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I love a good quote, don't you?
A few words can succinctly say just what you are thinking or want to express.
Here are a few related specifically to the ideas of business.
I have one favourite, because it is specifically about asking the right questions.
Something I share a lot with people, it's the only way to arrive at the right answers...
Excellent BBC podcast about mumpreneurs, some great real life interviews and some very useful resources available regarding information and funding you many not have heard about or thought about.
Although UK centric, there maybe similar resources in your home country...
I have been away for the last week so completely missed this offer from my favourite business builder, the one you are reading on...
There is a sale which was due to end yesterday the 3rd of September but it is held over today only... in other words... gone tomorrow....
So if you would like to try out this Solopreneur Business Builder for a discount.. get to it right away..
I would have posted up sooner but I have only just seen it this morning....it is a genuine last minute thing for me... not a crafty sales pitch!!
Now the summer is over, time to get back to your perfect business idea planning...
Nursing in the UK is quite a challenge these days, budget cuts, more work, less staff and so on have caused a number of nurses to rethink their vocation.
I had a chance encounter recently at a hospital appointment with a nurse who was beginning to think she perhaps needed to to look at alternative ways of making a living.
The trouble was she didn't know which way to turn...
I know I want to start a business and I have lots of ideas I think about but I don't know how to put a frame around them to make them into a cohesive thing
Thought for today, if you are struggling with coming up with a business idea.
If you can put the word it at the end of the following verbs you can make a business out of it.
• Teach • Make • Design • Distribute• Write • Franchise• Export • Consult About • Paint • Grow• Brew • Raise• Cook • Care for• Record • Craft• Organize • Build• Decorate• Coach• Sew• Bake • Upcycle• Rent • Photograph• Fix• Create• Smell• Invent• Brand
I just want to highlight I have a new newsletter sign up page on the site.
And as a thank you I am offering a download of my Self Coaching Questions Ebook.
Part of a larger course to come a bit later.
If you are on that journey to finding a perfect business idea to suit you and your lifestyle these questions will really help you think about what is and is not important to you.
They will tease out what really interests you, what you like and don't like and prompt you to go back over your life for clues about deep seated gifts, interests and talents.
Head over to the sign up page and the book will be with you to download from your confirmation email.
I hope you find it useful and feedback is most welcome...
I have noticed a lot of people get stuck in an idea phase because they feel overwhelmed.
Too many things going on, too much stuff cluttering their mind and they cannot see the wood for the trees
To counteract overwhelm it's often a good idea to declutter your brain and get your thoughts in order and streamline your thinking.
A bit like clearing out your closet, emptying the attic or getting the garage in order.
Here, Elizabeth Gilbert is interviewed by Marie Kondo, of the now legendary Konmari Method about this very thing.
I thought her statement:
“If you’re too afraid to look into the scary attic in your mind, look into the scary attic in your home.”
was quite profound.
Sometimes you might have to clean out and clean up before you can work on anything else...
This applies equally if you are going to have, had a baby or you are a grandparent, who thought their time was going to be their own to build a business but now they have parenting duties.
Not the easiest time of your life but you shouldn't let it get in the way of your business building dream.
As always, lots of common sense from Carrie...
It is important to be clear about what you love. Some things should remain a hobby and you don't have to love your job whilst you build a business...
A useful talk to clarify the differences......#elizabethgilbert
Are you looking for a unique business idea, just for you.
It's easy, pick an area you would love to work in and offer one thing to one group of people that will solve a problem for them...
Are you considering a pet business idea.
Do you want to turn your love of pets into your lifes work for profit.
If so you might be interested in the interview series summit coming in July from the Empowered Petpreneur.
A series full to the brim with ideas and help from experts in the pet business world.
Begins 15 July with Mikaela and it's a freebie. You have to pay a small fee if you want to keep your access but it is really not much, compared to some I have seen...
I don't have any affiliation with this event, I just wanted to share it with you. I hope you find it useful
Words of gratitude. Something you hear people say is important.
Well, in the words of Oprah Winfrey...
...Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough
I have added a search box to the site.
