7 Survival Tips For Working From Home In The School Holidays

7 Survival Tips For Working From Home In The School Holidays

1. Put you and your business first! Decide the hours and days you want to work over the holidays. 2. Clearly communicate your working routine to your family, and ask them to help you with it. Once you have your routine, stick to it. Everyone in the house will start to get used to it, and find their own rhythm around it. 3. If you have young children who may be at home when you are working, make sure they have an activity to keep them amused for a decent stretch of time. You still need that time to think! 4. Consider doing child minding swaps with other working mums in your neighborhood. This is a cost effective way to ‘buy’ a  morning or two of free time. 5. The early morning is your friend! If you can, set your alarm click for 6.00 and use that quiet time before the house stirs to get some work done. 6. If you need to make calls that require a business-like silence in the background, tie a scarf to the door handle and tell your children that they can not come in to the room when the scarf is on the door. If this is doomed for failure in your house, you can always do what a client of mind did, and make calls from the car parked outside the house! 7. Make sure you schedule some down time to spend with the children. Planning some activities you will all love, putting them in your diary will help you feel less torn between work and family over this time. I would...
Working from home – how do you make it work?

Working from home – how do you make it work?

If you have recently crossed over – left your job to start your own business – and now you are working for home, be honest – how is it working for you, really? Chances are you may still be enjoying the novelty of working in your pajamas until noon, sneaking a load of washing on when you should be calling clients, or even watching daytime TV! And whilst this can be fun for a while, it really won’t help you build your business, nor give you the chance to create clear boundaries between work and your personal life. A common complaint for many Corporate Crossovers, especially when they work from home, is that they don’t know when their working day starts and then finishes. It seems that their day becomes an amorphous lump of busy activity. There is no time to recuperate before the next day begins and the cycle repeats itself. If you are feeling frustrated that you are not working as effectively as you could at home, or that your day is a blur and you lurch from one task to the next, then try these simple steps to make working from home  a delight! 1.   Get Dressed for Work I know this sounds obvious but really, when you get dressed in the morning and you have no meetings, are you really dressing for work or a slobby day around the house? How you prepare yourself when you get ready sets the intention in your mind for how you will be operating during the day. Even if you are seeing no-one, get dressed as if you...
Working from home – are you really cut out for it?

Working from home – are you really cut out for it?

When I researched 300 Corporate Crossovers, the biggest thing that they missed about their previous jobs wasn’t the money but it was the social connection. They missed having workmates, having someone down the corridor that they could bounce ideas off or even to catch up with last night’s TV show. Not having the social connection can lead them to feel isolated and disconnected. The can easily spiral downwards into lowering self-confidence and forgetting how to put yourself forward. If you need that social connection, then are you really cut out for working from home by yourself? It may be that you need to work from home for financial reasons or a lifestyle choice but if you feel that you will need that social connection, then you might want to consider some different ways to connect with people and still get your work done! Here’s a list to get you started:  find a local coffee shop you love with good wifi 5 star hotels have fabulous lobbies and usually great coffee – good for meetings as well  join jelly – a new shared working space for people to hang out with http://www.uk-jelly.org.uk shared office space, there are many of these around now, and you can rent by the day you need them, I love Third Door in London Consider joining a members club – you can combine business with pleasure, again visit many to see which one you feel a closest fit with I find that some days I relish a day in my home office all by myself, especially when I need to write, plan or create new courses....
Thrive! TV Tip ~ Gratitude? Yes, it can help business!

Thrive! TV Tip ~ Gratitude? Yes, it can help business!

No doubt when you were a child you were taught to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as a demonstration of your good manners. And we’re told to be grateful……but have you ever wondered why? Thinking consciously of what is going well in our businesses and lives, helps us to be more optimistic and positive in our thinking. When our thinking changes, what we notice changes. A virtuous circle! Watch this Thrive! TV Tip to learn more. 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!...
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!...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ 4 easy ways to shift your momentum – fast!

Thrive! TV Tip ~ 4 easy ways to shift your momentum – fast!

Are you feeling a little sluggish after the long summer holidays or maybe if you’re in the Southern hemisphere, feeling a little sluggish after winter? In this week’s Thrive! TV Tip, I have four quick and easy ideas for you to implement fast to shift your momentum! 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 business support do you need?

What business support do you need?

I have been so fortunate in the past few weeks to speak to over 30 Corporate Crossovers. These women have taken their valuable time and shared their story with me. I have heard all about their transition from corporate employee to business owner. Why they left and how it has been for them since. This is all for my new book coming out soon! The key theme that keeps on coming through from them, and the 300 Corporate Crossovers I surveyed earlier this year is the need for support. Support for them as they go through that transition from being a corporate employee in that framework to launching out on their own. Support as they grapple with the multitude of things that need to happen to get the business from concept to reality. Support as they learn to sell themselves, their ideas to new markets. And as they learn to value themselves and their time and put a price on it. And business support as they realize that maybe the actual performance of their business is different from their business plan. And support when it gets tough, when they’re tired from the long hours, feeling fragile from rejection and yet still persevere because they are so passionate about their idea and determined to make it a success. If these statements resonate with you – where are you getting your support from? The women I have spoken to find support from: partners and family close friends other business owners mentors coaches some networking groups (not all…so check carefully) b0oks and courses As we are all so individual, I urge you to...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ What is your biggest business asset?

Thrive! TV Tip ~ What is your biggest business asset?

Years ago I was Brand Manager for Colgate Toothpaste. Our offices in New Zealand were directly over the factory. Every week we would have a meeting with the production staff to check on how production was going. Invariably this would include a discussion about the state of the toothpaste machine. If the toothpaste machine wasn’t producing toothpaste, we didn’t get sales. It was one of our business’s most important asset. When we run our own business, we are that toothpaste machine. Without us, our businesses wouldn’t be here. So take a moment, watch this week’s TV Tip and consider how well are you looking after your most important asset? I would love to know what you think!   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!...
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...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ What happens to your great ideas?

Thrive! TV Tip ~ What happens to your great ideas?

How many great ideas do you get? When you are in the shower, flicking through a magazine, on a bus, driving or wherever…. What happens to them? Do they get lost in the ether or do you save them ready for future inspiration to build your business? Watch this TV Tip and get some ideas about what to do with your precious sparks of inspiration. 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!...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ What makes you stand out?

Thrive! TV Tip ~ What makes you stand out?

In a competitive market place, we need to stand out from our competition. Have you ever wondered what makes you different? Why your customer chose you over some one else? Take a look at this Thrive! TV Tip and think about what makes you different. 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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