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Manage Your Energy Levels To Get More Done In Less Time

I have a question for you- Do you make listening to your body during your working day a habit, in particular paying attention to your energy levels? If not here’s why you should be doing this. Structuring your day around your energy levels has the benefit of making you more focused and productive. Meaning you get more done in less time. Who wouldn’t want that!!! It makes sense really, but how many of us do this. I certainly didn’t!

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A Guide To Turning Your Creative Hobby Into A Thriving Business

You’ve been developing your creative hobby for a while and are now seriously thinking about turning it into a thriving business. Maybe friends and family have been encouraging you to sell your creations. Perhaps you have enquires coming from recommendations. Or you want to create an additional income stream. Whatever the reason turning your hobby into a business is a big step, one that requires a shift in mindset from making for pleasure as and when you feel like it to creating for profit and putting routines in place. Here are the things you will need to consider to get […]

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Successful Goal Planning For The Entrepreneur Who Wants To Achieve Their Goals

It is a scientific fact that repetition helps to reinforce things in our minds, in turn influencing our habits and actions. So imagine what you could achieve by regularly writing down your goals and having them to hand as you go about your workday. By constantly having to write out your goals and having them in front of you every day you will start to affirm, and truly believe in them because they will become embedded into your subconsciousness. But in order for goals to work, you need to set the right ones. So how do you set goals that […]

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Hitting the reset button on missed goals to get you back on track

Goals help us bring our dreams to life, but sometimes we can miss the goal deadlines we have set for ourselves. If things have been a bit of a struggle and you have slipped and fallen behind don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens. In life, not everything goes to plan. But it is how you deal with the changes and setbacks that determines how successfully you pick yourself up to have another go. Simply take a deep breath, press pause to reflect on why you missed the achieving goal, then hit the reset button to start from where […]

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Creating A Daily / Weekly / Monthly Work Schedule That Works For You

As an entrepreneur, you are in charge of your time and have a responsibility to make sure that you get the most out of your working days. Being your own boss means juggling a lot of hats as you find yourself dealing with lots of different things that demand your attention. Having a daily / weekly / monthly work schedule that works for you will help keep you on track of what you need to get done as you work towards growing your business and achieving your goals.

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Five Reasons Why People Are Not Buying Your Product And How To Fix This

Paying customers are the lifeline of any business without them you’re simply running a hobby. Every entrepreneur dreams of creating a successful and profitable business, but for many getting those first customers through the door or to click the buy button can be challenging. People buy what they know, like and trust. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Accept that not everyone is going to buy your product because it could be that it’s the wrong colour, too big, too small and so forth for what they need. The problem though is when nothing at all is happening on the […]

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How To Make Money Blogging

Thinking of monetising your blog? You are not alone. How to make money blogging is a popular search engine topic, as bloggers (and other social media platform owners) from all walks of life seek to leave the 9-5 behind and make a full-time living online. Successful bloggers and social platform owners make it look easy, and graphics popping up in your feed telling you to follow such and such method to earn 5 / 6 figures a month further fuel the dream. But if it was as easy as it is made out to be then every blogger and social […]

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How To Get Your First Piece Of Press Coverage

Getting your very first piece of press coverage for your product, service or business is a very exciting moment in your business journey. I still remember my first of press. It marked a pivotal moment in how I saw and felt about my business and my potential. Someone believed in me enough to share my story. But it took me a while to gather up the courage to reach out to press outlets, so I know how daunting the process of getting your first piece of press coverage can be.

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How do blogs make money?

Who would have thought when the first blog was created in 1994 that blogs would go on to disrupt the way we work and enable millions of people who may never have had the opportunity to do so in a traditional job, earn the types of income that transforms lives. Well they did and two decades later there are still people wondering how do blogs make money, and whenever I mention that I am a blogger one of the first questions I get asked is ‘so how do you make money?’ 

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Does Following Your Passion Automatically Lead To Success?

I read this quote the other day “Follow your passion and success will follow”. Not the first I have seen or heard this shared or uttered by various people to motivate their audiences. And whilst in theory its all well and good, I know from personal experience that following your passion can be ridiculously hard, and success elusive. And it is the messy, meandering, hard bit that is missing in between that statement. 

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Does Luck Determine Your Success As An Entrepreneur

I was thinking about the meaning of luck the other day. Frustrated at missing out on an opportunity I pondered the question, ‘Is luck something that just happens to you, or do you create it?’ Does luck determine your success in life and business? I’m sure we’ve all uttered statements like ‘that was lucky’ or ‘you’re so lucky’ when something favourable, leading to success happens to us or others we know. In doing so we affirm our beliefs that luck is this magical thing that chooses who to bless and therefore we have no control over it. But is that […]

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Why It Is Important To Invest In Yourself And Your Business

As a start-up creative entrepreneur on a budget investing in myself and my business was something that seemed out of reach. I just didn’t have the money to do it. Or rather that is what I told myself, as I wasted my precious pounds on things that were never going to bring me a return. What changed for me was a shift in mindset. I always saw investing as meaning working with a coach or taking some fancy course, forgetting that by reading a business book or attending an event I was in fact investing myself and my business. And […]

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Are You Confident About Charging What You’re Worth?

Knowing what to charge for your product or service has to be one of the most difficult responsibilities of working for yourself. And in an industry where working for free is often expected, seen as something you should be grateful for, charging what you are worth is the bane of the creative entrepreneur. It is no secret that so many of us undercharge in the mistaken belief that we are not worthy of charging high prices. We fear that being expensive means we will not get clients.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

No-one wakes up and automatically knows how to run a business. It is a skill that needs to be learned and honed over time, even if you have a natural talent for it. As a creative entrepreneur, I stumbled many times in the early years of trying to build a successful business. I had no immediate examples of what I needed to do, so just went with what I thought would be the right things to do. Much of my early ideas about business were borne from novels featuring successful heroines who made having their dream businesses look easy and […]

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

I was taking part in an event and had a stand showcasing some of the books I publish. I had roped in my niece to help me out on the day, and when I had finished explaining my work to some of the first visitors to my stand, she turned to me and asked with a quizzical look on her face “Where do you get your ideas from?”

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This Is What Happens When You Choose To Dream Big

Seven years ago I made a major career shift and started a blog with vague ideas of what I wanted to do as a career, and no idea of how I was going to get there. About to complete my Masters a careers advisor told me they could not help me. I was on my own. So I made a list of all things I wanted to try out, adding to it over the years; some worked, some failed and some that I ended up working on were not even on my list, to begin with. One of the things […]

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Entrepreneurs You Cannot Afford To Be Complacent

The recent election shock in the UK has brought forth yet another important lesson for entrepreneurs, this time on complacency. A Prime Minister who thought they had this in the bag and that sending people to the polls was just a formality in strengthening their position is today wondering how did it all go so badly wrong. In hindsight there were several contributing factors, the key ones being:

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