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Stop wishing and start doing with my fave planner

Planning and passion. Not two words most people would put together, right? When we think about passion, it’s unconstrained, spontaneous, uncontrollable. Well yes, and no. We all have big, passionate, burning dreams and goals. But how many of them are you achieving? Have you written them down? Made a dream board or a bucket list?? For some of us, knowing what those big dreams and goals are can be the hardest part, then taking ownership of them as something you seriously want comes next. That takes commitment. But even if you ARE writing them down, sending letters to the Universe (or Santa) and gazing intently at your dreamboard every morning – you still have to take action for your goals to become real. To quote my dearly departed cockney grandma……

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Are you dreaming of a boho business?

You know when you go on a diet and there’s always someone who tries to make you have a slice of cake? Or when you take up exercising they try and persuade you to stay at home with them in the warm instead of going out running? When people do things like this it’s usually because they’re worried that they’ll somehow lose the you they know and love. The same can happen when you choose to challenge the status quo career wise. I overheard a conversation recently. Two people discussing their 9-5s. One of them was expressing a desire to do it differently, to move to an online business – just her and her laptop. Her friend immediately told her she was mad for even considering it. He asserted that…

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The free tech tool I use to stay in control & organised

It’s no secret that I like to keep things super organised! Knowing that things are all planned out and assigned to whoever needs to do them means I can relax and let go. Leaving my mind clear for the good stuff like my clients! But to get things out of my head they have to go somewhere. I could write a list, and I often use cards to keep my mind organised but how to share that with my team? I’m not one for having a billion gadgets/apps/shiny new things, so I find something I like and stick to it. And as you know over at Orre HQ we’re always happy to share what we use to keep on top of our stuff and the work flowing. When you work…

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More profits and fun, less yucky marketing? Here’s how!

Do you know who your competitors are? What makes you different from them? Do you understand why someone is more likely to buy from you or spend their money elsewhere? I’ll tell you what it’s NOT; price, qualifications or years in business. It’s how much they like, know and trust you. More than ever, it’s crucial to show your personality in business. Tweet that! Being YOU is the best thing you can do I strongly believe that the more you-ness you can show, the more easily you can stand out from the crowd, and help people to choose to do business with you. It may sound backwards, but that actually means more attention, clients and loyal fans recommending you. People who get YOU. And, that means: more PROFITS and FUN…

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Forget the froth: Increase creativity with cafe working

One of the great novelties of the entrepreneurial journey is being able to work in your pants with no one knowing about it. While it’s great being able to work in a comfy environment, wearing yoga pants, with your cat as company I’m a big fan of getting out and about too. When I started working for myself in 2009, one of my non negotiable must-haves was freedom to work when and where I chose – to be location independent. What that looked like to me at the time was taking my work with me to the local cafe in suburban London. Back then, I never imagined that my local cafe would be one like this… (I promise I’m not just writing this to show off! And anyway I prefer…

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My miscarriage story: finding happiness in childlessness

Now for something completely different and very personal… Ask any of your peers how they started their entrepreneurial journey, and you’ll hear many different stories. For some it’s all they’ve ever known, while others found themselves at a turning point in their lives which ‘forced’ their hand. For me it was the latter. It’s this very personal story that I want to share with you today. It’s open and honest, but one that I hope will bring optimism to some of you because there IS a happy ending! (Although, not the kind you might expect). There are plenty of us Dig around online enough and you’ll find stories about the struggles some of us experience starting a family. Often they end with the fairytale ending of ‘now we have a…

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Read this when your biz keeps you up all night (and not in a good way)

I know what it’s like when you first start out in business – so thrilled to be doing what you love, finally able to break free from the 9-5 and putting your heart and soul into your new venture. That initial period is so filled with excitement and joy that it’s impossible to believe that your sweet, new business baby could grow up into a monster. But it can. Keeping you up at all hours, constantly demanding attention…sound familiar? You gotta set some rules Working all hours in your biz simply isn’t sustainable. It leads to feeling unfulfilled, stressed and burnt out. That’s no fun, and the modern way of working is about enjoying your business and managing it so it supports you in a life outside of it. I…

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My speed dating method for obliterating your to-do list

You know that feeling when you start your day, and you’re looking ahead to everything you need to get done? There’s so much going on in your head that you don’t actually know where to begin or which to-do to start first. You wonder, “How the H am I going to do it all? There are so many things – a shit load of stuff and no time. It’s impossible!” So you flap around, starting a little bit of everything and achieving nothing, and you know it. The feeling of panic and overwhelm rising. Frightened to even open your emails, or check your messages. If ONE more person asks for something from you, you’ll scream! When you get to this state you end up frozen, totally blocked. Beating yourself up…

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How to find (and keep) your dream clients online

So you’ve got your dream biz idea, you’re sure that your service or product is going to make life easier / better / prettier for your clients. Then the million dollar question is: How are you going to find them? This is one of the most asked questions EVER – of course it is. Without clients you’ve got no income – and without that you have no business. What you’ve got is just a really, really expensive, time consuming hobby. But it’s not just finding them The thing is, it’s not just finding clients – it’s persuading them that you’re the one for them (butterflies in the tummy and instant attraction) and then keeping them (long term relationships – no commitment phobes here!) It’s something I know well, when I…

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How to spend less time on the jobs you hate in your biz

The busy brain of a modern entrepreneur can be a noisy place to hang out. And whilst it’s what makes us fab.u.lous darling, it can also be our biggest enemy. Because while ideas and excitement are great, sometimes you have to knuckle down and JFDI (just f*cking do it). And, let’s be honest – it can be hard. It’s not all yoga at 11 and lunch with friends (as much as some people think it may be). When there’s only you in your business you have to do the jobs you hate, well at least until you can hire someone to do them for you. In order to tame the chaotic, idea filled brain which powers your modern lifestyle business you need to call in some big guns. So I’ve…

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