as individuals. Here are a few of my favourite ways to Get Things Done. First off, have a To Do List. Do you favour that way of recording what needs doing? Only a few years back, it would have been an in-tray but now I manage all my tasks on my laptop. I do have a notebook and pen which I use for notes to […]

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What My Entrepreneur Clients Learned in Just 30 days

I asked a group of my self-employed clients to write up the best thing they learned during just 30 days on their journey to better entrepreneurship. Here’s a summary of their answers. Emotional Intelligence A certain type of creative solopreneur uses their inner guidance system to keep them in their preferred zone for moving forward. This might be joy, excitement, happiness, listening to and trusting their innate wisdom and their gut reaction to offers and opportunities and knowing that all good things come from within. Their learning was to stay in a place of trust with this and not be […]

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Focus: Has Anyone Seen Jack?

One of the vital keys to entrepreneurial success is focus. Those who can put away distractions and work effectively on one project will be the most successful. That’s the best route to business profits in a nutshell. But almost none of my clients do that. Heck, these days, even I don’t do it? And why’s that? Because we have lives too and increasingly those lives are taking up a space of greater importance and priority to us. And I’m rather happy about that, I think it’s entirely as it should be. Does that mean that small business owners don’t want their businesses […]

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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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One Woman One Website

Now look, Ladies (and Gentlemen), you are doing something to sabotage yourselves and stop you from making any real money, and exhausting yourselves into the bargain. I am as guilty as the rest of you, or at least I used to be. You are trying to run more than one website. Stop it immediately. Running one website well is a full-time job. If you have a beautiful website which does the business, and a great opt-in gift which you refresh regularly, and you write a wonderful and regular newsletter to your subscribers and you blog three times a week to […]

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