Thrive! TV Tip ~ An easy way to be more effective

Thrive! TV Tip ~ An easy way to be more effective

Do you feel as if there isn’t enough time in the day to everything you want to for your business? Watch this week’s Thrive! TV Tip and learn how to increase your effectiveness by creating some easy systems. The great news is you don’t have to be a process engineer – it can be much easier than you think! And you will save valuable time… Think about those tasks you do repeatedly and create a simple system. For example, following up with contacts you meet at a networking event or your new client welcome system. The creation of the system will give you confidence that nothing is missed and you have streamlined all the steps. And then one day you can outsource this system for someone else to do, freeing you up to do other revenue generating activities 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!...
What happens when you leave corporate to set up your own business?

What happens when you leave corporate to set up your own business?

Leaving the perceived safety of the corporate world to start your own business can seem exciting and a great adventure, or it could be scary and risky, depending on your state of mind. Earlier this year I conducted research amongst 300 women business owners. Even though they said they love being self-employed, it isn’t always easy. The transition from employment can be challenging, with revenue and cash flow often erratic at the beginning. And in many cases they are unprepared for the sheer volume and variety of work encountered in running their own business. They may be very skilled in their area of business but it is the myriad of other demands on their time that they find challenging. Whether it is the legal approach, finances, IT or even managing their own diary, these are things that the women have traditionally relied on the large corporate framework to provide, and in many cases even taken for granted. There is no one at the end of their IT help line to fix the printer! Transitioning from corporate to one’s own business can also be challenging at the level of identity. After many years of having a certain title, reliable salary, working for an esteemed company and perhaps having many staff, when this disappears it can be a shock. As suddenly, those external cues we used to judge our success and identified with are gone. The women then need to update their identity based on their values and refresh their criteria of success. In my experience, when women haven’t done this, they may view their entrepreneurial venture as a failure because...
Missing your paid holidays?

Missing your paid holidays?

At this of year in the Northern Hemisphere, our thoughts turn to the long stretch of summer ahead of us. For those of us in the UK, we are all probably aching to go somewhere sunny and rain free for a long, long time! (for those of you not in the UK, we have seen a whole lot of rain…..) Yet, here is often where having our own businesses can be the double edge sword. We have all the flexibility we want, as it is our business, and yet for many of us, unless we are working we don’t get paid. And this is when we can reminisce fondly of our time as an employee……. So what to do? Well, you could always go and get a job but I know that’s not an option as you love the freedom ad flexibility of your own business. So try this planning and calculation instead..I call it the My Holiday Time Breathe Easy Calculation! Step 1: As you plan your year in broad strokes, plan those weeks you will take out as holiday. Then calculate the number of working weeks you have left. Step 2: The divide your ideal annual income by those remaining working weeks. This number will then become the income you need to achieve for those weeks you are working. Doing this calculation and achieving this target will mean that you are paying yourself while you are on holiday! Of course, it may mean you need to step up and grow your business by 20% but won’t that peace of mind be worth it? If you need help...
Even if you paid me more, I still wouldn’t…

Even if you paid me more, I still wouldn’t…

The most surprising fact that came from the Corporate Crossovers research was even if they were offered more money, two thirds of those women earning less or much less in their businesses compared to their previous work, still wouldn’t return to employment. Clearly their distaste for their previous environment outweighs their lower earnings. Money isn’t the driver for these women anymore. Many said in the research that they were happier with less, they had become less materialistic and were loving the freedom and flexibility that their new life gave them. Where are you with this? Are you really happier earning less, or if you are honest would you love to earn what you once did, doing what you do now? If this sounds like you, this is why I set up Corporate Crossovers – to help women like you thrive! Take the first step for change and download my free e-book on “How to Start earning what you are really worth”. And let me know how you get...
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