Solitude and the Self-Employed

I found an article on The Guardian called Home Alone? Dealing with the Solitude of Self-Employment. Although I have never felt alone when working at home, I know many do. And although I relish solitude and appreciate it more and more, I know many are yet to learn how to do that and many never choose my way. We are all so different. But I have always been aware that working alone at home is not easy for the majority of people especially if you loved the social bit of being in a job which is why most people do […]

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Blogging Day 346 out of 365/2014

Today is Blogging Day 346 of 365 days’ straight blogging in 2014. It is 17.15 on Friday 12th December and for the first time this entire year, I have zero idea what to blog about. My mind is absolutely blank which isn’t something a Creator says all that often. I think recording the first three shows in my new podcast with Nicola drained it all out of me today. I need to go for a little lie down. So, what’s on my mind? It was interesting to note that when Nicola asked me in the podcast to think of and […]

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Lessons From My Self-Employed Clients Today

I learn from my clients every day. Today these are the lessons from my self-employed clients. Actually, these are just the highlights, there were many more. The reasons we became self-employed include the opportunity to do whatever we want, whenever we want. Which means we can craft each and every day, seven days a week, fifty two weeks of the year, uniquely and precisely to be just as we want. So if you want to go to bed with a book with cake and/or biscuits, you can. You can’t get away with that 365 but you can do it whenever […]

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The Importance of Taking Proper Breaks When You Are Self-Employed

I took the weekend off. Completely. 100%. No work on either day. It felt good. We enjoyed a weekend of warm sunshine in London and it put me in a holiday mood. No-one had booked themselves into my online coaching diary for Saturday, which is very rare, and apart from my commitment to blog daily there was nothing I had to do – total freedom. Which is ironic because freedom is the most often quoted word self-employed people offer up for choosing to work for themselves, but self-employment can so often be anything but freeing. What we small business owners […]

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Club 100: Every Entrepreneur Is Unique

If you compare yourself to another business owner, you are likely to find yourself wanting. Don’t do it. We are each of us unique. We have surprising strengths and different weakness and our operating systems and internal ‘ometers’, hopes and dreams are all blissfully our own. My Club 100 coaching group is coming up to its first birthday. Currently we have nineteen members though we have gained a lost a few on the way. I’ve done a quick mental audit of them all today and here’s a list of some of things I notice they have mastered and achieved, separately […]

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NaNoWriMo: Writing 50,000 Words In November

November is NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month and although I am not thinking of writing a novel, I am probably long overdue to write another eBook. So I’m thinking of signing up to the challenge. Here’s the idea: Write 50,000 words in a month Write every day for the 30 days of November That’s 1,666 words a day I can do that. I’ve done it before and, as I said yesterday, I’m ready for a new challenge. Can you write a book in a month? No. But can you gather together 50,000 half decent words during November […]

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Thought For The Day (TFTD1): Why Am I Working For Myself?

In the first of an occasional series, I am going to share some thoughts for the day, one at a time. Today’s is the first. Sometimes they will be a homily, sometimes a question, just something to get the creative juices and thought processes going. Here we go: Why am I working for myself? Forget the practical reasons for now, though there are many. What’s the main underlying reason you work for yourself and what sort of life do you want that to bring you? If you’ve got a few moments’ reverie today and can ask yourself this question and […]

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Alternatives: Creating a Business to Love

The wonderful, brilliant, fabulous Alternatives have asked me to run a business workshop for them on 6th November called Creating a Business to Love after my e-book of the same name.   Here’s what the blurb says about the day in their Autumn 2010 Programme: “As the nine-to-five treadmill becomes increasingly unappealing for many, the task is to create a business that you love and that serves the life you want. Do you want to be successfully self-employed, exchanging time for money and paying your bills every month with ease and grace?   Would you like to rest easy in pricing yourself appropriately and asking for […]

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Entrepreneurs: Taking Care of Your Finest Asset – You!

If you work for yourself and there’s only you, as is the case with the majority of self-employed people, then you are both the finest asset( and worst liability) of your own business.   The only asset.   So it follows that without you, there is no business and its also highly likely that your income would cease. Before we get into the many and varied ways in which we can sort out the issue of the income not actually needing to cease without you, which is another story for another day, we have to get you fit, healthy and strong for […]

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Entrepreneurs: A Business Worth Getting Up Early For?

Do you have a business or a business idea worth getting up early for? Today I began a new regime of rising at 6 a.m. to begin to take chunks out of a project I am passionate about.   In winter I like to lie abed until 8 a.m. and begin work at 9 but I realised that if I am serious about my goals and intentions for 2010, I would need to carve out some extra time to get ahead. Although I work very long hours and am terrifyingly self-disciplined, certain projects very close to my own heart are not […]

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