My Top 4 Favourite Podcasts


My Top 4 Favourite Podcasts

In this post, I am going to share with you my current favourite top 4 podcasts. I’m really excited to share my list with you because over the years I have learned so much from listening to podcasts. I remember when my sister first introduced me to them I was like a child in a sweet shop, picking different ones to listen to as I was working at my desk or driving.

I have put together the names of the podcasts, a description, why I enjoy listening to them and all the links so you can subscribe and listen in too.

1. AskPat: Your Online Business, Blogging, Marketing and Lifestyle Design Questions Answered Daily!

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Pat Flynn says he is a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. Pat also has another podcast show called Smart Passive Income. He is the author of the following books –  Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money and Let Go I have read Will It Fly, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is thinking of starting a business.

Each episode features an actual question submitted by a business owner or someone who is starting up. What I love, yes love, about AskPat is that people will ask a variety of questions and Pat will answer. I listen in daily and often someone will ask a question to do with a business that sets a light bulb off in my head. Pat answers each question in as much depth as possible and points listeners to further tools and resources that they can access in relation to the question that was asked. Another cool feature with AskPat is that everyone who submits a question that he answers gets a free t-shirt. I have not yet asked Pat a question but I plan to.

What you will learn from AskPat is online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, start-ups, search engine optimisation, email marketing and so much more.

Check out AskPat podcast and Smart Passive Income website.

2. Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

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Amy Porterfield shows you exactly how to monetise your online marketing and blogging efforts using her own tested, actionable lead generation strategies. Amy’s podcasts often feature guests who share information on how they launched a program, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Rick Mulready has been on Amy’s podcast – he is the go-to-guy on Facebook ad strategies.

What I love most about Amy’s podcast is that each episode teaches the listener a lesson and she offers a free downloadable worksheet with each one. When I listen to Amy’s podcast I make sure I have my notebook handy as I always learn something new. Amy also offers various courses – I have done her list builders lab training course and give it 10/10. What I learned on that course I have implemented in my business.

What you will learn from Amy’s podcast is how to create an online course, video marketing, webinar recording, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, new content creation (including eBooks, guides and cheat sheets) and email marketing.

Check out the online market made easy podcast  and Amy Porterfield’s website

3. The MFCEO Project by Andy Frisella

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The MFCEO Project is for anyone who is sick of the fluffy unicorn and rainbows style of talking about pursuing goals and profiting in business. The MFCEO project features sidekick Vaughn Kohler and each week he interviews guest entrepreneur millionaires who share their lessons for success.
I’ve been listening to The MFCEO for about three months and what I will say to you parents who plan to listen to it – have your headphones on, no loudspeaker for this podcast (haha). Andy keeps it so real, he puts you in check as well as motivating you with thought-provoking phases. On days when I might feel unmotivated, I re-listen to The MFCEO episodes – trust me I soon feel motivated again.

Check out the MFCEO project podcast and the website. 

4. Soulful PR Podcast with Janet Murray |PR|Marketing|Social Media

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Janet Murray has spent fifteen years writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Sun and Daily Mail. Janet Murray is my go-to person for all things to do with PR. I have attended Janet’s ‘Your Year In PR’ 1-day workshop, I bought her media diary and book Your Press Release is Breaking My Heart. Oh yes, did I mention I am also in her Facebook group, which I might add has an awesome community.

What you will learn from this podcast is how to get PR for your business that will help you grow your email list, social media followers and client list. You’ll hear inspiring interviews with entrepreneurs who are using traditional PR alongside blogging, webinars, email marketing and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube to attract leads and grow their business. If you’re an entrepreneur wanting to get coverage in newspapers, magazines, and on radio & TV, this is for you.

Check out the soulful PR podcast and Janey Murray’s website.  

How to be productive when you work from home


How to be productive when you work from home

Working from home is the ideal for so many people. The ability to manage your own time, be in the comfort of your own home and achieve the perfect work/life balance.

However, if you ask anyone who works from home what the biggest drawback is, then staying productive comes somewhere near the top of the list. With so many distractions and only yourself to motivate, well yourself, it can be tricky to keep going with your tasks. So, with this in mind, we have put together our top tips on how you can make sure that you stay productive when you are working from home.