So if you are looking for something particular, just put in a word or phrase and as if by magic you will have a list of pages to investigate.
I hope it makes the navigation around my site just a bit easier for you.
It is on the top right of every page if you are using a desk top but actually somewhere near the bottom on a mobile device...
If you are using or going to use
Here is a business building platform comparison article.
Essentially built around traffic of course, there are some eye opening facts.
You know, building a successful web-based business takes much more than “an hour” and a “stunning” design. It takes much more than a website – period!
It requires an entire step-by-step process, of which site building is merely one of ten important steps.
I have just taken this test recently, How To Fascinate and I wanted to share it with you because I feel it has value.
Sounds a bit corny but it's quite different from ones you may have taken before.
I thoroughly recommend it if you are going to pursue a business idea.
You will learn how others perceive your communication so you can focus on all of your strong advantages.
I am very pleased to say I came out as a Wise Owl.
Very comforting to hear as an advice giver!
What is great about it and it's big difference from other career tests is, it's designed to show how the world sees you rather than how you see the world.
When you communicate your primary advantage will show how your can be at your most influential.
Your secondary advantage will show where you add value.
If you are familiar with prominent career tests such as DISC or Strengths Finder or Myers-Briggs you will know what I mean.
Some useful questions from the website:
How can a self-test show you how the world sees you?
This assessment is based on branding, not psychology.
It interprets your actions and preferences through the eyes of others.
Over 10 years of research, spanning fields of study from neurology to biological anthropology, went into the making of this 28-question assessment.
It identifies your personality's most fascinating communication Advantages.
What are Fascination Advantages?
Your Fascination Advantages are what make you different and most valuable.
Think of them like your natural superpowers.
When you communicate using these Advantages, you become more influential, more persuasive, and more successful.
Who created the Fascination Advantage Assessment?
The Fascination Advantage assessment was created by New York Times best-selling author and world-class branding expert, Sally Hogshead.
Sally created the Fascination Advantage system after working as a copywriter and creative director for the world's most loved brands--including Nike, Coca Cola, Mini Cooper, and Godiva.
"Your personality is your greatest differentiator."- Sally Hogshead
I hope you find some value in this recommendation.
(full disclosure it's an affiliate link but as you know I only recommend stuff I have used myself)
So you have got the Wordpress platform, everyone says how great it is, how intuitive it is, how EASY it is to use.
You have gone round the steep learning curve and...... you are suitably underwhelmed.
Your website is not performing quite how you were led to believe by the experts?
You want to build a web business don't you and not just a website!
Help is at hand......and it is built just for Wordpress!
Struggling with finding an answer to a burning questions you might have?
Ask me here, you will be helping others who also need to know but may be frightened to ask.
No question about finding a business idea or improving the one you have is too small.
We have all been there and sometimes you just want someone elses opinion on things who is not a family member, a friend or worst of all a critic!
You are a brilliant creative person who needs to fly, don't let a small thing hold you back.
If you are working hard to come up with the right business idea, you might have got to the page on my site about Finding Your Strengths.
Here is an additional page about the areas to look for your strengths.
There are 9 areas we all can be brilliant in but we all, mostly manage just a few of them.
Nothing wrong with that at all, no-one can be good at everything.
The key thing is to know where you shine and work with it rather than highlighting the less than stellar bits.
Trying to improve a weakness is like trying to push water uphill.... frankly, why would you?
But that said, no one has any weaknesses really, they are just strengths in the wrong environment.
Marianne Cantwell said that...link to her book on the page if you want to read more about that.
I have just listened to this brilliant podcast, its only about 45 minutes long and packed full of little diamonds of information.
Brian Clark, the podcast host always has a lot of useful stuff to share.
Joanna Penn, his interviewee is a fantastic British author of fiction and also non fiction.
She is a super successful writing coach and teaches marketing and publishing to aspiring authors under her brand The Creative Penn.
She also teaches author mindset and the essentials of how to make a living with your writing.
She is talking with him about being an introvert, how she does her business and why she is happy with what she has and doesn't aspire to be a millionaire.Something a lot of people, I feel would like to hear about.
