How good are your people skills?

Every business is a people business. Whatever kind of business you run you’re going to be selling to a person. A real, live, human being. At one end of the scale you may never meet them and they could just click a button to buy from you. Even at this level, most people want to […]

Time Management for Mere Mortals

If you’re reading this as a small business owner you should know that you are not an ordinary mortal. You are a rare breed of person who has decided to take control of your life by running your own business and succeeding or failing on your own terms. However, you only have the same average […]

How much luck is involved in reaching your goals?

How do you set goals -or do you avoid them? I’m involved in keeping a group of people accountable for progressing their goals. Before we started I asked everyone to decide on their reward for achieving their goals. Small business owners are remarkably poor at rewarding themselves for doing well, or even noting their achievements, […]

Setting boundaries and managing expectations

Having clear boundaries makes you easier to work with. Because I work with a network of business owners who encourage each other to be strong and bold and know their value I’ve always been heartened when they dismiss clients who don’t respect their boundaries. The “always-on” culture is partly to blame for boundaries becoming blurred […]

The self – employed roller coaster

Are you in it for the ride? The feast and famine that many freelancers / consultants / small business owners experience causes more stress than any other factor of the self employed life. We all know the score: You do a lot of business growth activities, you get new business, you get busy delivering what […]