#3 Pages your business website absolutely, positively needs

If you've decided to go down the lines of starting an online business, or, if you've already started up but don't have a website, I would highly recommend you get one.

If you are currently relying solely on social media platforms, I'd be mindful that things may change, usually overnight, and all that hard work could be gone... forever. 

So, before you quit your day job or become totally reliant on social media platforms to create sales, make sure you have a website that is up to par and ready to attract clients.

Your website is the introduction of your business to the world. You want to make it as easy as possible for prospective clients to understand who you are, what you do, and how you can help them with their needs.

Leaving a prospect without a clear path to that information will cause frustration and if they can’t find the info they need quickly, they will leave your website in search of another...

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Thinking of setting up an online business?

As the UK is on the verge of 'opening up' again and life begins to get back to some sort of normality, you may be someone who's been working from home for a few months and decided that you actually like it. Believe me, it's not for everyone!

The thought of going back 'in' to work may not be filling you with happiness, and if you haven't started your own business yet, this might now be in the forefront of your mind.

One of the primary reasons people hesitate to start a business is their fear of needing many thousands of pounds in start-up money.

If you’re starting a brick-and-mortar business that requires a physical location and/or inventory, yes, those start-up costs can be very expensive. However, if you’re starting a service business online, working from the comfort of your own home, then the start-up costs are minimal.

Here are 5 ways to stay on budget while setting up your business:

1. Purchase a domain. Every business should have a website as part of their...

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Three tiny habits that can help you shift into a growth mindset

behaviour mindset Mar 16, 2021

In the worlds of psychology and business, you’ll often hear the terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’. Mindset in general refers to the learned attitudes you’ve adopted over time; so a growth mindset is the attitude that you can always change for the better whereas a fixed mindset means you believe that you’re stuck with your natural skills without any room for improvement.

Every single person on earth has one of these mindsets but the best news of all is that if you’re stuck in a fixed mindset, you CAN make changes to shift into a growth mindset.

One way to make that shift is to incorporate tiny habits into your routine. Complete these habits enough times and a good habit forms, which can help shift your mindset.

Why do you want to achieve a growth mindset?

Quite simply, because the world then opens up a lot more options when you’re eager to grow.

Growth mindset means you can learn new things; you can change your lifestyle; you...

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Is your mindset affecting your life?

Being an entrepreneur brings many challenges along with its many benefits. One challenge in particular involves your business mindset and recognising if you’re setting yourself up for success or failure.

Figuring out what mindset you have involves using your common sense. If you’re afraid to fail, chances are that’s what will happen because you won’t want to take any risks so you won’t take any action.

However, it IS possible to shift this mindset; so instead of being afraid, you become determined to make your business work.

Which scenario do you prefer: Being determined and taking action or being afraid and cowering in a corner, doing nothing?

Here are some other common mindsets that may negatively affect your business:

1. A negative mindset can affect your confidence. How do you react if a boss or client says you made a mistake or they’re not happy with your final product? Does it rock your world for days at a time or can you regroup, make the...

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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

dream big mindset Mar 02, 2021

 

Do you still have dreams of a lifestyle you’d love to attain or a business you’d like to start?

Do you remember how to dream big like our kids do?

As we grow, we often grow into the mindset that we have to work hard and we can’t take chances – or chase dreams – because we have to be responsible, especially if we have a family to support.

Mindsets can also be established unconsciously during childhood, when we hear parents or other adults continuously saying either positive or negative comments regularly.

Mindset simply refers to “the established set of attitudes held by someone”. Not everyone has the same mindset and if one person is a risk taker in one part of their life, they may not embrace the same risk in another part of their life. Ultimately, one’s mindset plays a huge part in whether they follow their dreams or not.

Here are 3 ways mindset can sabotage your ability to dream big and chase those dreams:

1. You think you’re...

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#12 strategies for dealing with self-doubt

This month I’ve been discussing the effects of self-doubt and negative thoughts.  As this is the final blog of this series, let’s go over some important ways to deal with self-doubt when it happens.
 
