How kids can help your business

How kids can help your business

My youngest is 10 years old and this term at school her year group has been doing an enterprise topic - learning to start their own little businesses with a £5 investment per group (they made a whopping £17 despite some massive restrictions and challenges).

As part of the topic, the school asked if any parents with their own businesses could go in and talk to the class about their experiences and answer questions, so I volunteered (much to my daughter’s horror).

The whole experience was wonderful and surprisingly beneficial to me too, and left me feeling that we could all use the questions and input a group of 10 year olds kids sometimes to help us with our businesses from time to time.

Head vs Heart - Pruning branches from your business

Head vs Heart - Pruning branches from your business

As small business owners and entrepreneurs, we all tend to have a lot of imagination, drive and ideas that are begging to be tried out. We’re also up close and personal with our customers meaning that we get to hear their comments and feedback straight from the horse’s mouth - not many corporates can say that. So when those flashes of inspiration strike it can be REALLY exciting and almost impossible to ignore.

The positives of that are that we can discover new things and elements to our product or service offering that are exactly what the market is begging out for, and it can take us in exciting new directions that we hadn’t initially thought of.

The negatives of that are that we can end up with a business that is, well, rather random. With lots of branches point off in different directions with no clear focus. Sound familiar?

I’ve been there many many times. My flashes of inspiration tend to come to me either as a passing remark from a customer or when I’m doing something entirely different like walking the dog or having a shower, and I can barely contain myself to pursue them. The upshot of that is that my business, like most other entrepreneurs, has often gone off track and diluted my focus and purpose. Here’s a little taster of some of the branches I’ve ended up with, what I’ve done about them, and what you consider…

The big challenge - when running your business takes you away from your business

The big challenge - when running your business takes you away from your business

Yesterday I ran a training workshop for a small group of self-employed business owners. One of the things that came up in conversation that I hear very regularly, was that all the lady wanted to do was teach yoga but instead she was having to spend a lot of time doing all the business stuff too, taking her away from the thing she loves.

That’s the trouble with having your own business. The “running it” takes you away from It. And when you’re a small business it’s often just not viable to pay someone else to do all those extra things for you. So just how on earth do you get it all done?

After 10 years of intentionally being a “solopreneur” I’m finally figuring out how to manage everything AND still have fun, spend time with the people I love, look after myself, and even get some sleep using a combination of tools, tips and tricks…

Printer jams and all that jazz

Printer jams and all that jazz

Today the air was blue. I said words that have not passed my lips since the teenage rebellion years. My hubby ventured into my office briefly to see what was happening then went away and hid.

Why?

Well, I spent 3 hours, yes 3 HOURS, sorting out my stupid **!$%^£ printer when I was trying to print a 30 sheets of paper. If I apply my hourly rate to that time vs the amount I actually earned, the result was one heck of a minus figure. And if we sit down and look at it, there are so many small, medium and even large elements in our processes and procedures, tools and equipment that can have a similar effect. Have you ever actually sat down and quantified how…

Why even blackmailers should use Mailchimp ;-)

Why even blackmailers should use Mailchimp ;-)

Now, I like to receive a nice bit of blackmail, an offer from an African prince to share his fortune, or handy penis enlargement tips as much as the next person, but it does irritate me when they don’t target their audience.

I mean really, I’m sure they’d have so much more success if they just segmented their contact database more effectively (which I’m sure is GDPR compliant of course), and then send targeted emails just to …

One of the benefits of Mailchimp is that you could quite easily add tags for e.g. “male” / “pervert” / “stupid” etc. and then send targeted emails just to that segment of your database. And you could schedule them to…

Finding a routine that actually works - Step 1 - The Before

Finding a routine that actually works - Step 1 - The Before

I have 1 dog, 2 kids and 3 businesses (and a hubby and a home fortunately) that I’m responsible for keeping going and nurturing the potential of on daily basis. I love all 7 of them dearly, but it leaves virtually no time for me - either in terms of self-care, or to step outside and work on my life instead of in it, if you know what I mean.

The reality is that I’m hitting middle age and I feel like I need to take control and look after myself more and make the most of the years I (hopefully) have left.

Having been inspired by some wonderful booked and podcasts, I’ve decided to spend the month of June trying out some approaches in combination to see what works, what doesn’t, and what effect it has. Here’s what I’m going to try…