Is it time to start your own business?

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“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” Scott Belsky

Do you have an amazing idea? Was it a brilliant ’light bulb’ moment or a concept that you have been brewing for some time? Starting a business is an exciting time but one that should be well planned. Even if you don’t need much money to get started, you will still be investing time and energy so starting off on the right foot is essential. Here are six areas to consider when setting up your business: Read More

Take a break

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6 easy ways to boost productivity and reduce stress

It is easy to get caught up in work during the day and forget to take a break…even just a little break. There seems so much to do and deadlines to meet so you keep working. However, your concentration and health will be better if you make time for breaks. Here are a few activities to break up your work day and help you be more productive and less stressed. Read More

Stop wishing. Start doing

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Make your New Year’s Resolutions happen

There is something about a new year that makes setting resolutions almost impossible to resist. A new year represents a fresh start. It is the anticipation of something new, change and growth. A new year brings with it a chance to break from the regular routines of life, allowing you time to pause and reflect on what was good and bad in the year that has past. Read More

End of year wrap up

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As 2014 draws to a close, I am energised by the thought of a new year just around the corner. A new year brings with it challenges and opportunities. It also provides a moment to pause and reflect on what worked well in the year that has past and make plans for what need to be improved or changed in the year ahead. The end of the year is a special time for two reasons. I look forward to spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy having the time to reflect on lessons learned, successes and mistakes made and plan what I will change moving forward. Read More

Setting up good foundations to grow

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How systemising your small business by managing your workflow will save you time, give you control and deliver results that enable growth

Do you spend all your time working in your business, not on your business? Is this because you are too busy to do anything about this? As a business grows, things get more complex and it becomes difficult to keep an eye on everything that is happening. Before you know it, mistakes can be made, things forgotten and you feel swamped. It seems easy if you work alone to not prioritise systems as you are not accountable to others. However, here are a few reasons why clarifying workflow systems are the foundations for building a business of any size: Read More

Grit – the success secret sauce

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Have you got the grit to not give up when life gets hard? Can you consistently keep your focus on your goals when you hit a hurdle? Life is full of challenges that make your goals seem difficult. Have you got the perseverance to push on? Dr Angela Duckworth defines this as grit – “perseverance and passion for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future”  Read More

So you want to start a business

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50 questions to ask yourself before starting into a new business

Before you go any further, ask yourself why? Why do you want to start this business? People start businesses for numerous reasons. Some want to be their own boss, others want to follow their passion, many expect to get rich. Some say it is too risky, you might go into debt and there is no such thing as a work/life balance. On the other hand, being in charge of your own business means each day can be full of new challenges and opportunities and you are the master of your destiny. Can you clarify why you want to take a leap and start your own business? Asking questions is an important part of building a successful business plan.  Read More

6 apps to boost your business

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Running a small business means juggling. Some skills and tasks can be outsource but this can be tricky on a tight budget. Thanks to technology, there are some great apps that can help to provide a secret support team to a small business manager so you can have numerous balls in the air and keep your cool! Here are a few of my favourites that support me in my daily operations. Read More

Be the boss of your time

Be the Boss of Your Time

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Four Steps to a More Productive Day

Time management is an important life skill that we can all constantly reflect and improve on. Practicing strategies and techniques to manage time enables you to embark on new challenges with confidence. Time management is mainly about controlling your environment, rather than allowing your environment to control you. If you tolerate and allow the interruptions and demands of others then you effectively encourage these time management pressures to continue. Although everybody works differently, the following four steps are a framework to enable you be the boss of your time. Read More