There seems to be a lot of pressure to only be considered successful if you make a million.This is so not the case with Joanna.
If you are introverted, or a writer, or want to have a writing business and not necessarily write books, this is golden information.
Here is a synopsis of the podcast from the website:
The rise of audio — both audio books and podcasts — and how it is changing the future of both consumption and publishing. (They return to this at the end too.)
• How Joanna stays “sanely ambitious” with a successful 6-figure business that remains completely on her terms … and why she is not striving to hit seven figures.
• Why it’s important to regularly review your business and double down on what you love.
• Why Joanna and Brian struggle with Seth Godin’s definitions of freelancer and entrepreneur.
• Joanna goes into detail about her business model and the many ways she makes money.
• The specific strategies Joanna has used to leverage affiliate sales into half of her total revenue.
• The many different tools and services Joanna uses to manage her independent publishing empire.
• Joanna explains a few remarkable examples of what’s next in audio and voice — including A.I. voice synth and licensing a voice brand.
• Why even a writer like Joanna is thinking and planning for #voicefirst moving forward.
I hope you find it useful.
A great listen for this Sunday morning
#writingbusiness #businessidea #businessideas #creativebusinessideas #thecreativepenn #joannapenn
I have said this a few times now.
It hems people in and they feel failure if things don't go well.
Sometimes your passion should remain, just that, a passion...
My friends think I should be putting my feet up now I am looking towards retirement and my family think I should stay home and look after their children
Many people want to organise their small business idea around their life purpose but they are not sure if they know what it is or how to go about finding it.
Ask yourself these 11 questions to help you move closer to the answers you are looking for.
Have you picked the right business idea?
Just because you are passionate about something doesn't mean it is the right choice.
Sometimes passion should stay just that, a passion.. or else you kill the joy of it...
If you don't treasure your mindset like a child and nurture it, it could be game over before you even begin with your business idea.
If you are stuck in a fixed mindset and cannot change to a business one combined with a growth one you are doomed to failure.
Mindset is everything, in life and in business.
Is yours holding you back?
Can you recognise it in yourself and you want to do something about it?
I am not a lover of blah, mundane and irritating listicles, you know the ones, 10 things to X Y or Z in your life but I think this one really has some merit.
I wouldn't post it otherwise...
We are all holding ourselves back and we need to realise what the problem is, address it and move forward.
And then your world will be a better place when you do your thing, instead of being scared by it.
Which is it that is really holding you back?
Are you thinking of using WIX for your website?
You might be interested to read a bit more about why it might not be the best platform for you...
It might just save you hours of work!
Have you tried the Wealth Dynamics Test yet?
An incredibly useful tool in determining how best you do business. For example should you be the star of the show or are you best behind the scenes.
Do you like to create products and services or should you stick to the organisation of the business and strategise and get someone else to do the heavy lifting for you instead?
Business is hard enough as it is without you playing to your weaknesses.
Why not play to your strengths?
It is not cheap, but I found it to be well worth it.
I came out a Trader, but I will let you read more to find out what that means.
Its a lot of fun finding out about your talents.
As Marcus Buckingham, an world expert in working to your strengths says in his book Find Your Strongest Life
"Though your strengths may limit your choices, they will little by little expand your world".
In other words if you concentrate on the thing you love doing, you will meet others who love doing the same and opportunities will appear that you had never considered before.
If you carry on watching TV, nothing will transpire.
I urge you to find your strengths and build your business world around them.
Life will become sweet when you do...
Are you struggling to write your about me page on your website?
Do you find it hard to write about yourself because you are naturally reticent and don't like to draw attention to yourself.
Well, if you are going to start your own little business you are going to have get used to telling people about who you are and what you stand for, so here is a great article about how to write a compelling about me page.
Use it like a kind of a template and you can't go far wrong.
Be proud of who you are and what can do, people are waiting for you in the world.
#business idea #aboutmepagetips #workforyourself #sbi #startyourimpossible
As you get stuck into all the shopping and buying and wrapping... give yourself 5 minutes to think about your dreams for next year.
