The best job you can do from home

Source: raising humans

I run a management and business consultancy and I got this question already so many times from mothers who do not want to return to be employed but want or need to earn money. What is the best job I can do from home?

20150330_181510I always give the same answer: There is no answer to this question that I would be able to phrase for you.

If anyone gives you a list of business opportunities, think! Think! Why would they do that? How would they know what is best for you, for your family? How would they know what fits your personality the best and what kind of work makes you happiest?

So, simply just stop asking this question, please. At least, stop asking others!

Ask yourself the following questions instead:

  • what makes me happy?
  • when I run my day what type of activities make me feel energized?
  • do I love talking, meeting people?
  • do I prefer writing or talking?
  • do I love people or numbers and papers?
  • am I an introvert or extrovert or highly sensitive introvert or extrovert?
  • am I gifted or talented?
  • is there any hobby I love and makes me happy?
  • how many hours do I want to work?
  • do I want to leave the house for work at all ever?
  • do I know anything about business administration?
  • do I have any sort of knowledge of marketing?
  • am I able to motivate myself or do I need a team?
  • can I invest any money?

and so on, so on, so on… listen to yourself for at least a week and create a list of all the good things that make you feel happy, refreshed and energized.

Also ask your partner or sibling or who knows you best what they would answer the questions above.

Then do your research. If you need a team and you want to socialize you might consider an MLM business. If you know nothing about marketing, try a franchise. If you are happy with administration and numbers, open a virtual assistant service. And this is how you build up who you are, what you want. Then, once you start to form a picture about your dream work, start to plan: what you want to achieve, how much money you need to earn, when you want to get to certain mile stones, etc.

BEFORE you commit yourself to anyone or you invest, think about why you want to do this. List your reasons that will motivate and reinforce you. Create a vision board and keep it somewhere you see it every day. What is a vision board and how to make it? This is how I made mine: just click here for the article.

My vision board

… or dream board…

I share a secret with you now. This is so personal. I have dreams that I have not yet shared with anyone here.

This is how it started: I was dreaming about the sea and a life that allows me to spend ALL my time with the ones I love. I was dreaming about feeling healthy and pretty and actually look good in that damn sexy bikini. For too long it was just a dream.

One day I felt it is time and started to think about the “how to” part, so the planning began.

I discovered how to cheat my brain and how visualizing my success would lead me to actual success. I created a vision board, or dream board. I collected pictures, I find the best words that expressed what I wanted to achieve. I did a plan to calculate how much money I need, what I must do, what the steps are and I put these on the board. I have a plan to follow to make my dream happen and become true.

I love my vision board. So easy to create one, if you understand the logic behind it.

I recommend this book, it is brilliant.

What I did was easy. I printed pictures about the beach where I wanted to live, I printed a picture of myself (I was not brave enough to do it in a bikini), I picked a photo of my extremely handsome husband and put the numbers and words on a board along with the photos.
So, what do you want to achieve in your business or in your life?

Are you good at what you do? REALLY?

feedback-520527_1280Are you good at what you do? How would you know that? What do your clients say about you? Do you know it at all?

Asking for feedback is one of the most scariest thing. Seeing a customer satisfaction survey result can be the most humiliating experience ever. At least, many business owners think this way.

It does not necessarily have to be  a bad thing.

First of all how do you know what you do the best? Client surveys, customer satisfaction questionnaires or feedback forms are not to list all the negative experience your client had with you. Feedback is not complain. Or it does not have to be.

feedback form mhcIf you ask for feedback every time you interact with a client, you can be entirely sure about your standards, your values and the quality of your service from your customers’ point of view. You will know who (they think) you are and what they need.

It can give you a distorted picture, though. You might make the mistake to satisfy all your clients and consider only what they need. But then what about you?

What about your expectations,measure-585888_640 your values, your standards and your motivation? You have started this business with an original idea of how to achieve success. You are doing this job because you chose it. How can you measure your success? Do you know how good you are? Do you know if you are up to the minimum expectations? Who will tell you?

Nobody.

So, what can you do now?

Landscape-Reflections-2Write down your expectations. From yourself, from your work, from your environment. Reflect. You need reflection to be able to see yourself clearly. Double check it regularly. Then get the collected feedback from the same period and compare them. If you have never wanted to sell high quality video decoders, than a complain from the customer looking for it in your shop is irrelevant, isn’t it? But if your shop shelves are all labelled as out of stock, this feedback might be something to look into.

Your customer will tell you how good you are, just give them the opportunity to do so. Ask them!

But always, ALWAYS, have a list of expectations in front of you that you wrote yourself, so you can check where you are, who you are and what you offer – from your own point of view. This is the only way to measure YOUR OWN success and satisfaction.

Let’s talk if you need someone to hold the mirror.

Regards,

Mariann

Therapy vs Coaching

Consultations or Coaching, Therapy or Coaching, Counselling or Therapy and then Mediation and Support groups and Advisory firms and so on ….wordle

Many of us feel often confused when these terms are not used correctly or when we do not  know what they really cover.

To understand the difference between Coaching and Consultancy, I give you a simple example.

A coach will ask you many powerful questions and you figure out the answer. A consultant will give you advice, options and solutions, so you get the answer. For me it does not really make sense to give you an answer without you having a question at ready. This is why I always start my session with coaching questions. So we actually have questions to answer. Then we move on to the solutions. This is why MH Consulting is not simply coaching or not simply consulting. It is a combination of both.

How is it different from Therapy? 

coaching vs therapyPatrick Williams in the Choice Magazine (reproduced with permission and available on the link here to download in .pdf) explains that “Unlike therapy, little time is spent in the past with coaching, except for brief “visits” and then the focus is on developing the future. “

For me coaching is really to look into the future using information from the past, consultancy is then the pavement that we walk on to get there, to achieve our set goals. As I do this mainly in business environment it means focusing on your marketing, business goals, time management, personal and professional development and your business challenges in general.

The above mentioned article also says: “…therapy is about uncovering and recovering, while coaching is about discovering…”

This is what I love the most: discovering. It is always something new to find. And not only in you or in your business but also in myself. As when I meet you, it is not just you who benefits from the session. You will show me your world, so I learn a lot from you, too.

If you want to discover your future challenges and opportunities now, contact me and we will ask those questions, answer them and plan the path to achieve your goals.

Email MH Consulting now: contact@mhbusinessconsulting.co.uk

Welcome

I am pleased to welcome you here. MH Consulting is my consultancy to support small business owners, self employed people – specially parents – and start ups to find business solutions, learn about marketing and set their goals. I also help them achieve those goals and keep them motivated to stick to their established work plan. Oh, you might have no work plan? Or you might have no marketing plan or business plan? If you are comfortable to put it together alone, do it! You will benefit from it, I promise.

If you feel that you need company to daydream then plan together, contact me!

How?

The headquarter of MH Consulting is in Leicestershire, UK although I offer online sessions. For more information and to book your FREE intake session please send an e-mail  to:

contact@mhbusinessconsulting.co.uk

If you want to contact ME directly send me a message to:

mariann@mhbusinessconsulting.co.uk

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Cannot wait to hear from you! You cannot lose anything.
Yours sincerely,
Mariann