I love it when a plan comes together!

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You absolutely need a plan in business, and while I am not a big fan of the v-e-r-y long (and let’s be honest sometimes quite dull) ‘business plans’ that your bank manager might want to see, you absolutely DO need a plan.

Not having a plan is like navigating in the dark with no idea of where you’re headed. Things work out so much better when you have a plan.

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Don’t believe the Hype

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The Hype often tells us ‘this is easy’ and this is ‘simple’ and that is very probably true for the person saying it.

I, for example, find it very easy to write copy, set up web pages and run webinars, etc. For some people (and I talk to them every day), even one of those things seems impossible :)

So don’t always believe the Hype ;)

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What to do if you don’t want to be the boss

Now, your Thing might well lend itself perfectly to you being the boss of a business. Or, it might not. It might be that the best use of your Thing is as part of someone else’s business–or in partnership with someone else (and their Thing) that adds up to a better result that you on your own. Or you can just hire a ‘boss’ to take care of business while you do your Thing.

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Streamlining for Success

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Streamlining has been on my mind these past few days.

You know when someone says something, or you read something and then you SEE IT EVERYWHERE.

Yeah, that’s me this week and streamlining, de-cluttering, making things simple and more elegant.

I’m going to share why it’s so important and why you should think about (and do it!) as much as you can.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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What happens when it all works perfectly?

What happens when your business is working just the way you want it to? When the right clients are coming in and paying you the right money to do the right work, right when you want them to? You do the happy dance, right?

Well, you do the happy dance if you realise that’s exactly what’s happening…

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