Freelancer, Entrepreneur or Business Owner?

Does it matter if you call yourself a Freelancer, Entrepreneur or Business Owner? I keep having this conversation with people. I keep being told that it doesn’t matter, “so long as we’re solving problems for our clients”. I think it does matter – a lot. There’s a world of difference between freelancers, business owners and entrepreneurs. […]

Are you working for your future self?

Present You wants a quick fix, instant gratification, rewards right now. Future You demands harder choices. Before you make promises to Future You, answer this: Why do you care? When you care enough about Future You to stick to the promises you make, you’ll swat away the temptations that Present You whispers in your ear. […]

Say no.

Are you having trouble staying focused? According to Jony Ive*, Chief Design Officer of Apple, there was one exercise that Steve Jobs reminded him of every single day – the practice of saying ‘no’. At least once a day, Jobs would confront Ive and ask him “How many times did you say ‘no’ today?” and […]

A one sided love affair

Are you having a one sided love affair with your business? I hear a lot of people saying they “love” their business – usually as an excuse for why they work 24/7. If your business gives you everything you need in return for your love you can stop reading now and go back to it. […]

What’s top of your priority list?

Priorities come up a lot in my conversations with clients.   Janet wonders why a prospect hasn’t answered her calls a couple of days after she’d left a message. Frank is perplexed that he’d been chasing up repeat work from a client with no success, yet when he met them by chance at a show, […]