Make sure you get dressed

There may very well be times that you want nothing more to stay in your PJs all day, and at times this is great. But sometimes you are going to need to put your grown-up clothes on. By doing this you are creating a sense of being ready for the working day. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but just make sure that nothing you have is something you would lounge about in during the evening.

Take a commute

If you work a 9-5 in an office, then chances are that you will need to commute to and from the office every day. This time gives you the opportunity to wake up and get ready for the day ahead of you. You may want to take this approach if you work from home.

After getting up and getting dressed, take a short walk. Even if it is just around the street and back. This will kick-start your brain into the idea of working and get you ready for the day.

Employ a do not disturb approach

Your family can be distracting, especially children. So, it is a good idea to try and employ a “do not disturb” approach when you are trying to work. That doesn’t mean you should ignore them of course, instead, have things to distract your children (or your partner if they are just as irritating) whilst you get those all important tasks done.

Have an office

Many people find that having a dedicated space in your home for work is the perfect way to get things done. This is great if you are lucky enough to have a spare room. For those people that are not quite so blessed, they may need to rethink the idea of an office. Set up a corner of the room that is your “office” and make sure that you have all the right equipment that you need.

But don’t always work in the office

If you are finding yourself going stir crazy at home, why not utilise other suitable working spaces? Coffee shops are perfect for those people who work from home on a regular basis, giving you a lively space to work in, that doesn’t offer too many distractions (not to mention great tasting drinks too).

Have a routine

One of the best things you can do for yourself when you work from home is set up a regular routine and stick to it. There will be times when you need to finish early or work

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#PIB12 How to recognise and avoid burnout


How to recognise and avoid burnout

Listening in to this episode to know how to recognise and avoid burnout, most people experience burnout at least once in their life, some of us experience it more than once recognising the signs of burnout is important, so we know when to slow down and take timeout.

Links Mentioned in this episode:
How to ask for help
Self-Care Challenge
Self-Care Ideas
PIB HUB
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Tips for single parent entrepreneurs


Tips for single parent entrepreneurs

Being a parent and being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy, but things can get a whole lot harder if you are trying to balance being a single parent as well as creating your own enterprise.

That said, just like many things in life, simply because something is hard, it isn’t impossible.

With this in mind, we have put together some of our top tips for single parent entrepreneurs. Ways that you can effectively run your business, whilst still managing to look after your family.

Make sure you are organized

If you are running a business and taking care of your kids, then your diary is going to be your new best friend. Whether this is a virtual calendar or a good old fashioned write it down approach, you need to be on top of your time.

Realistically look at all the thing that you need to achieve each and every day, both at work and in your home, and use that as your organizational tool, planning out your time.

That way you can be sure to achieve more with the time that you do have.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Even superheroes need a side-kick and single parents who are trying to juggle their time will also need some support from those around them. Even if you are raising your children alone, there is a good chance that you will have a network of friends and family around you to lend a hand.

This could be occasionally picking the kids up from school when you need to attend a meeting, or even helping out with some admin tasks to keep your business on track.

Sometimes you just need to swallow your pride and simply ask for help.

Always try to be positive

There is a good chance that sometimes things will be hard. Try not to let these things get on top of you. Instead remain positive and keep your chin up.

We all face hardships, but it is how we react to them and pull ourselves through that shapes who we are. Remember all the great things that you have going on, and how much of an inspiration that you are for your children, and soon things will seem that much brighter.

Remember that things will change

Nothing stays the same forever, especially in the world of parenting and business. Your kids will get older, and therefore easier to care for and as your business grows you will see the success that you deserve, and you may even be able to expand with more staff members.

You should be flexible and adaptable to these changes and think of them as exciting developments for the future.

Just because you are a single parent, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have career and business aspirations. Instead, you can find a way to balance the two perfectly, giving you the best of both worlds.

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#PIB11 Ways to get your children involved in your business


#PIB11 Ways to get your children involved in your business

When you are a parent working from home and building a business, it can be a real struggle keeping your children occupied while you try and get some work done. For parents who choose to work from home, there are many pros and cons. Listen in to this episode for ways to get your children involved in your business.

