Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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Simply simple (saves stress!)

Ahhh, simplicity—the nirvana that I seek for my business and life :)

And I’ll be honest… I can be super-good at making things and my Thing waaaaaaay more complicated than I need it to be if I don’t keep them in check. Maybe you do this too?

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Pace yourself (and get good at the 1 thing that makes all the difference)

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When you work out your Thing, it’s very tempting to then run at 100 miles an hour and try and get everything done at once. You want the website, the Facebook followers, the big list, the speaking gigs, the PR, the online programme–the lot. But what you might spot missing from that list is clients (and therefore cash).

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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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Money Matters

We’re often discouraged from talking about money as it’s not good manners, and I’m still quite the fan of not ‘banging on about’ at every opportunity. For example, I’ve never been one to market what I do in terms ‘work with me and you’ll make lots of money’. But you want to make sure that, after all your costs and expenses, there is at least enough left over to pay you–the business owner–a salary or wage AND ideally that there is extra for putting back into the business or taking as a bonus.

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Is anybody there?

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Very often there are more people listening, reading, following, watching, and noticing you than you may realise. But too often we can worry about ‘what we see’ and not what we don’t see.

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