By the way, if you think it’s “just you”, let me tell you, even the most successful person works to overcome self-doubt at times.
 
Feeling self-doubt isn’t the problem. Letting self-doubt control you, make your decisions for you, and rule your life is the problem.
 
Here are #12 strategies for dealing with self-doubt.
 
 You’re Not Alone – Everyone experiences self-doubt and whether you have friends, family, or anyone to talk to right now about this, you are not alone in your feelings. It’s all how you react to it that matters. You can find others to commiserate with by joining Facebook groups or other types of groups and forums to help feel less alone with your issues.
 
 Keep a...

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#9 Strategies to turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts

I don’t know about you, but last week when a member of the government said on national tv that we shouldn’t bother booking a summer holiday yet, it made me feel quite down.

I love travelling and seeing new places, even here in the UK. We have a fabulous country to explore. I totally understand ‘the why’, due to the current circumstances, but like many, not being allowed to move around at the moment is making me feel trapped. In this situation it’s easy to start having negative thoughts.

On the plus side, it’s possible to train your mind to overcome and turn negative thoughts around.

Here are #9 strategies to turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts, or to at least stop the negative thoughts faster, when they start.

 Change the Focus – When you encounter a negative situation, try to immediately turn it into something positive by focusing on what you can learn about the situation. Even if all you learn is that you don’t want to do...

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Self-doubt derailer or belief booster?

self-belief self-doubt Feb 09, 2021

It’s no doubt that running your own business is hard work. Amongst the many hats you have to wear, you also need to be confident and have a lot of faith in yourself in order to succeed.

But what happens if self-doubt starts to creep in?

Perhaps you start triple checking everything you do. Maybe you struggle to make simple decisions and procrastinate so much that nothing ever gets done. Or maybe you create a product or service that you want to sell but then don’t, because you start to believe it’s not good enough.

Self-doubt can creep in for all sorts of reasons. Knowing how you developed it can sometimes help lead you to rebuilding your self-esteem, by getting to the bottom of how it happened.

Some people may have had self-esteem at one point, then lost it. Some never had it in the first place.

No matter how you determine what causes your self-doubt, you’ll be able to overcome it. It doesn’t matter if it’s something that developed over time or...

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Finding a positive outlook and over-coming self-doubt

It’s been tough for everyone over the last 12 months, and sadly it looks like it’s going to continue for a while longer too.

Even for the most optimistic, life is starting to become a grind, but if you suffer from self-doubt, everything can appear more amplified.

In my weekly email blasts this month, I am going to talk about how to over-come self-doubt and find a positive outlook.

You may be wondering why I’ve chosen this as a subject. Well, I believe confidence is similar to a muscle. If it isn’t maintained, it weakens.

Lack of confidence can lead to procrastination, or double-triple checking everything you do. Normal day-to-day decisions become difficult to make, and boundaries vague.

Self-doubt can affect anyone. If your regular routine changes (as it has for many of us over the last twelve months), it can lead to undermining your confidence.

If you suddenly find yourself with an unrealistic workload, you can start to feel overwhelmed, which in turn can lead to...

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Assert Yourself: #4 ways to handle a boundary bully

If you’ve been on this planet for any amount of time, you’ve probably attracted your fair share of boundary pushers.

You know that person – the one who pushes your buttons, tests your limits and seemingly makes it their lifelong goal to guilt you into getting what they want.

This person may show up in your life as a co-worker, family member, friend, customer or even your spouse.

Unless you want to forever commit to pleasing the unpleasable, it’s important to rethink your strategy and put these boundary bullies in their place.

Here are 4 ways to handle the boundary pushers in your life so they know exactly where you stand.

1. Be firm: No matter how much someone pushes against the boundaries you’ve set, it’s important not to cave in and let them have their way. If you’re not a natural boundary setter, there may be a tendency to do this. You have to remember why you set the boundaries in the first place and be firm about enforcing them. Make it...

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