3 Simple Tips for Daily Focus

How are your days going right now in the joys of lockdown? Are you finding it impossible to focus because your house is non-stop chaos? Or are you finding things incredibly monotonous so that days all seem to blur into one? Or maybe you’re one of the fortunate few who is sticking to a structure and cracking on with things! One thing that I’ve found over the years that can really help with my focus is a 5 minute daily routine where I ask myself 3 simple questions to review my day &…

How To Stop Trying To Be All Things To All People

Do you ever find yourself feeling under pressure to try to be all things to all people within your business? There’s probably a huge range of products and services that you could offer. Maybe face to face services, perhaps online services, possibly one-off products, or long term retained products; all sorts of different things. Maybe you really want to deliver exclusive, high priced products, but you might still love the idea of offering some entry-level products to make it more accessible to people. And perhaps you’d also love to be offering some freebies to get people involved and to give away lots of…

How To Manage Your Natural Energy Peaks And Troughs

Have you ever noticed that when you run your own business, you can have huge highs and lows in your energy and your motivation? One day you can feel really motivated, totally focused, you’re completely ‘on it’. Well and truly in the zone! But somehow, before you know it, all that energy can just vanish, and you suddenly feel like you’re in a bit of a dip. You’re in a slump, you can’t quite get yourself going and the brain fog is really taking over. Actually, I think this happens a lot and is one of the reasons why…

How to Write Great Proposals That Gain You More Clients

Do you ever find yourself feeling bamboozled and at a bit of a loss when a potential client asks you to send them a proposal? There can be so many tricky questions about quotes or proposals can’t there? How do you know what to put in there? How do you make yourself look fabulous and professional? How do you create something compact and simple, and yet cover every possible detail in the universe so that the client is desperate to sign with you? So, I thought I would share some tips with you today about how to create a great proposal that works on your terms; that’s really simple, and that…

How Systems & Processes Can Help You Grow Your Business

If I suggested we talked about systems and processes in your business, what would be your immediate reaction? My guess is that it would NOT be a reaction of excitement! Let’s face it, systems and processes generally make us think about things that are slightly dull, fairly monotonous, perhaps a bit regimented, and maybe even boxing us in.  They’re all very computer says no! So, they’re not something that tend to get us excited or enthusiastic. And I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s very easy to put off creating more systems and processes in your business. However, I want to talk…

Ever feel overwhelmed?

Do you ever get the frustrated feeling that you’ve been working absolutely nonstop for the last few days or even the last few weeks but somehow you’re just not making the inroads that you want to? Do you feel as though everything you have to do for your business is just overwhelming? Like you’re struggling to see the wood for the trees and struggling to see any real progress? Because I’m working with a few new clients at the moment it feels like I’m talking to quite a lot of people about this right now. And to be honest, I think…

How can your business cope without you?

Do you think that you take enough breaks or holidays from your business? I was talking to a client over the last few days, who has taken single digits, at the most, of days away from his business in the last 12 months. He is feeling incredibly drained. He’s exhausted by it, but still thinking that the ability to actually get away for a few days is really challenging, and questioning whether the business can cope without him. Sound familiar? The ironic thing though is that the more we talked about it, the more he acknowledged the merits of a taking a break…

3 Tips To Get More Done In Your Business Every Day

Do you possess the special skill that so many people building a small business possess? Yes, I’m talking about the amazing skill of faffing. Now, I know from all my conversations over the last 10 years that faffing can become quite an art form when you’re growing your business. You know those days when you have a huge list of things to do, you work at it all day;  you barely stop for a cup of tea or a sliver of lunch, and…

Do you need a business plan?

Today I want to share with you some great tips about business plans. No don’t stop reading just yet, just in case that’s giving you the heebie-jeebies! I have been talking to lots of people recently about the need for a business plan within a small business. Are they actually relevant and a good use of time or are they just corporate bull and wasting time on something that’s going to get shoved in that bottom drawer, never to be seen again? And even if you love the idea of having a plan, often it’s much easier to write the plan…

When To Plan - Make Things Happen

When to plan, and when to get cracking!

I’ll let you into a secret. I’m really good at helping clients to get on with the things they’ve been putting off and holding them accountable to taking action. But I go through all the same mental faffing myself when I want to make a big change in my business. This month I’ve started something new that I’ve been toying with for a while. I’ve been umming and ahhing; thinking it through; considering all the ways I could get it wrong; trying to come up with the perfect strategy and basically avoiding getting on with it! So I thought it would be…

How to Delegate like a Pro – Go Back to Basics!

When it comes to delegating, can you guess the one simple mistake you can easily avoid? Mmm thought not You see it’s so easy to overcomplicate everything these days that we often overlook the basics. Anyone can delegate. After all, it’s not hard.   Delegating well, however, is a whole different story!   Imagine you’re in need of a hotel for a business trip. You call your VA ‘Book me a hotel for tomorrow night in London’ Job done!. Delegated. Off your radar. Until you arrive at 9 pm and find you’re in a broom cupboard at the wrong end of town and they don’t even serve food that…

How Can I Get Everything Done?

Do you ever have one of those days, or even one of those weeks, when you feel as though you’ve worked absolutely non-stop? You’ve barely come up for air let alone eaten properly. But you still feel as though your to do list is a massive, insurmountable beast that will never, ever be finished! Firstly  if this does sound familiar, don’t panic, it’s a bit of a natural side effect of growing your own business so it actually means you’re very normal. This is a challenge that I help almost all of my clients with though, so I thought it would…

The Most Important 20 Minutes Of Your Day

Are you one of those naturally well-organised people who starts every day feeling focused, motivated and completely clear on what you’re going to achieve that day? Or are you like the majority of people who start their day by trying to work out which of their 8 billion priorities they should work on first and questioning how on earth they’re going to make a dent in their list at all that day? If you’re more like the second person don’t panic, it means you’re perfectly normal! It also means that the tips I’m about to share will be particularly relevant…

Scheduling Your Way To Becoming More Organised

Are you somebody that loves to have a really detailed schedule for the next few days? Or are you like lots of people running their own business who crave freedom, fluidity and variety in their days? A lot of my clients prefer this approach because often they’ve left behind a job or a corporate role that gave them little or no choice about how to manage their day and left them feeling penned in or held back. So they really value the ability to have free reign over what they do each day. But I’ll let you into a secret. If…

How Do I Hire My First Employee?

I’ve been talking to my good friend and long-time business associate Claire Bentley from Bentley HR recently about the trials and tribulations of taking on your first employee. It’s such a pivotal moment for any business but it can easily seem as though there are a million hoops to jump through to be certain that you’re going about things in the right way. Claire has helped a number of my clients with this over the years so I really value her advice. And she proved just how incredibly helpful she is by putting together this quick starter guide for you. Claire Says: Employing…