Is Your Success Out Of Date? Thrive! TV Tips

Is Your Success Out Of Date? Thrive! TV Tips

“Is this it? What made me think this would be a good decision?! I must have been crazy to quit my job and start my own business. No one told me it would be this hard.” “I can’t believe I left my old job, what was I thinking. When I planned this sabbatical/new job, I thought it would be the best thing in the world. But, if I am honest, I hate it.” I have heard these laments and many like them from my clients. Setting out on a new path for our lives can be much more challenging than we imagined. We often underestimate the impact of the change and how hard it can be to accept and embrace. When we work as an employee, our success criteria are often based on those external markers given to us by our company. Elements such as salary and benefits package, title, class of business travel and number of staff reporting to you can be how we measure our success in the corporate world. Starting up our own business we change many things; what we do, our title, our working structure and our place of work. But very rarely do we update our success criteria. It can be easy during transition to feel as if you are not a success any longer because the previous external markers have disappeared. In the initial stages of any career change, knowing how we judge our own success is critical in keeping our confidence, optimism and energy high. We must know deeply what success is for us. This personal definition of success will be different...
Why Do You Do It? Thrive! TV Tips

Why Do You Do It? Thrive! TV Tips

Before you jump off the corporate ladder and leave your job behind to start up your business, take some time to get really, really clear on why you are doing it Your business will take a lot from you time, energy and money. It may even cost you relationships, your health and other opportunities. Before you fully commit to this, it is imperative that you get clear on the big reason WHY you are doing this business… When you go through those slumps and twists and turns, you need to know what the big idea is and your compelling reason why. This will keep you going in your darkest hour – it is WHY it matters. Also knowing your reason why at this early stage will help you to create the business on your terms. For instance, do you want to be financially free, or have a lifestyle business, with lots of flexibility to work around the kids? Your Action: Ask yourself these questions: Why is this important? What difference will it make to you? What difference will it make to your customers? Why do you want to start this – freedom, flexibility, passion? To use your expertise?        ...
Lost Your Life? Thrive! TV Tips

Lost Your Life? Thrive! TV Tips

Yes, I know it’s there somewhere but chances are if you are running your own business, you may feel as if you have LOST YOUR LIFE Does this sound familiar – you are sitting on the coach for some relaxing time with the family but in reality, you have your tablet on your lap, and you are doing your social media, checking your email? So work creeps in, again. Or it’s Sunday morning, and instead of relaxing, making coffee and catching up on the papers, you are catching up on writing a report that is due in Monday. So if you feel that you don’t know where work ends and your personal life begins I recommend that you start to create some simple boundaries and stick to them. Remember it is you who controls your diary and ultimately your time. You are the one in charge of you! Too often we forget this in the rush of our lives. And if we feel like we are working all the time, we never get a real chance to recuperate, rest and feel rejuvenated for the next working day. So if you want to get rejuvenated, try these actions   Set a start time for work everyday – and your brain will thank you for it, if it’s the same time every day Finish work at the same time every day Doing this will make you feel like you have control over your working day, encourage you to put down those devices and reconnect with your personal time.   Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your...
Frigid About Finance? Thrive! TV Tips

Frigid About Finance? Thrive! TV Tips

Is finance leaving you frigid? Are you waking up at 2am wondering how you will pay the mortgage? You know you would really love to create the new business you are dreaming of but you are terrified it won’t make any money. Before you complete your business plan, take some time out to do some personal accounting instead. You need to make a safety net of cash to cover you just in case the business doesn’t take off like you thought it would. So, get your calculator out and work out how much money you need each month to cover your living expenses – your housing, food, utilities, clothes, travel, holidays etc. Then start saving! If you want to loosen up your fear around finances when you start your own business, having set aside a safety net of 8 months worth of living expenses will do that. Your Action: calculate how much you need to live on for each month start a savings plan That will help you rest easy and get back to your business...
When Do You Send Out The Bailiffs? Thrive TV Tips