Are you finally going to get that business off the ground?Great, well you can help things along with your website building presence or is that presents?
SBI are offering 2 for one until 28 December, so you and a friend/partner/loved one can get that business going for half price...so you can share the fun of building it all together.
Do you belong to a group who want to start a business, well you can pass the savings along to each and everyone of you too.
One of the things that often halts people getting going is money, so if that is you, take advantage....of a low cost business startup
Read all about it here, and WordPress is covered too....
Business Idea Generation: I can help you generate a small business idea around who you are and how you want to live your life
Does your business idea involve selling on Amazon in a big way.
If so you might want to read this article which points out things I never gave a thought to.
Yes, it is easy to start but there is a price to pay for easy in business.
If it was that great, we would all be doing it... right?
As business ideas go, this one made me choke on my coffee this morning.
I think it is the audacity of it.
This article is essentially about having a mentor to help you move forward but what caught my eye was
"One incredible example Reid gives of how testing an idea can pay off big time is the mortgage broker in Canada with the whacky idea of selling a bag of fresh air from the Canadian Rockies on eBay. The audacious Canadian has now graduated to selling cans of what he calls Vitality Air to Chinese customers."
I didn't believe it so I googled it and looked on eBay, and sure enough, you can buy fresh air in a jar for a pretty penny.
If that isn't a brilliant business idea this monday morning, then I don't know what is.
Moral of the story is, no idea is too crazy because you will have a customer somewhere in the world.
Right I am off to collect some fresh air from the Peak District, it is on my doorstep.
I am wondering if I could sell it in China...?
If you have a craft business idea you might want to take inspiration from Adele Sweeney in the UK who not only follows her passion for crafting but has made it into a social enterprise as well.
She has created a business around who she is, what she loves and it fits in with her lifestyle.
She has created her perfect little business.
Which is wonderful considering she very nearly gave up on the idea completely.
As she says,
"I started thinking a regular business was not for me, and that I’d made a huge mistake starting the shop. I researched how to start a charity; in the process I discovered the concept of a “social enterprise.” I realised that’s what I should have been doing all along!"
If she can do it so can you, why not you?...
Isn't it time you finally nailed that business idea you have been thinking about for ages.
If you are planning to make a new year resolution to finally come up with that perfect business idea, then start now so you are ready to leap on January 1st.
Even if it is only a loose plan.
You can build the perfect business around who you are and the lifestyle you want to live...
I make no secret on my website about my favourite business builder and why I use it and love it.
Perfect for anyone who wants a web presence for their business, which is probably everyone!
Perfect for WordPress lovers too if that is your preference, the widget slots right into your platform.
I love how I don't just get a tool to build a website, but a whole package to learn how to build a business from idea to execution and have help from others from a forum and a professional team behind the scenes you can ask questions of, 24 hours a day and receive an answer.
So, I thought I would update about the latest guides that have been included in the package around social media.
2 new guides have been delivered on Twitter and Pinterest.
They show you how to get the most out of both social media platforms and how to use them more effectively if they are the right one for your business.
I am constantly amazed how more and more is offered in the package yet the price remains the same.
About £25.00 per month, and less if you pay upfront or use Wordpress to have all that "build a business" information at your fingertips instead of having to search the internet for every piece you need as you go along.
That just takes forever....I am sure you know exactly what I mean!
I think you just might like it, especially as you can trial it for 3 months and if you don't think it is right for you, you just ask to get your money back.
No questions asked, no explaining why...
I don't see anyone else doing that, do you?
#solobuildit #sbi #businessidea #businessideas #solopreneur
If you are over 50 you might have noticed job opportunities are a bit less.
You still need to work though, so what are your options?
Come up with your own business idea perhaps?
According to this Financial Times article and I am sure it is still very relevant a year later, over 50's are the new start up generation.
Often blessed with disposable income, but I suspect many are not and have to work, this could be the way forward.
As an over 50 myself I am very keen to encourage it...in fact I think I am going to focus on this age group a bit more...
I can't bear a bully, especially where children are concerned.