Links Mentioned in this episode:

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Productivity challenge

Email address: [email protected]

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Want to start a business but are short on money? Here are the top tips for starting up with low funds


Want to start a business but are short on money? Here are the top tips for starting up with low funds

When you begin to tire of working a 9-5 and dream about being your own boss, maybe it is time to consider trying out self-employment? One thing that puts people off running their own business is the initial set up costs.

For many, those start-up funds are completely out of reach, and it can be hard to secure yourself any financial backing.

Low funds don’t mean that you have to drop your idea of starting out on your own. In fact, there are ways that you can start your business, despite not having huge amounts of money to back you up.

We have put together some of our top tips for ways that you give your business idea a boost, despite not having a lot of money behind you.

Use what you already have to hand

Whilst you may have grand dreams of your own offices or a fleet of cars. To start with, you need to think small. Work from your own home, and use your own car. That way you are keeping the initial costs low, and allowing yourself to build up some funds ready for when you want to expand your enterprise.

Agree on upfront payment where you can

A great way to get some money behind you in those early days is to ask your customers to pay upfront. If they are not keen on this idea, perhaps a half now, half later approach is better. It just gives you the funds that you may need to get by.

Get a great price for the equipment you need

If there is some equipment that you have to have before you set up your business, it is a great idea to shop around and see where you can get it for a great price. You could always look out for second-hand deals. In those early days, the idea of saving a few pounds could be much more important than having something that is top of the range.

Be a one man(or woman), band

As your business grows there is a good chance that you will need some staff to help you, but in those early days, you need to try and do everything that you can yourself. This will allow you to keep the costs down. You may not be able to pay yourself a big salary to start with, so only having to worry about yourself makes things that little bit easier.

Keep your job

Along the same lines as the above, you should always try to hold onto your current job for those first months. You will be thankful for the wage coming in, even if it may seem that you spend much of your time running between the two jobs. You could always cut down your hours as your business grows, all with a view to quitting once you are off the ground.

Be productive

You are never going to succeed if you don’t work hard and in the most part, you only have yourself to rely on to make it a success. This means that you will need to be as productive as you can. Make the most of the hours that you can put into your business, and you will soon see the rewards for all that hard work come back to you.

Listen to episode 9 of the parents in biz podcast on ways you can raise money to download the free worksheet that supplements the episode get it here.

 

Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some of the best ways to handle it


Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some of the best ways to handle it!

Managing your own business is stressful, there are no two ways about it. Add into this the stress of having a family to take care of, and you could be left feeling a little frazzled.

Feeling overwhelmed is incredibly common, especially for those that are trying to balance the needs of these two separate worlds. Unfortunately, there is very little chance that you are going to be able to see any let up on the stress of your business (or your family for that matter).

That said, there are better ways that you can cope with the stress that comes with being overwhelmed.

We take a look at how you can handle those feelings, and make sure that you are coping perfectly well with both your business and personal stress.

Work set hours as much as you can

The joy of running your own business means that you can work around your life. But the negative to this can also be that you find yourself slaving away when you should be hitting the sack.

Doing this can lead to burn out, so if you are feeling exhausted, try to make yourself work some normal hours, if only for a couple of weeks. You never know, you may find that you simply don’t have to work until midnight.

Separate the two worlds

One issue with running a business and taking care of a family is that the two worlds can sometimes blur. This is inevitable at times, but there are also ways that you can keep it separate.

When you are having family time, make sure you are focusing on them, as best you can, make working time when you knuckle down and crack on.

Take a bit of time for yourself

We are all guilty of spreading ourselves a bit thinly, but this can get even worse when you run your own business. One of the first things to go out of the window is taking time for yourself.

If there is something that you enjoy, even if it is as simple as having a long bath, then plan that in. Even taking one hour for yourself a week, you will soon see those feelings of being overwhelmed disappear.

Know what is a priority and what can wait

There is a good chance that you will be juggling lots of plates in your life. A good way to stop yourself from burning out is to try and figure out what things you have to do there and then.

Focus on those priority tasks, and then when they are done, you can move onto those lesser important things.

Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed by everything going on in your life. Take on board some of these tips and see what you can achieve. You may just surprise yourself.

Join our community of parentpreneurs learn more here. 