When Do You Send Out The Bailiffs? Thrive TV Tips

Are Bad Debts Ruining Your Cash Flow? [new_line] Do you resent those clients who aren’t paying you on time, especially when you have spent late nights getting your work done on time or getting their delivery to them it doesn’t seem fair.[new_line] A poor and mismanaged cash flow is a disaster for any business. When you run out of cash, you can’t pay your suppliers or your staff and you have to borrow money. This can be an expensive option.[new_line] Instead of getting bitter and twisted about it, not to mention extremely worried, use this system to manage your cash flow and start to feel in control of your debtors.[new_line] 1. Create an Invoice Due Date:[new_line] Put it on your invoice. Maybe its 14 days, or 30 days, it is up to you. But you need to decide and then place it clearly on your invoice.[new_line] 2. Set yourself three reminders in your calendar:[new_line] i) 2 days before it is due ii) the due date iii) 5 days after the due date [new_line] 3. Use the reminders like this:[new_line] i) 2 days before hand – check if it has been paid[new_line] If it has – great! If not, send them a reminder that the invoice is due on ‘x’ date, and that you are looking forward to their prompt payment.[new_line] ii) On the due date – check again if it has been paid[new_line] Fab if it has, you might even want to thank them. If it hasn’t been paid send them an email reminder requesting payment within 5 days.[new_line] iii) 5 days after the due date – check again[new_line]...
Are you one of the 68%? Thrive! TV Tips

Are you one of the 68%? Thrive! TV Tips

Are you one of the 68% of women who are making less in their bushiness than when they had a job? Yep, last year I did some research amongst corporate crossovers and I discovered that 68% of them are making less in their new business than in their last job… 68%. I think this is a crying shame and it is my mission in Corporate Crossovers to bring this number down. So why is it so high? And how can you be sure not to be in the mix?   Your Action: Firstly, set goals for your business. If you don’t have a financial target for your business, you will never reach it. That may sound obvious but so many business owners I meet don’t have financial targets and so they are just glad to cover their expenses and get by. Then, track your income every day! Look at how much money you have made each day versus your monthly target. I do this and I credit it with being the key factor to doubling my business revenue in one year. Why did it work? Every day, I look at my financial goals and then think about how much I have earned. I compare the two and it motivates me to keep selling and focus on the numbers. This simple little task takes 2 or 3 minutes at the end of the day and you will start to feel empowered and proud of the income you generate each day. And I know, that over time, with that level of focus on your financial goal, you will reach it.  ...
Kill Your Dead Time – Thrive! TV Tips

Kill Your Dead Time – Thrive! TV Tips

I have never met a bored business owner We all have growing to do lists, and not enough time to do them. We are always busy and want to have more than 24 hours in a day. So much time can be wasted by switching between different types of tasks and by commuting times to meeting. This is dead time. Because, not only does your brain need to switch a gear when you are transitioning between tasks, but you also need to shift your energy. And lets be honest, sometimes we struggle to find the energy to create, and other times we can’t stop ourselves. Or maybe you are an early morning person and that I the best time for you to create or to crunch numbers. Personally, I love to write in the morning. I have a clear head, my mind is free, the house is quiet and I can write… but in the late afternoon, it is much harder. So if you want to be more productive – kill your dead time now! Start to observe when the best time of day is for you, or even which day in the week to do certain tasks on. Start to schedule all the similar activities that match your energy flow the best and see what difference it makes. So it might be that you have Monday mornings for writing proposals and research, Monday afternoon for email processing, Tuesday for client meetings etc. Your Action:   Start to notice how you feel about doing certain tasks on certain days and times. Then devise a new schedule that more closely...
Sneaky Peeks Harm Your Business – Thrive! TV Tips

Sneaky Peeks Harm Your Business – Thrive! TV Tips

You caught me! I was checking my email in between takes… and in fact by taking a sneaky peek, I am harming my business!   The temptation of smart phones and tablets is to check our email constantly. The device never leaves our hands and so we always feel compelled to check. Just in case![new_line] The trouble with this is that we end up READING our email not PROCESSING it. This means that our inbox becomes crammed full of read but unprocessed emails. Which means that we then have to waste time by rereading the email before we process it – double handling is a waste of time.[new_line] Worse still, when we read an email, sometimes it’s contents can be hard to remove from our head… so we walk around thinking about that email and using up valuable brain space! Whereas if we had actioned it the first time we read it, it would be out of our inbox and out of our head – freeing our energy up.[new_line]   Your Action: Turn off the email from your device and when you sit to ‘do’ email – actually process it, not just read it.[new_line] Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Scared Of A Skills Shortage? Thrive! TV Tips