Here is a lovely story of a very brave young man, who wanted to follow his dream, but it didn't match up to what others thought he should be doing.
He was bullied terribly but it is him who is having the last laugh.
Bless him....follow that dream
Not everyone wants to "start a business" but a lot of people want to work for themselves.
So perhaps it's time for you to look at freelancing instead.
So you can offer your services straight away.
Here is a really useful website about the topic...
This lady talks inate sense about looking at how we either think we fail or succeed.
There is a 3rd way of looking at it by using positive, incremental statements so you don't give up.
I love this...
The very excellent Alain de Botton and his philosophy on success.
Perhaps you need to refine your definition and be a little kinder on yourself.
An interesting point of view...
You know even Maya Angeleou suffered with imposter syndrome so don't beat yourself up about it.
Frankly, I think everyone I have ever spoken to, who has taken a leap of faith into the unknown has felt it.
So ponder on this tonight and start again tomorrow... you are good enough...xxx
#mayaangelou #impostersyndrom #TED-Ed
This lady has a very powerful story.
She felt at one point in her life she was going to die.
But she used the power of the internet and used her passion to create the beginnings of a thriving online craft business and start her journey along the road of personal peace.
Even in the darkest of circumstances you can find light... #fridaymotivation
I love a simple idea and I love a business idea in an industry people think might be saturated.
The secret to success in any industry is thinking laterally, and coming up with the same thing in a new way.
I love these two ladies from New Zealand
They both had regular jobs but came up with another theme on a cleaning business.
They move in after the party.
They offer the Morning After party clean service.
A great way to offer something different in a sea of cleaning businesses.
They have hit a rich seam in what I teach as places to look for people who want want you have to offer area...
Get a bunch of people to split the bill and it becomes affordable and saves everyone time and effort.
Who really wants to clean up the morning after the night before?
Genius business idea in my book.
I think you know by now, my maxim of not taking travel advice from people who have never left home
Well, I want to share on this lovely Sunday morning, advice offered by 53 people who have left home and started their own business, so I think they know what they are talking about.
Great advice from all them in my opinion about what was their most critical business decision.
I thought you might find what they have to say useful as you embark on a new week with your business idea journey.
I hope you have a productive one...
You remember I told you about the unknown lady on the south coast of England, who was found on the beach last year, not identified, and I sent a donation for the flowers.
Well, the lady at the local government office who was arranging the funeral, send me a link and some photographs of the event, after it took place.
She said over 100 people showed up in the end, and many are going to keep in touch with each other, after bonding over this event.
I just wanted to show you how lovely it could be if you created a business as I mentioned, around people who don't have anyone at the end.
It would really touch peoples hearts I think.
I hope you don't mind me sharing this story with you because I don't think it is morbid, I think it is uplifting about human nature.
RIP dear lady...
This was an idea I had after being moved by a story about a lady washed up on the shore in the south of England.
She was unknown, no one came forward to claim her as a family member so she was to be buried in a paupers grave with no name on in a local churchyard near to the place she was found.
I was moved to tears about this one and sent a donation for flowers to the local florist in the town 200 miles from where I lived.
It made me think of all the other people across the country who get buried each year with no friends, family or community members in attendance.
I thought about how a business could be created allowing people to donate money for paupers funerals as a form of charity in a way.
A way for nice people to do something memorable for another soul whom they would never meet or get to know.
I hope someone takes the idea up and runs with it...
And ideal way to have an online flower business of sorts with a very humanitarian theme.
You have chosen your industry to create your business idea for, but have you chosen the right way to do business.
The way that suits you and your lifestyle?
And not necessarily the way that suits your family members?
Or your friends?
Meet Frank, who wanted to be in the mobile catering industry but struggled with the idea of actually cooking food for money.
He realised after we took his business idea and tweaked it to fit him perfectly that he had been barking up the wrong tree.
If you are struggling to get going, it might not just be resistance you are facing, rather you perhaps need to review your idea and make it fit you better.
That "follow your passion" advice might need you to head down another avenue instead of the obvious one...