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 […]
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 […]
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Here is a list of the things it would have been most useful to know how and when to do when starting out running my own business: Say NO more often to clients and feel the power. Not every client is right for your business; learn how to tell the difference. Always under-promise and over-deliver Learn the arts of delegation and time management Do everything deliberately Charge more and enforce your payment terms without exception Get your charge-out rates and prices right and disconnect that from how you evaluate your own self worth Avoid working with or for friends […]
When I play Cashflow 101 with my clients and things go well, we hit this button and it says to us “That Was Easy!” I remember almost nothing of my NLP training because I was in a trance for seven days straight, but even I know this is what NLPers call an anchor. I am training my clients, with thanks to Bianca who gave me this button, to take note of how easy it is to do what they want to do – make more money more easily. And in so doing, I am undoing everything they used to believe […]
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 […]
And you know that biggest thief of your time and mine - as proved definitely at my house by Rescuetime? No surprises here: email. Shut it down except 1-3 times a day/week, and get some bloody work done!