 

How to make sure that your kids are safe on the internet


How to make sure that your kids are safe on the internet

The internet is a wonderful thing. It has opened up the world and brings people from the four corners of the globe together. Our children simply do not know what life was like before you could simply Google a question.

Whilst this is a great thing, the internet is not without its drawbacks. The virtual world can be dangerous for our children, and you hear plenty of stories in the news about how it has caused some rather shocking repercussions.

This means that plenty of us parents are wary of allowing our children to access the internet. Well, thankfully, there are ways that you can make sure that your children can still see the wonder of the world wide web, without having to worry about whether or not they are safe.

Here are our top tips on how to make sure that your kids are safe whilst they use the internet.

Understand what is out there

You can’t teach your children how to stay safe without understanding what your children will see when they are online. Take the time to explore the internet, either alone or alongside your child. Find out what websites they visit, what videos they watch, and you can learn more about how they behave whilst they are alone.

Talk to them about how to be safe

Children are not stupid, however, sometimes they simply need a push towards doing the right thing. No-one knows them better than you. So, take a moment to sit down and talk to them honestly about the dangers of the internet.

You don’t have to be particularly graphic or horrifying in what you say, but it is important to point out that things may not be what they seem, and it is down to them to be aware of that. Teach them that it is key never to divulge any personal information, and that picture sharing should only be with friends, and of images that they are comfortable with.

Set parental controls

There are plenty of ways that your web browser can work with you to set controls on what your kids can see. Make sure that you take the time out to discover the ways that you can restrict access to particular content.

You should also try and have your computer in a place that is visible to you. Such as in a shared room, that way, you can always keep an eye on what your kids are looking at!

Let them know that you are there

Sometimes kids may feel that they cannot talk to their parents, this is a sure fire way to cause problems. Why not teach them that you are there for them, no matter what the issue is? By creating an open and honest atmosphere with your children, especially around their internet use, you can be sure that they will come to you if they do find themselves in a bad situation.

The internet is a great place, but it can be dangerous. Find the ways that you can keep them safe and they can enjoy the virtual world, without finding themselves in any bad situations.

3 Things I learned from my holiday in the Seychelles


3 Things I learned from my holiday in the Seychelles

Last year to celebrate my 40th birthday, my partner and I went to the Seychelles for a holiday. I had always wanted to go to the Seychelles – here are 3 things I learned.
1. Worry less, It’s not until I left the hustle and bustle of fast-paced London that I realised just how much I worried. I can’t recall a time when I was at such peace; I knew that back at home in the UK our children were in the safe care of my mum. Seven days and nights in a 5-star all-inclusive hotel, with excellent weather – all I needed to worry about was what to wear on the beach and what to wear for dinner. What I learned was, things will always work out in the end, so why stress and worry about anything? By being away from my regular daily life routine, I had time to reflect on the things I would worry about and I asked myself what changed by me worrying about those things, yes that’s right, nothing. Worrying was robbing me of energy and impacting on my health in a negative way.
2. The importance of time out, It was lovely spending time with my partner in an amazing country, breath-taking scenery and great food (yes I am a foodie). It’s vital when you have a family and run a business that you spend quality time away with your partner; it’s so easy to get caught up with family issues or business problems that you neglect your relationship. The last time my partner and I went away just the two of us, prior to the Seychelles holiday, was in 2010 when we went to LA – way too long. Don’t get me wrong, in that gap we had been away on weekend breaks in the UK, but not abroad.
3. Gratitude and appreciation, When you’re surrounded by such beauty, you can’t help but reflect on life and the future. Prior to going away, there were times when looking back I had ungrateful thoughts, such as why things were not going in the direction I wanted them to quicker etc. There was this one day I was on the beach and I vowed to myself that when I got back home I would never have another ungrateful thought. To ensure I stuck to this, I took out my mobile phone and captured the beauty that surrounded me and recorded a message for my future self. Last week was the first time I had an ungrateful thought since the holiday, and I watched the video I recorded – believe me I was soon feeling grateful again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#PIB10 5 Ways to have more confidence in business


#PIB10 5 Ways to have more confidence in business

Episode covers 5 ways to have more confidence in business, if you want to achieve great success, you must believe that you are worthy, you have to believe in yourself and your abilities.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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