The Benefits of Delegating and Outsourcing

When it comes to running your own business, it’s easy to get into the habit of doing everything yourself, simply out of necessity. As the owner of two businesses, I speak from experience – in the beginning I felt like I should be doing everything myself, but I quickly learnt that this isn’t a sustainable way of running a business.

If you want to maximise both your own productivity and your company’s profitability, you need to learn how to let go of that ‘do it all’ attitude and source help… (just like I have!)

Learning to delegate and outsource your work has so many benefits for you, your business and for others involved in your business and personal life. Continue reading “The Benefits of Delegating and Outsourcing”

Tips for turning words (ideas) into action

It’s easy to talk the talk. We all have the capacity to have big plans and dreams and often share those dreams with others. However, it’s the people who can turn those dreams into action steps, that will be successful in business.

So how can you make that transition from just talking the talk, to taking action on your dreams? Continue reading “Tips for turning words (ideas) into action”

Tips for finding your balance between work and life

Did you start the year with great intentions? Did you want to take control of the balance between work and lifestyle? How are you feeling about them, now you’re back into the swing of work again after the Christmas and New Year break?

There are several possible scenarios you’ll be facing, now you’re back at work. Scenario 1: You’re raring to get started on your intentions for this year and have jumped right back into that work saddle. Scenario 2: You started on a high but, now you’re back into work mode, you’ve hit a slump. Scenario 3: You’re wondering how an earth you’re going to do it all.

Regardless of the scenario you’re currently experiencing, you’ll want to ensure you can balance your plans and intentions for work, with your family and home life – so how can you ensure that happens? Continue reading “Tips for finding your balance between work and life”

How many hats should you be wearing?

As a business owner, I know how adept we can all be at balancing our work and home life. Women especially, are known to wear so many different hats, when it comes to our work and home life.  I’ll be giving you some great tips on how to better balance the two different areas, in next week’s blog post. However, this week, I want to help you make a really powerful decision, one that will help you start the year as you mean to go on – and that decision is:

Stop wearing so many hats! Continue reading “How many hats should you be wearing?”

Gorgeous home offices!

Last month we looked at organising your home office (if you haven’t seen that article, you can do so by clicking here). But having a gorgeous home office isn’t just about having a tidy one – it needs to be one that inspires you, encourages you to be in it and is productive too!

Whether you have a dedicated room in your home for your office, an outside building or a corner of the kitchen, gorgeous home offices can be achievable, if you look for these three criteria. Continue reading “Gorgeous home offices!”

7 Great apps for productivity

When it comes to productivity, we’ve never had it so good! With the advent of smart phones and tablets, we can keep working whilst on the move – with our mobile smart phone becoming both our indispensable personal assistant and virtual workspace.

Being permanently on the move can also eat into our working day though, as we juggle both work and personal life, often on a daily basis. Here’s my list of my top 7 great apps, to ensure your productivity is kept high whilst you’re on the go! Continue reading “7 Great apps for productivity”

How to eliminate time zapping activities


Managing your own business can be stressful and time consuming – especially if you’re a solo-preneur who works from home. We can eliminate the obvious home-based time zapping activities such as cleaning, cooking etc., by getting in extra help or allocating chores to other family members… but what about those less obvious business-related time zapping activities? Continue reading “How to eliminate time zapping activities”

Health Tips for Home Workers

Working from home can have so many benefits; you get to spend time with your family, don’t have to commute or spend money travelling to and from work and you may get to save some money on your childcare fees.

But home working can also cause us to form some really bad habits – we can skip lunch, avoid having regular breaks, work longer than usual hours and end up creating bad working positions – and conditions – for ourselves. So what can we do to ensure we are looking after our business AND our health? Here are 7 health tips to get you started. Continue reading “Health Tips for Home Workers”

The Highs and Lows of Working From Home

When we’re holding down an employed position, working from home is something we all dream of doing. We dream of leaving work and setting up our own VA business, turning our hobbies into a home run business and possibly even expanding our second “job on the side” into a profitable dining table business. Continue reading “The Highs and Lows of Working From Home”

New Year, New You

When it comes to New Year, it’s traditionally the time to recap on your previous year and make plans for the year ahead. Frequently, those New Year resolutions will revolve around self improvement; what we’re giving up or implementing to better or improve ourselves.

Unfortunately though, the vast majority of New Year resolutions are forgotten within the first few weeks of the year, leaving us in the exactly the same position as we ended the previous year… so, how can you make those New Year resolutions stick past the first month of the year?

New Year resolutionsWrite down your goal

The act of writing down your goals and plans cements them into your mind. It takes them from simple wishes and dreams and turns them into something you can refer to and remind yourself of.

Break goals down

Breaking down your goals into actionable steps will make them easier to implement – but it also gives you smaller things to aim for. Breaking down you goals will also enable you to be specific about what you want – as you can’t break down a goal that is really vague!

Decide WHY you want a “new you”

You have to be emotionally attached to your resolutions to truly connect with them. Ask yourself WHY you want a new you. What will changing this aspect of you MEAN for you? Imagine your desired end result and see how you look, act, feel and behave. What emotion is behind your desire?

ID-100240990Start implementing now

The real secret behind achieving a new you in 2015 is to start NOW. If you can’t start now – what are you waiting for? Are you waiting for the right time or the right finances? Maybe you’re not waiting, but looking to get things in the “right” order? This is just another form of waiting!

Stop waiting and delaying – start implementing now! Do what you can do now, with the circumstances and situations you are presently in. What small thing can you start implementing now, that will take you closer to the new you?

Pick a date

One of the biggest problems with New Year, new you resolutions, is the fact that they’re so flexible! We take “2015” as the end goal – and 365 days is just too long a timescale for what we want to achieve. Set a realistic timescale and date by which you’d like to achieve your desired result.

Follow the above steps and you’ll be ensuring an improved success rate with your New Year, new you resolutions.

Are your New Year resolutions related to business or pleasure? Have you established your first action steps? Why not share your intent and REALLY ramp up your determination and motivation – by sharing them in the comments box below?

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