Sometimes you can't say yes to new business: When to turn down a potential client

I used to say yes to any and all potential clients that came my way. If someone wanted me to help them with their business, I'd do it. Sometimes when I shared my price with them they'd haggle or try to get me to compromise and sometimes I would.

I always resented those clients. And myself...

The real problem though was that I was saying yes to any and everything, without putting any real boundaries in place, and it was hurting my business and me.

3 book reviews on business books that can help you improve your business.

Book Review: Rising Strong by Brene Brown

In Rising Strong, Brene Brown explores how to reset your life when you've experienced adversity. This book was very timely for me to read because of some tough experiences I've had n this last year. Reading through it gave me valuable techniques to draw on as I work through those experiences. It's helped me work through some tough emotions and behavior patterns and provided me a way forward. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with some life changing struggles, who needs some guidance on how to move forward, but also to anyone who wants to improve how they work through difficult situations.

Book Review: The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

In this book, the author provides further social experiments where he explores irrational behaviors and shows why people make the decisions they make based off emotions and other factors that aren't rational. It's a fascinating book which explores human behavior and provides insights and glimpses into why people behave the way they do. The author also explores how irrational behavior can benefit us, in the right context. If you're interested in understanding human behavior, this book will provide some fascinating insights that you can apply in your life and work.

Book Review: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

In Braving the Wilderness, The author explores the topic of belonging and how to discover true belonging with yourself, as well as how to brave the wilderness and stay true to your journey and message instead of trying to fit in. Reading this book has been timely for me as I've gone on my own metaphorical journey into the wilderness with my business and life. I particularly found the idea that I belong to myself and that I can give permission slips to myself to be helpful, because its allowed me to look at my life and give myself the necessary breathing space I needed as I made some tough transitions. I highly recommend this book as a guide to help you brave your own wilderness and find true belonging. 

3 ways your Business Plan takes care of your business and you (when you use it)

The first time I wrote my business plan, I wondered to myself, "What will this business plan do for my business?" I mean, in theory, my business plan was describing what my business is and how it works, but actually turning that theory into practice seemed impossible. My business plan didn't come with a manual of instructions on how to implement it.

And when I worked with my clients on their business plans, there was a similar feeling of frustration.

"Why am I spending this time putting this document together, if there isn't a clear path to actually do something with it."

Now if you've ever felt this way, chances are you wrote a business plan a long time ago and then promptly lost it in your desk, never to see the light of day again.

And that's sad, because when you put all that effort into writing a business plan, you should get something out of it beyond just stuffing it in a desk and forgetting about it.

How to stop running your business by Reaction and start growing it by design

When I started my first business, I made all the mistakes that many business owners make. I had no business plan and I didn't have a clear picture about how I would get new clients or even how I would take care of existing clients. I was operating my business in the dark, and it often felt like I was trying to feel my way toward growing a successful business.

And even after I wrote up a business plan and starting putting processes into place, I still found that I was struggling a lot with actually making the business viable. I would have moments where the business seemed to be working, and then I would have moments where it was clear the business wasn't working.

You know, the feast and famine cycle that many businesses go through.

And why does this happen to so many businesses? Why isn't there a fool proof plan that just allows you to rake in the money, while taking care of your customers?

How to balance your house work with your business

When you own a home based business one of the challenges you face is figuring out how to take take care of your house hold, while working on your business. Your house hold has chores and errands that need to be done, and yet you also need to work on your business. Finding the right balance, where your house hold is taken care of and your business is also taken care of can be tricky, without the right systems in place

What are systems in business and why do you need them?

What are systems in business and why do you need them?

One of my clients recently told me that when she first started her business she didn't have any systems in place and as a result it felt like her business ran her. She was constantly reacting to everything coming her way and it made her feel like she could never relax. And although she had a successful business in terms of the number of clients and money coming in, part of her felt miserable because the business wasn't being run on her terms.

How to Occupy the Conscious Mind and Liberate your Creative Genius

How to Occupy the Conscious Mind and Liberate your Creative Genius

The other day I was feeling creatively blocked. I had just finished setting up my Facebook messenger bots and I realized suddenly I had an opportunity to share some actual content. I haven't written much in the last 7 or so months because I've been busy learning a ton about online marketing.

Why being yourself is a secret ingredient to the success of your business

If there's one mistake I see made over and over again (and I've made it too), its an entrepreneur who tries too hard to fit in with preconceived ideas of how a business owner should look or act or dress. And the problem is that when you try to fit in, it comes off as inauthentic and actually hurts your business more than it helps.

The one element your business must have in order sustain its growth

The one element your business must have in order sustain its growth

If there's one mistake I see made over and over again (and I've made it too), its an entrepreneur who tries too hard to fit in with preconceived ideas of how a business owner should look or act or dress. And the problem is that when you try to fit in, it comes off as inauthentic and actually hurts your business more than it helps.

How to get back on track with your business when you feel overwhelmed

How to get back on track with your business when you feel overwhelmed

Back in September 2016 I found out my dad had a health issue come up. And it was a hit to the gut. Everything had been right in my world, and suddenly it wasn’t. I was consumed with worry for him, a sense of my own mortality, and a feeling of helplessness, because I couldn’t be with him, when he needed me. When it came to my business I couldn’t focus on anything, until I knew my dad was ok. And then he was ok and it was time to focus on the business and I just froze, overwhelmed by all the work I needed to do and hadn’t gotten to.

Why you need systems to support the growth of your business

A lot of business owners run their business by the seat of their pants. As a result their business is often chaotic and usually the business owners are caught up in a cycle of feast or famine. The solution isn't just getting better at marketing and sales. In the video below I explain why you need to have systems in your business if you want to grow it successfully.