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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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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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If you’ve ever struggled with a business decision – read this.

I’ve just returned from a life-changing trip to Bali. As idyllic as it was, it was a tough decision to get there. Bali has been on the top of my travel bucket list for a year or 2, and has kept cropping up in my mind as somewhere I wanted to be. I’d come close but had never quite made it. Within a day of returning home to Ibiza after a month in Thailand (my second trip there in 3 months) and a 33 hour long journey by speedboat, mirror-ceilinged taxi-van, and 3 planes, I decided to travel back East. When I think about just those facts I have to admit it seems pretty f’in nuts. I don’t suffer with jet lag so I can’t blame my thinking on that!…

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My recipe for business success

Psssst. Want to know the secret to having a successful business? All you need to do is create THIS funnel, or use THESE ads, or THIS email template then manifest – no REALLY manifest it, like you mean it. Got that? Just kidding! How many times do you see these kinda claims all over social media and the interwebs?! The truth is there is no one single thing that creates a successful business. Whether your personal vision of success is earning multiple 6 figures, working 4 days a week, or having the freedom to jet off to Bali when you fancy it…ahem *sips cocktail* After nearly 7 years doing my own thing, I’ve found that there are some things that you absolutely can not ignore if you want to create…

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3 hacks to grow your business (dedicated to lazy entrepreneurs)

I’ve discovered that I am really lazy. Put me on a beach and I’ll zombie for hours. I eat snacks instead of cooking real food (cold baked beans straight from the tin, anyone?) but invite me to yours for dinner and I’m THERE. Most mornings I’m too lazy to chew food so I’ll drink a healthy smoothie. Straight out of my Vitamix jug with a straw (so I don’t need to lift it to my mouth and it saves on washing up). I think I’ve known I’m lazy for a while, but I wouldn’t admit it to myself. Let alone the WORLD! I guess because I saw it as a bad thing. Recently, I began to think about this differently… I’ve realised that my laziness directly contributed to my business…

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My big fat blogging lie (and what I’m doing about it)

Love your business, Live your life. That’s my tagline! I stand by this – it’s central to all that I do. But I’ve also been deceiving you. Before I explain why and how I’m going to change that deception, let me give you some context… What I’m about to reveal is controversial I’ve realised that to be amazing in business and life, your needs come first. When I say ‘your’ I mean YOU. As the business owner. The boss. The dreamer, creator, decision-maker and implementer of YOUR big business idea. Not the client, services, products, staff, or investors. You. SAY WHAT?! Yep. This controversial viewpoint is one that many of my clients struggle with when we work together. Sometimes they completely RESIST it initially because it’s totally at odds with…

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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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You don’t have to bare all to be seen online (here’s what to do instead)

If the thought of baring all on social media makes you want to hide under a big rock, for a long time, with a strong drink. I have good news for you! You can still show yourself, your personality and your brand without compromising on your personal life or privacy. Privacy is a hot topic, and in the modern world it can feel harder than ever to keep hold of a bit of it for yourself. How much should you show? So how much should you share about your personal life online? Is it really necessary at all? Can you achieve success online without exposing intimate details about yourself? And, how much is too much?? Some people are happy being totally, 100%, warts and all open on social media. Check…

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When your biz feels like last year’s stilettos (and what to do next)

You’ve invested a lot into your business, time, money, late nights and most likely, tears. But do you ever feel like, well, it just doesn’t seem to fit anymore? Like when summer fades and you get out last year’s jeans which you LOVED, and made your legs look hot, if you say so yourself. But wait, now they feel all wrong? They aren’t YOU enough. Something’s changed… You have a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction. You’re not fired up about your work the way you used to be. You’re feeling uninspired and the motivation just isn’t there like it was. What the H is that all about? How IS that? I mean, you’ve built a business you’re proud of, it makes money, you have responsibilities to your clients, your reputation, maybe…

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When bad customer service is good for your business

I like to go through life seeing the positive side of things. That doesn’t mean I walk around in a perpetual mood of optimism. I have my grumpy and cantankerous moments. Just try talking to me before 8am (actually don’t, you might end up headless). Finding the positive in a frustrating situation is not always easy, and can take some work. But it makes life a whole lot better than walking around in a grey cloud of bad mood. Because that makes life harder – especially for you, and those closest to you.   So what do I do about it? When I feel myself getting the hump about something I try to change my perspective. I ask myself: What’s the positive in this? And, you know what? When I…

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