Scared Of A Skills Shortage? Thrive! TV Tips

You want to leave your job and set up your own business, or take a big new step in your current business but you stop, you hesitate. You’re scared From my research I know you are probably scared that you will fail, and fail because you don’t have the right skills to do it successfully. This fear can paralyze us, and we end up doing nothing. We dream about taking the leap but because we don’t think it will work, instead if trying anyway, we do nothing. The best way to beat a fear is to meet it head on! So, if you think you don’t have the right skills to do something, stop guessing and get some facts together! It’s time for a look under the bonnet and time for a skills audit. These are really simple to do… Think about the job or business you want to create What skills are needed – if you don’t know go and ask someone that does that type of thing already Review your list – and mark out of 10 how well you think you can do the skills required Then make a decision – will you learn how to do it, or outsource it Volia! You have the facts – a true picture of how big… or small your skills shortage really is Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Phobic About Finance? Thrive! TV Tips

Phobic About Finance? Thrive! TV Tips

Do your numbers scare you? Are you phobic about finance? Could you tell me how much your business earned last month, last week or even last year? If you are only looking at your business finances at tax time, you are not running a business but you are running an expensive hobby. The more we know about the numbers in the business, the more we understand about it. I know that the thought of getting out the bank statements and checking them against invoices and receipts can seem like a terrible job, but if you are to know the health of your business it is essential. Hiding away form the numbers will probably leave you feeling worse about your business than you need to. I know from the experience of my clients, that they often think their financial situation is much worse than it really is. So you need to embrace the numbers and do it frequently. Leaving it all to tax time means you are already out of date by the time you get them.   Your Action: Here are some easy steps to take to get up to date with your numbers: Block out an afternoon in your diary Gather all of your bank statements and receipts On a big piece of paper or a spreadsheet, enter all of the money that came in each month. Add that up, as that is your income. Then underneath that all of your receipts, debit card and credit card bills and put those in each month – that is your expenses. Simply take away the expenses from your income, and...
Should I Stay Or Go? Thrive! TV Tips

Should I Stay Or Go? Thrive! TV Tips

Procrastination can be a wonderful thing to keep us safe but it can also keep us stuck! Should I stay or go? If you are wondering if you should leave your job and start your business, or maybe you feel as if it is a step too far and it scares you, but the job isn’t doing it for you either… then try this, I call it my Sliding Doors visualization. Say you have 2 choices… stay in my job, or leave and set up my business. Choice 1 and choice 2. What I want you to do is to spend time imaging what your life would be like in 5 years if you took choice 1, or if you chose choice 2. Really visualize choice 1 – imagine how it would be to live your life, remaining in your job now. What you would do every day, how much you would earn, who you would meet, what would you love and where would you be challenged? Then visualize, if you can, 5 years into the future with the 2nd option… starting up your job. Imagine what it’s like to set up your business in 5 years time. Who will you be dealing with, who are your customers and what will your life be like? What will make you happy; what will stress you? When you have taken time to visualize your future outcomes you can start to understand the impact of the two decisions. That will give you give you clarity about what your futures may be. [new_line] Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight...
The Relationship Between Massages And Money – Thrive! TV Tips

The Relationship Between Massages And Money – Thrive! TV Tips

When did you last have a massage, or a manicure or do something to really pamper yourself? Cast your mind back to when you took some time out for pampering. How did you feel after the experience? Chances are you felt special, re-energized and rejuvenated. You probably felt like you could smile more easily, relax a little more and that the world was a much better place. How do you think that state of being impacted your customers and your prospects? Was it easier for you to have sales conversations, to do your work or to be more magical at networking events? We are our business. How we feel about ourselves and our lives is reflected in how we do our work. If you are feeling exhausted, sad or resentful it will seep into your work. Your clients and potential customers will feel it. Imagine how that will impact sales. I always think there is a direct correlation between how well I look after myself and my sales success.   Your Action: Plan something in the next week to relax, rejuvenate and get your passion back for your business. Your sales figures will thank you for it! Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
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