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?

What is your biggest challenge?

WARNING: You will need pen and paper to read this article! So before you sit down, prepare them, please.

When I ask business owners what their biggest challenge is, 8 out of 10 says: Time Management. And they say it without thinking.

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They know it.

They also know how to do it better. They know all the tricks. They just cannot change.

Are you one of them?

Are you the one who is always busy but not effective? Who keeps forgetting what must be done?

Do you know what the reason is behind this? Habits. Bad habits.

And what is behind good time management? Habits. Good habits.

If you really want to change and give your business a chance to grow or keep feeding you at least, do one little thing now.

List all your habits that you have in relation with your work. Everything. Social media, television, post-its everywhere, chatting on the phone, distractions. I know you just nod your head now, but what if you really give a chance to it? What if you take that 5 minutes NOW and get a paper and a pencil. I wait. Go and get it.Hand_Writing_Small

So, you listed your bad habits that keep you away from your success. Now pick one. Only one. The one that annoys you the most! Let’s say it is that you get lost on your Facebook news feed too often. So, now find a solution. A good habit. For example, when you sit down to your computer, you close ALL your social media platforms. ALL of them. You can access your browser but not until you finished your excel sheet with the admin. Or whatever you must working on.

Apply this single one good habit every day.

Keep your list with the bad habits. And move on to the next one in one or two weeks time.

This is the only way that you will start it.

  • Create good habits.
  • Create a lifestyle.
  • Decide how you want to live.

You can blame others. But if you look into your heart and you truly listen, you will admit that it is all up to you.

I am telling this with my best intention. Because I believe in you. I believe that you can do it.

Pick one bad habit now and change it. It will give a fantastic boost to your life and business.

Take care and let me know how it goes,

Mariann

How to USE your network – 8 tips

It will be short, so have an espresso this time rather than a big cuppa. Enjoy reading!

Are you member of a networking group? For what reason did you join? What was in your head when you clicked ‘apply’? Is this a free group or do you pay a yearly or monthly fee? If yes, how much? A few hundreds per month or per year? Or just a few pounds per month?

Do you spend much time there? Do you use that group? What do you get for your time and for your money?

8 Leadership Qualities That Really CountLots of questions, I know.

So here is a list of ideas what your networking group can do FOR YOU!

  • meeting like-minded people – great to have a tea with someone who understands what I am talking about.
  • getting discounts from members – wonderful, do Christmas shopping without problem.
  • promoting each other’s business pages – spreading the word, their friends might be your ideal client.

These are great but is this enough? There must be more in this!

And then you can do all these for them, right? Because the golden rule of networking is: Give five times, ask once! Share, comment, like, recommend, promote and invite. You do it first, then expect it back.

What else can a networking group do for you? (and you for them?)

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  • skill-swap – you can get your eyebrow waxed in return for a few cards. Connect with those who offer services that you would use anyway.
  • team-up – have a shared giveaway! You sell deli, she sells boxes, promote your products together!
  • link your services or products – do you offer training, invite a 20 minutes office massage in the lunch break so you add fantastic value to your product. Or if you run a place for kids then team up with a nanny or crafter to do extra classes together.
  • delegate the job – you take beautiful photographs, others have fantastic copy writing skills, so combine them, work on each other’s website or blog weekly. Add value, add extra content to the pages.
  • post on Facebook for each other – some  people have more time to do social media and are more skilled. Others cannot really get there to post weekly. So offer something for each other! You can find the businesses around you who are linked to yours and you can have a common social media campaign or you can just run your platforms together by adding each other as admin.

birth of ideasBeing in a networking group means that you are not alone to do the job. You have lots of people around you to share with. You all save time, you all save money. You inspire each other and you will feel so much more creative and open.

Connect, share and enjoy! This is networking. And this is just the basic level.

See you soon for a cuppa,

Mariann

Why would you want to become self-employed and how to do it?

Why would you become self-employed?

hopeEveryone has a reason. Everyone has a good reason. There is a networking group for self-employed mothers and they put it out on their website why and how they started. Read about their stories in their business directory and on their website.

Certainly the best option to appreciate and schedule your own time. You need wonderful time management skills, though, but you can learn that.

What would you do as a self employed? How would you start it?

Well, start dreaming. Than write down your dream. Try to make it real, sound real. It does not have to be realistic, though. And at this point the research will need to start.

First you do research inside. In yourself. What kind of skills do you have to make this happen? Do you have the right knowledge? Are you an expert in this field? Would you enjoy doing this as a job? Even if you feel that you are not qualified, you are not expert, do not give it up just yet! You can learn, you can improve, you can start with small and build it up from scratch. Your possibilities are limitless! Do not run away. I trust you.

I believe in you. In your skills, in your mind, in your courage. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box.

Once you are clear about yourself, turn to your audience.

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Do marketing. Reflect. First, find out who are your customers. Go through the marketing planning with an expert if you do not know how to play with the “P”s. You do not have to understand all the marketing secrets – unless you plan to set up a marketing business….

Do you have now your clients? Do you know who are they? Have you found them?

OK, put together now a questionnaire, a survey or just try to speak with them. Ask them what they want. What they need. What would make them happy. What would they want to buy.

And then start working. Build your online presence, set up your network, connect with your customers. Focus on your strengths. Push those things that you are good at. Forget or outsource everything else.

opss, do not forget to contact HMRC, read through their relevant pages, call them, talk to them.

And now you are ready to deliver.

Would you need more inspiration? Read advice from other self-employed people from the Loughborough network.

If you have any question let’s talk.

Mariann