The Benefits of Taking The Time to Stop and Reflect This Year


The Benefits of Taking The Time to Stop and Reflect This Year

As a parent business owner, you do not get a minute to yourself anymore. You’re constantly working, looking after your kids, or just generally being busy. But as 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to stop and reflect. It’s time to think about your year, maybe even your life, and evaluate how you got here and where you want to go in the future. There are a lot of benefits for taking the time to stop and reflect, so let’s cover them now.

Renewed Focus and Clarity

Retrospection is an important part of maintaining focus and clarity. If you take the time to think about your year, you will probably finish by having a renewed idea of where you want to go as a business owner and a parent. You look at all the events that led to this point in the year, you reflect on how they made you feel, and the decisions you took, and ultimately you arrive at the conclusions that will serve you well in the future.

Book recommendation

Being Present: A Book of Daily Reflections 

Appreciation For What You Have

Taking the time to stop and reflect on the year will give you an appreciation for what you have even more. It’s not difficult to see how people could be appreciative of the things they have in their lives, but sometimes it’s easy to forget exactly how important something is. You become so fixated on moving forward and progressing that you stop to remember why it is you’re progressing in the first place.

Stopping in reflecting is good in this regard because it helps you to realise what it is that you still have. You walk away with a new appreciation of the people and the things in your life you take for granted, and that’s fantastic.

Book recommendation

Mindset – Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential 

Better Self-Worth

 You might not know this, but stopping in to reflect on your year is a sign of maturity and helps to better self-worth. If you look at your year as being a collection of experiences, both good and bad, then you start to appreciate just exactly what you’ve managed to get through. You can see your journey from the beginning of the year to the end, and this usually makes you feel better about the bad things, and remind you that you’re a pretty great person.

So overall, these are just a few other different reasons why you should stop and reflect at the end of the year. It’s important to understand where you’ve been to figure out where you’re going, and a lot of people just don’t do this. They don’t stop and think about the important things in life, and so they often struggle when it comes to getting the most from their experiences. What you have to try and figure out is that when it comes to reflection, it’s important, to be honest. Look at your year objectively. You need to understand where you could’ve improved, what you need to do to make 2020 better, and above all else how you feel about life.

Book recommendation

The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM

 

What Do You Need In Your First Year Of Business?


What Do You Need In Your First Year Of Business?

These days, it’s even easier than ever for anyone to be able to launch their own business. With the internet boom, a business can be set up in no time at all. So, it’s safe to say that it’s a smart time for people to launch their own company. However, if you want it to really work out and become something, there are things that you’re going to want to put in place, particularly within the first year. Some of these things are skills, and some of them are a different measure that will help you to run a business. Either way, it’s handy to know beforehand what it takes, so you have the best chance at success.

Grit

To start with, you’re going to find that the best thing you can do within your first year is to develop grit. You’re going to go through ups and downs, and you have to persevere even when you feel like giving up. Grit can really help you to succeed.

Systems

They can seem really boring when you’re hoping that the secret to success is sexy and fun, but systems really do help you to stay on track. When you have systems for all of the little things you need to get done, it’s easier to keep everything organized. Working with a fleet management company, managing your staff, and even keeping track of sales can be hard to do. But when you bring in the right systems and software or even outsource, it can be so much easier for you.

Authenticity

From here, one of the things that you’re really going to find can help you, is for you to be as authentic as possible. It’s easy to think that you need to do what big businesses do or whatever is trendy, but the thing that will help you to stand out and find success is sticking to what’s right for you. That way, you will find your tribe and be able to build a community around your company.

Smart Ideas

The next thing that will really help you within your first year of business is to have really cool and smart marketing ideas. As a new business, you want to stand out and be noticed. But that’s not always easy. You have to really try to cut through the noise. However, when you start to play around with your marketing, you should find that it’s much easier for you to get in front of your audience and really wow them.

Patience

But then also, one of the most important things you can do within your first year of business is to stay patient. You might find that you want to give up when you face adversity, but you have to be patient. Because things will happen for you when you keep going. If you’re not consistent, it will take longer. But putting the work in can really allow you to get results, but it takes time. So, the more patient you are, the better.

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How comparing yourself to others can ruin your confidence


How comparing yourself to others can ruin your confidence

We all have bad habits however some of the bad habits we have can unwittingly slowly ruin your confidence comparing yourself to others is one of those bad habits.

In this video I discuss; How comparing yourself to others can ruin your confidence

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Starting a New Business? Don’t Forget These Costs!


Starting a New Business? Don't Forget These Costs!

Have you been thinking about taking the plunge and starting up a new business? There is a lot to consider when it comes to taking the step from being an employee to being your own boss.

It makes sense that you should put your new enthusiasm to work to find out exactly what setting up on your own entails. Do some digging first and make sure you are going into this with your eyes open. Of course, each business is different and depending on the sector you are setting up in, you will need to make sure you are planning and preparing for what lies ahead.

So what exactly should you consider when it comes to starting up your own business? The best place to start is to check out how much you will need to get yourself up and running.

Did you know it is recommended that all businesses who employ staff have enough funds to cover wages for the first 12 months? This ensures you can pay your staff without having to rely on making a profit from day one.

How Much Money Will You Need?

Many startups these days can be done on a shoestring budget. But not all of them. Whether you are looking at turning your hobby into a work from home business, you need to set up an office and recruit staff, or you need to source merchandise to sell. Do your research and find out exactly how much you will need to get started.

There can be many options to consider when it comes to financing your new venture. From using your savings to taking out loans, making sure you know what you will need to hit the ground running before you start or apply for funding is essential.

