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, 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…

Are Your Brutal Enough With Your Time?

I’ve been talking to several clients recently who are really struggling to fit everything in. It’s a very common challenge when you’re running your own business! One of the biggest reasons this happens is because it’s easy to give away huge chunks of your time for free without realising that’s what’s happening. Possibly because there are invitations or opportunities that might lead to some juicy work down the line; or because deadlines are a little blurry; or because they’re just really nice people who love to help others. The challenge though is that when you give away too much of your…

The Trap of Changing Too Much Too Soon

Are you a shining beacon of organisation? Or are you like most people in business who would love to feel more organised but are too busy dealing with all the day to day challenges so they never have time to sort things out? Have you tried to put lots of things in place, like systems and templates but you quickly get frustrated with them and feel as though they’re just creating extra work so you give up after a few days or weeks? Then I have good news for you! There’s a fair chance your quest for seamless organisation has led you…

Are You Still Getting Round To It?

Are you like so many business owners out there who still have a mahoosive list of things you’re getting round to? Do you have that one thing that’s always number two on your to do list but somehow it never quite makes it to number one! You could call this procrastinating, you could call it faffing; you might think it’s because you’re disorganised or terrible at prioritising. The reality is probably a whole lot simpler though. Here’s an example of something I’d been getting around to for about the last 3 years. I’m using this to show you the three simple…

The Three Enemies of Focus and How To Avoid Them

Focus is such a straightforward thing when you think about it. I mean, how hard can it possibly be to decide what you’re going to do, get started, stay on track and get everything done? On paper it’s a doddle isn’t it? And yet all too often we start with the best of intentions but then get drawn away, distracted or diverted so that focus becomes something we crave but can never quite seem to master. And then we usually beat ourselves up about being unable to stay focused! So here are 3 of the biggest reasons that people lose focus…

Why Everything You’ve Ever Been Told About Time Management Is A Lie!

Do you regularly wish there were more hours in the day? Or wonder why others seem so organised when you feel frazzled? Today I’m going to let you into 3 of my favourite secrets to overcoming the overwhelm and feeling like you’re in control of your workload. Time management is a lie! There are 24 hours in every day, 60 minutes in every hour and 60 seconds in every minute. None of that is negotiable. None of it is stretchable, shrinkable, repeatable or manoeuvrable. Time is simply not manageable. No wonder all those time management techniques don’t seem to work! The good news is…

How To Take More Holidays!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my holidays. And that I regularly talk to clients about what holidays they’re planning. Whilst I do that because it’s a great subject to talk about, I’m also a massive believer in taking regular breaks to recharge your batteries, reward you for a job well done and help you refine your business plan. That’s right, I honestly believe that holidays help you to refine your business plan. By taking yourself out of the daily grind you give yourself the time and head-space to think, which can bring a level of clarity that’s very…

Is Your Business Safe To Drive?

Every morning when I get in my car I know instantly whether my car is safe to drive. I have the Blackpool illumination style lights show on the dashboard and then, fingers crossed, they all go off and I’m good to go. Some days though, there’s one left on. Now what am I going to do? Let’s be honest, I’m no petrol-head and whilst I know what the main dashboard lights are all about there are plenty that I haven’t got a clue about. That’s when the trusty handbook comes out of the glove compartment and tells me exactly what…