“I can only do this because my partner pays the bills”

I chose a creative career. My husband worked in a corporate job, and had always the bigger income. Well, hasn’t that worked out rather convenient. But I was brought up to be financially independent. “Make sure you can pay for your own bills”, was the message that was drilled into me as a young girl by my father. How do you navigate through funding your startup phase without feeling guilty about who is is paying the rest of the bills in the meantime?

Who do you think you are? How to deal with friends and family following you on social media

You started your own business. You have earned some money with it. You want to get more clients. You know you have to put yourself ‘out there’. But that means being seen. By everyone. Family, friends, ex-colleagues…people on LinkedIn. “You are on social media a lot. You post too much”, they say. How do you handle this in the best possible way?

How to coach yourself back into the game

Today was a wonderful day. In fact, this week was a great week. However, in all honesty, I didn’t start out like that at all on Monday, as it was the first week of the children going back to school, and I felt I had to somehow jump straight back into my normal working routine. It was much harder than I thought. I had a head full of thoughts, ideas, reminders, and – also – a nasty little voice inside my head telling me that I was failing, not organised, and that I should maybe just pack it all in. I felt chaotic and stressed, and I put a lot of pressure on myself! Then on top of that, I was at the end of my cycle, and rather low on energy. Time for some self coaching.

5 tips to get through a slow month in business

Each July I get this feeling: why is it so quiet? Normally I get at least two strategy calls booked in each week from potential new clients, and a number of sign-ups each month for my 1-to-1 programmes, or Power sessions. I know from my clients that these lulls can cause a lot of stress and self-doubt. How can you coach yourself through this?

How I had to fall apart before understanding my life’s purpose

Look back on your life right now; how many things now make total sense, but were pretty unpleasant or worse when you found yourself in the middle of it? Do you now see they really had to happen in order for you to become who you are? At the time you probably thought the world was falling apart, and you were terribly unhappy. And then everything changed again. It’s called life, it is normal, and most of us feel this way once or multiple times in our lives. This is my story.

How to feel confident in front of an audience

My journey as a singer (and songwriter) has a lot in common with my journey as an entrepreneur. I have always been confident on the surface, but inside I can be a bag of nerves. Still, over the years I have grown, learnt, developed, and have become a lot less worried about what other people think of me. After so many years, I know what my abilities are, and I know I can deliver. In this post I share some tips to perform like a boss.

Increasing productivity as a creative business owner

This week I had a number of new clients calling me for help, and all of them – without exception – struggle with this problem: they have too many ideas, and they don’t know where to start. They suffer from a ‘junk yard full of ideas in their head’, as I call it, and they have no idea which ones are the most valuable to focus on. Sounds familiar? You are not alone. This is what you can do about it.

Case study: breaking through the fears of scaling up your business

He had been working 12 hours a day plus weekends for a while now. Wearing all the hats. He once was an incredible designer, but his business had grown, and now all the admin was sucking the life blood out of him. He hated his business, had no time for himself, and wished he was free. His life was so full, and empty at the same time. He booked a Power Session with me. I threw him a life line.

How to break through scarcity mindset and start attracting money

When we first start out in business, we often accept any old job that comes our way. Do you truly believe in your abilities to earn good money with what you do? Be honest. Or do you still feel others are probably better than you, you still have a lot to learn, and you can’t ask that sort of price for your work? Here is a secret: those ‘other’ people are not any better than you, and you are totally capable. The problem? Self-limiting beliefs. Here’s some mindset tips on how to break through those money blocks and grow your income.

Why balancing the male and female energies is important to succeed in life

We live in a world where masculine energies are highly rewarded, especially as entrepreneurs. Goal-setting, being pro-active, ‘getting things done’, pushing yourself up the career ladder; these are all things we hear all the time. It’s been taught to us from a very young age to work hard, have good results, be a winner and a ‘high achiever’. When we start our own business, this is no different. In the long, however, run keep, honouring both the male and female energies inside of you, are essential in keeping yourself feeling balanced, protecting yourself from burnout.