If you need to apply for funding, you need to come up with a solid business plan so you can show how you plan to build your business and what the market is like for what you are offering.

What Will you Need to Buy? 

Look at materials you will need, any wages you will have to pay, rents, or rentals for machinery or vehicles. If you need a car to get around from client to client or from home to a place of work, then you can look at Vauxhall SUV models at Drive Vauxhall to find something that will not only match your professionalism but also help you get from A to B when you need to.

Factor in costs for bills such as electric, water rates, and all the equipment you need to buy to be able to do your job and run your business. Things such as stationery supplies and any staff training courses you will need to enrol on.

Don’t forget about any insurances you will need, especially if employing staff members or you have a physical building, either an office or a shop, which accepts customers or clients onto the property.

As long as you do your homework and you know what to expect when it comes to how much your new company will cost, you will be able to start as you mean to go on with no nasty surprises.

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4 Ways To Make Your Home Business More Efficient


4 Ways To Make Your Home Business More Efficient

As you already know, working from is rewarding. It’s one of the most amazing ways to become more accomplished at what you are doing for your career as well as what you are doing in life. Working remotely is turning out to be one of the biggest trends in business, but the biggest worries for the companies that are still behind the times when it comes to remote working is whether it will be efficient enough. Fortunately for you, you don’t have a boss: you’re your own boss, and you have chosen to have a home business.

Efficiency is still a big flashing light above your head, though, and you do need to be as efficient a possible to ensure that you are offering a balanced service. You work from home, but that means that you must keep your home and business life separate while they’re in the same space. Still, there are ways and means to ensure that your business is running smoothly, and we’ve put together four ways to be efficient:

Remove Distractions

This is possibly the most difficult thing to do when you are working from home. You have a blurred line between work and life when you work from home, and interruptions can be a problem. So, you need to create a limit and enforce it. When you are working, do so in an office separate from the rest of the family so that you can work quietly and calmly without the distractions of the family. Plan your work around those at home, and you can limit the distractions and make sure that you can keep up with your working day without a problem.

Invest In Software

Efficiency comes down to working as quickly and smoothly as possible, and that means investing correctly in the right software. Whether this is cloud computing or survey software that you need, you should invest wisely. The better the software, the more efficient you can be in your business. Software and technology are big spends as part of your budget, and you shouldn’t skimp on these to save a buck or two.

Set The Scene

The setting of your office is so important for you to be able to work quickly and efficiently. Your desk and set-up should be conducive to a positive working environment. It’s not always possible to have an office space that works away from the rest of the family, but you can still establish it as YOUR space. Your scene should also include things that you do as part of your morning ritual; so, if you always get a coffee and water before work, keep doing that to be consistent and ready for your day.

Embrace Commuting

You may not go further than the bottom floor of the house for work, but you still must create a “commute” to be able to clear your head and get ready for the day. So, get to your workspace and give yourself ten minutes to think and plan your day, or listen to music, or stretch. Get ready for your day and you’ll work far better than if you skipped this step!

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3 Positive Ways to Stay Driven When You Are Your Own Boss


3 Positive Ways to Stay Driven When You Are Your Own Boss

For many people being your own boss is the dream; however, on a day to day basis, there can be times when it starts to feel a little isolating and gets you down. Positivity is the aim for life generally. Still, with so much going on, it is inevitable that sometimes you feel a little downhearted, and occasionally disenchanted with being the head of everything. So how do you stay driven when the daily grind gets you down, and you don’t have a boss to intervene or colleagues in the office to chat to?

  1. Use the Five Minute Rule 

The aim is to get one thing completed on the to-do list in a five-minute window. So, you need to be realistic; this isn’t about rushing your work and making mistakes or doing it badly; this is a sense of achievement task. Doing something that helps you be able to tick a box that completes a task. So, go for something small that has been waiting around. Reschedule that meeting, post that contract, order more business cards. The psychology of a to-do list is two-fold, first, it helps to be able to see everything you need to do laid out in a neat list, but secondly, the list shrinking gives you motivation and the buoyancy to continue.

Recommend book

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

  1. Keep a Check on Your Goals

I love lists, so whether at work or at home, I use a checklist to store and organise my goals. In the office, I have a yearly overview and a monthly breakdown of where I want to go and what I want to achieve. I reassess them frequently and shift things around when needed. Take time to add notes to help you plot a route from A-B or from dream to goal. It helps to visualise the steps required to get there, so if needs be draw pictures or add some images from magazines and create a goal board. Again like a to-do list, it helps if you can see progress and be able to cross some of these off you will feel like you are going forward and find that driven feeling.

Recommend book

Self Made: The definitive guide to business startup success

  1. Find Daily Inspiration 

Another great way to stay motivated is to draw on other peoples positivity. There are numerous authors who write on the subject of success and offer tips and wisdom. The internet is full of stories of the underdog winning big. Use these to your advantage and allow yourself a short time each day to recharge your positivity. If you aren’t already subscribed have a look at TEDTalks, there is so much wisdom and guidance to be found in these live events, that even watching the recordings at a later day can lift even the flattest of days. If you can ever find one in your area and get a seat in the audience, you will absorb so much upbeat and forward-thinking energy that you will be recharged for weeks.

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3 ways to take charge of your time


When you are a parent and a business owner, it’s often a real challenge to take charge of your time effectively. To try and help remedy this situation, we are going to be taking a look at 3 ways that you can take charge of your time.

In this video, I discuss 3 ways to take charge of your time

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