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Horror, miracles and tequila to Happiness Explorer

Have you ever done something reckless, or turned away from something or someone you care deeply about in a quest to be a happiness explorer? You probably thought it was crazy. Maybe you couldn’t explain it but it just felt right, and you knew it would benefit more than just you eventually. I have – several times. Shaking things up, breaking the rules then starting over to transform what’s left has always come naturally. It’s not something I’m afraid of. Staying the same is. You might be wondering where I’ve been lately. (Sorry about that). Well… I’ve been on a journey that involves tales of horror, a miracle and a lot of tequila. I’ve returned to explain a bit about that and share some other exciting news. What I’ve got…

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Get your clients to do exactly what you want (when you want it)

Have you ever tried to do something which should be really flippin easy and yet you seem to have to jump through a billion hoops to do it? How did it make you feel? Frustrated, p’d off, not in a big ole hurry to repeat the experience fo sho. I’ll give you an example. I recently had a bill to pay – no biggie, right? But there was nowhere I could click to pay easily, there was no way to ask my assistant to pay it, worse still the details had changed so I had to wade through a whole heap of emails. Total ballache. Something which should have been quick n easy (and not done by me!) turned into a total palaver. As you know, I’m all about finding…

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Getting to know your client (and why her shoes have f*@k all to do with it)

I bet when you started out in business one of the first things you heard about was the “Ideal Client Avatar”. Have you done it? Does she have a name? Did you find a picture which looks just like her? Here’s the thing, I totally, 100% agree that you need to get very clear on who you want to work with and what problems you are going to solve for her. But the colour of her hair? Who cares?! Unless you have an incredible niche in colouring hair, it doesn’t matter. There’s a reason most Ideal Client Avatar exercises are so f*cking boring… it’s because they don’t actually work. There, I said it. What the problem is Most of the client avatar exercises I see are missing the point. They’re…

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6 reasons I’ve rented office space (something I thought I’d NEVER do again!)

Picture this: The phone rings, you don’t answer it because you’re working. Then your mobile rings, again you don’t answer because you’re working. Whatsapp bleeps into life “Hey, can you just {insert completely non-urgent task here}…” Sound familiar? Y’know, when you work from home you have to set some pretty flippin serious boundaries. Family and friends who are not in the online world can sometimes find it hard to understand what it is you actually do. Yes, you may be in your yoga pants (despite not having seen the inside of a studio in *ahem* some time) but you are in fact still working. Managing interruptions becomes a top skill in your arsenal, PDQ (pretty damn quick). But there comes a time when to save your sanity, personal relationships and…

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3 tips to fall back in love with your business (and what to do if you can’t)

you ever get annoyed when you see pictures of other entrepreneurs on the beach, up a mountain, by a lake – laptop next to a green smoothie, book on one side, sunset view on the other? If it P’s you off, makes you resentful and you find yourself thinking “huh, it’s alright for her…I wish my business let me live like that.” Then I am here to tell you, you can have a business you love AND a life. But you gotta take control of it first! I’ve written a lot about this in the past, so I’ve gathered all my best resources together for you in one glorious claim your life back post! You’re very welcome. 😉 What do you WANT? I totally, absofuckinglutely, 100% believe that you don’t…

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Getting seen online? Get this page on your site

When you first dip your toes in the online business world, it seems HUGE, like a massive parallel universe. The idea of anyone finding, never mind being specifically interested in little old you seems absurd. But fast forward and I bet you’ve found your home online, and just like in real life Eastenders even met the neighbours. Hell, you’ve probably got online business besties (they’re the best, espesh when none of your ‘real friends’ get what you do all day). All this moving and shaking in the online world naturally leads to collaborations, interviews, podcasts and the like with other smart business minds, driven to succeed. And this leads to other people being interested in what you’re doing and *gasp* wanting to tell other people. Exciting stuff, hey? Whether you’re…

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How to successfully outsource for more profits and fun

Do you remember the moment you started to fall a little bit out of love with your biz? The first time that you didn’t leap out of bed ready to take on the world? It was never supposed to be like that. And yet, and yet… Some days start with a sigh instead of a shout, the idea of a day off fills you with dread and you don’t remember the last time you switched completely off. Maybe it was that time at cousin Tim’s wedding circa 2012. There comes a point in your entrepreneurial journey when you realise that you just can’t do ALL OF THINGS ALL OF THE TIME. It’s not sustainable, profitable or fun. Apart from doing your “thing” you also have a business to run, and…

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How to create a cosy love-in that guarantees outsourcing success

D’you remember being in work after hearing some MASSIVE news? The tsunami in 2004, 9/11, Barack Obama winning the Presidency? Or times when you were all up against a deadline and someone ordered pizza at 11pm? Birthday drinks, leaving drinks, Christmas drinks (any kind of drinks!)? These kinda moments are what can create bonds between colleagues in a workplace. Over here in the virtual world, we don’t have those kind of moments, physically. And, it can be hard to really feel like you’re working as team rather than just a collection of digital nomads floating past in different time zones. Getting it right with your virtual team Why does it even matter? We don’t need to make friends with our colleagues, right? Totally – of course not. BUT, to work…

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How to tame your inbox beast (Rawwwr)

Have you ever groaned in despair at the thought of having to find an email you kind of remember the subject of? You’re in the middle of something and you need that particular bit of information. You know the info is in THERE. With a heavy heart you head over to your inbox. You know it was from James, but which email address did he use? His work one, Gmail, or was it a sharing invitation? Whilst you’re in there you notice an email from your mum. It’s Aunty Mary’s 70th, better just send a quick yay or nay to that, and wait what’s this offer from {insert name of guru}? CLICK. Bleugh, what a total time suck. I posted recently about my #1 cardinal sin, if we’ve been together…

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The touchy-feels: Creating chemistry to get your business noticed

Picture this: You’re out and about, and fancy a coffee. Where do you go? The closest coffee shop? Or the one further down the highstreet that you really love? No brainer, right? You’ll go the little bit extra to hang out in the coffee shop that you love. They both sell coffee, in about a billion (approx) variations. So why trek to that particular one? Is it a boho, comfy sofa, books on shelves creativity den? Perhaps it’s all clean lines, tall tables and far removed from the clutter of working from your home. What is it that makes us pick one, over the many others? We choose because of the way these places make us FEEL. Cluttered and overwhelmed at home – head out to the sleek workspaces to…

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